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Want healthy, shiny hair? Add these top 3 nutrients to your diet

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Want healthy, shiny hair? Add these top 3 nutrients to your diet

There are some major factors that influence your hair. Yes, of course, your genes play a big role. So does your age. And the hormones in your blood, as well as the nutrient balance or deficiencies you may be carrying.
Lifestyle also makes a difference in how our hair fares. For example, if you are stressed, or unable to get enough sleep and rest, then even the best food (nutrients) and treatments (scalp and hair tonics and lotions) cannot help the failing health of your hair, nails, and skin.

When it comes to the diet factor, it has been scientifically proven that nutritionally enriched foods help your hair—and can influence your hair’s thickness, its growth or shedding, how shiny it is, and even its likelihood of greying.
There are multiple nutrients that encourage hair growth: such as Biotin (a B vitamin), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin C, Omega-3 fatty acids, etc. Sources of foods that contain these essential proteins given below are from all three, nonvegetarian, vegetarian, and vegan. Take a pick as per your own protocol.

The 3 most important Vitamins for hair growth:
1. Protein: Hour hair is made of the protein keratin. Keratin, like all proteins, is made up of a unique blend of amino acids. Eating enough protein is not just for athletes or would-be Schwarzenegger types. It is necessary for a healthy immune system and required for organs like your heart, brain, and skin to function properly. The nutrient is also touted for its ability to help control appetite and enhance muscle growth. One egg, one half-cup of chickpeas, or a small handful of nuts all provide roughly 6 grams of protein. A piece of chicken or fish the size of a deck of cards offers about 30 grams. To get your fill of protein and amino acids, you must eat food items like poultry, lean meat, and fish, chickpeas, lentils, oats, and beans. If your doctor says so, you can also supplement various protein support products, such as collagen supplements.

2. B vitamins: B vitamins, like biotin and niacin, can help support hair growth by supporting cellular energy production and tending to free radicals and encouraging healthy hair growth. Biotin supplements are often glamorised as a treatment for hair loss and to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails. It warns that although a deficiency of biotin can certainly lead to hair loss and skin or nail problems, evidence showing the benefit of supplementation is inconclusive. Alcoholism can increase the risk of biotin deficiency and many other nutrients as alcohol can block their absorption. Many pregnant women show a mild biotin deficiency despite eating adequate intakes, though the exact reason is not clear. What are the fallouts of biotin deficiency? You suffer thinning of hair, scaly skin rashes around eyes, nose, mouth, brittle nails, etc. Harvard Health gives an interesting insight on why raw egg consumption may hamper one’s biotin absorption. Those who use raw eggs in recipes for mayonnaise, Caesar dressing, or eggnog may want to reconsider– beware! A protein in raw eggs called avidin can bind to biotin, preventing its absorption. Cooked eggs are safe as the avidin is broken down when heated. Food sources for Biotin: Meat (especially organ meat), fish, eggs, seeds, nuts, and certain vegetables (sweet potatoes, broccoli, and spinach), as well as supplementation.

3. Vitamin D: Yes, even the sunshine supplement is linked to healthy hair. Vitamin D is thought to be one of the fat-soluble vitamins needed for creating and supporting functioning hair follicles, says mindbodygreen.com. Harvard Health says vitamin D is not technically a vitamin as it breaks the other rules for vitamins: it’s produced in the human body, it’s absent from all the natural foods except fish and egg yolks, and even when it’s obtained from foods, it must be transformed by the body before it can do any good. Vitamin D is not one chemical but many. The sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3, which is carried to your liver and then your kidneys to transform it to active vitamin D. Food sources to acquire vitamin D are shiitake mushroom (edible mushrooms native to East Asia) and button mushrooms, mackerel, sockeye salmon, cod liver oil, sardines, and eggs.

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Can Alcohol help in shedding those extra kilos?

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Can Alcohol help in shedding those extra kilos?

Losing weight is a herculean task and it is a fact. But the question is – Can alcohol lead to weight loss? Well, Nutritionist Bhuvan Rastogi shares important points and bursts the myth of alcohol with losing or gaining weight once and for all.

Bhuvan’s post read,” Alcohol taken in moderation does not lead to weight gain, hamper weight loss or increase appetite. But overconsumption can lead to higher appetite and less muscle buildup.”

He added, “But in general, having 1-2 units per day (depending on individual size and parameters) is ok as per latest Dietary guidelines for Americans.”

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Dengue cases on rise: Here are the symptoms

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Dengue cases on rise: Here are the symptoms

Amidst the battle against the Covid-19, there is a sharp rise in the Dengue cases. Dengue is caused by a virus of the Flaviviridae family and there are four distinct, but closely related, serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4).

So, it is advisable to get educated and take all necessary precautions.

Here are the symptoms:

1. Sudden and high fever
2. Severe headache
3. Pain behind the eyes
4. Fatigue
5. Nausea
6. Vomiting
7. Severe join and muscle pain
8. Skin rashes

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Dental myths busted and actual facts explained

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Dental myths busted and actual facts explained
  1. Dental treatment is costly.

“A little neglect may breed great mischief” – Benjamin Franklin. Dental treatment is not as costly as self-negligence. A small black spot on your tooth, with no associated pain, may seem insignificant, but, is easier to treat and costs much less than you would have to pay due to neglect. This insignificant dark spot on your tooth, allows bacteria to fester and work its way down, eating away at your tooth slowly, leading to sensitivity, pain and furthering with infectious swelling – which costs more, to treat. A healthy dentition is the gateway to a healthy life and a beautiful Smile.

  1. Haggling over fees and cost of treatment.

“Positive effort is fairly rewarded”. Do you receive your salary in variables or a fixed slab? Do you have to haggle over receiving your salary with your Boss? It is your hard-earned money for which you have spent money and time learning everything to give the best output to your workplace. It is your effort that is being rewarded in the form of salary. A Doctor’s income is their salary, when you, as a patient haggle over that, it is showing disrespect to your Doctor. If the prices seem high, feel free to check with another doctor, but please do NOT haggle.

  1. Scaling removes the enamel layer.

A Dentist’s primary goal is to suggest treatments beneficial for the patient. If we knew that scaling removes the enamel layer, we would not suggest it. Scaling is more like you taking a bath and using a scrubber, it removes the dirt attached to your skin but doesn’t remove your skin. Similarly, scaling removes all the food debris which has hardened over a period of time, around your teeth and the discolouration due to lack of proper brushing. You can also approach your dentist to know how to maintain your teeth to avoid such accumulation of debris. *The normal suggestion is to visit your dentist once in every 6 months*

  1. Treatments for a child’s teeth are not important because they fall off anyway.

“Children are the future of any Society”. Inculcating positive attitude towards oral hygiene and proper maintenance of teeth is easier in a child than in an adult. The problems you are facing, as an adult, would have been much less if you were taken to a dentist as a child. Teaching a child to properly maintain their teeth and performing necessary dental treatments create a positive attitude towards Doctors and Dentists. As one rotten tomato has the ability to spoil a sack of tomatoes, similarly, 1 caries-affected tooth becomes the harbouring site for bacteria which spread to decay other teeth too. This allows bacterial count to remain high even when new, permanent teeth erupt, thus, causing the new teeth to be affected as well. After all, everyone admires a child’s innocent and wonderful Smile, help them to continue that Smile, always.

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