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National Pollution Control Day: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Air Pollution Lakshmi Devan Lakshmi Devan
02 Dec 2018Array min read

An average person can survive for about 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food, and only 3 minutes without air.

[:en]The air quality in North India deteriorated severely this week, becoming alarmingly more polluted than the safe standards set by the World Health Organization. The SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) reported SPM 2.5 (suspended particulate matter of a diameter less than 2.5 microns) this year. In 2013, a research involving 3,12,944 people from 9 European countries reported that there is no level of atmospheric particulates that can be deemed entirely safe, and that for every increase of 10 μg/m3 in SPM 10, the lung cancer rate went up by 22 per cent. And in the case of SPM 2.5, that are considered particularly deadly for their ability to go deep into respiratory tract, and cause increased damage, lung cancer showed a whopping 36 per cent increase per 10 μg/m3. What harm can these tiny particles do, you ask?SPM has been known to cause lung irritation, aggravation in the severity of chronic lung diseases, inflammation of lung tissue, and an increase in susceptibility to viral and bacterial pathogens, leading to diseases like pneumonia in people with low immunity. And, of course, let’s not forget lung cancer.Now that we have the facts clear, here’s what you could do to protect yourself (and your family) from the worst of air pollution:
  1. Morning walks are better – That is not to say that it’s absolutely safe; it is only relatively better. Pollution is indiscriminately everywhere, every time, and it is best advised that you stay indoors as much as you can. But if you must go for a jog at all, then know that early morning air is less polluted than any other time of the day. Remember to take it light with any kind of outdoor activity. On days when you experience teary eyes, difficulty in breathing, or tightness around your chest, don’t push it. Listen to your body.
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2. Eat clean – Eating clean seems to be the solution to everything. Eating clean really IS the solution to everything. A colossal amount of free radicals are created in the body because of pollution, and it is wise for you to eat foods rich in antioxidants like berries, artichokes, kidney beans, pecans, dark chocolate, tomatoes etc., to minimise the harmful effects of these alien chemicals. Simultaneously, include citrus fruits, ginger, green tea, almonds, and other immunity-boosting foods in your diet.

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3. Go green – Welcome the idea of a garden, especially one that is full of plants known for their air-purifying qualities such as dwarf date palm, Boston fern, spider palm, bamboo palm etc. The exact extent to which these plants may help hasn’t been determined yet, but the NASA Clean Air Study results were in favour of the theory. Considering NASA said it, what’s the harm in trying it, right?

4. Taxis over rickshaws – Choose travelling in taxis over other open-air public transport modes for a little while, and turn the air conditioning setting to ‘recirculate’ (with the windows rolled up), so that you avoid breathing in polluted air from outside. Ditching public transport will only aggravate the pollution problem instead of helping it, so try carpooling. Metros are a good idea as well, if your destination is in the vicinity of a metro station.

5. Air purifiers and masks – Indoor air purifiers do a great job of…er, their job. They’re basically like a vacuum cleaner for air. These purifiers rid the air of everything, including the finer SPM 2.5 particles, and are great for people with air-borne allergies or asthma. Word of advice – go for the non-ionic air purifiers, as the ionic kinds produce ozone as a by-product, which is great for the environment (because the ozone layer is depleting), but is also a major lung irritant that causes throat irritation and breathing discomfort as well. Coming to air-purifying masks, they’re your personal, portable air purifiers that you can carry anywhere! The better quality purifiers claim to filter out at least 95 per cent of all pollutants, which is a lot, really. Wear these masks as much as possible; not only when you're going outside for a walk or jog, but also if you're out on so much as your terrace. Here are the 2 things to keep in mind when you’re buying your first mask:

a. Ratings – These matter because they’re a proof that your mask has been tested and meets benchmark standards. Make sure your mask is rated at least N95 (there are also N99 or P100 varieties available). U.S. NIOSH or EU FFP ratings can be trusted. b. The fit – This matters because an ill-sized mask will hang loose at places, and let outside air in, defeating the whole point of the mask.

