Archive for May 7th, 2013

How to stop biting your nails

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

If you bite your nails, you could be exposing yourself to a host of infections. Here’s how you can stop.

Old habits die hard, but luckily, nail biting is a habit that can be broken with a steady reserve of patience and self-determination. It is most common to bite one’s nails in situations of stress, anxiety, hunger or boredom.

Why you need to stop your nails

You already know this – biting nails is extremely unhygienic! Apart from making your hands and fingernails look straight miserable, this habit increases the risk of infections in the area underneath the nail. It also increases the risk of spreading cold-causing bacteria between the nails and mouth, nail deformation, bleeding of cuticles, etc. In severe situations, it may even lead to dental problems such as spread of infections to the gums.


Make your own beauty products

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Here are a few homemade beauty recipes to help you steer clear of those chemical-loaded cosmetics.

Face mask


Egg white works wonders on your skin. It helps tighten pores and improves skin elasticity. Separate the egg white from the yolk. Evenly apply the white of the egg on your face, and wash off after 10 minutes or as you feel your skin tighten.


Why spend hundreds of rupees on a purifying clay mask when the age-old Indian clay powder, multani mitti, will just cost you Rs 30 or less, and is as natural as it gets. If you have oily skin, mix multani mitti and rosewater to a paste-like consistency and prepare a mask. If you have dry skin, use milk or curd.


Nutrition plays key role in oral health

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

There is a strong connection between the food people eat and their oral health, a recently updated position paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has stated.

The Academy’s position paper highlighted that nutrition is an integral component of oral health.

The Academy supports integration of oral health with nutrition services, education and research. Collaboration between dietetics practitioners and oral health care professionals is recommended for oral health promotion and disease prevention and intervention.

According to the Academy’s position paper, dental caries – also known as tooth decay – “is the most prevalent, chronic, common and transmissible infectious oral condition in humans.”

In addition, a person’s overall health can be affected by tooth loss, since “declining periodontal health” can lead to diminished dietary quality because of lack of essential nutrients in a person’s diet.


Ayurveda Q&A: Tips for weight loss

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

I have recently noticed that some white hair on my beard in in my face. Is this normal? I am a 29 years old male and my normal hair color is black. I have never indulged in drug/smoking activities. I have never even touched a cigarrette. so please guide me the treatment.
Rakesh Agarwal

Hi Rakesh,

Stress plays a vital role in early grey. Reduced water intake, reduced sleeping habits, day sleep, no proper sleep at nights, having spicy, salty fast foods and drinks, reduced anti oxidants causes this trouble. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the white hair for 90 days. Gentle massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps. Ayurveda Recommends Narasimha Rasayanam – Anti ageing rejuvenative medicine for this condition. Take 1 tablespoon with warm milk twice daily before food helps.


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