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Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~"MINERALS"~~~
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2007, 11:17:16 PM »
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    "MINERALS"~~~
     
    As most people know, minerals and trace minerals are in essential factor in the proper function and structure of all living cells. Similar to vitamins, minerals function as Coenzymes, promoting the body performance, energy, growth and healing.

    As in other areas of bodily function proper chemical balance is essential. An imbalance of minerals in the body often leads to various types and illnesses . Maintaining mineral balance is essential to good health. Both macro and micro (trace) minerals are stored in bone and muscle tissue. Though mineral toxicity is possible, massive amounts are needed to induce toxicity.

    Minerals found throughout the body or originally came from mother earth, in the form of rock. As erosion breaks down the mineral salts of rocks into smaller and smaller particles, the small particles eventually end up as soil from which all living organisms such as plants grow. Microbes in the soil utilize the mineral salts, and eventually pass them along to the plant structure through the root system. As plants grow, nutrients including minerals are taken up through the roots and are deposited in the cellular structure of the plant. When the plant is digested by humans or animals, the minerals are easily absorbed into our systems. Absorption of minerals taken in from live plant food is significantly more efficient than taking mineral supplements. Plant synthesis is very efficient, while mineral synthesis using supplements is much less efficient.

    Minerals are broken into two classes, macrominerals, and micro (trace) minerals. Macro minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. Typically, macro minerals are needed in the tissues in larger amounts then trace minerals. Micro (trace) minerals include, boron, chromium, copper, germanium, iodine, iron, vanadium, and zinc.

    Although it is possible to receive adequate amounts of minerals through diet alone, supplementation is generally thought off as being essential to good health. Many researchers as well as the federal government indicate there is a very low mineral content in the farm soils of the United States and other parts of the world. It is because of the typically low trace minerals content in the soils from which our vegetables are grown that often times, nutritionists suggest trace mineral supplementation.

    Farmers are concerned with rate of growth of their products and pay little or no attention to minerals, other than those that promote growth of their products. Since farming depletes the soil of minerals and farmers do not generally replace the used up minerals, the end product, which is the vegetables and fruits we eat have a very low trace mineral content. Supplementation is the logical option.

    It is essential to take supplemental minerals in balanced amounts, because cells of the body compete for minerals that are needed. Too much of one mineral can cause cells to ask for and look for other minerals, which if not present, can create an imbalance in the mineral and trace mineral makeup of the cellular structure.

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~EAT RIGHT TO BEAT STRESS~~~
    « Reply #16 on: November 22, 2007, 12:34:52 AM »
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    "EAT RIGHT TO BEAT STRESS"~~~

    Stress at the workplace is inevitable.  However, you can minimize its impact on your body and enjoy a sound mental and physical health, if you eat right.

    A BANANA a day keeps stress away. Bananas are rich in potassiu which
    helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body's water balance. When stress levels rise, the body's metabolic rate increases, reducing potassium levels. Bananas help the body
    rebalance these levels.

    VITAMIN C helps fight stress. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables such as
    amla (Indian gooseberry), all citrus fruits, tomatoes, green peppers, green leafy vegetables, kiwi, broccoli and strawberries.

    To ensure adequate intake of VITAMIN B AND ZINC, eat whole grains
    such as oats, barley, brown rice, whole wheat, pulses, nuts and seeds.

    Research suggests that OMEGA - 3 OILS, present in fish such as
    sardines, can improve the body's ability to cope with stress. If you are a
    vegetarian, you can take Omega-3 capsules.

    TOO MUCH CAFFEINE can lead to poor concentration.  Instead, have
    more GREEN TEA. It is a good source of amino acid I-theanine, considered good for beating stress.

    When you are stressed, the body releases hormones that cause blood
    sugar levels to fluctuate, triggering cravings and anxiety. To help keep blood sugar levels even, eat foods such as DRIED APRICOTS, etc.

    GINGER ROOT, an aromatic stimulant, is very good when you are stressed.
    It improves appetite,  increases production of digestive fluids and boosts the body's ability to absorb nutrients.  The gingerol in ginger acts directly on the stomach and liver to reduce nausea.

    You can also add GINGER to stir-fries or chicken dishes, or brew a pot of ginger tea. Just add a half-cup of coarsely chopped fresh ginger root to three cups of water, bring to a boil, and let simmer it for 10 minutes.

    OAT MEAL is packed with soluble fibre, which prevents volatile blood sugar.  It also gives you better concentration and staying power and helps control headaches.

