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5 Quick Yoga Ways to DE-Stress in Traffic

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Morning traffic snarls, rush hour and the pollution can weigh the best of us down, even before reaching the work place. These on-the-go yoga tips can remedy the stress!

5 Quick Yoga Ways to De-Stress in Traffic

Highlights

  • Traffic snarls, pollution can stress you out before work.
  • Yoga expert Kamlesh Barwal suggests some simple exercises.
  • Yoga breaks can work wonders for the body and mind.

Morning snarls, rush hour traffic, and the pollution can weigh the best of us down, even before reaching the work place, drawing from our productivity. The result is, we reach work half tired, irritated and ready to unleash our wrath on the slightest provocation. But what if there were ways to retain the loss of energy and simple exercises that you can practice while stuck in a thick unrelenting traffic! Here are seven yoga exercises from yoga expert Kamlesh Barwal, author of the book, Log Off To Log In, that you can do right at your steering wheel to relax and find peace in the moment.

Seated Head Massage

  • Keep the spine erect and the head straight
  • Breathing in, raise the right arm
  • Place the palm on top of the head
  • Gently massage the top of the head, in a circular motion, in a clockwise direction
  • Keep breathing smoothly and deeply throughout the exercise
  • Feel the tension in the head region easing
  • Feel more relaxed

Blink, Squeeze, Eyes Open Wide

  • Keep the spine erect and the head straight
  • Close your eyes
  • Blink your eyes rapidly about 10-15 times
  • Blink your eyes slowly about 10-15 times
  • Shut your eyes as tightly as possible
  • Open your eyes as widely as possible
  • Repeat the action a few more times
  • Keep breathing smoothly and deeply throughout the exercise
  • Feel the tension around the eyes being released

Jaw Release

  • Keep the spine erect and the head straight
  • Place the tips of your three fingers on the cheekbones
  • Look for muscles that make knots
  • Keeping your mouth relaxed, press firmly and massage the knots in a circular motion
  • Pressing down firmly, run your fingers, down along the jaw line towards your chin
  • Repeat the action a few more times
  • Keep breathing smoothly and deeply throughout the exercise
  • Feel the tightness in the face easing out

Neck Rolls

  • Keep your spine, neck and head erect
  • Breathing in, raise your chin up and take the head back
  • Feel the stretch on your throat and the compression in your neck muscles
  • Hold the posture for a few seconds
  • Breathing out, bring your chin towards the chest
  • Rotate your head slowly a few times in both clockwise and anti-clockwise motion
  • Feel the relaxation in your neck

Ear to Shoulder Stretch

  • Keep your spine, neck and head erect
  • Breathing in, raise your shoulders to your ears
  • Hold the posture
  • Breathing out, drop your shoulders
  • Repeat the action a few times Feel the muscles being squeezed in your upper back
  • Feel the energy move up as the spine is being stretched

Quick Body Shake

  • Sit straight and tall
  • Keep your spine, neck and head in a straight line
  • Bring your hands near your chest
  • Relax and loosen your wrists, shoulders, and head
  • Shake your wrists, body and head together (more like when you dance)
  • Feel the stiffness leaving your body

Simple Seated Twist

  • Sit straight
  • Keep your spine, neck and head in a straight line
  • Breathe in and twist your body towards the right
  • Twist your spine as much as you can
  • Stay in this position for 5 seconds
  • Breathe out and come back to your previous position
  • Repeat on the other side

Anti-Stress Diet Tips

-Fruits such as strawberry orange, guava and pineapple have large amounts of vitamin c and are extremely beneficial against stress. The nutrients present in them help reduce fatigue.

– Beans and peas are good foods to fight against stress because they contain high levels of tryptophan. This amino acid helps in the formation of serotonin, a substance that induces a sense of well-being and happiness.

– Bananas are rich in tryptophan too. They also have a type of protein that is converted to serotonin. In addition, they are loaded with Vitamin B and other nutrients such as potassium that work wonders to combat anxiety levels.
 

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 Bananas are rich in tryptophan​. Photo Credit: iStock

– Cereals such as oats and brown rice are rich in lean protein, vitamin B complex, amino acids and essential vitamins – all of which help combat stress and help stay focused and balanced.

– Milk too has a calming effect on the body. Lactium, a protein found in milk helps reduce levels of cortisol (stress hormone).

– Almonds are known to be a super food for the brain. They are packed with antioxidants and are known to relax the muscles and reduce stress.
 

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Almonds are packed with antioxidants and are known to relax the muscles and reduce stress.

The Art of Living’s international team of experts has introduced the knowledge and real essence of Yoga and Ayurveda to millions all over the globe, not just as a set of physical exercises and diet regime but as a deeper science that discusses them as a union of the mind, body, and soul.

September 28, 2019 |

10 Healthy Foods for Kids

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10 Healthy Foods for Kids

Kids are known to be picky eaters, making them eat what is healthy and will help them stay active is a difficult task altogether. Children often develop a natural preference for food they enjoy eating the most. So, the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing. No matter how good your intentions are, it is always going to be difficult for you to convince your child that fruits are as sweet as blueberry cheesecake.

We have a solution to this. How about covering up healthy meals under the wrap of their favorite food? Without making healthy food dull, give junk food a makeover with staples like multi-grain, wheat and ragi accompanied by goodness of vegetables and fruits.

