Monday, 27 November 2017

10 Amazing Things Happen When You Eat Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit, the strange name but its benefits may surprise you. Yes, Today, I will be sharing 10 Amazing health benefits you can get from Dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit belongs to a cactus family, considered indigenous especially white fleshy, scientifically called Hylocereus undatus.

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Dragon fruit is oval or pear-shaped scaly outer of bright pink color and encloses a white or red super bland part with black tiny seeds. Dragon fruits comes in three varieties, namely, red skin with red flesh, red skin with white flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Not so sweet not so sour in taste, but very wholesome fruit. It's usually found in the tropical and subtropical region, the dragon fruit is one of those exotic fruits that offers ample of health benefits. It has limited availability in the market. Basically, it is native to Mexico and now its cultivation has spread to South-Eastern Asia. It is now common fruit in countries like China, Thailand, Australia, Isreal, and Vietnam.
Other names of dragon fruit are- Pitaya, Moonlovers, Belle of the night, Cactus fruit, Dragon pearl fruit, lady of the night.


Nutritional Values

Dragon fruit has a surprising number of nutrients. Dragon fruit is loaded with essential mineral, but particularly Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, and calcium. Rich in antioxidants, a great source of vitamin C, full of polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids(omega-3 and omega-6-fatty acids), several Vitamin B as well as carotene and proteins. Lycopene present in dragon fruit which is responsible for its red color.
Moreover, it has low calories and low in cholesterols. Do you know there is 1 gram of fiber per 100 gram of fresh dragon fruit? Let's take look at how Dragon fruit benefits the human body.

Health Benefits


1. Improves immune system

Since dragon fruit is a great source of Vitamin C and also has many antioxidants, which helps in strengthening immunity. Keeps the body clear and boosting hemoglobin owing to its high antioxidant properties. If you like you're frequently getting sick, feeling under the weather, dragon fruit might be the answer for you.
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2. Promote blood and tissue formation

Dragon fruit has tissue forming property owing to its high fiber content. Also, phosphorus in this fruit helps to blood and tissue formation. Phosphorus, an important mineral found in your every cell of the body. Phosphorus needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

3. Increase platelet count

Dragon fruit helps in improving platelet counts due to its antioxidant properties. Therefore, Dragon fruit is recommended for the Dengue patients. The benefit of increasing platelet count reduces the fever or also helpful in hemorrhagic fever.
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4. Strengthen Bones and teeth

As dragon fruit is a good source of minerals like potassium, which helps to build strong bone mineral density. This exotic fruit is very beneficial for growing children to help to have strong bones and teeth.

5. Anti-aging

Dragon fruit is packed with antioxidants, which are very necessary to keep your skin tight and glowing. For ageless skin, you should include this fruit in your diet or at least once a week. This exotic fruit is used in natural remedies for many skin problems for centuries. Ancient beauty practices from southeast Asia believe that making a paste of dragon fruit flesh and using as face pack can help in slowing down the aging process.

6. Reduce risk of Cancer

Phytonutrient in Dragon fruit helps in reducing the risk of Cancer. Phytonutrients like phytoalbumin, Vitamin C and minerals make this fruit highly valued for its cancer-preventing properties. Antioxidants help in fighting free radicals which are responsible for damage to the cells and even leads to cancer. Lycopene, in dragon fruit which helps protect against cancer.

7. Reduce risk of Cardiovascular diseases

The phytochemical captin present in dragon fruit, used as a medication to treat heart problems. The study showed that dragon fruit may help in lowering bad cholesterols. Because dragon fruit loaded with antioxidant and fibers, they both contribute to keeping the heart healthy and young.

8. Lowers blood sugar

Dragon fruit is low in calories yet offers numerous nutrients and high fibers. Fibers stabilize blood sugar levels and maintain normal blood sugar level.
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9. Improves eyesight

Dragon fruit is good source of Vitamin A. This helps your skin to maintain healthiness and improves vision power.

10. Helps to heal bruises and wounds

Promotes faster healing of bruises and wounds. Dragon fruit possesses anti-bacterial properties, which found that it stimulates cell regeneration and speed up the healing, so wound and bruises heal at the increased rate.

Precaution-

Consume Dragon fruit in moderation, as it containing fructose which may be harmful to your health if consumed in an excess amount.

