In Health Tips On 01 June 2017
We all need a break from our regular routine to get refreshed and start the old routine with a clean mind. That's what we feel vacations are for. But when we are on a weight loss journey we need to be extra careful so that we don't end up wasting all our efforts which we took till now. Otherwise you will end up with a regret . Always remember you are going on a vacation but your diet or your digestive system is not on a vacation. If you say that I won't follow any diet during vacation. I just want to enjoy. Then let me tell you, you are on a wrong diet. Diet means a healthy lifestyle. It does not mean that you have to sacrifice on foods you love. Just eat smart. So here are certain tips which will help you to maintain your weight on your vacation. 1. Stay hydrated- Staying hydrated is very essential especially in hot country or during summer. Make sure your urine color is clear like water. Water also helps in weight loss so remember this and always carry a water bottle with you . 2. Early morning Instead of having a tea as the first thing. Use that kettle to warm your water and ask the hotel person to provide you lemon(use half lemon for yourself and the other half for your companion). Have warm lemon water instead of tea. 3. In the morning do some exercises like swimming (if available),on the spot jogging, skipping, jump squats, suryanamaskar, crunches, etc. 4. For breakfast make sure you eat fruits first. Fill your plate with fruits and slowly eat them first . Take some break then move on to other items. Opt for healthy options like poha/upma/idli/dosa with sambhar. Make sure you include a serving of protein as it will keep you full for a longer period of time. for example, curd/yoghurt/ egg/ sprout salad/ paneer, etc. 5. Carry some nuts (not salted), makhana, fruits with you which you can have in between instead of having biscuits or chips. you can also have tender coconut water with malai or nimbu pani in between. 6. If possible carry apple cider vinegar and isabgol (plain) with you. Have it before meals. one-two tsp in a day not more than that. It will make you full and prevent overeating. 7. Choose either rice or roti. Don't eat both together as both are heavy carbs especially during late dinners. 8. If you are having late dinner then have either roti or rice with sabzi and dal or if you are a non-vegetarian then then stick to only chicken/fish which is either grilled/boiled/baked as you would be sleeping immediately post that. So eat less. Tip: Instead of dal have curd rice for lunch as dal will be filled with lot of oil. 9. If you love to drink then don't worry you can have it. Whatever you like-vodka, wine, etc. But stick to only 1 glass to maximum 2. Slowly keep sipping it throughout your meal. 10. You can also have soup. But if you think that it's creamy or has cornstarch then avoid it. Order saute vegetables. Vacation does not mean we will leave everything behind and enjoy. So set up a lifestyle you don't need to escape from.
In Health Tips On 01 April 2017
Exercise is all about commitment and discipline. A commitment to exercise regularly is not easy (if you think it's not). But let me tell you it's actually very easy if you have the will to do it. It teaches you the pleasure of discipline and, if you are able to discipline yourself to an exercise program, it's easier to exert discipline over your food habits as well. Many of you are very motivated initially, but then after few weeks if you are not seeing any difference on that weighing scale, your motivation goes down. Weight loss is a journey where you need the most important ingredient that is "PATIENCE". Most of them lose here, because they lack motivation, commitment, focus, and patience. Just remember you haven't gained that weight overnight, so don't expect to lose it overnight. There is no magic, it's sheer hardwork which will take you there. You maybe exercising vigorously and having a tab on your food habits, but the pounds are just not coming off. Just stay consistent and be patient. Every body responds differently to exercise. It depends on how, what and how much you eat, how out of shape you were before you started and how much you are committed towards it. Few see quick weight loss initially and then stay at the same weight for weeks. There is a reason for slow weight loss. As you start burning fat for muscle fuel, your body tends to retain water. This water weight will come off through the elimination of this excess fluid in the form of sweat or urine. Also remember that your muscle weight is more than fat and it occupies less space than fat. so you might see that you are losing on inches instead of weight. And when you start working out (strength training or start lifting weights), your muscle mass increases so you might not see the difference in your body weight (as muscle weighs more than fat), but you can drop a dress size. Weight loss becomes a bit difficult as we age, because our metabolism slows down and body fat increases as we grow older. Our physical activity also decreases, so if we keep on consuming the same amount of food as we used to eat in our yonger days then we will gain weight eventually. For example, if you eat 100 calories more than you burn up daily, you can expect 22kg weight gain in 5 years. But if you exercise a bit more daily like 30min. brisk walk, or 20min. cycling, or 10-15min. extra jogging,etc. then your body would not have accumulated those extra 20kgs. Exercise teaches you the art of discipline. Exercise will also reduce your cravings and will secrete more happy hormones. Instead of restricting yourself from eating what you like and constantly thinking about "not eating this , not eating that"- which creates resistance, and remember whatever you resisit, persists. Do the combination of cardio and weight training, because when you do cardio your metabolic rate increases only till the time you do it, but when you do weight training your metabolic rate remains high for the next 24hours (which means that your body will keep burning fat for the next 24hrs.) The Secret of losing weight is having faith, patience, determination and doing regular vigorous exercise. Keep pushing yourself to perform better than what you did yesterday. Don't give up until you see the result. Because you might end up quiting when you were about to succeed. Don't foget you earn your body, take care of it! Stay consistent, and exercise regularly because motivation is what gets you started but persistence is what keeps you going! Watch my video on pre and post workout meal plan- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4HraxkUKMM&t=29s
