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How do You Cleanse Your Liver?

Liver is one the most important and second largest organ of your body. It has over 500 functions. It acts as a filtration station for your body. It takes in all the good nutrients and removes the toxic substances. And for most people, since their diet is made up of a lot of processed foods and artificial ingredients, the liver has to work extra hard in order to function properly.

So you might be wondering if it’s even possible to cleanse the liver?

So answer to your question is YES. You can cleanse your liver.

So if you have bad liver or if it’s congested then most likely you will experience these:

Sluggishness

Tiredness

Lack of energy

Skin discolouration

Breakouts

Excess weight gain

Improper digestion

Headaches

Pain on the right side of the body

Hormone Imbalance

Nausea

So I know a lot of you guys will think I ain’t got no time for taking care of my liver. But your future self will thank me because when you start taking care of your liver than not only these symptoms will go away but it will also give you healthy lifestyle.

So how to take care of your liver?

Well we can avoid certain habits to keep our liver healthy.

Things to Avoid

1. Smoking

This goes without saying that smoking or any form of drug intake is going to drastically damage your liver. It not only affects your physical health in terms of appearance but also on your organs which can some cases be irreversible. 

2. Alcohol

It is a toxin and it will make your liver do extra work to purify the blood and help get rid of that toxin for you.

3. Animal fats and vegetable oils

Avoid these especially corn and soy. These will clog up your arteries and makes liver do extra work. And sometimes liver is not able to break them down that efficiently. So it’s better to avoid them.

We now know the things that we should avoid. So lets find out what things we can do for the betterment of our liver.

Things to do for a Healthy Liver:

1. Eat Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are healthy foods that we should all strive to consume in our daily diet. But also try to eat as much organic as you can.

Green leafy vegetable for liver detox

I know it is little bit difficult for everyone to eat organic all the time and also it gets quite expensive. But when you can and if you can than try to eat organic. You can eat leafy green vegetables especially broccoli, cabbage, brussels, sprouts, kale, spinach, bok choy.

All these contains components that helps to protect your liver but also at the same time fuel the liver to eliminate toxins and excess hormones. These foods contain compounds that help the liver in breaking down the larger molecules into smaller substances. This way the body can easily flush the toxins out of the system.

2. Drink Water

Water for liver detox

The next thing is obviously to drink a lot of water. Water will not only flush out the toxins but it actually contains natural minerals. So what you can do is add little lemon to the water. This increases the alkaline level which also helps to eliminate toxins in the liver and for better functioning.

3. Sleep early

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I can not stress more how much sleep is important to recover your body and for better functioning. So according to the Chinese meridian clock approximately from 1:00 AM to 3:00 AM is when your liver is at the highest activity time.

So in order to allow your liver to do detoxification or rejuvenation during those time, you allow your body to rest. And when your body is resting, it has enough energy to do the detox.  

4. Increase the intake of Fibre

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Fibre Rich Foods

Fibre helps our body to digest the food that we eat and helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. But unfortunately, the food that we eat is ripped of the essential nutrients so our liver does not get the required fibre. This causes the accumulation of toxins in our liver

5. Drink Green Tea

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Green Tea

Make a habit of drinking green tea. Green tea contains Catechins that serve as an antioxidant for the liver.

6. Add Garlic to your diet

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Garlic is known for its health benefits. It is rich in amino acids and components that help the liver by activating certain enzymes to remove toxin from the body. Selenium is another beneficial ingredient present in garlic that acts as an antioxidant. You don’t have to do anything extra, just add garlic to your diet while cooking is a great way to give your liver detoxifying effect.

7. Increase the Intake of Vitamin C

Most of us know how good vitamin C is for strengthening our immune system. But did you know that it is also good for your liver. Now you got one more reason to add vitamin C intake in your diet. 

All you have to do is simply eat citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Eating these foods will help your body with antioxidants that help to cleanse your liver in a natural way. Vitamin C has one more amazing benefit that it helps in producing enzymes that can help eliminate toxins.

8. Add Turmeric to Your Diet

Turmeric is a common spices in India and is known for many health benefits. However it’s therapeutic properties have only been discovered over recent years. It is also believed that adding turmeric to your diet can promote the growth of new cells in the liver.

In India it is used as the necessary spice in almost all the veggies while cooking. You can also add it in milk and make a turmeric milk which is also very beneficial for our health. 

9. Add Nuts to your Diet

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Nuts

Nuts are high in amino acid and protein and are known to have a beneficial effect on the liver. Walnuts, in particular, are high in arginine and Omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these are helpful in cleansing and detoxifying the liver.

