Everyone desires to have beautiful & radiant skin throughout the year, I mean, who doesn’t? But the sad part is that not everyone is born with flawless skin we all yearn for. Self-care takes time, patience and a lot of tests and trials until we find what works for our skin and soul. I’m sure we all can agree that we’ve all exhausted our savings and product trials to the max. But, have you tried something different from what you were doing all along? How about taking an organic and holistic approach to nip UR skin concerns in the bud
The Ayurvedic Approach
Well, according to Ayurveda, all the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are involved either solely or work in combination when there are different skin or health conditions at play. What’s the connection between skin and dosha you ask? We find many people saying that their skin is extremely sensitive or oily and they just can’t use any product right off the shelf because it just didn’t work in the past or will in the future.
The Ayurvedic Doshas also help define what works for sensitive, dry & oily skin types by using natural remedies. This can work wonders when you know which dosha UR skin belongs to. If you don’t know which dosha then you can try taking our dosha quiz and know more about UR Prakriti, it’s skin characteristics and much more! Though every person has a unique blueprint, each dosha requires different treatment and attention. So, scroll down to know the ancient royal remedies for UR skin according to UR dosha!
What Happens When UR Dosha’s Are Imbalanced?
When your mind and body are in balance, it is much easier to make both of them feel better, and not just one or the other.
There are three primary doshic states:
- Balanced: All three doshas are present in their natural proportion
- Aggravated: A particular dosha is in excess
- Decreased: A particular dosha is depleted
Have you ever found that you can instinctively crave something green after a day of consuming too many sweets? That is UR body trying to balance itself naturally. If you find that you now feel sick after eating the same junky foods you used to consume without any issues all the time, then that’s a sign that you’re body is in balance; and it is trying to subconsciously ignore the foods that will throw you off balance. There are many foods and lifestyle choices, which can easily compromise UR dosha balance. This can affect any individual in many ways starting from skin concerns to serious health concerns, which is why it is even more important to know UR dosha.
Anyone who falls under the Kapha Prakriti usually has very clear, radiant and oily skin. When the Kapha is imbalanced in the body, UR skin may start to develop large pores and blackheads.
DIY Facepack For Kapha
Gram flour: 1 tbsp
Curd: 1 tsp
Lime: 3-4 drops
Honey: 1 tsp
1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Apply the mixture on UR face.
3. Let it rest for twenty minutes.
4. Wash UR face warm water once dry and don’t forget to moisturize UR face.
Try out our quiz if you still haven’t and let us know what UR skin’s been missing all this while!
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Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
Step 2: Apply the mixture on UR face.
Step 3: Let it rest for twenty minutes.
Step 4: Wash UR face warm water once dry and don’t forget to moisturize UR face.
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The world of Mosquitoes
The world of Mosquitoes To an extent, there has been a rise in mosquitoes around us in the last couple of weeks. The blame entirely cannot be put on the nationwide lockdown that India is currently undergoing. Mosquitoes generally thrive during the summer months. The Indian summer begins from late March to May and into June or July in parts of the country. Research has found no relation of transmission of COVID-19 from mosquitoes. Other diseases can be transmitted by mosquitoes, it’s best not let UR guards down during this time. The entire workforce of paramedics and municipal corporations have been busy with sanitization efforts in different parts of the country to prevent COVID-19. The temperature rising above 28 degrees Celsius in April and May, makes it peak breeding season for mosquitoes. Breeding is usually kept under check with fogging and spraying medicines. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, negligible amount of time given to these activities. The mosquito ranks pretty high on the list of the worlds deadliest organisms. We along with Dr Suneetha Narreddy, infectious disease specialist get you the complete lowdown on mosquitoes to help safeguard URlife. Find below diseases causes by the deadly mosquito. Chikungunya majorly affects the Asian and African continents. Symptoms include severe joint pains and fever. Infected patients show signs within a week of the mosquito bite. Post onset, it takes another week to recover with proper medication. People already suffering from joint pains take up to 2 months to recover from the pain. As of last year, there are no associated deaths with Chikungunya. Dengue is most prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions. Symptoms include fever, headache (near the eyes), body pains, vomiting, motions. This disease causes a decrease in platelets levels. Platelets are those that help clot blood to prevent bleeding. If the platelet count is not gradually decreased, it takes two weeks to recover from dengue. Dengue could sometimes be life-threatening. Dengue kills approximately 22,000 people every year. Malaria is present through the African and Indian subcontinent. Symptoms include Chills & evening fever on alternate days. With proper medication and care people affected from malaria can recover within three weeks. 405,000 deaths occur every year due to malaria. Zika virus predominantly hits Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific. Symptoms include Mild fever, Rash, Conjunctivitis, muscle, joint pain and headaches. If a pregnant person gets affected by this virus, it hinders the development of the foetus and complicates the birthing process. There is no treatment to the virus, so prevention is the only method to stay safe. Though cases are confirmed round the globe there is no fatality rate. Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) is one of the common diseases frequented in the tropical and subtropical areas. Symptoms include Permanent swelling of the lymph node. This affects mostly the lower legs and is not treatable. A medicine that can be taken only once a year seems to kill the parasite. It’s not a deadly disease but causes irreversible damage. Japanese Encephalitis is a brain infection prevalent in Asia and the West Pacific. Symptoms include Headache, Fever, Disorientation, swelling of the brain (rarely). A vaccine is available to keep this disease at bay. If affected, it cannot be treated with medicine. More than 24,000 die due to this disease every year. According to Umeå University, Sweden, mosquito larvae can spread infectious diseases like Ockelbo disease similar to Chikungunya alphavirus. Since this can cause a viral infection outbreak, it is best to take precautions to prevent breeding near UR surrounding areas, especially in the stagnant water. Prevention is better than cure! • Try not to be outdoors during the early mornings and early evenings. • Wear loose fitting clothes. • Apply citronella oil as a mosquito repellent while going out. Citronella can also be used as bracelets, stickers or patches. • Use mosquito nets. • Use mosquito screens on windows and doors. • Get rid of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed or grow gambusia fish in stagnant water ponds. • Lemon, eucalyptus or neem oil can also be used to ward off the mosquitoes. The truth behind the mosquito sting A mosquito bites through its proboscis (a long elongated sucking tube) which functions more or less like a needle. As soon as this needle structure pierces our skin, the pain receptors send alarm signals to our brain about the sting. The interesting aspect here is that technically our blood clots as soon as a mosquito bites us, but the chemical compounds in the mosquito saliva dissolves the clot and allows the mosquito to suck blood until we kill it or shoo it away. Mosquito bites don’t leave without a bit of swelling and a burning sensation. Things get worse when these bitten areas turn into a viable path for infectious diseases. Applying heat on the area brings down swelling and numbs the pain. If pus-forms or if you’re having an allergic reaction, paired with high temperature, please consult UR doctor immediately. Think before preferring coils and mosquito repellents Mosquito coils have been in use in most countries of South Asia, Africa and South America. They are generally considered an excellent way to get rid of the insect. Some studies have suggested that coils harmful chemicals and can affect humans when used in closed spaces, same is the case with mosquito repellents. Side effects such as eye irritation, headaches and frequent allergic rhinitis are reported in children and babies. As far as the adults are concerned, the DEET (diethyltoluamide, mosquito repellent) present in the repellents is safe only when used according to the instructions. Unknown facts about mosquitoes • People with fair skin tend to have a stronger reaction to a mosquito bite. The histamine released by our bodies in response to mosquito saliva tends to be stronger in individuals with lighter skin • The Greek name for mosquito is Anopheles, which means ‘Good for nothing’ • Mosquitoes bite people with ‘O’ type blood groups nearly twice as often as those with other blood groups. • Mosquito repellents work by hiding you. They block mosquito sensors, so they don’t know you are there. • Only female mosquito feast on human blood before laying eggs • Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide found in human breath and sweat. They are equipped to sense the heat and humidity that surrounds our bodies. The life cycle of a mosquito The mosquito experiences four particular phases of its life cycle. Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. Every stage can be recognized by its appearance. Eggs are laid on the inner, wet walls of containers with water, over the waterline. Mosquitoes usually lay 100 eggs at a time. The eggs are exceptionally solid; adhere to the walls of a container like glue and can survive severe conditions for up to 8 months. It takes a minimal quantity of water. Bowls, cups, tires, barrels, jars and any vessel storing water makes for an extraordinary “nursery.” Larva rises out of mosquito eggs, only after the water level ascents to cover the eggs. This implies that rainwater or people adding water to containers with eggs will trigger the larvae to develop. Generally, eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hrs. After shedding subsequently 3 times, the larva changes into a pupa. The pupa is a resting stage and the time where it develops into an adult. After development, the pupal skin splits, and the adult flying mosquito emerges. Adult mosquitoes rest on the water surface for a few minutes to harden all its body parts. Female mosquitoes need to feed on humans and animals for blood to produce eggs. After mating, female mosquitoes will look after water sources to lay more eggs. It takes approximately 8-10 days for the entire life cycle, from an egg to death. Considering quarantine, limited movement and budget here is what you can do to prevent mosquitoes at home • Unclogging the rooftop • Emptying any children's pools • Changing the water in any water basins week after week • Ensuring rain water isn't collecting in waste can tops • Put away boxes or unused containers. Store them upside down I recently met Mr.Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the world’s largest privately owned perfume and taste company, Firmenich. He told us how they were working with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight mosquito borne diseases. Malaria is a disease that could be eradicated completely. If I understood right, they were working on releasing a scent into the world that could stop mosquitoes from smelling and getting attracted to human beings. If mosquitoes couldn’t smell or recognize us, the chance of them biting could be very minimal. These organizations are striving to develop data-based, scientific tools to deal with the world wide mosquito outbreak. . Till date, an estimated amount of US$2.9 billion, grants were spent to eradicate malaria around the globe.
Think Global, Act Local
Several decades ago, everything that is locally available was 'sustainable'. Globalization opened gates to new prospects all around the world. It gave way for commercial production of indigenous goods for exporting them around the globe as a mark of trade and prosperity. It also started the flow of imported goods, some of them are necessary, some are a novelty, and some are an utter indulgence. Because of the pandemic, imports and exports have come to a standstill. It might be a good time to retrace our steps to sustain on local produce and products. This applies to various fields, and one such aspect is our use of flowers. India has an abundance of flowers and foliage growing in its own backyard. It produces and exports many kinds of commercial flowers. Roses, carnations, gladioli, chrysanthemums, gerberas, lilies, anthuriums are some of the many which grow well here. All these are cut flowers which are found commonly in florist shops and bought for an event or home décor. The swing towards imported flowers is big time and is preferred by many as it provides the thrill of using something new. It was a visually beautiful phase, no doubt. Now it is about time to focus on the beautiful flowers and foliage, a tropical country like ours has to offer. Like the tuberoses of West Bengal to Tamil Nadu's jasmine, tulips from Kashmir and heliconias from Kerala. Think of using and cashing in on home produce. The reasons are similar to why we emphasize on local food. No long-distance shipping, reducing carbon footprint, supporting the local economy and more are the perks. Even from home gardens or pots from your apartment balcony, simple kanakambaram, ixora, oleander, temple tree flowers, coloured foliage can be used to bring a pretty touch to the room. They can be used as floral rangolis, garlands, floated in an urli or put together in a small container to give a beautiful touch of nature to the indoors. Plants can be grown well in apartment balconies and terraces of your homes. Do keep in mind though that sunlight for a couple of hours a day is essential for these plants to give an abundance of blooms and lush foliage. Flowering plants that you can try to grow at your home: Bougainvillaea Morning glory Temple tree dwarf variety Clerodendrum Creeper roses Jasmine Hibiscuses Begonia Geranium Periwinkle Pentas Kalanchoe Adenium Verbena Petunia Pansy Marigold Foliage plants: Aloe Vera Sansevieria Syngonium Dracaena Asparagus Money plant Jade plant Zamia Rubber plant Areca Palm Flowering plants that do well in the Deccan Plateau: Bougainvillaea Oleander Lantana Euphorbia Ixora Zinnia Periwinkle Spathiphyllum Sunflower Marigold Periwinkle, marigold, nerium, hibiscus, ixora are beautiful flowering plants, most of which have medicinal value apart from the other herbal plants. It would be good to cash in on their beauty and use them for traditional home remedies and health benefits. Advantages of using local floral material: • No long-distance shipping; no losses due to a decline in the pristine condition of the flowers. As exported flowers have to fulfil a quarantine period, they may sometimes reach in an early stage of decomposition. • Reducing the carbon footprint is an economic gain and contributes to self-sustainment. • Supporting the local economy as they will flourish. • Community wellbeing. • Provide jobs and wages during the upcoming recession if any. • Entrepreneurship goals achieved. • Provides product diversity in the local markets. • Environmental sustainability. Significance of flowers in Indian mythology Flowers and leaves have great significance in mythology. There is mention of different kinds of trees in ancient literature. Have you ever wondered why we use the only particular flower for a specific festival? Each deity is symbolized through some flower and is considered sacred. Here is a small sample of the plethora we have. • Lotus is known for divinity, purity and fertility. Goddess Lakshmi is always represented sitting in a Lotus flower. • Jasmine flowers and garlands are common in temples and are one of the best things to look forward to in the heat of summer. • Hibiscus flowers are said to be the flower for Goddess Kali • Parijata is said to be the heavenly tree brought down to earth by Lord Krishna. • Bathukamma-Telangana floral festival: The nine-day celebration of this festival features a lot of seasonal flowers. Stacks of flowers like thangedu (Cassia auriculata), marigold, chrysanthemums built up in a pretty mound are made and later released into a lake or a river. These flowers hold medicinal properties, according to Ayurveda. If there ever was a pressing need to reiterate a phrase of relevance in the times we live in now, it is this. 'Think global, act local.' Many decades ago, life and lifestyle, travel and living were local. The last couple of decades all of it swayed to global and now is the crucial time to rebound to local. It's been 50 years since we officially started Earth Day, every day is one now. Respite for the earth and solace for the soul.
