Showing posts from February, 2018

Little Things To Do Every Day For A Happier Mind And Body

Living a life that is happier and healthier doesn't require you making drastic changes. Sometimes just making small changes in your everyday life is enough. Here are a few things you can do to start feeling better inside out, everyday.

Don't rush your morning

How many of us wake up later than we should only to find ourselves rushing through the morning, skipping breakfast and heading straight out the door as soon as we can? That would be most of us. Unfortunately, that sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you're late in the morning, you're going to be late and rushing everywhere and for everything. That hardly allows for your day to be a peaceful one.

Waking up just half an hour earlier can change the way the rest of your day goes. Give yourself time to breathe. Read the newspaper if you like, drink a cup of tea and sit with yourself if that's your thing. Just allow yourself enough time to do everything in a relaxed manner in the morning, and you will find y…

10 Simple Ways To Effectively Save Money At Work

Most advice about saving money tends to focus on our personal and home lives. Don't shop, cancel credit cards, auto-save a portion of your paycheck, stick to grocery lists... You get the drift. We've written about it too, and we'll be the first to admit that it's all really good advice. But considering that most of us spend the biggest chunk of our days in office, it's also the place that witnesses some of our unhealthiest and most wasteful spending habits. So here are 10 ways you can save money while you slave away at work.

Make sure your investment documents are up-to-date

Most of us tend to have this terrible habit of uploading investment proofs for accounting purposes, which invariably ends in paying thousands in taxes that could have been easily avoided. If you must, take a day off a fortnight before the deadline for submitting investment proofs to your office just to get your paperwork in order with your CA and investment manager. If you're struggling wi…

5 Ways To Give Your Skin The Goodness Of Vitamin C

We've heard it time and time again; Vitamin C is as close to magic for your skin as possible. According to Oregon State University, this is so because of its anti-oxidant properties, ascorbic acid content and main role in collagen synthesis. Simply put, these properties allow Vitamin C to protect one's skin from sun damage, reduce darkening and scarring as well as diminish signs of ageing. With so many advantages backing it, you can be certain everyone wants to add this wonderful vitamin for their skin. But how? We've got the answer to that. These five ways make the best use of Vitamin C to add it to your routine efficiently.

1. Apply It

The simplest way to add Vitamin C to one's skin care routine is by picking up products enriched with it. There are plenty of face washes, toner and moisturisers enriched with it, like The Body Shop's entire Vitamin C range that even includes a liquid peel. It's the simplest, fuss-free choice to give your skin a vita-rich boost…

Bread Vs Chapatti: Which Is Healthier For Weight Loss?

Roti is nothing but another form of bread and vice versa, and till date it has been well established that roti is far better than the regular white bread. However, bread is more convenient than roti because for roti you need to prepare the dough, roll it out and then cook it. Bread, on the other hand, does not require you to do this, just take a slice or two from the pack and you're done. But the health quotient of roti is higher than white bread. Good news! White bread is not the only option available now; there are a number of other options too. Brown bread and other multi-grain breads are available too. So does bread still continue to be an unhealthier option? Let's find out!

So what is bread?

Bread is prepared by combining water and flour with the addition of a few more ingredients, which usually is baked. But sometimes, it is fried and steamed as well. However, nutritionists do not recommend bread because of the fact that modern-day bread preparation involves the removal…

This Two Ingredient Magical Mix Can Work Better Than Medicines

Some of the most ancient Ayurvedic practices preach the use of honey and cinnamon to cure many diseases. From treating upset stomach, cough and cold, and arthritis pain to improving body's immunity and treating bladder infections...honey and cinnamon is considered as a magical mixture which works better than medicine. You can have them as a juice or in the form of teas, or even use it in the form of a paste or mask. Honey and cinnamon are two items which can be easily found in most Indian kitchens.

