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The Amazing Health Benefits of Onions

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Onions are not only important for the creation of some very noteworthy culinary masterpieces. These herbs are also essential for the attainment of optimal health by fighting off all sorts of maladies. For centuries now, onions have been used by traditional healers for dealing with a wide variety of ailments and diseases. It is also exactly for this reason why onions can be found in various listings of home remedies for insect bites, fever, wound infection, hypertension and even cancer.


What makes onions highly effective in preventing and treating an assortment of health problems is the presence of what’s called quercetin. This is a type of flavonoid — a plant-based compound with some serious antioxidant properties — that is known to combat free radicals, prevent allergies, lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, manage inflammation, fight off cancer, and so many others.


Aside from onions, quercetin can also be obtained from many other sources. Some of them include apples, citrus fruits and parsley. Experts say that there are impressive amounts of the said flavonoid in red wine and green tea. Some amounts of quercetin can also be found in grapes,

 

blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, green leafy vegetables, beans and olive oil.


These days, you can also enjoy quercetin by popping a capsule in your mouth. So many health food stores on the internet and offline carry such product due to its popularity. But who needs it when you can obtain quercetin from a wide variety of food sources, most especially onions that can be easily added to soups, stews, stir-fry veggies, salads and others?
Here are some of the truly amazing health benefits offered by onions:


They Help Lower Fever


If you are looking for a quick way to lower your temperature when having a fever, simply chop up some onions and potatoes and mince some garlic. Put everything in a pair of socks and wear them. Lie down in bed and place a small piece of towel on your forehead that’s soaked in apple cider vinegar.


Onions Shorten the Duration of a Cold


The moment you realize that you just caught a cold, reach for something to eat that has plenty of onions in it. Opting for a salad with at least a whole raw onion in it is a great idea too. You may also chop up an onion then boil it in a cup of water. Strain and add some honey and grated ginger, and drink it.


They Help Cure Cough


Are your throat and chest already hurting because of that nasty cough? All you have to do is cut a large-sized onion in half and place 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar on each of them. Allow to sit for an hour. Afterwards, grab a spoon and scoop some of the syrupy liquid that has formed, and consume.

Do this twice a day to attain relief from cough right away.


Their Innermost Part Relieves Earache


Right in the very center of every onion is the so-called heart of the onion. Placing this piece in your ear is a wonderful idea if you are suffering from an earache broght about by ear inflammation due to an infection. The antibacterial properties of an onion can help deal with the problem.


Slicing Up Onions Helps Cleanse the Eyes


If there’s a small foreign object in your eye that causes irritation, fret not. All you have to do is chop up some onions right in front of you. This will make you cry, thus causing that annoying foreign object to be flushed out.


Onions Disinfect Minor Wounds


One of the first few things that you should do upon incurring a minor wound is to immediately wash it with soap and water to remove dirt and bacteria. To make sure that an infection is not going to bug you, simply slice an onion and apply the juice on the wound. This solution is also great for minor burns.


They Help Soothe Insect Bites


No one likes having insect bites as they are itchy and oftentimes painful. A quick way to heal those pesky insect bites is by crushing a small piece of onion and daubing the juice on the trouble spots.


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Natural Remedies for Prickly Heat Rashes

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When summer strikes and you sweat more than usual, it’s not unlikely for prickly heat to show up. Also known as milaria rubra, this condition is characterized by small and raised red spots that itch like crazy. Because the primary cause of prickly heat is blockage of the sweat glands, it can occur practically everywhere provided that there are sweat glands present. However, it is more common on the chest, back, thighs, neck and forehead.
These are some tried-and-tested effective home remedies for prickly heat so you may quit scratching:
Ice Cubes: A quick and simple way to attain prickly heat relief is by gently rubbing ice cubes on those trouble spots. The cooling effect helps deal with the itchiness as well as reduces the appearance of those tiny bumps.
Oatmeal: Add a cup of raw oatmeal to your cool bath water. Immerse yourself there for 15 minutes to pacify those itchy red spots as well as make your body feel cool amidst the summer heat.
Baking Soda: Instead of oatmeal, you may add a cup of baking soda in your cool bathwater and soak in it. It’s also possible to simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of cold water, and apply the solution on prickly heat with a soft cloth.
Cornstarch: Using cornstarch just like baby powder is an effective way to attain instant relief from prickly heat itchiness. You may also add a few drops of water into a tablespoon of cornstarch to come up with a paste that you may daub on those red spots.
Aloe Vera: If you have aloe vera in your garden, there’s no need to look further. Simply break a leaf and apply the gel on those itchy bumps. Allow it to stay there for a few minutes and hit the shower.
Neem Oil: Margosa or neem oil has antibacterial properties. Applying it on problem spots can help deal with the itchiness you are facing as well as prevent further irritation.
Sandalwood Powder: A lot of commercially available prickly heat powders contain sandalwood powder. Boost its healing effect by mixing equal amounts of it with coriander powder and rosewater. Apply the paste on those annoying rashes and rinse once dry.
Fuller’s Earth: A staple ingredient in so many beauty products, fuller’s earth is an excellent prickly heat remedy. Add 2 tablespoons of rosewater to 4 tablespoons of it. Mix and daub the paste on those red bumps. Wash off with water once dry.
Banyan Tree Barks: Applying powdered banyan tree barks on affected areas allows effective relief from itchiness prickly heat brings.
Citrus Fruit Juice: The consumption of orange, lemon or lime juice helps refresh you during those hot summer days. Thanks to the loads of vitamin C necessary for skin health, drinking citrus fruit juice accelerates the healing of prickly heat.
Pick an all-natural prickly heat solution that you find easy and convenient. It won’t take long before you are ready to resume your summer enjoyment.

