Posted in Health on 05/27/2014 11:39 pm by admin
We all know that water is necessary for life, thus check out different easy ways to keep water clean and cool, as per the Indian Ayurvedic methods.
Mostly, humans cannot live without water for more days or weeks, as almost two thirds of human body weight is made up of water. Most people in the world get water from rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, but half of the world’s most important rivers are being seriously depleted or polluted. Water is also polluted due to many human activities that can leave behind materials such as pet waste, pesticides, trash and loose soil. Moreover, water may not be safe to drink, cook or clean after an emergency like a flood, hurricane, or earthquake. So, it is essential to keep our water clean and cool for basic tasks of everyday life like drinking, preparing food, washing hands and utensils, brushing teeth, making ice, etc. We may have to find a source of safe drinking water or know how to treat our water for safely use in routine activities. Take a look at best Indian Ayurvedic ways to keep our water safe, clean and palatable this summer.
How to keep water clean and cool?
An Earthen Pot (Matka)
For generations, earthen/terracotta pots have been used to store water and keep it cool as water stored in matkas or surahis for a few hours gets cooled at about 10⁰C and 14⁰C. The water kept in matka is said to have a refreshing flavor and is just at the right temperature – not too warm and not too chilled. If you are uncertain of water safety, perhaps you can boil water for about 20 minutes, let it cool down to room temperature and then put it in a matka. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Health on 05/26/2014 02:35 am by admin
Hate lying awake for a long time before falling asleep? Follow these simple yet effective tips and you are guaranteed to fall asleep faster!
Nothing is more frustrating than lying wide awake in bed waiting to fall asleep. Of course, there are some lucky people who fall asleep the moment their head hits the pillow. Rest of them may lie in bed, staring at the ceiling, for a long time. Numerous thoughts, worries and ideas would start whirling around their head. Lack of good, sound sleep can take a major toll on almost every aspect of life, including your health, mood, even your job performance. Hence it’s very important to learn how to fall asleep immediately. Now good news is that there are some simple tips and tricks for falling asleep fast. Given below are a few such handy tips. So, follow them and fall asleep in no time!
Tips on how to fall asleep fast
Try 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise
This breathing technique acts like a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. It’s pretty simple to do. Place the tip of the tongue behind your top teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale fully through the mouth making a gentle whooshing sound. Then close your mouth and inhale slowly through your nose to a count of four. Now hold your breath to the count of seven, and then exhale (again with a whoosh sound) through the mouth to the count of eight. This is one breath. Complete three more cycles in the same manner for a total of four breaths. Repeat it every 5 minutes until you fall asleep. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Beauty on 05/19/2014 04:41 am by admin
Do you have those pesky ingrown hairs? Follow these simple yet effective home remedies and get rid of your ingrown hair problem before it gets worse.
Ingrown hair is an unpleasant dermatological condition, wherein small red bumps are formed around the hair follicles. An ingrown hair occurs when the sharp stub of a closely cut hair gets entrapped inside the follicle and starts growing within the skin instead of sprouting out of it. Ingrown hairs are found in both men and women as an after-effect of improper of shaving or waxing. That’s why; face, neck, legs, underarms, upper thigh, and the pubic region are the most vulnerable areas. Although the condition is not serious, these ingrown hairs can be extremely painful. In fact, deep ingrown hairs can lead to severe infections underneath your skin. Fortunately, there are a few simple home remedies that can help you get rid of ingrown hairs at home! However, you must be extra careful when trying out these remedies – otherwise you may end up damaging your skin. And if you think that an ingrown hair has become infected then it is best to consult your dermatologist. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some of the most effective ingrown hair removal home remedies.
When using it on your face: Add one and half teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water. Dip a cotton ball into this mixture and gently swipe it a few times over the areas that have ingrown hair. Don’t rinse it off; instead allow it to sit there. Doing so will enable the salt to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. And eventually, it will draw out the troublesome hair. Apply this mixture everyday until the hair comes out. However, if you find that your skin has become irritated or red, then discontinue using it immediately. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Others on 05/17/2014 06:38 am by admin
No one likes to roam around with bruises. Cure worse bruises instantly with easy and natural home remedies of parsley, banana, vinegar, and tea tree oil.
Due to hard core exercise or banging against something leads to bruises. Bruise is coined as “contusion” in medical terms. Bruises appear on body when capillaries (thinnest blood vessels) get crushed or ruptured beneath the outer skin. Chances of having bruises depend on sensitivity of your skin. Highly sensitive skin is vulnerable to bruises even with small pressure on any particular part of the skin. Normal painless bruises get faded out naturally after the period of 12-15 days. If you have painful bruises, then you need to visit doctor for medication. To increase healing rate of normal bruises follow natural home remedies given below.
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Posted in Health on 04/30/2014 07:40 am by admin
Know the top women health concerns and their treatment & prevention methods to live a healthier and illness free life.
We all know “Health is Wealth” but almost all of us spend our health gaining wealth. Nowadays, women (working or housewives) are taking their health for granted as they are busy in taking care of others. Housewives do not take health precautions and never visit a doctor until some emergency occurs, whereas working women are just too busy in managing their home and office. Health Concerns in women are rising day by day due to the changing lifestyle and lesser body resistance. There are many common health issues that women go through at some time in their lives if proper care is not taken. Fortunately, these health issues are preventable. Here you can find top women’s health problems that every woman should be aware of.
