Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 5 #writebravely, #writeproblogger- "5 Amazing Home Remedy to Treat Pain in throat or Laryngitis"

The beautiful season “fall” is here. And we all are geared up to enjoy this beautiful weather with our friends and family. But unfortunately, this sudden change in temperature may cause common cough, cold, pain in throat and other respiratory and seasonal allergies symptoms. And among this, all hoarseness or laryngitis is one of the common problems that bother so many of us. Here is a complete guide to deal with it.

What is laryngitis?

Inflammation of larynx is called laryngitis, which is usually characterised by hoarseness or loss of voice and throat pain. The larynx is also called a voice box, is an organ that joins the back of the throat to the windpipe (trachea). The larynx is an important organ that helps in respiration and phonation. It allows air to be directed into respiratory organs for gas exchange.
 It also produces vocal sounds and controls the pitch and volume of voice. It acts as a valve to close the respiratory tract and prevents the passage of food and other foreign particles into the lower respiratory tracts.

Laryngitis usually caused by excessive strain on the vocal cords or by viral or bacterial infection. Sometimes smoking, respiratory allergies, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, and use of inhaled steroids may be contributing factors.

Symptoms of laryngitis
  • ·         Hoarseness
  • ·         Weak voice or voice loss
  • ·         Sore throat
  • ·         Throat pain with tickling sensation and rawness in throat
  • ·         Coughing
  • ·         Slow fever
  • ·         Trouble in swallowing
  • ·         Difficult speaking with constant need to clear your throat


Laryngitis often linked to another illness such as flu, pharyngitis or other respiratory diseases. So you might also have other symptoms such as a runny nose, headache and swollen glands.
The problem usually lasts for few days to 2 weeks at the most.  And get resolved without any serious consequences. If persists longer than this duration, it could be a case of chronic laryngitis for which you need to consult with a doctor.

Here is a list of some simple and home remedies which you can try to relieve the symptoms of laryngitis and may get your voice box back to normal

Home remedies for laryngitis

Warm salt water gargles

It is a first and basic remedy to treat laryngitis at home. Salt has a great antibacterial property and helps in killing the bacteria. It also eases the swelling and soreness of throat. Soothe your throat throughout the day by gargling with a mixture of salt and warm water is the easiest method to promote healing of an inflamed throat.

How to use it?

 Just prepare a solution mixed with ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water. And gargle with it several times a day. While gargling, try to take the salt water as far back into your throat as possible, So that it touches the larynx, where actual healing is required.







Apple cider vinegar
 It is believed that apple cider vinegar is the mother of all vinegar. And it has great antibacterial and antifungal properties that work great against all kinds of germs that attack throat and mouth. Thus it can be used to treat laryngitis.

How to use it?

It can be used with two methods.
·         Take 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic) and mixed with one glass of warm water. And drink it 2-3 times a day. You may add 1 teaspoon honey and cayenne paper to increase the effectiveness of this drink.

·         Second prepare a gargle mixture with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 1 glass of water and gargle with it several times a day.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most commonly consumed dietary condiments in the world. "Gingerols" is one of the active chemical components in ginger that provides excellent therapeutic benefit and act as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

How to use it?

 It can be used in two ways,

  1. ·         Just sucking on a few candied ginger throughout the day or simply eat a few thin slices of fresh ginger root.
  2.  2. drinking a cup of ginger tea, to make the tea cut 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger root into thin slice and place in 1 quarter of boiling water. Cover the pot and simmer on the lowest heat for 30 minutes. Let it cool for 30 minutes, strain and drink ½ to 1 cup three to five times a day. Sweeten with honey if needed



 
                  
Honey
According to Ayurveda, honey is considered as one of the most remarkable nature's gifts to mankind.  Scientific studies suggested Honey has great antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Thus it helps in reducing inflammation of larynx and sooth the throat and relieves irritation.

How to use it?
It can be used simply by swallow some raw honey several times a day. You can also make a herbal tea with lemon and honey. To make the tea, boil a cup of water, and then add 1-2 tablespoon of honey and juice of a ½ lemon in it. Your herbal tea is ready. Drink it 2-3 times a day.



Garlic
 Garlic has proven to be effective against a plethora of gram positive, gram negative and acid-fast bacteria. Studies show that garlic has great antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-viral properties, which help to kill the disease-causing organisms that are often the root cause of laryngitis.

How to use it?

  • ·         It can be used either by swallow or chew the garlic directly
  • ·         Second, it can be used as garlic syrup.  For making it, peel and chop the cloves of several garlic heads and place them in a jar. Cover with equal equals' part of apple cedar vinegar and distilled water. Shake well and allow to sit for 4 hours. Strain and add on an equal part of honey. Shake together. Cao and store in a refrigerator. Take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon every 6-8 hours.

Turmeric
Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties. It encourages healing and soothes the soreness of throat.

How to use it?
Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of milk and drink it 2-3 times a day, until symptoms disappear.



