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Substitute for almond flour

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If you are searching for online recipes you will find a long list of ingredients and probably you will realize that you can’t make that food today since you don’t have one or few ingredients in the recipe with you. But for more than 70% of cases, you have an option to choose an alternative without affecting the taste or the quality of the end product. But you have to keep in mind that the quality or the taste of the food also depends on the ingredients that you are going to use. Hence you have to identify the characteristics of the particular ingredients that you are going to replace. If your ingredient is the key element in your recipe it is advisable to go for the original one instead of replacing it with some other one. Here you will be able to find the best substitute for almond flour when you used it for your special food recipes.

Possible alternatives for almond flour

Replace 1 Units of almond flour with,

  1. 1/3 units of coconut flour and 2/3 unit of all-purpose wheat flour with one extra egg.
  2. 1/2 units of sunflower seeds flour and 1/2 unit of all-purpose wheat flour with one extra egg.
  3. 2/3 units of oats flour and 1/3 of refined wheat flour
  4. 1/2 units of quinoa flour and 1/2 units of all-purpose wheat flour with one egg.
  5. 1 unit of wheat flour.
  6. 1 unit of pastry wheat flour.

The above list of substitutes for almond flour works for a range of bakery items like muffins, bread, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pancakes, and etc. Apart from these bakery items, it is possible to use for most of the other foods where almond flour does not play a major role.

Substitute 1 – 1/3 units of coconut flour and 2/3 unit of all-purpose wheat flour with one extra egg.

Coconut flour is the best substitute for almond flour since both of flours have similar characteristics when it comes to the cooking. But coconut flour is somewhat milky than almond flour, so you need to add some wheat flour to compensate the extra effect coming from the coconut flour. It is possible to replace almond flour with coconut flour even almond flour is the critical ingredient in the recipe. You have added some extra eggs in order to maintain the quality of the final product but it is not contributing to the taste. That means, if you are a vegan, you can avoid adding eggs and it will not make much difference for the food that you are going to make.

Substitute 2 – 1/2 units of sunflower seeds flour and 1/2 unit of all-purpose wheat flour with one extra egg.

Sunflower seeds flour is also can be used as an alternative for almond flour since it has similarities to coconut flour and almond flour. But keep this alternative as the second option when you have coconut flour.

Substitute 3 – 2/3 units of oats flour and 1/3 of refined wheat flour.

Oats flour can be used as a substitute for almond flour if almond flour does not play a major role in your recipe. However, most of the times almond flour does not play a major role in bakery products.

Substitute 4,5 & 6

All of these fours have very much similar characteristics to the wheat four. So, there will not be a big difference depending on our choice. You can use this alternative for your recipe only if it does not play a major role in your food.

Substitutes for almond flour when it comes to cosmetics

Almond for skin whitening

Since almond meal and almond oil consists of many gentle exfoliation ingredients for use in cosmetic, some people tend to add almond flour for their face-packs. Since different flour has different compositions and different materials, don’t ever use a substitute for almond flour when it comes to cosmetic.

Aloe vera for skin whitening/Aloe vera for skin Lightening

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    Introduction

    sections of Aloe Vera leaf

    Aloe vera has multiple benefits for skin since it contains enzymes, antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory properties. The whitening effect is due to the Antioxidants present in aloe vera. But it does not capable of giving fast results compared to other skin whitening treatments. Also, aloe vera alone is not a very effective solution for skin whitening. But still, it provides very effective results for suntans. Effectiveness of aloe vera for skin whitening can be improved when it used with few other additives. There is evidence from many countries that aloe vera has been used for more than 6000 years. According to traditional skincare, aloe vera very useful in pimples, dry skin, skin rashes, patches, burns, and many more.

    Does aloe really have this much effect?

    Some of cosmetics producers and other marketers are replicating aloe vera just like if you had aloe vera plant in your garden you wouldn’t want to go back to your doctor. They say that aloe vera can do everything from curing liver cancer to curing bacterial infections but does really have this much effect?

    The US federal drug authority(FDA) lists ale vera as a “supplement” (not as a drug) for stomach ulcers. in addition, aloe vera is used to heal wounds. According to the Traditional medicine methods, YES aloe vera has these capabilities but not as marketing people say. it proves that we can find a variety of medicines made using the jelly of the aloe leaf in any pharmacy. we can also use the jelly-like potion naturally exacted with aloe leaves to serve as good handover when constipation.

    What would happen when aloe use frequently?

    Dry skin due to frequent use of aloe

    Aloe vera is used as a moisturiser for skin, and it is a good solution for dry skin, but when it overused, the skin could become even more dehydrated.

    Pack 1 – For anyone except sensible skin

    Ingredients – Aloe vera extract or pure aloe vera gel, Turmeric, Gram flour

    Aloe, turmeric & flour compound for skin whitening

    Method –

    Add and mix 1tbs of aloe vera extract, 1tbs of gram flour, and a pinch of turmeric.

    Apply all over the face(or/and body) and leave it for good 20 minutes.

    Wash off with clean water and then apply a moisturizer (requirement of applying a moisturizer is not only depends on the humidity and the surrounding temperature. you can use natural aloe vera gel or store brought aloe gel as an excellent moisturizer if you wish)

    Applying a moisturizer is necessary because whenever you use a pack, the skin PH changes, So if you don’t apply a moisturizer after removing the residuals, it will cause further breakouts, and probably the condition could be worst.

    Pack 2 – For oily skin

    Ingredients – Aloe vera gel, Bee Honey, Vitamin E capsules

    Method – Take 1tsp aloe vera gel and 1tsp of honey. Add one vitamin E capsule and mix well. Apply a fine layer all over your face and neck after cleansing your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry and apply a moisturizer. If you have oily skin, just replace vitamin E with some lime juice! This is a very simple and effective pack for healthy, fair skin. Adding lime to this pack helps to remove sun tan within a few days.

    Pack 3 – Aloe ice cubes for skin whitening

    Aloe Vera ice cube for skin whitening Image credits – UNSPLASH

    This is a very effective method. Rubbing aloe ice cubes on your face imminently Yield favourable results. Here’s how to make these magic cubes!

    Ingredients – Aloe Vera gel, Lavender essential oil , Rosewater

    Method – Mix 2 parts of aloe vera extract with one part of rose water and pour this mixture into an ice cube tray. Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil (you can add any essential oil of your choice) keep in a deep freezer and use whenever you want! You can use cucumber juice instead of rose water to make this.

    Other benefits of Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera has multiple benefits when it comes to skincare. Natural aloe Vera gel contains multiple useful ingredients which widely used for cosmetic products. Moreover, it has been used for skincare more than thousands of years ago. According to the WHO researches, this aloe plant has more than 160 chemical constituents. Composition of the aloe extract is as follows, Water – 98.5%, polysaccharides, Amino acids, Lipids, Sterols. As it contains these chemical constituents, what are the Aloe Vera benefits for skin? There is no single answer since it has multiple advantages over skincare.