    DON'T RUSH THROUGH BREAKFAST.  Nutritionists say this can set you up for overeating  all day long. Instead,  if you take your time to finish breakfast, it makes for a great start to the day.  Also, make sure that you don't skip your breakfast altogether.

    Finally, make sure you drink plenty of WATER.


    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~"ASTHMA"~~~
    « Reply #17 on: November 22, 2007, 09:49:00 PM »
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    "ASTHMA"~~~

    Asthma is a respiratory disorder, where the patient suffers form breathing difficulty. The intensity of asthma could vary form mild to severe. If neglected, the attack could prove to be fatal.

    Asthma occurs due to the abnormal contraction of bronchial tubes.[Which  connect the wind pipe (trachea) to the lungs]. This results in insufficient supply of air and oxygen to the lungs, leading to wheezing & Breathlessness.

    WHAT CAUSES ASTHMA?

    It could be a natural cause, inherited by parents or an unnatural one, caused due to exposure to allergens like smoke, vehicular and industrial emission, dust, pollen etc. accordingly asthma is classified into  Bronchial and Allergic Asthma. However in chronic cases of asthma, lack of oxygen supply to the heart can damage cardiac muscles, known as myo-cardiac infarction, leading to heart attacks. This type is known as Cardiac Asthma.

    AYURVEDIC INTERPRETATION~~~
    According to Ayurveda, lack of oxygen supply to the lungs, causes water or fluid collection in the lungs, which lodges as phlegm or mucus. This  may even spread to the windpipe and bronchial tubes blocking air passage and hence the heavy breathing. This phlegm is called 'kapha' in Ayurveda.


    AYURVEDIC THERAPY~~~

    Expectorant herbs are used to dispel kapha. Herbs promoting digestion, stimulants and carminatives are used in major anti-kapha therapy.

    They are hot, pungent herbs that strengthen Agni, enhance metabolism and circulation, thus accelerating the dissolving action on inert kapha. According to Ayurveda, hot and pungent spices are very effective  expectorant and mucolyctic agents. Baidyanath has a battery of highly potent ayurvedic medicines that can counter the ill effects of respiratory disorders, most effectively, restore normal breathing and revitalize the system.

    SWAS CHINTAMANI RAS (BRIHAT)  (With Swarna Bhasma)

    Active ingredients: Lauha Bhasma, Purified Sulphur, Purified Mercury, Abhrak Bhasma (mica ash), Swarna Bhasma, Mothi Bhasma, Swarna Makshik Bhasma etc.

    Indications: Chronic cough, Asthma, Phthisis (Pulmonary tuberculosis), Congestive delirium etc.

    Benefits: Swas Chintamani acts as an excellent alternative and tonic. It  can rectify diverse types of Congestive disorders. It can effectively  combat long drawn coughs and colds, Respiratory Congestive fevers, Delirium, Pulmonary & Tracheal  congestions. This can also energize a patient, pulled down by wheezing.

    Dosage and Vehicle: 1-1 tablets for adults in the morning & evening / every 3 hours, 4-5 times, with the juice of betel leaf & honey. Packing: 20 tabs, 8 tabs, & 4 tabs.

    KANAKASAV~~

    Active Ingredients: Dhatura (shwetha), vasa, pippali, Brohatha, Nagakeshar, Talispatra, Bharangi, Dhataki.

    Indications: Asthma, Chronic respiratory disorders, acute & long-drawn cough & flatulence.

    Dosage & Vehicle: 3 to 6 tea spoonful with equal quantity of water, twice a day after meals.Packing: 455 ml & 275 ml

    SWASKALP TAB~~
    Active Ingredients: Pippalimoola, Somlatha, Rassindhoor

    Indications: Smoker's cough, allergic cough associated with respiratory distress.

    Asthma and Tropical eosinophilia.

    Action:  Bronchospasmolytic

    Dosage: Children below 3 yrs ½ tab, children above 3 yrs 1 tab, adults 1-2 tabs or as directed by the physician.Packing: 50 tablets.

    ~Mringank Ras:   Alterative, tonic and heamatinic. Stimulates lungs and heart, indicated in pulmonary diseases, chronic fever and cough bronchitis.

    ~Mahamrigank Ras: Alterative, tonic and indicated in tuberculosis, cough, asthma, tones heart and lungs.

    ~Mukta Pachamrit Ras: Alterative and tonic indicated in phthisis and tuberculosis.

    ~Swarna Malini Basant (Brihat): Alterative and tonic indicated in cough, phthisis, asthma, fever and general debility.

    ~Shwas Kuthar Ras: Anti spasmodic and diaphoretic, indicated in asthma, pneumonia.

