Increase Dopamine Levels in the Brain Naturally – 10 natural and easy ways.

What is Dopamine and why is it important?

Are you constantly feeling stressed. Lack concentration and lack ambition. Feel that you are lacking energy. These may be because of lack of Dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a important chemical that is produced by your brain and used as a neurotransmitter.

It works to help the brain understand rewards and feel elated because of achievements.

Without adequate levels of dopamine the person does not feel alive and feels depressed and may also feel unmotivated. Thus it is very important to make sure that you are able to have enough dopamine in your brain.

How can I increase the level of dopamine in the brain?

It is not possible to eat dopamine rich foods to increase the dopamine in your brain as dopamine cannot cross the blood brain barrier. The levels of dopamine in the blood will be different from those in the brain however there are easy ways to increase dopamine in the brain.

  1. Learn or see new things every day that interest you. Dopamine is synthesized by the brain when you experience new stuff that interest your. For example watching a new movie that interest you increases dopamine. Watching an interesting game increase dopamine. The list is endless.
  2. Listen to lively music. Take some time to listen to lively music everyday. Just thinking about lively music has shown to increase the amount of dopamine in your brain.
  3. Reduce sugary, fatty foods and fast foods in your diet. These foods increase the levels of lipopolysaccharides which essentially destroy dopamine.
  4. Increase the quantity of good protein foods in your diet. Foods such as almonds, bananas, milk, eggs, watermelon and yogurt supply you with the protein tyrosine which helps the brain produce more dopamine.
  5. Exercise frequently. Challenging physical activity helps the brain increase dopamine in the brain. Probably one of the reasons for runners high. Exercise also helps the body produce other beneficial chemicals such as serotonin and endorphin which further elevate mood similar to dopamine.
  6. Do frequent small things which lead to victory often such as cleaning your desk, planting a plant, writing a short story, finishing a book etc often. These small victories help the brain to secrete dopamine in copious amounts. Without these small victories the brain becomes lethargic due to lack of dopamine.
  7. Create a journal of your winnings and keep it some place where you can see it everyday. This helps the brain to savor past victories again and again and secrete more and more dopamine.
  8. Make sure that you eat curcumin the active ingredient of turmeric which helps increase the amount of dopamine.
  9. Become creative and get into hobbies that are creative such as carpentry, electronics, scrap booking etc. All these help the brain secrete dopamine as there will be continuous victories in these.
  10. Last but not the least take time to meditate every day. Meditation is not very hard. Just find a quite spot, sit down, close your eyes and start breathing deeply and concentrate on your breathing. Start with 1 or 2 minutes and you will soon be meditating for 15 to 20 minutes. Meditation has been found to increase dopamine levels on part with the best medications.

Just do any of these 10 steps every day and you brain will thank you by producing enough dopamine which will make you more active, productive, lively and increase your daily activity levels.

Wish you all a very happy and productive day. God bless.

9 Benefits of Kidney Beans

Kidney Beans called Raajma in Hindi (राजमा).

The following are the nine benefits of eating Kidney Beans with Rice as a part of a regular diet

  1. Kidney beans compliment the amino acids present in the rice and make sure you get all the 9 essential amino acids so that you can get the best protein available to your body. Also the protein source contained in a bowl of kidney beans and rice is fat free for most part.
  2. Kidney beans are low in glycemic index, and thus even though the rice is higher in glycemic index the sum total of Kidney beans and Rice makes sure that the total glycemic load is lower thus helping to keep blood sugar from spiking.
  3. Kidney beans have one of the highest content of molybdenum which is needed for proper enzyme function in the human body.
  4. Due to the presence of higher fiber content (both soluble and insoluble) it helps in making sure that your bowls movement is regular. Also the soluble fiber makes sure that dietary cholesterol is removed from your digestive tract.
  5. High calcium content of Kidney Beans combined with the calcium in rice makes sure that your bones stay strong.
  6. Low calories, low fat and high protein ratio of kidney beans and rice make sure that they can be used for serious weigh loss.
  7. Folate (vitamin B9) content in kidney beans help to make sure that cell repair and maintenance are taking place without a hitch. And when combined with the protein that kidney beans and rice supply it becomes an ideal after workout meal that is low in calories and fat and high in protein.
  8. Magnesium in Kidney beans acts as a calcium channel blocker thus making sure that blood flows freely in the veins and arteries. Magnesium makes sure that the veins and arteries stay relaxed and thus can help in reducing blood pressure.
  9. Kidney beans are rich in Thiamin (vitamin B1)  which make sure that your brain stays sharp.