    Natural Aloe leaf Image credit – Unsplash

    Aloe Vera benefits for skin – Dry Skin

    Since several polysaccharides compounds(carbohydrates) present in aloe, it is working as a skin barrier to keep skin hydrated. However, it is not practical to use natural aloe vera extract as a daily moisturizer because it can make the skin itchy since it contains a range of enzymes. commercially available aloe vera based moisturizing gel products are better than commonly available petroleum-based products.

    Aloe Vera benefits for skin – Collagen production

    Amino acids are the building block of the collagen layer. Therefore, eating aloe flesh is capable of boosting skin collagen production as aloe consists of amino acids. It is good to eat natural aloe flesh for healthy living. Furthermore, topical use of the gel also boosts collagen production since it is a good moisturizer and rich with vitamins C & E. Lighten skin is one result of an Improved collagen layer. and it proves that Aloe Vera is accepted treatment for skin whitening.

    Heal Wounds

    It has been proved that Aloe gel is a very effective treatment for small wounds. It has both healing properties and antibacterial properties. Note that, these properties are only present in natural aloe extracts

    Heal Burns

    Keeping burns hydrated is the first priority(Just after burning happens), while the second one is avoiding bacterial infections and avoiding bacteria penetration through the burns into the blood. The third priority goes to heal the wound. Aloe Vera has All of the above properties. So, Applying aloe gel just after a burn is a perfect treatment.

    Rashes

    Skin rashes can occur for a variety of reasons, including heat, infections, allergens, medications, and immune system disorders. Whatever the reason, the Aloe Vera is an excellent treatment for almost all the rashes, including rashes due to the immune system disorders.

    FAQs

    Q: Can Aloe vera Whiten Skin?

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    Skin whitening is not a major benefit of using aloe vera. However, Aloe vera contains Important nutrients for skin which are useful when it comes to skin whitening. When used frequently, aloe vera is capable of treating pimples, dry skin, skin rashes, patches, burns. Aloe is capable of keeping skin moisturized, so it helps to reduce dryness resulting in whiten and soft skin.

    Q: Does Aloe vera Lightening Skin?

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    Since aloe vera contains antioxidants, Aloe is one of the natural cosmetics which can use for skin lightening. Also, aloe is a very good moisturizer So, applying aloe as a moisturizer will have indirect benefits such as skin lightening

    Q: What will happen if Aloe vera use daily basis?

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    It is not recommended to use aloe vera as a moisturiser frequently for a long time because it can produce dry skin problems.

    Q: What are the Tips to Use Aloe Vera on Face for Fairness?

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    Both men and women can use Aloe for skin lightening. Since it is not capable of giving fast results you have to use it with few substances like turmeric and honey. Also, you can use Aloe ice cub treatment for better results.

    Q: Does Aloe gel Improve Skin Tone?

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    The answer is yes. Not only the Aloe Vera but most natural treatments like almond oil are capable of improving your skin tone. Hydration, enhancing cell turnover, getting free of dead skin cells, and anti-ageing properties of these natural treatments contribute to improving your skin tone.

    Q: Does Aloe Vera make Skin Darker?

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    No. there is no agent present in almond oil that causes darkening the skin. But people with sensitive skin can cause allergies. Also if you use aloe vera frequently, it may cause skin dehydration and hence skin can get dry and darker. So, Aloe can be used for skin whitening if you know the right method.

    Q: How Long Does It Take for Aloe Vera to Lighten My Skin/Face?

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    It takes more than 1–2 months to get results. But you can accelerate results by adding some other substances like Turmeric, Gram flour and bee honey. Almost all the natural treatments take longer time to give results. But it is always safe to use these treatments than using petroleum-based bleaching agents.

    BIG PICTURE THINKING

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    What is big picture thinking?

    This is an ability that is related to the mind. Thinking big or big picture thinking is the best and successful way to understand a situation/problem or anything in the world that you sense from your eyes, ears, nose, mouth or the skin. If someone good at this, the person can get understand a situation or a problem exactly how it is. Attention to details while having the overall idea is the big picture thinking.

    What are the examples?

    Take a look at the following picture

    A man holding an umbrella

    Usually, people focus on the man who is holding an umbrella. But this picture has been taken in the winter season so we can see snow. And this is a picture of a junction. We can see traffic lights and a few vehicles here and three and a few other things. Being aware of every detail while taking the overall idea is the definition of big picture thinking, and the above example is just to show how thinking big is.

    Who is good at thinking big?

    Successful businessmen have well practised this special ability. This thinking pattern is the key to become successful in everything. Because you will only be able to get the right decisions only if you get the right idea of the situation. Not only the businessmen, all the people in top positions in any organization, And almost all the successful people in any field may have this ability.

    Path to becoming a good thinker

    Analytical skills and this ability are two different things. Analytical skill is about how much you good at being logical and finding theoretically optimum solutions. People who take time to think about “how the mind works” can find the path to become a good thinker. Any ability or skill is a result of your time and effort. So, you have to take time practice relevant activities. For this, you have to practice meditation which can make your mind calm.

    Click here to read more about how to develop big picture thinking

    How human think?

    How we identify things around us?

    We know robots(or software) cant identify things if the manufacture hasn’t defined it by giving inputs. The same thing applies to the human mind. We cant identify anything which we haven’t sense before. as an example, we can identify colour by looking at a collection of colours. We are able to say that this is red and this is yellow. So, how we identify these colours? our parents have taught us, “this is red and this is yellow”. By that way, Our mind is capable of integrating all the things that we know and present it as one single thing with a known feeling. So, how this is related to the big picture thinking? You will find an answer here!

    Big picture thinking and the human mind

    It is clear that we can only think about what we are aware of. So, to be a broad thinker, we should be aware of many things. That means we have to broaden our knowledge limits. As a person, We can get limited inputs from our five sense within the time of life. So, our thinking ability is bounded to the number of inputs we have gained into the mind. And also it depends on the clearness of our mind because if our mind is not clear(has less concentration ability) we can’t analyse and save input memories at the right locations. When it happens the mind can’t access past data and can’t give a visualization. So, if someone is worried about big picture thinking, as the first lesson, the person should know how the human mind works. A good thinker should be able to observe carefully, analyze carefully and keep memories long-lasting way.

    Infectious diseases and Eating Habits

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    It is a scientifically proved fact that vegetarians have the right level of immunity compared to omnivores and Carnivores. Also, vegans are indeed healthier than others. It has already known that the risk of getting non-infectious diseases are low. The best case study to analyze the connection between infectious diseases and meat consumption is the spreading of coronavirus(COVID19) all over the world. The virus first found in china and their meat consumption more than 28% out of the total meat production in the world while the population is 18.5% as of the world population. That implies the Chinese eat more than the average with a variety of animal meat. This high meat consumption could be the reason for reduced immunity and the fast spread of the virus and killing thousands of lives.

    The second-largest number of infections were reported from South Korea, and their eating habits are similar to Chinese. But North Korea is the county boarded to china but no south Korea. Also, both Koreans are the same genetically (When comparing globally), but they have very different eating habits. North Koreans eat meat very rarely, and they have excellent resistance to infectious diseases and also a high life expectancy. So it is clear that there should be a relationship between spreading the virus within these two countries and their eating habits. Some people say less number of patients from North Korea is because of their travel restrictions and media restrictions. yes, it can be another reason but still, the above argument is valid.