5 Smart Ways To Choose A Mask
5 Smart ways to Choose A Mask The most significant change in our new norm is wearing a face mask at all times while being outdoors. There's growing evidence that masks help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Although your mask is protecting you from COVID carriers in contaminated areas, a lot could be brewing under that shield that affects UR skin. Committing to wearing a mask all the time can raise questions on, how to choose what best suits you. Face masks create moisture that can affect the production of sebum in your skin, leading to clogged pores, white heads and breakouts. The worst part is that if any part of the mask touches any of the acne on your face, it can aggravate acne even further. At the same time, severe inflammation and eczema may also worsen. A few masks with rough mask edges can cause irritation, sores, or even cuts. Here is a checklist to keep in mind while choosing a mask. 1. Type of facemask Face masks can be split into two basic categories: disposable and reusable. Choosing a face mask that's reusable is, therefore, the financially, logistically, and environmentally friendlier option. Opt for a pure cotton mask to allow your skin to breathe even when the mask is on Ideally, masks should be made of tightly woven cotton instead of synthetic fabric, as they are more breathable and softer on the skin. 2. Fabric Fabrics with tighter weaves and thicker threads have been shown to block respiratory droplets more effectively than those with looser weaves and thinner threads. Masks with two or more layers of fabric are considered more effective than one layer masks. When choosing a face mask, opt for one that fits snugly over your mouth and nose. You don't want one that you'll have to touch repeatedly to adjust. It shouldn't feel uncomfortably tight, either. The mask should be breathable and easily washable. 3. Masks That Fit Due to our anatomy and cheekbone structure, few masks like surgical masks leave some gaps that don't provide protection. If you are using an N95 mask, it may not be suitable for children as it is too big for their face. So the key is to make sure you are covering the nose and mouth without suffocating yourself. 4. Mask Etiquette Don't contaminate your mask by touching it and avoid rubbing your chin against UR shoulder. The germs will end up landing on UR mask, which can make you more vulnerable to the virus. If you happen to sneeze, change your mask immediately. As a precaution, always carry an extra mask with you, even if UR using a reusable mask. 5. Disposing Masks Dispose one-time use masks after every use and avoid reusing them. Reusing invites skin rashes, breakouts, redness and unnecessary skin concerns. Its best to use cotton masks that can be washed or bio degradable masks that don’t pollute our environment.
4-Step Skin Regime
While you cannot avoid little zits and breakouts once in a while as UR body adjusts itself, a good skincare regime can see you through the toughest skin phase of UR life. As a teenager, UR skincare regime is different from UR mom’s. It’s much simpler, and you do not need a cupboard full of beauty potions. UR skincare routine should be about proper cleansing and protecting UR skin’s natural oil and moisture balance. It is a good idea to invest in a good cleanser and moisturizer meant for younger skin. Avoid using creams meant for UR mother, as they are formulated to handle older skin, which is very different from a young person’s skin. Here's a 4-step skin routine perfect for lockdown! Step 1 Use a gentle foaming cleanser that will remove makeup and excess oil but won’t dry out UR skin. Once a week, you can try a mild exfoliator to remove tanning and dull skin. Step 2 For daytime, use a light moisturizer that contains sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Or pick up a broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you suffer from acne, then do some spot treatments with salicylic acid. Look for hydrating creams with some skin brightening optical illusion properties in them that brightens UR skin immediately and doubles up as makeup. Step 3: If you have irregular sleep cycles and spend a lot of nights staying up, then add an antioxidant like vitamin C and Omega fatty acids to UR diet as well as UR skincare regime. You can look for creams with pomegranate, grape seed extracts, amla or Indian gooseberry, or vitamin C and Coq10. You can pick a serum to use under UR sunscreen or makeup. Try some face packs on UR day off to pep up UR skin and give it that little extra pampering it needs. Step 4: At night, after washing UR face, you can apply a hydrating mask or a layer of UR cream or moisturizer. Clean off before you hit the bed.
This Is How Facial Masks Benefits Us
Facial masks are a trend that has its roots in Asia. This is because Asian consumers are known to be the most significant users of facial masks. Facemasks are one of their favourite skincare products, and they are used irrespective of men and women. They are easy to apply and are great at providing results. One of the best things about using a good facemask is the feeling of moisturised, tightened and toned skin. Therefore, they are considered a perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skincare concerns. The right face mask can help you hydrate your skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of the pores on the skin. They are also an excellent way to get rid of impurities. Deep Cleansing Cleansing every day helps to clean your skin by removing pollutants like dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin surface. However, are you aware that proper masking takes the cleansing process to an entirely new level? A good facial mask can help to pull out impurities that hide beneath the top layers of the skin. Glowing Skin Those facial masks which have the tingly sensation of mint in its formulation help stimulate blood circulation. This assures improvement in a uniform skin tone as well when is made with ingredients like tomato, aloe vera or lemon juice. It leads to a softer-feeling and smoother-looking skin. Do not expect an overnight result from the face mask, but using them as a weekly routine does show great results. Relaxation Facemasks not just improve the overall appearance of your skin, but they can also be quite therapeutic. When the ingredients of the mask are infused with aromatic essential oils like mint and rosemary, a facemask can lift your spirit by stimulating your senses. You will be drawn into a beautiful, stimulating experience that relaxes both mind and spirit. It also leaves you with gorgeous skin.
