My nails are brittle…What can I do?
Some people are born with brittle nails, and others' lose sheen and health over time. Nails need certain vitamins, minerals and protein, and most people get the essentials from their diet. But there are simple things you can do to keep yours healthy. Massage in hand cream. Creams help trap moisture, act as a barrier and replace lost oil, making nails more flexible. Avoid artificial nails. While wearing them doesn't make nails weak, peeling them off does, as it removes layers of natural nail. Also, use polish remover no more than once weekly. All polish removers (even the non-acetone variety) contain strong solvents that can dry out nails if used too frequently- particularly if yours are really fragile. Instead of filing your nails into shape, cut your nails in shape and then file them lightly wherever required.
My hair is dry and damaged. Different types of shampoos and conditioners havn't helped. How can I make my hair healthy?
Inadequate nutrition, use of harsh shampoos, environmental factors, etc, can all lead to dry hair. A detailed consultation is needed to find out the exact cause. However, avoid getting stressed, as stress will aggravate its condition. A daily scalp massage with any good oil (olive, coconut, amla or sarson) followed by a gentle massage will prove to be beneficial. This should be done at least 20 minutes before a bath. Use a mild shampoo and one that suits your hair texture the most. Include more leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts in your diet. If you suffer from constipation use a mild laxative. It would do good to undergo ayurvedic remedy under the supervision of an ayurvedic doctor.
I'm tired of my thick, flabby thighs. What's the best way to shape them up?
To start with, do 30-45 minutes of non-stop aerobic activity three to five times a week. This could include brisk walking, cycling, swimming, aerobics classes or doing the gym itinerary of treadmill, cycling and cross-trainer. You can also add in one or two days a week of weight lifting with your legs, concentrating on the front, back, and inside of your things. Work with a weight that is heavy enough to fatigue your muscles in 16-20 repetitions. Work up to doing three sets of each exercise. If you have to quit before you can complete these sets and repetitions, then you need to lighten your weights. Eating healthy, low fat food is also a must when it comes to losing fat from your thighs. Stick with this program. It will take time, but the results will be worth all the effort.
I have an oily scalp and my hair becomes greasy very quickly. How many times in a week should I wash my hair?
To maintain proper hygiene, washing your hair daily is advised. This will remove dirt and excess oil and result in healthy hair. Use a mild shampoo, and oil it regularly. Oiling also conditions the hair and prevents loss of moisture resulting from frequent washing.
I lost lot of weight through walking. I walk four-five times a week. Is this as effective as other exercises?
It's important to understand that the human body adapts to just about everything you throw at it, including exercise. So exercise should always be one step ahead of you in order to maintain the training stimulus. The exercise you're doing is great, for now. But remember, your body will adapt and the training stimulus will mildly diminish in comparison to when you first started. Don't let this discourage you, though. To keep this stimulus fresh, you might benefit from altering some of the training variable (duration, frequency and intensity, or type of exercise). For example, try adding an extra 10 minutes onto your walk or pick up the pace a little bit so that you walk farther within the same 30-40 minutes.
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