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.

Can't Part With Your Phone Even For A Second? Better Bid Goodbye To Love

On one side, there is your phone, and on the other, there’s love, family, friendship. This is the time to choose.

Picture this. A young couple is sitting at a restaurant, yet there is no conversation between them. Every few minutes, one of them picks up the mobile phone to check how many likes he or she has got on their latest Instagram post, or to send a quick WhatsApp message. This is a scene played out every minute of every day across countries as individuals choose the phone over their friends, family, and partners in what is aptly termed ‘phubbing’ or using the phone to snub someone, aka phone snubbing.  

The term first came into play in mid 2012 when the Australian Macquarie Dictionary and McCann advertising agency coined the term and described it as, "the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention". In the years since, it has become such a global phenomenon that it is now being used the world over.  

How it impacts relationships 

A recent study, done by Naylor University, reported that most individuals check their phones at least 150 times a day, and often, at the cost of a healthy relationship, which is being put on the backburner as one discreetly, or overtly, swipes their phone to stay in sync with what’s happening in the world of social media. When one obsessively checks his or her phone while trying to spend quality time with another (it could be your colleague, friend, partner, husband, or even children), you know trouble is calling, as it sends out a message that what’s on the device is way more important and engaging than the person in front of you.

The sample size of 450 people saw more than 46 per cent admitting to phubbing or being phubbed by their partner at some point in time. Of these, 143 people, who were in a romantic relationship, were questioned and more than 70 per cent of those surveyed said that their phones interfered with their relationship in one way or the other, and often led to accusations and arguments between the partners.  

How to curb phubbing

Experts suggest that couples give the phone a break, when they are trying to spend quality time together. One way of doing this is to put the device away when you want to focus on the person in front of you. By setting boundaries and restricting the urge to constantly check your phone, you are likely to realise that the world does not fall apart when you go offline for a bit. On the flip side, you end up making the person opposite you feel important and relevant, and this goes a long way in enhancing the relationship, as it conveys a sense of respect for each other.

Forget Make-Up. Science Suggests That These Are The Things That Actually Make You More Attractive

No, you cannot just buy these things from somewhere.

Everyone wants to appear attractive to the people around them. Some people are born with it, and some people use different methods to appear more attractive. But now, believe it or not, science has come up with ways that you can appear more attractive.

Yes! There have been many studies conducted to figure what people find attractive and sexy.

Let’s have a look at what the docs are saying:

  • Your scent – Being attractive is not about looking good just on the outside; you need to smell right too. Can you imagine sidling up to a woman/man who is super hot, and then being blown away by their body odour (and not in a good way)? Gross. No matter how sexy and attractive you are, the moment someone gets a whiff of bad body odour, it’s a complete turn off. So spritz on some perfume that will take care of the problem. When you spray yourself with a perfume that you like, you boost your confidence levels and feel happier, and that shows. When someone else inhales that, it triggers a positive feeling.
  • Your voice – Women may think low and husky is sexy; unfortunately, men don’t. This works not only in relationships, but in friendships and on the professional front as well. As far as women are concerned, a normal pitch comes across as feminine and pulls males towards them. A man with a sexy, husky voice is a total turn on, and women may overlook some other less appealing factors.
  • Colour me red – Studies conducted across the world have shown that women in red are like magnets. Men love it. Women in red imply sexual readiness, and men find that attractive – whether it’s red lips, a dress, or shoes. Women, you’ll feel more confident when you wear something red, especially red lipstick. That has the power to grab a lot of attention.
  • Sense of humour – I’m sure you’re nodding along as you read this. Anyone with a good sense of humour is definitely a magnet. If you can make your potential romantic partner smile and laugh, you’re on the right track. When women genuinely smile, with happiness, their face lights up – it really does.

You don’t need to go on a shopping spree to pick up new clothes and make-up to appear attractive. You need to put your chin up, pull your shoulders back, and take on the world – you have scientific backing now to guide you along!

A Loving Kiss Proved To Be Deadly For This Baby. Let This Incident Be A Warning

A rare, unfortunate case of a loving kiss gone very wrong

That children are vulnerable right after birth, and in the first 2 months of their life, is a no brainer. This is the time when their bodies are developing, and they are prone to infections; hence the constant refrain – wash and sanitise your hands. While many shrug off the sanitising routine, there’s good reason to ensure that your baby stays safe and infection free. In a recent case in Iowa, United States, a 3-week old baby died within 2 weeks of contracting viral meningitis caused by HSV-1, a virus that systematically attacked all her organs, leading to death.

