Thursday, 8 November 2012

Top 10 (inexcusable) excuses not to exercise

1. I don’t have the time
That’s simply not true. If you have time to watch your favorite soap on TV,
then you have the time to exercise. It’s simply a matter of prioritising and
Make your health a priority and sit down and organised your week. With a little
shuffling and juggling, you’ll find that it’s easy enough to take 30 minutes out
everyday to exercise.

2. I have kids. I really don’t have time to exercise
We understand that being a parent is a full-time job. It’s also a job that
requires you to be physically and mentally healthy, which is why exercise
becomes all the more important. The best way to exercise with kids is to
include them in your workout. Take them to the park with you or do a fun
dance with them at home.
If the above doesn't work, take time to work out while they’re school or wake
up early to exercise. If you make it a priority, you’ll be able to make time for it.

3. I’m not a morning person
That’s OK, you can exercise any time of the day provided you do it in a safe manner.
Keep a gap between your meal and your workout and don’t exercise too close to your
night sleep time. Other than that, be it morning or evening, just put on the right
gear and go forth and exercise.

4. I’m thin. I don’t need exercise
A few years ago, scientists came out with a concept called TOFI (Thin Outside, Fat
Inside). This is a phenomenon that affects a lot of slim people who don’t exercise.
So while they have no extra weight on the outside, scans show a lot of fat accumulated
around their organs – which can also be dangerous.
Besides, exercise has many benefits besides weight loss. It helps to ward off diseases
like cancer, diabetes, hypertension; it is a great mental stimulant; it helps keep you
toned and fit and improves your sex life as well. Remember, the aim should be fitness,
not just slimness.

5. I don’t have a good gym close by/I can’t afford a gym/I’m no good at sports
If you can walk, you can exercise. You don’t need to be a member of a fancy gym or
be an expert basketball player or be able to do headstands to exercise. The easiest
exercise is walking. It also happens to be one of the most effective workouts out there, so quit your excuses and get walking!

6. I HATE exercising
If you did a survey, you’d probably find that a lot of people don’t necessarily
love to exercise. After all, most of us would rather stay in bed that extra hour
in the morning than be sweating it out in the park.
However, exercise is important. And one way to make it more enjoyable is by doing
it with a friend or joining a group class. Also, exercise needn’t just be limited to
running on a treadmill or lifting weights. Try something gentler like Pilates or yoga
and you’ll eventually find something you actually enjoy.

7. It has no effect on me
Somebody once said that diet and exercise are like the two wings of a plane. If one
is not functioning, the plane can’t take off.
In other words, if you’re trying to lose weight you have to exercise and eat healthy.
You can’t come back from your workout and gorge on two samosas and a cold coffee with
ice cream and expect to lose weight. With a little discipline, your workout will soon
start showing results.

8. My back hurts and other medical issues
Back pain is often a result of a weak core. And strengthening your core is a great
way of alleviating the pain.
If you have specific medical issues, it needn't mean the end of exercise for you.
Speak to a doctor or qualified trainer and figure out an exercise routine that’s
tailored specially around your concerns. You might find that the exercise actually
helps reduce all those aches and pains.

9. It’s so boring
Walking on the treadmill and never getting anywhere may be boring. But have you tried
playing a sport? Or checked out a dance-based exercise routine? The best way to kill
the boredom is to work out with a buddy. Ask your partner or best friend to join you
and make exercise fun!

10. I’ve never exercised before
That’s no excuse at all. It’s never too late to exercise. Start today and reap the
health benefits in the years to come.

Safety Guidelines for Mobile Phone Radiation

Mobile users are advised to take precautionary measures while using a mobile handset as:

1. Keep distance – Hold the cell phone away from body to the extent possible.

2. Use a headset (wired or Bluetooth) to keep the handset away from your head.

3. Do not press the phone handset against your head. Radio Frequency (RF) energy is
inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source -- being very
close increases energy absorption much more.

4. Limit the length of mobile calls.

5. Use text as compared to voice wherever possible.

6. Put the cell phone on speaker mode.

7. If the radio signal is weak, a mobile phone will increase its transmission power.
Find a strong signal and avoid movement – Use your phone where reception is good.

8. Metal & water are good conductors of radio waves so avoid using a mobile phone while
wearing metal-framed glasses or having wet hair.