You just need a handful of these nuts to provide your body with the compounds it needs in order to improve the health of your liver. But always try to eat the organic ones cause other alternatives or processed ones sometimes have other added ingredients.

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Rice Flour Face Packs for Instant Glow

Have you ever tried rice flour face pack? If not then this blog is for you guys. There are so many homemade face masks that can enhance your beauty and rice flour packs are one of them. As we need water and food for survival, in the same manner, our skin also needs some refreshment to remove its dead cells.

Rice flour has been used for centuries as a natural beauty pack by Asian women. It’s natural anti-ageing and oil-absorbing properties is just a miracle for your skin as it gives you oil and pimple-free skin and even removes dead cells and give an amazing glow. Isn’t it amazing?

Let’s discuss Rice Flour Packs:

Everyone wants glowing and clear skin. You might have tried a lot of expensive treatment for glow but unfortunately, they don’t work and if they do, then results are not long-lasting. So now I am going to tell you the secret of long-lasting glow.

Curious to know? Let’s get to the packs.

1. Rice Flour &Tomato pulp: Rice Flour Face Packs

You will need:

  • 1/2 tablespoon rice floor
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato pulp

Method of Use:

  • Take rice flour in a bowl
  • Add aloe vera gel and tomato pulp
  • Mix it well and apply it on your face
  • Leave it for half an hour
  • Now wash it off with water.
  • Use twice a week.

Why this work

Alovera contains antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C that make your skin glow and it has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. It treats acne and soothes sunburn. Tomato contains a good amount of vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and potassium along with vitamin B6.

All these are essential for good skin. It will remove sunburn and give you fresh and rosy skin. Apart from that, rice flour is like a miracle for your skin as it also absorbs excess oil, lightens and repairs skin.

So, just think if you combine all these ingredients you will get glowy face. So give it a try.

2. Rice Flour & Tea Tree Oil: Rice Flour Face Packs

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You will need:

  • 1/2 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil

Method of use:

  • Take the rice flour in a bowl
  • Add tea tree oil and rose water
  • Mix it well and apply it on your face
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes
  • wash it off with lukewarm water

Why this work

This is another amazing rice flour face pack. The inclusion of rose water in this pack maintains the skin’s PH balance and also controls excess oil and helps you in better sleep. Better sleeping gives a wonderful glow to your skin. Being the best beautifying skin cleanser it will also give you a brighter look.

3. Rice flour& Honey

Rice flour and honey face mask

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoon rice flour
  • 2 tablespoon gram flour
  • 3 tablespoon honey

Method of use:

  • Take rice flour in a bowl
  • Add gram flour and honey
  • Mix it well to get a paste
  • Apply it on your face
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water

Why this work

As gram flour acts as a cleaning agent for your skin and removes all dirt from your skin. It removes tan, facial hair, oiliness and can even offer instant fairness. The addition of honey in this helps in removing all blackheads and also tightens the pores.

4. Rice Flour & Lemon Juice

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1& 1/2 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Method to use:

  • Take rice flour in a bowl
  • Mix it with yoghurt and lemon juice & honey
  • Apply it on the face rubbing gently with a circular motion
  • Leave it for 15 minutes
  • rinse off with warm water and apply moisturizer
  • Don’t use the soap up to 3 hours

Why this work

All the ingredients in this pack are wonderful for beautiful skin. As rice flour Face pack exfoliates and brightens the skin, yogurt reduces wrinkles and fine lines and even soothes sunburn. Lemon detoxes the skin and also prevents acne and lightens the skin.

5. Rice Flour & Cucumber

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice

Method of use:

  • Take rice flour and cucumber juice in a bowl
  • Mix it well and apply it for 15 minutes
  • Now wash it with cold water
  • Don’t use anything on the face up to 1 day
  • Use it twice a week for best results

Why this work

Cucumber in this pack considered as a soothing agent for skin and helps to nourish the skin and give an instant glow. So this is also a superb pack for you. So do try this once.

A recent Society of dermatology skincare specialists (SDSS) study shows that 88% of women don’t know the right face masks or products for their skin and you know what’s the worst part? Women remain unsatisfied even after applying so many packs available in the market. So my request is you to first identify your skin needs then apply these packs and I will especially recommend please stay away from chemical products, start using homemade face masks.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Rice Flour Face Packs

1. Can I use fermented rice water on my face?

YES, it can be used as a skin toner, face cleanser and due to the fermentation process, it is rich in minerals, vitamin B and antioxidants. Nutrients present in fermented rice water also helps in shrinking pore, reduces fine lines and tighten your skin.

2. Can rice flour lighten the skin permanently?

Yes, rice flour face packs will gradually improve your skin tone but not in a single-use. You have to use it in a proper way as I have told in the above article. Believe me, it is much better than artificial products.

