Parents Talking To Their Children Can Have A Big Impact, Finds International Study

Of course it is no surprise that parents talking to their children adds value to their lives. However, when research documents it, then it becomes a whole different game altogether!

There’s no doubt that teenage years can be taxing, both for parents and for children, as each feels out of sync with the other, and friction is almost always inevitable. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) think tank recently carried out a global study that focused on the youth and how they view their own lives. 32-Year-Old Man Plays Guitar To Help Doctors During His Brain Surgery

The study 

The OECD PISA study was conducted on 540,000 students across 72 countries, and it was found that in addition to numerous other factors that contributed to their wellbeing, strong parental and teacher-student ties played a pivotal role in boosting these teenagers’ morale. The study revealed that teens were likely to be better at academics and a lot more satisfied, overall, with their lives if these relationships were in place. Across these countries, “…about 11 per cent of teenagers reported they were frequently mocked, 7 per cent were ‘left out of things’, 8 per cent were the subject of hurtful rumours and about 4 per cent - that is still roughly one per class – were being hit or pushed around”, states the study. Schools, as we know, play a big role in shaping a child’s personality and colouring his or her view of the world, since children spend a large part of their day here. In places where teachers are positive, helpful, and encouraging, children are more likely to blossom and feel secure. The rest of the security, of course, stems from a strong relationship with their parents.

The role of parents 

One cannot over-emphasise the role of parents when it comes to young children. Between school (teachers) and home (parents), children express much of their anxieties, troubles, and other niggling worries. The study found that school children who were confident and seemed to have high satisfaction levels were typically those whose parents engaged with them on a regular basis – discussing, debating, or just plain listening. While on the surface of it, it may appear as though these conversations don’t discuss much, they have been linked to happy children, as per the study. These children were found to be more academically sound as well. With bullying being reported across countries, timely communication and intervention by parents is likely to help children keep anxiety at bay. The study also pointed out, “Girls whose parents encouraged them to be confident in their abilities were 21 per cent less likely to report feeling tense about schoolwork”. So while it may seem like you are not doing much as a parent on a day-to-day basis, remember that if you spend time talking to your kids, you are contributing to their mental wellbeing in more ways than one.

Beware Of Conjunctivitis, The New Disease in Town - Warn Doctors

The doctors warn that this year conjunctivitis may become a raging epidemic. Here is everything you need to know to keep yourselves and your families safe.

The good things about monsoon are masala tea, romantic evening walks, and rainbows. The bad things are dengue, chikungunya, and conjunctivitis.

While India has been busy battling an increasing number of mosquito-borne diseases this season, doctors have now expressed their growing concerns about the nearing conjunctivitis epidemic. Viral conjunctivitis is a highly contagious infection of the conjunctiva (white portion of the eye) that is most commonly caused by adenovirus.  The symptoms of the infection include watery discharge, itchy eyes, redness, and light sensitivity. Since the transmission of the disease occurs via infected individuals’ hands or by contact with infected upper respiratory droplets, fomites, or contaminated swimming pools, it is advisable to avoid shaking hands, sharing towels, napkins, pillow cases, and other fomites around this time. Doctors also recommend regular hand wash and maintaining personal hygiene. Although no effective treatment currently exists for the condition, artificial tears, topical antihistamines, or cold compresses may be useful in alleviating some of the symptoms. Patients are often asked to visit the doctor in 7-10 days after the symptoms begin showing because sometimes complications may also lead to permanent blindness.

The condition affects approximately 40 million people in areas of poor hygiene worldwide. We can choose to add to that number or take proper measures to keep ourselves safe. In short, it is in our hands to allow or prevent conjunctivitis from becoming a mad epidemic.