·    So try these wonderful home remedies to treat the annoying symptoms of laryngitis. But in spite of these measures if your symptoms did not improve within few days then do not forget to take a professional medical advice for getting relief.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

#Writebravely #writeproblogger- "6 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Nail Biting in Kids"

As a parent, we naturally desire to help our children cultivate good habits with the hope of raising them independent and responsible human being. But it is not as easy as sound. Despite our best efforts and positive approach, we find many habits and behaviour of our children are really annoying,
Don’t you think as a parent it is the upsetting and embarrassing moment when your kids fall into any kind of bad habits? Though these habits are not serious medical condition and tend to disappear with the time. But as a parent, these habits nag us because they don’t serve a healthy purpose yet they don’t easily fall away. Some of the examples of these kinds of unhealthy habits are:
  • ·         Biting or chewing nails
  • ·         Pulling of hair
  • ·         Nose picking
  • ·         Teeth grinding
  • ·         Masturbation
  • ·         Banging the head
  • ·         Lip chewing etc.

Indeed, these habits are unhealthy and gross looking. And no parents want that their child develops any of these habits. Unfortunately, so many kids get to fall into some kinds of the bad habit. What are these habits? How can we help our kids to overcome these bad habits? Read on to know more.

My story

For my 3-year-old daughter, it was nail-biting and nail chewing. It was the happiest moment for us when our second daughter born 5 years ago. She has crossed her all initial mile-stone very smoothly. But as soon as she has turned 3, she has started biting her nail. One day, I had realised that I hadn’t cut her nails in a while, and when I took a close look at her hands, her nails looked like a quarter moon to half-moon. She also has slight redness and discomfort around her nail bed.

I was feeling upset.

I was ashamed

I was trying to find the cause why does this happen

I had no idea how to help my daughter to overcome this annoying bad habit. And as a helpless parent I yelled and say repeatedly “stop biting your nails, I cannot stand it”.

After an initial bumbling, I had decided to respond her problem in the positive and nurturing way. I had tried to explore the all well-known and lesser-known facts about the nail-biting. Here are some key points that I had gotten after an initial research.

·         Nail biting is a kind of “nervous habit”. As a definition, “nervous habits are symptoms of an emotional state and generally, based upon the conditions of anxiety, insecurity and tension. These habits include nail biting, stammering, sniffling, and banging the head. The expert suggested that when trying to overcome a nervous habit, it is important to resolve the cause of nervous feeling rather than just treating the symptoms. Sometimes these habits can be hazardous to your health.

  Second thing, nail-biting usually occurs as a result of boredom or working on a difficult problem. Usually, nail-biters do not bite their nails when they are engaged in social interaction or when they reprimanded for the behaviour.

·    Scientists are not sure if nail biting is genetic but kids whose parents bite their nails are more likely to bite their nails too. Studies show this happen even if the parents stop doing it before their child is born.

·       Sometimes nail biting is just a way of coping with minor stress or anxious feeling.

·      According to a new scientific study that spanned three decades, “young children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies later in childhood.”

·   Another scientific study that has done for knowing the association between nail biting and psychiatric disorder in children and their parents confirmed that severity and frequency of nail-biting were not associated with any co-morbid psychiatric disorder.

After knowing all these facts I was feeling a little overwhelmed. But I had only one thing in my mind that there are some prominent reasons to do my best effort to stop my daughter’s nail-biting habit. And these reasons are:

It can make you sick

It can affect your smile and teeth

It will make your nail weird and uneven

So after taking few deep breaths, I had decided to work hard with a positive approach. Here is my 6 step plan that has worked for us, and hoping this will help others who are struggling with the same situation.

Step#1, educate yourself

I strongly believed that for dealing with any parenting issue (in fact with any other problem too) effectively and positively, it is mandatory to educate yourself, so that you can understand your child’s problem properly and its impact on your daily life. Learn about the underlying cause of an existing condition, the risk factors, prevention, and treatment options are good starting point to educate yourself. This step will help to prepare better for dealing with problem’

Like in my daughter’s case, I had explored all possible and reliable sources and gathered the information about “nail-biting”.

 Along with reliable online sources (like parents.com, WebMD), “what to do when a bad habit holds on you”, a book written by Dawn Huebner is a great book to get guidelines for dealing with your child’s behaviour.

 Step #2, Address the underlying cause of that habit or behaviour

Before approaching any further step, it is important to understand the underlying cause of your child’s unhealthy habit. This step will help you to identify times and situations when the behaviour more likely to occur. This thing will also help to think about whether there is any stress in your child’s life that you need to address. Sometimes it may be a result of simple boredom or a technique to relieve minor stress and anxiety. But in some cases, it could be a result of any serious family reason (like divorce) or place change.

To reveal the exact cause behind my daughter’s nail-biting habit, I had made a keen observation of her. And fortunately, I had observed, “she does it when she is bored”. Also, when she feels alone (especially when elder sister is not at home), she repeats it frequently.

Steps#3 make a heart to heart conversation

I believed a “good communication” is a key to making a healthy connection between you and your child. And when it is about to overcome the unhealthy habit, “listening and talking” is must to resolve the problem. Here are few tips that will help in making an effective communication with your kids.

  • ·         Select an appropriate time when your kids are most likely to talk in good mood, initiate the conversation.
  • ·         Always express your love and care for them.
  • ·         Keep your expression, voice tone in positive and understanding manner.
  • ·         Then begin a healthy discussion about nervous habits. What they are? In which manner they are harmful to your body? Use examples, read books together or watch an informational video about the same thing, are some creative examples that work very well in most of the cases.

Though in case of a younger child (like my daughter), when making a good communication may not work that well because of child’s age. Still, keeping a positive approach and explanation works very well to help the child from coming out through any bad habit.

