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Kiss Your Boring Breakfast Goodbye

Dr. Sangeeta Malu, Dietitian/Nutritionist
If you're bored of your regular breakfast ideas and are out of ways to experiment with ingredients, here are 6 new recipes you should try-Scrumptious sausage scrambleSaute some sausages in a pan along with bell peppers, potatoes, salt, and pepper. Poach an egg and add it to the top of the sausage mix. A true treat for non-veg enthusiasts. Chocolate wafflesLet your kids indulge in the occasional kiddie treat. Make a healthy waffle from whole wheat flour, skimmed milk, egg yolks, and a few chocolate chunks. Once done, serve with some honey or maple syrup. Delicious egg saladToss an assortment of salad greens with tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Keep aside. Heat the butter, break eggs, and mix till the eggs begin to solidify to a soft, moist texture. Serve hot with the salad and whole wheat toast for a wholesome breakfast treat. Yummy fish pocketsBoil fish of your choice in salt water, deboned and shredded. Toss it with salsa sauce. In another bowl, mix sour cream with lettuce, corn, and tomato. Fill whole wheat pita bread pockets with the fish and veggie mixture and munch away with gusto! Omelette with a twistWhip up a healthy and tasty omelette for your family by tossing in mushrooms, olives, ham, potatoes, or even bell peppers. Flavor it with fresh rosemary or basil and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese for added taste. Healthy apple crispStew a medium-sized apple in a microwave with two teaspoons of apricot jam. Keep stirring every 30 seconds. Remove and top it with a handful of cornflakes and a generous tablespoon of curd. Preparing an appetizing and nutritious breakfast doesn't take much. These yummy breakfast ideas will keep you feeling upbeat and your body nourished. Start your day feeling on top of the world!

6 Best Ways to Say Goodbye Cholestrol

Dr. Chetan Raj, Homeopath
Many patients these days visit my clinic with the worry of their cholesterol levels shooting up. HereI have listed out a few helpful tips for all which might be useful to reducethe amount of cholesterol levels in our body helping us to live a healthy life.1. Increase Activity LevelsThis is one of the best ways for you to reduce the cholesterol. Have a strict routine of having a walk every day. Exercising gives our body an active state making us feel fit and healthy and also fight many life threatening diseases.2. Get More FiberEating more fiber is one key to lowering your cholesterol, and is very natural as well. Earlier humans used to eat plenty of fiber, as their diet consisted mostly of fruits growing in trees, and later plants that they found while foraging in a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.In this modern times the consumption of meat has also gone up making the people more prone to diseases. Increase the amount of fibre, veggies, fruits in your diet.3. Reduce Saturated FatsSaturated fat is the bad kind of fat, the kind that hardens arteries and raises your bad levels of cholesterol. If you reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat, all else being equal you should notice a reduction in your cholesterol levels. The easiest way to lower the cholesterol in your food is to either bake or grill the food you are about to consume.4. Watch the SaltToday’s foods are already loaded with sodium, yet still we add salt to them in order to flavor them up, sometimeswithout even tasting them first to see if they need it. The problem having high intake of salt triggers many health issues. Hypertension which has been a cause of worry for each and every home in our country is responsible for many deaths every year. Reduction in the amount of salt intake will help in keeping away many diseases  also controlling the levels of cholesterol.5. Eat More FruitsFruits are very rich in fibre. They give us instant energy and also help our body loss weight. Fruits have got very low amounts of fats in them making them perfect for our body in todays developed and modernised world. The best way is to have a full fruit meal every day.6. Drink Green TeaGreen tea is a fantastic help to the body in several different ways, but what we’re most interested here is itsability to help with cholesterol levels. The trick is that you’ve got to drink a lot of it to see the best results. You can drink up to 10 cups of it per day and you should see a drop in your bad cholesterol levels, while your goodcholesterol levels stay where they are. Green tea also contains plenty of antioxidants, far more than any common tea because it is relatively unprocessed, preserving the good things it contains.

Say Goodbye to Acne and Pimples!

