May 31, 2015

Say No To Food Wastage

                                      Love and food are meant for sharing not for wasting 

Food wastage in India is a huge problem for any nation, especially a developing one such as our own. Loads of food is wasted in developed countries for all the wrong reasons, but in our case, the reasons are more due to the lack of adequate infrastructure. 

40% of all fresh grown food perishes before it can get to the markets or consumers because we don’t have adequate storage and transport facilities. It’s quite ironical, since India houses one third of the world poor, and people die everyday of starvation and hunger, and we end up wasting almost half of our food produce. 

To top that, 47% of Indian kids are underweight and 46% of those under three years old are too tiny for their age There has also been a prediction for the worsening of our condition in the coming decades by the UN. We also happen to rank 63rd in the World Hunger Index, leaving all our beloved neighbors behind. So how do we tackle this huge problem? 

Its simple. Start by your own self. You cant expect things to change, you gotta make it happen! India is the biggest waster of food in the world, believe it or not! We cant prevent the facts like lack of cold storage freezers or modern food chains being absent that cause wastage. That’s something that the government and major industries need to work on. 

But what we can do is the simple things, don’t cook heaps of food that you or your family won’t end up eating, and even if you do, make sure you save the leftovers for the poor beggar sitting round the corner starving or even the watchman of your societies who may not be getting 2 meals a day.

Rich brats that take a couple of bites and throw the remainder of that super expensive burger could take the small trouble of walking over to the beggar or leper sitting right beside that dustbin so that he can at least fill his stomach with something rather than hunt inside the filthy dustbins at night and contract diseases for which he can’t afford the treatment. 

It has been said a thousand times before, that we’re an interdependent society that can only develop collectively, selfishness and lack of compassion or concern for the surroundings is only going to do more harm than good.


May 27, 2015

Is Your Honey Pure or Factory Fake?

How can we differentiate 100% pure honey and adulterated honey? 

Honey purity is something to consider when buying your honey. Most of the honey in the grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce but fake and impure honey. Why? It happens because of the high demand for pure honey resulting from its medicinal and nutrient value. Individuals and companies have taken advantage of this in a move to make an extra buck by selling fake honey. Pure honey is at times referred to as real , natural or organic honey. 

By just looking packaged honey on the shelves, it is almost impossible to tell whether the honey is fake or real. Pure honey is the natural product made by honey bees .It is the floral nectar gathered by the bees, processed, and stored in the comb inside the hives. 

While Fake honey is also referred to as impure, artificial or adulterated, that has added glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, corn syrup, starch, or any other similar product, other than floral nectar. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw and pure counterpart.

Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff. Legal standards and requirements for foods, including honey quality and tests for honey adulteration vary widely among countries and some may not meet the wish of every consumer around the world. 

There are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. 

There's another simple way to verify the purity of honey: 

Observe how liquid honey comes down into a glass of water. Pure honey does not immediately dissolve in water; you will notice that it takes a bit of effort to stir it in the water to dissolve the lumpy bits, whereas sugar tends to dissolve easily in a jiggery as you drop them into the water. 

Another way is Using water just pour water into a glass, spoon out a tablespoon of honey from the honey jar, you want to test. Place the spoon in the glass of water. Gently shake the glass. If the honey starts to dissolve and mix with the water, it’s not pure and some amount of water has been added to it. But if the honey forms a small lump and sinks to the bottom of the glass, it is pure in quality.

Since ancient times, honey has been a well-liked food. Following are reasons why pure honey is considered beneficial for your health.

  •  It is a source of energy. 
  •  Pure honey is a natural source of minerals and Vitamins: calcium, iron and potassium and vitamin C & B complex. 
  • Treatment of Burns Antimicrobial Activity 
  • Other benefits of pure honey include, immune booster for seasonal allergies, antioxidant, food additive, an ingredient for skin care, weight loss etc. 

Where can pure honey be found and bought? Well, you already know the health benefits of real honey, you have learnt some tips on how to choose between pure and impure honey next is you probably want to know where you can find pure honey. 

According to experts, the best place to buy 100% pure honey is from a trusted local bee keeper. However, this type of honey can be quite expensive and at the same time the bee keeper may be far away. However, you can also find pure honey in the local stores near you or online.