What is the HSV-1 virus?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the “…herpes simplex virus, or herpes, is categorized into 2 types: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Of these, HSV-1 is mainly transmitted by oral-to-oral contact to cause oral herpes (which can include symptoms known as ‘cold sores’).” While this virus usually causes cold sores and blisters, in rare cases, it leads to viral meningitis, which is infectious and can be passed between people because of coughing, sneezing, or as in this case, a likely kiss when the baby came in contact with a visitor who was infected. People with low immunity and newborns are particularly susceptible to contracting illness after exposure to the virus, but in this case, it led to meningitis.

 

What happened in this case

In this case, the newborn baby, Mariana Sifrit, whose parents Nicole and Shane Sifrit got married a week after her birth, have said that during the wedding ceremony, their child began to exhibit signs of listlessness, fever, and was not waking up. When the parents rushed her to the hospital, they were informed that she had contracted viral meningitis, and that her organs had started failing. While doctors tried to do the best they could, such young children are very vulnerable and after spending 10 days in the hospital, the baby girl passed away at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. 

 

Keeping your baby safe

 

In order to ensure that your baby is insulated from such viruses to some degree, it doesn’t hurt to be extra vigilant, especially in the early days. For the first 6 weeks, try and restrict the number of visitors the child comes in contact with. When guests arrive, be militant about asking them to thoroughly wash and sanitise their hands. It’s okay to say no if someone with a cough and cold asks to visit the baby in those initial days. It’s also okay to refuse to let people kiss your baby for the first 6 weeks. In fact, it might be good to make it imperative to refuse. And last but not the least, if your child has fever or exhibits behaviour that does not seem normal, go see a paediatrician to rule out something serious.

Mother's Sugar Intake During Pregnancy Can Impact Child's Asthma Risk, Says Study

If you are pregnant and eating too many sweets and pastries, stop! Take a minute to read this.

A study published in the European Respiratory Journal, based on data collected from Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, indicates that pregnant mothers who consume excessive sugar are making their babies susceptible to the development of allergies and allergic asthma. The study involved the observation of 9,000 mother-child pairs since the early 1990s. The mothers’ quantity of free sugar intake and the children’s proneness to asthma were noted.  

According to the lead researcher, Professor Seif Shaheen, definite claims about the correlation between high sugar intake by mothers and allergy and allergic asthma in offspring cannot be made. But the observation is alarming enough to trigger further investigations to be made in a hurry – the study needs to be replicated and a control group needs to be observed. The professor advised, "In the meantime, we would recommend that pregnant women follow current guidelines and avoid excessive sugar consumption".  

But what’s the cause? How does excess sugar lead to asthma? The explanation given is that a high amount of fructose in the body can trigger the immune system, which can cause inflammation in the developing lungs of a foetus. A high amount of sugar in the mother’s blood is anyway not conducive for the healthy development of the foetus. It can lead to insulin malfunctioning in the mother with disastrous developmental issues in the child – excess weight, hyperactive pancreas etc.

There is a saying, especially in the Indian tradition, that pregnant mothers who eat a lot of sweets indicate that they are carrying a male child. Hope not, because that would mean a world full of unhealthy males! In many cases, pregnancy does increase the mother’s appetite and desire for a particular kind of food. In such circumstances, it would be wise to choose carefully what to eat – choose fruits over chocolate mousse, and a smoothie over a gulab jamun. You can also visit a dietitian if you are confused about what to eat.

So eat right, keep off excess sugar, and have a healthy, bonny baby!

Does The Gonorrhoea Superbug Mean The End Of Oral Sex?

Gonorrhoea wasn’t ever good news, but this superbug just made it worse

The World Health Organization has come out with a piece of alarming news – a dangerous form of gonorrhoea is spreading, which is either highly difficult to treat because of its increasing resistance to antibiotics, or is untreatable. 