Dr. (Lt Cdr) Siddharth Garekar, Dermatologist
Acne is a term used to define a broader category of conditions than pimples. The term is used to define skin diseases that involve sebum, keratinisation and bacteria. The condition varies from very mild acne to severe acne, which usually involves the cystic variety of the condition.As for the percentage of the population affected by acne, this is invariably the most common skin condition that you can suffer from (95% of all people will suffer from this condition at some point of their lives). It is also the most stubborn skin condition in some cases.Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts for an acne prone skin.Here’s what not to do when you have acne:1. Over washing – Dirt and oil are not the only reasons for your acne it is multifactorial so excessive washing and cleaning will not only make your skin dry and dull but it also alters the pH of the skin and will make it more prone to breakouts.2. Picking and Squeezing – Touching your face and specifically the areas affected will expose it to more bacteria, and more bacterial exposure can never be good for acne.3. Over the counter products – Using products indiscriminately can play havoc on your skin. Make sure you consult a good dermatologist to find the right products for you.4. Avoiding moisturizer and sunscreen – Avoiding moisturizer and sunscreen is a common habit amongst people suffering from acne which in turn leads to excessive dryness making skin more prone to tanning and acne marks. Consulting your dermatologist will help you find a suitable moisturizer and sunscreen for acne prone skin.Some home remedies to try:1. Apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is a powerful antibacterial that alkalises itself, not only that, it is also an astringent that dries up excess oil and makes it difficult for the bacteria to thrive.How to use : Take pure, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and mix one part with three parts water, take the mix on a cotton swab and apply it on the acne/blemish for 10 minutes once in the night daily.2. Cinnamon and Honey MaskHoney is a natural antibiotic and so is cinnamon and both these ingredients when mixed together, have a synergistic effect that helps you control breakouts.How to use : Mix 2 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to make a paste and apply on the affected area for 15 minutes.3. Orange peel pasteVitamin C is a natural astringent, apart from being that, it also helps in new cell growth and repair and maintenance.How to use : Take two orange peels and mash them in a grinder and make sure you make a thick paste, and apply it on your face for 20-25 minutes.4. Banana peelsBanana peels contain a substance known as lutein, and this is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation.How to use : Make a banana peel and rub the inside of it in circular motions on the affected areas. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so and then wash.Do you have acne that does not respond to treatment? Have you tried everything and failed? Or do you just want to do the smart thing and get professional help to nip the disease in the bud?

Say Goodbye to Yellow Teeth

Dr. Diksha Tahilramani Batra, Dentist
Yellow teeth ruining your smile? See what's the solution – It's not always whitening!January is around the corner and along comes a new year with its numerous resolutions and promises on improving ourselves. Be it the latest diet or the promise to workout we all want to look and feel our best.If your dental resolution is to stop living with a yellow smile then here’s a combination of home remedies and dental treatment tips to make you smile bright and white this new year.Depending on the existing colour of your teeth and how bright you want your teeth to be, we have here some options ranging from the mildest to the most impactful colour change.#1. LIGHT YELLOW TEETH: Clean better!Plaque and other food deposits can make your teeth look unclean and discolored.Most often the original white of your teeth can be restored by a simple clean up procedure that washes away all the discolored food particles.#2. YELLOW TO BROWN TEETH: Eat Better!An Indian diet with turmeric coupled with our addiction to anything from tea,green tea,coffee, red wine to even smoking can lead to excessive staining of our teeth. While it may seem impossible to avoid what we are habituated to it’s equally necessary to compensate by frequent cleaning and whitening procedures based on your frequency and level of exposure to these staining substances.#3. NATURAL WHITE: Naturally…Home remedies which have no side effects like a pinch of baking soda mixed with crushed strawberries or 3-4 drops of lemon are often used to whiten teeth by scrubbing away the stained particles. Malic and citric acid present in strawberries and lime respectively gives an instant whitening effect without harming the natural layers of the teeth.#4. FREQUENT YELLOWING: Brighten at HomeIf you’re looking for more than just a natural clean white colour but want it done with as little chemical exposure as possible then home bleach is the best option for you.Removable, transparent, custom made plastic moulds of your teeth can be made in just one session.You can then put in a few drops of a low concentration gel bleach into these as they snugly fit onto your teeth. Keep them in the mouth for 45 minutes daily for up to 7 days.This procedure is done as directed by a registered dentist.This gives you a bright white colour with minimal or no side effects and the additional benefit is that it can be repeated just before an occasion or every time you feel there is yellowing of teeth.#5. BRILLIANT WHITE: In under an hour!If you want nothing less than super bright then a very standard and recognized procedure is that of the office bleach done in the dental chair in under 45 minutes.Here we use a more concentrated bleach to get you noticeable and long lasting results.Done in cycles every 10-15 minutes to show you the colour improvement and prevent side effects and discomfort.Certain precautions must be observed for 7 days after the bleach and it is recommended once annually to maintain the colour.A word of caution for the over the counter products that claim to work brilliantly to whiten teeth but overuse or unsupervised use of the same may lead to irreversible tooth damage.Even With this array of information and multitude of options available for your convenience- a consultation with your dentist for your perfect white smile, will work best before you decide to take matters into your own hands.You could have yellow teeth due to one of the following reasons:Genetically yellowed or dull when formed.Age-related reduction or thinning of enamel and exposure of dentin.Excessively stained diet or habits.Appear yellow due to fairer gums,lips,complexion or lighter eye colour.Dental diseases which stain or eat away your enamel.Improper oral hygiene habits.Do let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you!