    Advantages of being a vegan


    Reduced risk of getting infectious diseases
    Lowered risk of getting non-infectious diseases
    Feeling relaxed
    Eliminates foul odor from the skin
    Easy digestive process and feel comfortable.
    Good mental health
    Improved self-confident for every activity
    Pleasant to others


    You may think of how these things are possible, but people who do not eat meat for a long time can feel these changes in their lives. Also, keep in mind, as humans, we don’t have any authority to kill animals for ourselves. They are also a part of nature as humans. The only difference is we are powerful than them.

    How to prevent new corona pneumonia (COVID2019)

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    There is no effective vaccine to prevent New Corona Pneumonia (COVID19). The best way to prevent coronavirus is to avoid being exposed to this virus and, maintaining a good immunity level. According to the reported deaths and infected cases from china, there is a high risk for people over the age of 50 years and children. Since both children and senior people have less immunity they could be affected by viruses like this. So, the following herbs will help you to maintain a good immunity level in order to prevent this Novel Coronavirus. Note that, those who have undergoes organ transplants, should not take any medicine which boosts your immune system.

    1. Drink yellow vine and coriander seeds water two times per day.
    2. Add some healthy spices to your dishes which can boost your immunity.
    Yellow vine and coriander seeds

    Preparation

    1. Take a few wood parts of the yellow vine (20g) and coriander seeds (20g).
    2. Add four cups of water
    3. Let it boiled until you get 2 cups of herbs water
    4. Drink one cup in the morning and remaining one in the evening to boost your immune system.

    Following best practices will help you to avoid being exposed into the Novel Coronavirus

    • Avoid eating half-cooked meats.
    • Avoid close contact and relationships with people who are sick.
    • Stay home if you have symptoms like, Cough, high temperature, feeling short of breath.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or using your bent elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces(Public places) using a cleaning chemical.
    • The facemask should only be used by people who live countries which have the risk of getting spread this virus (Pease follow the advice given by your countries’ health organizations).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    Coronavirus and Eating Habits

    It is a scientifically proved fact that vegetarians have the right level of immunity compared to omnivores and Carnivores. Also, vegans are indeed healthier than others. It has already known that the risk of getting non-infectious diseases are low. The best case study to analyze the connection between infectious diseases and meat consumption is the spreading of coronavirus (COVID19) all over the world. The virus first found in china and their meat consumption more than 28% out of the total meat production in the world while the population is 18.5% as of the world population. That implies the Chinese eat more than the average with a variety of animal meat. This high meat consumption could be the reason for reduced immunity and the fast spread of the virus and killing thousands of lives.

    Advantages of being a vegan


    Reduced risk of getting infectious diseases
    Lowered risk of getting non-infectious diseases
    Feeling relaxed
    Eliminates foul odor from the skin
    Easy digestive process and feel comfortable.
    Good mental health
    Improved self-confident for every activity
    Pleasant to others


    You may think of how these things are possible, but people who do not eat meat for a long time can feel these changes in their lives. Also, keep in mind, as humans, we don’t have any authority to kill animals for ourselves. They are also a part of nature as humans.

    Conclusion

    The original question was how to prevent New Corona Pneumonia or coronavirus? The best thing countries have done is avoiding get expose to the virus by maintaining social distance. the second thing was to keep immunity high. China, Hongkong and Sri Lanka have been practised this to control the situation by giving traditional treatment to the public. Especially inhaling Herbal Steam and drinking above mentioned drinks. Being a vegan is one of another option to keep immunity high.

    Are Spices good?

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    Indeed, spices can be described as a precious gift from the mother earth for all human beings. All most all the spices are healthy and can be added to our dishes to make them more and more delicious. But some spices are not as healthy as we think. Cinnamon, black and white pepper, turmeric, paprika, sesame seeds, mustard, garcinia, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and fennel are some of the commonly used healthy spices around the world. But when considering about spices like red chillies and cumin seeds, they can cause long term health troubles, though it tastes like heavenly when added to dishes. As an answer to the question; are spices healthy? Yes, spices are healthy in most cases except in a few rare situations like allergies and some diseases.

    Why spices?

    A spice is a part of a plant such as a root, bark, fruit, or seed primarily used for flavouring, colouring, or preserving foods.

    Spices give a pleasant smell and a good taste.

    Are spices healthy? Yes, spices are healthy and it has proved in many research and surveys. Today, many studies have shown that spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and garcinia have antimicrobial properties. Also, play a significant role in boosting our immune system and metabolism. Out of the above spices, most spices have substantial antioxidant activity. Among all spices, fresh ginger has the highest antioxidant activity. These antioxidants can also act as natural preservatives and can prevent the spoilage of foods. There are no longer arguments like whether spices are healthy, or they cause long term health problems. So, we should definitely add them to our everyday dishes for healthy living.

    What are healthy spices?

    Here are some healthy spices using around the world.

    • Cinnamon
    • Black
    • White pepper
    • Turmeric
    • Paprika
    • Oregano
    • Sesame seeds
    • Mustard
    • Garcinia
    • Coriander
    • Cloves
    • Nutmeg
    • Cardamom
    • Fennel

    Facts about healthy spices

    Here you can find a detailed answer to your question, are spices healthy? These spices have many health benefits apart from using them as flavours, flavour enhancers, preservatives, etc. Here you can find the benefits of all spices and all the facts you need to know about those spices.

    Health Benefits of Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is rich in powerful medicinal properties such as cinnamaldehyde and polyphenol antioxidants. So, this high content of Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon is known to be responsible for most of its health benefits. Also, the large number of polyphenol antioxidants have an anti-inflammatory activity, which helps to lower the risk of many diseases.

    Cinnamon barks
    • Reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides while remaining HDL cholesterol levels stable.
    • Fight against cancer cells
    • Fight against HIV
    • Improves sensitivity to insulin hormone hence reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes.
    • It lowers Blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect.
    • Lowers high blood pressure
    • Gives ease to digestion
    • Helps to improve the blood circulation
    • Has powerful antibacterial and antifungal activities
    • Makes a significant effect on Alzheimer’s disease

    There are two types of cinnamons

    1. Ceylon cinnamon: Also known as “true” cinnamon.
    2. Cassia cinnamon: The more common type today and what people generally use as “cinnamon.

    It is Better to use Ceylon cinnamon (“True” Cinnamon)

    Not all cinnamon gives equal health benefits. The Cassia cinnamon contains large amounts of a compound called coumarin, which can be harmful when taking in large doses. But Ceylon cinnamon contains much lower amounts of coumarin. Unfortunately, it is hard to find Ceylon cinnamon. You may be able to find Ceylon cinnamon in some health food stores and online.so make sure to get Ceylon cinnamon if you’re using the Cassia variety.

    Health Benefits of Nutmeg

    Nutmeg is a hidden gem among healthy spices. In fact, it has been used as a remedy for various ailments since ancient times. Since this amazing spice is filled with vitamin B complex, vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and many flavonoid antioxidants like beta carotene it helps to reach optimum health conditions.

