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Beauty, Health, Home remedies WHITE RICE – Benefits, Home Remedies, Precautions

WHITE RICE – Benefits, Home Remedies, Precautions

By manisha   

Rice is a fundamental food in many cuisines and it is an important cereal crop which feeds a major part of the population around the globe. There are more than forty thousand varieties of rice, but the two main categories are whole grain and white rice. Whole grain rice is not processed and that is why it is high in nutritional value, whereas white rice is well processed. It contains Saturated Fat, Unsaturated Fat and Monounsaturated Fat, a negligible amount of Sodium, Potassium, Dietary Fibre, Sugar, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B- 6 and Magnesium. It contains zero cholesterol, vitamin A, vitamin B- 12, vitamin D and vitamin C. It provides various benefits like providing fast and instant energy, regulating and improving bowel movements, stabilizing blood sugar levels.

WHITE RICE - Benefits, Home Remedies, Precautions

WHITE RICE – Benefits, Home Remedies, Precautions



BENEFITS OF WHITE RICE FOR HEALTH
BENEFITS FOR SKIN
BENEFITS FOR HAIR
20 HOME REMEDIES
PRECAUTIONS/ SIDE EFFECTS
Myths & Facts
FAQ
Reference

BENEFITS OF WHITE RICE FOR HEALTH

PREVENTS OBESITY

  • It prevents obesity and helps in reducing excess body weight as it does not contain harmful fats and cholesterol.
  • Even a small quantity of this rice helps to prevent the fatigue and makes your more energetic due to which you participate in more physical activities, which ultimately leads to weight reduction.

PREVENTS CANCER

  • It is rich in insoluble fibre and such fibres are vital for protecting the body against the development and metastasis of cancerous cell.
  • It is beneficial in defending against the intestinal and colorectal cancer.
  • It contains natural antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoid compounds, which acts as or stimulate antioxidants to scour the body for free radicals; free radicals are the by-products of cellular metabolism that can damage the organ systems and cause mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones.

PROVIDES ENERGY

  • Rice contains carbohydrates in abundance, therefore, it acts as a fuel for the body and helps in the functioning of the brain.
  • Carbohydrates are metabolized by the body and turn into functional, usable energy.
  • Vitamins, minerals and various components increase the functioning of all the organs, which further increases the energy levels.

CONTROLS BLOOD PRESSURE

  • Sodium can cause arteries to constrict, increasing the stress and strain on the cardiovascular system as the blood pressure increases; since rice contains a low level of sodium they are considered to be one of the best foods for those who are the patient of high blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Excess sodium can also cause heart attacks, atherosclerosis and strokes.

IMPROVES METABOLISM

  • It is an ultimate source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin and fibre.
  • These vitamins provide the foundation for body’s immune system and general functioning.

PREVENTS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

  • Rice contains a high level of nutrients that stimulate the growth and activity of neurotransmitters and eventually helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease to a considerable extent.
  • Rice has been shown to stimulate neuroprotective enzymes in the brain which destroys the free radicals and other toxins that can cause Alzheimer’s disease.

DIGESTIVE QUALITIES AND WEIGHT LOSS

  • Rice is an effective medicine to treat dysentery. It increases appetite, cures stomach ailments and reduces all digestive problems.
  • It can help to lose the excess water weight and eliminates toxins out of your body like uric acid, thus helps in weight loss.

BOOSTS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

  • It boosts the cardiovascular health by reducing the cholesterol levels in the body.

 

BENEFITS FOR SKIN

SOOTHES SUNBURNS

  • Rice has high anti-inflammatory and cooling properties which help to treats the sunburns and rashes on the skin.
  • It ensures a speedy recovery from the rashes and protects it from forming any marks.

TREATS ACNE

  • Rice is full of magnesium, vitamins and antioxidants which protects the skin from acne breakouts and blemishes.
  • Rice contains cooling and astringent properties which soothes the burns and helps to reduce the redness surrounding the acne.

CURES ECZEMA

  • Eczema is a type of skin rash which is caused by coming in contact with a certain object. It makes the skin red and itchy. The high starch content of rice works effectively in curing eczema.

CURES PREMATURE AGING

  • Rice protects the skin from wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines.
  • Carbohydrates present in rice treat the skin and removes the fine line, therefore teats premature ageing.

MAINTAINS SKIN ELASTICITY

  • The selenium present in this rice helps to maintain the skin elasticity and reduce skin inflammation.

PROVIDES CLEAR SKIN

  • The rich content of fibre and minerals in rice work well to make the skin blemish- free; it also removes the pigmentation on the face.
  • Rice works as a powerful exfoliant. It promotes the cell growth and stimulates blood flow in the skin which gives the vibrant appearance.

 

BENEFITS FOR HAIR

TREATS DANDRUFF

  • Rice is very rich in selenium that is known for reducing dandruff.
  • Its regular usage also helps in promoting the hair growth.

