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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Science-Backed Sex Secrets for Married Couples

Couples who have a healthy & active sex life have the habit down to a science. Anyone can steal the tricks of people who make sex a priority. There is no 'Kama Sutra' or self-help book required. Instead, it all comes down to tapping into your own psychology. Here are some research-backed secrets of couples who have regular sex with their (respective) partners:-

  • Personality affects every aspect of life, including sex. Newly-wed couples in which woman ranked high in agreeableness, or the desire to please others, tended to have sex more often than other couples. The research looked at the personality traits like conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness, neuroticism and extraversion to make a conclusion.

    The study also found that while men tried to initiate sex more, the women were ultimately the ones who determined whether or not the couple engaged in the activity.

  • A study found extra hours of sleep corresponded with higher levels of sexual desire in college-aged women.

  • Emotional intimacy can spark physical intimacy. 75% of sexually satisfied men and 74% of sexually satisfied women reported that their partner said 'I Love You' during their last sexual encounter. Many of the same individuals also said that setting the mood and engaging in sexy talk also helped with satisfaction.

  • Trying new things in bed also make the respondents happier. And who won't want to engage in an activity that makes them happy more often?

  • Regular physical activity can enhance sex drive, particularly for men. Men who exercise more report better erectile function. Regular workouts also may help reverse a low sex drive.

  • Sex is supposed to be pleasurable, not an item to-do list. When couples were asked to have more sex, they viewed it more like a chore and subsequently experienced a drop in mood. The key goal to having better sex may be not making it a goal at all and just letting the desire - whenever it hits - steer either couple in the right direction.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Arm Dark Skin for Women! Why? Solutions.

People with a darker skin tone tend to have pigmented underams. Apart from obesityand a family history, there are a few conditions that can lead to darkening of underarm skin which is quite an embarassing common problem, especially among Indian women. Here are some facts about under the arms dark skin and solutions for it:-

  • Dark underarms are seen in Addison's disease, a condition in which the adrenal glands produce insufficient hormones. This is a temporary problem that usually occurs during pregnancy and gradually disappears a few months post-delivery.

  • Hormonal changes that occur in ailments like polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD), insulin resistance and diabetes also lead to darkening and thickening of the under arm skin due to an over production of skin cells. However, most of the hormonal induced darkening is reduced once the underlying hormones fall within the normal range.

  • The darkening of the skin under the arms can also occur because of an irritation in the are due to the regular use of deodorants, perfumes, synthetic clothing and self-prescribed lightening creams to name a few.

  • The best course of action would be to consult a dermatologist who will examine the skin after taking a detailed history to rule out any hormonal changes or conditions that can be the cause for the darkening of the skin under the arms.

  • There are a few treatments that can help a great deal in tackling this problem. Laser Lightening is one of the most recent, painless procedures that lighten underarm skin without causing any adverse effects. But laser lightening needs at least six regular sittings done at lest a month apart.

  • Getting a laser treatment to remove underarm hair is very helpful to improve the texture of underarm skin as regular shaving, hair removal creams and waxing darkens underarm skin gradually and the laser removal of hair helps improve the skin. For Indian skin, a diode laser has the proven to be safe and most effective. A dermatologist examines the skin and hair of the patient of the patient and then decides on the best technology option that will work for him / her.

  • 'Microdermabrasion' (MDA) is a machine that uses a rough tip or a row of crystals to polish the skin. Its exfoliating action effectively treats uneven skin, removes dullness and smoothens the underarm skin. This can be followed by application of mild serums which penetrate the skin better after MDA and effectively lighten the area.

  • Fruits peels refer to chemical peels that are a combination of naturally available lightening agents like lactic acid and citric acid and hydroxy acids. Fruit peels are the best option for those with sensitive skin as these chemical peels do not cause many side effects and are also mild. They even out the skin, remove and skin and also reduce pigmentation.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

Those who eat chocolate habitually have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke as compared to those who did not. Here are some facts about chocolate and its health benefits:-

  • Our normally body processes and contaminants in the environment like cigarette smoke form free radicals which can damage body cells. And to combat the damage causes by the free radicals, the body needs antioxidants. Cocoa and chocolate contain flavanols and also certain polyphenols and catechins which in addition to having antioxidant capabilities also positively affect vascular health.

    They can help to lower the blood pressure, make the platelets less sticky and improve the blood flow.

  • It is important to note, however, here is that not all forms of chocolate contain high levels of flavanols. Cocoa is processed to produce chocolate. The more it is processed, the more flavanols are lost. And most of the commercially available chocolates are highly processed.

  • Highest levels of flavanols are contained in dark chocolate than white chocolates.

  • A good fat profile of chocolate is that it contains calories, the fat contained in it are mostly saturated and monounsaturated with small amounts of the polyunsaturated kind. Chocolates are a rich source of selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, copper and fibre.

  • Dark chocolates may also lower the susceptibility of bad cholesterol to exidative damage while increasing the good cholesterol.

    It also improves insulin sensitivity which is indicative of the fact that if dark chocolate is consumed in moderation, it may actually delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes.

