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Hair loss can happen to men and women of any age group. Though, some people get hair loss due to hereditary problem, others face because of hormonal imbalance, under active thyroid gland, vitamin deficiencies and inadequate scalp circulation. A balanced diet can not only improve your health but can also give to boost to your hair growth. Following are the must food if you wish to have lusty set of hair.

  • Eat Fresh: A healthy diet start with eating fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. Any process food contains salt and large amount of unhealthy fat. As your hair is made from protein, it’s very important to include protein rich food in your diet. People who do extreme dieting or have undergone some treatment generally face huge hair loss problem. Fish, chicken, eggs, soy products, beans, and nuts should also be included in your daily diet to balance protein level in your body.
  • Consume Fat: Necessary amount of fat should be consumed in your daily diet. Omega 3 fats are vital for the body to produce healthy hair. Also, fats help your body process the vitamins and minerals that is required for healthy growth of hair.
  • Include Iron and Zinc in Diet: Along with vitamins, iron and zinc are also vital in producing great, healthy hair. Iron helps to deliver oxygen to through blood to your hair follicles. Eating lean animal meats, beans lentils and soy products are great ways to get necessary iron for your body.
  • Vitamin C: Your body requires vitamin C to build collagen, which helps is boosting hair growth. Vitamin C also breaks down iron so that your body can absorb it to build healthy block of hair. Few drops of lemons in your salad or in warm water with honey can fulfill the daily requirement of vitamin c in your body.

Apart food, healthy lifestyle also boost hair growth. Sometime, our wrong habits damage our hair and also put halt on the growth of new hair. The first reason of hair loss is taking stress. Some people also have a habit of pulling their hair. To control stress, try practicing meditation daily in the morning. Also, excessive usage of chemical based hair cosmetics, usage of heat styling treatment can also be the reasons behind your hair loss. Try avoiding heat treatment on your wet hair as the strands can break easily. It’s best to use wide tooth comb to detangle your hair and dry naturally. Tying your hair to tight from rubber band can also break your hair strands.  Always having proper hair style also restricts unwanted breakage of hair.

 

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Sometimes, even by adapting right diet and doing regular exercise, you feel tired and lethargic throughout the day. No matter what you do, there seems to be no solution for this problem. Then, it might be the time that you start detox your body. Detoxing will help your body rejuvenate and strengthens your immune system. It’s always difficult to switch your diet but there are foods which can help you to detox your body slowly but surely.

  • Cabbage: This vegetable is a natural diuretic which promotes the production of urine in your body. Cabbage has approximately 92 percent water thus when you eat cabbage, you burn lot of calories. Also it’s good for those who suffer from water retention problem. It’s also rich in vitamins C, K, E, A, minerals and fibers. So, if you want to start dieting, include cabbage in your daily diet.
  • Leafy Vegetables: The primary nutrient found in green leafy vegetable is chlorophyll that helps to get rid of all the toxins from the body. Leafy Vegetables purifies blood, reduces blood fat, helps thinning of blood and reduces blood pressure.
  • Garlic: Yes, this is the smelliest food to eat and you don’t want to consume especially when you are going to meet someone special. Garlic detoxes your body, also helps to lower your bad cholesterol, inhibit cardiovascular disease and de-stress and relax your body.
  • Water: It’s  no surprise that water is the best cleanser for your body. Start your morning with one or two glass of water before you go for caffeine punch. Water helps flush all the toxins from your kidneys and liver and keeps your body hydrated from head to toe.

Just practice this for three weeks with your regular exercise and you will be having happy and healthy cleansed you!

Let us know in your comments below if you have some extra tips regarding Body Detox.

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Street food is considered as the reflection of the country. India is known for its spicy street food among the tourist and local people. No matter what season it is, we always love to stop at our favorite street food lari (stall) to satisfy our taste buds. We always try to find new place to eat from our friends and neighbors. Though, it’s not always good to eat street food, but then can you really resist this tempting delicacy. I am a complete food lover and following is list of street foods I love to eat anyday.