    Nutmeg
    • Boost immune system
    • prevent diarrhoea
    • protect teeth and gum
    • aid blood circulation
    • treat sleep disorder and insomnia
    • treat kidney infections
    • reduce the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
    • facilitate better digestion by inducing secretion of various gastric and intestinal juices
    • ensure a good bone health
    • detoxify the body
    • maintain an optimal brain health
    • fight depression and anxiety
    • prevent tooth decay and cavity
    • make skin healthier by fighting acne, reducing pigmentation and fade blemish away
    • treat halitosis or bad breath by its antibacterial properties
    • lower blood pressure

    Apart from those benefits, nutmeg has the following key benefits.

    Even More than 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg per day can be harmful. So, keep in mind that, over-consumption of nutmeg can cause hallucinations, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, confusion, or can achieve psychoactive effects. So, be careful not to use overdoses even these spices are healthy!

    Health Benefits of Turmeric

    Turmeric(Curcumin)

    Turmeric has been used for thousands of years around the world because of its significant health benefits. because it contains bioactive compounds with medicinal properties. Especially, it contains curcumin, a substance that has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Also, Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. Also, the use of black pepper with turmeric can enhance the absorption of curcumin on to the bloodstream.

    Here are some incredible health benefits of turmeric

    • detoxify the body by optimizing the function of the liver
    • supports heart health
    • promotes a healthy youthful skin
    • fights body-wide inflammation
    • boosts levels of the brain and increases the growth of new neurons
    • eases muscle and joint pains
    • promotes natural weight loss
    • fight against indigestion
    • helps to delay and manage diabetes
    • lowers cholesterol levels
    • Fights against cancer cells all over the body
    • reduces symptoms of depression
    • heals wounds fast
    • controls blood pressure
    • reduces arthritis symptoms
    • prevents and cure Alzheimer’s disease
    • improves appetite

    Since it contains 200 milligrams of curcumin in 1 teaspoon of turmeric, Studies show that Curcumin has incredible benefits against depression. Also, turmeric has a high anti-parasitic effect, which helps to give a shield against various intestinal parasites. You can have one teaspoon of turmeric per day to get good results with anti-inflammatory purposes. Note that you should never use any herb, food, or anything for a long time except critical medications prescribed by a doctor. Usually, Turmeric does not have serious side effects. But sometimes can cause digestive problems, diarrhoea, dizziness, or nausea.

    Health Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

    Garcinia is a popular fruit in tropical regions. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is the infamous active ingredient in garcinia. This gives a lot of health benefits to having a healthy life. Garcinia is a super spice that helps to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides in the blood. It should be taken in between the meals to use as a powerful remedy for lowering cholesterol levels. But taking Garcinia daily basis can build up crystals in the kidney and bladder.

    Garcinia Cambogia
    • Here are the benefits of garcinia.
    • Prevents fat storage
    • Naturally suppresses appetite
    • Boosts happy mood by increasing serotonin levels
    • Reduces stress by increasing cortisol levels
    • Lowers blood pressure
    • Regulates blood sugar
    • Strengthens and improve the immune system
    • Boosts metabolism
    • Enhances endurance power
    • Cures gastric issues and reduces stomach acidity
    • Enhances energy levels
    • Facilitate digestion
    • Lowers the risks of heart diseases
    • Improves satiety and controls cravings
    • Gives shields against cancer, HIV and brain injuries
    • Natural detoxifier

    Garcinia may interact with diabetes treatments and can lower the blood sugar levels of diabetes patients. Furthermore, this spice can cause some side effects like nausea, headache, dizziness, and dry mouth in some people, but it is infrequent. It is recommended to take 500mg-1500mg garcinia Cambogia per day in between meals. Even these spices are healthy, please avoid taking it a daily basis for healthy living.

    Health Benefits of Cloves

    Cloves are an excellent natural mouth freshener and a natural pain killer. It has been used to treat many oral diseases for hundreds of years.

    Cloves
    • Here are some impressive benefits of cloves
    • Rich in strong antibacterial agents
    • Boosts immune system
    • Prevents diabetes
    • Rich in anti-inflammatory properties
    • Enhance bone strength
    • Improves liver health
    • Rich in chemo-preventive properties
    • Prevents and treats oral diseases
    • Treats many skin issues
    • Relieves toothaches
    • A rich source of antioxidants
    • Kills intestinal parasites
    • Increases blood circulation
    • Effective against eye infections
    • Regulates digestive system
    • Helps with cough and cold symptoms
    • Helps to reduce bloating, gastritis, indigestion, and nausea
    • Controls high cholesterol levels

    Cloves have a great ability to fight against lung cancer. Cloves are safe when taken by mouth as a spice found in foods. Especially, dried cloves can be used to treat toothaches temporarily in such situation place a dried clove between the offending tooth and the cheek. Alternatively, placing a clove oil on a cotton ball in the mouth can be used to relieve toothaches temporarily.

    FAQs

    Q: Are Spices healthy?

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    Yes, spices are healthy and it has proved in many research and surveys. Today, many studies have shown that spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and garcinia have antimicrobial properties. Also, play a significant role in boosting our immune system and metabolism. Out of the above spices, most spices have substantial antioxidant activity which is required for healthy living. Spices like Red chili can cause gastritis if you take frequently but apart from that there is no any bad effect on your health.

    Q: Are Spices fattening?

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    No, Spices does not contain fats hence they are not contributing for fattening. Also, spices are capable of lowering bad cholesterol (LDL). Hence you are taking spices daily basis, you can expect long term weight loss. So it has proved that spices are not fattening.

    Q: What spices are healthy for you?

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    Almost all the commonly used spices are healthy if not overused. The following list of spices have great benefits compared to others,

    • Cinnamon
    • White/Black pepper
    • Turmeric
    • Paprika
    • Oregano
    • Sesame seeds
    • Mustard
    • Garcinia
    • Coriander
    • Cloves
    • Nutmeg
    • Cardamom
    • Fennel

    Q: Are Indian Spices Healthy?

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    Yes, Most of the Indian spices are healthy except very few. Indian Cumin and its alternatives have an adverse effect on pregnancy.

    Q: Are Seasonings good for you?

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    Yes, Most of the seasonings are good for your health since they contain, essential substances for your body. Today, many studies have shown that seasonings like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and garcinia have antimicrobial properties. Also, play a significant role in boosting our immune system and metabolism.

    Almond oil for skin whitening / Almond oil for skin lightening

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    Almond oil can be used as a natural beauty care oil. It is rich in vitamin E, and it is a powerful antioxidant that immensely effects brightening the skin. Apart from that, substances found in almond oil capable of keeping your skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines. The effectiveness of almond oil for skin whitening is considerable. It doesn’t give instant results as skin whitening creams and capsules.

    Almond seeds

    The natural healing power of almond keeps your skin cells healthy and protecting your skin from UV radiation damage. If your body has an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants, it desperately affects the skin’s collagen layer resulting in fine wrinkles. So Almond oil treatments are one of the best skincare for remove wrinkles

    According to the physicochemical property analysis of Almond oil, it contains the following fatty acids.