    ~Vasarishta: Expectorant, antispasmodic and antipyretic, indicated in asthma, bronchitis, phthisis and cough.

    ~Babbularishta: Antispasmodic and antiphlogestic, indicated in chornic cough.

    ~Bhringarajasav: Expectorant and stomachic, indicated in bronchitis, cold and catarrh.

    ~Eladibati: Expectorant, demulcent, tonic and nutritive, indicated in respiratory disorders, bronchitis, cough and cold.

    Vyoshadibati: Carminative and stimulant, indicated in bronchitis, cough and cold.

    ~Marichyadibati: Effective in all types of coughs, tonsillitis and cold.

    ~Sitopaladi Churna: Indicated in respiratory complaints, asthma, cough and cold.

    ~Talisadi Churna: Alterative and expectorant, indicated in bronchitis and chronic fever.

    ~Chandramrit Ras: antispasmodic and expectorant, indicated in bronchitis, cough and other chest diseases.

    ~Abhrak Bhasma: Alterative indicated in tuberculosis and cough.

    ~Abhrak Bhasma (Sahtputi): Indicated in asthma, bronchitis and cough.

    ~Shringa Bhasma: Expectorant and diaphoretic, indicated in bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, cough and cold.

    ~Chandanbalalakshadi Thaila: Antispasmodic, beneficial in treating cough, fever and chest pain.


    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~"BEAT FOOD-BORNE BUGS"~~~
    « Reply #18 on: November 28, 2007, 11:56:08 PM »
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    "BEAT FOOD-BORNE BUGS"~~~

    It is no coincidence that during summers we see an increase in food-borne
    illnesses. But most cases of illnesses can be prevented through proper
    cooking or processing.

    The summer heat is on. In the forth-coming months the sun will grow hotter
    and we need to be extra careful in handling food. It can become a breeding
    house for bacteria, virus or  fungi  the food spoilers Safe food handling tenets

    WASH

    Scrupulous washing of fruits and vegetables are must before we eat them.
    You can use a soft vegetable brush to wash tubers like potatoes. For berries and grapes dunk them in a vessel of water and gently clean them.

    Wash fruits that you peel like bananas and oranges along with thick skinned
    water-melons, cantaloupes and pineapples too. The surface is alway contaminated with bacteria and slicing or eating it without washing
    provides pesky bugs with an opportunity to contaminate the fruit too. For
    similar reasons wash milk bags before you tear them open in a pan to boil.

    It may sound strange but wash eggs before you crack hem open for omelettes
    or scrambled eggs. Chicken faeces may cling to egg surface and cracking it
    open can contaminate the internal contents, giving rise to Salmonell infection. This infection can kill if it enters bloodstream, it can also cause arthritis and Reiter's syndrome (inflammation of joints and tendons).

    Before handling food always wash your hands with soap, long enough to sing "Happy Birthday" song mentally.

    Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counters with hot, soapy water
    after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next food.

    COOK

    Cook food items thoroughly. Go for hard-boiled eggs. While cooking meat
    burgers, see that the thickest portion of the burger is well done.

    Use good old pressure cooker for cooking food, because it allows food to
    heat to the optimum levels. Also it allows the nutritious juice to stew in the gravy.

    Avoid undercooked eggs found in salads or salad dressings.

    SEPARATE

    Separate raw animal products from fruits and vegetable even in the grocery cart and in the refrigerator at home.

    Put cooked meat on a clean platter, rather back on one that held the raw meat.

    REFRIGERATE

    Refrigerate or freeze perishables,prepared food, and leftovers within two hours.

    Divide large  amounts of leftovers into small, shallow containers for quick cooling in the refrigerator.

    Do not pack the refrigerator. Cool  air must circulate to keep food safe.

    Try freezing cooked items in separate airtight containers. Make sure your containers have a tight seal, because the less air around the food, the less chance of bacteria finding it..

    Remember that:

    While buying fruits and vegetables look for ones that look fresh and opt for crisp greens.

    Divide foods cooked in bulk to last a number of meals at the outset.
    This will ensure that you take out only that day's serving. also it will avoid contaminating the whole lot. While 24 hours supply can stay in refrigerator, foods used after 24 hours should go in the freezer.

    Do not allow food to thaw on kitchen counter.  Use microwave to thaw or put the frozen fare under the running water.  Immediately cook the food item after that.

    When eating outside avoid raw food items like salads and yoghurt dips.

    Peel the outer layer of cabbages lettuce or spring onions while cooking.The outer most surfaces are contaminated with pesticides and food borne
    bugs.

    Say no to beverage laced with ice, if you are not sure about the purity.