 Step#4 doesn’t punish or scolded

Nail biting is a common but unresolved problem in psychiatry, psychology, medicine and dentistry. And like all other nervous habits, nail biting is also a habit that cannot be stopped easily. Studies show, many of the children with nail-biting have already tried to stop it but they have not been successful. Many of the children with NB behaviour may be punished by their parents and family members, but threat and punishment may not lead to the decrease of nail-biting frequency, in fact, it may lead to increase in it. So, keep remember,

·         Like all other nervous habits, nail-biting tends to be unconscious, so nagging or punishing your child for this is a useless strategy. If you pressure him to stop, it may turn out to be the opening shot in a wrong and exhausting power struggle.

·         Also, it is mandatory that your child is ready to stop his behaviour. Unless he is not willing to do it, you cannot do much to stop this. First, convince your child with positive and nurturing ways (like the proper explanation about the nervous habits and their consequences) and then move on next possible solutions.

 Step#5 Go on slow and “set the limits”

Unfortunately, when it comes to breaking the unconscious habits, we have to be patient while dealing it. As long as, your child is not hurting himself, your best bet is to wait out the habit. For me, the thing that has worked very well is the way “go on slow and set the limits”. Initially, I had set a simple rule “no nail-biting at dinner table” and I had reminder her every day. Gradually, this thing has worked and she has responded me very well, but not biting her nails at least on a dinner table.

Step#6 make a “quit plan” together

Definitely, this step depends on your child’ age and with smaller kids, it wouldn’t be a possible option. Still, there are things that can do together to help your child to come out with this unhealthy habit.

  • ·         Know the triggers and try to avoid the situations that trigger the nail-biting.
  • ·         Set a physical reminder that takes their attention to the habit the moment they do it. (A lighter touch on arm or a code word work best)
  • ·         Some expert suggested that wear an adhesive bandage on your child’s fingertips or putting bitter tasting solution on fingertips help to prevent nail biting. (Personally, I did not like this idea…)
  • ·         Use alternative ways or activity like silly putty to play on the long car ride or using smooth stone for while reading or watching T.V. might help in making the switch.
  • ·         As it has been said “busy child is happy child”, and I had used these simple strategies to help her. As I know that “being bored” is the biggest trigger for her. So I had started putting extra attention on her free time. I had tried to keep my child engaged in creative activities (she loves crafting) to beat her boredom. And this thing has worked really well to help her come out through this unhealthy habit.

Few more things that need to be considered

Just take a deep breath and think:

  • ·         Did you had ever tried really address to underlying cause of your child’s behaviour (instead of yelling or saying “just stop doing this”)
  • ·         It there something that you and your child could do together positively and calmly that will help him to come out from this bad behaviour or annoying habit. (Ex. Make a reward chart together, does some creative activity together when your child urges to bite his nails)
  • ·         Are you overreacting to your child’s behaviour without understanding the whole situation?

  • Of course, as a human being, we all do mistakes. The aim of these questions is to simply help you figure out where you are? And what you can do to help your child to come out through this problem.

Conclusion

Remind him and yourself that it is hard to break an unhealthy habit. Take a break if you need it. Also, different people respond to the different technique. So, try different options and sort out what works best for you and your child. Try and try again, at the end hard work and persistence eventually pay off.

With this “6 Step plan”, I had achieved my desired goal. Now, my daughter rarely does “nail-biting”. And I am happy that again “Positive parenting” had resolved one of my troublesome parenting issues.  Did you have struggled with any of your child’s bad habit?  What was your experience?  How had you helped your child to get rid of his annoying habit? Please share!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

#writebravely,#writeproblogger -"8 Awesome Family Activities to Do in Fall"

 Fall is a fabulous season. The beautiful colours, the crisp air, pumpkins…I love everything about this season. The whole world turns into a beautiful canvas painted with multiple colours. The trees put on spectacular foliage display.  The sun is so perfect and big bright moons grace the autumn sky. The wind is rising and the air gets wild with leaves. I believe it is just the perfect season to try something new, something bold and beautiful. It is a time to start thinking about how you can help your kids get outdoors and take advantage of all that this amazing season has to offer.

Of course, it is hard to say goodbye to summer freedom, but we are equally excited to welcome the "prettiest weather". And we are already geared up with a pre-preparation to enjoy the glory of great fall. Here I am sharing my favourite family fall activities. They are simple, awesome and not so expensive. You can easily enjoy them with your family.

Making a "fall bucket list"
I think writing out all the thing which we want to accomplish is the easiest way to being closer to get things which we really want. This time, I want to make a "fall bucket list" with a mixed theme "Fun while learn". As it is the beginning of the new academic year, I want to make sure kids get involved in regular reading and learning and on another side, wonderful weather offers so much to explore outside. So we had to alternate the learning and fun activities in our "fall bucket list" to enjoy the season with maximum fun and optimum learning.

Reading autumn theme books
We just love books. It is such a great time of year to start a new journey. Reading is an essential activity to get a proper knowledge and skills. And read the "fall theme books" are the excellent way to explore the uniqueness of season. We had already picked some fall theme books. Some are funny, some are informational and even some are scary. Some of my favourite "fall theme books" are:

  • ·         Why do leave change colour – by Betsy Maestro, an informative book which explains what happens to leave in fall as they change colour.
  • ·         Fall leaves fall- by Zoe hall, talk about all the things that kids can do with fall leaves.
  • ·         Too many pumpkins- by Linda white, when a woman buries unwanted pumpkin and then she gets huge bumper crops of pumpkin next year.