Here are other conditions which can be treated by mixing honey and cinnamon:
1. Acne

Acne can be treated by making a paste of honey and cinnamon. You need to mix 1 tsp of cinnamon in 3 tbsp of honey. Applying this paste on pimples at night can help in treating them effectively.
2. Immune system

Regular consumption of honey and cinnamon can boost immune system of the body as it protects body from harmful bacteria and viruses. Consuming cinnamon can also help in improving hemoglobin leve…

Wonder Why You Don't Get Grape Ice-Creams Often? Here's Why!

Ice cream has always been my go-to dessert since childhood and I have tried innumerable flavours; but what I failed to notice is the presence of grape ice cream in most parlours I went to. Strangely, grapes are welcome as juices, sodas and popsicles, but you will not find it in ice cream parlours that easily. If you haven't noticed this yet, do take a visit to your favourite parlour and see if they offer grape ice creams or not. There's a reason why grapes aren't usually made for ice-cream making, here's why.Ice creams are made with milk and grapes and milk do not go well with each other, which is why it they cannot be paired together. Grapes basically contain Anthocyanin that prevents freezing so it ends up becoming grape milk rather than frozen ice cream.

In addition, grapes have extremely high water content - just like watermelon that is also not frequently converted into a frozen delicacy - which creates fairly inconsistent little chunks of ice-cream when you try …

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need Each Night?

Sure, you’re eating your vegetables and fruits and squeezing in exercise at least 20 minutes a day, but are you getting enough sleep, too? The National Sleep Foundation's latest sleep recommendations, published March 2015 in the journal Sleep Health, may make you want to think twice about skimping on essential shut-eye.  Sleep is key to your physical health and emotional vitality, but just how many hours of sleep you need depends on your age and stage of development.

“Sleep is important for mental function: alertness, memory consolidation, mood regulation, and physical health,” says Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Too few hours of sleep or poor sleep could pave the way to a myriad of emotional and physical problems, from diabetes to obesity, explains Dr. Zee. “In fact, data shows that with sleep loss, there are changes in the way the body handles gluco…

Try Dark Meat for Better Heart Health

A nutrient called taurine, found in the dark meat of turkey and chicken, may protect women with high cholesterol against coronary heart disease.
Drumsticks aren’t usually considered one of the healthier choices at the dinner table. Dark meat has more fat and calories than white meat. But those chicken and turkey thighs, legs, and wings also have a potentially helpful nutrient: taurine.

A study published in February 2013 in the European Journal of Nutrition revealed that taurine, naturally found in the dark meat of poultry and also in some fish and shellfish, may actually protect women with high cholesterol against coronary heart disease.

Researchers linked higher taurine intake to a 60 percent lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease among women with high total cholesterol levels. Among women with low cholesterol levels, however, taurine failed to have the same beneficial effect.

“It is an interesting possibility. There are potential beneficial effects of taurine on cardi…

10 Tips for Better Digestive Health

Your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat into the nutrients your body needs. If you neglect your digestive health, your body could run into problems absorbing those nutrients.

10 Tips for Improving and Maintaining Your Digestive Health
Your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the lifestyle you live. By taking steps to improve your digestive health, you'll help your digestive system to function more efficiently, improving your overall health and sense of well-being.

Try these 10 tips for better digestive health:

1. Eat a high-fiber diet. According to Maria Adams, RD, MPH, a nutrition consultant in Marblehead, Massachusetts, consuming a diet that's high in fiber and rich in whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits can improve your digestive health. "A high-fiber diet helps to keep food moving through your digestive tract, making you less likely to get constipated," Adams says, adding that a high-fiber diet can also help you p…

Why You Shouldn't Be Over-Eating Healthy Foods?