The WHO has warned that gonorrhoea is now becoming gonorrhoea superbug, and is spreading mostly because of an increase in oral sex and a decline in the use of condoms. Data from 77 countries was analysed, and it was shown that the sexually transmitted infection’s resistance to antibiotics is increasing. Worldwide, 78 million people are affected by this STI annually. Gonorrhoea is extremely painful, and can cause infertility, amongst other effects. 

What’s oral sex got to do with it?

As with other STIs, one can contract gonorrhoea by unprotected sex – vaginal, anal, or oral, while it can be spread via touch too, i.e., through fingers, sex toys etc. It can infect the genitals, rectum, and throat. When the throat is infected, and antibiotics are taken for something as commonplace as a bad throat, the antibiotics mix with the gonorrhoea bacteria (Neisseria species) and this helps them adapt and become resistant to antibiotics. 3 cases have been identified where gonorrhoea has already become untreatable – one each in France, Japan, and Spain. 

Experts say that a decline in condom use, along with increased travel, urbanisation, and poor detection rates, have led to this situation. People in lower-income groups, teens, and other high-risk groups should be especially careful, and should get themselves screened regularly for all STIs. 

 

According to the WHO, the situation is “fairly grim”. There are only 3 drugs in the development pipeline that could possibly be used for the treatment of gonorrhoea, and those too carry no guarantee. The World Health Organization has suggested that eventually, vaccines will be needed to halt the rapid progress of the STI. 

What you can do

Well, for starters, always have safe sex, even if it is oral sex that you are indulging in. Get yourself tested regularly, especially if you have multiple partners. Listen to your body – if you experience a symptom that wasn’t there before you had sex, go see your doctor immediately. Statistics show that giving oral sex to a man has higher chances of leading to gonorrhoea than if you were to pleasure a woman orally. 

We should be spreading awareness about the infection, so the number of people getting infected can go down. There is also a strong need to remove the stigma around STIs in general and gonorrhoea in particular, so that being safe and getting regularly tested is seen as a sign of smartness, and not of shame. 

The 4 Things You Never Knew That Can Keep Women From Being Turned On

A woman is free if she has power over her body, her desire, her libido.

As a human, you cannot be aroused 24*7, whether you’re a man or a woman. But understanding libido is a little more complicated in women, not least because of the constant hormonal turmoil menopause could mark a significant change in her libido, for good or for bad. But sometimes, there their body is going through. For instance, in a woman, periods of menstruation, pregnancy, and are other reasons causing dampened sexual desire in women that may cause acute personal distress, and affect the quality of their lives, and of people around them.

Let’s begin with identifying a low libido. Symptoms:

  • Lack of sexual thoughts.
  • Lack of sexual desire, without an underlying medical or physical cause.
  • Strained relationships due to the lack of sexual thoughts/desire.

The next step is identifying what may have led to this situation. Sexual drive is known to naturally decline with age, both for men and women. But what we forget is that sexual desire is more than just feeling ‘horny’. It also consists of interpersonal and psychological factors that determine whether the person has a decreased sexual desire for their partner, or in general. Sexual desire remains a subject that is quite debatable, mostly misunderstood, and commonly avoided. Even though there are several factors that govern desire and libido, here are the most common reasons that could be keeping you from being a tigress in bed:

  • Interpersonal strain – Performance issue/s with a woman’s partner, lack of emotional satisfaction in the relationship, or overwhelming household responsibilities and the stress resulting from it are natural reasons for a woman to lack sexual desire.
  • Sociocultural influences – Stress resulting from outside, like stress from jobs; and negative images of sexuality that may cause fear or loss of interest in the sexual act are other reasons why a woman might have a low libido.
  • Low testosterone – Testosterone is the hormone that governs sexuality in both men and women. In women especially, testosterone levels peak in the 20s, and decline till menopause, post which, there is a dramatic drop – both in testosterone and in desire.
  • Medications – Antidepressants, high blood pressure medicines, and oral contraceptives are known to lower sexual drive by lowering the available testosterone, or by affecting blood flow (and thus, blood flow to the genitals).