COVID-19 Everything You Need To Know
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world hard, but this is not the first time that it has happened. In the past there have been two other mutated coronaviruses that have caused epidemics. One was the SARS which was in 2002 and the other was the MARS, which was in 2012. To give you a comparison, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) caused by a novel coronavirus in 2002 had a mortality rate of 10%. The MERS, which is the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome that came out in 2012, had a mortality rate of 35%. The current SARS 2 Coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has mortality in the region of about 2 to 3% probably more likely 1.5 to 2.5%. To give an idea, when we say infectiousness, we use the terminology called RO whereby we refer to what are the chances of an infected person transmitting to others and the chances of one infected person with COVID-19 can be transmitted to about 1.5 to 2.5 people. Here the incubation period can be as long as 14 days. Also, in flu the person has fever, body pain and cough which is also quite often seen with COVID-19, but in flu a lot of people have up respiratory symptoms in the form of cold, blocked nose, running nose which is less often seen with COVID-19. COVID-19 and flu are very similar in terms of how they are acquired which is through respiratory droplets and touching in animate surfaces which are contaminated by a person’s coughing and sneezing and then taking our hand near the mouth or face. The symptoms are similar. The mortality is probably a little higher. Home quarantine is advised in two situations One if you have come from a country where there is local transmission of this infection like in China, Iran, Italy, Germany, France or probably some other countries in near future which may report any cases. If you have come from any of these countries, and even if you don’t have symptoms of cough or fever, it is advised you stay in home quarantine for the next 14 days. By home quarantine I mean that you need to stay in a separate room, which is well ventilated with the doors closed. The person should not entertain any visitors and even the family should be at least 1 to 2 meters away from this person at all times. The person should not leave the house, should not go anywhere for any social gatherings, to school or even to social functions. Which means he should be entirely at home isolated. At present there are lot of people who either have come back from the country where it is prevalent but don’t have symptoms or there are some people who have symptoms, but no exposure to and proven individual with COVID or exposure to any countries where COVID has occurred. Now as I told you, the tests are done only in government centres and Public Health machinery decides who needs to be tested and the test is currently reserved only if you have come from abroad and asymptomatic or you are symptomatic with exposure to approve and COVID-19 case in India. There is a lot of wishful thinking that heat will kill the virus and it will cease to spread once summer sets in. Now, I am not very confident about this. The virus survives very well at the body temperature of 37 degrees. So in hot temperature if it falls on in-animate object, it will dry very fast. It means that transferring from one person to another through a medium will be less likely. But having said that we need to realise that most of the transmission happens indoors where inevitably the temperatures are much lower and there is air conditioning. Moving on, flu vaccine is only protective against circulating strain of flu. Because the flu vaccine virus is also very mutable virus or keeps changing every year depending on the circulating strain of the flu virus you need to take your vaccine is a booster every year to prevent yourself from getting flu. This has no connection whatsoever the SARS virus and this will not help protect you against COVID-19. SARS 2A COVID-19 is a self-limited condition. Incubation period is the time from the onset of exposure to the occurrence of the disease. It is in the median of 45 days, but can vary anywhere from 2 to 14 days. A person shows symptoms of cough, body pain and fever. Almost 80% of infections are mild and do not even want hospitalization. Another 15% may require hospitalization for oxygen and other supportive measures. 5% of people, which is one in 20 may end up in the ICU requiring ventilator support, out of which about 2 people may die. Those who die are typically elderly people over the age of 60 people with other co morbidities like diabetes, heart disease lung disease or kidney disease. It has been shown that the mortality can be as high as 15% in people over the age of 80. So, at present if you develop symptoms, we advise you home quarantine. If there is local transmission proven for example in India we start getting people who have never travelled, who have never been exposed to a proven case of COVID-19 being tested and proven that they could have this COVID-19 yes, it means we have to be careful. The general advice we give for everybody is avoid all non-essential travel, avoid all crowds, please do not wear a mask outside if you are public without any symptoms if you have symptoms wear a mask and stay indoors self-quarantine which means if you have some symptoms of cough or fever even if you are not sure it is COVID-19. All of us need to be safe. We need to ensure that we take personal responsibility for this which means that if you the symptoms of cough or fever irrespective of what it could be please avoid going to work please, avoid sending your children who may be having fever or cough to school to protect others. So civic sense and personal responsibilities are paramount at this point. If it means social isolation yes all of us need to stay indoors so that we don’t spread the virus and transmit it indiscriminately to others. Especially, old people who may not fare well during the current conditions.
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Lockdown Tips To Take Care of UR Skin Health
We’ve all done a brilliant job so far in trying to beat the coronavirus by following all the rules, eating immunity foods and getting used to this laid-back lifestyle. That being said, a lot of us have gotten a little lazy or bored of following a daily routine. But, that doesn’t mean we completely forget to adhere to the healthy habits of self-care and love. Self-care can mean many things from treating yourself to a relaxing bath, applying a facepack or oiling UR hair. It’s always a good thing to treat yourself and who would beg to differ during this lockdown. Granted, we don’t have the boon of heading to the spa or the salon anymore, but we can still streamline a couple of habits in our daily routine to make it less daunting. Here are a few simple ways you can treat the skin UR in. 1. Follow UR daily skin routine With almost everything closed for four months and not an open salon in sight, our skin care and daily routine has really taken a hit. Our sleeping patterns, eating habits and more are just not the same are just not the same. All of these affect not only our mind, but also our body and our skin too. We can use a few simple tips in our daily routine to avoid the impact on our skin. Gently wash UR face with products which are suitable for UR skin type. Moisturizers must be applied every time you wash UR face, even if UR skin is oily. Ask your dermatologist or skin specialist to suggest the most suitable skin care. Exfoliators are optional and should be used only once or twice or once a week. 2. Circadian rhythm Being isolated during lockdown has brought challenges to almost every household, and many people say that their regular daily routine has been completely disrupted. Not having a daily routine can lead to anxiety and mental health conditions. Eating healthily, sleeping well and staying active are all recommended during the lockdown. Make a list of what you need to achieve the following day. Maintaining a consistent sleep and meal pattern is key to improving your health, which in turn will eventually show positivity on UR skin. 3. Balanced nutrition Healthy Diet tips to improve your skin during lockdown include reducing alcohol intake and eating the rainbow diet. Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine and drink plenty of plain water to hydrate your skin. Vitamin C rich foods provide antioxidants needed for glowing and radiant skin. Eating the right nutritious foods can also boost your immunity, boost immunity and help you lose weight. It can also improve UR digestion and gut health, which directly reflects on UR skin health. 4. End up meeting your doctor at the right time Sometimes, people suffering from skin issues wait for a long time before approaching proper medical care and attention or vice-versa. Using many products to treat the symptoms without knowing the underlying cause also harms a lot. Nipping a problem before you experience the full-blown symptoms does help. It is better for your doctor as well as you to get them and get a professional opinion. 5. Stay Happy Some wrinkles or implacable blemishes can put you in a bitter mood. But it turns out that a bad mood could be the cause of wrinkles and scars, too. This is because negative feelings like stress release cortisol to your body and throw away your intestines. All this ends up playing with your hormones – and showing up on your face. On the other hand, just as negative emotions can wreak havoc on your skin, positive emotions can help improve your skin. It's simple: when you feel relaxed and happy, your skin follows suit and develops a kind of "happy glow." The top reason for the effect is that positive emotion increases your skin's ability to repair and renew itself naturally. Staying happy will definitely keep UR hormones in check, which means that pesky imbalances that may be the major cause of skin problems will no more be a problem. And to top it off, some research also suggests that people who smile or laugh more often tend to look younger, as a result, meaning that a bit of positivity might be able to counteract the typical effects of skin ageing.