It’s not a lot to ask for fresh air to breathe, and you shouldn’t refrain from doing whatever it takes to ensure that your loved ones are protected, including making changes towards a better future – one where breathing doesn’t kill.[:hi]उत्तर भारत में वायु गुणवत्ता इस हफ्ते गंभीर रूप से बिगड़ गई है, जो विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन द्वारा निर्धारित सुरक्षित मानकों की तुलना में खतरनाक रूप से अधिक प्रदूषित हो रही है। सफर ( SAFAR) (वायु गुणवत्ता और मौसम पूर्वानुमान और अनुसंधान प्रणाली) ने इस वर्ष एसपीएम 2.5 (2.5 माइक्रोन से कम व्यास के निलंबित कण पदार्थ) की सूचना दी। 2013 में, 9 यूरोपीय देशों के 3,12,944 लोगों से जुड़े एक शोध में बताया गया कि वायुमंडलीय कणों का कोई स्तर नहीं है जिसे पूरी तरह से सुरक्षित माना जा सकता है, और एसपीएम 10 में 10 माइक्रोग्राम / एम 3 की हर वृद्धि के लिए, फेफड़ों की कैंसर की दर 22 प्रतिशत तक बढ़ी और एसपीएम 2.5 के मामले में, जिन्हें श्वसन पथ में गहरी जाने की क्षमता के लिए विशेष रूप से घातक माना जाता है, और नुकसान में वृद्धि हुई है, फेफड़ों के कैंसर ने प्रति 10 माइक्रोग्राम / एम 36 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि दर्ज की है। आप इन छोटे कणों को क्या नुकसान पहुंचा सकते हैं, आप पूछिए?एसपीएम फेफड़ों की जलन, क्रोनिक फेफड़ों की बीमारियों की गंभीरता में वृद्धि, फेफड़ों के ऊतक की सूजन, और वायरल और जीवाणु रोगजनकों के प्रति संवेदनशीलता में वृद्धि के कारण जाना जाता है, जिससे कम प्रतिरोधकता वाले लोगों में निमोनिया जैसी बीमारियां होती हैं। और, ज़ाहिर है, फेफड़ों के कैंसर को ना भूलना।अब जब हमारे पास तथ्य स्पष्ट हैं, तो आप स्वयं (और आपके परिवार) को वायु प्रदूषण के बुरे प्रभाव से बचाने के लिए क्या कर सकते हैं:
  1. सुबह की सैर बेहतर होती है - यह कहना सही नहीं है कि यह बिल्कुल सुरक्षित है; यह केवल अपेक्षाकृत बेहतर है। प्रदूषण हर जगह अंधाधुंध है, और यह सबसे अच्छी सलाह दी जाती है कि आप जितना हो सके उतने घर में रहें। लेकिन आपको एक सैर के लिए जाना चाहिए, तो पता है कि सुबह किसी भी अन्य समय की तुलना में हवा कम प्रदूषित होती है। किसी भी प्रकार की बाहरी गतिविधि के साथ इसे कम करना याद रखें। उन दिनों में जब आप पानी भरी आंखों का अनुभव करते हैं, सांस लेने में कठिनाई अनुभव करते हैं, या अपनी छाती के चारों ओर घुटन महसूस करते हैं, तो इस पर ज़ोर ना दें । अपने शरीर की सुनें ।
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2. साफ खाएं - साफ भोजन सब समस्याओं का समाधान प्रतीत होता है। साफ खाना वास्तव में सब कुछ का समाधान है। प्रदूषण के कारण शरीर में मुक्त कणों की एक विशाल राशि बन जाती है, और यह आपके लिए बुद्धिमानी है के आप इन विदेशी रसायनों के प्रभाव को काम करने के लिए बेरीज, आटिचोक, राजमा, डार्क चॉकलेट, टमाटर इत्यादि जैसे एंटीऑक्सीडेंट में समृद्ध खाद्य पदार्थ खाएं।। इसके साथ ही, अपने आहार में साइट्रस फल, अदरक, हरी चाय, बादाम, और अन्य प्रतिरक्षा-बढ़ाने वाले खाद्य पदार्थ शामिल करें।

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3. हरित जीवन - एक बगीचे के विचार का स्वागत करें, खासतौर पर वह जो पौधों से भरा हुआ है, जो ड्वार्फ डेट पाल्म , बोस्टन फर्न, स्पाइडर पाल्म, बम्बू पाल्म आदि जैसे वायु शुद्धिक गुणों के लिए जाना जाता है। सटीक सीमा जिनके लिए ये पौधे मदद कर सकते हैं अभी तक निर्धारित नहीं किए गए हैं, लेकिन नासा स्वच्छ वायु अध्ययन के परिणाम सिद्धांत के पक्ष में थे। नासा ने यह कहा, कोशिश करने में क्या नुकसान है, है ना?