Author's take

As you can see, dragon fruit offers amazing health benefits that people are still not aware of. You should definitely include this fruit in your diet and experience the benefits. Share your experience in the comment box below.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140125/

http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/dragonfruit-healthbenefits.htm

Friday, 24 November 2017

5 Brilliant ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)

Apple Cider Vinegar (a.k.a. ACV) has a really unpleasant smell and sour taste but believe it or not it's a sure fire way to improve your health and your life. In this article, I will share 5 brilliant ways to use Apple Cider vinegar (ACV) that I am using it currently.

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Apple cider vinegar has become my health obsession and I keep talking about it all the time. Apple cider vinegar is made from apple juice and its twice fermentation turns out Apple cider vinegar. Today I will share healthy ways to incorporate Apple cider Vinegar into your daily life and there are plenty of benefits to be gained on getting this magical drink.

Brilliant Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV)

I recommend using 'Unfiltered Mother ACV' to get it's total health benefits. Mother ACV you can identify by cloudy strings present at the bottom which is full of beneficial enzymes, proteins, and minerals. It's worth shaking the bottle each time before using ACV.

1. Used as a Face toner

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. Acetic acid is acidic in nature but shows the alkaline effect on the body. The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin problems. Apple cider vinegar reduces the pore size and gives even toning to the skin. Antioxidants found in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce free radicals in the body.

Take 1/2 cup water and add 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar. Mix the mixture. Magical elixir is ready to use. With the help of cotton ball rub the mixture on your face. Then apply essential oils to the affected area to support further care. This also can be used as astringent for dark spots treatment which fades your spots. Apply apple cider vinegar directly on the spots on regular basis for two weeks. You will see ACV lightens your dark spots.

2. Used for shining your hair

Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar twice a week, it makes hair stronger and shinier.
Take 500ml of water and add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and place it into the bottle. After you've washed your hair in the shower, pour the mixture over the head, make sure to avoid getting it into the eyes. Massage it into your scalp for a minute or two to stimulate blood circulation and hair growth, and then rinse well. Use this twice a week for better results.

3. Used to remove stains from teeth

Apple cider vinegar is used for whitening your teeth.
This Apple Cider Vinegar is also a natural alternative to OTC  mouthwashes. Some Dentists suggest doing gargle with one part of ACV and three part of water for total one minutes which help them to evade with bad breathe.

4. Used to help weight loss

For centuries, Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for weight loss. Apple Cider Vinegar brings satiety which makes you feel full just like after meal you feel and aids weight loss. The acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to slow down the fat accumulations. This way it burns out belly fat and helps in weight loss.
In 2005 study revealed vinegar helps to lower blood sugar level which in turn contributes to abdominal fat loss, waist fat loss and lowers the risk of diabetes.

5. Used to detox body

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is my top natural health remedy that I use every day to detox my body and helps in digestion of food. It helps balance your body's pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation and lymphatic drainage. ACV detoxifies the liver. Also, Apple Cider Vinegar has the ability to kill dangerous 'bad' bacteria and promote the production of good bacteria.

Every morning I consume Apple Cider Vinegar in the form of morning ACV tea. ACV has an antibacterial property which kills the bacteria from our mouth and stomach and makes us feel fresh and free from germs.

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ACV tea

Apple cider vinegar is delicious as a tea. I really don't like the original taste of ACV but to get its health benefit I discovered one good recipe which has hidden it's pungent taste: Apple Cider Vinegar tea

Boil a cup of water, add one pinch Cinnamon powder, add 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon Raw Apple cider vinegar and finally one tablespoon of raw honey. Boil it for 5 min. ACV tea is ready. Bring it to lukewarm and then consume it on empty stomach.

Precautions-

  • Never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus.
  • It is possible to have an allergic reaction to Apple Cider Vinegar, so first check if its allergic to you than stop using it.
  • To avoid the risk of side effects or allergic reactions, start with the smaller amount of ACV (even 1/2 teaspoon may be of benefit) and gradually increase the quantity.

