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Offline fatima

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Re: Health tips!
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2008, 01:17:04 AM »
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  • 50 Habits of "Naturally Thin" People

    Small Changes, Big Weight Loss
    This is not a diet -- or a rigorous exercise program. (Nobody can stick to those for long.) Instead, it's a simple way to make weight loss a natural part of the life you already live. And guess what? It's fun! You don't have to give up the foods you love or join a gym. It's about balancing calories in tiny ways that add up to big benefits. You just adopt some tricks naturally lean people do. Pick the ones you like, stick with them, and you'll slim down and tone up -- for good!

    Morning Makeover
    1. Wake-up workout When your eyes open, sit up slowly without using your hands. With legs straight out, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in your back and hamstrings. Hold; then, using your abs, lower yourself flat. Rest and repeat two more times. Strengthens core. Burns 10 calories

    2. Go for the grains Not ready for Twigs & Rocks cereal? Sprinkle on a few tablespoons of wheat germ or oat bran. Work up to 3/4 cup of low-sugar whole-grain cereal with at least three grams of fiber per serving, and you'll pass on that Danish. Saves 100

    3. Add some protein The more you eat earlier on, the less you eat as the day wears on, research has shown. So after your cereal, add a hard-boiled egg or a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick to keep you feeling full -- and away from that pre-lunch brownie. Saves 200 (or more)

    4. Balance booster While you brush your teeth, alternate standing on one leg as you switch mouth quadrants (every 30 seconds). Balancing develops your core muscles and may even be good for your brain. Burns 10

    5. Be a ballerina As your coffee drips, stand sideways, put one hand on the counter, and lift the outside leg straight out in front of you, keeping it extended. With upper body straight, hold for a few seconds and move it to the side; hold and extend it behind you. Do five to ten times on each leg. Tones outer thighs, hip flexors and quadriceps. Burns 10

    6. Coffee saver Instead of pouring that 1/3 cup of half-and-half (a whopping 105 calories!) into your mug, replace it with the same amount of 2% milk. Saves 60

    7. Better your bagel You can walk 10,000 steps to justify your 500-calorie bagel with cream cheese, or try this: low-fat spreadable cheese like Laughing Cow Light on an English muffin. Saves 300

    Nine-to-Five Fixes
    8. Tone in traffic Use the time spent bumper-to-bumper to develop your buns of steel: Squeeze your derrière each time you tap the brake, holding for 10 seconds. Shoot for 10 to 15 squeezes a trip. Burns 10

    9. Snack smarter Portion out the day's snacks into pint-size zip bags, or buy single-serving portions. For example, four regular Oreos have 200 calories versus the 100-calorie snack bag version. Go for the lower fat chips: a Lay's Light bag has only 75 calories, while the regular has 150. Saves 175 (over two snacks)

    10. Casual day payoff You will blast more calories during the day wearing comfy clothes like jeans or khakis, sport shirts and soft-soled shoes than donning constricting suits, skirts and heels. Why? Because you walk more, a study found. Now you just have to convince the boss. Burns 25

    11. You know squat! At your desk chair, pretend you're going to sit but don't -- stop and come back up without using your arms. Always start squats by lowering your hips, not bending knees forward, and keeping your weight on your heels. Repeat the motion throughout the day (even at the potty!) for 15 to 20 total. Strengthens quadriceps. Burns 15

    12. Switch your soda Your body doesn't register calories from liquids the same way it does those from foods, so you won't get those "stop eating" signals to help you compensate for the overload later on. Change from two glasses of regular soda or fruit juice to diet soda or a flavored seltzer. Saves 300

    13. Talk it up Every time you grab the phone, stand up and pace around. Heavy people sit on average two and a half hours more per day than thin people, according to the Mayo Clinic. Burns 50 or more

    14. At lunch, pick a pita Use one mini whole-wheat pita instead of the usual two slices of white or refined wheat bread for your sandwich. Saves 70

    15. Get face time We use e-mail so much we've forgotten what our co-workers look like. Pick a colleague or two who sits farthest from you and deliver 10 of those daily messages in person. And go out of your way: Hit a bathroom or a copier on another floor -- and take the stairs, of course. Burns 100

    16. Firm as you file Pause from your papers with a few wall push-ups. Place hands wide at shoulder height against the wall. Take a couple of steps back so your body is at a slight angle and your weight is on your toes, and do three sets of 10 push-ups. Strengthens chest and triceps. (For more desk exercises, go to Burns 10

    17. An apple (or more) a day They're packed with fiber and water, so your stomach will want less. Plus, studies out of Washington State and Brazil have shown that people who eat at least three apples or pears a day lose weight. Try two small apples and two fewer large cookies. Saves 100

    18. Try a simple chair workout
    Dips: If your chair has wheels, brace it against something. Facing forward, place palms on the front edge of the seat with knees bent at a right angle. Lower butt toward the floor; raise and repeat for two sets of 10. Tones triceps. Burns 10
    Lifts: Seated in a chair with your back straight and your feet on the floor, squeeze knees together and gently bring them toward your chest. Do two sets of ten. Strengthens abdominals. Burns 10

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    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

    Offline Sainivas

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    Re: Health tips!
    « Reply #31 on: April 03, 2008, 02:04:11 AM »
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  •  Om Sainathaya Namaha

    Obeisance to Sri Sainatha, Lord of this universe.