There Is More To Fruits Than What You See. Here's An Ayurvedic Look At Them

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”Ayurveda is akin to making a lifestyle choice in order to maintain some balance in your life. According to ayurveda, here’s how you should eat your fruit, as poor food combinations and wrong timing do more harm than help. Here are a few guidelines:
  • Best to eat in the morning – According to ayurvedic principles, fruit is best eaten first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, in order to reap maximum nutrients. Fruits like apples, pears, kiwi, and bananas help detox the system and remove impurities, and are best consumed half an hour before you eat breakfast. Try not to eat citrus fruits on an empty stomach though, as they can be acidic.
  • Eat fruit on its own – There are several reasons why ayurveda believes that fruit needs to be eaten in isolation, instead of being paired with other breakfast items like egg, bread etc. It is believed that if you eat fruit followed by, or along with, other items, in the time taken to digest these other items, the fruit ferments in your stomach, and almost all nutritional value is lost. Wait for half an hour, after eating fruit, to consume anything else.
  • Eat raw rather than cooked fruit – There is a tendency to think that fruit juice is as good as the fruit itself, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Focus on eating raw, fresh fruit, as it digests easily and is good for the system. Cooked fruit has poor nutritional content, and is highly avoidable. Ayurveda also believes that in summer, you should stick to fresh fruit, while dried fruits should be eaten in winter.
  • Fruit combinations that work – Some fruits like watermelon, melon, and grapefruit should be eaten as a separate snack, as they don’t always react favourably with other foods. Berries of all kinds are great as a breakfast snack, except for strawberries. Grapes can be eaten at any time in the day.
  • Fruits by season – Traditional ayurvedic wisdom focuses on eating fruit based on seasons. For example, during the months of March-April, the body takes longer to digest foods, so lighter meals comprising fruits are highly recommended. Similarly, in summer, try and consume fruits that are sweet and raw like mangoes, apricots, and plums, that go down well.

This Sweet, Christmas-ey Spice Has Side-Effects You Never Knew About

Cinnamon this, cinnamon that. Yes, of course cinnamon makes everything nicer, but a coin has two sides.Cinnamon rolls, bread, tea, cookies, waffles, lattes, and puddings; biryani, and shahi pulao – the best of food across the world has cinnamon, and why shouldn’t it? Cinnamon is not only fragrant and flavourful; it’s also known to be good for health.Here’s how cinnamon is beneficial for you:
  • Loaded with antioxidants.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Helps lower blood sugar levels.
  • Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Has anti-ageing properties.
  • Is good for teeth and gums.
  • Boosts alertness and memory.
  • Helps ease PMS in women.
But as in every story, this little cinnamon-story also comes with a twist – a condition. Noted experts recommend an intake of not more than 5 grams per day. Along with flavonoids and cinnamaldehyde (which are the good health-promoting contents of cinnamon), cinnamon also contains coumarin, which is known to be toxic in relatively high doses. Here’s why your favourite dalchini may not seem so nice anymore:
  • Toxicity – A continuous cinnamon usage for over 6 months will cause a build-up of coumarin and other toxins in the body. In fact, doctors suggest taking a 1 month break from regular cinnamon use every 6 weeks. This will allow your body time to void itself of these toxins, and rejuvenate.
  • Premature labour – Cinnamon is known to induce uterine contractions and premature labour in pregnant women. So while cinnamon provides great relief from uterine cramps during menstruation, cinnamon oils and teas are believed to be better avoided during gestation.
  • Allergies – A lot of people remain allergic to cinnamon without realising it. For people who are allergic, a slightly higher intake of cinnamon can cause symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, upset stomach, swelling in the hands, or even anaphylactic shock. But to be fair, these are possible reactions of any allergy; this point is just to state that cinnamon can cause it too.
  • Skin irritation – Cinnamon isn’t only used as a spice. In fact, another popular derivative of it is cinnamon oil, which is equally favourable for a number of reasons.  But when used in a concentrated quantity, it can cause an acute burning sensation, much like chilli powder. It is advisable to wear gloves while using cinnamon oil.
  • Increased heart rate – Too much cinnamon can be fatal for heart patients, as it is known to increase the heart rate and thin the blood. But this danger only exists when the usage is in more than a 2 per cent concentration.
  • Body heat – Cinnamon is great for winters, as it is known to increase body temperature, just like alcohol, black pepper, lobster, coffee, garlic, and ginger. But it is better avoided in women going through menopause, and in extremely hot weather.
The take home message here is that as long as you’re not overdoing it, you can happily enjoy an occasional cup of cinnamon tea or a roll without worrying, and absorb its benefits.