You can buy Pure and High-quality Apple Cider Vinegar from my affiliate link- http://amzn.to/2i2ds9K

Sources:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16015276

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26547520

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12167888/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661687

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27209492

Sunday, 19 November 2017

OTC Drugs and Their Side Effects

Have you ever taken medication without doctors permission?? (I know your answer here 'Obviously Yes')or Have you ever bought drugs without the prescription??(I know your answer here too 'Yes')
But many of us don't know how these OTC drugs can be harmful too.

"Over The Counter" (OTC) drugs are the drug you can get without prescription at chemist or drugstore. Basically, OTC drugs are safe to use and which are intended to treat short-term illnesses. The reason people prefer OTC drugs are- easy to understand it's mode of action, readily available at groceries or pharmacies, less expensive than going to the doctor and paying his checkup fees plus less costly than prescribed medication. That's all to the good if OTC drugs are used correctly for a particular condition and in proper dosage and for no longer than the recommended time. Over the counter(OTC) drugs are most often used to treat ailments like heartburn, headaches and other pains, fever, cold and cough. As per FDA (Food Drug Administration) till date, there are more than 300,000 Over-The-Counter drugs on the market. This number will continue to grow if more prescription drug moves to OTC lists.

In some cases, even if OTC are taken correctly, there can be some problems because patients with the certain health condition are needed to be aware of it's side effects, drug-drug reactions, drug-food reactions. For example, people with heart disease or hypertension people are warned not to take aspirin without doctor's permission.

A study of 500 people carried at Northwestern University in Chicago by Dr, Micheal Wolf and published in 2012  for "Risk of unintentional overdose with the non-prescription acetaminophen products" which revealed OTC medication containing acetaminophen could lead to acute liver failure.  The potential for side effects and adverse events due to unintentional misuse of these OTC products is substantial, particularly among heavy users of acetaminophen and those with limited literacy.

If  you or anyone you know have taken OTC with incorrect dosage or unintentional overdose, here are the symptoms which need immediate attention
Drowsiness
Nausea
Vomiting
Rapid heartbeat
Blurred vision
Redness
Itching
Any kind of sudden change in your body after taking medications, you should see your doctor and find out manifestations of your symptoms.


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How OTC drugs are harmful

It's hard to say. As far as form and dosage of OTC are unknown it's difficult to say harmfulness of OTC drug. It's not easy to determine the fatal dose of Over-the-counter drugs, I will explain you with an example of Acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an active ingredient in Tylenol, Panadol, Percocet and many others. Acetaminophen in general term is also called as Paracetamol(generic name). Acetaminophen work is to reduce fever and give relief from pain (pain of mild to moderate scale). Studies of humans have reported 'liver failure' as a side effect of Acetaminophen when it exceeds the optimal dose(dose of a drug that will produce desired effects). Drug acceptance rate varies widely on factors including the condition of the liver, ingested drug dose, whether the pill is taken in conjunction with alcohol, etc. Acetaminophen has narrow safety margin as compared to other Over-the-counter drugs. Doctors have reported liver failure if consumed Acetaminophen 2.5 grams in a day. Approved dose limit is 1.5 grams or less.

Another of these OTC's is Dramamine, the popular name brand for motion sickness pill. If abused, Dramamine side effects may include hallucinations, restlessness, blurred vision, dizziness, and rapid heartbeat. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.

Diet pills sold over the counter carry their own risks when abused; the negative side effects often include heart palpitations. In some cases, individuals become addicted to OTC diet pills within weeks of the first dose.

Other OTC medications of cough suppressant and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan(DXM) can be safe and effective when taken as recommended, but they can also be abused and can lead to serious adverse health consequences. Some of it's side effects include double or blurred vision, impaired physical coordination, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, numbness, and disorientation. Similarly, cold medicines containing active ingredients like Pseudoephedrine which is a stimulant. Abuse of this medication can cause you hallucinations and intense 'body high'.

Scenarios for adverse reaction of OTC drugs

Older adults often use many medications at the same time, including prescriptions and OTC medicines. Their body process medicines differently than younger adults. There might be chances of adverse reaction between drugs or between drug and food.

Duplication of drugs leads to overdose

Many patients get catch hold of the drug overdose, sometimes they don't realize how much of drug they are taking. For an example, if you take OTC medication Ibuprofen (Brand names- Advil, Motrin) along with the prescribed anti-inflammatory drug Aspirin( Brand name- Ecosprin) by your doctor, then this will cause damage to your kidney.