In Health Tips On 23 January 2017
In the morning do you feel like sleeping for more 5-10 minutes? Do you keep your mobile phone on snooze...? Do you wake up with a heavy head? Then you are not sleeping well. Your body is sleeping but your mind is still active. Ideally at night we should be sleeping to give rest to our body as well as mind. Do you sleep during your lectures or any event? Then you are sleep deprived since a long time. Sleeping for 7-8 hours does not mean that you are actually sleeping well. Then there are certain category of people who for some reason feels that sleeping is a waste of time. They keep watching some or the other movie or play board games at night. Oh....come on, are you planning to get converted into an owl? We all must have experienced at least one night in our life when we were not able to sleep the whole night. Maybe on that day something happened and you were stressed out. So that thing was constantly on your mind. Your mind is still having those thoughts while you were on bed trying so hard to sleep. Which means that car is in first gear, and not able to come back to neutral. Hypothalamus is the sleep centre. If activated then we can sleep much better. But due to so much stress we are not letting that sleep centre get activated. Its like a button, if we press that button we can sleep better. Throughout the day our body is producing lactic acid,because of some kind of stress, tension, anxiety, etc. Due to this reason our blood vessels contract, so our muscles don't get enough oxygen supply. Due to lack of oxygen supple to our muscles glucose is converted to lactic acid. If our muscles get enough oxygen supply then glucose will not be converted to lactic acid, instead it will be used to produce energy by going through the metabolic processes. Lactic acid can increase our neurotic symptoms like anxiety, stress, tiredness, fatigability, tension, etc. Sleep helps to reduce lactic acid levels which were produced throughout the day. If we don't sleep early then catabolic processes increases which can lead to poor concentration power, less focus, frustration, irritability, anger (you tend to react more the next day); you also tend to depend more on stimulants like- tea/ coffee and your appetite also increases which can contribute to your weight gain. So at night anabolic process should start if we need a better sleep. We have heard our elders telling us- Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Idle time to sleep is between 10 p.m. to 4-4:30 a.m. As 10 p.m.-2 a.m.is the time when we can get deep sleep. After 3 a.m. our body produces a stress hormone i.e. cortisol, which is linked to increased heart problems. And as we have seen that most of them get heart-attack usually at night. So if we wake up at 4 a.m. and do some relaxation, yoga, or meditation then we can reduce those cortisol levels. There are certain hormones which are produced at night (like growth hormone, etc.), so not just the hours but the time of sleep is also equally important. At night our body repairs itself. Old tired cells are replaced with the new fresh ones which helps you look better with a glowing face. On the other hand lack of sleep makes you look tired,gives paler complexion, & those scary dark circles. Lack of sleep also affects our decision making power as its like you are drunk and don't have mental clarity to take correct decisions. Sleep is like a nutrient for your brain. Due to our busy lifestyle most of us consume dinner late at night. Eating late at night can interfere with our sleep. So make sure you eat your last meal at least 2 hours before bed-time. And you can have a glass of warm milk before bed-time. Milk contains tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid (which means that your body cannot produce it, you have to get it through your diet). Tryptophan helps you to sleep better. Protein present in milk is required for healing after you go off to sleep. You can also have few cashew nuts along with milk. Cashew has certain amino acid profile which will help you to stay calm. It also helps in the production of serotonin which is a happy hormone and which also helps you to sleep well.Before going to bed you can also wash your hands and feet with warm water which will increase blood circulation to the extremities and your brain will get some rest ;) Resolve all the issues or conflicts of that day before sleeping. You can write it down or just reflect back on the things which you did on that day, and how better you could have handled all the situations. Slow down your mind before sleeping. Avoid caffeine late evening as it will keep you awake till late. Also make sure you don't watch television, read scary books, before going to bed. At least an hour before sleeping stay gadget free. What you register before going to bed will decide your quality of sleep. People who feel energetic, fresh as soon as they wake up; feel calm throughout the day are the ones who are sleeping well. So now that you have got scientific reason for sleeping early, I hope you don't say next time that sleep is a waste of time!