According to Ritika Samaddar, Delhi based nutritionist, “The body requirements of children vary according to different age groups. Young children are attracted to various shapes, sizes and bright colours. Green roti for instance can be roti with goodness of spinach or fried rice with a pinch of turmeric and green vegetables. Another way is batter fried vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes. Also, provide your kids with a lot of probiotics like curd with freshly chopped mangoes or cucumber or sweet lassi.”

Rewrite the menu for your kids. They would still have pizzas but made with a multi-grain base and healthy veggies as toppings. They would still munch on cookies but swap store bought ones to calcium rich ragi cookies. That’s a great way to curb their fast food cravings and keep an eye on their salt and sugar intake.

Another way to get them to eat healthy meals is to work on the presentation. A bowl of soup with a dash of crème poured artistically or chopped fruits like bananas, strawberries, oranges, kiwis presented creatively on a plate with loud and bright colours will pull kids towards fun foods.  

Nutritionist Ritika Samaddar suggests, “You should play with colours and make efforts for presentation of the food. Cold and colourful fruits like watermelons are always a hit.
Watermelon cut into triangles with the rind still attached works well in my home.”

“Alternatively, a melon baller can be used to make balls from watermelon and musk melon. This is a great 11 am snack along with some nuts,” says Bangalore based Shalini Manglani.

Here’s a treasure trove of ten healthy recipes that your kids will absolutely fall in love with.

1. Multigrain Pizza

Replace the regular pizza base with a healthy multigrain base. Use a fresh pesto sauce instead of ketchup and use some healthy toppings.

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2. Lentine Mushroom Burger

Presenting, burgers in a healthy avatar. Make the patties with mushrooms and sneakily hide some lentils in them. Place them between whole wheat buns, serve and then watch them disappear.

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3. Ragi cookies

Draw a smile on their faces with a batch of ragi cookies. Ragi is packed with calcium which makes it great for kids in their growing phase. Ragi turns brown on roasting and can easily pass off as chocolate cookies. You can also try oatmeal and raisin cookies for variety. Let them experiment in the kitchen with you while baking, this way you could make them learn about healthy eating. 

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4. Coconut banana fritters


Marinated bananas with lemon and sea salt coated with bread crumbs and dessicated coconut and then baked to perfection. Honey over caramelized bananas? Yum! Kids won’t be able to resist this one. 

5. Eggless AttA Cake

Yogurt, cinnamon, nuts, whole wheat flour and jaggery – all together will make a healthy tea time cake. Surprise them with a treat every once in a while.

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6.Melon and kiwi Fruit smoothie

Blend Kiwi, melon, grapes, papaya, honey, milk and oats together to get a delicious and refreshing smoothie for summers. You can serve this fulfilling cold beverage between meals or as a quick healthy breakfast. (More about kiwis)

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7. Whole wheat pasta in mushroom sauce

Nothing is better than home-made pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce. Choose whole wheat penne and throw in some veggies. You can also puree the veggies with the sauce. 

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8.oats ldli

Made with roasted oats, mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, a pinch of turmeric powder and steamed, these idlis make for a great healthy lunch box meal.

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9. Fresh corn bhel


Corn served under the cover of tangy chutney, lime juice and fresh coriander. This one serves as a great evening snack.

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10. Chicken ball and Spanish soap

Spring onion greens, garlic, crumbled chicken cubes, mushrooms, spinach leaves and bean sprouts all come together to make this super delicious yet healthy and wholesome meal.

September 26, 2019 |

Did You Know? Carrots Can Give You A Beautiful Skin!

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We all go that extra mile to acquire a healthy and glowing skin. How we painstakingly watch out for every cosmetic product available in the market and stash them in our vanity box, half of which we don’t even use. With the current wave of natural living, we are slowly drifting away from supermarkets and entering our own kitchens to fish out food items to replace those expensive, chemical-laden skincare products. Of all the items stocked up in our kitchen, it might have never occurred to you to pick up carrot for your skin care regime. Surprised? Well, carrot is another kitchen staple that has proven positive effects on skin!
Of course, we have heard about how good a carrot is good for or body including eyes and hair; but the fact that it is a great skin booster is something unheard of.  We have been chomping down on carrots to avail their benefits in various forms – salads, vegetables, juices etc. Now, let’s put it to another use and apply it topically to see its magic work on our skin.

Carrot is another kitchen staple that has proven positive effects on skin

Not sure how to really do it? Here are some easy-to-make face packs you can make with carrots:

Facial Mask For Dry Skin 


Potassium-rich carrots carve out dryness from the skin by penetrating the layers of our skin. This mask deeply moisturizes the skin and makes it glow.
Grate half a carrot and grind it. Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of milk, and mix it all thoroughly. Apply and keep the pack for at least 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.

Face Pack For Oily Skin 


Vitamin A in carrots flush out excessive oil and keeps the skin fresh and free of toxins. To use this face pack all you have to do it to mix one cup of carrot juice with one tablespoon each of curd, gram flour and lemon juice. Apply this mask on face and neck for half an hour and wash with lukewarm water.

 
Clear Complexion Pack

Combine equal parts of carrot juice, yogurt and egg white. Apply for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. Carrots play a big role in removing dead skin cells, giving rise to a fresh, new layer of skin.

Sun Protection Spray 


Beta-carotene and carotenoids contained in carrots protect the skin again UVA rays and also remove sun tan.
Mix carrot juice and rose water in equal parts and fill the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray on face and body to keep the skin hydrated and help it brave the scorching rays of the sun.