    2.        Om Lakshminarayanaya Namaha

     Who has the wondrous form of Lakshmee Narayana .

    3          Om krsnaramasivamaruthyadhi rupaya namaha
    Who appears in the divine forms of Lord Krishna, Rama, Shiva
    and Anjaneya

    4.         Om seshasaine namaha

     Who has His yogic sleep on Adhisesha.

    5.         Om Godhavarithatasirdi vasine namaha

    Who has taken shirdi the village situated on the bank of Godavari as
    His earthly abode.

    6.         Om Bhakthahrudhalayaya namaha

    Who is Seated in His devotees hearts which are as holy as temples

    7.         Om Sarvahrunnilayaya namaha

    Who is the universal self in the hearts of all beings.

    8.         Om Bhuthavasaya namaha

    Who abides in the hearts of all both animate and inanimate.

    9.         Om Bhuthabhavishyadhbhava varjithaya namaha

    who removes all evil thoughts of past present and future

    10.       Om Kalathithaya namaha

    Who is the eternal time and greater than the dutiful and munificent, kala.

    11.       Om Kalaya namaha

    Who is the impartial kala, the all destroying Death

    12.       Om Kala kalaya namaha

    Who subdues even the all powerful kala or yama

    13.       Om Kaladharpadhamanaya namaha

    Who puts down the pride of kala, the eternal time-spirit

    14.       Om Mruthyunjayaya namaha

    Who has vanquished mruthyu or yama and who is none other than
    Mruthyumjai, Lord Siva

    15.       Om Amarthyaya namaha

    Who is immortal, eternal and imperishable Brahman

    16        Om marthyabhaya pradaya namaha
    Who removes fear and grants 'Abaya' or assurance of protection to His
    devotees at the time of death.

    17.       Om Jivadharaya namaha

    who is the bestower of abundant life energy to all

    18.       Om Sarvadharaya namaha

    who is the source of all power.

    19.       Om Bhakthavanasamarthaya namaha

    who is competent and all powerful in protecting His devotees

    20.       Om Bhakthavana prathijnaya namaha

    Who has taken the promise of protecting His devotees.

    21.       Om Annavasthradhaya namaha

    who always provides His children with food and clothes.

    22.       Om Arogyakshemadhdya namaha

    who takes care of the good mental and physical health of His devotees
    and offers them supreme bliss.

    23.       Om Dhanamangalya pradhaya namaha

     who pours wealth and auspices in abundant

    24.       Om Ruddhi siddhidhaya namaha

    who offers success, prosperity, affluence and helps in the accomplishment
    of everything by removing all obstacles.

    25.       Om Puthramithra kalathra bandhudhaya namaha

    who grants the blessings of good progeny, friends wife and relatives.

    26.       Om Yoga kshema vahaya namaha

    who bears the burden of His devotees and frees them from grief and takes
    care of their welfare.

    27.       Om Apadhbandhavaya namaha

    who is our only kinsman in times of troubles and distress.

    28.       Om Margabandhave namaha

    who is our only guide in our life journey

    29.       Om Bhukthimukthi svargapavargadhaya namaha

    who bestows wealth, everlasting bliss and eternal state (Heaven) to us.

    30.       Om Priyaya namaha

    who is extremely dear to us.

    31.       Om Prithivardhanaya namaha

     who increases our devotion to God

    32.       Om Antharyamine namaha

    who is. Antharyamin or the indwelling soul in us dispelling the
    darkness of ignornance

    33.       Om Sacchidhathmane namaha

     who is sat, chit and Anandha or eternal bliss.

    34.       Om Nityanandhdya namaha

     who is always drowned in eternal bliss.

    35.       Om Paramasukhadhaya namaha

    Who offers His devotees, the supreme bliss that is mukthi or freedom
    from the cycles of birth and death.

    36.       Om Parameswaraya namaha

    who is none other than the great siva, parameswara.

    37.       Om Para brahmane namaha

    Who is Brahma Swaroopa pervading the entire universe.

    38.       Om Paramathmane namaha

    Who is the divine purusha paramartha, the supreme God pervading
    the whole universe.

    39.       Om Jnanasvarupine namaha

    who is jnana or wisdom incarnate.

    40.       Om Jagathaha pithre namaha

                who is our universal father

    41.       Om Bhakthanam mathrudhathrupithamahaya namaha

    Who is the dear mother, father and grand father to all His devotees.

