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Foods That Improve Vision

While a diet high in saturated fat and sugar may increase the risk to many eye diseases; including healthy foods such as whole grains, dark greens and brightly coloured fruits and vegetables help in promoting good eyesight and preventing age related eye damage.


5 foods that improve vision



Dark green leafy vegetables:

Lutein, found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli is one of the best known eye-protecting antioxidants.


Carrots, pumpkins and berries:

Thebrightly coloured, especially red and yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in beta carotenoids (vitamin A), antioxidants and Vitamin C, which are essential for good eye health. It is recommended that people choose a variety of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet to take advantage of the myriad nutrients that each has to offer.

The best vegetables for the eyes would be carrots, methi (fenugreek leaves), spinach, sweet potatoes, lettuce leaves and fruits like mangoes, papaya, cherries, peach, and watermelon.



The omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish and other sea foods may improve vision by neutralizing free radicals, preventing the formation of new blood vessels and reducing eye inflammation. Studies have shown that people who consumed not only more omega-3 fatty acids, but also fewer omega-6 fatty acids, (found in vegetable oils and processed foods), enjoyed the most benefits.

Amongst meats, avoiding red meats would be a good idea as the presence of high saturated fat content may increase the risk of macular degeneration.


Nuts and seeds:

Consuming moderate amounts of nuts (almonds, walnuts) and seeds (pumpkin seeds, alsi or flax seeds) are beneficial.


Low fat milk:

Taking liberal quantities of natural foods rich in Vitamin A and B2, such as whole milk, curds, and beans is suggested


Source : ApolloLife

Get rid of that double chin, at home!

Is that double chin spoiling all your pretty pictures? Though surgery is an easy way out to cut that ugly flab out, there are homemade remedies also which can rescue you.


Chew any sugar free gum

This is a kind of face exercise which helps you to tone your face muscles. Chewing a sugar free gum will give your jaw line a workout that will yield quick results. It also results in healthier teeth and gums. Do this several times a day to get best results.


Cocoa butter

Rub a few tablespoons of cocoa butter on your throat and chin to get rid of your double chin. Massage it gently before going to bed or before going for a shower. Cocoa butter improves the elasticity of the skin.


Massage with wheat germ oil

Wheat germ oil is great to get your chin in shape. Regular massages with the oil help tighten the skin and also provide ample nourishment. Before going to bed, rub some oil gently on your neck and throat. Massage for 20 minutes upwards from the bottom of the neck to the chin. Leave the oil overnight for best results.


Egg white facial mask

You can make a homemade facial mask to eliminate double chin fast with the help of egg whites. To make this, you need egg whites of two eggs, a tablespoon of milk, small amount of peppermint essential oil, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk it. Now apply this mask to the skin around your chin and neck area and allow it to dry for about forty five minutes. Once dry, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily to enjoy quick results.


Drink a lot of water

This might sound a far-fetched plan but water plays an important role in helping to lose weight and reduce the appearance of double chin. Studies have shown that lack of water can add weight to the face. Drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water daily is necessary. Keeping the body hydrated is important and so is flushing out all the unwanted toxins.


Glycerin mask

Make a natural mask with glycerin to get rid of double chin. Mix one tablespoon of glycerin, half tablespoon of bath salts and a few drops of rose water. Apply the mixture directly to the neck and chin area. Leave it for fifteen minutes. Wash the area thoroughly with tap water. Do this thrice a week.


Source: Times Of India.

Monsoons and Eczema

Skin problems during monsoons


Fungal infections:

Fungal infections are the major skin related problem as fungus and yeast thrive in wet skin folds like underarms, groins and under the breasts. Feet are another area for such infections especially amongst those who wear shoes and socks throughout the day.

Keep dry will be the motto during this season. Ensure that clothes, socks, footwear etc are dry. Use adequate talcum powder, especially in the folds. Remove your socks and shoes while seated in office.
Bacterial infections:

Increased chances of exposure to dirty water during monsoons predispose us to bacterial infections especially to those with underlying chronic ailments like diabetes and eczema. Frequent scratching often breaks the skin barrier, which in turn leads to skin infections.

Monsoon brings with it increased chances of scabies. Scabies, being very contagious, has increased chances of spreading through the family route or the school route. Early detection and treatment are the best ways of preventing further spread and complicated secondary bacterial infections.
Eczema :

Eczema is an inflammatory skin reaction characterized by itching, redness, scaling and rash. Eczema can be induced by both internal (genetics) and external (environmental) factors.
Endogenous (Inherited)
Exogenous (External – plants, chemicals etc)
Irritant Dermatitis
Allergic Dermatitis.

Increased humidity, frequent temperature changes, increased exposure to common triggering irritants during monsoons aggravates eczema.


Management of eczema

1) Bath:

To minimize skin irritation, use lukewarm water and have short baths. Mild soap-free cleansers may be used as these will remove dirt, excess oil, bacteria and cosmetics without damaging the skin barrier.


2) Moisturizers:

The basic problem for an eczematic skin is its lowered ability to retain moisture. It is therefore very important to keep skin moist by applying moisturizer, preferably lotion immediately after bath.


3) Avoid skin irritants:

Avoid wool and synthetic clothes, fragrances, perfumes, strong soaps and dry environs as they may damage the skin barrier.


4) Avoid other triggers:

Proper identification of the allergen and conscious avoidance of those will help in preventing exacerbations. Some of the common triggers are food (peanuts, milk, egg, soybeans, and seafood), metals (nickel, chrome in jewellery), rubber and latex products, house dust mites, moulds, pollen and animal dander.

Regular vacuuming of carpets and curtains, keeping your pet clean, double rinsing of clothes to remove all residual detergents are some housekeeping issues that need to be followed


5) Stress:

Emotional turmoil is a major trigger for the itch-scratch cycle. It is therefore very important to manage stress.


Skin is the mirror of internal well being. Skin manifestations therefore need immediate medical attention as they can give a clue to internal maladies.

Monsoon exposes people to external irritants like increased pollutants, drinking water problems, drainage and sewerage overflows, worms, stress due to frequent rescheduling etc. But the silver lining is the fact that most of them are preventable or at least easily treatable with a little bit of our vigilance, good hygiene and healthy skin care regimen.
Some of the common triggers are food (peanuts, milk, egg, soybeans, and seafood), metals (nickel, chrome in jewelry), rubber and latex products, house dust mites, moulds, pollen and animal dander.

Dr Sabitha Surisetti is Consultant Dermatologist at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata

Source : Apollo Life


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