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10 Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in Your Skincare

The average woman uses up to 9 personal products every day that exposes us to 126 unique ingredients. Some of those ingredients present in your skincare can be harmful to your health.

We are familiar with the fact that what we put in our body affects our health.

But do you know the product that you put on your skin can also drastically impact your health?

Yes, you read it right. It can affect your health if not used cautiously.

The average woman uses up to 9 personal products every day that exposes us to 126 unique ingredient.

An Environmental Working Group (EWG) report says 89 per cent of 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products haven’t been evaluated for safety by the (FDA) Food And Drug Administration. 

Our skin is our body’s largest and also one of the most important organs in our body.

It can easily absorb almost up to 60% of what we put on our body. Those chemicals may be the cause of your certain health problem. So next time you reach for your favourite shampoo or natural beauty product, take another look at the label and check out what it could be doing to your skin.

Unfortunately, cosmetics and personal care products have little government regulation. So it’s on you how careful you are and don’t get duped by these.

Don’t forget to check for these chemicals in your skincare that is lying in your closet. And also be mindful when you go shopping for skincare products and check for these harmful ingredients.

10 Harmful Ingredient in Skincare

1. Paraben

Paraben is used as preservatives in cosmetic product to increase their shelf life. It can be found in almost everything from soap to lotion to makeup. In fact, 80 per cent of common beauty product contains paraben.

Paraben is known to disrupt hormones signalling. A study linked one type of paraben to infertility in women. Some research also explains that parabens enter your skin and mimic estrogen(female sex hormone) that triggers excessive cell division in the breast. And it can eventually lead to breast cancer.

Other names: Isopropyl-, butyl-, isobutyl- etc.

Also lookout for the ingredient name that ends with “-paraben”, “methyl-“, “ethyl-“.

Most commonly found in– Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving gels, makeup, toothpaste.

2. Formaldehyde releasers

Formaldehyde is used in cosmetic products as a preservative to keep the product from growing bacteria and mould. When we use skincare product which contains formaldehyde, it releases into the air around us, and we breath that air. Its exposure has been linked to difficulty in breathing, eye irritation and cancer.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization consider carcinogenic.

Formaldehyde is also on the EU ban list because of its potential health risk. 

Other names: Formaldehyde, formalin, bronopol, or glyoxal.

Most commonly found in- eyelash glue, nail hardeners, hair gel and more

3. SLS/SLES

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are foaming agents used in various cosmetic products like shampoo, toothpaste, lotions and cream. Studies indicate that these can cause skin irritation, depression and can cause damage to the eye.

Other names: SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium dodecyl sulfate.

Most commonly found in- Shampoo, soap, Washing liquid, Bubble bath, body wash.

4. Artificial Fragrance/ Perfume

Artificial fragrance, also labelled as fragrance or parfum, is found in almost every cosmetic product. It is best to avoid it because it can cause severe allergies and rashes. These fragrances are packed with many harmful chemicals.

Researchers at EWG have found that more than 75 per cent of product listing “fragrance” as an ingredient contain phthalate. This chemical is known to disrupt hormone activity, cause reproductive malformation and have also been linked to liver and breast cancer.

Other names: Fragrance, perfume, parfum, aroma.

Most commonly found in- Shampoo, soap, deodorant.

5. Phthalates

Phthalate is used mainly in fragrance and can also be found in other personal care product like hair spray and nail polish. Studies link phthalate exposure to reproductive abnormalities in baby boys and early puberty in girls.

Other names: DBP, DEHP, DEP and others

Most commonly found in- Nail polish, hairspray, sanitary pads and more

6. Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a skin-lightening agent used in skincare. It is use to treat hyperpigmentation caused by acne scar, age spots, freckles, and post-inflammatory marks caused by psoriasis and eczema.

This chemical, over time, is known to cause a skin disease called Orchonosis, which is characterized by blue-black lesions that in the worst-case, becomes permanent black caviar-size bumps.

Other names: Hydroquinone or tocopheryl acetate.

Most commonly found in- skin cleansers, facial moisturizers, fingernail coating, skin lightener.

7. Oxybenzone

This is a common toxic chemical found in cosmetics, especially sunscreens. It absorbs UV Alpha(UVA) and UV Beta(UVB) rays and is common in skincare products with SPF. 

Oxybenzone is found to cause skin allergies, redness and irritation. It has also been linked to fertility problems and obesity by the EWG. As the body easily absorbs it, it may affect the endocrine system due to accumulation.

Other names: Oxybenzone, “benzophenone-3”, “BP-3”.