  • Chocolate can also help one lose weight. A small piece of choclate relished on the tongue for 20 minutes before a meal can trigger a sense of fullness, reducing the amount of food one would eat. Also, a small piece at the end of the meal can prevent subsequent snacking a.

  • If you are feeling low in mood, it can also make you feel better and enhance your mood.

  • Only dark chocolates will keep you smiling, lose weight, diabetes at bay, improves cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and keeps blood flowing with antioxidants which in turn help your vascular health.

  • Never forget the fact that dark chocolates need to be eaten in moderation.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Dyslexia - What? Why? Impacts & Solutions

Many teenagers are suffering from 'Dyslexia' which is a type of specific learning disability. Here are what is it?, why is it?, its impacts & solutions:-

  • 'Dyslexia' is a Greek word meaning difficulty with words. Teens have normal intelligence. They have problems reading and writing and need different ways to learn. It is an impairment of decoding skills in reading.

  • Dyslexia is a hereditary component. It is a type of neuro-developmental disorder in which, language processing is disturbed. Therefore, both reading and writing is affected. It affects all languages.

  • Nearly 5-15% of children have specific learning disability. Of these 80% have been found to be dyslexic. Overall prevalence is 5%. Dyslexia is also 2-3 times more common among boys than girls.

  • 40 to 60% of dyslexics especially teens suffer from psychological effects of this disability like anxiety, depression and attention deficit. They also feel like outcasts and face rejection leading to poor self-confidence and self-esteem. Research indicates higher rate of suicides among teens having dyslexia.

  • A teen who has dyslexia tries to hide his / her reading and writing difficulties. Avoids reading and writing as much as possible. He / she avoids reading and writing as much as possible and relies more on verbal / memory skills rather than reading.

  • Since the teen cannot grow out of this problem, he / she may develop different compensatory strategies to learn and retain information.

  • Dealing with dyslexia can be tough. A detailed evaluation by a psychologist to confirm the diagnosis and also to assess associated problems is mandatory.

  • A dyslexic teen requires help from a special tutor trained in teaching awareness of speech sounds in words and letter sound correspondences (phonics).

  • Computer software for dyslexics also helps to read aloud. Assistance in the form of extra time during exams, help with books or tapes can be provided.

  • Emotional support is crucial as teens with this problem suffer from poor self-esteem and a feeling of worthlessness.

  • Many famous scientists like Marie Curie, Edison & Einstein had 'dyslexia' problem but set an example of how it is possible to succeed in the face of this challenging condition.

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Painkillers & Its' Health Hazards'

You often use common painkillers (without prescription) for years? Since painkillers are available over the counter (OTC) without prescriptions, many people tend to believe that they are completely safe and can be consumed at will.

From headaches to cramps and runner's knees, painkillers provide relief to a variety of daily aches. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) also reduce inflammation and fever and provide rather quick relief.

People with sinus infections, migraines, arthritis and associated joint pains, backaches or cramps, especially menstruating women, resort to painkillers as a quick means of relief. However, here are some health hazards of painkillers:-

  • Having a painkiller or two once in a while is absolutely fine. Even doctors prescribe NSAIDs to patients for short-term usage. However, persistent use over a long period of time will create health problems over a long period of time.

  • The OTC market is not well-regulated in India and a number of painkillers, stimulants or even anti-depressants are available freely in the market. Sometimes, patients become addicted to these pills.

  • Excessive, long-term use of painkillers and other pills is associated with increased risk of kidney and liver dysfunction, stomach ulcers, allergies, resistance to drugs as well as stroke and heart attacks.

  • According to a survey conducted over 8000 people during a period of 13 years, it has been found that common painkillers doubled the risk of atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat.

  • In people living with arthritis, this concern is overwhelming. Arthritis translates in to daily pain, often excruciating in joints and muscles.

  • Over years, arthritis patients tend to consume humongous amounts of painkillers, augmenting their risk of kidney failure, heart attack or stroke.

  • Medical practitioners must be extremely cautious and careful in prescribing common painkillers and stick to kidney and heart-safe drugs.

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Teenage Friendship - Pros & Cons

Friends occupy an important part of a teenager's life. Every teen shares a bond with the peer group because this is the group that is perhaps going through the same things. Here are some pros & cons of teenage friendship:-

  • Teen friendship are not always bad. They can be wonderful experience and sometimes blossom in to more meaningful and long lasting relationships in adult life.

  • If there is a healthy competition among peers, it can boost self-esteem.

  • Peers, sometimes, can be great guides in making career choices.

  • They help foster empathy and kindness if one can get involved in activities like volunteering.

  • They are invaluable in times of crisis for seeking help and advice.

  • In spite of above, during the teen years, one can yield to wrong peer pressure as there is a deire to experiment and indulge in thrill seeking and risk behavior.

  • Some of the ill-effects may include addictions to smoking, alcohol and ohter substance abuse.

  • Peers even sometimes can force to bully others, either physically or electronically. Gang violence, theft and other crimes are often a result of peer pressure.

  • Peers also threaten rejection or breaking a friendship.

  • To overcome the above negative peer pressure, teens should anticipate situations like being compelled to smoke or drink and think of a strategy well in advance.