    With these tips you can avoid nasty food-borne bugs and the resulting
    painful gastro disorders this summer.


    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    High Blood Pressure A Common But Controllable Disorder~~~

    You may be surprised if your doctor says you have high blood pressure (HBP) because it does not cause symptoms and you can have it even though you feel fine. But HBP is a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and other health problems. The good news is that there are simple ways to control it.


    What Is HBP?

    As blood flows from the heart out to the blood vessels, it creates pressure against the blood vessel walls. Your blood pressure reading is a measure of this pressure. When that reading goes above a certain point, it is called high blood pressure. Hypertension is another name for HBP.


    How Is It Tested?

    To test blood pressure, a doctor or nurse places a cuff around your arm above the elbow, pumps air into the cuff, and then reads the measurements as the air is let out. The test is painless and takes only a few minutes.

    Your blood pressure measurement may be taken several times. You may be asked to stand one time and sit another. If your blood pressure is high the first day, the doctor will want measurements from different days before deciding whether you really have high blood pressure. These steps are needed because blood pressure changes so quickly. Also, it is affected by many things, including the normal feelings of worry during a visit to the doctor.

    Because HBP is so common, everyone should have his or her blood pressure tested once a year. Blood pressure readings are given in two numbers. Although the average blood pressure reading for adults is 120/80, a slightly higher or lower reading (for either number) may not be a problem. If blood pressure goes above 140/90, however, some form of treatment-diet or drugs-may be needed. Lower blood pressure readings (for example, 110/70) are thought to be safe for most people.


    What If Just The First Number Is High?

    Often in older adults the first number (the upper or systolic number) is high while the second (the lower or diastolic) number is normal. This condition is called isolated systolic hypertension, and it also should be treated. Studies prove that lowering the systolic number cuts down on strokes and heart attacks in people age 60 and over.


    What Causes HBP?

    Some cases of HBP are caused by other illnesses. This kind of HBP is called secondary hypertension, and it is often cured once the original medical problem is cured. Most HBP, however, is essential or primary hypertension. This kind cannot be cured but can be kept under control by regular, ongoing treatment. Doctors think that many things combine to cause HBP. Being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, and eating too much salt are risk factors because they raise your risk of having HBP. They do not cause it directly.

    Blood pressure goes up in all people during periods of stress or exercise. But avoiding stress will not prevent high blood pressure. You can have HBP even though you are usually a calm, relaxed person.


    How Is HBP Treated?

    If you have mild HBP, your doctor may suggest that you lose weight and keep it off, eat less salt, and get more exercise. You may bring your blood pressure down simply by following this advice. Even if medicine is needed, these daily habits may help it work better.

    Some people think that when their blood pressure comes down, they no longer need treatment. If your doctor has prescribed medicine, you may have to take it for the rest of your life. Later on, though, you may be able to take less of it.


    Can HBP Be Prevented?

    There is now good evidence that HBP can be prevented in many people. The keys to prevention are:

    Keeping your weight moderate;
    Cutting down on salt; and
    Exercising regularly.

    HBP CHECKLIST:

    HBP may not make you feel sick, but it is serious and should be treated by a doctor.
    You can bring down your blood pressure with changes in diet and daily habits and by taking medicines if necessary.
    Losing weight, cutting down on salt and alcohol, and getting regular exercise may be helpful, but only as suggested by your doctor. Do not assume these are substitutes for medicine unless your doctor says they are.
    If one day's dose of medicine is missed, do not double-up the next day. Instead, call your doctor for advice.
    Take your medicine at the same time each day, for example, in the morning or evening after brushing teeth-to help set a regular, easy-to-remember routine.

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~EARTHQUAKES~~~
    « Reply #20 on: December 20, 2007, 06:04:44 AM »
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    " EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS" - To ensure the safety of our loved ones.

    EARTHQUAKES~~~

    DURING AN EARTHQUAKE:

    During an earthquake when in a building go to the corner of a room, doorway or under a large desk or table. Stay away from windows mirrors or shelves.

    During an earthquake while outside get out in the open away from buildings, trees or power lines.

    During an earthquake when in a large building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Do not use elevators. Crouch under a sturdy table or desk.

    During an earthquake when driving, pull to the side of the road and stop. Avoid power lines and overpasses. Stay in the car until the quake stops.

    During an earthquake in a crowded place, do not rush for the doors. Crouch and cover your head.

    AFTER EARTHQUAKE:

    Be prepared for after-shocks (tremors after quake)

    Turn off electricity, gas and water

    Stay off roads unless urgent, keep roadways clear for emergency personnel.

    Stay alert of news reports via a battery operated radio.
     