In Health Tips On 16 November 2016
Do you suffer from indigestion, acidity, gas, bloating, discomfort in your stomach, constipation, tiredness, or heartburn? If your answer is yes, then you might have digestion problems. Few people are blessed with a strong digestive fire i.e. Agni. But for those who are suffering due to poor agni need not worry. Here are few tips which will help you to improve your Agni: Follow proper timings: The most important thing is to follow proper timings. Eat more when the sun is strongest (which means strong agni/ digestive fire), that is in the afternoon between 12 -2 p.m. and Eat less post sunset. Have your lunch before 2 p.m. and lunch should be your heaviest meal of the day. And your dinner should be less and much lighter than your lunch. Ideally try to have your dinner before 8 p.m. as your digestive fire becomes much weaker after that. Do your wake up feeling tired in the morning? If yes, then it could be because of having late night/heavy dinner. Having late night dinner can give you disturbed sleep as well. After 10 p.m. our body is busy digesting the food from the day and having dinner at this time can lead to accumulation of toxins in your colon, leading to heaviness as soon as you wake up in the morning. So if you wish to wake up fresh and light in the morning then make sure your eat a light dinner and have it before 8 p.m. Triphala choorna: Have 1-2 teaspoon triphala in warm water/milk, 1 hour before sleeping at night. It is a combination of herbs- Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. It helps to detoxify colon and helps in eliminating toxins from our system as well as improves nutrient absorption. Ginger-lemon-salt juice: Have 1 inch ginger, a pinch of salt and few drops of lemon juice before meal to trigger digestive fire. It helps in producing necessary enzymes by stimulating salivary glands and also improves the absorption of necessary nutrients. Lassi: Having lassi (without sugar) before meal will aid in digestion Listen to your body: Eat only when you are physically hungry. Ask yourself before meal, am I really hungry for food or for something else? Here self awareness comes into practice. Eat hot meals: Eat hot and fresh meal as they are more satisfying and will help to digest as well. Avoid any cold drinks/food as they can lead to bloating. Be aware while eating and enjoy the process of eating: Eat slowly without rushing and eat for at least 15-20 mins., as it takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your stomach is full. Stop before getting full. Because overeating and not chewing properly will eventually lead to indigestion and accumulation of toxins in your system. Do not multitask while eating: Avoid all distractions like T.V., laptop, mobile, etc. Sit and eat: Never eat while walking or even standing. Doing so will affect the digestion as the blood flow will move towards your feet (which ideally should flow towards your stomach). Fluids: Drink fluid before meal. Do not drink water/fluid after your meal as it will interfere with your digestion.
