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Q: -My arm pit has become dark(i have a fair body). -I have never used:waxing/threading/ bleaching/razors to remove my arm pit hairs. -I only use good scissors to trim my arm pit hairs. -My arm pit also gives a kathazha smell and sweats. -I usually bath using besan flour and payitha maavu. -please give me a good solution to remove darkness from my arm pit?
-- Anonymous, India Jul 11 07
A: Dark armpits/underarms is a problem that affects many women and men (though it seems to bother women more because they get very conscious about it if they want to wear sleeveless tops, blouses, dresses, etc.). This problem is even more acute for women with dark skin.

There is no consensus among experts but several reasons can be attributed to this:

Constant friction which happens if you are overweight or if you wear tight blouses and tops that brush against the skin

Excessive sweating that is common in warm places particularly when women use skintight blouses and tops

Improper hygiene leading to infections. Shaving of underarm hair

How to lighten the skin in that area?

Start with proper hygiene.

Use a skin lightening cream.

You can also scrub the area with lemon peel powder while bathing.

Skin darkening is also treated sometimes with bleaching agents such as hydroquinone and other mild acids such as glycolic and retinoic acid.

To help prevent sweating/odor:

Always, use cotton or natural fibers for your clothes during the hot months. Keep the clothes loose and the fabric light to help the sweat to evaporate faster.

Knitted or handloom fabrics are better than machine made fabrics, as they are slightly loose in their weaving and this lets more air to circulate around your body aiding the drying of sweat.

Shoes and socks also trap sweat causing bad odor to emanate from your feet. Wear cotton socks, and wear, open shoes to keep your feet dry. If you can’t avoid wearing shoes, dust your feet with powder, which keeps your feet cool and infection free.

Dusting cornstarch on the feet before getting into socks and shoes helps to keep them dry (moisture encourages bacteria to grow and flourish), or one can try soaking them daily in warm water with white vinegar or Epsom salts added.

Yoga or meditation keeps your mind and body under control, thus controlling the hormonal secretions in your body. The more relaxed you are, the less you have to get stressed about body odor.

Drink plenty of fluids. This will keep the body cool inside and slow the metabolic rate, there by slowing down the rate of perspiration.

Go light on hot spices, onion and garlic, as these aggravate the body odor. Drink curd and coconut water to keep your system cool. Fruits like lemon, oranges and watermelon can be used for the same purpose.

Shower with an antiseptic soap after strenuous activities. This gets rid of the harmful bacteria. A rinse with a few drops of sandalwood or lavender oil added to it, keeps your body smelling fresh for a longer time than most deodorants.

Sweat glands are generally found under the hair follicles. These hairs trap the sweat and become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing bad odor. So, hair in the armpits should be removed or trimmed to ensure personal hygiene. Scalp hair should be kept clean with regular shampoos to avoid bad odor and infections of the scalp.

The armpits are the main areas of concern when it comes to body odor. The reason being that these areas are generally covered, and the sweat does not dry soon enough causing the bacteria to decompose it. Also wear loose, cotton undergarments and avoid wearing tight clothes in warm weather.

Hope this helps!

 
Q: voters list
-- kareemulla shaik, proddatur Jul 11 07
A: I guess you live in AP and you want to check your name on the voters list? It's easy to search online at:

http://ceo.ap.gov.in/…

If you need something else related to voters list the information is here:

http://ceoap.apts.gov.in/FAQ/FAQs3.…

http://www.pacindia.org/reachingout…

http://www.eci.gov.in/faq/Elecroll.…

 
Q: how to make children to study in the evening. it should not be compelled or threatened to beat them. how to make them study through love? what are the possible ways to convince and pamper them?
-- revathy, India Jul 11 07
A: You shouldn't beat or pamper your kids to make them study.

You shouldn't have to convince or bribe them, and beating is totally ineffective not to mention cruel.

You are their parents. You don't have to convince them you love them. They know it. The only thing you have to do is make sure they do what's best for them.

Do you let them watch tv? Play with friends?

Make rules. That's your job as a parent. And once they get used to them, kids love rules because they provide guidelines for behavior and aren't wishy-washy.