May 24, 2015

Beware of Dyed Watermelons This Summer

Everyone is tempted towards red and juicy watermelons being sold in markets by roadside vendors. Melons are a popular fruit of summers though its demand decreases after the arrival of mangoes. Yet this fruit tempts every passer-by because of its attractive shape and colour. 

But before you buy this red goodie, think twice as this redness may not be good for heath. Extra redness you see in these watermelons, according to health experts, there is indeed something suspicious behind the sheen. 

Most of the watermelons being sold in the market are very red and juicy. But one must remember that watermelons become sweeter only after summers starts hitting the region. This implies that most of the watermelons being sold in markets nowadays are ripen by artificial methods. 

Vendors offer bright red pieces of melons to consumers who buy the same without even thinking of its adverse effects. They have apparently started injecting a red dye into the watermelon to give it a bright red shade. These colours are toxic and may cause deadly diseases. 

A spurious red colour injected into watermelon gives it an attractive shade. Even the round shape can be an indicator for buyers as most of them have been ripen by exposing to carbide that generates ethylene gas which gives out heat that in turn helps the fruit to ripe fast and in proper shape.

 Use of harmful colours in foods to simply make food look attractive, is not restricted to watermelons alone. Even vegetables are not spared. Lady-fingers, pumpkin, brinjal are also adulterated. Due to poor enforcement of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, the consumer's ignorance is the bigger apathy which allows adulterators to get away with such practices.

According to the expert, the colours used in artificial ripening include sudan red, methanol yellow and lead chromate. "Carbide which is used to ripen the fruit is harmful for liver and kidney, while methanol yellow can cause cancer, stomach ailments and degeneration of the male reproductive organs. Lead chromate can cause anaemia, brain damage and blindness. Whereas, sudan red is also harmful for stomach and digestion.

There is no other way to check this illegal practice other than the consumer awareness. People can use these tips to identify dyed fruits and vegetables : 
 1) Fruits and vegetables should be uniformly coloured.
 2) If black blotches appear on the skin of fruits and vegetables within 2-3 days, it means chemical is        been injected. 
 3) If the fruits is round in shape. (Carbine chemical generates ethylene gas which releases excess heat and makes the fruit to ripen fast and in total round shape) 

Apart from following these tips, people must go for seasonal fruits and vegetables and in case of any health hazard consulting a doctor immediately is the only solution.

May 23, 2015

Plant Based Diet

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. Albert Einstein

Plant based diets seem to be quite the trend today, with the Indian mentality staying consistent over the past years and looking to the west for inspiration.
While a plant based diet has a whole array of benefits, it has become popular in most parts thanks to Hollywood actors, ex American presidents and other celebrities and global names who inspire the Indians probably more than most other nations such as the Chinese for example! 

Good luck convincing one of them to switch to a plant based diet! Anyway, what really is a plant based diet? No it’s not veganism. Although veganism is one end of the spectrum, it simply means relying on more volumes of foods produced by plant sources than animal sources. These include whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits and legumes among others. 

 A plant based diet boasts of an array of benefits for both your own as well as environmental health. Not only does it discourage the indiscriminate killing of animals for meat but also makes you feel like you’re part of some sort of a fight against animal cruelty. Feel good diet isn’t it? 

It also reduces the exhaustion rate of environmental resources since rather than first producing grains and feeding loads of these grains to animals and then finally eating animals, we’re directly eating the grain itself. Studies show us that plant based food pack a nutritional punch, and contain all the vital vitamins and nutrients that our body needs to grow and function (with the exception of Vitamin B 12).

The risk of cancer is also reduced which arises when meats are grilled and or processed before consumption. This diet also provides you with enough protein to grow and repair muscles.
Take a look at Bollywood hunks Akshay Kumar or Shahid Kapoor if you have any doubts.

 Now moving on to your favorite reason to pick a plant-based diet over a non-vegetarian one – it’s easy on your pockets. It’s a no brainier guys, vegetarian food is cheaper isn't it? Same case.

 Plant based diets also help you lose weight since they are loaded with fiber which keeps you full for longer and prevents overeating. They also have a much lower calorie content so you end up having two to three whole plant based meals which equal the calorific content of one meal at KFC or Mc Donald’s. 