    42.       Om Bhaktha abhaya pradhaya namaha

    who gives refuge to all who surrender to Him

    43.       Om Bhakthaparadhinaya namaha

    who is the slave of His devotees

    44.       Om Bhakthanugrahakatharaya namaha

    who safeguards His devotees in distress and pours blessings.

    45.       Om Saranagathavathsalaya namaha

    who pours affection on people who surrender themselves to Him seeking
    His refuge.

    46.       Om Bhakthisakthipradhaya namaha

    who offers devotion and mental power and strength in abundent.

    47.       Om Jnanavairagyadhaya namaha

    who bestows divine wisdom, (gnana) and self control (vairagya) upon
    His devotees

    48.       Om Prema pradhaya namaha

    who showers selfless love on all His devotees

    49.       Om Samsaya hrudhaya dhaurbhalya papakarma vasana
    kshayakaraya namaha

    who completely removes the low desire of constant doubting, lust and other unwanted desires characteristic of weak hearts.

    50.       Om Hrudhayagranthibhedhakaya namaha

    who removes the illusion 'the body is the self '.

    51.       Om Karmadhvamsine namaha

    who destroys our sins accumulated as a result of our evil activities.

    52.       Om Sudhdhasatthvasthithaya namaha

    who has chosen pure and tranquil hearts as His abode.

    53.       Om Gunathitha gunathmane namaha

    who possesses all superior and good virtues.

    54.       Om Ananthakalyana Gunaya namaha

    who possesses all auspicious traits in abundance

    55.       Om Amitha parakramaya namaha

     who possesses immeasurable valour

    56.       Om Jayine namaha

    who is always victorious

    57.       Om Dhurdharsha kshobhyaya Namaha

    who removes all calamities of His devotees

    58.       Om Aparajithaya namaha

    who can never be vanquished

    59.       Om Thrilokeshu Avighathagathaye namaha

    Who can freely go around all the three worlds unobstructed

    60.       Om Asakyarahithaya namaha

    who can execute everything perfectly and nothing is impossible for Him.

    61.       Om Sarvasakthi murthaye namaha

          who is the personification of all kinds of powers.

    62        Om Surupa sundharaya namaha
    who is graceful and dignified in appearance

    63.       Om Sulochanaya namaha

    whose eyes are attractive, beautiful and impressive

    64.       Om Bhahurupa viswamurthaye namaha

    who takes multifarious divine forms and who can also appear
    as universal being.

    65.       Om Arupavyakthaya namaha

    Who is all pervading and has no definite form and whose glory
    cannot be delineated

    66.       Om Achinthyaya namaha

    who has an infinite form which is beyond our conception

    67.       Om Sukshmaya namaha

    who is found even in the smallest creatures like ants and flies.

    68.       Om Sarvantharyamine namaha

    who is present in all beings.

    69.       Om Manovagathithiya namaha

    Who has extraordinary or remarkable power of speech and thought.

    70.       Om Premamurthaye namaha

    who is the very personification of pure love.

    71.       Om Sulabhadhurlabhaya namaha

    who is easy of access to devotees and hard to be seen by sinners

    72.       Om Asahaya sahayaya namaha

    who readily extends His help to the helpless.

    73.       Om Anathanatha dhina bandhave namaha

    who remains the close relative of both distressed and afflicted people.

    74.       Om Sarvabharabhruthe namaha

     who bears the burden of protecting His devotees

    75.       Om Akarmanekakarma sukarmine namaha

    who   seems  to  be  not  doing  anything but continuously involved
    in actions.

    76.       Om Punya sravana kirthanaya namaha

    whose sacred name is worthy of being sung and to be listened to

    77.       Om Thirthaya namaha

    who is in the form of all sacred rivers.

    78.       Om Vasudevaya namaha

    Who is none other than Vasudeva or Lord krishna.

    79.       Om Satham gathaye namaha

    Who is always the refuge of all.

    80.       Om Sath parayanaya namaha

    who possessed all the merits of being worshipped by good people.

    81.       Om Lokanathaya namaha

    who is the Lord of this universe

    82.       Om Pavananaghaya namaha

    Who possesses the most sacred form.

    83.       Om Amruthamsave namaha

    who is as sweet as nectar

    84.       Bhaskara Prabhaya namaha

    who has the lustre and brilliance of the sun.

    85.       Om Brahmacharya thapascharyadhi suvrathaya namaha

    who follows strictly the austerities of a bachelor .

    86        Om Sathya dharma parayanaya namaha
    who always treads on the path of righteousness and truth.

    87.       Om Sidhdhesvaraya namaha

    who is the master of all eight sidhis or superhuman faculties like anima,
    legima etc.,

    88.       Om Siddha sankalpaya namaha

    who executes His wishes perfectly and in no time.

    89.       Om Yogesvaraya namaha

     who is the head of all yogis or ascetics

    90.       Om Bhagavathe namaha

    who is the supreme Lord of the universe

    91.       Om Bhaktha vathsalaya namaha

    who is fond of his devotees.