    • Oleic acid 68%
    • Linoleic acid 25%
    • Palmitic acid 4.7%
    • Palmitoleic acid (small amount)
    • Stearic acid (small amount)
    • Arachidic acid (Source – Chinese Academy of Sciences)

    Almost all the fatty acids found in almond oil can be used for skin whitening and other beauty care purposes. Let’s see what are the other skin whitening properties of these fatty acids.

    The oleic acid

    The oleic acid is the primary ingredient of almond oil, and it is used to manufacture almost all the skincare products. Oleic acid act as a permeability enhancer when applied on the skin, and this is one of the foremost ingredients in almond oil that is somewhat effective for skin whitening.

    Linoleic acid

    The linoleic fatty acid liquid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and it is an essential building block for skin-restorative. Linoleic acid has a physiological role in conserving the water permeability railing of the skin as a constituent of acylglycosyl ceramides.

    Stearic acid

    Stearic acid is used to manufacture more than 3200 skincare and cosmetic products because it is working as a barrier to dryness of the skin.

    These unsaturated fatty acids found in almonds are capable of penetrating the deep of the skin to cure the skin and to brighten the skin. Apart from the above fatty acids, almond is rich in vitamins A, B, D, E and potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Some of these substances in almond is used for skin whitening and to keep skin healthy.

    5 benefits of almond oil for skin

    Applying Almond oil or coconut oil on the skin with the right combinations has many benefits. Here you can find 5 benefits of almond oil when it applied on the face or the skin.

    • Whiten the skin
    • Softener the skin
    • Protect against UV and wrinkles
    • Remove dark spots, suntans and free from itching.
    • Hydrate the skin and avoid infections.

    Why we should only use natural remedies for skin whitening?

    Now we can find plenty of skin whitening products in the market, but the majority of those methods could severely affect our health. Especially we don’t know the long-term effect of those chemicals. Researchers have found that increased no. of skin cancers is due to cosmetics and some of the other treatments. So, it is clear that natural remedies are less or no harm to the human body.

    How to use almond oil for skin whitening?

    Almond oil is a natural solution for skin whitening, and it can be used alone or with a mixture of other substances. It can be used mixing with skin care creams, which we use daily basis. Almond oil is perfect to use when cleaning the dead skin. Its penetrating ability helps to lightning the skin and provide necessary nutrients to the skin. Let’s see what the best combinations for skin whitening are!

    Pack 1 – Bee honey, Lime and almond oil for skin whitening

    We know the effects of almond when it comes to skin whitening. Bee honey is an excellent anti-bacterial substance with a lot of essential nutrients to the skin. You should add lime juice to bee honey and almond oil mixture in order to control the oil content. Also, to add vitamin C to the mix.

    Natural bee honey

    Ingredients –

    • Bee honey (1 tablespoon /5ml)
    • Lemon juice (1/4 tablespoon for dry skins and ½ tablespoon for oily skins)
    • Almond oil (1 tablespoon)

    Method –

    Mix all three ingredients and apply it on the face. If you have dry skin, better to add ¼ tablespoon of lemon juice. For those who have oily skin can add ½ tablespoon. Your own experience should decide the exact amount. Note that those who have sensitive skin carefully observe the results and change the lemon content accordingly, or else don’t continue further if you got any allergy. Stay 20minutes and then wash out the mask with a little bit of cold water than room temperature. It is recommended to apply 3 or 4 times a week.

    Pack 2 – Almond oil with fresh milk for skin whitening

    Almond oil and fresh milk combination are very effective for those who have dry skins. This is also a fantastic solution for acne because milk is a good source of vitamins for the skin. Don’t forget to clean your face with cold water before applying any of these masks.

    Almond oil and fresh milk for skin treatments

    Ingredients –

    • Almond oil (1 tablespoon)
    • Milk (1 teaspoon)

    Method –

    Mix two ingredients and apply it on the face. Note that those who have sensitive skin carefully observe the results before using it on a daily basis. Stay 20minutes and then wash out the mask with water at room temperature. It is recommended to apply 4 or 5 times a week.

    Pack 3 – Almond oil with Lemon juice for skin whitening

    Almond oil and lemon mixture is suitable for oily skins. Lemon has a more whitening effect than almond. But applying lemon alone can harm your skin. You can use lemon or citronella for this treatment, but if you are using citronella, don’t try to smell out it because it can damage your lungs. Note that there is a possibility for allergies when you use lemon or citronella.

    Lemon for skin whitening

    Ingredients –

    • Almond oil (1 tablespoon)
    • Lemon juice (1/5 tablespoon)

    Method –

    Mix two ingredients and apply it on the face. Note that those who have sensitive skin carefully observe the results before applying on a daily basis. Stay 15minutes and then wash out the mask with water at room temperature. It is recommended to use 3 or 4 times a week.

    Pack 4 – Almond oil as a cleaner

    Apply almond oil with few drops of essential oil on the face to clean your face. Rinse the residue after 8 minutes with a little bit of warm water. You may need to wash two or three times to remove the remainder.

    What is the suitable type of Almond oil for skin whitening?

    In the market, you can find two types of almond oils. Those are sweet almond oil and bitter almond oil. Sweet almond oil is used for beauty care purposes, while the other one is used to treat some diseases. Generally, we can’t find bitter almond oil in the supermarket. Sweet almond oil good for heal superficial skin burns, boost collagen production, muscular aches and purge the skin of toxins.

    Few bonus tips about almonds

    Almond seeds

    Other than skin whitening, almond has a lot of more positive effects for the body and the hair. It contains healthy fats, fibers, protein, vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These good substances can lover high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and LDL (bad cholesterol). Almond is an effective solution for those who suffer from low hemoglobin levels. It can accelerate your hemoglobin production due to the rich nutrients within it.

    Almond for weight loss

    Almond is a good source of protein with excellent power for fat burning. Eating almonds every day is accompanying with significant weight loss and higher fat metabolism. Eating a sufficient number of almonds may reduce LDL cholesterol resulting in improved lipid profile. If you do exercises on a daily basis while taking these nuts, it will help further to remove fat deposits on your belly area.

    Almonds prevent heart attacks

    Almonds are rich with healthy fatty acids and antioxidants. So, eating a sufficient amount (20-30 seeds) of almond protects your heart and the cardiovascular system. Particularly the antioxidant flavonoids, a plant component that is present in the outer skin of almond seeds, reduce the risk of emerging cardiovascular.

    Almond good for the health of the digestive system

    Almond seeds contain a probiotic substance which backing the health of the digestive system. The human digestive system has a variety of useful bacteria that helps and efficiently digest food. Almonds prevent the destroying of useful bacteria as they improve the number of good bacteria in the digestive system, avoiding nutritional deficiencies. The digestive system cannot absorb some vitamins alone. So, even we eat foods with those vitamins, it is unable to absorb those vitamins. Fats are the agents that help to absorb these vitamins. Fortunately, almonds contain enough fat to endorse this function and increase the absorption of vitamins D and A, which are fat-soluble.