Food-drug reaction

Food may alter how your body processes medications. Medicines taken by orally must be absorbed through the lining of the stomach or small intestine. But at the same time nutrients from food, you eat also needs to be absorbed through the lining of the stomach. If you take medicine with the food when it's not recommended, a possible interaction is that your body might not be able to absorb the medicine as it should.
Similarly, abusers of OTC medications, who mix alcohol with it, can put users at risk for internal bleedings, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing.

List Of Harmful OTC drugs

Not Only Acetaminophen but there are many other OTC drugs with its improper use or overdosage it will be harmful.
1. Codeine(Codectuss)
2. Aspirin(Ecotrin)
3. Dextromethorphan(Robitussin)
4. Dimenhydrinate(Dramamine)
5. Ibuprofen(Motrin)
6. Nimesulide(Nice)
7. Cetirizine(Zyrtec)
8. Diphenhydramine(Benedryl)
9. Propylhexedrine
10. Oxymetazoline(Afrin)
11. Diethyl ether
12. Caffeine

People have committed suicide by overdosing on certain OTC drugs. People who rely on OTC medications often fail to read instructions and warnings on the labels and cartons.

Facts

  • Studies have shown that 15% of young adults in high school admitted that within a year they had abused some sort of over the counter drugs at least once.
  • Severe harmful effects of  OTC medications include Brain damage, seizure, ruptured blood vessels, stroke, coma or even death.

Author's take-

It is important to take medicine correctly and be careful when giving them to children. Especially parents with teenagers should be aware of the potential for abuse of these medications and side effects of these OTC's when taken in large quantities, which should signal concerns and the possible need for intervention and treatments. When you start a new medication either it may be prescription or OTC, make sure you understand how to take it correctly. Every allopathic drug has it's pros and cons after it exceeds optimal dose. If any confusion arises please ask your primary care or pharmacies regarding usage of medication correctly.

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/drugreactions.html

http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1379733-0

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23061329


https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/over-the-counter-drugs/

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

10 Powerful Ways to Supercharge Your Immunity

Do you fall sick often?? Does your immunity weakens with seasonal or climatic change?? Then you really need to read this article and get supercharge your immunity by following these natural ways.

What is Immune system??

The immune system is a system of group organs, cells and proteins that protect our body from viruses or bacteria which are foreign material to our body in short, our defense system. The cells of the immune system are originated in bone marrow and then migrate to the peripheral tissues, circulating in the blood and in the vessel system called lymphatic system. The overall immune system in your body works together to defend the body from foreign invaders.


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Now winter is on and many people look for the ways to prevent winter cold and flu, so your first step should be head towards local grocery store to collect some home remedies stuff and take some kitchen help with the ingredients which boosts immune. Scientifically, there are no direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function. But that doesn't mean the effects of lifestyle on the immune system aren't intriguing and shouldn't be studied. The study showed that 70 percent of your immune is indirectly dependent on your guts and what you eat, which forms the foundation of your health. Studies also proved that various micronutrients deficiencies- like deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin C, D, E, K, B6,  alter the immune function and leads to more prone to diseases. Let's learn powerful ways to supercharge immunity.

Powerful Ways to Supercharge Immunity

1. Green Vegetables


Green vegetables like Broccoli, Spinach, and cabbages are loaded with essential nutrients which boost our immunity.
Green leafy vegetables containing Vitamins A, B6, and E which are particularly useful in building and maintaining the immune system. Vegetables are some of the good sources of other nutrients too. Overall including green vegetables in your daily diet boost your immune system.

2. Yogurt/ Probiotics

Yogurt or Probiotic with "live active culture" is fully packed with good and healthy bacteria, which helps in good digestion and in fighting harmful infections. Yogurt also best source of Vitamin D, which helps regulate your immune system.

3. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits like orange, kiwi, lemon contain ample amount of Vitamin C. They are also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in boosting immune systems.

Other fruits like apple, peaches, plums, sweet pineapple and mangos also enhance immune power because they contain soluble and insoluble fibers and also antioxidants which contribute to enhancing immune response and cleanse the bowel.


4. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are full of nutrients like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6. Sunflower seeds are also the rich source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps you resist the flu and infections by boosting the production of T-cells, that fights infection.