It’s a diet most people resort to for weight loss and rightly so. Plant based food is the ideal way to go about your diet, a little meat now and then won’t harm you but bulk of the reliance should be on veggies and fruits to stay clean and lean.

May 20, 2015

True Elements Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar’s uses and benefits dates back to ancient times. It is said to have been used by Hippocrates as a health tonic and by American soldiers in world war to combat indigestion, pneumonia and scurvy. While times may have changed, ACV is still a versatile, well-known home remedy to multiple health problems in many homes.

There are tons of ways to incorporate True Elements ACV into your daily routine, we will tell you how along with its benefits.

Benefits :

Regulates Blood Sugar Levels :

 By far this the most successful benefit of apple cider vinegar. It is really useful for type 2 Diabetics. It has shown great promise in improving insulin sensitivity and helping to lower blood sugar responses after meals.
Helps in Weight Loss: 
As Apple cider vinegar lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, it makes sense that it could help in weight loss.Several research studies suggest that vinegar can increase satiety and even helps in weight loss. It increases the feeling of fullness and help you eat fewer calories, which can lead to reduce weight loss over time.
Good for the Heart: 
Apple cider vinegar may reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure, but this is yet to be confirmed through research.
May protect against Cancer: 
It is possible that apple cider vinegar may help to prevent cancer. Some studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can slow the growth of cancer cells and shrink tumors but research is still going on. 
Balances over all health: 
Apple cider vinegar will balance overall health of your body system. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and infection chances. Hence, apple cider vinegar gives natural boost of energy to body. 
 Natural Detoxifier:
It helps body to detoxify naturally. Stimulates cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.  
Good for Lymphatic System:
Apple cider vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Research shows that it can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous, sinus congestion, sore throats and headaches. 
 Treats heartburn naturally: 
Apple cider vinegar works by maintaining acid levels in stomach hence reducing heartburn. Experts say that you should begin to feel the effect soon after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. 
Treats Candida
Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that treats candida—yeast growth in body. 
Clears Skin Problems:
Maintains pH level of skin, works as a natural toner and helps clearing multiple skin problems. 
Good for hair: 
Bring back those shiny locks and get rid of dandruff problems naturally with the help of apple cider vinegar. 
Maintains dental health: 
With the help of apple cider vinegar remove teeth stains naturally. 
 Soothes sunburnt skin
 Apple cider vinegar eliminates discomfort in the skin occurred from sunburn. 
Antimicrobial Properties: 
Apple cider vinegar contains high acetic acid content which has antimicrobial properties that can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. Vinegar has been used as a food preservative, and research studies show that it inhibits the multiplication of bacterial growth (like E. coli) in food and protects it from spoiling. It is the natural way to preserve your food for long time.  
Check out all of the awesome and creative ways to add ACV to your life : 
 1) Use 2 Tablespoon True Elements Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 Glass of warm water and little honey in morning empty stomach and half an hour before any meal, if you have high bp, diabetes and weight problem.
 2) Use it as a facial toner. Mix 2 tablespoon with water and apply with cotton, leave it overnight. 
3) Helps with upset stomach—holds antibiotic properties and pectin which soothe the stomach. Try True Elements ACV with warm water. 
4) Use True Elements ACV in your bath. Add ½- 1 cup to your bath water along with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil for a relaxing and detoxifying bath. 
5) Use True Elements apple cider vinegar to get rid of hiccups—the sour taste of a straight teaspoon can stop hiccups. 
 6) Clear a stuffy nose by mixing a teaspoon of True Elevenths ACV in a glass of water and drinking. 
 7) Get rid of bad breath—add ½ Tablespoon of True Elements ACV to a cup of water, and gargle for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty. 
 8) Use True Elements apple cider vinegar to soothe a sore throat. Mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle every hour. 
 9) For Shiny hair and to get rid of dandruff problems, dilute 1 cup of True Elements ACV to water, let it stay in your scalp for 2-3 minutes and rinse. 
10) For white teeth, mix 1 tablespoon True Elements ACV in one cup of water and use just like mouth wash. Use it once a week and see the results.