Tell your kids "If you do your homework, you can watch 1 hour of tv" or whatever reward they like to do (play with friends, play music, play with toys, etc). Don't ever bribe or punish them with food; that is wrong because it is your duty as a parent to provide nutrition for your kids.

The other thing is, your kids could hate doing homework because it's hard for them or frustrating. One thing all kids love, whether they admit it or not, is spending quality one-on-one time with mom and dad. Make a specific time HOMEWORK TIME and during that time you or your spouse can sit and help your kids with their homework, or say you're available if they need it.

One rule: parents should NOT watch tv or movies while kids are doing homework, or be loud. Show them you respect them and their schoolwork very deeply by providing them a quiet, calm space to do their work.

Kids follow their parents example. Be serious and respect your work, and they will do theirs. Hope these tips help.

 
Q: I have a 11 month old who is extremely of low weight.She weighs less than 16 lbs now.She is very very active and already walks on her own.In the beginning she was on breast milk for abt 6 months.Then I tried formula and the usual solid foods.But teh problem is that she is so hyper active that she will not drink milk at all.We tried differnt flavours, cows milk ..everything but even then she refuses to drink milk.even with her food, she just eats few bites here and there but nothing really to build her weight.She is a very happy and active child otherwise.We have tried variuous foods too khichdi, raabs, dals, gerber foods, some parathas, rotis etc. But she will only eat sometimes if she is well entertained otherwise she is fine with whatever little food she eats.She also is in the thumb sucking habit and will put her thumb in mouth but her lips are all sealed when We try to either give any solids or milk..She is neither cranky nor cries..just continues to play..Any advice on how to feed her? and what
-- Rina, oh, usa Jul 11 07
A: This is completely normal, dear Rina. Around this age, almost every kid will worry her parents with a reduction in body weight and having less desire to eat.

In order to pave the path for proper nutrition and eating habits in adulthood, you need to respect and listen to your child's hunger messages instead of trying to control what she eats. Trust me. No child, if offered a healthy variety food, will allow herself to starve or become malnourished!

As long as she's active and healthy, put away the scale and stop worrying. Instead, provide her an adequate amount of healthy food at designated mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). If she doesn't eat, put her meal away and save it as a snack if she gets hungry later. But don't offer her snacks that are unhealthy foods like excess biscuits in order to convince her to eat!

She will be fine. Seriously. Trust me. This is completely normal. Don't ever try to force food in her mouth. Trust me, if you do you will see poor effects in a few years when food becomes a control issue between you two and she refuses it just to spite you.

In many countries, babies don't drink cow's milk and turn out just fine. Keep feeding her everything you are eating. I think the Gerber and canned baby foods are junk and I don't understand why parents who cook great meals for themselves buy junk for their kids. I think you don't want to do this either. Add lots of green leafy veggies to your foods as they contain a lot of calcium. See if she will eat yogurt which is even better than milk. You can also make lassis.

But don't ever force her to eat. Trust me, kids listen to their bellies and their bodies. If we can keep them to do that through adulthood, that is good!

 
Q: I heard that triphala tablet can use for weight loss? How much it is effective? Any side effect? And how to take it?
-- tejas, India Jul 11 07
A: OK, I've taken triphala over periods of time, and it is very healthful. However, it is not a miracle drug-- like anything (even allopathic medicines) in order to be effective in long-term healthy weight loss, it works as part of a healthy diet and exercise program. If you eat sweets, drink soft drinks, and overeat fried foods, while sitting around all day, triphala isn't going to make you thin.

Triphala is composed of three fruits, namely Harada(haritaki), Amla(amalaki) and Behada(bibhitaki). Triphala is an effective but gentle laxative which also supports the body's strength. Because of its high nutritional value, Triphala uniquely cleanses and detoxifies at the deepest organic levels without depleting the body's reserves.

Triphala corrects constipation, cleanses and tonify the gastro intestinal tract; it improves digestion and assimilation.

Triphala reduces high blood pressure and hypertension and improves blood circulation It acts as anti viral, anti bacterial, powerful anti oxidant, and has anticancer and and anti-allergy properties.

Triphala is also helpful in liver disorders, acts as an expectorant and corrects Diverticulitis; it is effective in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Ulcerative Colitis.

