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Showing posts with label Health Tips. Show all posts
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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Do We Drink Right Water in our Day-to-day Lives?

Introduction

During hot summers, it is better to cool off from outside and inside using water. With the change of climate patterns, the water has become a scarce quantity in the world. This is primarily due to the shortage of water or good quality or potable water in the cities and villages of this world as the rains have become scanty and less-frequent. This has forced the people to go after different sources of water to sustain their lives. With this change, many sources of water have come to the lives of people. They include mineral water, bore well water, flavoured water, Reverse Osmosis (RO) treated water to name a few. Do we have the clear understanding of what these words mean when we search for water for our sustenance? In this blog post, we would be clearing the air on these names for the sake of readers.

water

Doubts about Commercially Available Water

People moving to the cities come across different water sources and names when they search for the potable water. Before embarking on using them, the users need to know some things about them. Many questions arise in the minds of people like “What is the nature of mineral water?”, “Is the drinking of the flavoured water, healthy?”, “Is RO water is same in quality as the distilled or pure water?” etc. Let us attempt to make the distinction between these potable sources of water for healthy comparison.

water

  1. 1       Infused Water: This is made by dipping the chipped fruits and vegetables in chilled water. This water is used to detoxify the body. Hence, it is also called as detox water. Being superior in quality and good for health, this drink has become one of the most popular drinks in the world today.

    infused water

  2. 2.       Tonic Water: It is actually a carbonated drink that has been laced with large quantities of quinine. In olden days, it was used as a medicine tonic to treat malaria. Hence, this drink has become quite popular with drink mixers for cocktails now-a-days.

    tonic water

  3. 3.       Mineral Water: This is nothing but the natural water coming natural springs and fountains. By virtue of its source, it is rich in minerals such as sodium, potassium, sulphur, iron, etc. It also contains lots of salt of soluble metals. Learned from the ancestors about its curative property, people have started to bottle it for its sales in the market.

    mineral water

  4. 4.       Flavoured Water: This kind of water can be made at home or purchased from the market. However, it is better to go for the home-made ones as we have the control over the raw materials used. It is usually made at home by muddling the sliced fruits in a jar and pouring potable water to it. The artificially manufactured ones have chemically made flavours, which are either harmless or harmful to the body.

    flavoured water

  5. 5.       Sparkling Water: The mineral water containing dissolved gases is called sparkling water. The dissolved gases are in the natural form. The artificially made sparkling water contains basically dissolved carbon dioxide. According to the medical experts the carbonated water seldom contains sugars. Hence, they are healthier when compared to others containing other gases. They also swear that the replacement of normal water with sparkling water does not augur well for the health of the body.

    sparkling water

  6. 6.       RO Water: This is made by passing water under high pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. This process is called reverse osmosis. In this process, dissolved salts, pathogens – like bacteria -, organics, etc. would be removed from water. The efficiency of the semi-permeable membrane present in the filter ages with the time, resulting in the lowering of the quality of potable water produced. The aged membrane cannot completely remove the viruses.

    reverse osmosis

  7. 7.       Distilled Water: In fact, this is the purest form of water available on our planet. Usually, the distilled water concentration improves to 99.9%. Since this kind of water is obtained by evaporating and condensing the impure water, it is called distilled water. The process of distillation leaves the contaminants behind in the original mixture.

    distilled water



Friday, 4 September 2015

7 Beverages for Faster Sleep at Bedtime

Introduction

If you want a deep sleep after a strenuous day, then a hot drink is the perfect recipe for you to relax the mind, which is necessary for a nice sleep ahead. Traditionally speaking, drinking bedtime takes a nightcap of a neat liqueur or spirits, pushing people to discomfort. With people becoming conscious about the health, they are going for health-friendly beverages that keep their body and mind cool.

bedtime beverages


Sleep Inducing Beverages

There is a large range of customized beverages available in the market that will help people sleep peacefully in the night.  The good thing about these beverages is that they don’t have any alcoholic content. In this article, we would be looking at the seven bedtime beverages for faster sleep.
  1. Cocoa: This classic pre-bed drink was used as a beverage by the members of Mayan Civilization long time back. This beverage is primarily made of roasted cocoa beans. A pinch of spice laced boiling water is added to the roasted beans to make this beverage. It is a nice fluid to have in the winter night to retain the warmth inside the body.