  • Teen should also know how to make right choices. If you are invited to smoke or drink, think of a reason like pending works etc. instead of giving in.

  • Most important is the selection of your peer group. You should choose your group wisely. You should hang out with those who think similarly, have same moral values and who influence you in a positive way.

  • Sometimes it is good to be assertive and be courage to say 'No' firmly and quietly without resorting to violence.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Hair Shampoos! How to Use Them?

Most people who use hair shampoos make grave mistakes. Here are some tips to use them effectively:-

  • Use the shampoo that is right for your hair type - dry, oily, brittle etc.

  • Avoid shampoo-cum-conditioners. It is not possible for one product to shampoo and condition your hair at the same time. Do not use the same shampoo every time you wash as this can lead to produce build-up.

  • Before you shampoo your hair, wet well the hair, otherwise it will not work properly and will dry out your hair.

  • Shampoos are meant for your roots than your ends. When you are in the shower, make sure you focus more on shampooing your roots and using a conditioner for your ends. Never start shampooing in the same part of your scalp every day as this can dry that spot out.

  • Shampoo every alternate day and not on daily basis. If you feel your hair is a gunky mess, use some dry shampoo to suck out all the grease from your hair.

  • Do not rinse shampoo out of your hair too soon. Lather it and leave it in for a couple of minutes and then wash it out.

  • If you like hot shower, make sure you rinse out your hair with cold water as this will help seal the hair. This will result in shiny and soft hair. Also hair loss can be prevented.

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Breast Cancer - Some Facts.

'Breast Cancer' i a cancer that forms in the cells of breasts. Here are some facts about 'Breast Cancer':-

  • Even men nowadas are also becoming increasing susceptible to breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer has a tendency to be more advanced in men than in women when first detected.

  • The risk of getting breast cancer increases in a man with growing age, high oestrogen levels, a strong family history of breast cancer or genetic alterations, lifestyle factors and having radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30.

  • Women have become quite knowledgeable about their risks of breast cancer.

  • There may not be any proven way to completely prevent this disease, but there are definitely certain ways to cut down on the risk.

  • Incorporating changes in in lifestyle, regular breast cancer screening is another way, which although cannot prevent the disease from occurring, can help diagnose breast cancer early so that it is easier to treat.

  • There exists two kinds of surgery that can be performed to reduce the risk in a woman who has never been diagnosed with breast cancer, but is detected to be a very high risk of the disease.

  • The most common risk-reducing surgery is bilateral prophylactic mastectomy that may involve complete removal of both breasts, including the nipples, or may involve removal of as much breast tissue as possible while leaving the nipples in-tact.

  • The bilateral prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy surgery to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes in pre-menopausal women can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who have very high risk of acquiring the disease.

  • Risk-reducing surgeries are not really considered an appropriate cancer prevention option for women who are not at the highest risk.

  • Intake of certain prescribed drugs work well. It may not be possible to completely eliminate the risks, but it is imperative to stay vigilant about breast cancer detection because those noticeable changes in your breast do call for your serious attention.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Loan Defaulters' Rights

If you have defaulted on a loan, keep the following points in mind when you find yourself in such a situation:-

  • Financial Institutions have to follow certain processes and give you time to repay dues before repossessing your assets to realize the arrears. If the borrower's account is classified as a non-performing asset, where repayment is overdue by 90 days, the lender has to first issue a 60 day notice.

  • If the borrower fails to repay within the notice period, the bank can go ahead with sale of assets. However, to sell the assets, the bank still has to serve another 30 day notice with the details of the sale which will take place.

  • During notice period, defaulter can make representation to the bank officials and put forth any objections to the re-possesson notice. The bank is obliged to reply within seven days, giving valid reasons..

  • Before auctioning the assets, banks will have to issue another notice (to the loan-defaulter), specifying the fair value of the secured asset, as assessed by the bank's valuers, along with details like reserve price, date and time of auction.

  • If the asset is undervalued by the banks, then the loan-defaulter can look for prospective buyers on your own and introduce them to the lender if the defaulter thinks that the property can yield a better price (than quoted by the bank's valuers).

  • Banks are required to fund the balance amount after recovering the dues which is a real possibility given that property prices can shoot up beyond the owed amount, as balance money belongs to the defaulter.

  • Banks are obliged to follow certain best practices as part of their code of commitment to customers directly or through recovery agents.

  • Once you close your home-loan after repaying the amount outstanding or if it recovered by sale of your assets by banks, make sure you have got back all original documents, belonging to you.

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Love Addiction! Why? Some Facts.

Highly delighted by early days of 'love' affect the brain in the same drugs like cocaine or pain relievers do. Some people are (often) to addicted to love. Why? Here are some facts:-

  • Love addicts have a chronic and compulsive craving for romantic love to get a sense of security and self-worth. They move swiftly from relationship-to-relationship or stay in an emotionally (or physically) abusive relationship as they feel a need for it.

  • More people, under the age of 30, have the history of 6-7 relationships. The practice of rebounds is going up. There is no sorrow or a cool down period before jumping in to a new alliance.

  • The reason, most people keep changing the relationship, is when one relationship sinks as they do not feel any need to prove that there is nothing wrong with them. And they can find an alternate partner easily in this technology advanced world.