HEALS DAMAGED HAIR

  • Since rice is a powerhouse of nutrition it helps in treating the hair which is damaged due to heat, pollution etc.
  • Rice contains the nutrients which promote the cell growth and blood supply to the scalp.
  • It prevents the hair from breaking and provides nourishment from root to tip of the hair, thus makes them healthy.

20 HOME REMEDIES 

 SKIN

FOR TREATING ACNE

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1. Rice water

     Ingredients

  • White rice: 2 bowls
  1. Wash the rice in a bowl full of water, to remove all the impurities.
  2. Soak the rice in water and leave it as it is for 15 minutes so that the excess nutrients seep into the water.
  3. Then, dip a clean cotton ball in the same water and clean your face and neck with it. This way all the nutrients get transferred to your skin.
  4. Use this every night before sleep.

2. Rice and lemon

Ingredients

  • White rice water: 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Cotton ball: 1
  1. Add lemon juice to the freshly prepared rice water.
  2. Apply it over your acne with a cotton ball.
  3. Keep it the same way overnight.
  4. Wash your face with normal water in the morning.
  5. Repeat this process every alternate day.

FOR FLAWLESS SKIN:

There are several face packs that can be used to make the skin blemish- free, tight and healthy.

3. Rice and yoghurt face pack

Ingredients

  • White rice: half a bowl
  • Curd or yoghurt: 2 tablespoons
  1. Grind the rice till they turn into a fine paste.
  2. Mix curd or yoghurt to the paste.
  3. Apply this pack to your face and wash it after 15 minutes with normal water.
  4. Repeat this process twice a week for effective results.

4. Rice and aloe vera face pack

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Aloe vera: 1 or 2 leaves
  1. Slit the aloe- vera leaf from the middle and extract its pulp/ gel.
  2. Mix one tablespoon of the pulp with the rice flour (or you can just grind two tablespoons of rice to prepare rice flour) and add some water to it. Keep mixing it with a spatula until it converts into a thick paste.
  3. Wash your face with a face wash and then apply this rice and aloe- vera face pack to your face.
  4. Rinse your face after 15- 20 minutes.
  5. Do this thrice every week.

5. Rice water and milk face mask

     Ingredients

  • Rice water: 2 tablespoons
  • Raw milk: 3 tablespoons
  • Honey: 1 teaspoon
  1. Take a bowl and put rice water into it; then add raw milk to it.
  2. Now add honey to it. Mix it until it turns into a face mask.
  3. Apply it to your face and wash after 20 minutes.
  4. Apply this mask to your face twice a week to see the effective results.

6. Rice and oatmeal face mask

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Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 2 tablespoons
  • Oatmeal: 1 teaspoon
  • Honey: half a teaspoon
  1. Add rice flour, oatmeal and honey into a bowl.
  2. Mix it properly until it turns into a thick paste.
  3. Apply it to your face and keep it as it is for 10- 15 minutes.
  4. For better results, use this mask once every week.

7. Rice flour and strawberry face pack

Ingredients

  • Strawberries: 6 to 7
  • Rice flour: 2 tablespoons
  1. Prepare a puree of strawberries and remember not to add even a single drop of water to it.
  2. Then add rice flour to it. Mix it properly.
  3. Apply it your face and keep it the same way for 20 minutes.
  4. Repeat this twice a week.

8. Rice flour and Multani mitti (fuller’s earth)

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 2 tablespoons
  • Multani mitti: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: 2 tablespoons
  1. Mix two tablespoons of rice flour with one tablespoon of Multani mitti.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of water. Mix the paste properly.
  3. Apply it gently to your face before you go to bed, it will basically help in maintaining the oil level on your face.
  4. Rinse it with normal water after 15 minutes.
  5. Repeat this once every week.

FACE SCRUB TO REMOVE BLACKHEADS AND WHITE HEADS:

9. Rice and gram flour face scrub

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 2 tablespoons
  • Gram flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Yoghurt/ curd: 2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric: pinch of it
  1. In a bowl put rice flour, gram flour and thick curd/ yoghurt. Mix it.
  2. For better results add a pinch of turmeric to this paste.
  3. Apply it to your face and massage gently. It works as a natural scrub.
  4. Repeat this process once every week.

10. Rice and orange peel

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 3 tablespoons
  • Orange peel powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Water: ½ cup
  1. Mix orange peel powder with rice flour.
  2. Add water to it. Mix the paste properly.
  3. Gently massage this paste to your face in circular motions.
  4. It will help to remove all the blackheads and whiteheads.
  5. Do this process once every week.

11. White rice paste

Ingredients

  • rice: 2 tablespoons
  1. Keep the rice in a bowl full of water, overnight.
  2. Next morning take the rice out of the water and grind them in the mixer till they turn into a semi-thick paste. Don’t grind them too much.
  3. Massage your face gently with this paste.
  4. Repeat this process once every week.