In Health Tips On 27 September 2016
Pregnancy is the most blissful phase of a women's life as her body goes through a lot of transformation. Calorie and Nutrient requirements also increase during pregnancy as mother has to eat for two. If mother's body lack certain nutrients or if mother's food intake is not enough, then the baby will take/suck all the requirements from his mother but she will be lacking it eventually. So its very important to take care of your nutrition as well as your baby's nutritional requirements. Every girl should aim to become healthy not during, but a year before planning to get pregnant to avoid complications Here are few tips which can help you to get started: (during pregnancy) Prepare your food safely. Wash all the vegetables and fruits properly to remove all the traces of soil (which may contain toxoplasma, a parasite which can cause toxoplasmosis which could be harmful for your fetus), also wash all the utensils, your hands after preparing raw meat. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as they contain lot of vitamins, minerals, as well as fiber which will prevent constipation. Include high quality protein in your daily diet. Dietary sources are beans, pulses, egg whites, nuts, dairy products, etc. Protein is essential for the proper growth of fetal tissue including the brain, as well as it helps with uterine and breast tissue during pregnancy. Calcium requirement increases during pregnancy. So include dairy products in your diet. Aim for at least 2-3 portions per day. Dietary sources are milk (cow preferably), cheese, plain yogurt, fresh curd, paneer. Calcium is essential for building your baby's bones. Folate (commonly known as folic acid) is essential for preventing neural tube defects, which affects the baby's brain and spinal cord. E.g. spina bifida and anencephaly. Dietary sources are dark green leafy vegetables like spinach; beetroot; asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits like orange, berries; beans, peas, and lentils; avocado; okra; Brussels sprouts; nuts; cauliflower; corn; carrot; celery. Iron requirements also increase during pregnancy. Along with sodium; potassium; and water, it works in increasing blood flow and ensure that adequate oxygen is supplied to the mother as well as the fetus. Dietary sources are Bajra, rice flakes, dark green leafy vegetables; soaked black raisins; soy and legumes; jaggery. Also include vitamin C rich sources as vitamin C helps in iron absorption- Citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime, lemon; amla,etc. We always tell ourselves that I will do it tomorrow- I will make healthy changes tomorrow, I will do exercise tomorrow, I will eat this today for the last time and will start eating healthy from tomorrow But let me tell you that tomorrow never comes. If you are really willing to have a healthy pregnancy then start taking actions, start incorporating healthy lifestyle changes from this moment onward instead of waiting for that imaginary TOMORROW
In Health Tips On 22 September 2016
Here is the list of foods which will speed up your weight loss process. Make sure you include them in your diet: Walnuts: walnuts are high in minerals like manganese and copper as well as omega-3 fatty acid which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Almonds: Almonds are packed with nutrients like magnesium, copper, vitamin E. They also contains good fat that is mono-unsaturated fat and fiber which is highly satiating, vitamin B and zinc which helps to stop sugar cravings. Chia seeds: Chia seeds are rich in mineral like iron and calcium. These seeds form a gel in the stomach which keeps us full for longer period. It also slows down the digestive process of converting carbohydrates into sugar. It has fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acid. Flax seed: Flax seed are rich in omega- 3 fatty acids (good fat) as well as fiber which reduces your appetite and makes you full faster. Make sure that they are roasted and powdered. Have 2-3 tsp in lunch. It can be added on your salad, roti, soups or vegetable. Eggs: Boiled eggs are low in calories and high in good quality protein, healthy fats, and many essential vitamins and minerals. one large hard boiled egg contains only 78 calories. But if you fry it, scrambled it then fat content will be increased. Brown rice: Brown rice is rich in fiber and makes you feel full much faster which makes one eat less. Unlike white rice which is refined, brown rice has all the essential nutrients which are retained. But people with digestive issues should avoid brown rice Ginger: Ginger contains Gingerol which has a very powerful medicinal properties. It aids in digestion. So have warm water with a slice of ginger and lemon to increase your metabolism. You can have 1 tsp ginger lemon and salt extract before every meal to boost your metabolism. Avocado: Avocado is packed with good fats like monounsaturated fatty acid providing satiety and reducing your hunger. Tofu: Tofu is high in proteins (contains all 8 essential amino acids), very easy to digest, very good source of vitamin B, iron and calcium. It is low in calories and it is a best alternative for vegetarians as well as people who are on dairy free diet, as a source of protein.
In Health Tips On 02 September 2016
Certain important foods for healthy skin: Coconut water: It is rich in potassium (electrolyte) which is responsible for moving nutrients into our cells. It hydrates and cools down our body. It is best to reduce the excess body heat. Amla: Amla is also loaded with vitamin C. it will pacify your dosha imbalance. Which will in turn give you a beautiful and glowing skin. 20 ml amla juice mixed with 25 ml aloe vera juice will provide you necessary nutrients for healthy and glowing skin. Aloe vera can also be applied on your face, as it hydrates and moisturizes your skin, prevents wrinkles and removes blemishes and acne as well. Jeera(cumin seeds): Jeera cools down your body and removes all the toxins from the body. Acne arises due to buildup body toxins. Jeera will pacify your pitta by reducing body heat. Jeera water can be taken in the early morning along with lemon to remove all the toxins from the body. Raw vegetables: Raw vegetables like cucumber will help to reduce body heat and will also hydrate your body. Prefer raw vegetables over cooked ones. If you want to eat sabzi then opt for a dry one without gravy and which is cooked in minimum oil. Kokum: kokum aids in digestion, beneficial for constipation, acidity, flatulence. It also helps to remove worms from the stomach. It acts as an antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory agent. Water: water (H2O) is required for hydrating our body. It provides oxygen to the cells. It helps to remove all the buildup toxins from our body. It aids in blood circulation and delivery of nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in nature and are found in fatty fish (avoid the ones which has more mercury like larger species of fish, such as, swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish), flax-seed, walnut, cauliflower, etc. It revitalizes our skin by providing moisture to it and reduces inflammation.