Apart from the above Kidney beans are also a good source of Iron and other nutrients as below (for 100 gms of cooked beans)

  • Calories : 127
  • Protein : 9 gms
  • Fiber : 6 gms
  • fat and cholesterol: 0 gms
  • Potassium: 405 m gms

The following is the best way to prepare kidney beans

Kidney beans are not easy to cook. So the best way to cook it is to soak the kidney beans over night in water. Then place it in a cooker and cook on medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Add salt, pepper and spices as needed and serve it with on the side with cooked rice.

 

7 benefits of Kuthiraivali rice

Kuthiraivali is called Jhangora in Hindi, Barnyard Millet in English, Kodisama in Telugu, Bhagar in Marathi.

The following are the seven benefits of eating Kuthiraivali rice

  1. Increases the strength of muscles due to its higher protein content.
  2. Regulates the glucose levels in blood due to its high glycemic index.
  3. Helps to fight against anemia as it has high iron content.
  4. Helps in controlling bowl movement due to its higher fiber content.
  5. Improves the strength of bones due to its higher calcium content.
  6. Is very low in fat and calories than regular rice and thus helps to in weight loss.
  7. Provides a nice does of phosphorus to the body that helps in building strong bones.

The following is the nutrition present in 100 gms of Kuthiraivali rice

  • Carbohydrates : 65 gms
  • Protein : 7 gms
  • Fiber : 9 gms
  • Calcium : 20 m gms
  • Iron : 5 m gms
  • Phosphorus : 280 m gms

 

The following is the best way to prepare Kuthiraivali rice

Kuthiraivali rice cooks very easily.

  • Just soak the rice in the water for 10 minutes.
  • Place in cooker and cook for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat.

The rice can be had with sambar or other traditional dishes.

 

Alopecia Areata Treatment

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Alopecia Areata Treatment

What is Alopecia areata?
Alopecia areata is a auto immune disease where in the auto immune system attacks the hair folicles and causes hair loss. It affects around 2 to 3 percent of the population across the globe.
Alopecia areata can cause loss of hair in patches on the head, face or on other parts of the body.
Alopecia areata can cause the loss of hair at any time and at any age. There is no warning before the loss of hair occurs. However the loss of hair may be temporary and the there is usually hair regrowth without any intervention.
The loss of hair due to Alopecia areata can cause significant loss of self esteem and cause physcological trauma.
Alopecia areata can be easily misdiagnozed as other types of hair loss especially male pattern baldness.

Can Alopecia areata be cured?
Currently there is no cure for Alopecia areata. However there are certain natural methods you can use to reduce the effects of the disease that have been realised by observation.

What are the natural remedicies for Alopecia areata?
Since Alopecia areata is a disease that is caused by the over action of the immune system we have to focus on the immune system. The immune system is tied very closely with the digestive tract. Hence a healthy digestive tract might make sure that your immune system will work better. Having a daily does of probiotics has been shown to improve the gut bacteria and thereby also improve your immune system which might lead to better control of Alopecia areata.
Thus helping yourself to a good dose of probiotics might be the first defence against Alopecia areata.

Add Zinc to your diet as Zinc has been shown to improve your immune system. Foods that are high in Zinc include pumpkin seeds, naturally grown mutton or lamb, naturally grown beef, organic chickpeas, cashews, nuts, yougurt or curd and all types of green spinach

Ginseng has been known to increase the strenght of the immune system and can be used as an effective treatment for Alopecia areata.

Lavender Oil which is an anti inflammatory agent can also be used to soothe the immune system and reduce inflammation which can reduce the effects of Alopecia areata.
Consuming cumin and cinnamon in your diet can also suppress the inflammation caused by the auto immune disorder.

Are there any conventional Medications to treat Alopecia areata
A doctor may treat Alopecia areata with conventional creams either over the counter or prescription. These will help to reduce the inflamation and also help regrow the hair. However these do not cure Alopecia areata.
Currently the following are used for treating Alopecia areata for regrowing hair.

  • Corticosteroids : To reduce inflamation and promote hair growth
  • Minoxidil: The active component of Rogaine which has been proven to regrow hair.
  • Anthralin:To help with the immune disorder
  • Diphencyprone:To help with the immune disorder
  • Immunosuppressants: To help with the immune disorder.