We are sure you have got enough reasons to give a space to True Elements Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Life and Your Kitchen! 

May 19, 2015

Time to Say Good Bye to Instant Noodles

Instant noodles? Just the name activates your salivary gland, isn’t it? Instant noodles have long been a popular meal option among students, bachelors, and even married people. Instant noodles are being loved for their convenience and low cost. Not in a mood to cook? Have instant noodles! Late night hunger pangs? Have instant noodles! These instant noodles have become integral part of our life. 

Food companies manufacturing these instant noodles target audiences with those heartwarming advertisements that you are ready to overlook the health effects these noodles have on your body. While you probably don’t consider them a health food, you may think they’re not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger and fries or a deep fried food. 

Let us burst your bubble research studies suggest that these instant noodles may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. And these studies also tell about how your stomach handles processed foods. When you eat these 2 minutes noodles (obviously it takes more than 2 minutes to cook) for starters it first puts strain in your digestive system which is forced to work for hours to break down this highly processed food ( most processed food lacks fiber, interfering with your blood sugar levels and release of insulin). 

When these so called 2 minute noodles remains in your digestive tract for such a long time, it will also impact nutrient absorption and has a long list of additives. This additive will likely remain in your stomach along with the seemingly invincible noodles, and may affect your health in the long run. 

 One of the study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who consumed more instant noodles had a significantly greater risk of metabolic regardless of their overall diet or exercise habits. Women who ate instant noodles more than twice a week were 68 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome -- a group of symptoms such as central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, elevated fasting triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol. This also increases your risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

 Eating instant noodles contributes little value to a healthy diet but are found high in unhealthy fats and sodium, just one package may contain 2,700 milligrams of sodium. Aside from a lot of sodium and the toxic preservative what else was found in a typical serving of instant noodles during the research? 

The monosodium glutamate (MSG) in instant noodles is reason enough to avoid them. It is an excitotoxin, overexcites your nerve cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain dysfunction and damage to varying degrees and potentially may cause diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and more. In one of the study done on rats, it was found out that MSG is the perfect obesity drug. If you want to achieve your ideal body weight and health, avoid MSG at all costs. 

Recently the famous newspaper, Times Of India reported that the Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has initiated inquiry and written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in New Delhi seeking to cancel the licence for Nestle Maggi. The state regulator has also asked FSSAI to order sampling of the product from across the country to check quality, officials said. The samples collected in some parts of Uttar Pradesh were found containing added MSG and lead in excess. Such additives are said to be harmful for health, mainly for children. 

One cannot ignore these research studies after all Health Is Wealth, but Occasionally eating a package of instant noodles clearly won’t kill you, but when you make a habit of substituting convenience foods for real food, it’s only a matter of time before health problems will likely develop.  
Processed foods encourage weight gain and chronic disease because they’re high in sugar, fructose, refined carbohydrates, and artificial ingredients, and low in nutrients and fiber. Processed foods are addictive and designed to make you overeat; they also encourage excessive food cravings, leading to weight gain. 

Whether its Maggi, Top Ramen or any other brand just don’t go by their claims of healthy food, get yourself educated on these processed food, use common sense and eat wisely. Your loved ones health is in your hand!

May 17, 2015

Is Your Couch Guiding You To Silent Self-destruction?

“We must use time as a tool not as a couch - John F Kennedy” 

After a long tiring day at work, doesn't heading back to the den and laying in the couch for as long as you can seem like the perfect option? While most of you spend your time on the couch, even on days when you don’t do anything at all and possibly even doze off there, you aren't aware of the health hazards that this soft comfortable piece of furniture could lead to.

There are a huge number of lethal flame-retardant chemicals in your couch. These toxins have been associated with different forms of cancer, disrupted hormones cycles and impaired learning abilities. Sadly, most of these chemicals are hard to trace and the furniture doesn't really come with a health hazard warning.Yes, this heavenly comfort comes at a deadly price, apart from making you a couch potato and a lethargic junk-eating organism.

A recently conducted study shows that people who are sedentary in nature and spend their times sitting on couches or driving long distances and sitting at work had 35% higher chance of blood pressure problems and were twice as likely to encounter cardiovascular (Heart, for those of you who don’t know what cardiovascular means) problems and more likely to get a stroke.