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5. Ginger

Ginger helps to relieve throat pain and congestion. Ginger possesses antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property. A cup of ginger tea every day helps to improve immunity.
Ginger also has fever and pain reducing, that's why you might have heard when you have a headache or fever elders or grandmother said one ginger tea can give you relief from both.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is considered superfood for a good reason. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and rich in antioxidants. Turmeric has an immune-modulating effect because it detoxifies and enhances the intelligence of immune cells. The researcher suggests these qualities of turmeric makes strong defense action against cold, cough and congestion.

7. Papaya

Papaya has anti-inflammatory properties just because of papain enzyme, this also helps fight infections. A papaya after lunch enhances digestion and enhance immunity. Papaya also contains Vitamin C which helps in absorption of iron from plant-based, thus protecting immune system against diseases. 

Recommendation: Top 10 benefits of papaya

8. Garlic

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Cloves of Garlic are the natural immune-boosting agent which possess the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which protect our body against the variety of illnesses.
An optimal dose of garlic should include two raw cloves of garlic a day and include crushed garlic in your cooking.

9. Green tea

The amino acids called L-theanine which is abundant in green tea, this is responsible for an immune boost. Flavonoids like epigallocatechin gallate, that fights bacteria and viruses and stimulates the production of immune cells. For good result, 2-3 cups of green tea a day is required.

10. Chicken soup and shellfishes

Fishes are the excellent sources of omega-3-fatty acids and zinc, both responsible for the improved immune system. These omega-3-fatty acids give antioxidant property and enhance immunity.

Last but certainly not least, chicken soup when cooked releases cysteine, the amino acid which resembles bronchitis drug acetylcysteine and relieves cold and cough. Adding to this ingredient like garlic and onion further increase soup's immune-boosting power.

Apart from above natural foods, you should also do few other things namely, exercises, get proper sleep, stay happy and last but not least keep the body hydrated.

Exercise daily

Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves blood circulation, cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, helps in improving immune response and these all keep us disease free. Many people can't find time to indulge in a full-fledged exercise then you can start with daily 20 minutes walk a day. This will strengthen your body's disease-fighting capabilities.

Stay happy

As it said, 'laughter is the best medicine' and this medicine is also effective in improving your immune system. Stress, anxiety and depressed mood affect your immune strength. Stress response makes a major risk factor for suppression of immune functions, which in turn increases susceptibility to colds and other illnesses. Ageing process somehow leads to a reduction in immune response, which in turn contributes to more infections, more inflammatory diseases, and much more health complications. A hearty laugh decreases the number of stress hormones in the body and increases white blood cells that fight infections. So stay happy always and boost your immunity which ultimately makes you healthy.

Get proper sleep

From all busy day, your body needs a good sound sleep which relaxes your brain and body muscles. After a proper sleep, you will feel refreshed and energetic. Improper sleep can cause a rise in inflammation. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation lowers your white blood cells which in turn reduces body's ability to fight off disease-causing pathogens. 

Recommendations: Foods for good sleep and calm mind

Keep the body hydrated

In addition to consuming healthy foods, it's also critical to stay hydrated in order to help keep your respiratory tract clear. Try to avoid sweetened beverages, cold drinks instead, try real fruit juices or preservative free juices, which will keep you hydrated. Drink plenty of water, this is the best tips to keep your immune system healthy. Ensure drinking eight glasses of water every day.

So that's it, I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and if you really need to supercharge your immunity, you will apply above mentioned powerful ways to boost your immunity.

Sources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/999.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24045086


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23901210


https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Exclusive natural ways to remove sun tan


Every woman desires flawless clear and perfect complexion. But factors like a suntan, free radicals, hormonal changes, hyperpigmentations, etc reduces it's glow. Today, I will tell you natural ways to remove suntan. A day out in the sun makes your skin tone go down from fair to brown to dark. A suntan can cause many other skin problems like fine lines, acne, premature aging, skin burn, dark spots and much more. Instead of spending lot of money on buying cosmetic products try some natural treatment. Natural remedies have proven true friend in removing sun tan. Here are some of the exclusive ways to remove suntan.


1. Papaya and Honey face pack

In this pack, papaya contains helpful enzyme papain, which helps in skin whitening and renewals of skin cells. Honey makes the skin supple and soft.