Anti-Ageing Solution


Mix the juices of carrots and aloe vera and apply regularly to fight the sign of early ageing vitamin C, found in abundance in carrots, promotes collagen production and smoothness out wrinkles.

Carrots are a powerhouse of antioxidants, which keep most of the skin problems and diseases at bay

Carrots are a powerhouse of antioxidants, which keep most of the skin problems and diseases at bay. Welcome this magical vegetable in your skin care routine and say hello to a new, beautiful you. However, don’t forget to also consume it through your diet to fully reap all its benefits.

September 26, 2019 |

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

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Fibrous tissue, or scar tissue, is your body’s attempt to repair what has been damaged. It’s a natural part of healing that takes a lot of time and patience. However, there is something you can try to do to help the process and improve the appearance of scarred tissue.

We at Dubai beauty clinic have found these 10 useful tips for those of you who would rather forget about bike accidents, clumsy shaving experiences, or painful surgeries and would like to make those reminders on their bodies fade away.

10. Vaseline

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

 Vaseline proved to be quite an effective and reliable remedy in comparison with expensive cream and serum applied 3 times daily for 1 to 3 weeks, this ointment help you keep your skin hydrated, so scarred skin appears less dry and rough.

Best for:

  • atrophic scars, left over chicken pox, and acne;
  • stretch marks.

9. Pure Aloe Vera gel

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

Aloe Vera has been used for centuries for its amazing therapeutic properties. Aloe Vera leaves contain gel-like substance that promotes the skin regeneration process and has an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect on damage skin. Apply Aloe Vera gel (just scoop it out of a leaf) directly on the scar, massaging in circular motions. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash it off. Apply twice a day and be consistent.

Best for:

  • cesarean and other postsurgical scars.

8. Silicone

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

If you have hypertrophic scars and keloids, you can also try some special bandages like silicone sheeting pads or self-drying silicone gel Silicone-containing remedies increase hydration and protect scarred skin from bacteria. As a result, scarred tissue appears flatter and softer. You can start using silicone sheets 2 weeks after your wound has healed (12–24 hours a day for at least 2 months). Silicone gel should be applied twice a day until noticeable results are achieved.

Best for:

  • hypertrophic scars;
  • keloids.

7. Essential oils (sandalwood oil and lavender oil)

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

Essential oils in general promote collagen synthesis and carry antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and healing properties. Sandalwood and lavender essential oils, in particular, can support the healing and regenerative processes if used regularly. Try massaging essential oils into your scar and notice how it gradually becomes less noticeable.

Best for:

  • all types of scars.

6. Massage

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

Another great and affordable way to help your scarred skin heal faster is to try to massage the area with lotion. If you gently massage the scar for 15-30 seconds a few times a day, it’ll help break down the dense bands of collagen that attach to underlying tissue.

Best for:

  • keloid scars;
  • cesarean scars and other surgical scars.

5. Sunscreen

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

If you want to help your scarred skin heal, never expose it to aggressive ultraviolet rays. They slow the regenerative process and “help” your cells produce pigment, causing dark spots and discoloration Always use your favorite sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Best for:

  • all kinds of scars and especially acne scars.

4. Onion extract

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

Due to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties onion extract-based topical gels may significantly reduce the height and soften scarred tissue without side effects. Try using onion to extract oil on hypertrophic scars 3 times a day during the early postsurgical period.

Best for:

  • burn scars;
  • hypertrophic scars from surgical wounds.

3. Apple cider vinegar + honey

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

Due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, apple cider vinegar is widely used as a natural disinfectant and astringent. It won’t help you get rid of those old acne scars completely, but it will surely reduce them so they are not as noticeable. To avoid redness and inflammation mix apple cider vinegar with raw honey, apply to the scars, and rinse after 10 minutes.

Best for:

  • acne scars.

2. Oils (olive oil and coconut oil)

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

Natural plant oil have a wide range of great therapeutic effects. Coconut oil, for example, contains lauric, caprylic and capric acids, which help heal damaged skin by stimulating collagen production. Olive oil is rich in vital vitamins that promote the healing process of acne scars, keeping your skin hydrated and nourished. Try massaging the scar with olive or coconut oil for 5-10 minutes several times a day until you get the desired result.

Best for:

  • acne scars.

1. Vitamin C

This may sound surprising but it’s vitamin C,not vitamin E as many of us believe, that may gradually improve the appearance of scars. To boost the synthesis of collagen, our skin needs vitamin C. It also help us to improve skin elasticity, reduces redness, and promotes wound healing. Doctors recommend both internal (drinks) and topical (creams) use.

Best for:

  • acne scars;
  • fine surgical scars.

Bonus

10 Hacks to Remove All Types of Scars and Help Them Heal

The good news is that many scars fade over the time, but if you have a deep, old scar that won’t go away, you should consult your doctor because no scar can be completely eliminated without serious invasive procedures. But as they say, prevention is better than cure. So, here’s what you can do to your wound to prevent bad scars:

  • Keep the wound clean and moist by applying a moisturizing ointment.
  • Always cover the wound with an adhesive bandage.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and apply sunscreen.
  • Don’t use any treatments on an open wound.
  • Don’t pick a scab off your healing wound.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Be consistent and patient.

Tell us which of these methods you’d try on your scars. Do you happen to know any other ways to make scars look better and help them heal? Please share with us the comments.

September 26, 2019 |

Can Turmeric Remove Dark Spots?

