Fit & Fab!

Dr Bindu Sthalekar helps you look and feel beau­ti­ful!

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What should I do to re­duce my tummy and get back into shape af­ter de­liv­ery? Ritu Singh, Pa­ni­pat

Ton­ing of the tummy post-de­liv­ery should be a slow and steady process. Make sure you do not put ex­tra pres­sure on your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles. Breast­feed your baby for the first six months, as it also helps re­duce body fat. Drink­ing plenty of wa­ter and fol­low­ing a low fat diet go a long way in helping post-de­liv­ery. Use an ab­dom­i­nal belt or tummy bin­der af­ter your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles and tis­sues have healed. Con­sult a physi­cian be­fore start­ing any form of ex­er­cise. Usu­ally, one should start with pelvic floor ex­er­cises and grad­u­ally shift to lower tummy mus­cle ex­er­cises like gen­tle situps. Brisk walk­ing and yoga asanas like pranayama also can help shape the tummy and lose fat.

What are the best vi­ta­mins for hair growth? Sam­pada Khan, Delhi

Hair growth can be ad­versely af­fected by de­fi­ciency of iron, zinc, se­le­nium, Vi­ta­min B com­plex and Vi­ta­min D. Hence, one should un­dergo a blood test to iden­tify the de­fi­cien­cies and sup­ple­ment them ac­cord­ingly.

What should I do to make my face look bright through the day? Amy Vales, Mumbai

Skin is the re­flec­tion of the sta­tus of your body. So bright and glow­ing skin re­quires a healthy life­style and an ad­e­quate in­take of es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. In ad­di­tion to this, daily cleans­ing and mois­tur­is­ing is a must. Use sun­screen be­fore step­ping out in the sun. Also, gen­tle ex­fo­li­a­tion twice a week will help keep your fa­cial skin bright and clean.

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