  2. cocoa

  3. Chamomile Tea: It is the right choice for those who want to avoid dairy products at all costs. This beverage is known to soothe the body and mind naturally.  The fluid calms our body by soothing nerves before bedtime. It also calms down the stomach so that people can have a nice sleep in the night.

  4. chamomile tea

  5. Hot Toddy: This is a traditional Scottish recipe. It contains honey or sugar, half slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick to add favour in hot water. This recipe is traditionally known to clear the head colds and prevent flu during the winter season.

  6. hot toddy

  7. Warm Milk: It gives a soothing effect to the mind and body. The fluid contains amino acid tryptophan that helps the body to create hormones. This biochemical also calms down the body and mind to have a peaceful sleep at night. It is a great source of calcium and protein as well.

  8. warm mik

  9. Peppermint Tea: This herbal drink has lots of medicinal properties. The main ingredient of this fluid is peppermint, which helps the body to naturally de-stress. It is especially useful during the stress-giving exam days for children to have a nice sleep before the taxing exam. It also calms the stomach down and removes the symptoms of nausea.

  10. pippermint tea

  11. Ovaltine: It was originally developed as a recovery drink for Swiss skiers who had returned from a long day on the slopes. It has a chocolatey taste. Surprisingly, this Swiss drink is a nutritious treat enjoyed by the people all over the world.

  12. ovaltine

  13. Hot Chocolate: This fluid has a thicker and creamier consistency due to the presence of cocoa butter and powder. The said drink is made by mixing these two ingredients carefully with milk or cream to make it delicious.  This would also help us to doze off on the bed easier and in no time.

  14. hot chocolate

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep at Night

Introduction

Due to change in lifestyle and food habits, people are losing fast the rhythm of life and are therefore suffering from it. For instance, people tend to over eat when they are supposed to eat less. Over a period of time, they start getting tires of fat around waist and their tummy start coming out. Untimed food habits in the night also lead to insomnia in many people. There are other reasons for change in Circadian Rhythm.  We should in fact give some time for the mind to relax so that it can fall off to sleep slowly. In this article, let us see 5 habits that promote sleeplessness in the night.


better sleep

  • Night-time Snacking: Always one should have night-time light food early. This would give enough time for us to digest food right before we go to bed. Having snacks in the night before bedtime cause a disorder by the name gastro-esophageal reflex. It increases the acidity in the stomach, which in turn causes stomach discomfort.


    nigth time snacks
  • Exercising very Late: Doing exercise is always considered as good for health. However, timing is very important. You should not be doing exercise late in the night. The body heats up during exercise, which is not good for a sound sleep.


    very late exercise





  •  Watching too Much TV: The bedtime watching of movies, crime programs, etc. can increase the adrenaline count in the blood. This leads to increase of blood pressure. The increase in blood pressure brings discomfort on the bed. Hence, it will not help in getting sound sleep.


    watch tv





  • Working after Hours: If you work late in the night or stay back for work in the office, you get stressed up when your body needs the period of rest. This change in response would lead to insomnia and appetite loss. Hence, late working should be avoided to get deep sleep.


    working late





  • Talking too Much: Now-a-days, people don’t get enough time to talk to their spouses. So, they devote some time for this while lying on the bed. This is to some extent acceptable provided it does not go into the heated arguments. If this spurt of argument arises, it leads to increased energy levels and stress hormones in blood. This situation keeps you awake for a long period of time in the night. Hence, it needs to be avoided.