Adding a "fall theme décor" to your house

I think adding a few cosy autumnal décor to your house is a perfect way to welcoming the new season. It is the simplest way to bring the warm colours of fall into your home. Changing the home décor with a fall flare will be an exciting and creative activity for kids.
There may be many different ways to decorate your house in a creative and festive way for fall. Pumpkins, pine cones, fall foliage are some of the most easily available items that can be an instant source of inspiration for easy and elegant home décor. Some of my favourite ideas for "fall theme home décor" are:
  • ·         Making a "fall wreath" with wood slice and twigs
  • ·         Putting beautiful fall leaves (with the twig) in the glass vase to make an elegant decorative piece.
  • ·         Make a centrepiece for dining table with pumpkins, leaves and other fall stuff
  • ·         Painted pumpkin in beautiful pattern with acrylic paint
  • ·         Add more natural and autumnal colours in home accessories
  • ·         Make a wall piece with colourful fall leaves

Going for a Nature walk

Nature is a great stress reliever. And during fall nature has an exceptional beauty to explore.  Colourful trees, fallen leaves, perfect temperature provide us with a great opportunity to explore the hidden treasure of nature. It is a right time of year to go outside and see what things you can find. It doesn't have to be a big nature park or reserve, nature is all around us. Small Park, grassland and even your backyard may be a perfect place to explore and enjoy the ethnic beauty of nature.

Plan a fall foliage road trip

Being nature lovers, we cannot wait to get buckle up and get up close and personal with the breathtaking and panoramic view of natural beauty during this season.  During this season nature offers picturesque settings to watch and enjoy the colourful phase of photosynthesis. There are various road trip options are available to enjoy the awe-inspiring natural beauty. But make sure do a proper research and pre-parathion before planning your road trip.

Getting crafty

We love crafting as a family. Crafting is the easiest way to explore creativity and imagination power in kids. And fall is the perfect season to get creative and crafty. Nature craft supplies are the prettiest and cheapest option for crafting that we can have. And during fall they are in their best form. So with the few fall craft ideas. You can get started in no time. Especially for kids, it is an excellent opportunity to spark their imagination and feel excited about the season.
Some of all favourite fall theme crafts are:
  •        Leafy animal
  • ·         Painted acorn
  • ·         Wall decoration with leafy cards

Explore the "fall Traditions"

As we are still in an exploratory state here, we are very excited to learn about the way families in our community and beyond celebrate this season. We want to learn more about the festivals and celebrations.  And fall is the perfect time to explore the traditions and activities. So, we are ready to enjoy,
  •       Apple picking in beautiful orchard  
  • ·         Pumpkin patches
  • ·         Enjoying the haunted hayrides
  • ·         Attending super cool fall festival
  • ·         And making delicious doughnuts with apple cider


Preparation for Halloween

Last but not the least if we are talking about fall fun, how we can forget the "Halloween". Halloween is just few week away and my daughters love everything about Halloween. Spooky rhymes, scary costumes, make-up and masks, and of course Halloween parties. And this year, for avoiding the end moment tension, we had already started a pre-preparation for upcoming Halloween. Searching for a different theme, cheap costume and elegant decoration are making us super excited for celebrating the "Kids favourite festival".

So, we are well prepared to celebrate the season of harvest and reflection.  These were our favourite "fall family activities" to enjoy the fun festivities.  What are yours? Please share with us.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

#Writebravely #writeproblogger - "5 Amazing Natural Blood Thinners for a Healthy Heart"

Nature has offered the wonderful gift to mankind as medicinal plants and herbs to promote healthy, happy and disease free life. Being a holistic physician, I always love to explore the therapeutic properties of natural substances. Indeed, natural foods, herbs, spices have amazing healing properties and could be used as an effective alternative treatment for various diseases and troubling aliments.
 Recently, I had explored some interesting information about “natural blood thinners”, which I wish to share through this post.

What is blood thinner medication?

As the name suggested the blood thinner is a drug that helps in the prevention of formation of a clot. Even though the body has a self-defence mechanism that helps in the formation of blood clots, whenever we suffer from bleeding due to any reason. But there are times when blood clots could be dangerous and can put your life at risk. If you have certain conditions like an irregular heart rhythm or congenital heart defects or had a heart surgery (due to any reason like heart valve surgery ), these conditions and the surgery increases the chance of threatening blood clots and these clots may cause a heart attack or stroke. Blood thinner medication lowers the chances of heart attack and stroke by reducing the chance of forming blood clots.

When the “blood thinner medication” is prescribed?

Your doctor may recommend you to take these blood thinner medications when a person is at risk of stroke or heart disease. Or you had certain procedures like heart valve surgery or angioplasty.  These medications lower the chance of heart attack and stroke by lessening the chance that blood clots form. This medication helps in maintaining a proper blood flow to vital organs. There are 2 types of blood thinners. One is anticoagulant and other is anti-platelet drugs.

  • ·         Anticoagulant drugs can prevent clots formation. Common example of anticoagulant drug are heparin, warfarin
  • ·         Anti-platelet drugs like aspirin prevent blood cells called platelet from clumping together to form a clot.

Fortunately there are some natural foods that can work like a natural blood thinner and you can use them to reduce the formation of blood clots and heart stroke. What are these substances and how to use them? Read on to know more.

If you are suffering from any kind of heart or blood vessel disease and already taking prescription medicines, it is very important to take a professional medical advice before making any significant changes to your diet.