How do you find your desire back? Remember I said that desire is complicated? Well, it is, and that is what makes treatment tricky. Since desire, and therefore, the loss of it, is a combination of physical and several other factors, the treatment also tries to approach the problem from all possible directions. I will try and keep this short, but to briefly explain – depending on the possible cause, the treatment for low sexual desire may involve:

  • Counselling for couples with relationship strain, to try and understand the issues that are causing dissatisfaction, and sorting through those.
  • Changing medications or dosage, to address the low libido.
  • Addressing any medical condition, such as fibroids, through a possible surgery.
  • Vaginal oestrogens: In case of women going through menopause, vaginal dryness may be treated with oestrogen creams that are applied to the vagina directly.
  • Testosterone therapy: Although approval on any drug to treat sexual problems in women is pending, gynaecologists may recommend an off-label testosterone treatment, through pills or hormone injections, to restore testosterone to normal levels and revive libido. However, it comes with its own risks.

Save The Spank: 6 Reasons Why Hitting Your Child Is Not A Good Idea

We’ve all received a spank or two as a kid, but you shouldn’t do that to your child. Here’s why.

We all know that children can be terribly exasperating, but nothing they do actually warrants being hit. Here’s why you should mind that hand:

  • Can cause emotional scarring – Some children don’t react too adversely to a whack, but if your child is sensitive, chances are he or she will be traumatised by that slap, and carry that fear and resentment forward through the growing years. Also, many children feel defenseless, and their self-esteem takes a severe beating when their parents lash out at them in this manner. Sadly, they are not learning anything through the spank, so it really is detrimental.
  • It creates an aggressive personality – Children learn how to handle conflict in their early years, and by hitting them, you are sending out the signal that all conflicts can be resolved by brute force. Bad idea. This kind of disciplinarian action is often counterproductive, as it makes aggressive behaviour an acceptable norm and standard. This is a big concern, as it creates aggressive adults who are angry, and unafraid to lash out if the need arises.
  • Damages the parent-child relationship – At that point, you may feel like this is the only way to shake some sense into your child, but in the long run, always remember that hitting damages the foundation of the parent-child relationship. It will make it difficult for your child to trust you, or to see you as someone he or she can come to if they mess up, or do something that’s likely to anger you.
  • You are teaching them that it’s okay to hit – You must remember that for almost all the years leading to their teenage years, parents are the biggest role models for children, and they try and mirror your attitude, personality, behaviour etc. If you think it’s ok for you to hit, the child picks ›up on this, and in turn, believes it is ok to replicate this behaviour when he or she finds himself in a spot. 
  • Sends the wrong message about authority figures – By hitting your child, you are sending them the message that since you are older and stronger, you can get away with hitting them. This often turns children into bullies as they grow older, as they feel that if they are in charge, they can hit someone. Also, as your child grows older and bigger, there could come a time when he or she retaliates, and you could face a severe backlash
  • Immediate compliance is not a long-term solution – You may think that by spanking the child you are nipping some reprehensible behaviour in the bud, but the truth is that you have only managed to curb the behaviour at hand for the moment. If you are looking for a sustained solution to a particular problem, it might help if you addressed it and reasoned it out with your child (if he or she is of a reasonable age). 

These 5 Signs Mean That You Are Finally Ready For Your Soulmate

Are you ready to accept, nurture, support, and love someone just yet?

You’ve all surfed scary waves on the internet, figuring out how/where to find your soulmate. You’re so busy learning, when do you know if you’re ready? These signs could be the green signal(s)!

  • You’re feeling a bit gutsy in life – I’m talking about spirited grace – to accept criticism cheerfully, be calm/poised during difficulties, and to say ‘no’ to people, in a way that makes them still want to be friends with you. These skills are about self-awareness/balance; and you get bruised many times when trying to get it right. If you feel you have arrived at a good place, rest assured you’re radiating a level of positivity that’ll attract just the right person, who’ll elevate your vibe by adding to it.
  • Taking care of yourself takes priority – Those once-therapeutic spontaneous coffee meets/lunchtime gabbing sessions now seem strangely random. You begin realising that you’d rather use some of those opportunities to slot in an hour at the gym/yoga studio, indulge in private retail therapy, or even do nothing at all. The importance of saving your energies, and not being visible everywhere just for the heck of it, takes on a fresh meaning. That’s because you’re actually evolving, and need to shed a few energies that take out of you more than they add to you.
  • Materialistic conversations are boring – ‘Lifestyle discussions’ for you now mean the story of someone’s life, where they’ve travelled, and what they’ve done to make a difference, however small. The make of their watch/car and their address isn’t relevant as a parameter for fostering intimacy of any kind. It’s your way of connecting with the bigger picture, the Universe, and knowing the difference between what’s truly real, and what’s illusionary.
  • You feel comfortable not explaining yourself – You want to live and let live, and hope to receive the compliment in return. Sometimes, when it doesn’t happen, you find the patience within yourself to let the conflict pass. Or, you realise you’re self-sufficient enough to compensate for the discrepancy yourself. It’s easier than justifying your wants/needs, especially when people only hear what they want to. Such unshakeable self-confidence attracts the kind of enrichment/admiration that only a true soulmate can afford.
  • Your lone-wolf tendencies actually make you attractive, not creepy – This isn’t a romanticised notion! If you choose to become someone who doesn’t run away from themselves, it begins to show. When it becomes a habit to relish your own company, you’re enveloped in all your positive qualities. They’re amplified because you’ve given them the space/time to ‘come out’ in a personal environment, free from vested interests/judgements of others. You’re not the crazy cat lady, you’re the she-wolf with the multi-layered personality. And you’re powerfully enigmatic because only you know which layer shows itself, and when. Okay, a tad romanticised, but the visual helps, right?