Skin Remedies For Kapha
Everyone desires to have beautiful & radiant skin throughout the year, I mean, who doesn’t? But the sad part is that not everyone is born with flawless skin we all yearn for. Self-care takes time, patience and a lot of tests and trials until we find what works for our skin and soul. I’m sure we all can agree that we’ve all exhausted our savings and product trials to the max. But, have you tried something different from what you were doing all along? How about taking an organic and holistic approach to nip UR skin concerns in the bud The Ayurvedic Approach Well, according to Ayurveda, all the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are involved either solely or work in combination when there are different skin or health conditions at play. What’s the connection between skin and dosha you ask? We find many people saying that their skin is extremely sensitive or oily and they just can’t use any product right off the shelf because it just didn’t work in the past or will in the future. The Ayurvedic Doshas also help define what works for sensitive, dry & oily skin types by using natural remedies. This can work wonders when you know which dosha UR skin belongs to. If you don't know which dosha then you can try taking our dosha quiz and know more about UR Prakriti, it's skin characteristics and much more! Though every person has a unique blueprint, each dosha requires different treatment and attention. So, scroll down to know the ancient royal remedies for UR skin according to UR dosha! What Happens When UR Dosha's Are Imbalanced? When your mind and body are in balance, it is much easier to make both of them feel better, and not just one or the other. There are three primary doshic states: Balanced: All three doshas are present in their natural proportion Aggravated: A particular dosha is in excess Decreased: A particular dosha is depleted Have you ever found that you can instinctively crave something green after a day of consuming too many sweets? That is UR body trying to balance itself naturally. If you find that you now feel sick after eating the same junky foods you used to consume without any issues all the time, then that's a sign that you're body is in balance; and it is trying to subconsciously ignore the foods that will throw you off balance. There are many foods and lifestyle choices, which can easily compromise UR dosha balance. This can affect any individual in many ways starting from skin concerns to serious health concerns, which is why it is even more important to know UR dosha. Kapha Anyone who falls under the Kapha Prakriti usually has very clear, radiant and oily skin. When the Kapha is imbalanced in the body, UR skin may start to develop large pores and blackheads. DIY Facepack For Kapha Ingredients Gram flour: 1 tbsp Curd: 1 tsp Lime: 3-4 drops Honey: 1 tsp Turmeric: ½ Method 1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. 2. Apply the mixture on UR face. 3. Let it rest for twenty minutes. 4. Wash UR face warm water once dry and don’t forget to moisturize UR face. Try out our quiz if you still haven’t and let us know what UR skin’s been missing all this while!
How To Make Compost At Home With Kitchen Waste ?
There are so many things that we buy and have no clue how to dispose them properly. Taking the pandemic into account, so many people are buying masks right now, but do they know how to dispose a mask properly? Unfortunately no, and all of this is going to end up in our landfills polluting our precious environment. But, what if I told you that you could make a positive impact on the planet simply by learning how to manage waste properly. From making compost from UR kitchen waste to learning how to manage waste, we have it all covered for you. So, let's work together to stop this endless cycle of garbage! The components of waste could be many things starting from dry waste, packaging, bottles, kitchen waste, hazardous waste (like broken bottles) and other plastics. These components of waste are so vast that when all these various forms of unwanted waste/garbage are combined and picked up by the municipality. With the unavailability of waste management facilities or proper protocols, this waste ends up being dumped in a landfill or in water bodies. The way I look at it is that, until we understand what these landfills can do to our environment, we will not take action to contribute to a better future for our planet. How Landfills Affect Our Environment? Compressed garbage mountains in the landfills are considered to be more harmful than carbon dioxide. It was life-changing when I visited a landfill and saw the impact myself. 60 per cent of biodegradable waste is from our kitchen. It is broken down anaerobically in the landfills, as it is constantly being compressed and this process emits methane. This is one of the deadliest gases, and is considered to be 20x worse than carbon dioxide. We contribute to the greenhouse gases once we discharge kitchen waste out of our homes. It could be in a lake, river, ocean or it's in a plastic cover and a cow could be eating it. So, we really don't know where our garbage ends up! Did you know that Bengaluru produces 4,500 tonnes of garbage/waste everyday? My waste is my responsibility. This is why I chose to live sustainably and not be a burden on the planet. I do my bit by making compost, disinfectant, stashing milk packets and much more. And it just doesn't stop here. There is a dark liquid called leachate which runs out of the landfills, contaminates our groundwater and the soil. The three things which we need to sustain on this planet are air to breath, water to drink and soil to grow our food. We have unfortunately contaminated it all by discharging biodegradable waste out of our homes unnecessarily. If you say no to a landfill, what do you do with the waste ? You can first start by understanding the categories of waste your home or household may generate. All the waste from UR kitchen is organic matter, which should essentially go back to the soil by making compost. If you have a composting facility available in your neighbourhood or city, so you can drop off your organic waste for it to be processed. Did you know that 60 per cent of biodegradable waste is from our kitchen? All the waste from your kitchen is organic matter, which should essentially go back into the soil in the form of compost. For example, the USA has many facilities for recycling and managing waste. India, is yet to introduce waste management centres and reduce its carbon footprint. We have a long way to go. Meanwhile, why don't we take the responsibility of learning the categories of waste and making compost at home? Categories Of Waste 1st category Dry waste(recyclable): Packaging, cardboard, newspapers, cinema tickets, plastic, metal cans, bus tickets and every bit of paper that can be recycled. 2nd category Kitchen/food waste: Vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee or tea powder. 3rd category Sanitary waste: Medical waste, band-aids, sanitary pads, anything which is body contaminated. Hazardous waste: Broken items like bottles etc. In Bangalore, we have a system called 2 bin 1 bag. The green bin is for your kitchen waste and the red bin is for rejects (things which can't be recycled or composted) goes into that bin. And, the third is your bag which you can hang and collect milk sachets without the ends being snipped fully. Every bit of packaging can be collected, sent to the recycling centre or given to your kabadiwala. In Bangalore, we have recycling centres. 198 wards in total and each ward has a DWCC (Dry waste collection centre). This is one of the ways you can dispose UR dry waste correctly. By not mixing dry waste with other types of waste helps us all contribute to a better world that mitigates climate change together. Another way of making a positive impact on the planet is by making compost. Here is how I make my compost from my kitchen waste at home. How To Make Compost At Home With Kitchen Waste Ingredients Greens: Vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee or tea powder and leftover food bits (organic matter only) - 1 large bowl Browns: Dried leaves, cardboard or sawdust - 2-3 bowls Microbes: Sour buttermilk- 1 tbsp or cow dung - 2-3 tbsp Container: Terracotta pot, a red mud pot with a lid, or a small bucket with holes (for air circulation) and a lid. Preparation Step 1: Drain out excess moisture from the vegetables and fruit peels in a colander. For example; watermelon or papaya need to be drained of moisture. Use a kitchen towel or a paper napkin to remove the moisture. Cut the large pieces of leftover veggies or fruits for them to break down easily. Step 2: Add the dried leaves in a small container or bowl. Crush the leaves and add the vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee or tea powder. Mix everything. Now, add the buttermilk or cow dung using the mentioned quantities and mix everything well. Step 3: Transfer everything into a bucket, a pot, or a container with small holes and a lid. Repeat the same action every day. Once in 4 to 5 days turn the ingredients in the container to introduce oxygen, as this is anaerobic composting. Add vegetable peels, fruit peels and Brown's until UR container is completely full. It takes 45 days for the ingredients to break down and become compost. You can repeat the same process in another container for your next batch of compost. Note: Always keep the composter (container) away from the rain. You can use this to fertilise your soil to grow veggies at home. This is how I do my bit and so can you to break the cycle of mismanaging waste and being more mindful. For more information on waste management, log onto these websites Swachagraha or 2bin1bag to find out how you can start managing and making the most out of waste.