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For thousands of years, turmeric has been used extensively in beauty treatments in world. This bright, yellow-orange spice is not only used widely in world cooking, it is considered auspicious and used extensively for religious ceremonies. The world is now going crazy over this Asian spice and the West is using turmeric everywhere – be it for cooking, as turmeric latte, in soups, and even in homemade masks. But can turmeric remove dark spots?

Can Turmeric Remove Dark Spots

Turmeric contains curcumin, a bioactive component. Curcumin has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric adds glow to the skin and makes it radiant. It treats hyperpigmentation with regular use. Turmeric also delays ageing process and the best thing is that it kills acne-causing bacteria. Turmeric masks can also brighten and lighten skin tone. Turmeric works amazingly well to treat dark spots and patches. Combined with other potent skin lightening ingredients, it can work really fast to fade acne scars and dark spots. Interestingly, an extract from turmeric, called tetrahydrocurcumin, is now a main ingredient in dark spot clearing creams. In this post, we will show you different ways to use turmeric to get rid of dark spots and pigmentation.

Turmeric Masks to Dark Spots:
1. Turmeric with Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has natural skin bleaching properties and it lightens complexion. It also helps to reduce dark spots. Mix juice of one freshly-squeezed lemon with a pinch of turmeric and apply this paste on to the spots with the help of a cotton ball. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Apply this mask daily for faster results.

2. Turmeric with Honey Mask: Honey is a anti-bacterial agent and it’s best to prevent and treat acne. This mask also slows down ageing. It also hydrates skin and improves complexion. Mix one tablespoon of raw/organic honey with a pinch of turmeric. You can apply this mask all over the face or just on dark spots. Wash it off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water. You can use this mask twice daily.

3. Turmeric with Sandalwood Powder and Milk: Sandalwood powder is antibacterial and fights acne-causing bacteria, it exfoliates skin, calms sunburnt skin, reduces tan, and reduces signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Milk contains Lactic acid which help reduce pigmentation and sandalwood powder brightens dull and dry skin skin, heals acne and relieve sunburn. Mix 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder with 1-2 tablespoon of milk and a pinch of turmeric powder. Mix it well. Apply on affected areas or entire face. Let it stay for 20-30 minutes. Wash this mask with lukewarm water. Use this mask everyday.

4. Turmeric with Yogurt and Almond Oil: Yogurt contains vitamins B12 and B2, along with lactic acid which greatly help in reducing dark spots. Yogurt is a good source of lactic acid and zinc which exfoliates the skin and moisturizes also it encourages new cell growth. Almond oil contains vitamin E, retinal, and vitamin K. In other words almond oil is very healthy for the skin! These three ingredients makes it a powerful face mask against dark spots. To make this mask, mix one tablespoon of yogurt with 3-4 drops of almond oil and a pinch of turmeric. Mix it well, apply on dark spots. Let it stay for 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Apply daily till you achieve desired results.

September 22, 2019 |

The 8 Best Weight Loss Drinks

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When used alongside healthy lifestyle changes, certain beverages are more effective than others at promoting weight loss.

Beverages like green tea, coffee and high-protein drinks have been shown to boost metabolism, promote fullness and decrease hunger, all of which may encourage weight loss.

Here are eight drinks that are some of the best to include in your diet when trying to lose weight and get healthy.

1. Green Tea

Weight Loss Drinks

Green tea is often associated with health, and for good reason.

Not only is it packed with beneficial antioxidants and other powerful nutrients, it’s also one of the most effective drinks for weight loss.

Drinking green tea has been shown to decrease body weight and body fat in several studies.

A review of 14 studies found that people who drank high-concentration green tea for 12 weeks lost an average of 0.44 to 7.7 pounds (0.2 to 3.5 kg) more than those who did not drink green tea.

It should be noted that this benefit is linked to green tea preparations that contain high amounts of catechins, antioxidants that may increase fat burning and boost metabolism.

Matcha is a type of green tea that contains a higher amount of catechins than loose leaf green tea, which makes it a good choice for weight loss).

One study found that women who consumed 3 grams of matcha per day experienced greater fat burning during exercise compared to women who did not drink matcha.

Plus, green tea contains caffeine, which can help promote weight loss by boosting energy levels and improving performance while exercising.

What’s more, people who drink green tea tend to have lower blood pressure and a lower risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.

SUMMARYDrinking green tea may help you lose weight by boosting metabolism and encouraging fat loss.

2. Coffee

Coffee is used by people around the world to boost energy levels and lift mood.

This is because coffee contains caffeine, a substance that acts as a stimulant in the body and may benefit weight loss.

Coffee can reduce energy intake and boost metabolism, which may help you lose weight.

One study in 33 overweight adults found that those who drank coffee containing 6 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight consumed significantly fewer overall calories than those who drank less caffeine or no caffeine at all.

caffeine intake has also been shown to increase metabolism and promote fat burning in several other studies.

Coffee drinkers may have an easier time maintaining their weight loss over time, as well.

A study in over 2,600 people found that those who were successful in maintaining weight loss over time drank significantly more caffeinated beverages than a control group.

SUMMARYCaffeinated beverages like coffee may stimulate weight loss by increasing metabolism, decreasing calorie intake and stimulating fat burning.

3. Black Tea

Like green tea, black tea contains compounds that may stimulate weight loss.

Black tea is a type of tea that has undergone more oxidation (exposure to air) than other types of teas, resulting in a stronger flavor and darker color.

Black tea is high in polyphenols, including a group of polyphenolic compounds called flavonoids. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce body weight.