Health experts have always advised eating nutritious foods, considering they promote health and help in the proper functioning of your body. While healthy foods are deemed important, what is the limit of eating them? Did you know eating excess of it can be equally dangerous as junk food? Someone has rightly said- everything of excess is bad, which clearly means overeating healthy foods may also harm your system in more ways than one. For people who are looking to lose weight, this piece of information may be helpful for you.How do you define healthy food? An edible substance that has important nutrients to give to the body that helps it function better. But what is important to know is that no food, even if it is known to be healthy, has zero calories. So if you are constantly bingeing on these foods, you are still adding on to calories. If you are on a weight loss journey, calories taken in must be less than the calories burned, in order to shed extra kilos. If you think eating thes…

How To Get Rid of Kidney Infections Naturally

Once it is confirmed that you are suffering from kidney infection then it is extremely important to treat it as early as possible. There are various natural remedies for kidney infection that are not only cost-effective but also work without any side effects and the most important thing is that you can try these kidney infection remedies at the comfort of your home. You can go for these remedies if your kidney infection is in its earlier stage.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Consumption of apple cider vinegar helps to keep the balance of the pH level in the body, thus checks the proliferation of bacteria in the body. Its antibacterial property also kills the bacteria that cause and spread infection in the kidneys.

Things You Need:

Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 tsp
Water – 1 glass
Honey – 1 tsp

Take 1 glass of water.
Add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of honey to it.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and then drink.
Taking this apple cider vinegar drink twice a day will help you to c…

Skin care tips for a healthy and glowing skin in 30s

30s is the best time of your life. You have a stable career. Most probably stable-ish relationships, you have figured out almost everything in your life by the time you are 30 except for one thing, a great skin. Yes, a great skin is a tough nut to crack. If you are thirty, here are some skin care tips that might help you to get a beautiful skin. Take a look!
A healthy lifestyle
This one is the trickiest yet the most important thing. However, it is quite a simple phenomenon. If you are not healthy, you won’t shine. The glow, the beautiful skin that you long, the blemish free face, it all comes from within. If you are healthy, if you have a good working physical system, it will reflect as a natural glow. So, more or less, the beauty that people talk about is actually a healthy body. Give your body a good dose of natural antioxidants, Vitamins, detoxifiers, and so on. Have a good night’s sleep, eat good, workout regularly. For the sake of a younger looking and beautiful skin, maintain a…

5 Reasons Why You Must Start Drinking Lemon Juice, Now!

Most of us are unaware of the splendid health benefits lemon juice offers. From weight loss to managing blood pressure, you can make use of this common sour and fruit to get rid of a lot of ailments. Those who are fond of the sour taste of its juice need not worry about adding anything to it, but the rest may need to make lemonade or have it without sugar.
The benefits of this juice are:

Helps in Digestion
Many problems related to digestion can be effectively cured with lemon juice. If it is mixed with warm water, complications such as bloating, nausea, heartburn, parasitic activity and belching can be cured. If you suffer from accumulated bowels, it can be treated by regular intake of lemon juice.
Detoxification of Liver
A very effective way of helping the liver produce more bile is having liver juice every morning. It cleanses the liver which helps to break down food easily. Once you drink this juice first thing in the morning, your digestive system is prepared for the whole day’s …

Sipping On Your Favourite Beverages With Plastic Straws? You Must Stop!

We all love to sip on our favourite beverages using a plastic straw. Be it a smoothie or a soft drink, an energy drink or a cold coffee - using a straw is a super convenient and fuss-free way of enjoying any cold drink. Many like to enjoy their drinks this way because using a straw reduces the exposure to sugary and carbonated drinks in the mouth, preventing acid erosion of the teeth out enamel. While it may be convenient to drink beverages using plastic straws, it might not be an eco-friendly option. Moreover, this could be an unhealthy practice too. If you haven't known the health hazards plastic straws can bring, we unveil some of them.According to Chief Nutritionist Priya Bharma, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, "We sip our drinks through straw because it is simply easier. It has somehow become our habit to use straw while sipping cold or hot drink that is poured in a glass. It's highly recommended to not use straw as they are supposed to be made of polyethylene …

Need and Benefits of Buying Life Insurance

Life is full of uncertainties, and misfortunes mostly come unannounced. Certain events can have an irreversible impact on your life and leave your loved ones bereaved. To lessen the financial burden on your loved ones in your absence, taking a suitable life insurance policy is highly recommended.