Dil Ka Doctor
We often forget that our hearts are not just made for falling in love. They help us stay alive and healthy too. All of us know the secrets to a healthy and strong heart lie in the positive changes we make in our lifestyle – a balanced diet and regular exercise can go a long way. But then, how many times have we really applied this to our lives? Keeping that in mind, we may know that binging on junk food isn’t the best choice for our health, but we still go ahead and dig into that bucket of fried chicken! To set things straight, we have Dr Sai Satish, Apollo Hospitals’ Dil-ka-doctor who shares his personal experiences, fitness mantras and tips on how we can come out stronger and healthier during, and after this pandemic. So, let the heart games begin! Rapid Fire with Dr Sai Satish What is UR diet like? The simple thing is to eat as many meals as you can in a day. Eat just enough to feel good at the moment, but make you feel hungry after two hours. This is my trick to keep the metabolism fully-fired. Dr Sai Satish’s Diet As soon as I wake up (7 am): 5 almonds soaked in water overnight Breakfast (8 am): 3 - 4 idlis with ghee, sambar or nallakaram Mid-morning snack (2 hrs later – 10 am): Tender coconut water with the meat of the coconut Lunch (1 pm): 2 fistfuls of rice and 1 fistful of meat or veggies Evening snack (5 pm): Murukku with green tea Dinner (7 pm): Curd rice with omelette and sabji on the side Five Fab Indian Foods We Must Eat For A Healthy-Heart Most of our wisdom has already been passed down to us from our ancestors. We have fabulous indigenous foods high in antioxidants. You’d be surprised to know that ghee is now emerging as a super-food! Five Heart-Healthy Indian Foods Ghee Garlic Turmeric Ginger Onion Bonus: Once a week, try and eat every color you see in nature The basic rule is to eat what you are used to eating. Eat what your grandparents and parents have been telling you to eat. The “Indian Thali” is a fabulous meal! It has 50% of grains, 35% of meats & veggies and 15% of papads & pickles. To me, this is the perfect recipe for good digestion. Many people have a misconception that if they ate like this, they would become fat. It’s a myth! Your lean body mass is your greatest asset, so your goal should be to increase it (muscle and bone density). Your muscle is your most efficient fat burning machine. Eat what you’re comfortable eating as your primary food. For example, if you are used to eating rotis, then eat rotis. If you are used to eating rice, then eat rice. There is no point in demonizing rice or roti. You don’t need to switch to or add fancy foods like kale. However, if your grandparents ate burgers, you should be more conscious and mindful by choosing the healthy foods your grandparents should have eaten, minus the burgers! Food Myths That Affect UR Heart Myth: Eating too much rice is bad for you! Fact: No. Rice is a fabulous source of carbohydrates. If you are used to eating rice, it’s not bad for you. Let’s take ghee as an example. People have demonized ghee as an unhealthy fat for years. Today, ghee has emerged as a super-food, as I said earlier. It has so many amino acids, and it’s good for UR heart as well. Like the Indian maxim goes, anything in excess, even if it’s amrutam (elixir of life) is poison. Is drinking a glass of wine good for your heart? Any form of alcohol is bad for you. But I like my alcohol. There! I’ve said it! Bear in mind that with moderation, one can drink alcohol and still be out of harm’s way. The younger UR, the more relaxed you can afford to be. I call it “The Rule Of Tens.” There are things that you can do in UR ’20-’30s, which you shouldn’t do when UR 30-40, and 40-50. By 50, you should give-up drinking so you can reach a glorious 100. There’s a beautiful study on habits that made people centenarians, and giving up alcohol is one of them. If UR used to drinking one glass of wine or 30 ml of whisky every day, I don’t think it will harm you. It may help you relax, but not many of us are people with enough discipline to control our urges and temptations. We go partying and end up having a few drinks (myself included!). My logic used to be that if I have to drink only 30ml of alcohol, I would rather not drink at all. My favorite thing was telling people, as a cardiologist, I have the right to prescribe alcohol. I’ll prescribe you UR drinks. Why has that changed now? When you start working out, you realize that alcohol slows down muscle building and protein synthesis. The key for you to stay slim and look healthy is to have lean muscle. For UR body to build muscle, you workout. We are all aware of that beautiful pain after our workout sessions. This signifies the damage you have done to muscle fibers (by working out) that your body will now have to repair using protein, and alcohol slows this process of rebuilding drastically. So, what I do is, the day I drink, I don’t exercise, and I don’t exercise the day after that either. Ever since I’ve started following this, I’ve had zero injuries. The quarantine period is not a holiday period, so for anyone who is drinking every day, I strongly advise them to cut down or stop. What are the COVID protocols that you, as a doctor, are maintaining at home? I haven’t caught a cold in ten years! It’s because I follow two simple rules: I never touch my face with my hands I never touch or eat any food without my hands being washed or sanitized No matter what I’m doing, my hands will never touch my face, and I never catch a cold. So, it is just a little extension of that with COVID. The first thing I did at home is, Informed all my staff to stay in-house and assured them that I would look after them the best I can. No going home and coming back. Whoever could work in-house stayed. Those who couldn’t be returned to their respective homes. Only necessary people can come inside the house. A virus is most deadly when it is new. We are all going to become COVID positive at some point, but the later we become COVID positive, the healthier we can be. So, the trick is to stay away from the virus as long as you can. Restrict and limit yourself in the beginning so that you can ease off towards the end. The government is doing a fabulous job, and we just have to run with it. 5 Symptoms Of A Heart attack/ Stroke Globally the number of heart attacks has come down. Multiple things have made this possible. People are less stressed, they are staying at home, smoking less, eating healthy food, and they have become more mindful because they are home. So, the global heart attack rate has dropped drastically across the country. Coming back to UR question, the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke can be varied and diverse. Tightness in UR chest, like someone, has forcefully put their knee on UR chest and you can’t get it off. Choking sensation in UR throat Sweating and lightheadedness Pain radiating in UR left arm Jaw pain Nothing is typical today. It is better to treat any uneasiness/symptoms like it’s a heart attack than ignore it. To avoid going to the hospital because COVID might kill you, for a heart attack that will definitely kill you, is stupidity. We, at hospitals, are more mindful of COVID than you are as a patient. We all want one less COVID patient to treat, so we are all the more careful that you don’t fall sick. If you are in doubt, don’t take a group of people to the hospital. Go with one person and get yourself checked. Treat any uneasiness in the chest like a heart attack, rather than treating it as a gastric issue. Better to be safe than sorry. What should the patient or a family member do in case of an emergency? If there is an emergency at home, don’t wait or waste time. If you have someone who can drive, and if you