Studies have shown that the polyphenols found in black tea promote weight loss by reducing calorie intake, stimulating fat breakdown and boosting the growth of friendly gut bacteria.

A study in 111 people demonstrated that those who drank 3 cups of black tea daily for three months lost more weight and had greater reductions in waist circumference compared to a control group.

Another study in 2,734 women found that those with higher intakes of flavonoid-rich foods and beverages like black tea had significantly lower body fat and belly fat than women who consumed less dietary flavonoids.

SUMMARYBlack tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that have been shown to reduce body weight. Studies show that drinking black tea may help reduce body fat and encourage weight loss.

4. Water

Increasing your water intake is one of the simplest ways to improve overall health.

Drinking more water may also benefit your waistline by keeping you full in between meals and increasing the number of calories you burn.

Research suggests that having water before meals can set you up for success when trying to cut back on calories and lose weight.

A study in 48 overweight adults found that those who drank 500 ml (17 ounces) of water before meals while following a low-calorie diet lost 44% more weight over 12 weeks than those who did not drink water before meals.

Drinking cold water increases resting energy expenditure, which is the number of calories you burn while resting.

For example, a study in 21 overweight children showed that resting energy expenditure was increased by up to 25% for 40 minutes after drinking 10 ml of cold water per kilogram of body weight.

SUMMARYDrinking more water can help burn calories and decrease intake at meals, which can result in weight loss.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, a compound that may stimulate weight loss by decreasing insulin levels, improving metabolism, suppressing appetite and burning fat.

Animal studies have shown that acetic acid can prevent weight gain and decrease fat accumulation in the belly and liver.

Although research is limited, there is some evidence that vinegar is effective in promoting weight loss in humans.

A study in 144 obese adults demonstrated that drinking a daily beverage containing 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vinegar per day resulted in significant reductions in body weight, waist circumference and belly fat compared to a placebo group.

Apple cider vinegar lows stomach emptying, which helps keep you fuller for a longer period of time and may reduce overeating ).

However, it should be noted that drinking acidic beverages like apple cider vinegar can erode teeth, which is why it should be consumed sparingly and always followed by rinsing with water

SUMMARYAlthough more research is needed on the risks and benefits of apple cider vinegar, consuming a small amount per day may encourage weight loss.

6. Ginger Tea

Ginger is popularly used as a spice to add flavor to dishes and as an herbal remedy to treat a number of conditions such as nausea, colds and arthritis.

Human and animal studies have also shown this flavorful root to have a beneficial effect on weight loss.

A study found that rats fed a high-fat diet supplemented with 5% ginger powder for four weeks had significant reductions in body weight and significant improvements in HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels compared to rats fed a high-fat diet without ginger .

Although this study used a concentrated ginger powder, a study in humans found that ginger tea also helps reduce appetite and increase calorie expenditure.

One study in 10 overweight men found that when they drank 2 grams of ginger powder dissolved in hot water with breakfast, they experienced increased fullness and decreased hunger compared to days when no ginger tea was consumed.

Plus, the study showed that the ginger tea increased the thermic effect of food (the number of calories needed to digest and absorb food) by 43 calories .

Although that isn’t a huge number of calories, this suggests that — when combined with its satiating properties — ginger tea could be an effective way to enhance weight loss.

SUMMARYHuman and animal studies indicate that ginger can promote fullness, decrease appetite and increase metabolism, which is helpful when trying to lose weight.

7. High-Protein Drinks

Beverages that are high in protein can curb hunger, decrease appetite and promote fullness, which is important when trying to shed excess pounds.

There are countless protein powder available to consumers that make preparing a quick, healthy snack or meal a breeze.

Protein increases levels of hunger-reducing hormones like GLP-1 while decreasing ghrelin, a hormone that drives appetite .

A study in 90 overweight adults found that those who consumed 56 grams of whey protein daily for 23 weeks lost 5 pounds (2.3 kg) more fat than a control group who consumed no whey protein but the same number of calories .

Whey, pea and hemp protein powders are just a few varieties that can add a satisfying protein boost to shakes and smoothies that may help you drop pounds.

SUMMARYProtein drinks decrease appetite and increase fullness. Protein powders can be easily added to any beverage for a quick and satisfying snack or meal.

8. Vegetable Juice

Although fruit juice has been linked to weight gain, drinking vegetable juice may have the opposite effect .

In one study, adults who drank 16 ounces of low-sodium vegetable juice while following a low-calorie diet lost significantly more weight than those who did not.

Plus, the vegetable juice group significantly increased their vegetable consumption and significantly decreased their carb intake, two factors that are important for weight loss .

consuming whole vegetable whenever possible is the best choice for health due to the high amount of fiber that is lost in the juicing process.

However, consuming a low-calorie vegetable juice can increase your vegetable intake and may even help you lose weight.

SUMMARY:Although whole vegetables make the best choice, drinking vegetable juice may encourage weight loss when incorporated into a healthy diet.

The Bottom Line

Certain drinks such as green tea, coffee and ginger tea may help boost metabolism, minimize hunger and increase satiety, all of which can facilitate weight loss.

Additionally, these beverages contain beneficial nutrients like antioxidants and other powerful compounds that can benefit your health.