4. रिक्शा की जगह टैक्सी - थोड़ी देर के लिए अन्य ओपन-एयर सार्वजनिक परिवहन मोड पर टैक्सियों में यात्रा करना चुनें, और एयर कंडीशनिंग सेटिंग को 'रिकिर्यूलेट' (विंडोज़ घुमाने के साथ) में बदल दें, ताकि आप प्रदूषित हवा में बाहर की सांस लेने से बचें। सार्वजनिक परिवहन को हटाने से इसकी मदद करने के बजाय प्रदूषण की समस्या में वृद्धि होगी, इसलिए कारपूलिंग का प्रयास करें। मेट्रो एक अच्छा विचार भी है, यदि आपका गंतव्य मेट्रो स्टेशन के आसपास है।

5. वायु शोधक और मुखौटे - इंडोर वायु शुद्धिकारकों का एक अच्छा काम है। वे मूल रूप से हवा के लिए वैक्यूम क्लीनर की तरह हैं। ये पूरिफिएर्स बेहतर एसपीएम 2.5 कण सहित सब अशुद्धियों से छुटकारा दिलाते हैं , और हवा से उत्पन्न एलर्जी या अस्थमा वाले लोगों के लिए बहुत अच्छे हैं। सलाह के शब्द - गैर-आयनिक वायु शुद्धिकारकों के लिए जाएं, क्योंकि आयनिक प्रकार ओजोन को उप-उत्पाद के रूप में उत्पादित करते हैं, जो पर्यावरण के लिए बहुत अच्छा है (क्योंकि ओजोन परत का क्षय हो रहा है), लेकिन यह भी एक प्रमुख फेफड़े उत्तेजक है जो गले में खराश और जलन का कारण बनता है और श्वास की असुविधा का भी। एयर-शुद्धि मास्क, वे आपके व्यक्तिगत, पोर्टेबल वायु शुद्धिकारक हैं जिन्हें आप कहीं भी ले जा सकते हैं! बेहतर गुणवत्ता वाले पूरिफिएर सभी प्रदूषकों में से कम से कम 95 प्रतिशत फ़िल्टर करने का दावा करते हैं, जो वास्तव में बहुत कुछ है। जितना संभव हो सके मुखोटो को पहनें; न केवल जब आप पैदल चलने या सैर के लिए बाहर जा रहे हैं, लेकिन जब आप मात्र छत पर सैर करने जा रहे हैं । जब आप अपना पहला मुखौटा खरीद रहे हों तो ध्यान रखने योग्य 2 चीज़ें यहां दी गई हैं:

a. रेटिंग - ये मायने रखता है क्योंकि वे एक सबूत हैं कि आपके मुखोटे का परीक्षण किया गया है और बेंचमार्क मानकों को पूरा करता है। सुनिश्चित करें कि आपके मुखोटे को कम से कम N95 रेट किया गया है (एन 99 या पी 100 किस्म भी उपलब्ध हैं)। यूएस एनआईओएसएच या ईयू एफएफपी रेटिंग पर भरोसा किया जा सकता है। b. सटीक - यह मायने रखता है क्योंकि एक खराब आकार का मुखौटा जगहों पर ढीला हो जाएगा, और मुखोटे में से हवा प्रवेश करेगी अथवा इसका करण ही अधूरा रह जायेगा ।