    92.       Om Satpurushaya namaha

    who is eternal, unmanifest, supreme purusha

    93.       Om Prusothtamaya namaha

    who is the highest and supreme being.

    94.       Om Satha thatthva bhodhakaya namaha

    who preaches the true principles of truth and reality.

    95.       Om Kamddhishad vairi dhvamsine namaha

    who has vanquished six internal enemies kama, krodha, Loba, moha,
     mada and mathsarya.

    96.       Om Abhedhanandhanubhava pradhaya namaha

    who grants the bliss of realisation of the one absolute

    97.       Om Samasarvamathasammathaya namaha

    who is well pleased with all doctrines of philosophy and all religions

    98.       Om Sree dakshinamurthaye namaha

    Who is Lord Dakshinamoorthy, the guru of all gurus,

    99.       Om Venkatesaramanaya namaha

    who is Lord Venkateswara of Thirupathy

    100.    Om Adhbhuthananthacharyaya namaha

    who is always wandering through the wonderous land of supreme bliss.

    101.    Om Prapannarthiharaya namaha

    who removes the difficulties of His devotees

    102.    Samsara sarva duhkha kshayakaraya namaha

    who sweeps away the grief accumulated in this worldly life.

    103.    Om Sarvavith sarvatho mukhaya namaha

    who is the knower of everything and who has faces in every direction

    104.    Om Sarvantharbhahisthithaya namaha

    Who resides in the heart of His devotees and also found outside
    and everywhere.

    105.    Om Sarvamangalakaraya namaha

    Who is always doing good and auspicious for the welfare of His devotees.

    106.    Om Sarvabhishtapradhaya namaha

    who fulfills the genuine wishes of his devotees

    107.    Om Samarasa sanmarga sthapanaya namaha

    who has established unity and good will among all people

    108.    Om Samartha sadguru sayi nathaya namaha

    who is samartha sadguru, the greatest of all gurus who takes care of
    both our worldly life and life after.

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    Re: Health tips!
    « Reply #32 on: May 24, 2008, 04:08:56 AM »
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  • Obviously, you want to have what you want – don’t you?
    Then why are you not able to have the body that you want, or the job that you want, or the relationship that you want - why don’t you have the life you want?

    You are conflicted. Truly, you think you want something but then you think (consciously or unconsciously) of all the reasons why you can’t have it. You think about what has happened in the past, and that discounts your thoughts of what it is you want.

    So, you must believe that you can have it. Here is where the struggle comes. You are, I am guessing, based on your past experiences, convinced that you cannot improve your fitness, change your diet, change your job, lose the weight, and so forth, since every time you have tried in the past, it hasn’t worked, or lasted.

    Here’s what you must do to get the body you want:

    1. Continue to have the desire. Think it, wish it, and see it (in detail) for yourself.

    2. Make small changes in your diet and exercise program, changes that you will be able to do now. Don’t commit to an unrealistic exercise plan; just do what you truly know you can do, like 20 minutes every morning, or three days a week.

    And make minor alterations in your diet like reducing the amount on your plate, cutting out dessert, reducing the number of sodas that you drink in a day.

    3. Keep your vision intact. Even if your actions falter, do not let that throw you for an emotional loop. Stay focused on what you want.

    You will soon have the desire and the belief, and changes will occur, don’t give up.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!
    « Reply #33 on: May 25, 2008, 02:43:52 AM »
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  • All of us have used canned food once in our life time. Canned foods are the most prominently used packed food all over the world. We can see the canned food in each house hold. People use them because they are easy to be maintained & need less time to be cooked. Moreover they don't loose their natural taste as well. But to keep their taste & quality for long time certain care should be taken while using them. Moreover there are certain limits to how long food quality can be preserved. You must be asking why? It's because several factors limit the shelf-life of canned foods such as:-

    Cans or glass jars with metal lid can get rusted if not used properly i.e. touched by wet hands or spoon & when rust will be deep enough, tiny holes open in the can or lid may let spoilage agents in & will spoil the food. That's why we should avoid water contact from can.
    Cans could even corrode, if food will chemically react with metal container. Especially highly-acid food like canned tomatoes and fruit juices gets easily corroded. When kept or used for several years causes change in taste and texture. It eventually lowers down the nutritional food value also. So this type of food should not be kept for very long time in home
    Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit are harmful for canned foods. If the storage temperature rises, the risk of spoilage of food jumps sharply. There are high chances of loosing nutrient of the caned food, if stored at above 75 degree for very long period. In the glass jars the light can cause color changes and nutrient losses in foods. That's why we are advised to use the older canned food earlier than the newer one i.e. we should follow the technique of LIFO (last in first out).
    We should never use foods from containers with the spoilage warning signs given on the container. So before taking the can check for statements written along the top, side or bottom seam.
    You should never take loose or bulging lids on jars; leaking or badly dented can or foods with a foul odor. These all are the symbols of old or poor packaging of food. If the packaging will be old the product inside the can can't be used for longer time period.
    If the cans doesn't show any sign of spoilage or damage than also you should take care as a edible inside it may deteriorate in color, flavors & nutritive value. So don't go on packaging but check out the date.
    There are certain points which should be kept in mind while storage of the canned food. For better & prolonged use of canned food we must keep them in mind. It will solve your purpose of keeping canned food at your home. So be ready to apply them in your kitchen & enjoy your food as longer as you want.