    Conclusion

    You were here to find the effectiveness of almond oil for skin whitening. It is clear that almond oil is an excellent substance with having skin whitening properties. As we above mentioned, almond oil can use with milk, lemon, or bee honey for better results. Or you can use almond oil with moisturizing creams that you use on a daily basis. Almond oil has many nutrients and fats to cure your damaged skin and to avoid dehydration.

    FAQs

    Q: Can Almond Whiten Skin?

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    Skin whitening is one benefit of using almond oil. The Almond oil contains Important nutrients for skin which are useful when it comes to skin whitening. When used daily basis, almond oil is capable of whitening dark spots, patches, acne scars. Almond oil is capable of keeping skin moisturized, so it helps to reduce dryness resulting in lighten and soft skin.

    Q: Does Almond Lightening Skin?

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    Almond oil contains good fatty acids, Vitamins, and other substances which are essential to keeping skin healthy. These components improve the rate of skin cell regeneration process by supplying essential nutrients resulting in brighter and lighter skin. When it used for removing dead skin, you can expect instant results.

    Q: What are the Tips to Use Almond Oil on Face for Fairness?

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    Both men and women can use almond oil for fairness, with your daily moisturizing cream. Also, you can use almond oil with milk for better results if you have dry skin. Those who have more oily skin can use almond oil, lemon and bee honey mixture for fairness. Before applying all of these masks, you should clean your face with water at room temperature.

    Q: Does Almond Oil Improve Skin Tone?

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    The answer is yes. Not only the almond oil but most natural treatments are capable of improving your skin tone. Hydration, enhancing cell turnover, getting free of dead skin cells, and anti-aging properties of almond oil contribute to improving your skin tone.

    Q: Does Almond oil make Skin Darker?

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    No. there is no agent present in almond oil that causes darkening the skin. But people with sensitive skin can cause allergies, but it is infrequent. Almond oil aids with skin whitening but does not contain any bleaching contaminate which can cause darker skin after some period of time.

    Q: Does Almond oil Reduce Melanin and bleach skin?

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    Almond oil does not contain any substance which is capable of reducing melanin resulting in quick bleaching. It is an excellent skin treatment with slow results. If you are expecting quick results, almond oil treatment may not be a good option.

    Q: Can Almond oil Whiten Underarms?

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    Almond oil can help you get free of dark underarms. But it can be an uncomfortable treatment if you try. There are more effective treatments like Aloe Vera. When you are shaving your underarms, you can use almond oil to avoid being black.

    Q: Does Almond oil Lighten Lips?

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    Almond oil is a perfect solution for lightning lips. It helps to keep lips moisturized. Fatty acids penetrate to lips and smoothen the lips.

    Q: How Long Does It Take for Almond oil to Lighten My Skin/Face?

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    It takes more than 2–3 months to get results. But you can accelerate results by adding some other substances like milk, lemon, and bee honey. Almost all the natural treatments take time to lighten the skin

    Q: Does Badam(Almond) oil Lighten My Skin/Face?

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    Skin whitening is one advantage of using Badam oil. The Badam oil contains essential nutrients for skin which are useful when it comes to skin whitening. It is effective to use a daily basis as a treatment for dark spots, patches, acne scars. Badam oil is capable of keeping skin moisturized, so it helps to reduce dryness resulting in lighten and soft skin.

    How hard is medical school? How hard is it to get into Med School?

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    According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the Acceptance rate for US medical schools is about 40%. Entering to a medical school is hard due to the higher demand. For the academic year of 2019-2020, the total number of applicants for allopathy medicine was 53371 while nearly having 20000 opportunities in 141 medical doctor programs. For the students who followed the science stream, the average GPA of 3.67 would be enough to get into medical school, while others have to obtain a GPA of 3.79. However, there are some less competitive medical colleges asking for a GPA of 3.2 or above. Broad knowledge in science required for medicine, but just getting into school can be even harder because medical school acceptance rates are comparatively low as 40%.

    Performing a small surgery

    Before you get into a busy life as a medical student and ultimately as a medical doctor, you should have a clear understanding of, how hard medical school is, how hard to complete medical school and how hard to work as a medical doctor.

    Why you should become a doctor?

    In order to proceed as a successful doctor, you should have a broad educational background. The medical doctor course is fully equipped with strategies and relevant content to develop relevant skills and to give relevant knowledge to work as a doctor. A doctor should have skills to figure out symptoms from the patient. To do this doctor should have good communication skills together with clinical knowledge. And good analytical skills are required to make the right decisions based on symptoms. Hence due to the requirement of developing the above skills, the course has become a bit hard. So, before you make the decision to enter medical school, you should know how hard in medical school as well.

    How hard to work as a medical doctor?

    Clinical books

    life of a medical doctor is a bit busy compared to jobs that can earn a similar amount. So, if you are looking at the earning aspect, your decision may need to rethink. Generally, a physician has to work 70 hours per week but the lifestyle of a doctor is depends on the specialized area of expertise, practice and his or her age. When a doctor becomes to his or her age of 40, they can come to a bit of comfort zone similar to other jobs. A doctor should have the following skills to perform their job.

    • Ability to work long hours
    • Communication skills
    • Accurate decision making
    • Good concentration ability
    • Leadership and management skills
    • Drive to continue learning
    • Good analytical skills

    Doctors with the above skills perform better with a minimum level of stress. If you think you have the above skills and you have an interest in medicine, then your decision to be a doctor is a good choice. There is no other machine complicated than the human body. Doctors are the mechanics who are dealing with this complicated body, although they have no excuse for mistakes since anything, we do with the human body is not reversible.

    What are the benefits of being a medical doctor?

    If you are willing to work hard, like to work in a continuously changing and challenging enjoinment, medicine is the best option. How hard is medical school is not a problem because it is an achievable goal for anyone who likes to be a doctor if he or she have the above skills and kindness for people.

    Self-satisfaction
    1. Enormously satisfying job – All the people who would meet a doctor are suffering from anything. They are coming to find the answer(treatment) for their problem. Doctors are the people who can make them free from suffering. That means giving happiness. By making others happy, doctors enjoy their job, and it can’t be expressed by words. They see every day their positive progress, not only at the end of the treatments. There are very limited jobs that we can give happiness to others while earning good money.
    2. Good income – Average US doctor’s annual income is about $300,000. Specialists are earing even more while primary care doctors are earning more than $230,000.
    3. Job security – Most of the time, jobs are interconnected to one another. So, the area of expertly is limited even within the same field. But a medical doctor can perform any task within their medical field. Also, demand for the doctors is also high not only in the USA but all around the world except India. Therefore, if you are a doctor, no matter where are you. You don’t have to worry about the job because the human body is not changing one state to another.

    It’s more than a job. A lot of responsibilities with zero possibility to make errors. Always have to work for others, and as a return, doctors have respect from society. If you are willing to see others’ happiness while having quality life for yourself, you are not going to let this goal lost, and you are no longer going to find how hard is medical school. Try to do your best at the moment to achieve future goals. But carefully look at your skills and think about your future ambitions.  