  • There are some who do not get hit by the emotional baggage of multiple relationships. People with low self-esteem, family history of abuses of neglect, coming from unhappy homes, or with bad experiences in a serious relationship are more likely to get caught in this love spiral.

  • Each time they get in to a new relationship with a new hope that this will work or this time will be different if they go back to same abusive partner.

  • Some basic reasons for getting addicted to love are : (a) You think, if someone loves you, you will be happy (b) Looking for a love as seen in any of your favorite movie (c) Ever not been in any relationship (d) You expect your lover to make you feel loved all the time & (e) You come to a conclusion in your head that someone is 'yours' .

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Minutes-walking Benefits

What happens to our body when we start walking? Most of us do not know the health benefits of minutes-walking. Here are they:-

  • 1 to 5 Minutes: From our first few steps, our heart rate revs-up from about 70 to 100 beats per minute (bpm), boosting blood-flow and warming muscles. As we get moving, body burns 5 calories per minute, compared with only 1 per minute at rest. Body needs more fuel and starts pulling from its carbohydrates and fat stores.

  • 6 to 10 Minutes: Heartbeat increases and you are burning up to 6 calories a minute as you pick up the pace. A slight rise in blood pressure is countered by the release of chemicals that expand blood vessels, bringing more blood and oxygen to working muscles.

  • 11 to 20 Minutes: Body temperature keep rising, and you start to perspire as blood vessels near the skin expand to release heat. As your walk becomes brisker, you will be burning up to 7 calories a minute and breathing harder. Hormones such as epinephrine and glycogen rise to release fuel to the muscles.

  • 21 to 45 Minutes: Feeling invigorated, you start to relax as your body releases tension. As more fat is burned, insulin (which helps store fat) drops-excellent news for anyone battling excess weight or diabetes.

  • 46 to 60 Minutes: Your muscles feel fatigued as carbohydrates stores are reduced. As you cool down, your heart rate decreases and your breathing slows. You will be burning fewer calories but more than you were before you started. Your calorie burn will remain elevated for up to 1 hour.

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Deadly Skin Sins - Reasons & Remedies

Skin is pretty much a reflection of your lifestyle. It ia all about how you eat, drink and live. Why your skin is suddenly looking dull, lifeless, tired of just old? Reasons & Solutions here-below:-

  • Dehydration: It could be the reason why you look older than you are and wrinkled. You need about 8-12 glasses of about 2-3 litres of water a day. It will help you slow down, or even reverse, the aging process.

  • Sleep Deprivation: If you are not sleeping enough, say at least for 8 hours, you may be aging ahead of your time. Sleep well to look beauty.

  • Smoking: Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant, and is also known as a free radical scavenger. Smoking depletes your body's quota of Vitamin C, and adds even more free radicals, fast-tracking the aging process. Add leafy greens and citrus fruits in your diet. Quitting smoking is the best solution to look young.

  • Foods High in Sugar & Fat: Oxidation, while occurring naturally outside the body, is harmful if it occurs inside your body. Certain things we eat and drink (like fried or sugar foods) are oxidants. Antioxidant foods (green teas, fresh fruits and vegetables) reverse the oxidation process.

  • Alcohol: It is the ultimate aging factor as it is high in sugar, causing oxidative stress, and dehydration. It strips your skin of nourishment.

  • Caffeine: Caffeine, found in teas, coffees & cola drinks often cause oxidative stress and are also dehydrating. They leave you more thirsty than when you started.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

'Narcotics' Harmful Effects & Strategies to Stay Away.

The purpose of this article is not to list out the types of narcotics (illegal addictive drugs), available across the world. This article explains the harmful effects of 'narcotics' and precautionary measures one (specially teens) should take to not to get addicted to it.

  • All narcotics are very dangerous and carry severe health hazards.

  • All stimulant drugs can make the heart-beat abnormally high and lead to collapsed veins and fatal heart attacks.

  • Injectable drugs can even lead to HIV, AIDS or Hepatitis due to repeated use of syringes.

  • Slight overdose of some drugs can make the consumer stop breathing and go into a coma.

  • Some stimulants can lead to muscle break-down, kidney, liver and heart damage, brain swelling and even death.

  • What parents & teens should adopt some strategies to stay away from narcotics? Here are some tips.

  • Teens should never fall prey to peer pressure at any cost. They should have the courage to say 'NO' firmly to all tempting invitational offers of drug consumptions.

  • During any type of functions / party, it is advisable not to drink anything, that is not opened or poured before you.

  • Parents should spend enough time for their children. They should talk to children about the risk of drug use and its abuse.

  • Parents should themselves set an example. Children of drug abusing parents are at a greater risk of drug addition.

  • Teens should always watch their drinks, if a drink is left unattended for any amount of time. It is better to dump it and get a fresh drink.

  • If your friend has been drugged, do not leave him / her alone. Seek help immediately, but not from any stranger.

  • It is advisable for the teens to travel or go to any party in a group of 3-4 (trusted) friends.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sexting! What? Do's & Don'ts.