    Do not approach downed power lines.

    Do not drink water.

    Check for buildings damage.


    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~ "DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES"~~~
    « Reply #21 on: December 24, 2007, 05:55:17 AM »
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    "DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES"~~~

    Dark circles under the eyes tell us about the health of an individual. They are produced due to overstrain, after an illness or an allergy. They can also be the result of under-nourishment. But these dark circles do not produce any harm to the body. So anybody with dark circles should not worry about them. In fact, sometimes they're not even an indication of physical problems.

    Dark circles can be aggravated by fatigue, allergies, overexposure to the sun, menstruation or pregnancy. But they're usually hereditary; if your parents have them, there are more chances that you do, too have them.

    Dark circles are the result of the engorged blood vessels under your eyes. Because the skin under eyes is thinner than skin anywhere else on body, therefore blood vessels there are more noticeable, especially in fair skinned persons. Usually, dark circles are caused by hyper pigmentation of melanin, the substance that gives color to the skin.

    In western countries, the kidneys are related to the adrenal glands and with stress levels in life being so high; these glands are very often exhausted. When these glands are weakened, allergies are prevalent. Dark circles under the eyes are known to be a classic symptom of an allergy, together other signs including edema and fatigue.

    Dark circles under eyes may also be due to aging which thins the skin around the eyes. Eight hours of sleep is essential.
    Do not leave cream on the skin around the eyes for long periods. Circles under the eyes can worsen in people who smoke or suffer from allergies.

    HOME REMEDIES FOR DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES :-
    Apply a cold compress this will help to constrict blood vessels and turns tissue white and dark circles will lighten.
       
    Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water everyday. 
     
    Put slices of raw potatoes or cucumber by closing eyes over the eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water and apply a cream.   

    Take out the juice of the cucumber. Prepare a mixture of lemon juice, lanolin cream and cucumber juice and apply around the eye for 10-15 minutes.
     
    Prepare a mixture by adding equal quantity of potato and cucumber juices. Dip a cotton swab in this mixture and put the cotton on eyelids and keep for 20 minutes. Wash your eyes with cold water.
     
    Prepare a mixture of lemon and tomato juice (equal parts) and apply it on the black circles 2 times a day.   

    Make a paste of turmeric powder with pineapple juice for dark circles under the eyes.   

    Apply crushed mint around the eye.   

    Another home remedy for dark circles under the eyes  is - massage with almond oil under and around eyes at bed time daily for 2 weeks. Almond helps to remove dark circles.   

    No cream should be left on the skin around the eyes for long periods.   

    Rub the area with a powdered Vitamin E capsule and wash off with a mixture of honey and egg white.   

    Put hot and cold clothes alternatively under eyes for 10 minutes. Then apply some almond oil on the dark circles before going to bed.   

    The acupressure point for eyes is on the mount below the index finger of your palms. Pressing this mount may help.   

    Dip some carrot leave in hot water and leave for a few minutes. Drink the liquid 3 times a day before meals.   

    Dip cotton balls in rose water or cold water and keep under the eyes for 10 minutes.   
    Make a paste of 1 tsp. tomato juice, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric powder and 1 tsp. of flour. Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before washing. This is an effective home remedy for dark circle treatment. 
     
    Take some freezed parsley. Use the parsley cubes instead of eye creams to reduce the dark circles and puffiness. Parsley is packed with chlorophyll which helps fade darkness, while the ice cubes reduce the swelling. 
     
    Takes Vaseline, put it on a metal spoon and freeze it for 15 minutes. Then apply it to the eyes for a few minutes.
     
    Add some mint leaves, lemon juice and salt to tomato juice and drink. 
     
    Grate some cucumber and freeze in an ice tray. Massage frozen cucumber cubes onto eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles.   

    Avoid excess of chocolates and try to take more fibers in the diet. 
     
    To prevent dark circles take 2 magnesium tablets per day, especially if you're taking calcium.   

    Use a sunscreen especially made for the face with a sun protection factor (SPF) to keep the sun's rays from darkening the skin under your eyes   

    Eat vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A for the treatment of dark circles under eyes. 

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~"FOUR FOOD HABITS TO AVOID AT WORK"~~~
    « Reply #22 on: December 25, 2007, 08:04:26 PM »
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    "FOUR FOOD HABITS TO AVOID AT WORK"~~~

    Your days are packed with schedules and lunch meetings. Sometimes you wish you ate one square meal that would not make you feel guilty, especially when you know you haven't eaten right. But most of the time, do we have a choice? The fact is, we have, only if we control our urge to binge.