    Tips For Using Canned Food
    You should always store cans in a cool, clean & dry place where temperatures must be below 85 degrees. It is advisable to keep temperature between 50-70 degrees but not at the freezing temperatures.
    Foods should be rotated so the older one is used first &later one at last. Moreover you should not try to keep canned foods more than one year because the edibles may get spoiled after such a long period.
    As like other food canned foods, canned meats and seafood must be used within 12 months.
    The high-acid canned foods must be used within 6-8 months as they can easily react with metal.
    Canned fruit juices can be stored up to 3 years but keep check on it. They should be kept at right temperature, what is prescribed on the can.
    Before storing the food you must read the instructions given on the can. It will help you out in storing the food at right temperature & right place.
    These all points or safety measures will help you out in keeping your canned fresh & usable for longer period. You can feel free in using the canned food if you will keep them carefully. So handle the canned food with care & enjoy the nature fresh food anytime, anywhere.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!
    « Reply #34 on: May 26, 2008, 03:53:07 AM »
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  • How to eat more iron

    Iron deficiency has become fairly common. And Indian women and children are particularly prone to iron deficiency. It is easy to get enough iron in your diet without gulping down cans of greens like everyone's favourite cartoon sailor, Popeye.

    Eat chicken, fish, egg yolks and red meat.

    If you are vegetarian then feast on dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, methi or any other local greens available in the markets.

    Snack on high-iron dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, dates, figs, peaches and raisins.

    Eat a porridge made with ragi. Ragi has a very high iron content.

    Eat iron-rich foods in combination with foods that are high in vitamin C to better absorb the iron.

    Eat foods that are naturally high in both iron and vitamin C, such as broccoli.

    Drink tea between meals, not with them. Tea contains tannin, which blocks the absorption of iron. Herbal tea is a good alternative if it is easily available
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!
    « Reply #35 on: May 26, 2008, 03:58:19 AM »
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  • Mother Nature's remedies

    Here are some more useful tips from Mother Nature. Apart from being time tested, they could perform wonders

    Asafoetida (Hing): Gulping it with water serves as an effective appetiser. When consumed with half a teaspoon of curd, it helps in eliminating gas and stomach pain.

    Cumin Seeds (Jeera): Powder it and mix it with water. It acts as a digestive and increases the production of urine.

    Black Pepper (Kali Mirch): Take half a gram with warm water to improve your digestion.

    Raisins/Dried Grapes (Kishmish): It is used to cure constipation. Every night, take a fistful of raisins with milk for curing constipation. However, this treatment is only for non-diabetics. For those who are down with dehydration, raisins help in increasing the water content of the body.

    Sugar Candy (Mishri): It is used as an effective remedy for dry coughs. Powder a few cloves (lavang) and mix with sugar candy. Mix it with water and take it at least twice a day.

    Neem Leaves: It is used to treat skin diseases. A paste of neem leaves, applied externally, helps blood to clot faster. The paste can also heal wounds formed after a bout of measles. The juice of neem leaves taken internally (10-15 ml.) helps to deal with worm infestation.

    Gooseberry: (Amalaki or Emblica officinalis): This is the common amla. Rich in vitamin C, it is best eaten raw. One can also have it in the form of supari, which is dried amla. Amla is a good appetiser and digestive. It is used to cure cold and helps to increase weight. To get relief from eye pain, put 2-3 drops of amla juice into the eyes. Amla Durva (Green grass with three stalks): This is used to reduce body heat. Boil a handful in two glasses of water and simmer till the mixture reduces to one-fourth. Consume this mixture twice a day. In case of bleeding from the nose, add two drops of this mixture into the nostrils. The bleeding will stop immediately.

    Basil (Tulsi): In case of skin infection, crush the leaves and make a paste. Apply this paste on the skin.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!-------(Nutrients Glossary)
    « Reply #36 on: May 28, 2008, 07:50:58 AM »
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  • Acidophilus: Beneficial bacteria

    Calcium: Acts on much more than just your bones

    Carotenoids: Any class of yellow to red pigmented veggies. Known to have anti cancer properties

    Phytonutrients: Transform your body health and boost your vitality and immune system – found in fruits and vegetables, those with the strongest colours being healthiest. Orange and red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and carrots are examples.

    Cruciferous: Gives protection from hormone related cancers – generally found in any of various plants in the mustard family (Cruciferae or Brassicaceae), which includes the cabbage, radish, broccoli, and many weeds.