'Sexting' is the act of sending, receiving or forwarding sexually explicit messages or photos via cellphone, computer or other digital device. What are the do's and don'ts of 'sexting' to keep yourself safe in this internet world? Explained here:-

  • It is best to avoid sending a picture even to your husband / wife. If you have to, make sure you crop the face. In case of photo leak, your identity will not be revealed.

  • Use 'Snapchat' app as it sets a timer to your pictures and they exist only for a few seconds.

  • Avoid casual flirting with the guy at the bar. Keep your phone away when you are drunk, horny and have no control over yourself. You do not want a series of 'oops' moments in the morning.

  • You might not be aware who is snooping around. So, delete all kinds of intimate communication between you and your partner, and advise him / her to do so as well.

  • 'Sexting' has also lot of negative impacts. What seems like momentary fun might lead to shameful moments in the future.

  • If the post goes viral, you might end up getting a bad reputation in the society.

  • Your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend might seek revenge and, in turn, find ways to seek revenge.

  • Whatever age-group you are in, companies, schools, individuals, family members, friends and even strangers do background check before dealing with you.

  • Digital devices and social media have made sexual exchanges instantaneous and more gratifying. Just the slightest mistake can put your reputation on the line always.

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Migraines! What? Why? Impacts & Solutions.

Migraine, a disease, is very common in children & about 10 per cent of school-going kids suffer from it. Some ins and outs of 'migraines', reasons & solutions are here:-

  • Migraine is more likely to attack in boys than girls before puberty, due to change in oestrogen levels.

  • It is a neurological disease which manifests through headache and other allied symptoms like one-sided, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, mood changes, sensitivity to light and sound.

  • Though 'migraine' does not last long, but it is enough to disrupt a child's normal life.

  • Chronic daily migraine is one of the most disabling types of migraine. It lasts for more than four hours in teenagers. Inadequate sleep or disturbances in sleeping pattern can lead to migraine.

  • To be active throughout the day, kids need to drink at least three litres of water.

  • Exam pressure, competition with peer group and family problem leads to stress and depression.

  • Migraine is generally hereditary and chances of a child getting one are higher if any of the parents has had the same problem. Weather changes can also cause an attack and attacks in girls are associated with menstrual cycles.

  • First solution to cure the migraine is the acute treatment. Drugs are used to relieve the symptoms. Acute therapy curtails all the symptoms before it becomes severe.

  • Second alternative solution is a preventive treatment to reduce the number of migraine attacks.

  • Third solution is complementary treatments in which, cognitive-behavioural therapy, acupuncture, exercise, proper rest and diet help avoid attack triggers. Balanced diet, regular exercise as well as walking and going to bed at the same time every day help decrease migraine occurrences.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Halitosis - What? Why? Solutions.

'Halitosis' or bad breath is offensive to others. Bacteria are very fond of teeth, gums and tongue. When they act on food remnants stuck between teeth, they release certain chemicals leading to bad breath. What are the factors, contributing to bad breath & How to overcome it? Here are they:-

  • (i) Certain medicines used for high BP & allergies contribute to bad breath. (ii) Smoking (iii) Foods like Garlic & High Protein diets. (iv) Eating disorders (v) Chronic mouth breathing due to sinusitis, tonsillitis and nose block. (vi) Dry mouth, caused by decreased saliva production (vii) Dental plaque (viii) Infections in gums teeth or oral mucous membrane and mouth ulcers. (ix) Liver, kidney and gastrointestinal disorders. & (x) Orthodontic problems.

  • Now follow the solutions to overcome this bad breath problems. Drink water after every meal and in between whenever your mouth feel dry.

  • Abstain from smoking and / or chewing tobacco.

  • As you cannot avoid heavily spiced food, you can limit it.

  • Underlying medical conditions like tonsillitis, sinusitis, nasal problems & diabetes should be taken care of.

  • Fad diets and very high protein diets should be avoided.

  • As sugar food, sticky chocolates & fizzy drinks generate bacteria, it is ideal to limit or avoid them.

  • Use a proper toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Take care by keeping them clean always.

  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis to ensure that your teeth and gums are in good condition.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Colors - Meaning & Messages They Convey

Colors play a major role in our visual perception as it influence our reactions about the world around us. Here are the qualities of colors, positive/negative meanings and its connection towards human physiology:-

  • Black: Sophistication, Glamour, Security, Emotional Safety, Efficiency, Oppression, Coldness & Menace. It creates protective barriers, as it absorbs all the energy coming towards you, and it enshrouds the personality. It communicates absolute clarity with no fine nuances and it works well with white. It creates a perception of weight and seriousness.

  • Blue: Intelligence, Communication, Trust, Efficiency, Serenity, Duty, Logic, Coolness, Reflection, Calm, Unfriendliness, Lack of Emotion & Aloofness. It is the color of mind and is essentially soothing. It affects us mentally. Strong blues clams the mind and aid concentration. It is the color of clear communication. Blue is the world's favourite color. Contrarily, sometimes it can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.

  • Grey: Psychological Neutrality, Lack of Confidence, Dampness, Depression, Hibernation & Lack of energy. Pure grey has no direct psychological properties. It is quite suppresive. Unless the precise tone is right, greay has a dampening effect on other colors used with it. Heavy use of grey usually indicates a lack of confidence and fear of exposure.

