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Ditch The Ointments And Try These Amazing Ayurvedic Remedies For Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is an irritable skin condition which is caused because of rapid buildup of skin cells. It is a chronic autoimmune condition which causes scaling on the skin’s surface. The condition is usually treated with the help of medicines and ointments which primarily help in reducing symptoms of psoriasis. In this article, we talk about Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis, which can help in treating the condition more holistically and less invasively. Ayurveda suggests that skin disorders like psoriasis occur because of imbalances in kapha and vata doshas. Read below to know how Ayurveda can help in holistically treating psoriasis.

Ayurveda for psoriasis treatment

1. Treatments for pacifying vitiated doshas

 

This is done by intake of some nourishing foods and oily substances. Externally, oil massages, applying herbal pastes and bathing with medicinal liquids is done as part of this treatment. The herbal formulations may comprise honey, triphala, ghee, etc. You can take prescription regarding dosages from an ayurvedic expert.

Buttermilk can be taken for facilitating Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis. Lactic acid in buttermilk helps in moisturising and reducing scaling on skin because. You can also try diluting 1 tsp of sandalwood in 3 cups of water. Add a few drops of rose water and some sugar for taste. Take this three times in a day for effective results. Cabbage juice can also help in healing from psoriasis.

For topical application, you can try using aloe vera gel or gel or diluted lime juice. Powdered or boiled almonds can also be helpful in Ayurvedic treatment of psoriasis. On the area with red and itchy scales on the skin, you can apply fresh banana leaf – this will help in reducing inflammation.

2. Treatments for purging toxins

An effective Ayurvedic treatment for treating psoriasis is purging toxins. Also known as panchakarma, this process can be done by therapeutic purgation with the herbs, or inducing vomiting therapeutically can help in cleansing and purifying toxins in your body. Such treatments are carried out by lubricating your body both internally and externally. This helps softening of the toxins and channeling them into the alimentary canal. Oils like ghee are administered internally for a few days along with massage with herbal oils such as bala oil or bakuchi oil. Then, heat is applied to the body for channeling toxins in the alimentary canal. This process is also known as sweating therapy or sevdana.

Vamana or therapeutically inducing vomiting is an invariable part of Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis. It has been found to be effective in reducing burning sensation, scaling, dryness and itching on the skin.

3. Exposure to sunlight

Exposure to sunlight for small period of time can help in clearing psoriasis. This treatment has to be regulated carefully in order to avoid sunburns and other similar injuries to the skin.

4. Avoid factors which cause psoriasis

Some of the common triggers for psoriasis include poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. Having salty, spicy, sour, sugary or refined foods in excess can trigger psoriasis. Also foods such as fish and milk, which are not compatible with each other can be a trigger. Sleeping during the day, suppressing urges of your body, excessive exposure to the sun or heat can trigger psoriasis. All these triggers must be avoided in order to prevent psoriasis triggers. Also, foods like sweets, sesame oil, rice flour, etc should be avoided. Alongside, excessive anger, grief or worry needs to be ignored in order to prevent psoriasis flare ups. Yoga and meditation can be helpful to achieve this goal.


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5 Foods That Will Detoxify Your Lungs And Heal Them Naturally

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Are you a chain smoker? Do you live in a polluted area? Our lungs are a vital organ and the most ignored organ of our body. It is through them that we breathe.

Consequently our lungs are also sucking in harmful elements from the air around us. They are exposed to harmful pollutants and microbes that get deposited from the air we inhale. For people who smoke, their healthy lungs turn black with the deposition of tar in their lungs. Regular detoxification of lungs will help in smooth functioning and help in expulsion of toxins. Thus it is important that we choose healthy foods to cleanse our lungs, so as to reduce common lung diseases and respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and cystic fibrosis.