Most commonly found in- sunscreen, hairspray, baby lotion.

8. Toluene

Toluene is a volatile petrochemical solvent and paint thinner found in most hair dyes and nail polish. It is a potent neurotoxicant that acts as an irritant, impairs breathing and causes nausea.

It can be dangerous for a pregnant lady as it can impair fetal development.

Most commonly found in– nail product

9. Coal Tar

Coal tar is a byproduct of coal processing. It provides the base for vibrant and lighter colour in lipstick. Coal tar is also used in hair dyes and in shampoo to treat dandruff and also for itchy and dry skin.

According to the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Coal tar is a human carcinogen.

Other names: FD&C or D&C, chemical colours ( BLUE 1, GREEN 3, etc.).

Most commonly found in- medicated shampoo, soap and ointment, hair dye.

10. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is made up of petroleum. And if it’s not treated properly, then it can be carcinogenic, it can cause cancer. The compounds of mineral oil can build up in our body, in our fat and in certain organs. 

Most commonly found in- lip gloss, SPF, eyeshadow, concealer.

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13 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Water in a Copper Vessel

There are many health benefits of drinking water in a copper vessel.

You might have heard your grandparents telling you how drinking water from a copper vessel is beneficial to our health and you can live longer.

70% of our body is made of water. So, water plays a very important role in our health.

But what does Ayurveda says about it?

According to Ayurveda, if we keep the copper amount in our body neutralized than it helps in the smooth functioning of different organs in our body, metabolism is in control.

Copper water provides longevity cause according to Ayurvedic scriptures it releases us from 3 doshas Vata(Gastric), Pitta(Acidity), Kapha(cough). It does so by positively charging the water.

There also has been a study where hospital things like a doorknob, bed rail where patient lays, and table surfaces that patient and doctor and nurses interact with were changed with copper and it helped in preventing the spreading of diseases from the hospital. So copper has been used as natural agent to disinfect hospital premises.

So let’s dive into the healing benefits of Copper.

Helps in Better Functioning of Digestive System

Copper has antimicrobial properties and so it removes the harmful bacteria and also reduces inflammation.

It is an excellent remedy for ulcer, indigestion and, infection, detoxification, and also helps in the proper functioning of the liver and kidney. It also helps in the absorption of essential nutrients.

Weight Loss

If you are struggling with your weight loss journey then you should definitely give copper water a try. Copper helps you in dissolving excess fat deposits in the body and hence and aids in weight loss.

Copper keeps your body in a fat-burning situation even when you are resting. But don’t get confused that too much copper water will help you lose weight fast, in fact, it can cause poisoning.

Immunity

It has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory property, anti-fungal, and also a great antioxidant. So it helps in strengthening your immune system so you don’t get sick easily.

Slows Down Ageing

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Fine Lines

Copper can work as a natural remedy for wrinkles and fine lines. It is packed with antioxidant and cell forming properties and so helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The antioxidant present in copper fights the free radical that is responsible for aging. Drinking water infused in a copper vessel will make you look younger than your age.

Hypertension

Bad cholesterol can lead to heart diseases. Copper helps in lowering bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also helps in lowering high blood pressure and blood sugar level.

Regulates the Working of Thyroid Gland

People suffering from thyroid disease have low level of copper in their body. This is most commonly found in people with hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid hormone) but those with hypothyroidism (low level of thyroid hormone) may also suffer from this deficiency.

Prevents Infection

Copper is anti-microbial in nature. Drinking water from a copper vessel can help in preventing infections caused by drinking water. E.Coli and Cholera Bacillus are some of the microbes that can be killed when water is kept in a copper vessel for about 8 hours.

Lowers the Risk of Cancer

Copper has powerful antioxidant properties that fight free radicals which helps in growing cancer cells. Free radical is one of the major reason for the development of cancer.

Helps in Healing Wounds Faster

Copper has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties so it helps on healing wounds faster. It also assists in new cell production.

Increases Brain Efficiency

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Our brain works by transmitting impulses from one neuron to another. Copper helps the cells in transmitting these electrical impulses. So when you drink water stored in a copper vessel, the impulses flow faster thus improving your brain efficiency.

Cures Anaemia

Copper is one of the important metals that is needed by our body. It helps in the absorption of iron by our body, the deficiency of which causes Anaemia.

Copper is also good at regulating blood flow and keeps the hemoglobin level up and thus prevents Anaemia.

Prevents the Risk of Stroke

Copper has convulsive properties which helps in mitigating the the risk of stroke and seizures.

Relief from Inflamed Joints and Arthritis

The anti-inflammatory property of copper helps in reducing the joint pain caused due to inflamed joints.