  • Green: Harmony, Balance, Universal Love, Restoration, Environmental Awareness, Equilibrium, Peace, Boredom, Stagnation & Blandness. Green strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment whatever and is restful. It is the color of balance and negatively it can indicate stagnation and will be perceived as being too bland.

  • Orange: Physical Comfort, Food, Warmth, Security, Sensuallity, Passion, Abudance, Fun, Deprivation, Frustration & Immaturity. Orange is stimulating and reaction to it is combination of the physical and the emotional. It focuses our minds on issues of physical comfort. Too much organge suggests frivolity and a lack of serious intellectual values.

  • Violet: Spiritual Awareness, Containment, Vision, Luxury, Authenticity, Truth, Suppression & Inferiority. This color takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introvertive and encourages deep contemplation or mediation. It has associations with royalty and usually communicates the finest possible quality. It also has associations with time and space and the cosmos.

  • Brown: Seriousness, Warmth, Nature, Earthiness, Reliability, Support, Lack of Humor, Heaviness & Lack of Sophistication. It has much of the same seriousness as black, but is warmer and softer. It has associations with the earth and the natural world. Most people find it quietly supportive - more positively than the ever-popular black, which is suppressive, rather than supportive.

  • Yellow: Optimism, Confidence, Self-esteem, Extra-version, Emotional Strength, Friendliness, Creativity, Irrationality, Fear, Emotional Fragility, Depression & Anxiety. Yellow is the strongest color psychologically. The right yellow color will lift our spirits of our self-esteem. However, too much of it can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety.

  • Red: Physical Courage, Strength, Warmth, Energy, Basic Survival, Masculinity, Excitement, Defiance, Aggression, Visual Impact & Strain. Red is a powerful color and it has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is an therefore it grabs our attention first. Its effect is physical and stimulates us and raises the pulse rate, giving the impresion that time is passing faster than it is. It is stimulating, lively and very friendly. But it can also be perceived as demanding and aggressive.

  • Pink: Physical Tranquility, Nurture, Warmth, Love, Sexuality, Survival of the Species, Inhibition, Emasculation & Physical Weakness. Pink soothes and it is the only color that has an entirely separate name for its tints. Psychologically it represents the feminine principle. However, too much pink is physically draining and can be somewhat emasculating.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Teens! Tips to Lose Your Weight

Body weight is closely linked to body image and self-esteem. Adolescents who are overweight often become the target for bullies at school, office & in the neighborhood. Some teens may succumb to unhealthy and harmful methods of losing weight in their desire to achiev the ideal body. Some facts about teenage body-weight & solutions to lose it:-

  • Adolescence is a period of rapid physical growth. Pubertal weight gain accounts for 50% of an individual's ideal adult body weight. The first step is to understand the growth process in adolescence and assess if obesity is actually present by measuring the body mass index (BMI). BMI between 85th to 95th percentiles indicates overweight and above 95th centile indicates obesity.

  • Diets that promise rapid weight loss are usually harmful as the teen years are the only time where growth is completed. These diets can have adverse effects, causing nutritional deficiencies like anemia, stunting of growth and menstrual disturbances in girls.

  • Diet pills are not effective in the long run and may even adversely affect the teen's health.

  • If you want to lose your weight, involve your family members also to support you in eating healthy foods.

  • Avoid carbonated and high-sugar beverages as they provide empty calories.

  • Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Play a sport of your choice. Whenever possible, walk to shops, use stairs instead of lift or do cycling.

  • Choose smaller portions when you eat out. Check the food labels before buying.

  • Eat small and frequent meals and choose healthier snacks. Eat slowly as the brain takes time to get cues from a full stomach.

  • Try replacing certain food with healthier alternatives like whole grains, dried fruits, salads and low-fat milk.

  • Avoid emotional eating. Using food to fight your frustrations and bad moods will add to your weight.

  • Reduce time on sedentary activities like watching television or sitting with your electronci gadgets.

  • Make small and gradual changes as they are easier to follow and also help you stay motivated.

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Tips for Parenting Teenage-Children.

When a child enters adolescence, the psychological changes of puberty can be very subtle and cause considerable anxiety in the parents. An understanding of adolescent development and behaviour plays an important role in learning how to parent a teenager:-

  • First of all, love your children. Maintaining a channel of communication, giving unconditional love, showing affection, hugging the teen-children and praising their achievements will boost their self-esteem.

  • Teens also like boundaries. Involving them in setting the limits and making them clear about the rule negotiable and non-negotiable will build a good rapport between the parents and the children.

  • Giving freedom within limits, involving them in making decisions, allowing them to make healthy choices, will also foster growth in the children.

  • Other positive parenting skills include : (i) Tuning to the challenges faced by the teens in today's competitive world. (ii) Discussing sensitive issues like sexuality. (iii) Being emphathetic and learning to express emotions without fear. (iv) Imparting coping skills and learning to deal with failures & (v) Giving opportunities for physical activity and creative learning.

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Friday, 11 March 2016

Nightmares - What? Why?