    The road map to becoming a medical doctor

    1. Pre-medicine – BS or BA degree with a high GPA is required to eligible for medical school. This degree could be from a college or from a university to gain basic science and math knowledge.
    2. MCAT exam – Those who have earned a degree will be eligible for the MCAT exam, and this is the entrance qualification for medical college. You will take four years to complete up to this point
    3. Four years of education at a medical school. – First two years for the study of basic anatomy and other core subjects. And second two years to complete clinical medicine, hospital-based experience, office-based experience on a rotation basis. Also, this is the point to decide which area are you going to study further. In the final year, you will have to participate in the residency match.
    4. Residency program – This will take 3 to 9 years to complete. Graduated MDs are undergoing professional training under the supervision of qualified physicians. First-year of this training called an intern period. At this point, medical students should work the whole day in some cases. Usually, it is required to work 80 hours per week. Residency is paid like a job but under the supervision of a senior doctor. After completing residency, it is considered they are adequately trained for their speciality, and they are eligible for certification.
    5. Fellowships – This is optional for both surgical and medical doctors to get additional training in a speciality in their subcategories. This will take 2 – 3 years to complete.

    Becoming a medical doctor is a long journey, and it takes 12 years minimum after completing secondary education. If you are willing to take the challenge to be a doctor, don’t mind how hard is medical school. Start the journey today, and get a good GPA.

    Tips to get into medical school

    • Job shadow with doctors to acquire related experiences – Having realistic experience about the future job will be a definite advantage when you are applying for a medical school. Admission committees give attention to applicants who have an understanding of the role of the doctor.
    • Choose subjects in the university or college that will yield a competitive GPA – Since students are required to have high GPAs to eligible for medical school, you should concern about that before selecting your field of study and subjects.
    • Conduct research projects that demonstrate your science knowledge and analytical skills – Showing your skills with solid proof to the admission committee will gain plus points when you apply for the med-school.
    • Apply to a few more medical schools – According to the application details in 2019, one applicant has been applied for 17 medical schools on average.
    • Do extra-curricular activities – This will be a plus point and it will be a consideration in the selection criteria.
    • Study early for the MCAT exam – This will help you to get a good mark as well as to face the exam without un-necessary pressure.
    • Be ready to explain why you need to be a doctor – this is a turning point of any interview you will face. You have to give a clear and solid answer to this question.

    If you are worried about how hard is medical school, the answer is, follow the above tips. Then you will be able to achieve your goal with less effort.

    Tips to success at Med-school

    From this point onwards, you will be realized that performing as a medical student is harder than getting into medical school. But if you follow these tips after you get selected, you will be easily faced to all the challenges within this 10years

    • Make friends as much as possible – Everything cannot grab alone. So, having good friends will make the path to learn as a group. And also, you will be able to ask for help when required. Also, you will not be depressed if you have good friends.
    • Be open-minded, accept challenges what you have to face – Don’t imagine the upcoming challenges. Only concentrate on the current moment. Identify your skills and select the field accordingly.
    • Practice meditation daily – This will take your life to the next level. The secret behind all the successful people in the world is meditation. Especially busy people need to practice meditation to manage the workload. Breathing meditation is the best meditation for beginners.
    • Eat healthily – It is essential to keep your body chemistry normal to be healthier and to keep mind clam.
    • Don’t compare yourself with others – We know that skills are different from person to person. Therefore, try to improve your skills from the current state and try to identify your best skills — no point in thinking about other’s talents.

    Conclusion

    In this article, we have answered your question of how hard is medical school. Hardness is depending on your skills and your willingness to work as a medical doctor. You have to decide whether you need to be a doctor or not after getting an idea about the doctor’s lifestyle. Also, consider your skills and expectations. If you feel you need to be a doctor, do a self-research on the topic “how hard is the medical school” and list down possible solutions for all the bottlenecks you have in order to get into the medical school. Then work on achieving your goal. Practice meditation as a habit. Get advises from relevant experts when you have any problem.

    FAQs

    Q: What GPA do you need for med school?

    A: For the students who followed the science stream, the average GPA of 3.67 would be enough to get into medical school, while others have to obtain a GPA of 3.79. However, there are some less competitive medical colleges asking for a GPA of 3.2 or above.

    Q: What is the easiest medical school to get into in 2020?

    A: It changes with the demand but following med schools required relatively low entry GPA. Following average entry GPAs in 2019 will give a sense on 2020 intake.

    1. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – GPA 3.5 or above
    2. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine – GPA 3.5 or above
    3. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine – GPA 3.5 or above
    4. University of North Dakota: School of Medicine and Health Sciences – GPA 3.5 or above
    5. Louisiana State University Health Shreveport – GPA 3.55 or above
    6. The University of South Dakota Medical School – GPA 3.6 or above

    Q: What are the odds of getting into medical school?

    A: For someone with a GPA of 3.0+ has a possibility of 50% to get selected for a Med school if the person has applied for 20 med schools. However, it depends on how you are going to face the interview and other relevant experiences that you have.

    Q: Can an average student study medicine?

    A: Yes, if you really like to be a medical doctor and if you have the courage to complete hard 4-6 years, then you will be able to complete your MD even you are an average student. Especially it is not essential to be highly analytical to be a medical doctor.

    Q: Can you fail medical school?

    A: Yes there is a possibility. Every year 5%of med students are failing out from US medical schools while having a 30% fail rate for graduate school. it is somewhat hard to get pass USMLE exams.

    Q: Can I get into med school with a 3.0- GPA?

    A: The minimum accepted GPS is 3.0. So, if your GPA is less than the required minimum, most probably you are not going to call for an interview.

    Q: Is age matters for medical school?

    A: There is no age limit for med schools. If you can bare the expenses and if you have required qualifications and skills to be a good physician then the age will not be a problem. But not like other professional qualifications, becoming an MD takes time.

    Q: What is the hardest part of medical school?

    A: You will have to put more effort into exams in the fourth year but usually 1st and 2nd years will be the hardest since you have to work with new terms. Also, the hardest part depends on your interest.

    Electroconvulsive Therapy for Clinical Depression

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    Electroconvulsive Therapy is a medication technique used to treat clinical depression. Apart from this technique, there are treatments like repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation(rTMS), Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), Pharmacological treatments and psychological treatments. Psychological therapies are the first most treatment for clinical depression, and it well enough to have counselling for patients with mild depression. For patients with mild to moderate depression will need medications alone or a combination of both counselling and medications. But when it comes to severe clinical depression, Electroconvulsive Therapy is the commonly used technique.

    In Electroconvulsive Therapy, a small amount of electric current passing through the brain with the use of two electrodes and this causes to change of brain chemicals to the normal condition. It could help to reverse symptoms of the depressed person and can expect an 80% recovery from this treatment. Patients should have to get about 12 sessions while taking two sessions per week. Notice that, there can be damages to the central nervous system as a long term effect.