Copper also has bone and immunity strengthening property which helps in reducing the pain.

How to Store Water in a Copper Vessel

  • Use a vessel or bottle made of pure copper.
  • Fill it with water and keep it aside for 6-8 hours before your drink. You can also keep this overnight. But never put it for more than 8 hours.
  • Drink this water next morning in an empty stomach before you have ate or drink anything.
  • Don’t drink too much of copper water. Only drink one bottle or a maximum of two bottles in a day.

Side Effects of Drinking Water from a Copper Vessel

There are no as such side effects of copper water unless you keep the water in the vessel for more than 8 hours. If you drink too much copper water or stored the water for a long time than mentioned then you might get nausea and vomiting.

Before filling the water in your bottle, always clean it first. But don’t clean it with detergent or soap and don’t scrub the inside. Use lemon and water to clean the bottle or vessel and you are good to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will Using Copper Vessel can Cause Copper Toxicity?

Yes, copper toxicity can happen if you use the corroded vessel for storing water. Copper corrosion is caused by food items which are acidic in nature and with soft water.

2. How Long Can We Store Water in a Copper Vessel?

Store water in a copper vessel for 6-8hours to get maximum benefit. Don’t store for more than that.

3. Can we Store Food in Copper Vessel?

No, you shouldn’t store food in a copper vessel. Food with acidic nature can react with the metal and can be harmful for your body.

4. Can We Store Hot/Cold Water in the Copper Vessel?

It is suggested to use water only on room temperature. Neither too hot nor too cold. And don’t put it in refrigerator to cool it.

5. How to Clean a Copper Vessel?

Pure copper gets oxidised by liquid and oxygen so you might notice black stain on the vessel. You can clean it by using lemon and water.

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Does Green Coffee Bean Extract Help in Weight Loss?

Weight Loss |Benefits | Side Effects | Who can take it | Who Can not | How to Make | When to Drink | Conclusion

What is Green Coffee?

You might have heard about the green coffee bean extract and how it helps in losing a few kilos of weight in just a week.

Green Coffee

But is it really that miraculous product as it claims to be?

Let’s find out why there’s so much hype about this product.

Green coffee beans are the coffee beans that are not roasted like regular coffee beans.

It is a complex mixture of more than 800 volatile compounds in which caffeine and Chlorogenic Acids are the most common compound.

As it is not roasted and consumed in its natural form, it doesn’t lose it’s properties, unlike regular coffee beans.

How it Aids in Weight Loss?

Weight Loss

Green coffee beans extract contains chlorogenic acid which is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties that are claimed to help in weight loss and many other health benefits.

Even our regular coffee has small amounts of chlorogenic acid but most of it gets lost during the roasting process.

Chlorogenic acid helps in the blood flow in the body and increases blood circulation which in turn carries oxygen and results in weight loss.

Caffeine present in coffee also lessen your apetite. So you don’t do binge eating and lose some extra weight.

There’s a small study done on the green coffee extract. But due to the study was done on a small group and for a small duration so the efficacy of it can’t be confirmed.

Benefits

Apart from weight loss green coffee has also has other significant health benefits.

Blood Circulation

Chlorogenic Acids present in green coffee improves the blood circulation in body which results in increase in Haemoglobin.

Reduces Free Radical

Green coffee contains antioxidant so it reduces the free radical in the body

Controls Type-2 Diabetes

As it contains Chlorogenic Acid, it can regulate glucose and isnulin level.

High Blood Pressure

According to a study done in 2014 Green Coffee extract can help in controlling or prevent high blood pressure.

Possible Side Effects

Green coffee is mostly safe but can have possible side effects

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Thinning of bones (Osteoporosis)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Anxiety

Who can take it?

  • Individuals who want to loose their excess weight
  • Women suffering from PCOS/PCOD can take it
  • Thyroid pateint
  • Diabetic patient
  • Blood Pressure patient

Who can’t take it?

  • Pregnant/ Feeding Mom
  • Children

How to Make Green Coffee?

  • Purchase high-quality coffee beans. Don’t buy the powdered form as it may be adulterated.
  • Rinse 25gm of coffee beans with normal tap water. But avoid rubbing with your hands as it may result in losing pappery chaff that contains antioxidants.
  • Then soak it in a bowl containing 300ml of water and leave it overnight.
  • The next day in morning put the same water and coffee beans in a pot on the stove.
  • Put it on high flame and bring it to the boil.
  • Then lower the flame and let it be on low flame for another 15 minutes.
  • During this time you can also add cardamom or cinnamon stick for flavor.
  • After that strain, the liquid in a glass or coffee mug and there you have it, your green coffee.
  • You can also dilute it a little in starting few days to get your taste bud accustomed to it.
  • And can also add honey for taste but only after pouring the coffee in a mug.