As with all treatments the above treatments including the natural remedies should be tried only after being recommended by a qualified doctor or a health proffessional as it is easy to misdiagonise the diesease and most of the medicaltions shown above are not over the counter.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Alopecia areata we wish you the all the best in being able to control the same and be able to stave off hair fall.

Do let us know your experience in the comments section.
Important information with regards to Alopecia areata can be got from the following sites

Acne Simple Treatment with Lemons

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What is Acne?
Acne is a skin conditions where pus spots form mostly on the face or anywhere else on the body. The shape of the pus spots are either conical or round and usually have a black head or white head. Acne usually begins at puberty however sometimes even smaller children have acne. The acne can be either mild or very severe with spots forming on the face especially cheeks and nose and also on the back and chest. Acne causes severe embarrassment to youngsters and also causes loss of self confidence. Acne also leads to scarring on the face which may stay for life.
The most severe form of Acne is Cystic Acne where in there is a severe infection at the site of the acne. Cystic acne is very painful and usually runs in families.
Most of the time Acne might resolve itself after adolescence however the scars acne leaves behind might stay for life.

What causes acne?

The oil glands on the skin in some people get hyper charged due to higher levels of testosterone in their body (yes both women and men have testosterone but in different levels). At the same time these oil glands get clogged up by either dead skin cells or dirt due to either lack of personal hygiene or due to other hereditary conditions where dead skin cells are not shed properly. This leads to infection of these glands which results in pus formation which causes acne.

What you should not do when you have acne?
Do not try to pinch or scratch out the acne. This causes further infection to spread and may lead to further complications.

Does Lemon Cure Acne?
Lemon does not cure acne. However washing your face and skin several times a day with lemon juice or the rind of the lemon itself acts and a cleanser and an exfoliant thus making sure that the oil glands do not get clogged.
Thus when the oil glands do not get clogged the chances of an infection arising in them is reduced by several fold and this reduces the changes of you developing acne in the first place.
Lemon juice being a natural cleanser gently removes any dirt and excess oil on your skin and lemon rind being a gentle exfoliant removes dead cells from the skin.
Make sure that you clean your face and skin on chest and back or where ever you get acne several times with lemon juice and lemon rind several times a day especially whenever you feel the skin is dirty or oily.

What are the medical cures for Acne?
Currently there are no cures for Acne in the medical world. However your doctor might suggest that you use a retinoid such as

  • Retin-A
  • Differin
  • Renova
  • Tazorac

These retinoids work by acting as super charged exfoliants and clear the clogged pores. However they might cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunglight.

Also your doctor might recommend an antibiotic to kill the bacteria. Common antibiotics used are

  • doxycycline
  • tetracycline
  • minocycline
  • erythromycin

All these medications can improve the acne infection and give you relief. However it is important that these medications are taken only under a qualified doctors recommendation as nearly all of them are not over the counter medications and can cause problems if used without a qualified doctors recommendation.

Hope you successfully counter the problems caused by acne either to you or a loved one with the simple stuff such as the juice of the lemon and its rind. Let us know how the same has worked for you, also before trying anything consult your doctor for what might be suitable for you.

Wishing you all the very best in health.

Also refer the following links which should educate you better on acne

British Skin Foundation

 

Coconut Oil (Edible Oil) for Alzheimer’s

Coconut oil is the oil derived from the coconut. This oil is a natural oil that is heart healthy and free from transfats. This oil is extracted from the coconut which is has matured either by hot or cold press or by solvent extraction process.

The best coconut oil to use is cold pressed coconut oil which has all the benefits of the trace vitamins and minerals present in the mature coconut in it.

Why is Coconut Oil Considered as a Cure for Alzheimer’s disease

New studies have pointed to  the fact that coconut oil helps in preserving brain function and also in preventing or helping with the Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that when the brain does not get glucose which is its main source of enegry due to improper metabolism in the body it leads to Alzheimer’s. Essentially the brain is slowly starved.

However it is believed that when coconut oil is digested in the body it produces ketones which become an alternative fuel source for the brain. Thus preventing or even curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Check out the following Youtube Video which talks about how coconut oil cures Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

 

Can Coconut Oil hurt patients with Alzeimer’s Diesease?

However all these are from several observational studies and these have not been backed by scientific studies that are currently known. For more information on these you can follow the Alzeimer’s Society of Cananda for more information.