Top Health Concerns of Women
1. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
About 3 in 4 menstruating women suffer from PMS every month. In this medical condition, a woman experience both emotional and physical symptoms (bloating, joint or muscle pain, abdominal cramps, mood swings, breast tenderness, constipation, anxiety and acne) 1 to 2 weeks before their periods. These symptoms go away on their own after the start of menstrual bleeding. A severe form of PMS is known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMMD), in which patient can’t even complete daily activities. PMS cannot be prevented but there are treatments to ease symptoms. Some treatment options are Lifestyle changes (Exercise, balanced diet and enough sleep) and Medications (pain relievers and vitamins & mineral supplements). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Health on 04/24/2014 10:15 pm by admin
Diabetes is a largely preventable condition. Consider these simple and easy-to-follow tips to help reduce your risk of getting diabetes!
Millions of people worldwide are living with diabetes and pre-diabetes (a condition in which glucose levels are higher than normal, but not too high to meet the criteria for diabetes). No doubt, diabetes is a common disease, but it is very dangerous too. Over the years, it can lead to a number of serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure. Now, the good news is that you can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by making a few lifestyle changes. Once it sets in, diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease. So, it is highly recommended to take the right steps in advance and keep the condition at bay. Just follow the tips mentioned below and reduce your risk of getting diabetes significantly. Don’t worry – all these tips are simple, easy-to-follow and practical.
Practical tips to prevent Diabetes:
Change your lifestyle
Making a few small changes in lifestyle can indeed make a huge difference. For instance, giving up sedentary lifestyle will help reduce the risk of diabetes. Doctors recommend about 30-45 minutes of brisk walking or jogging for activating blood cells and for lowering blood sugar levels. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Food & Drinks on 04/24/2014 03:25 am by admin
Eat different types of Curd raitas daily in hot summer days to keep body cool. Check out various easy to prepare Curd Raita Recipes at home and serve it as an accompaniment to the spicy main dishes.
When the heat rises up in summer days, mostly we all wish to eat such food item that helps to keep our body cool. Cold yogurt dishes are perfect in hot climate, and Raita is one of the yogurt based Indian dishes. Not quite a sauce and not quite a salad, a raita is a cooling and refreshing side dish that we can have with stuffed paratha, biryani, pulao, etc. It tastes delicious, and also helps in digestion thanks to its pro-biotic effect. You can easily and quickly make Raita by combining yogurt (curd) with all types of grated, pureed and chopped vegetables. Fruits, chutneys, or Boondi can be even used to make Raita. Except Curd, everything is optional in Raita! Go through the collection of Best Raita recipes here, select whichever you like the most and make it, then serve this cooling dish with practically anything in summer season!
Different types of curd raitas:
Shahi raita (Royal raita)
- 2 cups curd
- 3-5 walnut pieces (chopped)
- ½ cup finely chopped apple
- 1 finely chopped banana
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp cumin seeds powder
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- Salt as per taste, Coriander
Take a big bowl, put curd and sugar and mix properly. Now add chopped apple, banana, and walnuts to curd mixture. Add cumin powder, salt, red chilli powder, and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves. Chilled Shahi Raita will be yummier. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Food & Drinks on 04/18/2014 11:38 pm by admin
Check out some healthy food and beverage options for healthy meetings, seminars, conferences, and catered events in the workplace.
In today’s commercial world, employees spend a large amount of time in meetings, conferences and other events. Attending these events usually involve sitting for long periods of time. However, this is not the only thing that affects the health of employees. Food and beverages that served during meetings are not particularly nutritious. Croissants, donuts, white bread sandwiches, potato chips, soda, are some of the food items that are typically served at workplace meetings and conferences. Regular consumption of these things can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other health problems in employees, and this in turn affects the productivity of the organization as a whole. Hence it is very important to make meetings more healthful by including nutritious food and beverage choices. Just follow the recommendations given below, and start providing yummy yet healthy snacks or meals at meetings to get healthier & happier workforce.
Whole Grain Mini Bagels with Peanut Butter vs Doughnuts:
Doughnuts are exceptionally high in sugar, sodium, and trans fats; which aren’t good for health. So, go for the whole grain option. A whole grain mini bale with peanut butter is indeed a healthier choice than most doughnuts. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Food & Drinks on 04/17/2014 01:27 am by admin
Cucumber is more than just a salad ingredient. Check out some unusual uses of cucumbers that will really surprise you!
Who doesn’t love the crispy and refreshing taste of cucumber! In addition to being delicious and extremely hydrating (95% water), cucumber is highly nutritious. It contains several essential nutrients needed for optimal health. In fact, cucumbers possess nearly all vitamins you need in a day. However, this crunchy fruit aren’t good just for eating. It has a variety of uses that you may have never even imagined! From cleaning the kitchen sink to preventing hangovers, cucumber can do lot of things. A few such surprising uses of cucumbers are given below.
Amazing Uses for Cucumbers:
Energy Booster: Feeling tired and exhausted in the afternoon? Then, avoid caffeinated soda & energy drinks and instead, opt for some fresh slices of cucumber. The vitamin B and carbohydrates present in cucumber will keep you energized for several hours! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Others on 04/11/2014 02:51 am by admin
Check out some common myths and misunderstandings surrounding newborn baby care, and the surprising truth behind them.
New parents are often bombarded with advice from family and friends on how to take care of the baby. While this can certainly be useful, sometimes it becomes quite difficult to decide whether the advice is sensible or it’s simply a commonly believed myth! There are a few common myths about newborns that have been repeated so often over the years that many consider them to be fact. What’s even more dangerous is that following some of these myths can actually harm your baby. Hence, it is very important to sort the myths from the facts. Just go through the article to know about some popular myths about newborn care, and the real truth behind them.
Myth: Babies should poop at least once a day.
Fact: It’s absolutely normal if your baby doesn’t poop every day. Some babies poop only once every three to four days at about 2 to 3 months of age, and there is no need to worry about this as long as your baby’s poop remains soft and passes easily. However, if you find that your baby’s bowel movements are hard or you see blood in the diaper then call your pediatrician immediately. Read the rest of this entry »