  • bed time talking

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    3 Simple Exercises to Get Flat Stomach

    Introduction


    If you aspire for an enviably flat tummy, you should do certain exercises regularly. These workouts will help you to remain slim, calm and flexible. It is found that giving proper movements to joints and muscles help people sprint forward without afflicting themselves with any injury. But there should be a limit beyond which the body should not be stretched, as it would bring unnecessary wear and tear that might damage the ability to move altogether. Hence, you should aim for a brisk 20-minute walk every day to burn fat to remain simple with your body exercises regimen. Other exercises can also be tried with some supervision initially from reputed trainers. Once they give go ahead, you can practice slightly complicated ones at home. Following are the three simple exercises that would keep your tummy flat and make you sprint like a tiger on the long run.

    flat stomach




    • Bicycle Crunch:  You should first lie down with your back on the floor. While doing so, you should keep the hands behind your head. Now, you should try to bend your legs at a 45 degree angle so that the right knee is closer to the chest. Simultaneously, you should straighten the left leg. While doing this exercise, you should slowly rotate your top half in such a manner that your left elbow touches your right knee. After a minute of freezing in this posture, you should repeat the same exercise by switching sides.

      bicycle crunch

    • The Boat: Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Sitting in this posture, you should tilt your top half of the body back. Now, you can extend your legs so that your body forms a right angle. While doing this exercise, you should pull your abs in to balance the body. After freezing for a minute, slowly extend your arms at shoulder height past your knees. After reaching this posture, hold for five slow breaths again and return to your starting position. Repeat this exercise five times a day to keep the body flexible.

      boat exercise

    • The Plank: You should lay your face down first. After this, you should lift yourself up onto your toes and forearms. At this position, your elbows must be bent at 90 degrees. Now, keep your core muscles tight and your legs straight to balance the body in the elevated position. Freeze at this position hold your breath for 10 seconds before releasing your body to reach the starting position. Repeat three times a day, gradually building to 40 seconds each.

      plank exercise

    Sunday, 19 July 2015

    5 Home Remedies for PCOS Available in Kitchen

    Introduction

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is becoming quite common now-a-days due to a variety of factors. Some factors are genetic, environmental, food habits, occupation, etc. to name a few. That is the reason why growing number of women are turning to medication to bring some normality to their lives. Apart from medications, they are also trying to make some lifestyle changes and add the exercise regimen to mitigate the effect due to PCOS. After having said that, how many of the ladies know that there are home remedies that can keep under control this disease condition for many years? This is a hundred dollar question the ladies should ask themselves. When there is a homemade treatment, why should they go for English medicines that have a number of side effects after a long use?

    PCOS factors

    Home Remedies

    Many of the provisions that we normally use for the daily cooking have also got the medicinal properties. For example, turmeric powder, coriander, pepper, etc. have been shown to have medicinal properties in latest medical studies. Even our grandmothers used to make quick home remedies with locally available materials for small ailments. That was the beauty of the joint family. Not many people in olden times depended on the English medicine until it is absolutely necessary. Thinking in similar veins, there are home remedies for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. In this blog, we would be having a look at the home remedies available kitchen to combat this medical condition.

    PCOS diets

    • Fenugreek: In Indian condition, it is called as Methi seed. People with PCOS have their insulin underutilized. This results in the increased production of testosterone and associated changes in the body, including obesity. The studies have found that eating soaked fenugreek helps to maintain normal levels of insulin in the body and burns excess glucose. This in turn reduces the concentration of testosterone.



      fenugreek

    • Cinnamon:  This is a proven cure for the type 2 diabetes. It reduces the insulin resistance and stabilises the concentration of glucose in the blood. It also increases the chance of conceiving when eaten along with other food items such as yoghurts, milkshakes, tea, etc. It also has zero calories.


      cinnamon


    • Flax Seeds: They are rich sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and fibres. In addition, they have large amounts of lignans and proteins. These ingredients together can combat the body’s ability to boost testosterone synthesis. The seed has the ability to reduce the side effects of PCOS and utilize the insulin and glucose in the body. They can be powdered and mixed with water or milk before consumption.