Planning A Sugar Detox? Here's How To Do It Right

Need to get down from that sugar high? Here are 5 effective ways to cut out sugar from your life.It’s an instant karma kind of thing. Eat some sugar, and in all probability, it will go straight to your hips. Weight aside, there is a reason why sugar is labelled white poison, given how it impacts your blood pressure, overall health, and other organs, in the long run. Been bingeing? Here’s how you can pull the sugar plug, and still stay sane.
  • Go cold turkey – Much like giving up smoking, sugar requires you to make a clean break. Eliminate all types of sugar, additives, and foods that contain hidden sugars, in order to reduce cravings, and boost your flagging metabolism. Give up on packaged foods and grains as well for the initial 2 weeks, to get your body used to the lack of sugar or its substitutes.
  • Eat more protein – Doctors suggest that if you have a diet rich in protein, chances are your sugar levels will be stable, and you won’t experience sudden cravings. From eggs to fish, chicken to all other forms of vegetable protein, stack up your plate, especially first thing in the morning, if you want to keep away from sugar.
  • De-stress, and get more sleep – If you are stressed, chances are you will reach for a bar of chocolate, or a bowl of ice cream. The same goes for those low on sleep. Try and stay calm, do some meditation, and get adequate sleep, so that your body feels well-adjusted, and you are not in a hurry to snack on the first sweet thing you see.
  • Keep a snack handy – Like any other addiction, the sugar habit can get hard to break. Be prepared to slip up, and when you do get a craving, instead of heading to the first pastry shop in your line of sight, ensure you have a stash of healthy snacks at hand that will stave off the sugar bug. Nuts, seeds, and unsweetened fruits often do the trick.
  • Water to the rescue – The best trick to stave off a sugar craving is to keep water handy. Whenever the urge to coat your mouth in sugar arises, have a glass of plain water first. The reason this helps is that most of the times, we confuse thirst with hunger or cravings, leading us towards the unhealthy stuff.
  • Give alcohol, high-sugar fruits a miss – Alcohol contains a ton of sugar, which can be extremely harmful for your system, especially if you are attempting a detox. Give it a complete miss when on a sugar detox. Also remember, that just because fruits contain natural sugars, you cannot binge on them. After all, fructose is a type of sugar, and it could derail your detox plan. In the initial phase, it pays to eliminate high-sugar fruits, such as mangoes, lychees, and bananas, from your diet as well. You can continue to consume fruits that are low in sugar, such as berries and kiwi, in limited quantities.

World's First Probiotic Beer Supports Gut Health And Boosts Immunity

What are probiotics. How does probiotic beer helps in building immunity.

Those who love to chug beer can only ever see the golden halo around a mug of goodness but now, new research supports them too! A new probiotic beer, that’s been created by scientists in Singapore, claims to actually improve your gut health. Cheers!

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are the good bacteria housed in your intestines that ensure that your tummy feels good at all times. These good bacteria try and make sure that harmful bacteria do not make your gut their home, so there is constant competition for space between the good and the bad bacteria. According to the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, one should have “…a minimum of 1 billion probiotics per serving for the maximum health benefits. Foods like yoghurt, miso soup, sauerkraut, pickles, and other fermented edibles have probiotics”.  

What is the new beer all about?

Associate Professors Liu Shao Quan and Chan Mei Zhi Alcine from the Food, Science, and Technology Programme at the National University of Singapore have been working on creating the perfect beer for the last 9 months, and their baby is one healthy chug; one that tastes good, and also has probiotics, which eggs your gut on to stay fit. While in the past it was difficult to create a probiotic beer given that hops (one of beer’s key ingredients) prevent probiotics from growing, the latest experiment goes beyond this and creates a solution to the problem. Something known as ‘lactic acid bacterium’ is found in this beer, and that works as a probiotic. According to the Science Daily website, “By propagating the probiotic and yeast in pure cultures, and modifying conventional brewing and fermentation processes, Miss Chan managed to increase and maintain the live counts of the strain of probiotic”. The beer, which is likely to have an alcohol content of 3.5 per cent, is sour and tart, but reportedly, tastes really good. The team has filed a patent for its product, but it is likely to be a while before it makes its way to supermarket shelves.