When to Drink Green Coffee?

Ideally, you should drink on an empty stomach in the morning for increasing effectiveness.

But always wait for 30 minutes before having any meal or snack.

It can be drank 2 times a day. But it’s better to follow the manufacturer’s instruction about how many times you can drink it in a day.

Conclusion

Green coffee bean extract might be helpful in effective weight loss.

It may also be helpful in reducing cardiovascular risk factors and also provide other health benefits like lowering blood pressure and insulin level.

But one should consult their doctor to make sure it is safe for you to drink.

One can buy green coffee online or from a local grocery store.

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What is Oil Pulling? How it Can Save Dentist Expense?

How to Oil Pull | How it Works | Benefits | Types of Oils

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling has been trending on the internet these days. You might have heard from your friend or saw it on Youtube videos but did you know it’s not new.

Oil pulling is also known as ganduvsa is an ancient ayurvedic technique originated in India as a part of holistic healing practices for oral health and to detoxify the body.

Yes, you read it write, it not only can transform your oral health but can also have a significant impact on your overall health.

It has been in practice since 3,000 years ago.

When practiced regularly, it is claimed to cure 30 systemic diseases. It cures diseases by flushing toxins out of your body.

Curious?

Read to know how to do it and it’s major benefits

How to Oil Pull?

Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil
Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil

Put a spoonful of coconut oil or any cold-pressed oil (Will see types of Oil later in the section) in your mouth and start to swish it back and forth in between your teeth for 15-20 minutes.

It sounds a long time, but you can do other activities like reading a book, watering your plants, or working around the house. You can also do it while showering.

Try not to swallow the oil while doing it to prevent the toxins from getting back in your body.

And do not spit the oil in the sink or it will clog over a period of time. You can spit the oil in a dustbin or a plastic cup or flush it in the toilet.

You will notice that the oil turns milky white and thinner, that is because of the toxins that got pulled out from your body.

After that rinse your mouth with salt water. This can be followed by brushing and flossing as you normally would.

The best time to perform is in the morning before breakfast in an empty stomach.

How it Works?

Well, microorganisms in our bodies are covered in lipids (fats). And oil also has fat so when you do oil pulling, the toxic microorganisms get attracted like a magnet to the oil and get pulled out towards our mouth.

In the process of removing bacteria and microorganisms, it also detoxifies body lymph nodes and glands which in short means it detoxifies your body.

This happens because our tongue is connected to major organs like kidney, liver, heart, intestines, spines, etc.

Benefits of Oil Pulling :

We now know what Oil Pulling and how does it work. So let’s find out about the major benefits.

Teeth Whitening

Before and After Oil Pulling

One of the most claimed benefits of oil pulling is teeth whitening. But there is no scientific evidence to support it.

But evidence suggests that it removes stain from the surface of teeth which results in teeth whitening.

Killing Harmful Bacteria in Mouth

In a study done on the effect of Oil Pulling on oral hygiene observed a 20% reduction in bacterial count upon 40 days of Oil Pulling. Also observed the reduction in dental caries.

Reduction in Bad Breath

Halitosis is another term for bad breath and arises due to gingivitis and tongue coating.

It occurs due to bad oral hygiene. If you don’t brush or floss teeth daily then food particles can remain in your teeth leading to bacterial growth.

According to a study done in 2011, Oil Pulling can be as effective as chlorhexidine on halitosis and organisms associated with halitosis. So, it can be used as a natural mouthwash alternative to chlorohexidine.

Cavities Prevention

Cavities are caused due to tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when sugary food or food with carbohydrates like milk, bread, soda, fruit, or candy stay on your teeth.

Plaque can also cause a cavity. A study was done in 2017 on 20 adolescents for 10 days and it was found out that there was a significant decrease in plaque-induced gingivitis.

Healthy Gums

Gingivitis is a common gum disease caused by plaque-forming bacteria. Gingivitis causes swollen, red gums which sometimes causes bleeding.

A small study done in 2015 states that Oil Pulling can help in reducing the plaque formation and plaque-induced bacteria.

Strong And Sharp Jawline

When you swish the oil for 15-20 minutes, you are also exercising the facial muscles and oral cavity muscles. This is the added benefit apart from oral hygiene. This makes your jaw stronger and sharper.

Improve Overall Health

Oil Pulling improves bodily function by removing the toxic waste from the body.

When we inhale polluted air, eat unhealthy foods like fast foods, fried foods, packaged and processed foods. Then waste from these sticks to the walls of our intestines and forms a thick coating of bacteria, viruses, and molds.