सांस लेने के लिए ताज़ी हवा मांगना बहुत कुछ नहीं है, और यह सुनिश्चित करने के लिए कि आप अपने प्रियजनों की रक्षा कर रहे हैं, आपको बेहतर भविष्य की दिशा में परिवर्तन करने सहित कुछ भी करने से बचना नहीं चाहिए - जहां श्वास लेना जान नहीं लेता।[:]
National Pollution Control Day: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Air Pollution National Pollution Control Day: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Air Pollution
An average person can survive for about 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food, and only 3 minutes without air.
World AIDS Day: 5 Facts About HIV And AIDS Vasant Nagvekar Vasant Nagvekar
01 Dec 2018Array min read

The HIV virus was discovered by scientists for the first time in the year of 1983, when some doctors residing in Los Angeles and New York discovered rare types of pneumonia and cancer in gay patients, they were treating.

[:en]In India, the contagion was first found amongst female sex workers from Chennai, in the year 1986. Since the discovery of the virus, numerous people across the globe have been affected. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 70 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and about 35 million people have died of HIV. Reports suggest that approximately 36.9 million people worldwide, were living with HIV/AIDS in 2017.In order to show support to those suffering from the disease, the first of December was declared as World AIDS Day in the year 1988. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this initiative. During the course of these 30 years, a lot has been achieved, but a lot is still to be done.Millions of people suffering from HIV still don’t have access to proper treatment. Many people aren’t even well informed about factors related to the disease and this has resulted in the disease becoming a taboo. Basic awareness about AIDS is required to break the taboo around the disease and to contribute to UNAIDS initiative of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.So, here are the 5 facts that you must know about AIDS:1. Difference between HIV and AIDSimage4
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Many people till date don’t know the difference between HIV and AIDS. They associate the same risk factors with both the conditions, even when both the conditions are different. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an infectious virus that goes after the cells in the immune system, which defend the body against various ailments.The virus destroys a certain type of white blood cell in the immune system known as the T-helper cell or CD4 cell, and duplicates itself inside these cells. This eventually weakens a person’s immune system and this invites multiple diseases. However, people with HIV today, if treated properly, can live long and healthy lives.Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) on the other hand, comprises of a set of symptoms or diseases caused by HIV. A person with AIDS has an immune system which is not strong enough to fight off even a mild infection, and they develop certain defining symptoms and illnesses. This is the last stage of HIV, when the infection is extremely advanced, and if left untreated, will lead to death.2. Number of HIV and AIDS cases on declineimage2Reports suggest that the number of registrations of new HIV cases in India have dropped from 1,20,000 in 2010 to 88,000 in 2017. The number of AIDS related deaths has also dropped considerably. The number has gone down considerably from 1, 60,000 in 2010 to 69,000 in 2017. These numbers clearly show the success of collective prevention and treatment efforts at national, state and local levels. However, the aim now is to completely eradicate the problem and that’s why it is essential to focus more on the treatment3. Life span of a person with HIV can be normalThere is no particular cure for a person who has been diagnosed with HIV. However, with treatment options like antiretroviral therapy, it is possible for patients to lead long and healthy lives. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a therapy that compromises of a cocktail of Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that subdue the HIV virus and stop the progression of HIV disease. Huge reductions have been seen in rates of death and infections, when use is made of a potent ARV regimen. However, it is essential to begin this treatment in the earlier stages, for standing a better chance at recovery. Professionals suggest starting the therapy after diagnosis, irrespective of the CD4 and viral load.4. Identification of opportunistic infections, before starting antiretroviral therapy (ART)image3Some diseases that occur in people with HIV escalate the urgency to start ART. These diseases comprise of a HIV-related kidney disease and certain opportunistic infections. Opportunistic infections are infections that take place more often or are more severe in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV. Coinfection is when a person has two or more infections at the same time. Coinfection with HIV and certain other infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis, increase the urgency to start ART.5. HIV patients can be organ donors to HIV positive patientsIntroduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy and the effective management of opportunistic infections have reduced mortality rates. Thanks to the treatment, HIV/AIDS is not as life-threatening, as it used to be. Since the development of treatment, there have been successful transplants to HIV-positive recipients from HIV donors.Dr Vasant Nagvekar is ‘Infectious Disease Specialist’ at Global Hospitals, Mumbai.[:]
World AIDS Day: 5 Facts About HIV And AIDS World AIDS Day: 5 Facts About HIV And AIDS
The HIV virus was discovered by scientists for the first time in the year of 1983, when some doctors residing in Los Angeles and New York discovered rare types of pneumonia and cancer in gay patients, they were treating.
Obesity: Rarely Known Causes And Prevention Dr Sharad Sharma Dr Sharad Sharma
26 Nov 2018Array min read

The obesity epidemic which was once limited to the US has now taken over the world, and India is in tight grips of it.

