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Hair Loss: Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

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hair loss

Hair loss is a common problem nowadays mainly due the change in lifestyle accompanied with the stress everyone faces in the fast-paced environment. Some people suffer from it while others do not. Hair loss is inevitable as we grow old but when it occurs in the youth it troubles us.

Symptoms

  • The first sign of hair loss is bald patches occurring mostly around the forehead or on top of the head. That should be a trigger that you need to do something about it now.
  • Loss of hair all of a sudden should ring an alarm bell.
  • If scaling patches occur on the scalp, this is due to ringworms. Another sign of this is swelling, redness and some liquid oozing out.
  • Hair thinning out gradually is an indication that you might be suffering from hair loss.

Causes

  • Lack of protein affects the body in many ways and one of them is causing lessening of hair on the head.
  • Stress is a major factor.
  • Hereditary factor is one of the reasons and very less can be done about that.
  • Hormones play an important role in our body and any change has a ripple effect thereby causing changes in our body. This affects the growth of hair and actually causes hair fall.
  • Anemia has become an ailment which many people are suffering from. This iron deficiency has an effect directly on the hair loss.
  • Thyroid is another medical illness which is a reason for loss of hair.
  • Poor nutrition is a cause of lack of essential vitamins ion our body and inadequate vitamin B causes hair loss.
  • High dosages of antibiotics and other medicines affect hair growth.

Home remedies

Coconut milk

coconut milk

  • Apply one cup of coconut milk to the hair and cover with a towel for about twenty minutes and then wash off with cold water and then shampoo.

Neem

Neem

  • Boil about ten neem leaves in water until it reduces to half the original quantity.
  • Coll the mixture and rinse hair with it.
  • For best results repeat once a week.

Aloe Vera

  • Extract the pulp from the aloe vera and apply to the hair.
  • This should be done on already washed hair.
  • Rinse off after fifteen minutes.

Greek yoghurt

Greek yogurt

  • Yoghurt is an excellent conditioner for the hair and solves a lot of hair related problems.
  • Add honey and lemon juice to two tablespoons of greek yoghurt and make a paste.
  • Apply this paste to the hair roots and scalp and wash off after half an hour.

 

 

 

posted Mar 21, 2017 by Kiran

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irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder. IBS affects the large intestine which in turn causes discomfort. Sometimes, IBS needs long term treatment.

 

Symptoms

 

  • A person having IBS may get sudden urge to have bowel movements.
  • Discomfort and abdominal pain are also signs of  irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Frequent stools and loose stools are often caused by  IBS.
  • You may also feel that you're not able to completely empty bowel.
  • You may notice changes in the way your stool looks.
  • Mucus in stools is also common when you have IBS.
  • Gas or bloated feeling are also common symptoms of IBS.
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Causes

 

  • Problems with brain-gut signals may cause irritable bowel syndrome. Brain gut signal is signals between your brain, and the nerves of your gut, or large/small intestines.
  • Bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal tract also cause IBS.
  • Some amount of bacteria always live in our small intestine. However, if they over grow and increase in number, they will produce excess gas and this may lead to IBS.
  • Poor diet, eating fatty, spicy, and carbohydrate rich foods also causes IBS.
  • Hormonal changes, stress, and psychological issues may also lead to IBS.
  • Some medications, such as antibiotics may contribute to IBS.
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Home Remedies To Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

 

Yogurt

Yogurt

  • Yogurt is an excellent remedy for IBS as it contains friendly bacteria known as live cultures. They provide a protection layer to the intestine and aid generate lactic acid to flush the toxins out from the body.
  • Eat yogurt several times a day until you notice improvement.
  • Alternatively, you can add half a teaspoon of psyllium (available at drug stores) to a cup of yogurt and consume it one hour after your meals.
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Ginger

 

  • Ginger relieves your stomach from bloating and gas. It also helps reduce inflammation in the intestines.
  • Add half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to a cup of water. Boil it for 10 minutes, strain and add honey. Drink it 2-3 times a day.
  • You can also eat small pieces of ginger with 1 teaspoon of honey before having your heavy meal.
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Fennel Seeds

 

  • Fennel seed is another remedy for reducing intestinal spasms and bloating that are associated with IBS.
  • Add one-half spoon of fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water. Steep it for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink it 2-3 times a day.

 

Bananas

bananas

  • Bananas are rich in potassium and they help relieve gas and bloating. Bananas also help treat diarrhea.
  • Eat 1-2 ripe bananas daily.

 

 

 

 

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dandruff

Dandruff is basically defined as a chronic or a minor scalp condition that can get better or worse with time. It is attributed to many factors.

 

Symptoms

 

The most common symptoms of dandruff include-

 

  • Flakiness and whitish flakes on the scalp and the hair area
  • Some individuals may have itchiness along the scalp too
  • In other cases, dandruff could be oily and the flakes would be settled on scalp
  • Crusty scalps is a form of dandruff seen in babies

 

Causes of dandruff

 

  • Not shampooing enough or dirty scalps are the most common dandruff cause
  • Fungus is another prominent cause of dandruff where the flakes are signs of inherent infections
  • Dryness of the scalp leads to flaky white scalp too
  • Some people may experience sensitivity to different hair products, leading to dandruff 
  • Irritated and oily skin too is a common cause of dandruff 

 

Home remedies

 

Coconut oil

coconut oil

Extra virgin or regular coconut oil can be used for this remedy. You can heat it up a little to ensure its absorbed well by the scalp. 