Goodbye Braces, Hello Clear Aligners?

Dr. Abdul Rashid, Dentist
You’ve been dreaming of well-aligned teeth, closing those gaps in between, getting rid of your buck tooth, or just to simply improve your smile, but confused on whether to go for traditional braces or to try the latest alternative today which are the clear aligners?Twenty years back, patients wanting to straighten their teeth have only one option and that is to have braces placed on their teeth. Today, several dental devices and appliances are available which gives patients the opportunity to decide (with the help of their dentist) their preferred orthodontic appliance. One of these latest innovations is the clear aligner system.Listed below are some of the major differences between braces and aligners to help guide you in making the appropriate choice. But first, here’s a short description of both:As you might already know, orthodontic treatment with traditional braces uses brackets (usually metal), wires, bands, and elastics to move the teeth in the ideal position in the jaws. The brackets are bonded to the teeth surfaces and wires are held in place by small elastic rings. Monthly reviews or adjustments are required for this type of treatment.Clear aligners are considered an alternative way to straighten the teeth. They are, on the other hand, transparent dental trays made of high grade plastic which are 3D printed with the help of a CAD CAM system. A series of aligners are fabricated using cutting-edge technology and each aligner is customized to fit in the patients’ teeth to gradually move each tooth until the desired outcome is achieved. 3-4 pairs of aligners are handed to the patient at a time and instructions are given on how to wear them.  It’s also important to note that some clear aligner brands use “attachments” or small bumps of composite resin attached to certain teeth all throughout the treatment time in order to aid the movements. Other brands however, don’t require these attachments and rely solely on the aligners’ material for tooth movements. Clear aligners, like braces, usually incorporate the use of elastics in correcting certain malalignments. Now, how do they compare in terms of effectiveness, aesthetics, comfort, dental hygiene relation, and cost?1. EffectivenessBelieve it or not, both braces and clear aligners require the compliance of the patient to fully achieve the targeted final result, more so for the aligners, because they are in fact, removable. The required wear time for one pair of clear aligners for it to produce results is 17-22 hours for 1-2 weeks before moving onto the next aligner in the series. A very determined and compliant patient is the best candidate for this type of appliance. It is also a known fact that clear aligners are not suitable for all cases, which commonly suggests that severe or complicated teeth malalignment cannot be predictably achieved with this treatment alone. 2. AestheticsClearly, the aligners are the winners here. Gone are the “metal mouths” often associated with the metal brackets and wires. The transparent aligners are hardly noticeable in the patient’s teeth. Thus, they are the more appealing choice for adults, especially for those whose jobs involve a lot of social interactions and for personalities appearing on T.V. or film. Since they are removable, patients can remove them when necessary. They don’t interfere in special occasions (i.e. weddings, photo shoots, etc.) Although, a certain type of brackets made of semi-transparent ceramic are offered by many dental clinics which are less obvious than the metal ones, they are still not comparable to the "invisible" property that clear aligners offer. 3. Comfort and SpeechBoth braces and clear aligners offer some degree of discomfort, varying from patient to patient. This usually happens in the initial stages of treatment as well as during the monthly adjustments for braces. Every new pair of aligner will feel tight for the first few days of use. Though in terms of how the braces and aligners feel inside the mouth, most patients would vouch that the smooth thin plastic of the aligners are more tolerable and easier to adapt to compared to the bulky brackets and poking wires which are common issues for braces wearers.Lisping is also a common thing to experience in the first few weeks of treatment for both treatment options. But as treatment progresses, the mouth adapts to these orthodontic appliances, just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, you get used to it after sometime.4. Effect on Dental HygieneYour dentist cannot emphasize enough the importance of good dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners have the advantage on this aspect as they are removable. Patients can easily brush and floss after every meal. Unlike with braces, patients get a tough time maneuvering in between the brackets and wires in order to brush all tooth surfaces. Flossing gets tricky as well while wearing braces. If you're serious about getting either braces or clear aligners, a reminder to live by is that dental hygiene should be impeccable during any orthodontic treatment, otherwise gum disease and other problems can arise which might lead to a worse teeth condition than before you started treatment.5. CostBraces are generally more affordable than the fabrication of clear aligners. But since both are considered long term treatments, different installment plans are often offered by dental offices which patients usually appreciate.Overall, there is no best orthodontic treatment in general. But there is one which is the most suitable for each individual patient. It’s always recommended that you talk freely and honestly with your orthodontist or dentist. All your concerns should be noted and with your dentist’s knowledge, he/she can devise the best treatment plan for you. 