Here are the lists of 5 superfoods that can work like a natural blood thinner and can play a major role in the prevention of threatening heart diseases.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a well-known spice that helps in fighting infections, reduce inflammation and treat digestive problems. According to University Of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric may help prevent atherosclerosis and keeps bad cholesterol level under control. Though more scientific evidence needed, it is believed that turmeric stops platelets from clumping together and also prevents blood clots from building up along the wall of arteries.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E proved to be a bust for preventing heart diseases and have anti-cancer properties. According to WebMD, some trials suggested the role of Vitamin E in reducing the risk of life-threatening blood clots, but researchers warn that the finding must be confirmed. According to Harvard Medical School, Professor of Medicine Robert J Glynn PhD “Vitamin E shows promise for preventing the potentially deadly clots in high-risk patients who are on prescription blood thinners like warfarin.”

Garlic

Garlic has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic has a great role in the prevention of heart disease. Some studies suggested it may slow down atherosclerosis and lower the blood pressure a little between 5% to 8%. Apart from preventing blood clots, garlic has significant antioxidant activity and protects the blood vessels and heart from the harmful effects of free radicals.


Foods that can contain Omega 3 fatty acid

Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acid have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. They had a capacity to thin the blood. Studies suggested that it also help in reduce arterial inflammation, improve endothelial function and promote healthier circulation and clotting. But apart from these usual benefits, you have to be very careful while consuming it with other blood thinning medication. According to Mayo Clinic, omega 3 may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with herbs and supplements that are believed to increase the risk of bleeding. Multiple cases of bleeding have been reported with the use of Ginkgo biloba and fewer cases with garlic and saw palmetto.

Ginger

Ginger has been a popular herb for thousands of years because of its amazing therapeutic properties for treating various elements. Studies suggested that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood from blood clotting, that can help treat heart diseases where blood vessels can become blocked and lead to heart attack. Gingerol is a chemical that naturally occurs in ginger and has been shown to prevent blood cells and platelets from clotting and clumping.


Apart from this:

  • ·         Some vegetables like tomato, broccoli, lettuce, beetroot and onion can thin the blood.
  • ·         Cayenne paper contains a high amount of salicylate and can have a powerful blood thinning effect on your body.
  • ·         Some fruits like pineapple contain an enzyme bromelain that is responsible for its blood thinning properties.
  • ·         Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can help in thinning the blood.
  • ·         Red wine is also considered to have a protective effect against atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.
  • ·         Some nuts like wall nut, almonds and Brazil nut can help thin the blood.

Word of caution

No doubt these natural products have amazing healing properties, but they may interfere with your prescription medication. It is very important to no get started with any of these before taking your doctor’s advice. Always speak to your doctor before making any changes in your diet and prescribed medication, otherwise, it could have a negative impact on your health. Did you have tried any natural foods to cure any disease aliments? What was your experience? Please share!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

#writebravely #writeproblogger- 5 Prominent Reasons Why Should you Spend More "Me Time"?

 I had been really busy for the last few days. Being on a hectic schedule, I was busy in completing various personal and professional commitments. And luckily I had completed most of them, despite completing so many tasks I was feeling irritable and restless. Even at night, I wouldn’t be able to slow down and relax. I thought, “What’s the matter with me?”  In the first instance, I wouldn’t be able to recognise the real cause behind it, but later I realized that it is all because of not getting enough “me time”. During these days, when I was constantly interacting with others and constantly processing new information, I didn’t get enough time to explore the things that I had created. I am sure I am not the only person who finds himself mentally overwhelmed and physically exhausted. Most of the people had same emotion during routine hectic life schedule.

Yes! It is true that we lived in the incredibly busy world; we always had multiple responsibilities and duties. We always had so much going on in our life. In fact, when we are not doing something it feels that we are wasting our time and not utilising it properly. But did you know, constantly being on in life is not good for our physical and mental health. It may put a negative impact on our overall wellbeing.

Alone time is so different than loneliness. Many people are incredibly against for being alone. They always spend their time and money running away from being alone. There is a difference between “Loneliness” and “spending me time”.

Loneliness Vs spending me time

Of course, we all seem to be afraid of loneliness. Loneliness is more associated with a feeling of sadness and depression, and sometimes you could have people around you throughout the day, but still, you experienced a sense of loneliness. It can have a serious detrimental effect on physical and mental health. While spending more “me time” does not necessarily being lonely. In fact, it can improve your mood and bring positivity in your attitude. You will have greater stamina and better ability to concentrate. It is something that can help you avoid irritability, constant fatigue and day to day stress.

Here are 5 prominent reasons why should you spend more “me time”:

Spending more me time allows you to think more precisely and clearly

“Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world, so I can hear my own- Oprah

When we are engaged in our day to day responsibilities and commitments, it is often difficult to get enough time for think deeply and precisely. During hectic routine schedule, we just want to complete our duties, but this thing lessons our creativity and put a negative impact on our productivity as well. By carving some quality time for yourselves, you will get an opportunity to think deeply and precisely. And this thing will help in other areas of life so well.

You will have better problem-solving skills and improve concentration

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do to this you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solution”- Deepak Chopra

We often find ourselves overwhelmed with things we want to do, we ought to do and we need to do. We always had massive amounts of information coming through surrounding. And this constant flow of information distracts us to find an effective solution to our problems. Taking some “me time” can help you to improve concentration and enable you to find the better solution for your problems.