Then they are transported to different organs through the bloodstream causing health problems.

If these sticks to our skin lining we call it acne, blocks the air passage it is called asthma. If accumulated in the intestine, then called constipation.

So if we remove these toxins from our body through oil pulling then we can save ourselves from these problems.

Types Of Oils

Mostly cold-pressed oil is used for oil pulling because it doesn’t have trans fats.

You can use any of the following cold-pressed oil. If you are allergic to certain oil then can use other oils that I have mentioned.

Coconut oil solidifies in cold temperature and could be a hassle to use it during wintertime so you can use other oils too.

Sesame Oil

The root of sesame contains chlorosesamone which has antifungal activity so it can reduce the fungal activity in your mouth. It also has polyunsaturated fatty acids that reduce free radical injury occurring in the oral cavity.

Mustard Oil

It strengthens the gums and removes the plaque-forming bacteria.

Coconut Oil

It contains lauric acid which is proven to be anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial which means it can fight back microorganisms causing bacteria.

oil also has antiseptic properties and can be used as a moisturizer. Coconut oil does not have any adverse effects that are produced by chlorhexidine such as brown staining and altered taste sensation.

Olive Oil

It is rich in monosaturated fat called oleic acid, antioxidants and reduces inflammation. Also helps in preventing oral malodor (bad breathe). It is also believed to prevent plaque formation and inhibition.

Sunflower Oil

This oil is also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E. These vitamins act as antioxidants and can be used for oil pulling.

Conclusion

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7 Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are the good fat that you don’t want to cut down. It has many benefits and we will cover that from all aspects of your health.

We will also see the different sources from where you can get your daily dosage of Omega-3 fatty acids foods not only for fish eaters but also Vegan sources of Omega-3.

They are beneficial for both the brain and the body.

Essentially the two crucial ones are EPA and DHA which are primarily found in certain types of fish. ALA(alpha-linolenic acid) is another Omega-3 fatty acid found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.

So now we know what are these fatty acids, let’s look at the health benefits that are backed by science.

1. Can Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

Results of studies have shown that those who eat a seafood-rich diet at least once a week are less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely eat or never eat seafood.

And according to WHO heart attacks and strokes are the leading causes of death. So to avoid such health issues try to add some Omega-3 rich food in your diet on a daily basis

2. Can be Great For Your Skin

Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatories. It strengthens the skin barrier and protects the skin from sun damage. Several studies have shown that unprotected skin doesn’t burn easily in people who take the Omega-3s rich diet.

It fortifies the cell membranes, allowing them to protect other parts of the cells against harmful free radicals.

3. Reduces Symptoms of ADHD in Children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral disorder that affects attention, causes hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

Studies like PubMed have found that children with ADHD have a lower level of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Numerous studies have found that Omega-3s can reduce hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and aggression.

4. It Can Improve Baby Health During Pregnancy and Early Life

Omega-3 is important in brain development of the child and can prevent asthma and reduce the risk of bipolar disorder

It has numerous benefits for your child including better intelligence, communication, and social skills, better eyesight.

5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Benefit Person Fighting Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common disorders in the world according to WHO.

Symptoms of depression include a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of sleep, lethargy, and a general loss of interest in life. And so the studies have found that people who consume Omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed.

6. Can Reduce Fat in Your Liver

Fatty liver occurs when too much fat is build-up in the liver. This can happen to even non-drinkers and is more common than you think.

According to the National Institute of Health Omega-3 fatty acids effectively reduce fat in your liver if you are non-alcoholic and you are suffering from fatty liver.

7. It May Improve Bone and Joint Health

Arthritis is one of the most common bone disorder. It causes stiffness and reduced range of motion.

Research has shown that taking the Omega-3 supplement reduces pain and increases grip strength. But you should always consult your doctor before taking any supplements

Sources of Omega-3 Foods

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Foods for Omega-3

Mostly fatty fishes are the excellent source of Omega-3. But don’t worry if your vegan or vegetarian, you can also get from plant-based foods including nuts and seeds.

Fish Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids :

  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Oysters
  • Sardines
  • Seabass
  • Shrimp
  • Trout
  • Herring
  • Anchovies
  • Caviar

Vegan and Vegetarian Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids :

  • Chia Seeds
  • Seaweeds and Algae
  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Kidney beans
  • Soybeans
  • Edamame

Conclusion

Omega-3s are important for your skin and overall health.

So make sure to always include Omega-3s in your diet either by taking whole food like eating fatty fish 2 times a week will ensure the optimum level of Omega-3 in your body.