    Dietician Janaki Rawal of Parulekar's Gym, Mumbai offers some vital tips with regards to office eating habits:

    Cheat foods~~

    Cheat foods are those food items that help us satisfy our appetites, but don't provide us with any nutrition other than loads of useless calories. So the next time you sip on a cola or bite into a burger or pizza, know that you're cheating your tummy with the wrong type of food. Opt for the healthier option, rather than the tastier option.

    Heavy-duty caffeine~~

    Tea and coffee can surely add that zing to your day, but try and limit it to two cups. Too much of caffeine can lead to acidity.

    Irregular meals~~

    "By continuously being irregular about your eating habits, you land up confusing your body about the next meal of the day. As a result, your body tends to slow down its metabolic activities that further leads to food getting stored in your body as fat," mentions Janaki. So as far as possible, stick to your meal timings and avoid skipping meals no matter how important your meeting is.

    Heavy dinner~~

    Since work hours are becoming longer and in spite of returning home late at night, we tend to eat heavy meals. It cannot be helped, especially when it's the only meal we get to eat with our families. But if wise choices are made, then this late night dinners can be made healthy. Dinner should always be light -- with salads, dal, chapatti, sabzi and a chicken/ fish dish (optional).

    Keep your lunch simple too, with the same formula -- roti, dal, sabzi and chicken/ fish. Avoid too much of masala or gravy, if eating from your office cafeteria. End your meal with curd and fruit. Eat till the point you feel satiated, there is no point in over-eating, but don't skip meals or eat poorly either. Remember, with the hours that you put in, you must eat well.


    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~
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      Time flies! Before we realize, it leaves its unkind reminders in the form of grey strands of our hair and wrinkles on the face.  This is an age of instant makeovers. Yet, there are no quick fixes to healthy ageing. The recipe brews slowly and involves— an early start in nutrition basics, exercise, healthy habits and a regular dose of humor.

    Toasting Maturity

    Growing older is not an illness; but the passing years do make the body more vulnerable to diseases. As we grow older, our bodies do not assimilate nutrients as well as it once did. Obviously, it needs more nutrient support from our diet plan and supplements.

    One of the keys of staying healthy, as we age is to practice preventive health care. Essentially, how we live in our thirties will decide our state of health in sixties.  The sooner we make lifestyle changes; healthier will we grow as we age.

    For a healthy you

    Junk the junk food. Eat a balanced diet that includes raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, fish and soy foods.

    Pack in multi coloured fruits and vegetables like purple grapes, capsicums, red onions, red peppers, cantaloupes for they are rich in antioxidants.

    Eat nuts for they build immunity. Raw fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. For women undergoing menopausal symptoms, soy offers relief.

    Incorporate a bowl of yoghurt in your diet plan. Yoghurt is rich in B12, calcium, phosphorus and is more easily absorbed in the system rather than milk.

    Exercise benefits people of all age groups. It can reduce risks for depression, heart disease, osteoarthritis.

    As we age we have fitful sleep, steal a nap during daytime to compensate on sleep.

    As we grow older, we should keep learning new skills. It keeps our mind alert. Invest in new hobbies. Learn new skills, for they break the monotony.

    If you smoke quit cigarettes and risks of heart disease go down immediately.

    Go for regular health checks.

    Some researches give thumbs up to a glass of wine on a regular basis.  However, it is good to stay away from alcohol.

    Take life as it comes and keep humour alive through all circumstances. Humour is the best antidote for stress.

    Learn stress management techniques. Instead of chasing agendas, allow them time to happen.

    With these lifestyle changes, you will have health on your side.  Needless to say, health is wealth and fruits of success that you reap in mature years, taste sweeter to people who have fit bodies and agile minds.

     
     
     
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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  • Viral fever is in the air 


      The name is self-explanatory—any fever as a result of viral infection is viral fever.
    These days almost anyone we know is down with viral fever. Though it requires symptomatic treatment, and usually by five or six days body recovers from the symptoms, the illness weakens our body. The course and duration of the fever does not follow any set pattern. Usually viral fever has these symptoms, though not all of them always—

    Body ache
    Running nose
    Cough
    Shivering
    Skin rash
    Irritability
    Stomach upset
    Watery eyes
    Virus spreads
    The virus is easily passed from person to person through the air by droplets and small particles excreted when infected individuals cough or sneeze. The virus enters the body through the nose or throat. It then takes between one and four days for the person to develop symptoms. Someone suffering from influenza can be infectious from the day before they develop symptoms until seven days afterwards.