In Health Tips On 15 August 2016
We are all living in a world where we are constantly fooled by the people we trust the most- be it our lover, best friend, colleagues, etc. Adding to that list is our health industry where everything is labelled as a DIET- food or Low FAT products by the people who wish to fool us. Because they know our mindset and they are just taking advantage of our lack of awareness. Unfortunately, we fall pray to these tactics and end up buying such products under the name of HEALTHY FOODS (opsss... even I broke your heart!). Knowledge is the most powerful weapon which we can use against these industries. Don't you agree? Many products which are claimed as low-fat might have trans-fat present in them which is very detrimental to our health and it increases our risk of developing heart diseases, stroke as well as type 2 diabetes. It increases LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and decreases HDL (good cholesterol) levels in our body. Many companies/restaurants use trans fat as it is inexpensive, easy to use, and last a long time. It gives desirable taste and texture to the food. Which foods contain trans fat: It can be found in- Fried foods including doughnuts, or baked foods like cakes, frozen pizza, biscuits, pie crusts, crackers, cookies, stick margarine's, as well as other spreads. To determine the amount of trans fat present in a particular packaged food is by reading labels. You can spot it in the ingredient lists by looking for the ingredients referred to as "partially hydrogenated oils". Products can be listed as "zero grams of trans fat" if they contain 0-0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. If certain foods are low in fat then they are certainly very high in sugar, preservatives to retain shelf life. So whenever you see the word "low-fat", "diet" or "Slim", I want you all to stop there and think for a while and trust your gut instinct. It is such an irony that we don't think for even seconds before consuming these foods, but when we have to eat a banana we have so many doubts---like whether it will lead to increasing our weight to how it can cause cough. But remember that any foods which is truly healthy- like mangoes, banana, apple, etc. does not require to be labelled as healthy. So please think about it!
In Health Tips On 31 July 2016
These days everyone is so conscious about their weight and how they look, they end up trying every possible thing on this earth. From low calorie diet to high protein, low- carb diet, etc. But what happens? They regain the lost weight (maybe double the lost weight) after they stop following these diets. Of course it's not possible to follow these diets for the entire life. Is it? The problem is people want everything fast. In the process they forget that they have spent their so many years eating however they want and now they want results in just few weeks. There is no magical Sword. When we have a low calorie diet, body tries to compensate by burning calories from the available tissues i.e. muscles. It is for this reason that when we lose weight through starvation diets, we lose muscle mass and when we inevitably regain that weight, we regain in terms of fat, which perhaps for this reason the so-called pattern of YO-YO dieting showed such a significant increase of heart disease even as compared to other individuals with obesity. Fats are considered as enemies by people who are trying to lose weight. This is because fats have more calories per gram as compared to carbohydrates and proteins. For e.g. 1 gram fat produces 9 kilo calories of energy as compared to 4 kilo calories from proteins and carbohydrates. But few fats are essential for health and survival. The common mistake everyone does is --they use their body weight as an indicator for their fitness progress and when they cannot notice their weight coming down on that weighing scale each week, they get demotivated. This is due to their wrong belief that they must be losing weight in order to change their body composition. Everyone often tend to forget the fact that their body weight is comprised of muscle, fat, bone, and water and all play a very important role in what number they see on the weighing scale each week. Two different people with same body weight can have different fat percentage. Difference: Weight loss = Muscle Loss Fat Loss Water Loss Fat Loss = Reduction in stored body fat Weight Loss decreases your fitness level while Fat Loss improves your fitness level. Weight Loss reduces your immunity while Fat Loss reduces the risk of diseases. Weight Loss makes you look old while Fat Loss makes you look young. Water loss can mislead you as losing fat. But in reality body fat percentage is the most reliable indicator of your fitness progress and you can do it without a weighing scale. Your body is made up of 50-70% water and you can easily lose weight by losing water. But it won't last long anyways! So instead try to get rid of unnecessary water which your body is retaining . How can you achieve this?--by drinking lots of water as water is the best diuretic which will help you to get rid of excess water , and cut down on your sodium (salt) intake as sodium leads to water retention. So just cutting down on your salt intake won't help as there is hidden sodium which is present in some foods like bread, your favorite Maggie, and other packaged and processed foods. Fat Loss can be obtained by : Strength Training Cardio Healthy Eating Sleep for at least 8 hours Stress Management So, what do you think- You should aim for losing weight or fat? Go beyond those calories and weighing scale!