However, if you don’t eat fish regularly or are vegan then you can take supplements after consulting your doctor.

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The Importance of Sleep. Why You Should Know?

Why it is essential | Stages Of Sleep | Sleep Disorder

Many hard-working people pride in their ability to sleep less and work more. But do you know how it can affect your lifestyle? So here we will learn the importance of sleep in our daily lifestyle and how to make the most of it.

Sleep is very essential because we all know that without proper sleep our body and mind are not at their best.

About 70% of people are sleep deprived. As the world is running faster and in order to try to keep up, we are sleeping less. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. So in this, we will cover the importance and different aspect of sleep.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recently declared sleep disorders to be a public health epidemic. And research has found that lack of sleep reduces our ability to concentrate, think logically, and remember.

Why sleep is essential?

It fulfills basic biological needs, especially in the brain. The brain usage more energy than any other body parts.

It is also required to maintain our focus and alertness. Our reaction time decreases due to a lack of sleep. For example, if instead, our reaction time is a quarter of a second then it would be 3-6 seconds. Hence our average reaction time will be 3 times longer. When we are sleeping our brain replenishes the energy that we have used up during the day time.

In a recent discovery, it has been found that our brain repairs and maintains brain cells and remove toxins while sleeping. If we don’t clear out the toxins then it can be toxic to the neurons in the brain and can cause degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Sleep is also critically important for the body, the cardiovascular system depends on sleep. It is during sleep that our body recovers from high blood pressure and higher heart rate.

It is also important for our resilience and resistance to infection. So a sufficient amount of sleep is important for our immune system to function properly.

It also helps in the regulation of appetite. Our effectiveness of insulin reduces and glucose levels go up to the higher level for the same amount of meal, as a result, this leads to gaining weight.

This is a very big problem in our society cause children today are getting 2 hours less sleep in America per night then they did a century ago.

4 Stages of Sleep

Stage 1: Stage 1 is the very beginning of your sleep cycle. It is the transition from wakefulness to sleep. This sleep period is very short and lasts for only a few minutes.

During this period your heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow, and muscles are relaxed.  At this time your brain wave shifts from daytime wakefulness to theta wave.

Stage 2: Stage 2 is the second step of sleep and lasts for approximately 20 minutes.  Body temperature starts to decrease and heart rate begins to slow and muscles relax even further. Your body temperature drops and eye movement stops.

In the second stage of sleep, the brain starts to produce rapid, rhythmic brain wave activity known as spindles.

Stage 3: Stage 3 is when you are in deep sleep. It is a transitional period from light to very deep sleep. Your heartbeat and breathing slow to the lowest level. And muscles stay relaxed and immobilized.

During this stage, people become less responsive and brain wave becomes shorter. This stage is also sometimes referred to as delta sleep.

6 Different Type of Sleep Disorder

Insomnia
  • Insomnia

It is the inability of falling asleep or staying asleep over a prolonged period of time. Insomnia is very common and happens in 30% of the general population. Approximately 10% of people may suffer from chronic insomnia.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

It is characterized by a reduction or pause in breathing while sleeping. It affects about one out of three men and about one out of six women. So it’s a very common disorder and snoring is one of its symptoms. It increases cardiovascular death by 420%.

  • Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder in which people suffer from excessive sleepiness, cataplexy(sudden and uncontrollable muscle weakness), hypnagogia hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and disturbed nocturnal sleep pattern.

It affects 0.02% of the population worldwide and causes disability in 24% of the affected people.

  • Parasomnias

Parasomnias also known as abnormal arousals are disruptive sleep disorders. It involves unwanted movements and behaviors when you sleep. Like nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking. It happens due to confusional arousal from REM sleep or partial arousal from non-REM sleep.

This mostly happens to people suffering from narcolepsy.

  • Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is a condition in which the body remains paralyzed while the brain awakens. In this condition, the person experiences a temporary inability to speak and move. It is commonly accompanied by a feeling that someone is there in the room or someone is watching you.

It is often common in people with sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

  • Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia refers to the condition in which a person sleeps and has trouble staying awake during daytime and difficulty in awakening. The main symptom of hypersomnia is an irresistible urge to sleep despite adequate or even excessive sleep.

People with Hypersomnia can sleep at any time and anywhere for instance while driving or at work.

Sleep Recommendation:

Sleep needs vary from person to person, and according to their age. As a person ages. they require less sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, these are the recommended time:

  • Newborns (0-3 months):  14-17 hours each day
  • Infants (4-11 months):  12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

Conclusion

We have seen how it can impact our short term and long term health. So try to take an adequate amount of your sleep cause this is an important part of your schedule which can’t be compromised.