[:en]According to a study published in The Lancet Journal in April 2016, India is amongst the top 5 nations in terms of obesity.Obesity is usually triggered by eating too much. If you consume high amounts of calorie-rich foods, particularly, fats and sugars, but don't burn off the energy through exercise/physical activity, the surplus energy is stored by the body as fat. The sharp increase in the prevalence of obesity correlates with a proportional increase in obesity-associated comorbidities, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol disorders, sleep apnoea, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) et cetera.While the epidemic of obesity is primarily attributed to sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary habits and ageing of the population, secondary and rarer causes of obesity generally go undetected and untreated. These include endocrinological disorders, such as Cushing’s syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypogonadism and hypothyroidism, as well as genetic, syndromic and drug-related obesity. Researchers found that these syndromes are quite rare, with their prevalence ranging from 1 in 565 people, to less than 1 in 1 million people.image1 (2)All these rarer causes of obesity disrupt the normal calorie maintaining mechanisms in the body. There may be increased hunger, increased fat deposition, lethargy, poor mental ability, slowing of metabolism and various other triggers which lead to increased consumption of calories, decreased physical activity and subsequent obesity. In addition to measuring the degree of obesity and screening for the associated comorbidities and cardiovascular risk factors, the evaluation of obese patients should include screening for potentially treatable endocrine, neurologic or genetic conditions.

SYMPTOMS OF OBESITY

The physical signs and symptoms one should watch out for are:
  • growth retardation.
  • mental retardation.
  • abnormal physical features.
  • family history.
  • past medical history (which entails detailed investigations).
Nonetheless, ‘secondary obesity’ is rare and environmental factors along with genetic predisposition represent the most common cause of obesity. Therefore, lifestyle changes including dietary modification and increased physical activity remain the cornerstone of management of obesity; this stands true even for several rarer causes of obesity such as drug-induced obesity, post-menopause, PCOS, hypothalamic obesity and syndromic obesity. Nothing can replace a disciplined and healthy lifestyle for weight management over and above treatment for the underlying associated causes.

SUGGESTED LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Here some simple lifestyle changes that can help you lose those inches and be fit as a fiddle:1. Eat home-cooked foodimage4 (1)Most restaurants and fast food joints use frozen vegetables and meat and usually, the food served at these restaurants is high in fat and salt. This can take a toll on your health, as well as the waistline. By cooking at home, you can control what goes into your food and cut down on extra calories.2. Eat breakfast like a kingSkipping breakfast makes you crave for high-calorie foods. Having a breakfast rich in proteins and good fats can help you avoid that. Moreover, when you’ve had a healthy breakfast you’re energetic throughout the day, which further aids in burning calories.3. Don’t miss out on your precious sleepWhen you’re sleep deprived, the levels of Leptin, the hormone responsible to make you feel full, go down. As you feel hungry, more than you should, you eat more, this leads to an increase in weight. Having an adequate sleep keeps your hormones balanced and weight under control.This anti-obesity day, let’s fight this epidemic together. Share this with your friends and family and help them live a healthy life.Dr Sharad Sharma is Consultant- Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi- A Fortis Network Hospital.--[:hi]According to a study published in The Lancet Journal in April 2016, India is amongst the top 5 nations in terms of obesity.Obesity is usually triggered by eating too much. If you consume high amounts of calorie-rich foods, particularly, fats and sugars, but don't burn off the energy through exercise/physical activity, the surplus energy is stored by the body as fat. The sharp increase in the prevalence of obesity correlates with a proportional increase in obesity-associated comorbidities, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol disorders, sleep apnoea, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) et cetera.While the epidemic of obesity is primarily attributed to sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary habits and ageing of the population, secondary and rarer causes of obesity generally go undetected and untreated. These include endocrinological disorders, such as Cushing’s syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypogonadism and hypothyroidism, as well as genetic, syndromic and drug-related obesity. Researchers found that these syndromes are quite rare, with their prevalence ranging from 1 in 565 people, to less than 1 in 1 million people.image1 (2)All these rarer causes of obesity disrupt the normal calorie maintaining mechanisms in the body. There may be increased hunger, increased fat deposition, lethargy, poor mental ability, slowing of metabolism and various other triggers which lead to increased consumption of calories, decreased physical activity and subsequent obesity. In addition to measuring the degree of obesity and screening for the associated comorbidities and cardiovascular risk factors, the evaluation of obese patients should include screening for potentially treatable endocrine, neurologic or genetic conditions.