It will improve your physical and mental health

“We need solitude because when we are alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts”- Tamim Ansari

It is true that we all are bounded to push yourself to some extent for completing personal and professional responsibilities. But when the longtime you did not get enough time for yourself may cost you in the end. You may suffer from various physical disorders such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and various psychological disorders such as depression, insomnia, anxiety etc.
Scheduling a little time can provide some real benefit to your physical and mental health. It will reduce your day to day stress and play a vital role in the prevention of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Mentally, it helps in reducing depression, anxiety and mental fatigue. Usually most of the people experience improves memory, concentration power and better sleep after taking out some me time.

You will have better relationship with others

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you”- Anne Lamott

We always surrounded by the people who constantly need our time and attention. It could be your spouse, kids, friends or colleagues. But unfortunately, it is not always possible to provide your 100% to any relationship. The constant demands often put a state of stress and misunderstanding in our relationship. While taking out some me time, allows you to think who are you? What you want to get in your life as an individual? And what are your expectations from a relationship? It will also help you in clearing the misunderstandings by giving a proper and precise thought to an existing condition. So, in the long term, you will feel that you had a better relationship with others and your quality of relationship has enhanced.

You will learn a new way to live life with happiness and contentment

“The way we spend our time defines who we are”- Jonathan Estrin

Sometimes taking out time for yourself can leave you feeling guilty. You may feel that you are not doing your work or not spending enough time with your family. But believe me, it is not waste of time. It is so mandatory and vital to living a happier and more productive life. We need to understand one thing that life is not a  race, it is not just about achieving one goal and then setting next one. It is a beautiful journey and we should try to enjoy each and every moment of it.  Spending some time alone helps you in doing that. You will learn a new way of living a life. Of course, that is more productive and fulfilling.

Here are few simple tips that can help you carve some “me time”-

  • ·         Get up little early in the morning before everyone else and spend some quality moment with yourself. Practising meditation, yoga or just a simple prayer with gratitude are some easy ideas to start your day. You will have increased feeling of self-esteem, better stamina and more positivity throughout the day, by doing this simple 2-5 minute routine.
  • ·         Get unplugged from social media. And turn off the electronic devices (TV, phone etc.) and allow yourself to think for a few minutes. These few minutes of alone time will help you feel relaxed, calm and more productive.
  • ·         Pre-plan you’re “me time”, like any other important things. Try to do things that you love to do. Spend some time for doing things which you love to do, make you feel happy and refreshed.
  • ·         Use power of imagination. Close your eyes and imagine walking along a white sandy beach or admiring a field of wildflowers, will help you to ease your stress, boost your mood and improve your health.
  • ·         Close your door if you want to spend “me time” at home. And make everyone aware that you don’t want to be disturbed for few minutes until and unless there is an emergency.
  • ·         Turn your exercise or workout time as a “me time” and try to be mentally calm and peaceful during this time. This will help to reduce your physical and mental stress level.

Keep remember that the busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some “me time”, so try to schedule me time and let me know how better you are feeling. What are your favourite ways to spend “me time”? Please share with us.

This post is for #writebravely  #writeproblogger  










Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#ApneTareekeSeHealthy, Here are My Super Easy Ways to Being Healthy and Fit

"Health is wealth"

We all love our family. We want our loved ones to stay fit and healthy. Good nutrition and regular exercise are an important part of adopting a healthy lifestyle. We all know that making the right food choices can prevent many serious health problems such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Being a homeopathic physician and mom of two young kids, I believed in a concept of natural living, real food and a holistic approach to healthcare and I always try to find simple and smart ways to keep myself and my family healthy.

I would like to do a big round of applause to Blogadda and saffola for initiating such a great campaign. And I am supremely excited to share my ways of being healthy. Also, love to read the ways how other people maintain their health during routine hectic life schedule. So, let’s first begin with healthy and balanced diet.

First way to being healthy- eat healthy, nutritious and balanced diet

As a general rule, a healthy and balanced diet is a diet that contains the right amount of all the food groups.  It includes carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals, fat, and fiber in a proper amount. And we should always try to include these important nutrients in our routine diet for staying fit and healthy. But it is not as easy as it sounds.

During routine life, hectic work schedule and limited time often create a challenge for preparing a healthy and balanced meal.  Making a healthy and balanced meal with limited time definitely, requires a pre-preparation and some smart strategies.  Sometimes, few simple but smart eating (and cooking) changes in our dietary habits, can optimize the nutritional value of our routine diet.
 Here I am sharing some of my favorite and simple ways to eat (and cook) healthy and balanced diet for my family.

Advance menu planning- pre-preparation and menu planning is the first and the best thing to make a healthy and balanced meal in limited time. I always prefer to sort out some healthy and quick recipes during a weekend for upcoming weeks. And try to select those recipes that cover the recommended daily requirement of each nutrient. With a little preparation, planning your meals in advance can help you eat a more nutritious and well-balanced diet during busy weekdays.

Shop smartly- smart shopping is my second important strategy to make a balanced meal.  It is the best way for providing safe and healthy food for your family. Usually, we tend to buy and eat same food products over and over again. And it may be a major cause of nutritional deficiency in our diet.  So, I love to be a little adventurous for changing the settled routine. I always try to buy and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Read labels and select the appropriate product is another simple strategy that helps in healthy shopping.