In Health Tips On 15 July 2016
Stress has become a lifestyle for many of us now-a-days. When we are stressed our bodies create cortisol (i.e. stress hormone) which stimulates the body to release calories, fat and energy. Often when people suffer from chronic stress--- whether due to work pressure, family pressure, unkind bosses--- our systems get flooded with the stress hormone (cortisol) and two fat promoting chain reaction takes place. Initially that cortisol triggers our body to store fat around our belly. Secondly we experience cravings from sugar/fat due to excess stress and cortisol, which is the reason why we tend to eat chocolates or junk food when we are under stress. Can you relate to that? Of course you can. Here is a list of foods that can help you to relieve stress: Fermented foods: The healthier gut leads to healthier brain. The good bacteria in your gut has a direct impact on your brain chemistry as your mood regulating signals are transmitted through your vagus nerve. Toxins in gut can flow throughout your body and into your brain where it can lead to mood problems, ADHD, depression, autism, schizophrenia and other mental problems. This should motivate you to eat fermented foods and keep nourshing your gut flora as it is very important for a positive mood. But beware about processed foods and sugar. These are certain foods which you can have- home made idli, dosa, yogurt, curd, etc. Sunlight: Technically its not a food, but might definitely help you to calm your mood. For this you will have to follow this mantra- Early to bed, Early to Rise makes you healthy, wealthyand wise. Aren%u2019t you familiar with this term? So daily vitamin D dose is a must. The happy hormone i.e. serotonin, which is associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with the reduced sun exposure. You can get some vitamin D from salmon, egg yolks, and mushrooms. Pumpkin/sunflower seeds: These seeds contain magnesium which acts as a precursor for serotonin which is a neurotransmitter and which is known for its role in enhancing your mood/emotions. Magnesium deficiency triggers depression, anxiety and panic attacks. So do have these handful of seeds everyday to enhance your state of mind. Avocados: Avocados has more amount of folate than any other fruit. They are packed with healthy fats and are rich in glutathione, which blocks the intestinal absorption of cartain fats that can cause oxidative stress (it is a process that creates free radicals which are harmful substances and arev responsible for aging). You can have a one- quarter of it and stick to only one serving.
In Health Tips On 17 May 2016
Cumin For Skin July 1, 2016 Skin is the largest organ of our body and our outer beauty is a reflection of our inner health. Acne: Acne (medically known as acne vulgaris) is a skin disease involving sebaceous glands (i.e. oil glands) at the base of the hair follicles. It%u2019s the most distressing problem in teenagers which can also lead to depression and lack of self-confidence. Our skin has pores which are connected to the oil gland through follicles. The sebaceous gland produces sebum (oily liquid) which carries the dead skin cells to the surface of our skin through follicles. When these pores get blocked, the oil gets accumulated under the skin leading to a red bump i.e. acne. Okay! Enough of my acne speech. I know you want me to come straight to the point. Right? So let me tell you some benefits of cumin seeds (i.e. jeera) for your skin - Jeera is a magical spice for our skin. If you are having acne problem then jeera might do wonders for you. Acne problem arises due to accumulation of toxins in your body. Jeera helps to remove those toxin from your body because of these components%u2014cuminaldehyde, thymol and phosphorus which are good detoxifying agents. These soldiers help to remove toxins through excretory system instead of excreting through skin. Just like consuming jeera internally, you may wish to apply it externally as well if you already have a boil. Take a 3-4teaspoon of cumin/jeera powder and dry roast it. Make a thin paste with rose water or plain water and apply it on your boil. It will help to remove all the puss from the boil. Apply it for 4days.