    Essential fatty acids: Any of a large group of monobasic acids, especially those found in animal and vegetable fats and oils. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, people at high risk of cardiovascular disease and patients with cardiovascular disease.

    Fibre: Simply cleans up your insides. Mostly indigestible material in food that stimulates the intestine also called bulk, dietary fibre, roughage

    Flavonoids: Substances of plant origin containing flavone in various combinations and with varying biological activities. Present in the 5 to 9 servings of fruits and veggies in your daily intake

    Allium: Keeps most diseases at bay. Allium is present in onions, leeks and garlic

    Iron: Most important for a woman’s child-bearing years

    Lecithin: Supplies food for the brain. Found in egg yolk and plasma membrane of plant and animal cells

    Lipotropic factors: Clean the blood and prevent abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in the liver

    Macronutrients and Micronutrients: these are essential components of nutrition

    Minerals: Very important to shore up on these

    Omega – 3 fatty acids: These are special oils that serve to improve the quality of your life in so many ways

    Phytonutrients: These often prove to be the ultimate bodyguards of your health

    Protein: you can call them building blocks to great health

    Vitamin A, B,C, D and E: Certainly help in many ways - to keep the doctor away, help in general health upkeep, prevent colds, make for healthy bones, work as anti oxidants and help to take care of the skin.

    These are the most common nutrients about which doctors and healthcare professionals keep talking to us about. It will do you good to be able to follow intelligently all the advice you have been given – hence this short but really helpful glossary of the ‘nutrient terms.'
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    Re: Health tips!
    « Reply #37 on: May 30, 2008, 01:41:39 AM »
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  • Recipe for Oily Hair Rinse
    If your hair is lifeless and is greasy all the time, then try these at home rinses to add extra bounce to your limp locks. Wash your hair using a herbal shampoo with key ingredients like mint, lemon, neem, amla etc. Tea and Lemon Rinse: Take one litre of freshly brewed tea and squeeze the juice of two lemons into it. After shampooing your hair, rinse hair with this solution. This strengthens roots and adds extra gloss to your hair Orange and Lentil Water Rinse: Keep aside the water that was used for washing lentils. Boil the rind of three oranges in water and set aside to cool. Blend the two and use as a last rinse after shampooing. It tightens the pores in the scalp to control oil and adds a fresh scent to your hair.
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    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

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    Re: Health tips!---(Get 'Scents'-ible)
    « Reply #38 on: May 30, 2008, 01:45:44 AM »
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  • Get “Scents”-ible!

    Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, which uses essential oils for healing purposes. These essential oils can be massaged into the skin or added to the bath.
    We bring you some essential oils and their uses…

    • Eucalyptus oil has antiseptic and analgesic properties. It acts as a decongestant and a diuretic. It relieves muscular aches and pains, relieves bronchial conditions and is known to stimulate circulation.

    • Jasmine oil is renowned for its aphrodisiacal properties, but is equally effective as a uterine tonic, as an anti-depressant, and for its antiseptic properties. It is used to treat depression, muscular spasms, uterine problems, skin problems, coughs and colds

    • Lavender is one of the most versatile therapeutic essences. It is used as a first aid oil, sealing cuts and bruises, it soothes and induces relaxation. It can relieve headaches, hypertension, PMT, bronchitis and abdominal cramps.

    These essential oils are extracted from flowers and plants and used in the purest form.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

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    Re: Health tips!------------Care & Exercises For The Eye
    « Reply #39 on: June 07, 2008, 02:52:08 AM »
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  • Vitamins A, B and C are very essential for the good care of the eyes. Milk, butter, cod liver oil, egg yolk, yellow and orange coloured vegetables such as pumpkin, carrot, tomato, mango, papaya, melon as well as green leafy vegetables such as celery, parsley, spinach etc contain a large amount of vitamin A. 8 to 10 hours of sleep is a must for bright eyes.

    To avoid eye strain :

    Do not work in dim light

    Wear sunglasses whenever you step out in the sun

    Use face wash instead of soap because soap tends to darken the skin on the eyelids.

    Do not read continuously in moving vehicles.

    Do not stare too tong at anything without blinking the eyes. Blinking provides lubrication and relief from light.

    Do not rub the eyes too hard.

    To give momentary relief to the eyes, close the eyes with your palms so that no light can enter. Now open the eyes in the palm cup and stare into this darkness for a minute.

    Exercises for eyes :

    Lift the eyes to the ceiling and then to the floor. Repeat it for 10 times. Rest the eyes either by blinking rapidly or rubbing your palms together and covering your eyes with them. Do not press the eyes. Palming reduces strain and gives relaxation to eyes.

    Look straight ahead at eye level, then slowly to left side at eye level and then to right side at eye level. Repeat it for 3 or 4 times.

    Make a circle, first clockwise and then anti-clockwise, with the eyes. Repeat for 5 times.