People who spent more than 23-25 hours a week in such sedentary activities were 50% such people were more likely to die of any cause. Sofas and seats are the new cigarettes! Children who were found to watch 2-5 hours of television had higher blood pressure readings than usual kids, even if they weren't hit by obesity. 

Speaking of obesity, here’s a line for you – ‘‘your body is a baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip." Sitting on the couch and eating a burger or a pizza is only adding to that baggage and pushing the obesity levels. People who cut their TV time to half, burnt more calories throughout the day than the lazy bums who didn't. No surprise there!

‘Extended sitting may lead to high levels of low-grade inflammation which in turn leads to heart conditions’, according to Emmanuel Stamatakis, of the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London. 

Another mechanism that has been shown to be possible through animal studies is the slowdown of lipid metabolism due to the reduced activity of lipoprotein lipase, which is an important enzyme. Long duration of inactivity increase the amount of fats in the blood and may lead to heart issues in the future. And no, hitting the gym for an hour a day does not compensate!

These long levels of inactivity need to come to a halt. Regular breaks must be taken between resting periods and lazing periods. Take a walk around the house. Stay active, for your own sake and that of your loved ones!

May 14, 2015

Can Those Nail Paints & Manicures Cause Cancer?

With the rising craze for cool designs on nails, French manicure, nail art among women they think if there is no warning label, it is free of health risks. They are, sadly, mistaken. But beware, the next time you think about changing your nail art more than five times a month, you are exposing yourselves to risk of cancer, warn skin experts. 

Nail polishes mainly consist of Nitro Cellulose, which has film-forming properties. Many cheap nail paints have a high amount of toxic substances such as phthalates, toluene and formaldehydes which are dangerous for health.

It's a known truth every woman longs for manicured nails and catchy polishes to make style statement. But with this article we want to draw your attention towards the truth behind those nail polishes and manicures. 

Your bottle of nail polish has at least three.

 1. Dibutyl phthalate — Used as a solvent for dyes and as a plasticizer to prevent nail polishes from becoming brittle, this phthalate is associated with liver and kidney failure in young children when products (and polished little fingers) containing phthalates are sucked or chewed for extended periods.

2. Formaldehyde — (Yes, seriously. In your nail polish.) Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in nail hardeners in concentrations of up to five per cent. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.

 3. Toluene — Toluene is a moderate skin irritant that can cause dermatitis with prolonged contact.Inhalation of toluene vapour can affect the central nervous system causing slight drowsiness and headache at low levels and Irritation of the nose, throat and respiratory tract at increased levels. 

Does this mean you have to stick to plain nails to stay healthy? Not necessarily! Although it is yet to discover a nail polish that is completely "natural," but you can choose options that are safe for you and the environment.

 No one is saying that occasional application of nail polish will cause long-term health consequences". But some researchers have suggested there may be concerns for those who work in nail salons and children, who are particularly susceptible to phthalates like DBP that pose developmental risks. 

 Manicures have long been a source of controversy with several studies showing that the practice can come with a costly price — skin cancer. But do you have to worry about an increased risk of melanoma at the nail salon too?

 The question has come up since the advent of manicures which has become an increasingly popular service for customers seeking longer wearing manicures — it can last up to three weeks. 

Technicians apply a special polish to nails and then cure the product, usually for four to eight minutes, using ultraviolet light. That’s the same kind of light that causes sun damage to our skin. “UV lamps of any wattage are like the sun on steroids. 

You get boosted UVA/UVB exposure in such a short amount of time,” To limit risk, the study’s authors recommended using sunscreens or UVA protective gloves when getting a gel manicure. 

 Ladies, beware! Beauty and style is important but not at the cost of your health.

May 11, 2015

Power Aging

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind it doesn't matter"

One of the universal truths is that no matter what you try, you’re going to grow old. That’s something you cannot change. But what you can change is the way in which you grow old, the manner of your aging and we’re going to tell you how to age gracefully and in the right manner so that you keep your mind and body healthy and stay happy. 