    Preparation electroconvulsive therapy

    Generally, to complete ECT treatments, it takes about 10 minutes with added time for preparation and recovery. The anesthetic medications used to induce unconsciousness during ECT; therefore, the patient should not take any foods after midnight. Also, patients should not drive after having the treatment. The following are the medications receive during an ECT procedure. These include anesthetic induction agents, anticholinergic agents, muscle relaxants, antihypertensives, and narcotics. [1]

    Before receiving your first treatment with ECT, you will need a complete evaluation with the following tests,

    • Complete physical exam
    • Psychiatric assessment
    • Complete blood count
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • Medical history

    Anesthetic induction agents used for electroconvulsive therapy

    • Methohexital [barbiturate]
    • Propofol (nonbarbiturate)
    • Ketamine [nonbarbiturate]
    • Thiopental [barbiturate]
    • Etomidate (nonbarbiturate)
    • Alfentanil (opioid)

    Neuromuscular blocking agents for ECT

    • Succinylcholine
    • Mivacurium
    • Atracurium
    • Rocuronium

    Antihypertensives for ECT

    • Calcium channel blockers
    • β-blockers

    Anticholinergic agents for ECT

    • Glycopyrrolate
    • Atropine

    Narcotics used for ECT

    • Alfentanil
    • Fentanyl

    The side effect of Electroconvulsive Therapy

    • Memory loss (Some people may face memory loss usually events that occurred right before treatment. For most cases, these problems come to normal within the first few months.)
    • Physical side effects (Just after treatment, some patients experience headache, nausea or muscle ache)
    • Medical complications (at the time of treatment, heart rate and blood pressure increase, rarely it can be leads to heart problems if the patient have heart problems)

    What is clinical depression?

    Sadness and frustration that persist in the mind that negatively affect the daily activities of life called clinical depression. this is also called a major depressive disorder, recurrent depression or unipolar depression. Issues and misfortunes are part of human life. Everyone has to face unfortunate events and maybe temporarily depressed. It is only natural for people to temporarily blame themselves, feel sad or empty in the face of life’s failures. That feeling disappears for a while. But in the case of clinical depression, the above symptoms are very severe and last longer. Such oppressive thoughts can interfere with his/her job, family life or learning. Similarly, depression can change one’s thoughts, behavior, and even physical activities.

    Depression is one of the most talked-about mental problems in modern society. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from clinical depression. A sufferer of depression cannot escape it alone, and for that treatments are essential. Early detection of symptoms is very important as it is a common condition in today’s society.

    Symptoms of clinical depression

    • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once entertained
    • Thinking/feeling like have no future, worthless and helpless
    • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
    • Loss of appetite
    • Loss of confidence
    • Lack of interest in the day- to- day work
    • Lack of interest in sex life
    • Trying to be separate from others
    • A very lasting intense sadness
    • Feeling guilty without any reason or on small incidents
    • Loss of energy(feeling tired) or increased fatigue
    • Non-causal illnesses such as headaches, aches and pains in the body
    • Weight loss or gain
    • Thoughts of death or suicide

    What are the causes of clinical depression?

    • Changes in brain chemicals
    • Genetically inheritance
    • How the person sees the world (ex- Being in the opinion that everything should be perfect)
    • Disturbing events
    • Affliction statuses

    Other treatments for depression

    Pharmacological treatments

    Depression is considered a curable disease. People with clinical depression have the ability to cure the disease through a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapies and medications. Before diagnosis or treatment, the doctor should conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation. It can be possibly a physical examination and an interview.  

    Pharmacological treatments may be the widely used treatment for depression, but it doesn’t say it is effective. Depression is not only a chemical imbalance in the brain. Pharmacological treatments are not a long-term solution. And there can be many side effects. Always people can use breathing meditation to keep their minds fresh and stress-free. You can find more information on Pharmacological treatments here.

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation(rTMS) for depression


    If you suffer from clinical depression, TMS treatment may be an option. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain nerve cells in the brain to cure depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven’t been effective. You can find more information from here

    Good Picnic Foods

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    Good picnic foods

    Here you can find a list of good picnic foods

    These good picnic foods will take your picnic to the next level. And all of the following picnic foods for your vegan picnic.

    1. Homemade veggie muffins
    2. Easy Veggie Sandwich
    3. Mushroom burger
    4. Pasta salad
    5. Fresh vegetable roll
    6. Sweet corn cups
    7. Mixed vegetable roti
    8. Vegetable salad skewers
    9. Mixed fruit skewers
    10. Avocado smoothie
    11. Sea salt Cassava chips
    12. A piece of date cake

    All of the above picnic foods can be prepared within 10-20minutes. If you are planning a picnic, you will need foods for at least 1 or 2 meals and some snacks. Let’s see how to prepare these foods as quickly as possible.


    Good lunch foods

    Veggie sandwich

    California Veggie Sandwich

    Single-layer sandwich

    Ingredients

    • buttermilk 60ml (0.25 cup)
    • Yogurt (0.25 cup)
    • Lemon (1 tablespoon )
    • Olive oil
    • Ceylon pepper
    • Sugar (0.5 cups)
    • Sea salt (0.25 cups)
    • Avocados (pair)
    • Sliced and toasted bread (4 pairs)
    • Sliced cucumber
    • 2 cups sprouts
    • Apple cider vinegar (2 cups)
    • Goat cheese (170g/6ounce)
    • Lettuce leaves (5-6 cups)
    • Sliced big onions, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, a small number of fresh chiles (4-5Cups)

    Method

    Mixture

    • Take sugar, vinegar, salt, and 2 cups of water to a saucepan and boil. Then, Pour brine into vegetables and then cover and chill until it comes to room temperature.

    Dressing and Assembly

    • Get yogurt, buttermilk, lemon juice, and three tablespoon olive oil in a bowl and beat until smooth
    • Apply salt and pepper to the mixture.
    • Add one tablespoon of olive oil into a bowl and put avocado and lightly mash
    • Mash cheese with another two tablespoons of olive oil until softened then add salt and pepper.
    • Add lettuce and toss to coat, then add salt and pepper. Apply the avocado mixture on four slices.
    • Arrange cucumber, lettuce, sprouts, and vegetable mixture.
    • Apply cheese on another four slices of bread and close the sandwich

    Mixed vegetable roti

    Vegetables mixed roti

    Ingredients

    • Green bean
    • Sea salt
    • Olive oil
    • Carrot
    • Onion leaves or a similar one
    • Green chili
    • Red Onion
    • Grated coconut
    • Baking powder
    • Brawn sugar
    • All-purpose flour

    You can find the cooking method by Clicking here. This vegetable mixed roti and the California veggie sandwich both are good lunch foods.

    Good keto foods for a picnic

    Fresh vegetable roll

    Good keto foods-veggie roll

    Ingredients

    • Onions
    • Carrot
    •  English cucumber
    • Ceylon pepper
    • Avocado
    • Cilantro leaves
    • Rice vermicelli

    This vegetable roll is a good keto food, and it is straightforward to make. you will be able to cook this within a few minutes. You can find out the cooking method by clicking here. Note that you do not need to add other ingredients other than above mentioned.

    You can find more recipes for the foods mentioned above and their nutrition by clicking over here.

    why you should choose a vegan meal?

    Being a vegan is good for your health. But it is a different story when it comes to a picnic. Most of the times we have limited sanitary facilities especially the toilet facilities during our picnic. So if we can avoid eating meat we can avoid unexpected requirements for toilet facilities. The second thing is we could have a better digestive process and it results in a fresh body and fresh mind then we can feel the nature.

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