Life insurance is a crucial form of investment that will help your family meet their essential needs even when you are not around. At the time of claim dispersal of a  Life insurance policy, the sum assured is passed on to  the beneficiary or nominee on the death of the policy-holder. In addition, some life insurance policies also offer investment benefits on maturity of the policy tenure. In this way, the benefits are two-fold.

In the Indian market, there is limited awareness about life insurance products. This is mainly because people are not entirely aware of the purpose for which this policy is purchased. The most basic need for buying a life insurance policy is to provide financial supp…

A Dangerous White Toxin We Eat Daily - No Its Not Salt Or Sugar!

Sodium glutamate or monosodium glutamate is one of the most common additives in manufactured foods and is used widely in foods served at restaurants. It is also present in some foods naturally. It is usually in the form of a white crystalline powder and looks very similar to salt and sugar. Monosodium glutamate is a flavour enhancer. It enhances the meaty taste of food items, and actually makes the food item tastier, and has an excitatory effect on the nerve cells, hence inducing over-eating. "By itself, MSG may be safe in very small doses but it could be harmful even in minute amounts for those who are allergic or sensitive to MSG. Large doses are certainly harmful. The point noteworthy is that MSG is mostly found in large amounts in processed food items like chips, packaged soups, canned foods, which by themselves are unhealthy and thus they must be avoided (not just because they have MSG). One must check food labels while buying any packaged stuff and avoid buying if MSG is l…

Is owning a dog good for your health?

Dogs really are our best friends, according to a Swedish study that says canine ownership could reduce heart disease. A study of 3.4 million people between the ages of 40 and 80 found that having a dog was associated with a 23% reduction in death from heart disease and a 20% lower risk of dying from any cause over the 12 years of the study. Previous studies have suggested dogs relieve social isolation and depression – both linked to an increased risk of heart disease and early death.

The solution
Dog owners show better responses to stress (their blood pressure and pulse rates don’t soar), have higher levels of physical activity and slightly lower cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association was sufficiently swayed by a review of dozens of studies to release a statement in 2013 saying that owning a dog “was probably” associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Their reluctance to more strongly endorse dog ownership is because most studies are what is called observational – …

8 Ways To Get Fit Without Joining A Gym

Looking for a different method? Below are expert tips for improving your fitness ― no gym required.

1. Create a plan
First, determine which workouts grab your interest. Do you want to establish a weightlifting routine, take up jogging or play a sport? Once you know what gets you fired up, consider where and when you can exercise, whether or not you need equipment and what resources are available to you, Dale advised.

Squaring away the details will help you better set yourself up for success, whether that involves clearing a space in your living room for jump squats or devising a backup plan in case bad weather prevents you from exercising outdoors, Dale added.

2. Schedule your workouts
A consistent exercise routine is key to seeing results. Your workouts should serve as “an important and required part of your day,” like brushing your teeth or showing up to work on time, Treadway emphasized.

“Pencil your workouts into your daily calendar and visualize what you want to achieve,”

3. Emb…

PAN may soon become Aadhaar of your business

The government has been in discussions to turn the Permanent Account Number (PAN) into the enterprise unique ID, a feature which was announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Union Budget.

Though the idea was first mooted a couple of years ago, the recent discussions suggest that among the plethora of IDs which are held by enterprises, making PAN the unique ID will be the most conducive option. This will mean that even the non-tax paying entities such as not-for profits, trusts or societies will have to now apply for a PAN number. It has also been suggested that this PAN number or the unique identity can be linked with the Aadhaar number at the backend.