      flax seeds

    •  Tulsi: It can control the androgens and moderate the insulin levels in the body. Due to lack of ovulation, the androgenic hormones are not properly utilized in case of polycystic ovary syndrome.  It is also an excellent antioxidant. For optimal response, the women are supposed to chew 10 leaves of tulsi in the empty stomach.


      tulsi

    • Honey:  The obesity and PCOS are interrelated. In fact, PCOS upsets the hormonal control of the body, which in turn leads to obesity. People with this medical condition need to take precautionary steps in order to avoid other medical problems such as arthritis and heart ailments. This natural product reduces hunger pangs and keeps the stomach full for period of time. Having honey laced with lemon juice made of warm water in the empty stomach would help the ladies reduce the body weight.


      honey

    Monday, 6 July 2015

    Home Remedies to Treat Hair Loss

    Introduction

    There is nothing like seeing a flock of hair on the head nicely combed in place when a person gets dressed up for an occasion. This is especially true about Indian women. The moment they lose hair or trim their hair, their beauty goes into oblivion and adds masculinity in their appearance.  This is why a flock of hair is considered indispensable for married women and marriageable young ladies in Indian society. Many people, especially grooms and other young guys, look forward to marry or partner with girls with long flocks of hair. In Indian society, the femininity or womanliness nears completion only when the girl or woman grows long flock of hair that reaches her buttocks.  In order to cash in on the strong desire, the chemical and pharmaceutical companies have come out with a number of formulations.  Despite the much publicity as the safe ones, these substances do have side effects that vary from person to person. Even doctors suggest in private that the home remedies can be used to have same desired effects without accumulating the side effects in the body. On this blog we would be taking a look at the number of home remedies that help us prevent the hair loss.

    herbal cure

    Factors Favouring Hair Fall

    Medically, there are 1 lakh strands of hair on our scalp of which normally 50 or less strands fall off. If the number of falling strands is more than 50, medically the situation can be called as hair loss. There can be several factors that lead to hair fall. The most common factors that precipitate this kind of situation include ageing, environmental effects, too much of stress, use of chemically enriched hair products, etc. This could even come in certain medical conditions that present themselves as thyroid syndrome, polycystic syndrome, autoimmune disease, chronic iron deficiency induced anaemia and other chronic ailments.

    hair fall

    Home Remedies

    The simple looking measures taken at home using the home-derived products help us to prevent the hair loss and improvement in hair health. These simple ones are discussed below.

    home remedies

    • Hair Oil Massage: This would increase the blood circulation to the hair root or follicles, leading to the improved growth. This also promotes relaxation and reduces the stress building in people. People can use coconut oil or almond oil or olive oil or other types of oil as a medium and a few drops of rosemary oil the vehicle to bring in the desired change quickly.


      hair oil

    • Indian Gooseberry:  This fruit is a rich source of Vitamin C. It is seen that a deficiency in this vitamin leads to hair fall.  The ample supply of this vitamin through natural fruit promotes natural growth of hair. This vitamin also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Hence, the Indian Gooseberry or amla maintains a healthy scalp and promote hair growth.

      gooseberry

    • Fenugreek:  It is also known as methi. This home medicine is highly effective in preventing hair loss. Biochemically, it has the precursors of growth hormone that enhance hair growth by help building hair follicles. It also contains proteins and nicotinic acid. These compounds are also known to stimulate hair growth.


      fenugreek

    • Onion Juice: It has high sulphur content. This juice improves blood circulation to the hair follicles. This in turn repairs inflammation and regenerates hair follicles. The juice also has the ability kill germs and other body parasites that may harm the body.


      onion juice

    • Aloe Vera: It contains enzymes that promote healthy hair growth. The alkalizing property sets the pH of the scalp at the desire level to improve hair growth. Its regular use reduces scalp itching, redness and inflammation.


      aloe vera