Beauty

Makar Sankrant and Importance of Its Sweet Delicacies

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Makar sankranti

Makar Sankranti is often known as the festival of kites and associated with Til Gul laddoo, Makar Sankranti is celebrated across India in different names. It is synonymous with the completion of the Harvest festival in northern India. It is a Hindu festival, falling on the same day every year of the solar calendar and is believed to be a festival of prosperity, peace and happiness. It marks the end of winter solstice with the transition of the sun in the zodiac Makar (Capricorn). It marks the beginning of the month of Magha in the Hindu solar calendar. It is […]

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Alcohol – Its Varieties and Unknown Facts

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Alcohol - Its varieties and unknown facts

Alcohol has become an integral part of our celebrations and festivities and is associated with both happiness and grief as well. When happy or celebrating people resort to alcohol. Similarly in times of stress, people depend on it for solace. It has its benefits as well as its drawbacks and is most often misused. Alcohol and its Varieties Alcohol,also known as ethanol, is produced by fermentation of fruits and grains. Its consumption slows down brain activity resulting in release of stress and giving a feeling of pleasure, satisfaction and relaxation. There are many different types and varieties of alcohol like […]

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Myths and Facts a Pregnant Woman Needs To Know

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Pregnancy Nutrition

Being pregnant is an extremely beautiful phase of life for any woman, especially more so for a first time mother. Along with happiness and joy, there is also an apprehension and worry, as every woman wants to stay in the best possible heath in their pregnancy and enjoy this stage of motherhood to the fullest. Once you are pregnant there will be people with a long list of do’s and don’ts, along with a lot of advices, some genuine and some totally unsolicited, which sometimes manages to scare and confuse you. The phrase” In pregnancy you eat for two” is […]

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Weight Loss Resolutions for a New Beginning in the New Year

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Weight loss resolutions

Every year when we make our New Year Resolutions, losing weight is at the topmost of the list. Sometimes, we wonder why does it keep appearing every year and why haven’t we been able to lose any weight in the year gone by. This issue is a common problem which is faced by 90% people, men women alike. Following are simple yet doable tricks to keep up to your New Year Resolution of weight loss:- Decide your timeline Perhaps the most important part of a diet is being realistic and ensuring a doable weight loss plan. Setting unhealthy and unrealistic […]

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Adolescents and the Stressful Eating Syndrome

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Adolescents and the Stressful Eating

Adolescents (Age group 10 to 19 years) today are very stressed and tired because of the vast academic pressure and innumerable extracurricular activity classes which parents force upon them. The mental stress is reflected in their food habits as well, where junk food/quick food/sugar based items is their savior in this fast paced competitive world. This results in children falling prey to stress eating. What Is Stress Eating? Stress eating is also referred to as Emotional eating. In this kind of eating, we try satiating ourselves emotionally rather than physically. Many times, we are not even hungry, but we consume […]

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Eating the Right Way, Mindfully and Intuitively

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Eating the Right Way

What Is Mindful Eating? When we consume food, we normally are so busy and treat it like a task to put off our to-do list. We fail to notice the colors, the taste, the texture, the aroma or ingredients of the food we are eating. We also fail to notice the amount of food intake and type of food we are indulging in.  Mindful eating simply means to observe and eat with attention to every detail of the food consumed and with gratitude for all that you have been bestowed with. It also means to eating without distraction, slowly and […]

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Futana: The Snack Everyone Is Talking About

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Futana

Ever snacked on Futana? Well, it’s the most commonly available and loved item in each household. It is relished by elders and kids alike. They are pocket friendly as well. What is Futana? Futana is commonly referred to as ‘Chana’ or ‘Roasted Chana’. They are one of the most snacked items in India and can be eaten any time of the day. It contains an outer shell, which provides fiber and protein. It is easily stored in an air tight container. They can be roasted on a girdle or in a microwave and made crisp and crunchy to enhance the […]

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Cardamom and Its Benefits in Daily Life

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Cardamom

Indian food has variety of spices in it. They not only enhance taste but also have various medicinal properties. Food, not only should please your tongue or nose but also have a perfect texture and presentation. One such healthy spice is Cardamom. Health Benefits of Cardamom It is an antioxidant: Cardamom increases the level of antioxidant enzymes in our body and protects us from damage to the heart and liver. It improves heart health: Cardamom intake reduces the risk of heart diseases and protects against heart damage. It acts as a blood thinner. Cardamom is also extensively researched to help […]

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“Breakfast like a king”, Why is it so important?

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Importance of Breakfast

We all have heard the saying “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper”, why is breakfast considered to be the most important meal? Breakfast is the 1st meal of the day. It is considered extremely important. Breakfast literally means to break the fast after a night of sleep. Most importantly, breakfast like a king does not mean over eat. It depicts richness of nutrients in a breakfast menu. Consuming adequate calories and majority of nutrients in first meal of the day provides us with energy and helps in burning it out throughout the day […]

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What Is AIDS? Symptoms and Care To Be Taken

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World AIDS Day

Since the year 1988, 1st December of every year is dedicated worldwide as World AIDS Day, to raise awareness for AIDS [Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome] which is spread due to a HIV infection. It is one of the most destructive diseases and nearly 37 million people worldwide carry HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and nearly 13000 deaths are reported every year. Causes and Prevention HIV is responsible for causing spectrum of diseases including HIV infection and AIDS. The virus was discovered in 1983. HIV and AIDS spread most commonly through contaminated needles or syringes and through sexual contact. In rare cases, it […]