    Disease spreads very quickly among the population especially in crowded circumstances. Cold and dry weather enables the virus to survive longer outside the body than in other conditions and, as a result if any of your colleagues get viral fever in the office, invariably the whole office is going to come down with viral fever.

    Treating viral fever
    When down with viral fever, do not beg your doctor for antibiotics. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. Nasal decongestants and analgesics offer relief from nasal symptoms and body aches. Saline gargles and steam inhalation will help you earn relief from sore throat and nasal congestion. When recuperating from viral fever try to get adequate rest, which is the hardest to get, but it helps heal body faster from viral fever. Drink enough warm fluids—ginger tea, lukewarm water with a dash of honey and few drops of lemon juice—they help relieve sore throat.

    Go homemade
    Eat simple home-cooked food, as it is easy to digest and drink enough fluids. You can never go wrong with a hot chicken soup. Vegetarians can try antioxidant rich tomato soup. You can throw in green veggies like--beans, peas, corn and carrots in the soup and get more antioxidant advantage. .

     

     
     
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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~Tips for online safety: for children~~~
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  • Om Sai Ram~~~

    Tips for online safety: for children~~~

    1.Keep your computer in a family room, not in a bedroom, that way you can supervise its use.

    2.Interact with your child while they are on the Internet - expressing an interest can be both informative and reassuring.

    3.Encourage children to show you anything that makes them uncomfortable.

    4.Ask your ISP about how special filtering programs that can be used to help protect your child.

    5.Use your children's expertise and learn from them.

    jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~Stress Free~~~
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  • Om Sai Ram~~~

    Stress free in 10 mins~~~

    1. Do Nothing ~~
    At least once during the day, take 5 - 10 minutes to sit quietly and do
    nothing. Focus on the sounds around you, your emotions and any tension in
    your neck, shoulders, arms, chest, etc.
     
    2. Laugh Out Loud~~
    Keep something handy that makes you laugh. It could be a collection of your
    favorite comic strips, or a funny eMail from, say, your child or a friend.
    You could even take a few moments to think watching your favorite comedy
    serial. Turn to this every so often during your day.
     
    3. Tune In~~
    When you face a daunting task, play soothing music - be it classical,
    country or jazz. At work you can use the CD drive on your computer to keep
    the music at the ready.
     
    4. Think Happy~~
    Focus on someone or something you care deeply about for anywhere from 15
    seconds to 5 minutes. Or picture a scene from a peaceful vacation. A phrase
    that makes you feel positive about yourself and the world can also work.
     
    5. Hit The Road ~~
    Get up from your desk, the couch - wherever you  may be - and take a 10
    minute walk.
     
    6. Breathe Easy~~
    For 5 minutes, slow your breathing down to about 6 deep-belly breaths a
    minute. In other words, inhale for about 5 seconds, exhale for about 5.
     
    7. Rise Relaxed ~~
    Right before bed, and after the alarm goes off in the morning, take 5
    minutes to relax your entire body. Start by tensing your toes; consciously
    relax them. Move on to the muscles in your feet, and then your calves, upper
    legs, move upwards until you end by scrunching up and then relaxing the
    muscles in your face.

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~Ayurveda tips for obesity~~~
    « Reply #27 on: February 05, 2008, 12:23:13 AM »
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    Ayurveda tips for obesity~~~

    Tips to reduce obesity~~~

    Numerous tips to reduce obesity have been mentioned in Ayurveda. The following ayurvedic tips help you to reduce the obesity.

    Very good exercises. Exercises like brisk walking, jogging, and playing out door games etc help to reduce weight.

    Physical and mental exertion. Exerting physically like doing house hold works, walking to distant places to bring groceries, vegetables etc, walking long distances to bring the child back from school, walking to working place, climbing stairs etc are types of physical exertion. Exerting physically as much as you can help to burn more calories. Mental exertion like worrying or involving in finding solutions to problems also restrict food consumption in some and there by reduces the intake of calories .

    Consumption of honey. This is advisable for non diabetic patients. Consuming 2 tea spoon of honey with a glass of herbal tea which includes weight reducing herbs help a lot in weight reduction. Honey along with these herbs scrapes and dissolves the Kapha and medhas (body fat).

    Sleeping for less hours. Avoiding sleeping in afternoons help to increase the burning of calories. This avoids slowing of basal metabolic rate.

    Avoiding the food and beverages which increase Kapha and medhas. The foods which increase Kapha and medhas are sweets, sweetened drinks, large quantities of carbohydrates and oily food.