9. Let the call connect before putting the handset on your ear or start speaking and
listening – A mobile phone first makes the communication at higher power and then
reduces power to an adequate level. More power is radiated during call connecting time.

10. If you have a choice, use a landline (wired) phone, not a mobile phone.

11. When your phone is ON, don't carry it in chest/breast or pants pocket. When a
mobile phone is ON, it automatically transmits at high power every one or two minutes
to check (poll) the network.

12. Reduce mobile phone use by children as a younger person will likely have a longer
lifetime exposure to radiation from cell phones.

13.People having active medical implants should preferably keep the cell phone at
least 15 cm away from the implant. While Purchasing a Mobile Handset check the SAR
value of the mobile phone. It can be searched on internet if its model number & make
is known.

Natural Remedies for Reducing High Blood Pressure

Bananas - The banana has been proved to help reduce blood pressure. The average person needs three to four servings of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables each day. Some experts believe doubling this amount may benefit your blood pressure. If bananas aren't your favorite bunch of fruit, try dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange juice, spinach, boiled potatoes with skin, baked sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash.

Canola, mustard seed, or safflower oils -Switching to polyunsaturated oils can make a big difference in your blood pressure readings. Switching to them will also reduce your blood cholesterol level.

Milk- The calcium in milk does more than build strong bones; it plays a modest role in preventing high blood pressure. Be sure to drink skim milk or eat low fat yogurt. Leafy green vegetables also provide calcium.

Cayenne Pepper- This fiery spice is a popular home treatment for mild high blood pressure. Cayenne pepper allows smooth blood flow by preventing platelets from clumping together and accumulating in the blood. Add some cayenne pepper to the salt-free seasonings listed in the Recipe Box below, or add a dash to a salad or in salt-free soups.

Broccoli-This vegetable is high in fiber, and a high fiber diet is known to help reduce blood pressure. So indulge in this and other fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber.

Home remedies for a glowing complexion

Normal skin

* Extract the juice of half an orange or tomato, mix with two teaspoons of curd.
Lightly massage onto your face in an upward direction. Let it dry. Then, wash your
face with cold water and wipe dry. This will give your skin a nice glow.

* Rub the inner part of the skin of a papaya on your face. Let it dry. Then, wash your
face with cold water and wipe dry. This will give your skin a nice glow.

Oily skin

~ Make a paste of 2 tbsp of wheat flour using as much water as needed. Apply on your
face in an upward motion. Leave to dry. Then, wash with cool water and pat dry. This
helps remove excess oil from your skin.

* Grind half a cucumber and squeeze to remove the juice. Apply the juice on your face
and leave to dry. Then wash with water and pat dry.

For dry skin

* Mash half a ripe banana, add a teaspoon of honey and make a paste. Apply on your
face. Once it dries, wash with cold water and pat dry.

* Make a paste of one teaspoon of malai, a pinch of turmeric and four to five drops
of olive oil. Apply on your face, leave to dry. Wash with cold water and pat dry.

Combination skin

* Mix 3-4 tablespoons of Multani mitti (Fuller's Earth) with 8-10 ground pudina
(mint) leaves. Freeze the pack overnight.

Keep outside for 10-15 minutes and then apply on your face. After 10-15 minutes,
wash off and pat dry. It helps in cooling and cleansing your skin.

Natural remedies for the Digestion

Cardamom is commonly used to treat indigestion by warming and stimulating the body.
It is also useful to treat gas.

Garlic and Nutmeg are both useful for digestive issues. Try adding garlic to your
meals or make a tea of nutmeg before or with a meal.

Lettuce and spinach are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E and stimulate the smooth
operation of the digestive tract. Add these bulky greens to your diet to assist in
proper digestion.

Dill tea helps to relieve gas, indigestion, and cramps. To make dill tea, use one
teaspoon dill seeds to eight ounces of cold water. Bring the blend to a boil, reduce
heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Drink before or with a meal.

Lemon balm assist with digestion, especially in times of worry or anxiety.

Peppermint is well known to help indigestion, intestinal spasms, gas, and other
similar conditions, particularly in children. Peppermint leaves as a tea or added to
cottage cheese can assist in proper digestion.