Some foods which are great for good lung health are listed below:

 

1. Garlic: The anti-inflammatory properties along with a high level of allicin helps to fight infections and reduces inflammation. Garlic has also been considered by many as being an effective remedy in improving asthma and can help to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

2. Apples: An apple is healthy, loaded with nutrients, high energy, high fiber, low calorie food. Its flavonoids and the wide variety of vitamins, and antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, helps us to maintain a strong immune system and a healthy respiratory system. When we have healthy respiratory functions, we can fight off lung diseases and prevent them naturally.

3. Ginger: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties ginger will help to clear your lungs naturally. You can add ginger to various dishes as it is a widely used herb. Also you can add it in your morning tea.You can also use it to prepare ginger tea blended with some lemon in it. This is beneficial to remove toxins from the respiratory tract.

4. Green tea: Drink a cup of your favourite herbal green tea before going to bed to release toxins in the intestine that can lead to constipation or other stomach ailments. You should refrain from overloading your lungs with tedious work during this purification process.

5. Lentils: In order to optimize the oxygen transportation faculties of the lungs, healthy hemoglobin levels are absolutely critical. Hemoglobin is a protein molecule that is found in red blood cells and aids in transporting oxygen from the lungs to body tissue. As an added benefit, hemoglobin stimulates the internal processes that returns carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be expelled from the body. Black beans, cow peas, dried peas, lentils, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and soybeans are some foods containing properties that raise hemoglobin levels. Additionally, supplement beans and lentils with vitamin-C rich foods to maximize iron absorption.

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Fasting may help keep age-related diseases at bay: Study

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Fasting can boost the body’s metabolism and help protect against age-related diseases, a study has found. The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. While food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.

“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said Paolo Sassone-Corsi, a professor at the University of California, Irvine in the US. “Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” said Sassone-Corsi.

The research, published in the journal Cell Reports, was conducted using mice, which were subjected to 24-hour periods of fasting. While fasting, researchers noted the mice exhibited a reduction in oxygen consumption (VO2), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and energy expenditure, all of which were completely abolished by refeeding, which parallels results observed in humans.

 

“The reorganisation of gene regulation by fasting could prime the genome to a more permissive state to anticipate upcoming food intake and thereby drive a new rhythmic cycle of gene expression,” he said. “In other words, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases,” said Sassone-Corsi.

The study opens new avenues of investigation that could ultimately lead to the development of nutritional strategies to improve health in humans.

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High-fibre diet lowers risk of death, non-communicable diseases: Lancet

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Eating up to 30 grams of naturally-occurring dietary fibre — such as whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits — daily may prevent the risks of developing non-communicable diseases, finds a review of studies published in the journal The Lancet.

The results suggest a 15-30 per cent decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality; and reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, Type-2 diabetes and colorectal cancer by 16-24 per cent.

Increasing fibre intake is associated with lower bodyweight and cholesterol, compared with lower intake or synthetic and extracted fibre.

 

“Our findings provide convincing evidence for nutrition guidelines to focus on increasing dietary fibre and on replacing refined grains with whole grains. This reduces incidence risk and mortality from a broad range of important diseases,” said Professor Jim Mann, from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

“Fibre-rich whole foods that require chewing and retain much of their structure in the gut increase satiety and help weight control and can favourably influence lipid and glucose levels.

“The breakdown of fibre in the large bowel by the resident bacteria has additional wide-ranging effects including protection from colorectal cancer,” Mann said.

Protection against stroke, and breast cancer also increased. Consuming 25-29 grams each day was adequate but the data suggest that higher intakes of dietary fibre could provide even greater protection.

The researchers included 185 observational studies and 58 clinical trials involving 4,635 adult participants.

The study also found that diets with a low glycaemic index and low glycaemic load provided limited support for protection against Type 2 diabetes and stroke only.

Foods with a low glycaemic index or low glycaemic load may also contain added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.

However, high intakes might have ill-effects for people with low iron or mineral levels for whom high levels of whole grains can further reduce iron levels, the researchers noted.

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