feel you will reach the hospital faster than an ambulance, then get into the car and make UR way to the hospital. The key is to make it to the hospital you trust. Don’t do or give the patient anything, because they can choke on water or if you give them Sorbitrate, it might drop her/his blood pressure. Just get UR family member to the hospital ASAP. That is the only mantra I want you to remember – single-minded focus to get to the ER in the hospital. If unfortunately, the person stops breathing then give the patient 50 - 60 compressions on their chest every 30 seconds until you reach the hospital. If you have an AED machine in the house and know how to use it, try and revive the person. This machine doesn’t cost much, and it is good to have in the house if there are senior citizens living there. But the key, as I’ve said before, is to get the patient to the hospital. Why is it important for doctors to be on social media? My passion is to make sure as many people as possible DO NOT need me! To put it simply, all the technology and infrastructure which has been built and all the skills I’ve mastered over the years should be made redundant by looking after UR health. I want you to become more conscious about making yourself healthy, rather than seeking a better expert to look after you when you are sick. This can only be achieved by reaching out to the greatest number of people possible in a day, and that’s what social media does for me. No matter how hard I work, I can only see a limited number of people at the hospital. 5 simple rules of life The less you eat, the longer you live The more you walk, the longer you live The more you laugh, the longer you live Sleep at least 7-8 hours a day And go for a health check every year Carve out 10 minutes in a day for something that you love and enjoy doing the most. Take that time to read a Tinkle or an Astrix comic. Meet friends at least once a week. So many studies say that the people who meet friends regularly live longer than the people who don’t. Make good friends and once a year, don’t forget to get a health check. Check UR sugar, blood pressure and stay healthy. Did you know that 70 percent of all diseases which can kill you are in UR hands to prevent? Don’t worry about the things you can’t change, like if UR Indian you will die sooner or if UR a diabetic UR going to die sooner. Boohoo, so what? Change what you can. Stop smoking. Laugh, eat right, workout and have fun! Are doctors insecure about nutritionists and can doctors prescribe diets? I have no business prescribing a diet. But, what I can tell you to do is that you have to eat right. If you have someone who is dedicated to teaching you how to eat right, then they’re making my job easier! I should be grateful to them and not feel threatened. There is no place on this planet anymore for insecure doctors. You, as a patient or as a concerned loved one, have the right for a second opinion. If UR doctor is insecure about it, then you may need to change UR doctor. It is UR, birthright. Every doctor should realize - the biggest honor anyone can do is bring someone they love and hand them over to you for care. UR not doing a patient any favors and there is no room for insecurity. If a nutritionist is making your job easy, you should tip your hat to her/him and thank them, instead of disagreeing with them. As a doctor, my job is to heal people from diseases, and a nutritionist’s job is to help people stay healthy. The key is to hold a nutritionist hand-in-hand and walk the grey areas. Not compete for that place. You (nutritionists) fix everybody, so they don’t come to me (cardiologist), and if they slip by you, then I will take care of them. That’s how I look at it!
Ayushman Bharat – A Scheme To Empower Health
Ayushman Bharat - A Scheme To Empower Health The idea of giving essential healthcare services to the underprivileged Indians gave birth to the Ayushman Bharat Yojana by our PM Narendra Modi in 2018. This scheme covers Rupees five lakh insurance to every (BPL) household annually for their healthcare. Research states that families living under the below poverty line had no hope for saving themselves with curable diseases due to poverty. To make this scheme accessible for the underprivileged, the government empanelled private hospital along with the public hospitals all over the nation. This scheme paved the way to make India the only country that provides the largest healthcare solely based on government funding in the world. In this honour, 30 April is observed as Ayushman Bharat Diwas across the country. Initially, this scheme was rejected by West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab. But by 2020, this scheme was embraced by the state of Punjab. UR guide to Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana Benefits • Cashless and free medical treatment • 50 crores beneficiaries in the scheme • Covers everyone in the family (Doesn’t apply the condition to the number of family members) • No empanelled hospital can deny treatment • Quality health care • Hospitals are not allowed to increase the amount for treatment • Any eligible candidate can access the healthcare package from anywhere in India • Improves quality of life the people Means of delivery: Health And Wellness Centres: This scheme envisions providing one and a half lakh health centres that give services like comprehensive health care, maternal and child health care and treats non-communicable diseases. It also aims to provide free pharmaceuticals drugs along with diagnostics. Network hospitals, both private and public: The government empanel hospitals to treat PMJAY patients on a cashless basis with fixed costs of procedures/ailments. Eligibility criteria Population covered under the scheme is based on SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census) 2011 data For Rural Areas: • Families living under the Below Poverty line • Families without adult supervision (without people under the age limit of 16 to 59 years) • A family consisting of disabled members without and able-bodied guardian • SC/ST communities household • manual labourers • People receiving alms for survival • People from the tribe community • Families with jobs such as manual scavengers • Bonded labourers that are legally released For Urban Areas: • Ragpickers • Beggars • Domestic workers • Hawkers • Sanitization workers • Artisans/ handicraft workers • Watchmen • Electrician/ mechanics/ repair workers • Truck drivers/ conductors/ rickshaw drivers • Peons/assistants/ attendants etc. The progress so far More than 28,000 healthcare centres are set up in the country. In less than three months of the introduction of the scheme, six lakh people benefited from the services. All states and Union Territories have received substantial funds for free drugs and diagnostics centres. More than 20,000 private hospitals are empanelled with the scheme. More than 12 crore cards are issued all over the country to avail the benefits of this scheme. Approximately more than 97.97 Lakh people are admitted in the hospital under this scheme. Provide a range of packages for treatment that include around 1579 packages for both surgical and medical. The treatment packages include a diagnostic charge 3 days before hospitalization and free drugs up to 15 days after hospitalization. Launched an efficient method to curb overcharging and exploitation of the scheme. A 24*7 grievance response portal is set up. The exploitation of the scheme The privileged people found a way to find loopholes in the scheme and are pocketing public funds through these loopholes. The first instance of this exploitation came into the limelight from Nainital, where the claims were fraudulent. As the scheme covers around 24 