Let’s look at mental health first, and no it doesn't lie in an intense game of chess, or a Sudoku puzzle, it lies on your shoe rack! Yes, put on a stylish pair of sneakers and stay on the move. Research shows that an active lifestyle reduces the impact of age related decline of the brain and aerobic exercise is the most effective in this case.

 The other way to your brain is through your food pipe, and your diet does matter! Nuts, spices, healthy fats and colored fruits and veggies that are packed with antioxidants are important for keeping the brain healthy. You also need to remember that your brain starts slowing down once your into the 30’s so you need to speed it up. Train your Brain to stay sharp and quick. Think faster, even if you don’t have a deadline! 

When it comes to your skin, your eyes are not only a doorway to your soul but also giveaway your age far too easily. Use eye care, a couple of slices of cucumber, refrigerated green tea bags, under-eye creams and other eye remedies that we’ve mentioned in our previous posts and you’ll be fine. Use a good sunblock with SPF to protect the skin from sun damage and keep it young. 

Besides this, sip on green tea or white tea and consume as many antioxidants you can to keep the skin healthy and clean for as long as possible. 

Give up on those bad habits, its about time. You’ve enjoyed them for most of your life, but its time to give them up as soon as possible if you plan on aging gracefully. You can either be the fit happy old man with unlimited stamina at joggers park, or the sick pale waiting for death. Choice is yours! 

A Mediterranean diet has shown to work wonders for aging. You need to load up on veggies and have fish at least twice a week and completely exile butter from the dinner table! 

There are number of tips to age well, and you’ll come across a hundred everyday, but remember you need to first accept your age mentally in order to age well physically. 

Don’t be in denial, its inevitable. How you do it though, is up to you.

May 10, 2015

Jug Jug Jiyo Maa !

"All mothers are working mothers"
Mothers are not rare to find. Mothers comprise of a bundle of emotions that sometimes defy reason. So this goes out to all the mothers who have kept awake all night with their sick toddlers in their arms, constantly uttering those compassionate words, "It's OK Beta, Mummy's here." 

One day out of 365, we pay homage to our sainted mothers. So you think one day celebration is enough for long-suffering, uncomplaining, self-sacrificing MOTHER. Probably NOT!!

If you really want to pay back your mother for all she's done, just giving her a card and some flowers won't solve the purpose. On Mother’s Day ideally you should be thinking about what you have done for your mother so far and what you can do in the coming time! 

According to a study many jobs done by a mom as nurturer, nurse, cleaner and cook a year is incomparable. Just think about the duties you mother is been doing the day you were born to till date ; Cooking and cleaning, child care, Homework help, shopping, party and activity planning, finances, etc. .And most important, finding out what the kids are up to. 

Too much to do, Right? 

We want to salute mothers and celebrate their motherhood for a simple reason: moms have a tremendous impact on the world we live in. This article is a pure dedication; 
For those mothers who show up at work with milk stains on their dress and diapers in their handbags. 

For those mothers who cannot hold tears from coming down their cheeks when they hold their babies for the first time in their arms; and for the mothers who give birth to babies they'll never see. 

For the mothers who fight against all odds just to watch her kid perform and repeat to themselves "That's my Son or Daughter!!" 

For the mothers who taught their children to tie the shoelaces even before they started going to school. 

For the mothers who keep turning their heads when they hear the word "Mom", even though they know that their kids are nowhere around. 

For all those mothers whose heart aches to watch her son or daughter walking to school for the very first time. For the mothers of the Survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, clinging to their child who just arrived from school safely.

So, this is meant for all the young and aged mothers, working mothers and housewives, married mothers and the single mothers, those with money and without and for those without whom life would have been insufferable. 
Wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!! 

What moms really expect out of you? Of course, they don’t expect you to pay her back for all those years spent on you. Moms only want for us to be happy, healthy and appreciative. 

 This Mother’s Day, promise yourself that you will celebrate this day every day with her. You will let your Mom know you truly understand what she's worth. It's the least you can do.

May 05, 2015

Smoking Kills You and Your Loved Ones Too!!

Every time you light up a cigarette you are saying that your life isn't worth living!