Say Good Bye to Dry Skin

Dr. Ravindranath Reddy V, Cosmetologist
Winter = Dry Skin. So how can you handle it?Come winter, almost all of us will be victims of dry skin, more so Adults.What Causes Dry Skin?Skin is the largest organ in the body. It forms almost 16% of person's body weight. It acts like a barrier between the body and the environment. It prevents excessive water loss and entry of harmful chemicals into the human body.Dry skin is caused due to the damage caused to the protective barrier, resulting in excessive water loss through the skin and reduction in the skin's water holding capacity due to reduction in the concentration of  water holding sugar and protein molecules, otherwise known as glycosaminoglycans (GAG.)Once the water levels in the superficial layers of the skin (Stratum Corneum) falls below a critical level leads to increased corneocyte cell adhesion resulting in dry, wrinkled and flaky skin, which can lead to irritation and frequent scratching of the skin.How to over Come it?The solution lies in increasing the Moisture content through either preventing the water loss or increasing the water holding capacity of the skin.Moisturisers are of two types, i.e . Occlusives and Humectants.OcclusivesThey provide a layer / barrier on the surface of the skin that prevents the water evaporation and thus increases the moisture content of the skin.HumectantsThese are the substances that help in increasing the water holding capacity of the skin.Take Home Points to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter:Have your bath with room temperature or lukewarm water. Avoid hot water baths.Use a soap that has very good moisturising contents and the pH should be between 5 to 5.5Pat dry your skin and immediately apply the moisturising lotion once you come out of the bath room. This will help locking up the Moisture.Drink good amount of water.Eat fruits in plenty, preferably citrus fruits.Take care of the skin  this way, so that it takes care of you and makes your skin healthy and supple and enhances your beauty.

The Many Health Benefits of Eating Bananas

Dr. Nilesh Makwana, Physiotherapist
We say "AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY", but there are other fruits available which have good effect on human body. One of them is BANANA.Health benefits of banana fruit:Banana is one of the high calorie, tropical fruits. 100 grams of fruit carry 90 calories. Besides, it contains good amount of health benefiting anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins.Banana fruit is composed of soft, easily digestible flesh made up of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that upon consumption instantly replenishes energy and revitalizes the body. Thus, for these qualities, bananas are being used by athletes to get instant energy and as supplement food in the treatment plan for underweight children.The fruit holds a good amount of soluble dietary fiber (7% of DRA per 100 g) that helps normal bowel movements; thereby reducing constipation problems.It contains health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, ß and a-carotenes, albeit, in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.Banana is good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine); provides about 28% of daily-recommended allowance. Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has beneficial role for the treatment of neuritis, and anemia. Further, it helps decrease homocystine (one of the triggering factor in coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels within the human body.The fruit is also a moderate source of vitamin-C (about 8.7 mg per 100g). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.Fresh bananas provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well. Manganese is utilized as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.Fresh banana is a very rich source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 358 mg potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering bad effects of sodium.