However is should be noted that fats in oil similar to coconut oil could increase the levels of a protein called acetylcholinesterase. It should be noted that the current treatments for Alzheimer’s make use of compounds that reduce acetylcholinesterase (technically they are called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors).

Thus there is a fear that since fats in oil similar to Coconut oil increase acetylcholinesterase the consumption of coconut oil might actually be detrimental to Alzheimer’s patients. For further information about this you may check out the Alzheimer’s Society of UK website. However there is no test or study that has conclusively proven that Coconut oil is bad for Alzheimer’s patients also.

Are there other stories with regards to the benefits of Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s

You can also check out the following article on CBN which talks about the benefits of Coconut oil for treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Patients with Alzheimer’s need to understand that the stories published in the news media such as CBN need to be backed by more scientific studies before Coconut oil is certified as a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Conventional treatment for Alzheimer’s

According to Webmd there are no known cures for Alzheimer’s however the diesease can be managed by certain medication. The following are the medications reported in Webmd. However all these medications should only be used after a qualified doctor has approved them.

  • Aricept (Only treatment approved by FDA) which can be take for all stages of Alzheimer’s
  • Razadyne which is for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
  • Exelon which is for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s
  • Memantine (Namenda) for moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s
  • Namzaric (Mix of Namenda and Aricept) for people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or if they currently have Alzheimer’s do not worry. Consult a doctor or a specialist in the field. New and promising cures are comming up all the time and there could be a cure around the corner.

Discuss the benefits of coconut oil for Alzheimer’s with your doctor and see if it would help if the patient starts taking coconut oil. If the doctor approves discuss the dosage and frequency amount of coconut oil that the patient needs to consume with the doctor and follow the same.

Also let us know if there are improvements with regards to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s by taking coconut oil.

We pray that you or your loved ones are cured of Alzheimer’s very soon.

Golden Milk or Turmeric milk

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Golden milk or turmeric milk   and this is an old ayurvedic recipe which is been in practice over many centuries in India. When we drink golden milk everyday it will actually help with any joint issues that you have for a long time . Turmeric is from India and so it has been in use for many centuries. Turmeric is used in most of the dishes including curries , stews , mariantion etc.

Marinating chicken , fish or any kind of meat with turmeric and rock salt for atleast 15 mins before cooking will help to kill the germs in the meat.

Turmeric is rich in   curcumin   which is the active ingredient to wreak on different disorders.

They help in   all different kinds of cancers are also studying the effects of to work on Alzheimer’s. The main use of turmeric milk is for liver detoxification. It is found that the tumor actually helps clean off the liver so if anyone has any kind of don’t want to say what it doesn’t cure anything but it helps keep the liver clean .The liver is a really big filter for our bodies and so turmeric is one things that can do to help is to clean that out and get your belt blood clean again. Turmeric milk helps for people with any kind of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and in a treat as any kind of inflammation in the body.   Most of the pain comes from inflammation so give the this recipe of turmeric milk to anybody comes in with this especially rheumatoid arthritis but people have any joint pain any kind of tendinitis   joint inflammation ,tennis elbow, shoulder injuries . It’s also good for skin disorders. Turmeric milk helps you to sleep better at night .

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Turmeric helps to break down abdominal fat cells and helps in weight loss.   Milk is rich in antioxidants make as we all know strengthens bones so combined with turmeric it provides additional benefits to bone health turmeric milk is great for cold and cough it is good for sore throat and taken daily it will boost your immunity.

 

Method:

  • Take a saucepan add in 1 cup for milk you can use almond milk cognate make or make rice milk or even soy milk.
  • Once the milk starts to boil add in half tsp turmeric powder .
  • Now give it a mix and then add in one fourth teaspoon freshly crushed pepper
  • Add 1/ 4 TSP ghee or coconut oil.
  • Now bring this to a boil and mix and simmer for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • Now the trick to make the milk frothy and bubbly pour the milk from a little distance into the pan .
  • Repeat this again from a little distance to the same sauce pan repeat this for three to four times and you can see how the make is becoming frothy.
  • By doing this will help the heat to come down and also the ingredients will be well mixed because the temperature has come down it can be consumed immediately.
  • Now pour this into a glass mug.
  • Use a glass mug or clay mug instead of plastic mugs as they melt the plastic .
  • It is a great warmer in the monsoons and in winter turmeric powder warms up the body.
  • Pepper helps the active ingredient in turmeric to absorb faster into the body.
  • Coconut oil or ghee acts as a lubricant to the joints and if you have a sore throat he given melt and quoted throat and relieves from cough.
  • To add sweet add palm sugar or honey.
  • But if adding honey make sure that the milk is not too hot but warm honey should not be added to hot food or very cold food.
  • For flavorings you can add some crushed cardamoms having turmeric milk gives your glowing complexion. Include turmeric milk in your daily diet and enjoy all the benefits of turmeric along with a good night’s sleep.