Replacing high-calorie beverages like soda and fruit juice with the drinks listed above is a smart way to cut calories and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

September 22, 2019 |

HOW TO USE CHIA SEEDS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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When it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise really are key. So-called “miracle” weight loss supplements rarely live up to the hype, although there are certain foods that can support your goals. As part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle, chia seed can make it easier for you to lose weight by suppressing your appetite and providing essential nutrients. See what chia seeds can do for your diet, and find some delicious chia recipes below!

Appetite Suppressant

chia seeds are chock-full of dietary fiber, including both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber gives chia seeds their gel-like quality when mixed with liquid. They can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, which causes them to form a bulky gel. This gel not only acts as an appetite suppressant, but also slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and therefore prevents blood sugar spikes.

A 2010 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that chia seed supplementation reduced appetite and increasing feelings of satiety in participants. This study suggests that chia seeds can support weight loss goals by providing a sense of fullness. Thanks to the combination of insoluble and soluble fiber in chia seeds, you’ll be less likely to crave unhealthy treats that can throw your diet off course. After all, chia seeds are Taylor swift diet secret and they can be yours, too!

Nutritional Powerhouse

Aside from their rich source of fiber chia seed also provide plenty of other nutritional benefits! Most notably, they are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help reduce inflammation, which is linked to arthritis and heart disease. These fatty acids are also found in large quantities in the brain and supplementation of this nutrient may support cognitive function.

These tiny yet mighty seeds are also an excellent source of bone-building calcium and fatigue-fighting iron. Per serving, they provide over 10% of the daily recommended intake for these nutrients. Chia seeds also contain a high amount of protein for a plant-based food. They add 4 grams of protein to your diet per serving. It’s no wonder they’re considered a superfood!

How to Eat Chia Seeds (Plus Recipes!)

One of the simplest ways to enjoy chia seeds is to prepare a chia fresca drink. Simply mix 2 cups of liquid (water, juice, etc.) with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes in order to allow the chia seeds to swell up. That’s it!

Another popular way to enjoy chia seeds is in a delicious chia pudding. To prepare a basic chia pudding, mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of milk and set in the fridge overnight. Add sweetener or toppings as desired. For a festive fall variation, try our yummy pumpkin chia seed podding.

Chia seeds can also be added to smoothies, and mixed in yogurt or hot cereal for a super nutrient boost. Whip up a batch of strawberry and banana overnight oats to jump start your mornings. Chia seeds can even be tossed in baked goods like muffins and energy squares. Try these home made granola bar for an easy way to incorporate chia into snack time.

An all natural, sweet and tasty chia jam is a great way to spread the benefits of chia seeds over toast, muffins, and other baked goods. Make these blue berry chia jam bars for a delectable treat that provides health benefits in every bite!

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How Can Chia Help Me Trim My Waistline?


So many women cut things out of their diet when trying to lose weight. Wouldn’t it be nice to add something in for a change? With all the great nutrients chia seeds have to offer, you can do just that! Adding some chia seeds to your daily meal plans might actually help you shrink your waistline and shed a few pounds. Curious about how? Let’s take a quick look.
Chia seeds, when mixed with liquid, form a gel. The size and weight of the seeds increase, helping keep you full much longer.
Chia seeds are one of nature’s highest plant based sources of complex protein. And protein helps build muscle, as well as reducing cravings and appetite. When you feel satisfied, you can avoid the incessant snacking this is the downfall of many dieters.
And then there’s the fiber content in chia seeds. Chia seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, a combination that reduces how quickly your body converts starch to sugars and stabilizes blood sugar. Dietary fiber also reduces bloating, boosts metabolism, and keeps your bowels regular, resulting in a flatter stomach and lighter feeling in your abdomen.
Finally, let’s look at the healthy fat chia seeds contains. By now I hope you know that it’s a myth that fats make you heavier. The truth is, healthy fats like those found in chia seeds are essential to maintaining a healthy weight. These good fats keep you feeling full, and assist in regulating blood sugar levels.

Benefits Against Aging

Chia seeds also provide many natural deterrents to common signs of aging. They are high in calcium, which has of course been linked to better bone health. One ounce of chia seeds contains about 18% of your daily recommended calcium intake. Other nutrients that have been linked to bone strength over time include manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, all of which can be found in chia seeds. Complement your daily milk intake with chia seeds for a quick boost of bone health without all the side effects of drinking milk! Especially if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, this is a great way to make up for that calcium intake.

Another great way that chia seeds prevent signs of aging is through fighting free radicals. Free radicals have been shown to lead to wrinkles, damage in your skin, and more extreme issues such as cancer. The antioxidants in chia seeds help fight against these free radicals, helping you avoid skin problems and, potentially, even cancer. There are a few different types of chia seeds, typically identified by color, and studies have shown that the darker ones are richer in antioxidants than the lighter ones, so keep that in mind. We always recommend keeping a balanced nutritional profile, which is best accomplished by mixing the two colors. However you eat your chia seeds, they will be helpful in keeping your skin and bones feeling young and refreshed.

September 22, 2019 |

10 best home remedies for smooth bright skin

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Everyone wants smooth skin and there are many brands in the market that commit you to give shiny and smooth skin. But these products are very expensive and use harsh chemicals which can provide the results but not for longer duration. They could also damage your skin. You can also make your skin shiny, smoother and flawless with the help of natural products which are easily available.

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How To Get Smooth Skin:

Want to get smooth, baby skin? Check out these home remedies for smooth skin and will fall in love with it once again. Read here for the best tips for smooth skin!  Below are some of the most effective home remedies for smooth skin also which can help you a lot in getting smooth and shining skin which has no side effects also.