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~some easy fast weight loss ideas~~~
    « Reply #28 on: February 18, 2008, 06:32:28 AM »
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    If you are sick and tired of your flabby abs, then here are some easy fast weight loss ideas~~~

    ~Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking eight glasses of water is almost like a must. And do not forget to drink water in the morning, the moment you wake up. In fact this is one of the most rapid weight loss tips that the dieticians suggest to the people.

    ~Have organic foods for the breakfast like apples, bananas, plain yogurt, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, raw honey, wild smoked salmon, and so on.

    ~Keeping a track on the watch, go for an hour walk. It need not be power walking, but definitely it should be non-stop walk and that’s for sure, in a couple of days only, you’ll start finding the difference in you.

    ~Another tip regarding how to lose weight fast, easy and safe is that you should have your dinner about 4-5 hours before going off to sleep.

    ~The two-point program that will ensure the ultimate success is: regular exercise and balanced diet.

    ~Don’t depend upon fat burning diet supplements. They wont go a long way in helping you sustain your reduced kilos.

    ~Soft drinks cannot benefit you in any way. They contain 150 empty calories, so if you substitute one bottle of soft drink with water each day, it will do wonders for you. It will enable you to lose about 16 lbs per year.

    ~Sometimes boredom becomes a cause of overeating, so keep yourself busy.
    If you want to seriously control your weight, then you have to stop yourself from getting lured into trying tempting foods.

    ~As important is to pay attention to the fact that we eat the right food, equally vital is to keep a watch on the quantity. Without altering your diet plan, even if you’ll reduce 5-10% of your consumption, it will prove beneficial.

    ~Eat slowly so that you can get a feeling that you have had enough food and your tummy is full. Eat slowly and fully relish the taste.

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

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    Re: USEFUL INFORMATION~~~Surprising Uses for Salt~~~
    « Reply #29 on: February 25, 2008, 12:11:55 AM »
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    Surprising Uses for Salt~~~

    Mankind has been using salt for many centuries, in the course of which we've amassed many uses (some speculate thousands) for this amazing substance -- uses that go far beyond mere seasoning. Here are a few of the more practical ones:
     
                                               
    Pick up a dropped egg. If an egg breaks on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You'll be able to wipe it right up.

    Soothe a bee sting. Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.
     
    Eliminate a grease fire. Pour salt on top to smother it. (Never use water on a grease fire.)

    Clean up oven spills. If food boils over onto the oven floor, sprinkle salt on top to stop smoke and odor from forming. When the oven is cool, it'll be easy to brush away the spot.
     
    Set color. If a dye may run, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you've added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. If rinse water shows color, repeat. This is good for a single-colored fabric or madras. If the item is multicolored, dry-clean it. (Although American-made fabrics are unlikely to run, fabrics from abroad are sometimes iffy.)

    Kill poison ivy. Add three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water. Spray it onto leaves and stems.
    Make cream whip more easily and egg whites whip faster and higher. Add a pinch of salt.

    Test for rotten eggs. Put an egg in a cup of water to which you've added two teaspoons of salt. A fresh egg will sink, but one that's iffy will float.

    Clean the brown spots (from starch) off a non-stick soleplate (the bottom of your iron). Sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it, then rub lightly with silver polish.
    Repel fleas. Wash the doghouse with it.

    Kill grass growing in cracks in the cement or between patio stones. Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Or sprinkle coarse salt on the grass, let stand all day or overnight, then pour hot tap water over it.
    Clean a glass coffee pot. Fill it with a quarter-cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse.
     
    Halt the mountain of suds from an overflowing washing machine. Sprinkle salt on the top.
    Clean artificial flowers. Put them in a bag of salt and shake the bag. Take a look at the color of the salt and you'll see what you've accomplished.

    Keep windows frost-free. Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won't frost up even when the mercury dips below 32 degrees; for the same effect on your car's windshield, put salt in a little bag made of cheesecloth, moisten it slightly and rub it on.

    Clean tarnished copper.Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly, then rub clean. (Don't do this to lacquered copper.)
     
    Keep radishes safe in the garden. Salt worms (cutworms) will be repelled if you sprinkle seeds with table salt, then cover with dirt.

    Clean coffee and tea stains from china cups. Rub them with salt.

    Keep potatoes and apples from turning brown once they're sliced. Put them in salted cold water.
     
    Clean a cutting board. Cover it with bleach and salt, scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with very hot water and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat with each

    Jai Sai Ram~~~
    "लोका समस्ता सुखिनो भवन्तुः
    ॐ शन्तिः शन्तिः शन्तिः"

    " Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
    Aum ShantiH ShantiH ShantiH"~~~

    May all the worlds be happy. May all the beings be happy.
    May none suffer from grief or sorrow. May peace be to all~~~

     


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