Latest Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Capable Of Reducing Colorectal Cancer Risk By 86%

Recent searches find colorectal cancer can be controlled by Mediterranean Diet. What is Mediterranean Diet and how it is useful.

It’s no secret that diet plays a key role in keeping our bodies chugging ahead full steam. In fact, most diseases, including cancer, are influenced by our diet in some way or the other, even if diet is not directly responsible for the same. Now, a new study carried out by Tel-Aviv Medical Centre, in Israel, focuses on the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, and claims that those who consume this diet, over a period of time, are at a lower risk of contracting colorectal cancer.

What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer where polyps develop in the intestine, and is a case of a lump or tumour being found in the colon or rectum. According to the World Health Organization, it is the second most common cancer diagnosed globally. People over the age of 50 are at greater risk, as are those who have a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and a family history of this cancer. Those who consume a diet that is high in red meat, alcohol, and other fatty foods are at higher risk than those who are generally healthy. Men are also more likely to get this type of cancer than women, but quick, early screening and treatment goes a long way in catching the disease early.

The basics of a Mediterranean diet

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet have been touted for years, but it is only recently that researchers have linked the consumption of this diet to a lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, lentils, nuts, olive oil, and fish, as preferred by the people in the Mediterranean region, is a recipe for good health. According to a study carried out in 2013, people who ate a Mediterranean diet had more than 30 per cent lesser risk of contracting several diseases linked to the heart, and even cancer. Pastas and breads, less meat, and a focus on fruits further helps maintain good health.

Highlights of the study

The study was carried out after surveying over 800 people who were undergoing colonoscopies and the like, by administering a food questionnaire to them. Most of those interviewed were between the ages of 40 and 70, and the results showed that those who had a Mediterranean-rich diet were much better off than those who ate other foods. In addition to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, those who reduced their intake of soft drinks also stood to benefit greatly, states the study. The study also noted that the addition of just 1 or 2 components of the Mediterranean diet could go a long way in ensuring a reduced risk of colorectal cancer. The findings of the study were presented at the ESMO 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer.

A New Study Finds Links Between Food Allergy And Anxiety

If you thought that your anxiety has nothing to do with anything else, you’re mistaken.

Every time the season turns, or if there is an extra rush of pollen in the air, allergies kick in. While these seasonal allergies can be an annoyance and an inconvenience, those who live with allergies 24x7 know how hard it is to have a normal existence under the shadow and fear of allergens.  

Till now, very little was known about how these allergies impacted mental health. However, a recent study has gone out on a limb to link food allergies to a higher incidence of anxiety, especially in children. What is this research based on, and how accurate are the findings? The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, is linking the 2, and has adequate data to support its thesis. According to the findings of the study that was carried out by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, almost 8 per cent of children in the United States suffer from allergies of some kind, and the numbers seem to be growing.  

The experiment

A control group of almost 80 children, between the ages of 4 and 12, was studied in New York and it was found that those who have asthma or food allergies of any sort were more prone to be anxious than those who did not test positive for allergies. The study also noted that almost 57 per cent of the children suffering from food allergies were anxious, and 48 per cent showed symptoms of depression.  

The result

It is important to note that the group of children studied belonged to a minority group, and were from the lower socio-economic strata. The researchers believe that since it is overly challenging to take care of children with allergies and a lot more expensive (they can only eat some things), the result is anxiety on both the caregiver’s and the child’s part. It seemed quite apparent that children with allergies find it difficult to fit in, and as a result, often feel anxious. There is a real fear of social rejection and humiliation among this group of children. Proper management of the allergy would, of course, help combat the mental issues at hand.  

What next?