  • Panipuri: I don’t know about you guys but I simply love eating spicy panipuri. I got one favorite place in my city where I go and eat hot panipuri. In winter or rainy season its a must go place for me at least once in month.
  • Bhel Puri/Sev Puri: Well I am not much fan of sev puri but I love to munch bhel puri during evening time. It’s light, crunchy and spicy, what not to like about it.
  • Pav Bhaji: This dish is best when served in butter. This is one of the most popular street foods all around India. Made from boiled vegetable and cooked in red hot curry, this is a meal of every person who wants to eat good food without spending much.
  • Chinese: No, I am not talking about eating Chinese people. It’s the name of street food when you want to eat so called “Asian” food like Manchurian, Hakka noodles, fried rice etc. I don’t know whether Chinese actually cook these foods or not but we do love to eat Chinese food in the night. (Never forget to brush after eating any “Chinese food as people hate garlic breath)
  • Vada Pav: Famous food of Maharashtra, Vada Pav is available in most part of countries. The deep fried vada made from boiled potato and some mild spices is placed between the bun with some spicy chutney. Yum to eat and cheap on the pocket!!! All I can say that we just created out own desi burger. I also like another version of vada pav, only found in Gujarat – Dhabeli. It’s not fried but definitely spicy.
  • Daal Vadas & Bhajiyas: Who would ever refuse bhajiya and masala tea in the winter or rainy season? Made from different vegetables and pulses, bhajiya or daal vada are favorite food of Indians. So, next time you want to enjoy the rains or chill of the winter, take a break to enjoy a hot masala tea with a plate of bhajiya on the street.
  • Omelet: Though I gave up eating non-veg long time back, omelet smell always appeals me. Guilty – I know. In Vadodara, there is a famous place called Raju Omelet Center – where all the omelet lovers go and satisfy their hunger for omelet. I can’t eat but hey, who’s stopping you.
  • South Indian: Southern food is the most tasty and lightest food I have ever known. I love to go for a plate of upama with coconut chutney in the morning, idli or vada sambhar at lunch, different types of Uttapam and Dosa at dinner – South Indian food never bores me. I bet there are many people who will agree with me on this.
  • Faluda: Now, it’s time to have a sweet tooth. Faluda is sweet dessert eaten in most part of India. So, next time you want to taste something sweet apart from ice-cream, opt for faluda.
  • Gola: Though, it’s not one of the hygienic foods, Gola is one of the favorite of Indians, especially in summers. Gola is made from crushed ice and synthetic drinks sprinkled on it. Kala khata, mango, orange, mint are the main options available to be spread on Gola.

I personally am very fond of street foods, but do keep in mind to avoid eating in rainy or summer season as you are more prone to catch serious disease by eating street foods. If you still crave for street foods in those seasons then find hygienic food stalls or make these street cuisines at home.

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When it comes to dieting or weight loss it’s often seen that there are plenty of resources, guides and experts out there telling various different things regarding healthy weight loss, proper dieting and fitness tips and hand you some rule book or list of rules to follow. The more resources, guides and experts out there, the more the list of rules you got to follow. It becomes very difficult to actually understand which ones really matter and should be followed. Hence, dieting is all about following proper set of rules and make no mistakes that can risk your health.

So, first and foremost you should be aware of the mistakes that must be avoided while dieting.

MISTAKE # 1: Avoiding your Favorite Foods Forever

The most common mistake that is seen among the first time dieters is that they will simply avoid eating their favorite foods forever. It may seem a easy task at first but it’s not. The more you stay away from your favorite foods the more tempting those foods become. And before you know it, you are already “cheating” on your diet. Hence, you must please yourself and your stomach once in a while by savoring those favorite dishes without feeling guilty and you will discover a healthy balance in your diet that really works in the long run with better results.