    For eye care

    Splash the eyes with cold water. Apply cotton wool pads, soaked in warm milk, witch hazel, weak tea solution or rose water on the eyes. Press gently and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

    Care for Eyebrows and Eyelashes :

    Eyebrows and Eyelashes should be brushed daily with a small brush.

    Rub eyebrows and eyelashes with olive oil or coconut oil or almond oil to encourage hair growth.

    For cleansing and nourishment of eyebrows, rub them with a little egg white and rinse it off after 10 minutes.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!----Eat Right For Healthy Hair
    « Reply #40 on: June 25, 2008, 04:12:50 AM »
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  • Great nutrition is the most effective way of getting awesome hair. Shiny, healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy body, so it's like two for the price of one. Just like your body, your hair needs a balanced, nutritious diet to stay healthy. So follow this recipe for healthier hair, and be amazed at the difference it makes!


    Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a strand of hair. Moisture makes the hair supple, so make sure you get plenty of fluids. A key point is NOT to wait until you're thirsty. If you're thirsty, it means your body has already lost more water than it should have, and it's urging you to fill up the tank. Water not only hydrates your body, but helps keep your hair silky and shiny. Ideally, you should drink between eight and ten glasses of water a day.


    Protein is the building block of hair, so a diet for healthy hair contains an awful lot of protein! Protein will give the shaft of your hair more strength, and will reduce the likelihood of dame through snapping and splitting. You can get protein from foods like fish, meat, milk, cheese and cereals.


    Iron helps to carry oxygen to the hair. Without enough iron, hair and its follicles get starved of oxygen. This means that the 'goodness' in the root of your hair is much less effective along the length of the strand. You can increase your iron intake by eating red meat and dark green vegetables, or by iron supplements.
    Zinc builds hair protein which helps to prevent hair loss. Meat and seafood are the foods highest in zinc.
    Copper is involved in the pigmentation of hair. You can optimize your natural color with a diet with plenty of copper. Shellfish, liver, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat are all high in copper.

    Vitamin A will give you a healthy scalp, because it's great for the skin! You can get vitamin A from foods like vegetables - in particular, in carrots.
    Vitamin B and C are important for good circulation, hair growth and hair color. If you ensure that you have enough vitamin B and C, you'll have strong, supple strands of hair that do not split. You can get these vitamins from eating foods like fruit, vegetables, cereals, eggs, milk and bread.
    So follow this healthy guide… be sure to add a dose of daily exercise to keep that blood pumping… then add proper hair care on the surface! Go ahead! Try it!
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

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    Re: Health tips!-Love Your Body
    « Reply #41 on: June 25, 2008, 04:15:18 AM »
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  • Most of us can think of a time when we thought a new haircut, diet, or lipstick would turn everything around for us. But that mindset can lead to a lot of wasted time and money. Poor body image can lead to crash dieting and excessive exercise, which can, in turn, lead to poor nutrition, injuries, and depression.

    When you are continually distracted with physical appearance, the energy of your mind, body, and spirit is diverted from more salient endeavours.A more positive body image can help you in all of your roles. Improve your role as a mother by teaching your children how to love their bodies. Improve your physical health.

    Make small changes. Enforce changes on a smaller scale.

    Use Positive affirmations. Once you get yourself out of the negativity rut, you'll feel better about yourself, and you'll better understand your power to create and maintain a healthier mind, body, and spirit.

    Focus on Health.Food is fuel for active living. Ask yourself if your diet contributes - or takes away from - your health and energy levels. When we stop focusing on our bodies, and begin to focus on our health, our bodies have an easier time finding our optimal weight.

    Regular exercise creates power and endurance, which can help you enjoy more activities. Find an exercise you enjoy. If you hate aerobics, don't join an aerobics class. Try exercises you've never tried before. Is there an exercise that makes you feel 'good' and 'happy'? Do that .

    Your body is your best friend. Respect it as such
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    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!--Herb And Hair!!!
    « Reply #42 on: June 27, 2008, 03:46:11 AM »
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  • We have always known that olive oil conditions; bhringraj boosts growth; while lemon and tea tree oil prevent the white flakes. But how many times have we actually made an effort to give our hair direct benefits of the ingredients in nature? In fact natural or herbal products sustain the beauty of your hair longer. The great thing about hair care with natural products is that the benefits are instant and you start feeling the difference. They give your hair a new lease of life.

    The herbal extracts work by penetrating the scalp and strengthening the roots from within. Some essential oils from key herbs stimulate blood circulation there by improving hair condition.

    There are many herbs but the trick is to know which give you the best benefits for a particular hair problem. It is necessary to have the right combination of herbs and apply in the right dosage to get optimum benefit. You need to be very persistent with the treatments to see a long-term benefit.

    Nature Care

    Once in a while hit your kitchen shelves to dig out fruits, spices, eggs, milk to give your hair some extra benefits. Some of these give your hair instant lift.