Experts believe that the data thrown up by this study is worth looking at. They are also of the opinion that there is very little awareness about food allergies in children and hence, very few people are able to help make their environment comfortable. Now that a link has been established between allergies and mental health, experts believe that early interventions will be possible, and this could help alleviate anxiety among young children, in the long run.

The Hidden Culprit Behind Anxiety And Depression Might Be In Your Gut

Feeling depressed or anxious? It might be a gut flora imbalance, one of the main hidden culprits that leads to anxiety.

There are times when you feel restless, anxious, even a tad depressed, and are unable to pinpoint the root cause of this anxiety. But did you know, the bad bacteria housed in your gut plays a huge role in contributing to this anxiety? In recent years, neuroscientists have been studying the link between the brain and bacteria in the gut, and there is enough evidence to prove that your gut health and mental health have a close connection.

What is gut flora?

The gut is made up of both good and bad bacteria. They play an important role in digestion, and are also responsible for the overall health of a person. Healthy or good bacteria keep the tummy strong, and ensure that the intestinal tract is primed for any trouble. If there are not enough good bacteria in your gut, you could get ulcers and that, in turn, could lead to digestive issues, such as food that cannot be broken down passing into the bloodstream and disrupting the body's normal functioning.

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The brain link 

Recent research suggests that this bacteria actually influences, and even changes, your brain chemistry and overall behaviour patterns. It is a known fact that those who have digestive issues, or suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the like are prone to be more anxious than others. There is also evidence to suggest that if you add good bacteria to your diet in the form of probiotics, anxiety levels reduce. While preliminary studies have focused on conducting these studies on mice, there is now enough evidence to suggest that the same applies to humans as well. In the case of mice, when the vagus nerve, which connects the stomach to the brain, was severed, anxiety levels came down drastically, further cementing the belief that the two are closely linked.

Influencing production of the happy hormone 

It has been noted that microbes and bacteria that are housed in the gut influence production of both serotonin and dopamine. Since more than 90 per cent of the serotonin in our body is found in the gut, and is what keeps you happy and healthy, this neurotransmitter’s role in mental health is crucial. A 2014 study used rats, who exhibited signs of depression, to study the role of probiotics in making the gut whole again, and in turn, influencing the happiness quotient. When given a strain of probiotics, these rats were less anxious and depressed.

Role of probiotics 

Probiotics are essentially good bacteria, and are often used to combat poor intestinal health. A study, conducted at UCLA in 2016, found that women who ate yoghurt and other foods with similar probiotics almost every day, had an ‘altered brain function in both a resting state and when performing an emotion-recognition task’. So while the evidence is still sketchy, more and more studies are pointing towards the connection between the two. So give probiotics a thumbs up, cultivate good bacteria, and watch your mood lift!

Fancy A Germ-Filled Birthday Cake? Just Blow Out The Candles On It!

Who doesn’t like cake….and germs at birthday parties. Yikes! Think again before you go candle-blowing on your next birthday.

‘Happy birthday’ just took on a whole new meaning – birthday cake in particular. Were you, maybe as a child, told to make sure to blow really hard so you’d get all the candles in one go? Turns out, that’s super unhygienic. Unless you like saliva-encrusted cake frosting, that is.

A new study, conducted by scientists from Clemson University in South Carolina and published in the Journal of Food Research, has revealed that blowing out the candles on a cake could increase the bacteria on the icing by up to…wait for it…1400 per cent! Yes, 1,400!

For the study, the authors created a birthday party like atmosphere, complete with a tin cake and pizza-eating party-goers. The researchers created a mock cake with a piece of polystyrene foam wrapped in foil, and candles on top. The participants were told to smell and eat a slice of pizza, which is typical party food, so that the salivary glands in the mouth would be activated and bacteria would be introduced. They were then asked to blow out the candles. The researchers then collected the bacteria from the tin foil and studied them. This entire exercise was done thrice, with a total of 11 participants, on separate days.