BODY SCRUB

12. Rice powder and coconut powder

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: 4 tablespoon
  1. Mix rice and coconut powder.
  2. Massage it gently on your body before bath.
  3. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  4. Do this 2-3 times a week.

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13. Rice recipe with apple, celery and tomatoes

 Ingredients

  • Cooked rice: 2 cups
  • Celery: 1 stalk
  • Cherry tomatoes: 10
  • Apple: 1
  • Lemon: half
  1. Cook rice (the way you normally do) and add tomatoes, chopped apple and celery to it.
  2. Squeeze half of a lemon and add salt to taste.
  3. Eat this dish for lunch and you will see the positive results in no time.
  4. Eat this dish at least thrice a week

14. Rice recipe with tomato and avocado

 Ingredients

  • Rice: 2 cups
  • Cherry tomatoes: 15
  • Avocado: 1
  • Garlic cloves (crushed): 2
  • Lemon: half (squeezed)
  1. Cook rice (the way you normally do).
  2. Add all the ingredients to it that are stated above.
  3. You can eat this for any of the three meals.
  4. Eat this dish at least thrice a week.

HAIR

FOR HEALING THE DAMAGED HAIR

15. Rice and egg

Ingredients

  • White rice flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Egg: 1
  1. In a cup full of water, add one tablespoon of rice flour and egg white. Whisk it to make it a little frothy.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair using your hands or a brush.
  3. Rinse it off after 15 minutes.
  4. This hair mask will help clean the hair, remove dirt and excess oil.
  5. Repeat this once or twice a week.

16. Rice water and gram flour

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Ingredients

  • gram flour: 2 tablespoons
  • rice water: 1 cup
  1. In a bowl, mix gram flour and rice water.
  2. Apply this to your hair gently.
  3. Wash your hair after 15 minutes with a mild shampoo.
  4. Do this twice a week or when required.

FOR THE HOMEMADE CONDITIONER

17. Rice and essential oil     

  Ingredients

  • Rice water: 2 tablespoons
  • Essential oil: 5 teaspoons
  1. Add rosemary/ geranium/ lavender or any other essential oil into a bowl of rice water.
  2. Apply this liquid to your hair from root to tip after you are done shampooing.
  3. Leave it for 10 minutes and then again wash your hair with simple water.
  4. Repeat it once every week.

18. Rice and papaya

Ingredients

  • Rice flour: 4 tablespoons
  • Papaya: 1
  1. Make a thick paste using rice flour and papaya pulp.
  2. Apply this paste using your hands to your hair from root to tip.
  3. Keep it the same way for 30 minutes and then wash your hair with mild shampoo.
  4. Repeat this process twice a week.

FOR TREATING DANDRUFF

19. Rice water and lemon

Ingredients

  • lemon: 1
  • rice water: 1 bowl
  • cotton balls: 1- 2
  1. Squeeze a lemon into a bowl full of freshly prepared rice water.
  2. Apply this liquid to your scalp with your fingers or cotton ball.
  3. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
  4. Repeat this every time you wash your hair.

20. Rice water with amla juice

Ingredients

  • Amla juice: half cup
  • Rice water: half cup
  • Cotton ball: 1-2
  1. Mix amla juice with rice water in a bowl.
  2. Apply it all over your scalp using a cotton ball.
  3. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with normal water.
  4. Repeat this process 4 times a month.
WHITE RICE - Benefits, Home Remedies, Precautions

WHITE RICE – Benefits, Home Remedies, Precautions


PRECAUTIONS/ SIDE EFFECTS

  1. Be gentle while scrubbing the rice or rice powder on your face or body, as it may cause severe redness if done harshly.
  2. Make sure you do a patch test before using any pack made of rice, rice powder/ flour or rice water.
  3. Don’t let the rice water or powder enter your eyes if it does then wash your eyes immediately with water.

 

 Myths & Facts

MYTHS FACTS
1. Eating rice for the dinner will make you fat. Cooked white rice doesn’t take too long to digest, so if you eat them at night it’s totally fine.
2. Rice is not good for those who eat very less amount of salt due to medical problems. Since rice contains a very negligible amount of sodium, it is considered as a safe food for those who don’t eat salt due to some problem.
3. The protein content in rice is of no value.
After carbohydrates, protein is the second- most abundant nutrient found in rice and according to a research, rice protein is the most superior protein.

 

FAQ

Q1. Does rice contain gluten?

A1. No, rice is completely gluten-free and thus healthy to eat.

Q2. Can we leave the rice hair mask on for the whole night?

A2. No, it’s not recommended because while you sleep rice may leave a huge amount of rice water which may be too sticky and uncomfortable to sleep in. Also, the next morning it may not go away in one wash even after using the shampoo. So, always keep the rice hair masks on to the maximum of 30 minutes.  

 

Reference

Wikipedia page on Rice

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