    Scalp feeling tight and itchy? Hair totally devoid of moisture? Soak your scalp and strands in a cup of milk. Keep on for 20 minutes. Wash and condition as usual. Voila! Scalp and hair are soft and smooth.

    If you are plagued with stubborn dandruff, slather your hair and scalp with plain yoghurt. The lactic acid in the yoghurt will neutralise the yeast that cause flakes and soothe scalp.

    Using tea as the final rinse gets your hair shining. A massage with almond or olive oil half an hour before your shampoo conditions hair and protects from free radicals.

    Pick Your Herb

    Hair Fall: Try hair oil with Brahmi or Bhringraj to tone scalp and improve blood circulation to the roots. Extracts from flowers like carnation and hibiscus also help stressed scalp. Shampoos with Reetha and soapnut are gentle and build hair strength.

    Hair Breakage: Try products with fenugreek, muskroot and Bengal gram as they have protein compounds that restore hair strength and smoothen cuticles.

    Hair Flakes: Shampoos with margosa, tea tree oil, rosemary and fennel have anti bacterial and astringent properties to fight dandruff.

    Itchy scalp: Hair vitalisers with poppy seeds, peppermint, milk protein, sandalwood alleviate itchiness.

    Stressed Scalp: Indian gooseberry (amla), lemon, black cumin based hair tonics, lotions or shampoos help in soothing scalp and prevent premature greying.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!--Food That Lower Chlestrol
    « Reply #43 on: June 29, 2008, 03:25:20 AM »
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  • Eat a fibre rich breakfast such as oatmeal, whole grain porridge, fruit. Read nutrition labels to choose cereals with 5 grams or more of fibre per serving. Oat bran and rice bran are the most effective. Switch to whole grains.

    Eat legumes (beans) at least three times a week. Try bean soup, cold bean salad, hummus sandwiches, black bean dip, toasted soy beans as snacks. Soy protein is especially effective, so be sure to include plenty. Even soymilk, tofu and textured soy protein are good.

    Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. One at breakfast, one veggie (e.g. carrot sticks, tomato slices) and one fruit (e.g. orange sections, apple) at lunch, and one salad and one cooked vegetable at dinner ... that makes an easy five! Choose whole fruit, skin included, instead of juice. Juice is the fruit with all the fiber removed.

    Eat garlic. Cooked or raw garlic both contain compounds that help lower your liver's production of cholesterol. Other good foods include raw onion, salmon, olive oil, almonds, walnuts, avocados (the latter five are all high in fat but most of it is monounsaturated fat which helps to improve cholesterol).

    Eat plenty of foods that contain the natural antioxidants, vitamins C and E: These do…Sweet red and green peppers, melons, sunflower seeds, walnuts,strawberries, papaya, almonds, peanuts, oranges, grapefruit juice, wheat germ, soybeans, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid

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    Re: Health tips!---The Wonder Stick!!!
    « Reply #44 on: June 29, 2008, 03:43:01 AM »
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  • South Indian cooking uses a lot of drumstick in its sambar and curry. Grandmothers use the small, round leaves of the drumstick tree to make a vegetable of sorts because it is rich in minerals. Anaemic people and pregnant women are given this rather appetising dish every other day because of its rich iron content. It is the natural way of taking in minerals. The leaves and pods of the drumstick are a source of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin C.

    Beneficial for Children

    The leaves can be ground, filtered and mixed in milk for children. It is a good, natural health tonic and is an excellent source of calcium, thereby making the bones of growing children strong and healthy. It also helps in purifying the blood.

    For Pregnant Women

    Drumstick leaves and tonic are beneficial to pregnant women as it helps ease the delivery and it is said to reduce post delivery complications. The leaves (which can be prepared into a simple, tasty vegetable) help in lactation after childbirth. The leaves are boiled in salt water. The water is drained and then ghee is applied to the leaves and eaten.

    Antibacterial Properties

    Drumstick has antibacterial properties and so a soup can be made using the leaves, flowers and boiled drumsticks. The soup helps in preventing infection of the throat, chest and skin. No wonder nearly everyone in South India has at least one drumstick tree in their backyard! Grandmas knew exactly what they were doing!

    Respiratory Disorders

    Suffering from asthma, bronchitis or tuberculosis? Take drumstick soup to breathe easier! Put a handful of drumstick leaves in a vessel containing 180 ml. of water. Boil it for five minutes and cool. A little salt, lime juice and pepper may be added for taste. Drink it and feel yourself breathe with ease!

    For a Beautiful Face

    The juice of fresh drumstick leaves mixed with lime juice is useful in lending a glow to the face; it is used in the treatment of black heads and pimples!
    Next time your mother or your grandmother serves you drumstick, don't wave it away ―you'd be waving aside good health!
    Not every heart is capable of finding the secret of God's love.

    There are not pearls in every sea; there is not gold in every mine.

                                       ------Baba Farid


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