In most cases, the amount of bacteria went up by 15 times, but in one particular case, it went up by 120 times! “Some people blow on the cake and they don’t transfer any bacteria. Whereas you have 1 or 2 people who really for whatever reason…transfer a lot of bacteria”, Professor Paul Dawson, lead author of the study, told The Atlantic.

However, you don’t need to worry – unless a person is sick, you can still safely eat the cake, even with the increased number of bacteria. Most bacteria that are present in our mouths are not harmful, and the ones that are will probably not be present in amounts large enough to cause a problem. “It’s not a big health concern in my perspective", Dawson added. "In reality, if you did this 1,00,000 times, then the chance of getting sick would probably be very minimal.”

Till date, I haven’t heard of anyone falling sick because of eating cake. But if you’re on a diet and don’t want to say so, well, this is as good an excuse as any!

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7 Out Of 10 Indians: You May Be Vitamin D Deficient, And Not Know It Lakshmi Devan
12 May 2017Array min read

Feeling lethargic? Falling sick too often? Been low lately? Does the word Vitamin D ring a bell?

The body needs vitamin D to ensure healthy bones and teeth, adequate calcium and phosphorus absorption, better insulin level regulation, and thus, optimal diabetes management. It is also believed to have a protective influence against cancer and multiple sclerosis. However, in a recent study by Metropolis Healthcare that examined 14,96,683 patients, 70-100 per cent of participants were found to be vitamin D deficient, varying with the demographics tested. The results paint a rather scary picture, with the deficiency just as prevalent among housewives as in athletes, and even doctors! A vitamin D deficiency has always been linked to high rates of rickets, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and infections such as tuberculosis, in India. Are you in the 7 out of 10 Indians to suffer from a vitamin D deficiency? Here’s how to know:

  • Head sweating – Doctors check for head sweating in newborns, because it is believed to be a classic symptom of a vitamin D deficiency.
  • Bone aches, fragile bones, and fractures – Often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, a vitamin D deficiency causes a defect in the input of calcium into the collagen matrix in the skeleton, leading to throbbing pains and aches. Vitamin D works with calcium for healthy bone renewal, and to ensure strong bones and teeth. A deficiency of such a vital nutrient would then mean a direct impact on the bones and teeth, often leading to fragile bones and fractures, that happen at the drop of a hat.
  • Feeling ‘blue’ – Serotonin is a brain chemical that has been seen to rise with exposure to light, and fall with a decrease in the same. Studies in the past have found that people with low levels of vitamin D are more prone to being depressed. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find out that you are deficient in the vitamin, if you’ve been feeling rather low lately.
  • Flu and infections – Do you fall prey to frequent respiratory infections and flu, in the winters? Results from observational studies revealed an increased risk of both lower and upper respiratory tract infections in people with the deficiency.
  • Fatigue – Even though the exact link between vitamin D and tiredness is not known, it is confirmed to be one of the first few symptoms of the deficiency that shows up.

Those are the symptoms. However, a lot of times, the deficiency is completely asymptomatic and undetectable, until it progresses to severe stages. The best thing to do is to include as many vitamin D-rich foods (e.g.: fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon; milk and milk products; eggs etc.) in your diet as possible, get plenty of sunshine, and most importantly, get regular health checks and blood tests.

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Pandora’s Box: 3 Homemade Hair Masks, Unearthed Mansi Kohli
12 May 2017Array min read

Hear hear, all hair types, colours, and textures! Fresh from nature, now a gorgeous mane is only 3 hair masks away.

“So, which hair conditioner do you use?” “Anything that is available in my fridge that day – yoghurt, honey, eggs, or butter”. “I’m sorry? For real?” “Well, technically anything that has nutrient-nourishing properties can be classified as a conditioner, right?” Imagine this being one of the entertaining conversations you have with your hair stylist. He or she will be bamboozled, while you swish your thick, luscious, soft, and silky hair! Today, we are going to tell you how you can nourish your scalp and hair roots, just by mixing together a few readily available organic and natural ingredients. Mentioned below are 3 hair mask recipes that’ll feed your scalp with nutrients provided by Mother Nature to achieve thick, stronger, bouncy, and lustrous hair. Banana, honey, and olive oil mask