1. Drink Plenty of Water:

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Drinking water will help you out for vibrant and shiny skin. Make a target to drink at least 8 -10 glasses of water in one day. It will help you in flushing out all waste and toxins. Increase intake of vegetables and fruits with greater water content in your diet.try not to take alcohol, aerated drinks and sugary products. Skin’s appearance will improve and become more active by cleaning your face with plain water 2-3 times a day.

2. Lime Juice:

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Lime juice is one of the perfect home remedies for smooth skin. It will brighten the complexion of the skin and will also fade the scars and spots. Use of lime juice will make the skin smooth as it contains an enzyme which has cleansing properties.

  • It will clear away the dead skin.
  • Acts as an astringent and cleanser for oily skin.
  • Homemade pack can be made by mixing egg white and few drops of lime juice.
  • Apply on the face for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. It will make you skin shiny and smooth.
  • Apply fresh juice on complete face and on neck region too to reduce acne marks. Wash it off with moderately warm water after 10 minutes.

3. Tomato:

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  • Smash tomatoes in grinder .apply the mixture on the face evenly with the help of cotton. Wash the face after 5-10 minutes. Pores size will get reduced by daily use and will give you smooth and radiant skin.
  • Apply the paste on pimple affected area and let it remain for one hour and then wash with plain water. It will help in healing pimples.
  • Tomatoes act as an outstanding natural product for giving you smooth and beautiful skin.
  • It is the best and ideal home remedy for smooth skin.

4. Melaleuca Oil:

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It is commonly known as tea tree oil. It is recommended to apply first on wrist area on inner side as a patch test before using on face as it is found that few people are allergic to it.

  • This is very effective in removing stretch marks and scars.
  • It heals pimple very fast. Apply on affected area with cotton 3-4 times in a day.
  • Add few drops of oil in your scrub and face pack which will aid in removing pimples and make the skin even, glossy and shiny.

5. Papaya Benefits:

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  • It contains papain which is a natural enzyme which acts as an antibacterial agent and benefits in eliminating damaged and dead skin.
  • Blend some ripe papaya pieces and apply on face for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with water.
  • Daily application of mashed papaya will make your complexion fairer. Its juice will also help in reducing brown spots, blemishes and freckles because of sun exposure.
  • It will make your skin smooth and flawless.

6. Uses Of Fenugreek Leaves:

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It helps in tightening and lifting of skin. Add boiled milk to the paste of fenugreek leaves and apply on the face. Leave for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. It will slow the aging process by reducing wrinkles, fine lines. Mix turmeric powder and its leaves powder to remove black heads and pimples.

7. Honey:

Honey

Honey is also natural ingredient which can be used to get smooth skin. Honey is one of the simplest home remedies for smooth skin.

  • Relax after applying raw honey to your face and neck skin then clean it off with cool water after 10 minutes. This home remedy will make your skin soft and smooth.
  • You can also mix egg whites with honey and apply it to your face for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water and soap in order to remove the smell from the egg white.
  • Make a thick paste with three teaspoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply it on your face and leave it on overnight. Wash it off with lukewarm water the next morning. You will get smooth skin by using this home remedy.

8. Tea Tree Oil:

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Tea tree oil has many antibacterial properties which help fight acne-causing bacteria. It also helps reduce scars and blemishes on skin. As some people can be allergic to tea tree oil, so it is highly recommended to apply around your inner wrist before applying it to your face.

  • In order to heal a pimple quickly, use a cotton swab to apply some tea tree oil on the affected area every few hours.
  • Around one hour before going to bed, apply some vitamin E oil and leave it on overnight.

 9. Aloe Vera For Smooth Skin:

Aloe Vera For Smooth Skin

Aloe vera is one of the brilliant home remedies for smooth skin which was proved by experts. Aloe Vera as a natural ingredient is used in many beauty treatment to maintain skin that is smooth as well as healthy. It ensures pimple free and clearly smooth skin with regular use.

  • Extract some gel from an aloe vera leaf. Keep it stored in an air tight container in the fridge and use it whenever required.
  • You can also combine a tablespoon of aloe Vera gel with 1 teaspoon of honey and some lemon juice. This can be easily applied on the skin of and the neck for around 20 minutes. Follow this 2-3 times a week to get best results.

10. Turmeric:

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Turmeric, a herb which can be used to treat a multitude of skin problems. It can be also used to lighten blemishes and pigmentation along with smoothing skin.

  • After mixing 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder with milk to make a paste, apply that natural mixed paste to your face and neck area regularly which means daily for beautiful skin.
  • To rejuvenate dry and parched skin, use a mixture of one teaspoon of turmeric, two teaspoons of sandalwood powder and some water to make a paste. Apply it on your face and allow it to dry fully before rinsing it off. You can use this face pack once or twice a week
September 22, 2019 |

Best foods for a natural “detox”

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There’s no single miracle food that will help your organs detox your blood. An overall healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is a great start.

The following foods in particular have been shown to positively affect the liver and kidney’s ability to cleanse and filter out waste and toxins from the blood:

Water

By far the best way to boost your kidneys’ performance is to drink enough water. Your kidneys depend on water to help them eliminate waste from the body. Water also helps keep your blood vessels open so that blood can move freely. Severe dehydration can lead to kidney damage.

Your urine should be light yellow or colorless throughout the day. According to the National Kidney Association, you should be producing about 6 cups of urine each day.