MISTAKE # 2: Ditching Foods with Fats or Carbs

Reducing the intake of food with lots of fats or carbs is great while on a diet but ditching it completely is insane. There’s a reason why carbs, fats and proteins are called macro-nutrients. Like any other nutrient, your body also needs these macro-nutrients in good quantity. If you follow a diet plan that asks you to completely eliminate any of these food categories then it would cause more problems than results. Hence, follow a diet plan that is based on a Balanced Diet formula consisting of all the essential nutrients for your body.

MISTAKE # 3: Expecting Quick Results

For any weight loss or diet campaign you must strictly follow the phrase, “Slow and Steady wins the Race”. This phrase is very true for a successful weight loss program as shedding off those extra pounds from your body weight takes time. There’s no overnight magic when it comes to weight loss. If gaining weight took time so will losing it. Many health experts advice that you should expect to lose no more than one or two pounds a week. Expecting more than that may discourage you and ruin your overall weight loss program.

MISTAKE # 4: Skipping Meals

Skipping meals is another wrong tactic used by many dieters. They believe that no food consumed means no extra fat or calories added to the body. Actually food is very essential as it is our primary source of energy for the whole day. Also if you skip breakfast or lunch, you will feel more hungry and might have to overcompensate at dinner which may add up more calories than you imagined. Follow this basic thumb rule while dieting for weight loss, “Eat like a Prince at Breakfast, Eat like a King at Lunch and Eat like a Poor fellow at dinner” and you would never have to worry about extra calories or fats.

MISTAKE # 5: Eating Less

As I said earlier, for a proper diet plan one must follow the basic thumb rule mentioned above. Many dieters think that eating less would help in achieving rapid weight loss and often believe going really low on calories is the ultimate goal. But this is actually a wrong thinking and can be a health risk. Actually diets low in calories doesn’t offer all the nutrients and you need a minimum of 1,200 calories every day to be healthy and full of energy. With proper diet planning you can achieve the goal of 1,200 calories daily with balance intake of food for that amount.

MISTAKE # 6: Eating as per Timetable of Diet Plan

On the flip side, if your plan tells you to eat every two or three hours, yet you’re not hungry, that’s not necessarily a good thing either. For a healthy weight, it’s important to learn to recognize your internal hunger cues and respond to them; so if you’re hungry, eat — but if you’re not, don’t.

MISTAKE # 7: Thinking Exercise is Enough for Weight Loss

Exercise and dieting go hand-in-hand when you’re trying to lose weight, but the key is to ramp up exercise (calorie burn) while decreasing calorie intake. It’s easy to overestimate how much you burned during an exercise session and then eat too much to compensate, sabotaging your goal. Stick to the rule of thumb that unless you exercised for a hard hour or more, all you really need to replenish yourself after exercise is water.

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Many health experts and fitness gurus will always nag you about the disadvantages of Fast Foods and give you plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t include fast foods in your daily diet. I completely agree with these fitness experts and would also advice to stay away from most of the unhealthy fast foods available in the market today. But being said that I would also want to bring this into notice that there are some surprisingly healthy fast food options too that you must try irrespective of what others say.

Here are some top 15 surprisingly healthy fast food options that one must try:

#1 Burger King’s Whopper Jr.

Burger King claims Whopper Jr., which holds the heavy weight title when it comes to a meal with 310 calories and 13g of fat, to be the lightest options in terms of burgers. Go for the non-mayonnaise one when opting for Burger King’s Whopper Jr. as it may add up to a 100 calories more.

#2 Pizza Hut’s Thin Crust Veggie Lovers

The veggie Lovers from Pizza Hut are considered to be the healthiest Pizza ever but as we know a Pizza is after all a Pizza. So I recommend going for the thin crust option when you order Pizza Hut’s Veggie Lovers as less dough cuts carbs and almost 2/3rd of the original amount of calories.