Say Goodbye To Sagging Skin!

Dr. Suman Polavarapu, Cosmetologist
It is everyone's dream to retain that youthful look without undergoing surgery. Ultherapy, is the permanent answer for sagging skin of all ages. The FDA approved Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure to lift and tighten the skin on the neck, under the chin, eyebrows and the lines of décolletage at an affordable cost. And you can achieve a fresher look from your brow to your chest. In fact, Ultherapy is flexible enough to produce tightening results even on the upper arms, tummy and thighs or anywhere on the body with no down time.Ultherapy treats the deep layers of skin tissue without disturbing the surface of the skin. It is a great substitute for Botox and fillers. Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound to transform and tighten the area, and is done precisely while giving the treatment area under the guidance of an ultrasound probe. Ultherapy relies on ultrasound to deliver its collagen boosting treatment and allows the doctor to see the layers of the tissue they are treating and where the treatment energy will be delivered. The Ultherapy procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin's foundational layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery-without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Ultherapy is safe and effective in clinical studies in more than 350,000 treatments worldwide. “A more moderate approach taken by celebs like Adriana De Moura is to undergo anti-aging procedures like Ultherapy , what some call `Spanx for skin',“ says Adriana De Moura, TV personality.“It's been about three months, and I definitely see a difference. I am really happy with it!“ says Jacqueline Laurita, reality TV star.It's a single session treatment, and in some patients we can see an initial effect right after their first treatment. But the real results will take two to three months as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin on the neck, chin and brow as well as smooth skin on the chest.Le Gorjuss Cosmetic Clinic at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad is the first clinic in South India which offers Ultherapy , and this is the most popular treatment among celebrities at present. Don't wait; give it a try! 

Bid Your Tires Goodbye - 6 Tips to Lose Your Belly Fat

Dr. Tejender Kaur, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Here are 6 lifestyle changes you need to make that can help you get rid of your tummy fat forever:1. Kick start your mornings with a hearty breakfast to steady your insulin levels and to lower your Low-Density Lipo-protein (LDL) cholesterol levels.2. Stress is often known to trigger an increase in weight. This is because when you are in a stressed mood, your cortisol hormone goes up in your body which makes you want to eat more. It's all the more reason for you to keep cool and ensure you don't stress out.2. Drink lots of water and keep your metabolism active. It will not only help you to lose your belly fat, but it will also keep your energy levels high throughout the day.3. Avoid foods with added sugar and sugary beverages. Eating a lot of refined sugar adds to body fat. Excess sugar consumption may be the primary driver of belly fat accumulation, especially sugary beverages like soft drinks and fruit juices.4. Aerobic exercises such as walking, running, and swimming help in weight reduction around the abdominal cavity. Working out in regular intervals can also help build muscles and improve endurance more quickly than traditional exercises. Exercising is also one of the best habits you can cultivate if you want to live a long and healthy life.5. Most people actually don’t have a clue what they are really eating. Watch what you put in your mouth and reduce your calorie consumption. Unless there is a strict restriction on your calorie intake, you won''t reduce the fat around your belly. Good fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, and soya bean prevent the accumulation of belly fat. Stick to a daily diet that's free from sugary foods and rich in fiber and protein. Protein will not only improve your metabolism, it will also help you to avoid putting on weight again, should you ever decided to leave your weight loss ways.6. For someone who wants to truly optimize their diet, tracking things is absolutely essential. Use tools like a calorie calculator to regularly track what you are eating. This will help you make adjustments and get you closer to your tummy-taming goals. If you make these changes, you will no longer have to think twice before putting on that favorite crop top or that gorgeous saree. What are you waiting for? Take on the new lifestyle change and burn that extra fat.