 

  • Take about 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil or as per your hair thickness and length
  • To this you can add a few drops of lemon juice, which hastens the process of healing. It also combats oily hair issues
  • Massage well on the scalp and let it stay for a few hours
  • Wash with dandruff shampoo

 

Yogurt

yogurt

Yogurt has been used for centuries to combat the issues of dandruff thanks to its rich probiotic qualities.

 

  • Take thick yogurt and strain out the water if possible
  • To this you can add some honey for extra conditioning also along with eggs
  • Mix all the ingredients well. Yogurt can be used alone too
  • Massage well deep into the scalp and the roots
  • Let it stay for about 20 minutes
  • Wash with dandruff shampoo

 

Tea tree oil

tea tree oil

  • Take a few drops of tea tree oil and mix with any other base oil
  • You can use either coconut or almond oil as per your choice
  • Now massage scalp very well. You can also add some tea tree oil to your bathing water and then use it on the scalp
  • It’s antibacterial and anti fungal benefits gets rid of the dandruff faster

 

Henna

henna

  • Once in two weeks apply a henna pack on the scalp and hair.
  • Use natural henna that conditions combined with yogurt and eggs for nourishment
  • Keep for an hour and then wash off
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grey hair

Greying is a natural process and probably unavoidable. It can, however, be delayed by adopting some good habits of keep hair healthy and clean and also eating the right foods. Grey hair starts slowly and for some people the process starts at an early age. This is mostly because it is hereditary.

Symptoms

  • The first areas of the hair which start greying are above the ears and near the temples. If you see that then you know the hair has started to grey.
  • Grey hair in the beard and moustaches for men is an indication.
  • Hair is coarse and feels dry and rough

Causes

  • Hormonal changes play a big role in greying of hair. Body undergoes changes for various reasons and they react differently for every person. Grey hair is a common consequence.
  • Hereditary genes are one of the major causes. If someone in the family has greyed early there is a tendency that someone from the same family might grey fast as well.
  • Poor eating habits and improper nutrition does not give the body what it needs and this causes hair to become unhealthy and starts to grey.
  • It is also said that improper functioning of the kidney is also a cause.
  • Stress is an undoubtable factor. Today’s lives are filled with stress and the first impact of it we see is our hair starts to grey.
  • Smoking may also be a cause.
  • Constantly using hot water to wash hair also causes hair to go grey.

Home remedies

almond oil

Coconut oil

  • This oil is a cure for many things such as grey hair, scars and marks. Mixing coconut oil with lemon juice and massaging your hair with it controls the grey hair.

Curry leaves

  • Combine curry leaves with yoghurt or buttermilk and apply to the hair.
  • Boil curry leaves in coconut oil until the leaves turn black indicating they are burnt and apply this oil on the hair.

Ghee

  • Applying ghee or clarified butter in the hair twice a week reduces the problem.

Onion

  • Onion juice is a highly effective remedy.

Almond oil

Almond oil

  • Mixing equal amounts of almond oil, lemon juice and amla juice and apply on the hair is a good cure.

 

Bottle gourd juice

  • Take out juice from a bottle gourd and mix it with either sesame oil or olive oil and apply to the hair.

Aloe vera gel

  • Applying this gel is a cure for grey hair and many other ailments.
Black tea

Black tea

  • Add one teaspoon of salt to one cup strong black tea and massage it into the hair. Wash it in an hour and do it regularly to see results.

 

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get rid of unwanted body hair

Unwanted body hair, especially on the face can be embarrassing for both women and men. However there are simple remedies available to treat the same.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Excessive hair growth on face, hands, legs, etc.
  • Dark or very coarse growth
  • Sudden or very long growth

 

Causes

 

  • Puberty or attaining teenage
  • Hormonal changes like menopause too can cause random hair growth
  • Sometimes it is also in the genes

 

Home remedies for getting rid of unwanted body hair

 

Gramflour 

gramflour

  • Take about half a bowl of gram flour. Mix it with some lemon juice and milk to get a thick paste.
  • Apply over all of the areas you want to get rid of hair from. Let it dry.
  • When dry, take some fresh cream or milk or even water. Now scrub off the paste in the direction opposite the hair growth. You can also add some saffron here to make skin tone lighter.

 

Red Lentils and Fenugreek

 

  • Red lentils combined with dry fenugreek helps in getting rid of unwanted hair growth.
  • Soak a handful or red lentils in some milk. In the morning puree the same in a mixture.
  • Similarly soak some fenugreek seeds too. Puree them along with lentils.
  • Apply all over the body. When dry, scrape off using warm water or even some milk.

 

Wheat flour

wheatflour

  • Whole wheat flour is a great alternative to get rid of unwanted body and facial hair.
  • Take about a handful of wheat flour. To this add some milk and saffron (soaked in milk).
  • Turn it into a thick paste. Apply over all of the areas you want to get rid of hair from.
  • Remember to apply the paste in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  • When dry, take some mustard oil and start scraping. This gets rid of unwanted hair and also makes skin tone lighter.

 

Bread and milk

 

  • Soak a bit of bread in little milk. Once the bread is spongy and wet, soak off excess milk.
  • Now use this milk to scrape areas of unwanted hair growth.

 

Potatoes with lentils

potatoes with lentils

  • Take a handful of yellow lentils. Soak it overnight in some water.
  • In the morning crush a potato and churn in the mixture with the lentils. Use boiled potatoes.
  • To this you can also add some honey and lemon juice. Take this thick paste and apply all over the affected areas.
  • When it is dry, you can start scraping it gently and get rid of unwanted hair from the body and the face too.

 

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