#3 McDonald’s Vanilla Ice Cream Cone

McDonald’s Vanilla Ice Cream cone can be the best option for dessert for foodies out there. This vanilla ice cream cone is surprisingly contains less fat and would offer a great accent on a meal if you are looking for small dessert options. With 150 calories and only 3.5g of fat, McDonald’s Vanilla Ice Cream Cone are just the ideal dessert option for foodies who care for their fitness too.

#4 KFC’s Potato Salad

KFC’s Potato Salad is often considered as the healthier option when compared to their famous Potato Wedges. The salad is full of healthy ingredients like red bell peppers, onions, celery and a tablespoon of mayonnaise. At 180 calories per serving, the KFC’s Potato Salad is the ideal meal for the day.

#5 Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl

Chipotle may not be known to pack on the fat but a large per cent of their menu items can affect the waist line due to the calories you consume. One healthier option is their Burrito Bowl, which with cilantro-lime rice, black beans, corn salsa and guacamole can produce a big meal for under 500 calories.

#6 Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger

Wendy’s junior-sized take almost matches McDonald’s regular hamburger in terms of nutrition and it might be the tastier one too. Add it with a Low-Fat Strawberry Flavored Yogurt with Granola Topping (250 calories) instead of fries and you have a heavenly meal designed for the road!

#7 McDonald’s Egg McMuffin

First introduced in 1974, the Egg McMuffin is a better breakfast sandwich choice than its greasy McDonald’s bro the Sausage Biscuit W/ Egg. While the latter packs on more than 500 calories, the McMuffin keeps it simple with Canadian-style bacon and just 300 calories.

#8 Taco Bell’s Gordita Nacho Cheese w/ Chicken

Cheesy and not sleazy, the Gordita Nacho Cheese is smothered with America’s favorite dairy product but it still manages to limbo under the 300 calorie limit. Best advice: go for the chicken variation rather than the beef to get an extra kick of flavour!

#9 KFC Original Recipe Drumstick

At 140 calories and 8g of fat, you can order one regular drumstick and fill up on one of KFC’s more traditional sides such as potato salad or coleslaw. Just make sure to resist the Extra Crispy option as it’s just fast-food speak for “a mouthful of saturated and trans fats”.

#10 Chick-fil-A’s Char-Grilled Chicken Salad

If you’re trying to be a bit more “salad conscious”, this grilled variation from Chick-fil-A tones down the cheese and creamy dressings to provide an option that won’t do more damage than a cheeseburger. As it can start at only 180 calories, make sure to add on fruit for enough daily servings and skip the croutons for sunflower seeds.

#11 Starbucks’ Hot Chocolate

Choose a Classic Hot Chocolate over any signature variation and go with skim milk to save yourself more than 300 calories. It’s almost shocking there’s that much of a difference but whipped cream and other sugary additions can add up in a big way!

#12 McDonald’s Hamburger

Before the monstrous additions of double meat started to overthrow fast food chains, McDonald’s had their simple hamburger which compared to anything else on the menu, chalks up only 260 calories and 9g of fat. The less-than-two-ounce burger is somewhat small but do you really need the Double Big Mac w/ Extra Cheese?

#13 Taco Bell’s Fresco Bean Burrito

If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal to inhale, Taco Bell’s Fresco menu is worth a look or two. The Fresco Bean Burrito substitutes meat and cheese for beans and vegetables and provides a whole lot of fiber with 12g per serving!

#14 Dunkin’ Donuts’ Egg White Flatbread

There’s always been an issue with flatbread but this particular sandwich is served all day and is a healthier substitute than any other deli standby DD has to offer. A good source of iron and fibre that can also be paired with its meat variation, the reduced-fat cheese provides a third of your daily calcium.

#15 Subway’s Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki

Subway’s menu is usually full of good and bad choices, so before you go with the creamy option full of meat, turn your horizons towards what offers the most flavor like their Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. A single 6-inch without cheese cuts down almost 200 calories and 20g of fat.

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