Cabbage and kale are helpful for digestive problems because of the protective enzymes
they produce when eaten.

Fennel in food will help aid digestion greatly. Too much acidity in the stomach can be
regulated by drinking one cup of fennel tea. Fennel expels mucus and relieves cramps,
gas, and indigestion. Chewing fennel seed relieves hunger and eases digestion.

Cinnamon can be used as an aid for digestive processes and alleviates indigestion,
cramps and gas. See a recent post about how cinnamon can benefit other parts of your
body beyond digestion.

Ginger, sage, and bay leaf have been used traditionally for digestive disorders.

Oranges are used as a digestive remedy, aiding in the treatment of constipation.

Mustard, horseradish, and radishes are known to raise vital life forces and are
helpful in digestion because of the protective enzymes created when eating them.

Coriander is a digestive tonic and is a mild sedative. It is helpful for gas and

For slow digestion, take the Homeopathic Lycopodium (club moss)

Papaya leaves versus Dengue virus

Papaya leaves juice are a possible cure for dengue fever, a recent study revealed.

It has been reported that many people consume papaya leaves or pegaga juice to
increase their platelet count after they contract dengue fever.

A recent study, conducted by a group of researchers from local and foreign
universities, indicated that the powder from papaya leaves has substances
responsible for the release and/or production of thrombocytes (platelets).

The study was initiated and led by Dr S. Kathiresan of AIMST University. Dr
Kathiresan said the leaves of papaya fruit were high in complex vitamins that
might help bone marrow to rapidly increase blood platelet production.

“The dengue virus’ main effect is on platelet production. Nor­mally, a platelet
in our body lasts for about five to 10 days and the body replenishes them when

“This virus destroys the body’s capacity to produce new platelets (during the
period the virus is effective). The platelet count for a normal person varies
from 150,000 to 250,000 per micro litre of blood. On becoming infected, a patient’s
platelet count starts falling.

“A platelet count below 100,000 per microlitre is alarming – immediate medical
attention is required. A platelet count below 50,000 can be fatal,” he added.

A fall in the platelet count prevents formation of clots and this leads to
haemorrhaging, which results in both internal and external bleeding.

How should Take~

Accordingly it is raw papaya leaves, 2pcs just cleaned and pound and squeeze
with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf.. So two tablespoon
per serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with hot water, it will loose
its strength. Only the leafy part and no stem or sap. It is very bitter and you have
to swallow it like that.

Health Remedies for Dandruff

Tips for dandruff problem

Grind ginger root and beetroot to make a paste. Every night the hair must be massaged with this paste. Rinse in the morning. It helps control dandruff effectively in about 4 to 5 nights.

Curd (dahi) with its acidic and conditioning properties helps fight dandruff. Ferment a small amount of curd (enough to cover your scalp) for two days. Apply it and keep it for one hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo. Do this at least twice a week.

Regular henna (mehndi) application has been followed for centuries and has been known for decreasing dandruff. It has curative as well as conditioning properties. Mix henna, amla, tea powder, lemon juice in curd. Add a few drops of hair oil. Keep aside for 10-12hrs. Apply on your hair and leave it for an hour. Wash it off with a shampoo.

Aloe vera gel contains healing, antibacterial and antifungal elements properties. Applying fresh aloe vera gel on scalp is another way of keeping your dandruff at bay. Keep the gel on for 30min. Wash your hair with an aloe vera based shampoo.

Fenugreek (methi) is an herb that is readily available in our kitchen. It has anti-fungal and scalp soothing properties. Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water and grind to a fine paste. Apply this paste on the scalp for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.

Gram flour (besan) is an effective cleansing agent. It removes the dirt and is handy for dandruff remedy. You can apply gram flour mixed with curd on your scalp. Rinse after 20-30min.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it can keep your dandruff away too! It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Make a paste of equal quantity of apple and orange and apply on the scalp. Wash your hair after 20-30min with a shampoo.

Neem leaves with their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties is highly effective in controlling dandruff. Boil neem leaves in water and use this water to rinse hair.

Basil leaves (Tulsi) has been used since ages for its healing properties. Make a paste of tulsi leaves and amla powder mixed with water. Massage on the scalp. Let it remain for half an hour. Wash the hair with water.