Start the main meal with a vegetable platter- this is another simple but effective way to include more vegetables in your routine diet. I always start my main meal with an attractive vegetable platter (preferably raw) with some healthy dressing. This step allows me to fill up sooner and help in eat less in the following meal. It is a simple way to maintain our vegetable requirement for the day. It helps in adding fibre in the diet and also a great source for healthy weight management.

Healthy snacking with fresh fruits and dry fruit- I had observed that unhealthy and processed food snack is the major cause of unnecessary calorie intake and may cause obesity and metabolic disorders at the young age. Eating a nutritious and healthy snack can boost your daily intakes of essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Replace the white bread and white rice with brown bread and brown rice- scientific studies suggested that brown rice and brown bread both are the finest source of vitamin B-complex, fibers and proteins. While white bread and white rice made with the refined flours. Refined carbohydrates are low in essential nutrients and have been linked with the range of health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and obesity. So why not replace the white bread and white rice with brown bread and brown rice? It is a healthier option and helps us feel full for a longer period of time. 

Pay more attention to method of cooking

Apart from maintaining nutritional requirements, it is equally important to use a healthy method of cooking. Deep frying or overcooking often destroys nutritional elements of healthy cooking ingredients. So, try to use alternative healthy ways of cooking (such as steaming or stir-frying) is a great way to keep nutritional value of cooking ingredients intact.

So with these ways, I try to maintain a healthy eating schedule for me and my family. Now, it’s time to talk about exercise. Definitely, it is really hard to maintain a strict and regular exercise schedule during routine hectic days. But as our campaign says, we have to find #ApneTareekeSeHealthy  way to keep ourselves motivated for doing the regular physical activity every day.

Second way “Regular exercise”

Here are some of my favorite ways to maintain a regular exercise schedule during routine hectic days.
  • ·         I believed it is more a mind game. In simple words, you have to prepare yourself mentally for doing exercise regularly. If you win the “mind game”, there are higher chances that you would be able to maintain your schedule most of the days.
  • ·         To keep myself motivated I always read the interviews or podcasts of fitness enthusiasts persons. They often share the simple ways to do exercise regularly without taking extra stress. I always try to follow their advice to keep myself motivated.
  • ·         Usually I try to make exercise as a “family activity”, too involved each and every person in the family. It is a fun and creative way to spend time together. And it helps in maintain an exercise schedule too.
  • ·         Though it is good to pre-plan your exercise schedule and I also love to do that. I love variations such as some days I like to precise gentle yoga, while on some days, a quick aerobic workout works great for me.

Definitely, there are some days when I wouldn’t be able to follow pre-plan strategies, during those days I prefer just

  1. ·         To take a walk in my backyard
  2. ·         Use staircase instead of lift
  3. ·         Play a game with my kids
  4. ·         Go for regular errands by walking    



These tiny steps help me maintain at least some kind of physical activity and fitness schedule.
So these are my ways to keep myself and my family healthy and happy. What are yours? Please share!
I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with Blogadda






Friday, September 15, 2017

#TraditionalRecipes, from Mamaearth- "A Trusted Tradition That Really Works"

We all have heard that “health is wealth” and “healthy family is a happy family”. It is a well-known fact, that “healthy eating and regular exercise” is a vital factor for good physical and mental health. But unfortunately, during routing hectic days, it wouldn’t have been always possible to maintain a regular and strict diet-exercise schedule. Sometimes, we all tend to become less conscious regarding our diet and exercise schedule. Sometimes, we want to eat, what we want to keep our mental health and mood uplifted (indulgence in junk food… Isn’t it?)

Especially for women, it is always challenging to “take care of themselves”. We are always so busy in taking care of our family and completing household and other responsibilities. As a result, weight gain, poor immunity, joint pain, disturbed digestion is some of the common issues that bother most of us time to time. We all want a simple, easy to use, yet effective solution for these routine health problems. We want best quality products that provide great results without causing any harmful side effects.

Since last few days, I was desperately searching for the products which can live up to my expectation and give me natural therapeutic care to overcome these routine health issues (poor immunity, weight gain etc.).  Being a holistic physician, I always believe in the concept of real food and natural healing. I want something that is easy to use (not the typical household remedies that require lots of preparation) and yet maintain the best quality and of course, made with 100% natural ingredients. Finally, my search comes to end, when I had received two amazing products (apple cedar vinegar weight loss syrup and plant DHA for mama) from mama earth.

As you already know, that I am a huge fan and admirer of “mamaearth products”, a brand that has made a special place not only in the market but in our heart as well. They had provided toxin free, organic, free from side effects baby and mom care products in last 1 year. They are “Asia’s first Made safe certified brand” and they had a mission to give great and satisfactory products to their customer without compromising their unique principle of “natural, organic and toxin free products”. Previously, I had used the baby and mom products with immense satisfaction and happiness. And now, they had launched their new range of products during “nutrition week” with a unique mantra “traditional recipes”.

Let me first explain what this concept is.

“Traditional recipes” concept

In simple words, mama earth is using the trusted traditional recipe (recipes and ingredients that are well-known since years for their natural therapeutic approach, and already benefited us for improving our health and overall well-being) in their products. They believed we should take care of our health naturally with these herb based traditional recipes. And being a holistic physician I am absolutely agreed with them. We had an enriched traditional way of healing to cure the different aliments. And it is a wise approach to use these recipes to improve our health. These recipes are free from side effects and provide a natural cure holistically.