Triphala is a powerful eye rejuvenator for treatment of conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, the early stages of glaucoma and cataracts. Highly anti inflammatory, anti viral and also stimulates bile-flow and peristalsis. For weight loss, combine a sensible lifestyle with Triphala Guggul. Triphala guggulu is an Ayurvedic Herbal formula most used to reduce fat from the body. It is not an appetite suppressant in fact it is an Ayurvedic supplement that can mobilize and eliminate fat from the body and encourage permanent metabolic changes. Triphala guggulu’s ingredients are TRIPHALA (mixture of three fruits – amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki), TRIKATU (mixture of three spices – ginger, black pepper and pippali) and GUGGULU (Commiphora mukul). This mixture is mixed with strong triphala tea and rubbed in a mortar and pestle until it is dry, whereupon small pills are made. Triphala purifies the body of old ama trapped in the fat, trikatu helps lower the body’s fat ideal and guggulu actually scrapes fat away from the other tissues. Triphala Gugulu should be taken with warm water or tea of dry ginger to facilitate its fat scraping action. Many people suffer from the peculiar notion that if one pill works well ten should work ten times as well. Continued use of substantial overdose of gugulu over many months can cause doshas to accumulate in the lungs and liver. Fortunately the spice saffron can alleviate gugulu caused symptoms. The side effects occur only when the system becomes addicted to the presence of guggulu and is not due to any toxicity on guggulu’s part. This classic Ayurvedic preparation combines the detoxifying and rejuvenating actions of triphala with the deeply penetrating and cleansing actions of guggulu. Triphala Guggulu effectively decongests the channels of the body and scrapes away toxins held within the tissues.

The only side effect you might notice is the laxative effect; adjust your dosage accordingly so you are not uncomfortable. Good luck!

 
Q: what can i do to lighten up my stomach and reduce my stretch marks
-- tiffany, DC Jul 11 07
A: It takes time, patience and regular skincare before you can fade stretch marks away.

If you massage your body regularly with coconut and almond oil, it will keep stretch marks away.

Consult a doctor to start with a daily dose of Vitamin E capsules. Vitamin E is believed to improve stretch marks. Or, add a couple of vitamin E capsules to your body massage oil.

It is believed that smearing the area with egg white and letting it dry before washing off with ice cold water regularly can help in getting rid of stretch marks completely.

Stretch marks are tiny tears in the dermis that are scars and can vary in color from a light pink to a dark purple. Over a very long period of time, usually years, stretch marks can fade in color, but the scars remain.

Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched to the point of breaking down, similar to elastic losing its' elasticity. Losing collagen and elastin in the skin causes stretch marks, loss of tone, fine lines and wrinkles. When there is a breakdown or loss of elastin and collagen fibers or excessive stretching in the skin, the mark actually shows through to the epidermis (top layer of skin).

Our skin consists of three layers.

The Epidermis - The top layer of the skin, locks in moisture and blocks toxins from entering the body.

The Dermis - The second layer of the skin, (where stretch marks occur), is where our skin produces collagen and elastin fibers which give it a firmer and younger appearance.

The Hypodermis - The third layer of skin, which is composed of fat and connective tissue.

There are several different factors that contribute to the formation of stretch marks.

Heredity - Some skin is genetically prone to stretch marks

Skin Type - Some skin is dryer with less elasticity than others i.e. dry skin vs. oily skin,

Weight - rapid gain or loss,

Pregnancy - the weight gain associated with pregnancy.

Although some people are more susceptible to stretch marks, anyone can get them.

Stretching of the skin during rapid weight gain or rapid growth (in young children and adolescents) is a major cause of stretch marks.

The non-occurrence of stretch marks during one pregnancy does not necessarily mean stretch marks will not occur in another.

Stretch marks are not gender specific - men and women are susceptible to these unsightly marks.

Here are presented a few effective stretch mark cure home remedies:

Drink loads of water, as it helps in enhancing the elasticity of skin, thereby preventing the appearance of stretch marks. It serves as an extremely beneficial stretch marks home remedy treatment.

Eat a well-balanced nutrient rich diet, so that you do not put on extra weight. It is vital to pay attention to the food you are consuming, as weight gain can become a cause for the occurrence of stretch marks.

Massaging on the stretch marks serves as an excellent home remedy for stretch marks removal. You can either use olive oil, flaxseed oil, vitamin E oil or cod liver oil for the purpose of massage.