You might think these aren’t ‘special signs’, because they’re so ‘everyday’. They’re not though, not in the current times, when social media validation provides to people what they should be providing for themselves.

It’s not enough to just have an inclination towards these signs; they’re significant when they define your lifestyle, and even reputation. If they sound like you, keep at it; the tranquillity of a soulmate within reach is exactly that. Within reach.

Early Bird Special: Sex After 60

Sex is everyone’s birthright, and basically better late than never. Or maybe it’s just better late. Here are a few things you should know.

‘Sex after 60’. Sounds like a movie, and why not? There is no better time to love than at 60, no better time to begin to live! Your entire life was spent on first educating yourself, then educating your children, working your butt off to secure your family, and struggling with the daily drama. That much struggle is bound to give you more than a few greys and wrinkles. Now you’re 60, and you feel like your entire life just whizzed by. Not true: what have you lost, but a few hairs and some calcium? You’ve only gained in these 60 years or so – both weight and wisdom.

Now you only have obligations to yourself, and to your partner. Why don’t you go out on dates, buy each other gifts, get a couples’ massage, and make sweet love?

Don’t give me the “Oh, I’m too old for that”. You’re NOT. When it comes to senior sex, it’s use it or lose it. You should have sex, just like you try and get regular exercise. It’s a part of taking care of yourself. A lot of adults above 60 years of age are making some great love, the kind that is supposed to be knocking socks off, says research. Specifically, data from the University of Chicago’s National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, presented in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that many men and women remain sexually active even when in their 70s and 80s. Go for a jog, do a few push-ups, have a smoothie, and get ready to rock and roll!

But before you begin (in case you haven’t already), keep these little things in mind, for they may come in handy for an overall smooth round or 2 of the good ol’ slap and tickle.

  • Just get it on – In all honesty, if you don’t use a machine for years, it is obvious that it will rust. Your sex organs are no different. Post 40, your sex drive starts receding, taking a lazy backseat. But that does not mean that you let everything waste away. If everything is in order physiologically, there should be nothing stopping you from getting at it, and believe me, the desire will follow.
  • Calendar check – Spontaneity is overrated. Plus, you’ve had enough of it by now. What you could try at this point, is schedule a session in advance; make a time-table if you must. Not only will it give you time to cuddle, and fondle, and slowly move into it, but also, just the anticipation will get you sufficiently aroused.
  • Decode your ‘tingle time’ – The sex drive, even for a 20-year-old, ebbs and flows through the day. The worst time, by the way, would be after a heavy meal, because all of your body’s energy is getting directed to your digestion at that time. Listen to your body, when does it ‘tingle’? Whether it’s at 2 am or 5 pm, we say, go for it!
  • The wetter, the better – Older women tend to lose the natural lubrication they have when they’re younger. Hormonal changes can be a reason for it, but thank God for lubricants – all your ‘wet worries’ should be sorted.
  • Go the extra mile – A strategically chosen/used sex toy can be just the extra push you needed to reach an orgasm. Older couples often need more stimulation, which is intense. Don’t be afraid to try new things for some extra spice. Stop being boring, this is no time for that. This is time to do the tango.

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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.

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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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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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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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