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Don’t Miss Out On These 7 Skincare Hacks This Summer

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As exciting the beach holidays and summer trips might look, they have their downsides too. High temperatures, dust, dirt, pollution and of course, the summer sun can all take a toll on your skin. Ultraviolet rays of the sun can be very harmful for your skin. Apart from causing skin tanning, they can also cause sunburns and various other skin ailments. So here are some simple yet effective summer skin care hacks by dermatologist Dr Nivedita Dadu, that can protect your skin from tanning this summer.
Summer skincare hacks you must follow

  1. Hydrate yourself: It is very important to hydrate yourself by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Along with this, you can also drink fresh juices, lime water, coconut water and chilled smoothies too. Proper hydration is very important in summer as you tend to lose out on a lot of water from the body while sweating. This can make your skin look dull and dehydrated.
  2. Never forget your sunscreen: Ultraviolet rays can be really harmful to your skin thus, it is very important to safeguard your skin with a sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied even when indoors. Choose a sunscreen according to your skin type and ensure that it penetrates into your skin nicely.
  3. Eat healthy: Eating healthy is very important for your skin and body. Consume more fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, berries, canary melon and litchis that shall ensure that your body and skin remain hydrated and healthy. Lack of proper skincare can result in fewer antioxidants in the body, which can damage cells and cause skin ageing.
  4. Avoid makeup: Avoid applying makeup on your skin as much as possible as it shall eventually result in clogged pores and breakouts. Even if you are applying makeup, always ensure that you don’t miss out on your moisturiser and primer. Also, always remove your makeup before going to bed.
  5. Sleep properly: It is essential to sleep properly as the body releases growth hormones during sleep. These growth hormones help the skin to repair itself. Proper sleep also helps you have a glowing skin. People who don’t take enough sleep or have erratic lifestyles with unhealthy sleeping cycles tend to have dull skin. Proper sleep ensures that your skin is in a resting motion, which eventually results in faster cell regeneration.
  6. Cleanse your skin thoroughly: Cleansing your skin properly is a very crucial step during summers. The sweat, dust and sunscreen, if congested on the skin for a long period of time, can result in blocked pores and breakouts. Therefore, it is important to clean your skin nicely every day.
  7. Avoid hot showers: Hot showers can be dangerous for the skin. Hot water damages the skin by stripping off the natural oils. This leads to dry, red and unhealthy skin. Therefore, go for showers with cold water as they can make you feel fresh and re-energised.
    (Dr. Nivedita Dadu, Dermatologist and Derma surgeon, Dr. Dadu’s Clinic)

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Office workers who sit a lot need to exercise

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Office workers who sit for long periods of time can reverse the health risks of their modern sedentary lifestyle by exercising just 20 minutes per day, a new study revealed.
Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the University of Sydney-led collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the UK’s Loughborough University examined the health consequences associated with sitting, reports Xinhua news agency.
By statistically modelling physical activity and sitting against the death records of nearly 150,000 study participants aged 45 years and over, the study found “physical activity is particularly important for people who sit a lot”.
“Reducing sitting would be a good start but is not enough,” lead author Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health said.
“In our study, sitting time was associated consistently with both overall premature mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality in the least physically active groups – those doing under 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week.
“But one hour of physical activity per day is not necessary. Meeting the Australian public health recommendation of 150 to 300 minutes per week — equivalent to around 20-40 minutes per day on average — appeared to eliminate sitting risks,” Stamatakis added.
With many public health professionals growing increasingly concerned about the health risks associated with sitting, Stamatakis hopes the findings of the study will act as a wake-up call to office workers leading sedentary lifestyles who don’t get enough exercise.

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