You’ve probably read a million posts and pamphlets speaking about the data and science behind why you shouldn’t smoke a cigarette and what it can do to your body, and laughed at them. You’ve also not spared the sad stories and images of tar blackening the lungs in the movie theatres. Then this is also one of those boring articles you don't wanna read which tells you that you NEED to quit smoking, not for your loved ones, not for anyone else, but yourself. 

Every cigarette you smoke reduces your lifespan by 11 minutes.

It increases the risk of a heart attack from 20 to 40% in smokers.

35% more likely to get you cancer.

Even Hitler knew it better, the German led the first public anti-smoking campaign in modern times. Apple on the other hand voids the warranty of its computers when someone is smoking near them! 

Smoking has shown to reduce your bone density and make them hollow, increasing your risk for osteoporosis. Your lungs go for a toss, and may even reduce their ability to shrink and stretch which is how you breathe. Asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis are a few of the things you need to worry about too. 

Not to forget the constant fear of a flight of stairs when you see one, and the shortness of breath and tightness of the chest. Cigarettes contain about 100 cancer causing chemicals that can cause cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth, lips, stomach, larynx, bladder, pancreas and the list goes on. 

What you probably aren’t aware of is that smoking can make you go blind too. Studies have shown that smokers have increased chances of age related macular disorder, cataract and optic nerve damage, which can all lead to blindness.

For all the classy ones out there that think smoking menthol cigarettes is ‘cool’, let us add infertility to the list of health hazards these cigarettes cause. They are just as harmful, in fact even worse than usual cigarettes. 

Oh, and lets not forget pipe and cigar smokers. These people are at just as much risk as normal smokers, and in some cases even worse off since these pipes contain the same toxic tobacco and can lead to throat cancer, tongue cancer, esophageal cancer among others. 

Quit today people, it’s never too late. 69% of the smokers want to quit but don’t have the will power. No one’s going to come and do it for you, it’s a step you have to take, take control of your life before a small roll of tobacco takes all your decisions for you.

Choice is Yours BUT DON'T BE LATE!!

May 03, 2015

All About Allergies !!

First up, lets start with what an allergy actually is. It can be technically defined as a hypersensitive immune response to foreign substances that either enter or come into contact with your body. 

When you get spots on your face due to constant itching or start sneezing endlessly, the chances are that you've had an allergic reaction to some such substance. 

The most common allergen in our country is dust. The list is a huge one though, with mites, pollen, milk, peanuts and shellfish common names. This spectrum has now been stretched to even include semen and coins! 
Talk about taking things to the next level! Now let’s catch a quick crash course on the common allergies in India. 

First we have tiny pollen particles that are produced by trees and plants and cause sneezing, headaches and irritation in your throat. Certain cosmetics that you use may also have allergens and can cause redness of the portion to which they are applied. 

Next up are the microscopic villains – the house dust mites. These little devils are present in every corner of your house and concentrated on the carpets and blankets, you could be allergic to them too. Animals carry dander, a protein that they produce which can lead to excessive sneezing and even asthma upon exhaling so keep your homes spotless! 

There’s an endless list of food products and drugs that may contain certain elements that cause allergic reactions in your body. Many of you may even be allergic to insulin or lactose intolerant. These forms of food allergies are very dangerous and can even lead to death so please head to the doctor, find out the food you’re allergic to and don’t ever eat it! 

The last of the lot is insect allergies, which are caused by the bites of dangerous insects roaming free in the wild. Such allergies must be treated immediately since some of these bites could be lethal. Now for an even quicker crash course on a few remedies, water up your nose with saline solution for elimination of any allergens that may be stuck on the inside of your nose and causing you upper respiratory allergies.

 The next one is more of a preventive measure; wash yourself well after coming home especially during the pollen season. It’ll make sure to rid you of the pollen and spare you the million sneezes. Also wash your pet so that you don’t have any dander to worry about! 

Most allergies peak during the summer season, so what better way to boost your under attack immune system than a chilled citrus drink that also beats the heat? Load a glass with a few ice cubes, orange juice and a pinch of lemon juice and enjoy your day. Red onion water is another allergy remedy since the onions contain water-soluble quercetin which is a compound that is anti-histamine and hence anti allergy! Besides these, honey is a great common home remedy for certain allergies.

A proper knowledge about allergies can save your life and loved ones as well ! Be AWARE !!