  • How to make this mask: Just mash together 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of organic honey, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Whisk all the ingredients well, until you achieve a smooth paste-like consistency. Apply this mixture on your hair, and let it stay for a minimum of 1 hour. Wear a shower cap to avoid drips. Rinse with cold water, and only apply shampoo when the pack has completely left your hair.
  • Nutritional benefits of this mask: Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and potassium, bananas are great for boosting natural growth, and for moisturising your hair. Extremely effective for thin and weak hair, this mask helps in strengthening hair follicles, while nourishing your dry and brittle hair with vitamin E. Honey and olive oil are packed with healing properties, which helps in regulating natural oil production, while keeping your scalp healthy.
  • Aloe vera, flax seed, and butter mask
  • How to make this mask: Start by boiling 2 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of flax seeds in a pan. Boil them for a good 10 minutes, before straining the flax seeds. Blend together the flax seed water with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Once the mixture has cooled off, cover each strand of your hair with this mixture, from the root to the tip. Let it sit for a minimum of 45 minutes, before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
  • Nutritional benefits of this mask: This protein-rich mask is an intense conditioning gel-cum-pack that helps in boosting the volume of your hair, moisturising rough hair, and making the ends smooth. Flax seeds are a rich source of protein, vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron, all of which are useful for preventing hair loss and promoting healthy and shiny hair growth. Aloe vera, honey, and butter are great moisturising agents, which are sure to leave your hair incredibly soft and voluminous.
  • Homemade egg mask
  • How to make this mask: First, start by separating the egg yolk and the egg white. If you have oily hair, you will need egg whites, while dry hair will need egg yolks. People with normal hair can use a whole egg. Now, beat 1 egg and add 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to form a gooey, eggy mixture. Whisk well, and squeeze 1 lime into this mixture. Gently rub this mask onto your scalp for 15 minutes. Cover your hair with a disposable shower cap, and let the mixture sit on your scalp for 15 more minutes. Use an organic, fruit-based shampoo to wash your hair. Use cold water.
  • Nutritional benefits of this mask: Eggs are packed with iron, protein, and vitamins A, B, and D. They are great for nourishing your hair roots, encouraging hair growth, preventing hair breakage, preventing hair loss, and giving a natural, glossy shine to your hair.

Go on, try these recipes and show your hair some much-deserved pampering and love!

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The Eye Of Shiva: Rudraksha For The Body, Mind, And Spirit Anjali Nayyar
25 May 2017Array min read

Rudraksha: Rudra + aksha (Rudra’s eye) or the ‘eye of Shiva’ – sound familiar? Rudraksha - the holy bead that is worn to attract wellbeing on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

Held in utmost reverence by Hindus, rudraksha is a bead worn by people across faiths, all around the world. It has wondrous properties that many swear by. Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus) is actually a fruit of the rudraksha tree. According to holy Hindu texts, rudraksha was formed from the tears of Shiva, when he opened his eyes and wept on seeing the plight of humanity. Rudraksha is a boon given to humanity to alleviate the suffering of man.

Body

Scientifically speaking, the rudraksha is made up of many elements that are good for our body – carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, aluminum, gold, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous etc. The leaves and bark of the rudraksha tree have medicinal properties. People living near this tree use the leaves, bark, and fruit to make medicine for blood pressure, anxiety, skin diseases, headaches etc. Rudraksha has electromagnetic properties that improve the performance of the heart, and consequently, that of the whole body.

Mind

At a mental level, rudraksha helps bust stress, which is the root of a lot of our troubles – mental and physical. The electromagnetic pulses emitted by the bead soothe the nerves and help relax the mind. This has a positive effect on daily living, behaviour, and interactions. In fact, the quality of one’s life improves, and is infused with positivity – this helps alleviate negative feelings like anger, depression, and anxiety. Also, it has been observed that an extract of the rudraksha helps in improving learning, and in memory development.