specialities of the medical sector, hospitals claimed to give these treatments to the patients without being equipped for such services. Dialysis is the first choice of fraudulent claims. Overcharging for the treatment and exploitation of public funds by the pretence of hospitalization without having a medical issue also came to light. The Government of India set up a fool-proof verification system to restrain these fraudulent claims by setting up a backend verification technology. During COVID-19 To reduce the panic during the current pandemic of Coronavirus, the testing and treatment of COVID-19 are now available at all the empanelled hospitals under the Ayushman Bharath Yojana. This also includes free testing to detect the presence of the virus. A helpline number, 1075 has been set up for the same cause. FHPL Family Health Plan Insurance (FHPL) is a licensed Third Party Administrator (TPA). We act as a bridge to the beneficiaries and their healthcare providers. FHPL is now tied-up with five states across the country to provide easy access to beneficiaries of PM-JAY and state-sponsored healthcare schemes. The Five States are Gujarat Uttarakhand West Bengal Punjab Assam Milestones FHPL has helped more than 1.2 crore families. Served more than 5 crore lives. Spread in more than 70 districts. Local Implementation In the 28 states and 8 Union Territories of India, Delhi, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana opted out of ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana’. As of 2019, the state of Punjab embraced the scheme and issued more than 40, 50,000 and 62, 50,000 cards till date respectively. The healthcare scheme of the states that rejected PM-JAY Telangana The state refused to participate in the Ayushman Bharat Yojana as it already implemented Aarogyasri scheme that provides healthcare to over 80 lakh families. The state healthcare package involves organ transplant also that is not a part of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Benefits of Aarogyasri scheme • Financial protection of 2 lakhs per annum for surgery or serious diseases • Redeeming of 949 treatments under the scheme • Covers therapy, surgery and hospitalization • Cashless treatment Odisha According to the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, offered to secure 61 lakh families under the scheme. The requirements of the state were higher by 9 more lakh families. Due to this, the state hasn’t yet implemented this scheme in their state. The state is implementing its healthcare scheme named ‘Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY)’ Benefits of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) • Free diagnostic services in government hospitals • Free dialysis at the district level • Spectacles for students • Free cataract operations • Transportation reimbursement for pregnant women living in inaccessible areas West Bengal After comprehensive research on the state implemented scheme and the national scheme, West Bengal opted out of the central scheme. They are implementing Swasthya Sathi (SS) health protection scheme providing protection for 1.5 crore families. Benefits of Swasthya Sathi (SS) health protection scheme • Smart card, paperless and cashless based package • Reinforced IT backdrop to reduce fraudulent claims • No limit to family size and age • Covers severe diseases like cancer and the ones that require neurosurgery • 24*7 toll-free call centre • Mobile app for assisting beneficiaries
Skin Remedies For Vata
Everyone desires to have beautiful and radiant skin throughout the year, I mean, who doesn’t? But the sad part is that not everyone is born with flawless skin we all yearn for. Self-care takes time, patience and a lot of tests and trials until we find what works for our skin and soul. I’m sure we all can agree that we’ve all exhausted our savings and product trials to the max. But, have you tried something different from what you were doing all along? How about taking an organic and holistic approach to nip UR skin concerns in the bud! The Ayurvedic Approach Well, according to Ayurveda, all the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are involved either solely or work in combination when there are different skin or health conditions at play. What’s the connection between skin and dosha you ask? We find many people saying that their skin is extremely sensitive or oily and they just can’t use any product right off the shelf because it just didn’t work in the past or will in the future. The Ayurvedic Doshas also help define what works for sensitive, dry & oily skin types by using natural remedies. This can work wonders when you know which dosha UR skin belongs to. If you don't know which dosha then you can try taking our dosha quiz and know more about UR Prakriti, it's skin characteristics and much more! Though every person has a unique blueprint, each dosha requires different treatment and attention. So, scroll down to know the ancient royal remedies for UR skin according to UR dosha! What Happens When UR Dosha's Are Imbalanced? When your mind and body are in balance, it is much easier to make both of them feel better, and not just one or the other. There are three primary doshic states: Balanced: All three doshas are present in their natural proportion Aggravated: A particular dosha is in excess Decreased: A particular dosha is depleted Have you ever found that you can instinctively crave something green after a day of consuming too many sweets? That is UR body trying to balance itself naturally. If you find that you now feel sick after eating the same junky foods you used to consume without any issues all the time, then that's a sign that you're body is in balance; and it is trying to subconsciously ignore the foods that will throw you off balance. There are many foods and lifestyle choices, which can easily compromise UR dosha balance. This can affect any individual in many ways starting from skin concerns to serious health concerns, which is why it is even more important to know UR dosha. Anyone who falls under the Vata Prakriti usually has soft & delicate skin with a glow. Vata people may often have dry skin. When Vata dosha goes out of balance, then you may face skin problems like dark spots, tiny pores, premature fine lines & wrinkles. You may also have dark under-eye circles. Here is a remedy to moisture UR skin and to add a natural glow. DIY Facepack For Vata Ingredients Ripe banana: 1 Honey: 1 tsp Fresh lemon juice: 1 tsp Method 1. Place the ripe banana in a small mixing bowl and mash it with a fork until you have a lump-free paste. Then mix in the honey and lemon juice and combine all ingredients thoroughly. 2. Wash UR face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry with a soft towel. Using clean fingers, rub the mask into your face. Apply the mask in a slightly thick layer and keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes so that it can soak in. 3. When the time is up, wash your face with warm water and do not use soap. And voilà! Be amazed at UR glowing and radiant skin. Skin Tips For Vata Use gentle cleansers, so you don’t over-dry or strip UR skin of natural oils. Moisturize UR face immediately after cleansing to keep UR skin hydrated and moisturized. Eat more warm and moist foods like; soups, fruits, sautéed veggies, rice and caffeine-free tea. Improve UR regular sleep patterns/cycle. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and try a before-bed routine that helps you relax. Lightly cook UR veggies to make them moist. Avoid too many raw veggies, as they contribute to dryness of skin and slow down UR digestion. The Vata Prakriti already tends to have a slow metabolism, so you want to speed it up, rather than slow things down.