Nightmares are generally more emotionally intense than bad dreams and is usually how they are distinguished is that a nightmare will cause the person directly to awaken because of the nature of the unpleasant images or the intensity of the emotions. Here are some ins and outs of 'nightmares':-

  • Men tend to dream of natural disasters while women dream of relationship troubles in nightmares.

  • Nightmares are relatively common and in most cases a healthy psychological experience.

  • Recurrent nightmares can be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder or some other psychiatric health issue, but in most cases they are unrelated to mental illness.

  • Nightmares can give rise to a number of other negative emotions, including helplessness, despair, guilt and anger, allowing the mind to process these feelings as well.

  • The most common nightmare themes include insects and vermin, falling, being chased, death of family and friends, interpersonal conflict and violence, feeling an 'evil presence' and health-related concerns.

  • All dreams carry information about sub-conscious (and often sex-related) desired and fears. Disasters turned out to be a common nightmare theme.

  • Men are more likely to dream of catastrophe and men tend to have war and terriorism show up more often in their dreams.

  • The biggest problem with nightmares is usually that they can impair sleep quality and cause next-day drowsiness.

  • When nightmares are frequent and severe, the individual may suffer from nightmare disorder, which is a type of 'parasomnia'.

  • Other forms of 'parasomnia include sleep terrors, causing the person to sit up and cry out or to attempt to escape from the room, while still asleep.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

What is Thyroid Disorder? Solution.

Thyroid Disorders are quite common in adolescents and easy to treat. Delayed or lack of diagnosis can have serious consequences on growth and puberty and result in infertility later in life.

  • Thyroid gland is a very small and important gland located in the frontal part of the neck. It secretes the thyroid hormone, metabolism, bone development and pubertal changes.

  • Any dysfunction can have an impact on multiple organs of the body. Iodine is necessary for making this hormone.

  • When the thyroid hormone is under-active and fails to make sufficient hormone, it is called hypothyroidism.

  • Symptoms of hypothyroidism are : Excessive Weight Gain, Depression, Anemia, Dry Skin, Constipation, Poor Physical Growth, Delayed Puberty, Irregular Menstrual Cycles & Lethargy and Sluggishness.

  • There is a common condition in teenage girls where the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland, so the gland fails to make sufficient hormone and becomes enlarged, resulting in a swelling in front of the neck known as goiter.

  • In case of 'Hyperthyroidism', the gland becomes overactive, producing excess of hormone. This is not very common in teenagers. Some of the common symptoms of this are : Loss of weight, Bulging Eyes, Palpitation, Heat Intolerance, Menstrual Disturbances, Muscle Weakness & Fatigue Thyroid Nodule or Goiter.

  • If you suspect that you could be having a thyroid disorder, consult the doctor to get the right diagnosis, as the treatment depends on the cause.

  • Blood tests and other investigations to determine the cause are followed by treatment with thyroid hormone supplementation. Sometimes, surgery may be required, in which case a part of the thyroid gland may be removed.

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Have FB Groups?

Leading entrepreneurs launch their own Facebook groups to support their business goals and it is making a major impact on their bottom-line. Here are the reasons:-

  • By hosting a group, entrepreneurs can make themselves more accessible by connecting with their network on a regular basis. Prospects have an opportunity to get to know the entrepreneur in a way that feels genuine and personal.

  • A Facebook group can attract like-minded people who share a common goal or vision - which helps people feel connected. This strategy will lead to an increase in sales and new business opportunities.

  • Trust is a tough thing for entrepreneurs to develop especially in the online environment. Developing trust online is a social proof showing up consistently and being authentic about what they do and how they help people. This can be done relatively easily with a content strategy and editorial calendar of content that gets posted in a consistent manner.

  • The owner of the group guides the conversation in the group, helps people navigate challenges and supports them with content and conversation that helps them get closer to their goals.

  • By connecting online after an offline event with a facebook group invite, the entrepreneur can now have multiple opportunities to stay top of mind and nurture their relationships so that when the timing is right their contact is ready to buy from them.

  • Facebook group environment encourages sharing and conversing ultimately making everybody that participates more or less relatable. People work with people they know, like and trust.

  • Facebook can be a great place to get feedback, seek product reviews and promote newly released products to a loyal audience. Some entrepreneurs create a private or secret group to enhance their current service or product offering to connect their customer pool online, creating a community of people who have similar interest.

  • A group that shares and supports content with a common goal or theme will ultimately connect through the posts and the comment threads within the facebook group.

  • To sum up, creating and running a Facebook group is not for the faint of heart. It requires a long-term commitment to produce content and engage on a regular and ongoing basis. It helps to unite its members in an ongoing discussion and place where they can hang out, connect, be inspired and learn, leading to more sales and meaningful connections to last.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Women! Types of Facials & Benefits

Women! Here are some highly useful Facials for you depending upon your requirement:-

  • For those who need hydration, 'Pearl Facial' is suitable and it is based on a 4000 year old Ayurvedic and oriental tradition of using the powder of natural pearls. Pearls influence the transfer of melanin (natural pigment) to the skin surface, preventing tanning and pigmentation. It removes pigmentation.