Spirit

To speak of the spiritual properties of the rudraksha would need an entire book. However, most sages and yogis have rudraksha beads as their constant companions. Why? Because rudraksha helps one along the path of spirituality. The wearer of this bead becomes a master of enhanced spiritual powers (they first need to be cultivated, though). Powers of meditation, visualisation, yoga etc. get a boost if one wears rudraksha beads.

More about the beads

Rudraksha bearing trees are found in the Himalayan belt in India, Nepal, and also in the Indonesian archipelago. The fruit of these trees are bluish-black in colour, and when they dry up, the outer covering is removed to extract the rudraksha bead. The bead has a corrugated skin, and lines or channels (known as ‘mukh’) on it – anywhere between 1 and 21 (maybe even more sometimes). Each bead gets its name from the number of channels present – 1 mukhi (1 channel), 2 mukhi (2 channels), 8 mukhi (8 channels) and so on. The number of channels present determines the significance and healing properties of the rudraksha. Let’s take a look at a few:

For the body: 

  • 7 mukhi (7 channels) for good health, wealth, and happiness.
  • 9 mukhi (9 channels) for energy, power, and dynamism.
  • 10 mukhi (10 channels) shields the body from negative influences.
  • 11 mukhi (11 channels) to alleviate stomach disorders, and liver and breast diseases.

For the mind:

  • 2 mukhi (2 channels) for better relationships – family, friends, business.
  • 3 mukhi (3 channels) for purification of the mind – removal of sin, depression, anger, anxiety, fear, guilt.
  • 4 mukhi (4 channels) for intelligence, memory power, concentration, learning.
  • 5 mukhi (5 channels) for peace – removal of hypertension, and emotional tension.
  • 13 mukhi (13 channels) for name, fame, and power.

For the spirit: 

  • 1 mukhi (1 channel) for spiritual growth.
  • 8 mukhi (8 channels) for all kinds of attainments (riddhis and siddhis).
  • 11 mukhi (11 channels) for practice of meditation and yoga.
  • 14 mukhi (14 channels) for better visualisation, meditation, and sixth sense.
  • 15-21 mukhi (15-21 channels) for attainment of mystical powers.

If you feel inspired by this and want to buy a rudraksh, find an expert who will guide you towards the genuine stuff.

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The Eye Of Shiva: Rudraksha For The Body, Mind, And Spirit
Rudraksha: Rudra + aksha (Rudra’s eye) or the ‘eye of Shiva’ – sound familiar? Rudraksha - the holy bead that is worn to attract wellbeing on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.
Aloe Clay Cleanser And Mask Tuba Siddiqui
20 Jun 2017Array min read

This is an effective, invigorating, and healing cleanser. Prepared using nutrient-rich river-bed mud from the rainforests of Central India by an elaborate process. The mud is soaked in aloe vera juice several times until completely saturated.

This is an effective, invigorating, and healing cleanser. Prepared using nutrient-rich river-bed mud from the rainforests of Central India by an elaborate process. The mud is soaked in aloe vera juice several times until completely saturated.
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Aloe Clay Cleanser And Mask
This is an effective, invigorating, and healing cleanser. Prepared using nutrient-rich river-bed mud from the rainforests of Central India by an elaborate process. The mud is soaked in aloe vera juice several times until completely saturated.
Karela – Momordica Charantia Krishan Singh
29 Jun 2017Array min read

Central nervous system: It dissipates melancholia and gross humors. Liver and biliary system: It is useful in sub-acute cases of liver and spleen. Blood and haematopoietic tissue: It exhibits some remarkable anticancer effects, especially for leukemia.

Central nervous system: It dissipates melancholia and gross humors. Liver and biliary system: It is useful in sub-acute cases of liver and spleen. Blood and haematopoietic tissue: It exhibits some remarkable anticancer effects, especially for leukemia.
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Karela – Momordica Charantia
Central nervous system: It dissipates melancholia and gross humors. Liver and biliary system: It is useful in sub-acute cases of liver and spleen. Blood and haematopoietic tissue: It exhibits some remarkable anticancer effects, especially for leukemia.
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