 

 

Amla juice ( Indian Gooseberry Juice )

Amla juice recipe:amla-juice

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 big sized amla
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Small piece of ginger
  • Sugar or country sugar( nattu sakkarai in tamil)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • A pinch of salt

Juice preparation:

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  • Cut the amla into small pieces.
  • Remove the seed inside the amla.
  • Peel the skin off the ginger.
  • Cut it into small pieces too.
  • In a mixer grinder add the amla and ginger.
  • Grind into smooth paste.
  • Transfer the ground amla and ginger in a big bowl.
  • Add 2-3 glasses of water ( as per taste).
  • Squeeze the lemon and add the juice into the amla mixture.
  • Add honey and sugar.
  • Add the pinch of salt too.
  • Mix well until the sugar dissolves.amla-juice2

Tips:

  • Drink the juice with the pulp for more benefit.
  • Or strain the juice .
  • For children serve the strained juice.

Amla Jam for anemia

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Amla or Indian Gooseberry is said to one of the best for treating anemia.

Mostly anemia is due to deficiency of calcium and iron in the body. Hence most of the young generation are seem to get tried and drained out easily by middle of the day. For anemia constant supply of iron and other vitamins will cure the tiredness and gives energy for the body the whole day.

 

Amla is very good remedy for anemia as it is very rich in Vitamin C and Iron . Amla Jam is very easy to make and very good for health too.

For making the Amla Jam

 

Ingredients:

½ kg of Amla \

Cardamon – 4-5

Jaggery – ½ kg ( for more sweetness add more jaggery)

Ginger or dried ginger – a big piece.

 

Method:boil-amla-jpg

  • Boil the amla in water .
  • When cooked well cut the amla and remove the seed.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Remove the skin of the cardamom seed .cardamom
  • In a mixer grinder take 2- 3 tsp of sugar and add the cardamom seeds and grind it into powder.
  • Grate the jaggery .
  • Boil the jaggery in a little water in a separate pan along with ginger root or the dried ginger.
  • After boiled strain the jaggery juice in a bowl so that all the sand and other impurities are removed. Keep aside.
  • Grind the boiled amla in a mixer jar.
  • Now bring the jaggery liquid to a medium heat in a pan .
  • Slowly add the amla paste to the jaggery and keep stirring.
  • After a min add the cardamom mixture and keep stirring.
  • When it comes to a consistency of a jam ( a little bit stringy)remove from heat.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • When cold shift the jam to a air tight jar.
  • Amla jam has atleast 6 months of shelf life.
  • It is very easy to make and you can prepare it in within ½ hr.

 

Tips:

  • Sugar can be used instead to jaggery.
  • But jaggery is more healthy than sugar.
  • Honey can be added at the end.

 

 

 

 

10 Best Things About Pomegranate Juice

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Pomegranates are known for its several Ayurvedic and herbal medicinal scriptures and also mentioning their use as a natural remedy for all health problems.

Benefits of pomegranate Juice

  1. Prevents heart disease
  2. Powerful anti-oxidant
  3. Helps digestion
  4. Helps prevent cancer
  5. Lowers blood pressure
  6. Lowers cholestral
  7. Boosts immunity in kids
  8. Purifies blood
  9. Helps to generate blood.
  10. Prevents dental problems
  11. Great source of Vitamins A,E,K  and B Vitamins.
  12. Improves skin texture.
  13. Improves memory

Pomegranate-Juice

Pomegranate juice

  • 1 cup of pomegranate
  • 1 tsp of sugar or honey
  • 1 apple ( cut into small pieces)
  • or 1 cup of grape juice
  • Blend all these in a blender .
  • Blend well until the seeds in pomegranate are crushed.
  • Strain the juice .
  • Cool and Drink.

During Pregnancy

  • Helps to fight morning sickness
  • Soothes stomach aches

Tips:

Pomegranate has a very different taste and it goes well with grape and apple juice.

Picking Perfect Fruit.
Select bright red, firm, quite a heavy fruit that is should not have any bruising and splits.