These new #traditional recipes  have the wide range of products that includes:

  • ·         Organic apple cedar vinegar for mama
  • ·         Plant DHA for mama
  • ·         Milk tea for mama
  • ·         Passion for parents (a special product for sexual weakness)
  • ·         Stress-free tea for mama
  • ·         Feel better tea for mama  



These all products are really awesome and have amazing natural ingredients that are well-known for gentle, ideal cure and free from side effects. Among these, luckily I had gotten a chance to review the two products:

  • ·         Organic Apple cedar vinegar for mama
  • ·         Plant DHA for mama



And here I am sharing my honest feedback about these products.

 Organic Apple cedar vinegar for mama

I had an honest confession. First, when I had heard the just name of this amazing product, I get super excited about using this. You may have thought “why?” and here is the answer, my excitement because of its main ingredient “apple cedar vinegar”. Since last few days, I was doing some research on this amazing natural product. I was already fascinated by knowing some wonderful information about this. Did you know?

Apple cedar vinegar is an age old ancient remedy that has been using for thousands of years for various therapeutic purposes.  It contains highly beneficial nutritional compounds including vitamin A, Vitamin C, vitamin B6, other minerals and amino acids. It has so many benefits to our health. Such as:

  • ·         It has great anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It can kill many types of bacteria, thus helps in prevention of infections.
  • ·         It can lower the blood sugar level and fight diabetes.
  • ·         It improves digestion and metabolism and helps in losing weight.
  • ·         It helps break up mucous and support lymphatic drainage. It also has an antihistamine effect and promotes alkalinity and PH balance of the body.  
  • ·         It lowers cholesterol level and reduces your risk of heart disease.
  • ·         It may have the protective effect against cancer.

“The mother” is the part that is most beneficial for health.  And when I had explored the Mama earth’s traditional recipe “Organic Apple cedar vinegar for mama”, I was amazed to see that this product is specially formulated for women to assist in weight loss with the extra strand of “Mother”.
Here are few specific features of this product that make it really special.

  • ·         It is a raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized, preserving live culture known as the “mother” to keep enzymes and nutrients intact. And the presence of mother shows that best part of apple has not been destroyed.
  • ·         It is free from artificial colors and preservatives.
  • ·         Apart from best quality “organic apple”, this product has few more great ingredients that enhanced the nutritional and therapeutic value of this product. These are:
  • 1.       New Zealand’s Manuka honey- Manuka honey produced only in the New Zealand. It is one of the most unique and beneficial honey in the world. It is rich in antimicrobials. It is very beneficial for our digestive system. Drinking apple cider vinegar with honey also assists in losing weight.
  • 2.       Turmeric- turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. It has excellent anti-inflammatory and microbial properties. It facilitates the metabolism, relieves inflammation and boosts the immune system.
  • 3.       Ginger- ginger helps break down the accumulation of toxins in our organs. It has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid as it helps with the bowel disorder. It enhances our immune system.


My personal experience
As I had already stated that use of “Organic apple cider vinegar” as the main ingredient is one of the biggest reason that I just loved this product. It contains the wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are responsible for a majority of its health benefits. In other words, it is a boon for our overall health and well-being. And play a vital role in weight loss by improving our digestion and metabolism.

Caution
Though it is a natural and safe product if you had any underlying medical condition or taking any other medication for the chronic illness. It is better to take professional medical advice before using it.

Plant DHA for mama

The second product that I had received is “Plant DHA for mama”; here is some highlighting feature of this product.

  • ·         First and most important thing it is plant based Omega 3 rather than animal based. We all have heard the exceptional benefits of Omega 3 for our health. Fish oil and other animal based sources of omega 3 have their own limitations and many people did not like to use them. So for them, it is an all-natural and vegetarian source of DHA that offers same benefits as fish oil. It has a 100% vegetarian coating which makes it easy to get absorbed by the body.

  • ·         Omega 3 researchers found that infants born to mothers with higher blood levels of the omega 3 fatty acid DHA at delivery had advanced levels of attentional spans well into their second year of life. During the first six months of life, these infants were two months ahead of those babies whose mother had lower DHA levels.

  • ·         Healthy bones and joints- Omega 3 in DHA promote healthier and stronger bones and joints. Mother who consumes DHA is at a lower risk of developing osteoporosis than the ones who don’t.

  • ·         It is an herbal supplement, 100% natural extract and 100% vegetarian.

My personal experience
My sister in law, who is expecting her second child, has started using this product (after a medical advice) few days ago. And she is already getting some of the benefits such as improved general health and better stamina. We are looking forward the see more benefits with this product in upcoming months.

Caution

Though it is a natural and herbal product, herbs are the powerful substance that may interfere with other medications and may cause unwanted side effects in sensitive individuals. So if you are pregnant, breastfeeding mom or had any underlying disease condition, it is better to seek professional medical advice before using it.

These awesome “traditional recipe products” had been launched during National nutrition week and as the founder of mama earth Ghazal says on launching of these awesome products “it’s beautiful day, let’s celebrate this nutrition week by treating ourselves with the goodness of age old”

 These amazing products are already available on amazon. Here is the link to buy mama earth products. As women and as a mom, I highly appreciated their effort and really think that they had given a great gift to all women as these amazing, 100% natural products. My heartiest congratulation to them,

Positive parenting is extremely delighted to be among the first users of these great products. And I can say it confidently that these “Traditional recipe products” are definitely are great come back of our traditional ingredients in a new, refreshing form. And it is a worth to give them a try for improving our health and overall well-being.
Disclaimer
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