It is the loosening or stretching of skin that causes stretch marks. To tone your body, exercise regularly.

Take some cocoa butter and apply it on your stretch marks.

 
Q: Hi, I have yellow mustard seeds. Normally I always use brown mustard seeds for seasoning,instead of that can i use yellow mustard seeds for curry seasoning? what is difference in yellow/ brown mustard seeds.
-- rani, usa Jul 18 07
A: Black mustard seeds and yellow mustard seeds are actually from two different plants, and black mustard seeds are a lot more pungeant. Yellow mustard seeds are extremely mild and don't add the same flavor for Indian cooking. In some places I could also only find the yellow mustard seeds and tried them, but they really don't give the same flavor. You can try them, too, as it won't harm the dish-- it simply won't give it the flavor we've come to expect from mustard seeds!

 
Q: curd which would be puffy
-- soni, NYC Jul 18 07
A: Yes, there is a trick! I like making the thinner curd you get when just using milk and a little curd. However, to make thick curd (like the kind you buy in the store), add 1/2 to 1 cup of powdered milk to the whole milk when you bring it to a boil on the stove. Then proceed as usual. This will make your curd delicious and thick. Enjoy!

 
Q: Hi amma, Please tell spicy curry recipes with zuccihini in south indian style. Thanks.
-- radha, ohio Jul 18 07
A: We are getting so many zucchinis in the summer here in the U.S.! Everybody with a garden seems to be giving them away for free...Enjoy this Andhra-style zucchini recipe:

Zucchini Curry

Ingredients

1 lb. zucchini Salt to taste 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder 3 tsp. Oil 1/2 tsp. Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds 1 tsp. Split black gram (urad dal) 1 tsp. Bengal gram split (chana dal) Asafoetida a pinch 10-12 Curry leaves 2 Green chillies (slit) 2 tbsp. Tamarind pulp 1 tsp. Jaggery 1/2 tbsp. Red chilli powder 2 tbsp. Fresh coriander leaves (chopped) 1/4 cup Coconut (scraped)

Method

Heat oil in a kadhai/wok, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal and sauté for a minute or until seeds crackle.Add asafoetida, curry leaves, green chillies and sauté for half a minute.Stir in tamarind pulp, jaggery, red chilli powder, salt, turmeric and zucchini. Steam, covered over medium heat until zucchini is soft. Serve garnished with cilantro leaves and fresh coconut.

You will also find a delicious looking recipe on this blog, although I haven't tried it myself:

http://arcthomas.blogspot.com/2006/…

Enjoy!

 
Q: My mom is infected with Chicken gunia last year.All well but still she has pain in right hand even some time she can't move the hand ...Can anyone have suggestion for this? Thanks in advance.
-- Dinesh Parihar, India Jul 18 07
A: Movement and mild exercise improve this pain and lack of mobility although it may seem counterintuitive. If you can lead your mom through some daily exercises in which she swings her arms, clasps and unclasps her hands, walks and stretches (for circulation) or even swims (best, but not practical for most) she will notice her suffering is reduced.

If she has been taking Aspirin or NSAIDs (like ibuprofen, etc) and they're not working, she can ask her doctor for a prescription for Chloroquine Phosphate (250 mg/day).

Turmeric and ginger are two highly effective natural NSAID's (anti-inflammatories), as is fish oil (if your mom is non-veg). In addition to having her eat extra ginger, turmeric, and fish, I would recommend her to take turmeric and fish oil supplements. She could also have ginger tea several times daily. For more ginger healthful goodness, try my home recipe-- nutritious and tasty for your mom:

1/4 lb. fresh ginger root 1/2 lb. honey 2/3 cup water Peel of one orange

Peel the ginger root, and cut into thin (1/16 - 1/8 in.) slices. Clean some of the white from the orange peel, and cut into thin strips. Put the ginger, orange peel, honey, and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes (or until ginger is tender). Periodically add 2-3 tbsp. of water and stir when the mixture begins to foam.

Once the ginger is tender, continue to cook allowing the mixture to condense, stirring constantly. Continue to cook until it is a very thick syrup and the ginger is transparent. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool until it becomes hard.

Hope your mom feels better.

 
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