  • Next is called 'Platinum Facial' which starts with a cleanser, scrub, cream, mask, serum and moisture mist. The face is first cleansed with the cleanser, followed by vegetable peel and platinum scrub. A lymphatic massage is also done to purify the skin and add radiance. This facial technique cleanses all pollutants.

  • The facial which most middle aged prefer to have is 'Anti-aging Telomere Facial'. Specialized masks are used for the flower power thermo-herb face lift that irons out lines and wrinkles, making the skin more firm and youthful. With the use of this facial technique, skin looks brighter, smoother and more translucent as it is massaged with a replenishing cream in a way that enhances absorption.

  • Another Facial technique is called, 'Diamond Facial' for those who want to defy age. This facial uses extracts of lotus, basil, dates, orange oil, carrot seed and vetiver (khus). It improves skin's vitality. In Ayurvedic skin care, the oxidized diamond or 'bhamsa' is used, while diamond powder is used for exfoliation.

  • 'Plant Stem Cells Facial' rejuvenates the skin powerfully. When plant stem cells are introduced in to the skin during the facial, they repair dead and damaged skin cells. The skin looks tighter, firmer and younger. It contains active plant stem cells of the edelweiss flower, collagen, elastin, ceramides and powerful anti-oxidants. Once the mask is washed off, the skin is toned and cold compress is given. This method gives a soft glow to women's face.

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Healthy BP Tips

'Blood Pressure', a silent killer slowly gets worse without any serious symptoms. Here are some tips to overcome hypertension:-

  • People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at a high risk of developing high BP. Lack of sleep could hurt body's ability to regulate stress hormones, leading to high BP. At least 7 hours sleep is a necessity for everybody.

  • Salt makes body retain water. Eating too much salt leads to storage of extra water in our body. If you are overweight, a high intake of salt increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Even BP medicines do not work. It is better to avoid processed meats, fish high on salt and table salt with meals.

  • A diet rich in fruits and vegetables combined with low-fat dairy foods significantly lowers BP. Full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, fruits and vegetables also contain pottassium. They are low in sodium which helps to balance out the negatives of salt, lowering the BP.

  • Physical exercise is your drug-free treatment for hypertension. Regular physical activity makes heart stronger which can pump more blood with less effort. Also mediating at least 10 minutes daily helps to sleep better and it is a restorative part of physical health.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Benefits of Eating 'Oats'

Oats is a species of cereal grain widely known to be a health food loaded with nutritious properties. They contain more fibre than any other grain and contain vitamins of the B-family.

The vitamins contained in them play a vital role in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nucleic acids from your food. Oats distinctive nutty, grain-like texture and taste comes from being roasted post-harvest. The great thing about oats is that despite being hulled, they withstand the process and retain their bran and germ. Some healthy benefits of oats here:-

  • Lower Cholesterol: Consuming oats is an excellent way to kick-start your day. Just 3 grams of soluble oat fibre per day is seen to lower cholesterol significantly, making it great way to fight plaque build-up in your blood vessels and thus help protect from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

  • Better Alternative to Wheat: Oats contain more soluble fibre than any other grain, slowing down digestion and break up of sugars. It is known to stay in the stomach longer, which eventually lessens hunger and cravings too. It is not only great for people unable to digest gluten, but also those who are looking to reduce the amount of complex carbs in their diet, without going hungry.

  • Controls Blood Sugar: Beta- glucan is also seen to positively affect patients fighting diabetes. Type 2 diabetes patients who consumed oats in the form of oatmeal and oat bran-rich foods tend to present lower spikes in blood sugar compared to those who subsist on white rice and wheat. Consuming oats, as such, helps keep blood sugar levels under control for the rest of the day.

  • More Antioxidants: Avenanthramides are a unique antioxidant compound in oats and are known to prevent free radicals from damaging good choleseaterol. This further reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Source : Huffington Post.

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Verbal Statement Mistakes To Be Avoided!

We all have said things that people interpreted much differently than we thought they would. Verbal slip-ups often occur because we say things without knowledge of the subtle implications they carry. There are some (following) phrases / statements that emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid in casual conversation:-:-

  • "You Look Tired": Instead of saying this, ask "Is everything OK?" Instead of assuming someone's disposition, just ask to enable him / her, open up and share.

  • "All The Best / Good Luck": This phrase implies that they need luck to succeed. It is a subtle one. It certainly is not at the end of the world if you wish someone good luck. Instead say, "I know you have what it takes" This is better than wishing others.

  • "You Always or You Never....": No one always or never does / can do anything. These phrases make people defensive and closed off to your message. Simply point out what the other person did that is a problem for you. Or you can say "It seems like you do this often".

  • "You Have Lost a Tone of Weight": This statement creates an impression that you are being critical. It also implies that he / she used to look fat or unattractive. Instead say, "You look fantastic".

  • "As I said Before": This phrase makes it sound as if you are insulted at having to repeat yourself which is hard on the recipient of your communication. It is better to avoid this type of statement.

  • "You Were Too Good for Her Anyway": When someone severs ties with a relationship of any type, personal or professional, this comment implies he has bad taste and made a poor choice in the first place.

  • Source : Huffington Post.

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