• Brush your teeth at least two times every day, once after you wake up once before you sleep at night.
• Floss after every meal. Most tooth brushes can’t reach the tiny crevices (gaps) between teeth where food gets stuck.
• You should also use rinse your mouth wash along post brushing and flossing.
• Make sure you drink lots of water through the day. This helps to wash off any food particles which can get stuck.
• Avoid sugary foods since that is what germs thrive on to make acid. This acid eventually leads to tooth decay.
• Try to reduce the amount of acid in contact with your teeth. Acid foods and drinks are also a main factor in tooth erosion. So, limit fizzy drinks and fruit juices as these tend to be acidic. Choose drinks that are much less acidic, such as still water, and milk, tea, or coffee (without sugar).
• If you must drink fizzy drinks and fruit juices, do so quickly. Don't swish them around your mouth or hold them in your mouth for any period of time.
• Consume a well-balanced diet. Foods or supplements rich in Vitamin C and Calcium promote dental well being.
• Quit smoking and using any tobacco based products.
Occasional bleeding may be due to local gum injury. If this happens often, it suggests that you have Gingivitis which is a gum infection/inflammation.
It would be ideal to confirm which of the two is the cause by getting it examined by a Dentist. Some infections need to be further investigated and treated with oral antibiotics.
Hi, you need to get this examined by an Ear Nose Throat (E.N.T.) doctor.
It can be impacted wax or an ear infection or a foreign body.
It is hard to comment on what is the cause without examining the affected ear and doing basic auditory (hearing) tests.
So see the doctor right away. Till then avoid swimming. Make sure nothing goes into your ears.
What you are facing is nothing but exam related stress, which is quite common.
There is no pill for it, but you can follow these suggestions which can be helpful:
• Drink lots of water. At night, as you study, keep water at hand and keep sipping it regularly.
• Avoid tea and coffee .Yes caffeine will wake you up and give u a buzz right away but that effect will wear off quickly and actually make you more tired and sleepy than you were before .This is because it dehydrates the body.
• Diet is integral: Eat a rich healthy breakfast but have light dinner. If you feel hungry at night, eat fruits, salads only. Avoid junk food.
• Take 20-30 min nap during the day. It will help you to concentrate better.
• As you study, whenever you feel tired or sleepy or even stressed, take a minute to calm down. Breathe slowly- focus on your breath. (If you know yoga, you could practice those breathing exercises.)Concentrating on your breath can help you bring more oxygen to the brain which will wake the body up and can help you clear your mind and study better.
Under eye dark circles is a common problem that a lot of us face nowadays.
There are various reasons for this like:
• Sun exposure
• Poor diet
• Alcohol consumption
• Caffeine consumption
• Sleep deprivation
• Health issues like allergy, nasal congestion, eczema, thyroid problems
Our weight should be proportionate to our height. For every given height there is a normal weight range.
You must do several things correctly to gain weight.
A healthy diet: this is the foundation of gaining weight. If you don't do this right, the other things you do won't be effective and could even be harmful. Follow the following tips:-
• Pay attention to your health and food intake.
• To increase your appetite, have a glass of lime water or 1 cardamom (elaichi) before your meal.
• Have minimum 4 meals in a day.
• Drink 1 glass of milk twice a day.
• Try to enjoy your meals and gradually increase the quantity you eat every time.
• A balance diet should have all essential nutrients in it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It should include combination of Both Carbohydrates and Proteins for e.g. Oats with Milk or Poha/ Upma with a glass of milk. If you do not like milk have 1-2 egg whites in the morning along with your breakfast.
• You need to focus on your protein intake : Increase your protein intake e.g. milk, dairy products- cheese, paneer, lentils (dals), nuts ( soya, peanuts, dry fruits ), pulses e.g. rajma, chole, kidney beans etc. sprouts. If you are a non-vegeterian, then you can have proteins by also eating eggs, chicken, fish. Make sure you are including at least 2 serving of any of these in your daily meal.
• Lunch and dinner again should be a combination of Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats which could have dal, roti, sabji/chicken, salad.
• Please do have minimum 4 almonds or a small bowl of peanuts every day.
• Please ensure that you drink at least 3 litres of water every day.
Exercise: Some types of exercise are more effective for weight gain. If you are below 21 years of age, you are still in the process of growing and are just beginning training; you need to take a safe approach so please speak to a trainer for an appropriate regimen.