A government official said that the Centre has been mulling this move for around two years now. "The whole idea is if all are asked to furnish a PAN number regardless of whether they are income tax payees or not, and the Aadhaar number is being asked for people who are behind that entity, then this PAN numbe…

How To Get Aadhaar Card Number (UID) For Your Child

Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is also required for children. Aadhaar card is an essential identity card that is now required to be linked with multiple facilities like provident funds, bank accounts, permanent account numbers, mutual funds etc by March 31, 2018. However, since it serves as an unique identification number for all Indians, everyone below the age of 18 years should also get an Aadhaar card made. A pre-requisite is that one of the parents must have his Aadhaar card number for biometric authentication, according to Digital India's verified Twitter account.
Here are eight steps in which parents can get their children enrolled for Aadhaar:

1. Visit an enrolment centre.

2. Fill the application form.

3. Remember to give your mobile number.

4. A photograph of your child will be clicked.

5. Parents/guardians must provide their Aadhaar card details for authentication purposes.

6. Check data on the…

Why Car Horns, Planes And Sirens Might Be Bad For Your Heart

The roar of a jet plane, the rumble of a big rig, that shrill scream from the siren of a speeding emergency vehicle. The common but loud noises that keep you awake at night and agitate you throughout the day may have a notable effect on your cardiovascular health, experts say. Researchers say noise pollution may increase the risk of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart failure, according to a review paper published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Why? The authors, who examined research on noise pollution and heart disease, say that loud sounds not only disrupt sleep, which can lead to health problems, but can also ignite the stress response, releasing a rush of hormones that, over time, can damage the heart.

"Ten years ago, people were saying that noise is just annoying, but now I think there's considerable evidence that noise makes you sick, and one of the predominate diseases is cardiovascular disease,"…

Beware! Diseases You Never Knew Your Microwave Was Causing!

Microwave ovens are one of the most common kitchen appliances that are found in every Indian kitchen. The appliance causes immense convenience in terms of cooking and re-heating already cooked food and that's why people from most economic backgrounds tend to install it in their kitchens. From boiling water and heating milk to cooking fast food items like maggie noodles,  popcorn and cakes, microwave ovens are like a saviour for people who keep busy with their jobs or stay away from their families.

However, convenience like this comes with a price. According to a study conducted by Swiss scientist Hans Hertel, cooking food in the microwave depletes it of its nutritious qualities. The high radiation with which it heats/cooks the food deforms the molecules in food, thereby creating harmful radioactive compounds.
How do microwave ovens work?

What a convenience it is to simply press the 'start' button and wait for only a minute to have your food heated from last night!

Now let…

Indian food for fitness

Even after building and launching our own rockets, we look to the West when it comes to nutrition. For whatever reason, when health, fitness or fat loss is on the cards, we can’t help but think foreign. We seem to be convinced that bread is better than dosa, idli or upma. ‘They’ have told us that kale and broccoli promote health and fat loss more than Indian greens (keerai, palak) and cauliflower. And somehow, we’re ready to pay four times the money for quinoa than we would for amaranth, though the latter is rich in protein, potassium and magnesium. Here are five facts about Indian food that I hope will convince you to eat more of ‘our’ food.
Indian food is local, safer and more sustainable

Why? Because we’re in India! Indian food is cooked with ingredients that are locally available. That means the vegetables, meat, oils and everything else we need for our food can be procured in good quality without too much pesticide use, storage or transportation. This, in turn, makes the food mo…

How to Check Aadhaar Authentication History

Aadhaar is a national identity card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Many Indians now have an Aadhaar card and you can use it to verify your identity while getting a new SIM card, gas connection, or even to make payments. Your Aadhaar data includes biometric information such as a retina scan and fingerprint scans too, so it’s a commonly used method of authentication. Instead of filling up long forms for everything that requires a valid photo ID, you could use your Aadhaar card and authenticate via biometrics or a one-time password sent to your phone. If you’re worried that your Aadhaar data could be misused, you can also lock Aadhaar biometric data online. You can also check when your Aadhaar data was used for authentication. Just follow these steps.
Go to UIDAI’s Aadhaar Authentication History page. Enter your Aadhaar number and the captcha in the image. Click Generate OTP. You’ll get a one-time password via SMS on your phone. In case you haven’t done it a…