Take ripe papaya, cut into pieces. Mash 3-4 pieces. Add a tablespoon of honey and blend them well. Apply this paste to affected areas. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. You can use this twice or thrice a week for a good result.

2. Green tea and rice flour

Antioxidants in green tea replenish the skin cells and remove skin tan and blemishes. Rice contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) which help to rejuvenate the skin, remove pigmentations due to tan and soothes the skin.

Take a tablespoon of rice flour. Add two tablespoon of fresh and cold green tea. Mix it well. Apply to tanned areas. Let it dry and wash off with cold water. In this, you can add used green tea leaves and follow similar steps. Regular use of this pack, you will definitely get rid of tanned skin.

3. Aloe

Aloe has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, cooling and refreshing properties. This plant is called the magic plant by mother nature. With regular use of aloe for 2-3 months, you can get rid of your tans.

Cut its spike structure from the side. Split the skin of leaves lengthwise. Take out the pulp either by scrapping or with the help of a spoon. Beat it with the spoon till it becomes frothy. Use this on tanned areas and leave it for 15 min. Cleanses with water.


4. Tomato scrub

Tomato contains lycopene- a carotenoid antioxidant, fatty acid derivatives, flavanols like rutins, all this helps in rejuvenating the skin. Tomato in beauty world is known for its depigmentation and anti-puffiness properties.

Cut the tomato in half, collects it's juice into a bowl. Scrub to the affected areas. If this mixture is too watery or difficult to scrub than you can add rice flour. Rice flour helps us to scrub well and give a fair look than before.

5. Cucumber

Cucumber extract is very effective in removing tanning and in the sunburnt skin. Cucumber extract gives cooling effects.

Shred the cucumber and extract the juice from it. Using a cotton ball apply the extract on the skin and let it dry. Wash it off after 5-10 minutes.

6. Lemon and Sugar

A lemon slice can do wonders in removing tan. Glycolic acid fro sugar will rejuvenate the skin and bleaching property of lemon clears out your skin.

Cut a full lemon into the half. Take a tablespoon of sugar and half tablespoon juice of a lemon. Mix it well. Use this mixture to any part of your body affected with the suntan.

7. Red Lentil 

Red lentils(masoor dal) are an outstanding source of vitamins, essential proteins, fibers, iron, etc. Red lentils possess anti-ageing properties. 

Soak red lentils in water for about 2-3 hours. Strain it. Grind that soaked red lentils and make a thick paste. Add tomato juice into it. Apply to the affected areas.

8. Tomato and yogurt

Tomato has the citric properties and also lycopene present in tomato helps in removing tan. If you wish to remove dark spots and pigmentations, this pack is worth a try. The tomato extract also works as a toner.

Take a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Take a tablespoon of tomato extract in a bowl. Mix both the ingredient well. Apply the paste to suntan area. Let it dry for half an hour and wash off with normal water.

9. Potato

Potato has been used since ages to lighten the skin tone and under eye dark circles. Potato juice is also a potent bleaching agent.

Make a juice of raw potato strain it and apply on affected areas to get rid of tan. Keep this for 10-12 minutes. Wash off once it dries.


10. Turmeric and gram flour

Gram flour is always available at every other home. Gram flour is very helpful in removing dead skin cells and giving a natural glow to the skin. Turmeric powder adds a natural glow to the skin by removing tan.

Take 2 tablespoons of gram flour, add a pinch of turmeric powder and add rose water to form a thick paste. Apply to the affected areas. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Very helpful in removing tan.

As we know, prevention is always better than cure. Healthy glowing skin gets from inside and unless your skin is getting the required nutrients and care, then it simply looks it's best. Applying this packs can heal you from outside but not from inside.

I am suggesting these natural ways to remove tan because I have already been gone through suntanning, I have tried a lot of chemical, beauty and skin care products but nothing worked out and all my money invested in those products gone in vain and failed me to retain the naturally clear and glowing skin for a long term. You can use chemical products for short-term resolution but they won't work for a long-term solution. So brought these natural ways to remove tan and save your money. For more such tips on health and beauty, subscribe to my blog with your email.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/

https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/ucm388821.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/ucm128250.htm

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/25/organic-tomatoes.aspx


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