An adequate water intake will be different for everyone. A general rule is eight glasses of water per day, but you may need more if you engage in hard exercise or you weigh more. Men generally need more water than women.

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)

Cruciferous vegetables are often recommended for people with kidney disease. They’re high in antioxidants and extremely nutritious. They have been shown Trusted Source to reduce the risk of many types of cancer, including kidney cancer.

Plus, they’re incredibly versatile. You can eat them raw, steamed, baked, grilled, or as part of a soup or casserole.

Blueberries

Blueberries are incredibly high in antioxidants, which can protect the liver from damage. Animal studies Trusted Source have found that whole blueberries can help keep the liver healthy.

You can snack on blueberries fresh or frozen, or mix them into yogurt, oatmeal, or a smoothie.

Cranberries

Cranberries are often touted for their urinary tract benefits. They have been shown to prevent bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract, which in turn keeps your kidneys free from infection.

To access the benefits of this fruit, you can simply add a handful of fresh cranberries to oatmeal, smoothies, or even salads.

Coffee

Drinking coffee may have protective effects on the liver. StudiesTrusted Source show that drinking coffee lowers the risk of cirrhosis in people with chronic liver disease and may also reduceTrusted Source the risk of developing liver cancer.

Coffee is associatedTrusted Source with a lower risk of death in people with chronic liver disease and an improved response to antiviral treatment in people with hepatitis C. The benefits may be due to coffee’s ability to prevent the accumulation of fat and collagen in the liver.

Garlic

Garlic adds a wonderful flavor to any dish, whether raw or in powdered form. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. High blood pressure can harm the blood vessels in the kidney, so it’s a good idea to keep it in check.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is high in antioxidants and may help control inflammation in the body. Most studies looking at the effect of grapefruit’s components have been conducted in animals, but the results are promising.

These studies Trusted Source have found that antioxidants contained in grapefruit can help protect the liver from injury and the harmful effects of alcohol.

Apples

Apples contain a high amount of a soluble fiber known as pectin. Soluble fiber helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Since high blood sugar can damage your kidneys, anything that helps keep it in check will have an indirect, positive effect on kidney health. Apples make a great snack, especially with a bit of peanut butter.

Fish

Certain types of fish, like salmon, tuna, or sardines, are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease blood triglyceride levels and lower blood pressure, both of which can help out your liver and kidneys.

Keep in mind that fish are high in protein. If you already have kidney disease, you should limit the amount of high-protein foods you eat. Eating too much protein may make your kidneys work harder.

September 22, 2019 |

How to remove body hairs simple home remedies

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Sugar, Lemon, and Honey

Lemon Honey and Sugar Scrub

Have you ever noticed how sugar turns thick and wax-like when heated? It’s why we have delicious caramel and toffee!

Using sugar with honey can be a natural alternative to the costly paraffin wax used by so many spas and hair removal clinics. Adding a bit of a lemon helps to bleach the hair, reducing its visibility. Mixing honey and sugar make a thick wax that, once applied, will nourish your skin even as it sticks to your hairs–making it easier to rip them out.

Note: Trim your hairs roughly 10 days before using this remedy to maximize its efficiency.

Sugar, Honey, and Lemon Remedy

For this remedy, you will need:

  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Lemon

Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. Place the mixture in a metal bowl, and place that bowl over a double boiler. This will heat the liquid slowly (preventing burning), dissolving the sugar and turning it into a thick wax-like paste.

Note: Add water to thin out an overly thick paste, or mix in cornstarch to thicken a too-thin paste.

Apply a bit of cornstarch to the areas you want to wax. This will help to prevent the wax mixture from clinging to your skin.

Using a wooden spoon, apply the wax to your skin in the direction of the hairs. Pat, a strip of waxing cloth into the still-soft wax, allow it to cool and harden, and rip off. It works like a regular wax, but far more natural!

Lentil and Potatoes

Lentil and Potatoes

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Potatoes contain acid that will bleach your body hair, lightening them and making them less visible. The addition of lentils will make the potato remedy more effective.

Lentil and Potato Remedy

For this remedy, you will need:

  • Yellow lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice

Soak the lentils in a bowl of water overnight. Come morning, run them through a food processor or grinder to turn them into a thick paste. Crush one potato into the mixture, and add a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice each. Mix and apply the paste to your body. After 30 minutes, rinse it off.

Sugar and Lemon

Sugar and Lemon Scrub

This is a simpler remedy, one that will work more like a bleaching than a proper wax. The acidic liquid will help to bleach your facial hair, but the acid also scorches the hair follicles, weakening them and slowing down hair re-growth.

However, the Vitamin C in lemon juice will provide your skin with the nutrients needed to produce collagen and elastin. It’s one of the best ways to get rid of body hair while keeping your skin healthy!

Sugar and Lemon Remedy

For this remedy, you will need:

  • Lemons
  • Sugar

Squeeze the juice of one lemon. You will need about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and half a cup of warm water. This will form an acidic liquid that you can apply to your face with your hands. Apply it in the direction that the hairs are facing, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. You’ll feel your skin getting stiff and crackling. After 20 minutes, wash it off with warm water, using a gentle rubbing motion. This will help to exfoliate your skin and ensure the lemon juice/sugar mixture is absorbed into the follicles.

Repeat this remedy two or three times a week, and you’ll see hair lightening immediately. Overall body hair growth will decrease after a couple of weeks.

For those of you that want a ready made product, we’ve found this great natural hair remover here. 

September 19, 2019 |
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