SYMPTOMS OF OBESITY

The physical signs and symptoms one should watch out for are:
  • growth retardation.
  • mental retardation.
  • abnormal physical features.
  • family history.
  • past medical history (which entails detailed investigations).
Nonetheless, ‘secondary obesity’ is rare and environmental factors along with genetic predisposition represent the most common cause of obesity. Therefore, lifestyle changes including dietary modification and increased physical activity remain the cornerstone of management of obesity; this stands true even for several rarer causes of obesity such as drug-induced obesity, post-menopause, PCOS, hypothalamic obesity and syndromic obesity. Nothing can replace a disciplined and healthy lifestyle for weight management over and above treatment for the underlying associated causes.

SUGGESTED LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Here some simple lifestyle changes that can help you lose those inches and be fit as a fiddle:1. Eat home-cooked foodimage4 (1)Most restaurants and fast food joints use frozen vegetables and meat and usually, the food served at these restaurants is high in fat and salt. This can take a toll on your health, as well as the waistline. By cooking at home, you can control what goes into your food and cut down on extra calories.2. Eat breakfast like a kingSkipping breakfast makes you crave for high-calorie foods. Having a breakfast rich in proteins and good fats can help you avoid that. Moreover, when you’ve had a healthy breakfast you’re energetic throughout the day, which further aids in burning calories.3. Don’t miss out on your precious sleepWhen you’re sleep deprived, the levels of Leptin, the hormone responsible to make you feel full, go down. As you feel hungry, more than you should, you eat more, this leads to an increase in weight. Having an adequate sleep keeps your hormones balanced and weight under control.This anti-obesity day, let’s fight this epidemic together. Share this with your friends and family and help them live a healthy life.Dr Sharad Sharma is Consultant- Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi- A Fortis Network Hospital.--[:]
Obesity: Rarely Known Causes And Prevention Obesity: Rarely Known Causes And Prevention
The obesity epidemic which was once limited to the US has now taken over the world, and India is in tight grips of it.
Moringa Choco Bites Nidhi Bansal Nidhi Bansal
26 Jul 2017Array min read

Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.

[:en]Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.[:hi]Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.[:]
Moringa Choco Bites Moringa Choco Bites
Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.
Divine Cocoa – Body Butter Prakrta Prakrta
14 Jun 2018Array min read

A heavenly concoction made of raw & pure cocoa butter w/nourishing oils that deeply moisturise & soothe dry skin. It's great for chapped hands, feet, knees, elbows and even lips. Use as belly butter as it helps to prevent stretch marks too!

[:en]A heavenly concoction made of raw & pure cocoa butter w/nourishing oils that deeply moisturise & soothe dry skin. It's great for chapped hands, feet, knees, elbows and even lips. Use as belly butter as it helps to prevent stretch marks too![:hi]A heavenly concoction made of raw &pure cocoa butter w/nourishing oils that deeply moisturise & soothe dry skin. Its great for chapped hands, feet, knees, elbows and even lips. Use as belly butter as it helps to prevent stretch marks too![:]
Divine Cocoa – Body Butter Divine Cocoa – Body Butter
A heavenly concoction made of raw & pure cocoa butter w/nourishing oils that deeply moisturise & soothe dry skin. It's great for chapped hands, feet, knees, elbows and even lips. Use as belly butter as it helps to prevent stretch marks too!
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