If you are above 21 years of age: assuming you don't have any medical conditions that would make it risky, you can do weight training to build muscle mass. There are different exercise regimens but the preferred ones focus on training large muscle groups (e.g. chest, back, thighs, and butt) and doing full-body exercises such as push-ups, squats, pull-ups, rows, etc.
All my friends are much bigger than I am. I'm already taking steroids - what else can I do? I want to look at least as muscular as my other 26 year old friends.
Everyone has a different body shape which is determined genetically, what is important is to be fit and healthy.
Please avoid taking steroids without doctor’s prescription as these drugs have very harmful effects and can permanently affect your lungs, kidneys, heart, bones, immune system.
If you want to become more muscular I would suggest you to work-out and increase your protein intake.
Eat foods like cheese, paneer, lentils (dals), and nuts
(Soya, peanuts, dry fruits), pulses e.g. rajma, chole, kidney beans .
If you are a non-vegetarian, then you can have proteins by also eating eggs, chicken, fish.This will help you achieve the best body as per your genetic potential.
Some gym instructors also prescribe steroids and protein shakes for building muscles but do not take them without consulting your doctor.
You will need to make a few changes to your lifestyle:
• Have a balanced diet including green leafy vegetables and fruits.
• Sleep at least 7 hours each day.
• Drink at least 3 litres water every day.
• If possible take care of your skin by doing routine facials/face massages to help improve facial blood circulation.
Along with this you can try these products to help reduce the dark circles.
1. You can try eye products by reputed cosmetic brands like (Neutrogena , Aderma, Oriflame, Garnier , L’Oreal etc )
2. Apply a mixture of 2 products : a moisturizer (e.g. CETAPHIL LOTION OR CALOSOFT LOTION ) + CLEARZ PLUS .Take equal parts of both , make a mixture and apply it on the dark circles at night.( This will take longer to show results but will work long term )
(Before using any skin care product: Always test it by applying a thin layer of it behind your ear or on your fore arm to check how your skin reacts to it.)
Besides these there are more intense treatment options which you can discuss with a Dermatologist. Like:
• Chemical peel
• Laser resurfacing
• Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL or Photo therapy )
• Skin lightening with topical bleaching agents.
Hi! I have no passed motions in 24 hours! I am feeling heavy! I don’t know why this has happened. What shall I do?
It seems like you are constipated. A person is said to be constipated if he/she is having a difficulty in passing stools. It is commonly associated with “hard” stools.
Common causes of constipation are:
• Not eating enough fibre. (Fibre which found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is needed as it absorbs water and swells, adding bulk to the stool for smooth passage.)
• Not drinking enough water.
• Consuming certain Medicines e.g. medicine to treat indigestion, medicine to treat epilepsy, antidepressants, calcium, iron supplements.
• Medical conditions e.g. an underactive thyroid, irritable bowel syndrome.
Here are some tips to prevent constipation:
1. Eat foods that contain plenty of fibre: Multi-grain or whole-wheat bread, biscuits and flour, brown rice, whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta, peas, beans, nuts, citrus fruits.
2. Exercise regularly.
3. Do not ignore the urge of passing stools. (Some people suppress this feeling if they are busy. It may result in a backlog of stools which is difficult to pass later. When you go to the toilet, it should be unhurried, with enough time to ensure that you can empty your bowel.)
4. Avoid heavy, spicy, oily food.
5. Have curd/ chaans / buttermilk regularly.
6. Have at least 3-4 litres of water per day.
To relieve your current discomfort try:
Have SYRUP DUPHALAC or SYRUP CREMAFFIN: 10 ml at bed time along with a glass of warm water. (Don’t use it for more than 10 days continuously.)
Have NATURE CARE ISABGOL: 2 teaspoons with a glass of warm water or milk every night.
Blackening of finger/toe nails is a usual complication of prolonged Diabetes.
When blood cannot travel freely throughout the body, your cells cannot survive, infection can develop, and tissue can die.
Diabetes hampers blood flow as well as affects sensation in the limbs. So your dad might have been hurt and not even realised.
You should have it checked by a doctor right away so that it can be appropriately treated. Your father needs to see his Diabetologist/physician to make sure his Diabetes is well controlled too.