How to Clean your Home after Being Sick

How to Clean your Home after Being Sick
Did you know the fact that bacteria doubles in 20-30 minutes. So even a single cell of bacteria is left, it can grow into millions in a single day !

No offence…I know we all are particular in keeping our house clean. But then how many times it has happened that one member falls sick and remaining all family members follow the suit or after being down with illness your child fall sick again immediately…. It happens right. The truth is, though these germs are too small, they are contagious, can spread fast and can stay alive for quite some time…waiting to pounce on next victim.

You need to follow strict cleaning practice, especially when a family member falls sick. You have to continue this practice for few more days even after the person recovers from illness. This is to wipe out all germs from your house completely.

 Did you know the fact that bacteria doubles in 20-30 minutes. So even a single cell of bacteria is left, it can grow into millions in a single day !

How to Clean your Home after Being Sick

Living Areas

Now no one can confine a sick person to bedroom alone. They would be using mobiles, watching television and using living room furniture and facilities. The moment a person falls sick it’s better to cover sofa and  upholstery with washable sheets and blankets. In that way, the furniture will remain germ free.  It’s advisable to remove decorative pillows and show pieces from living area. It is advisable to clean every day door knobs, light switches, cell phone, remote control, laptops, toys etc with good quality disinfectant.

Bedroom

It’s your mattress that’s going to get the maximum load of germs. So to prevent your mattress from becoming a hiding place for germs, it’s better to give the mattress an extra layer of covering. Also when a person is sick they will sweat a lot. This sweat will seep into mattress and pillows, and can cause stains and smells. The extra protection layer given by you will help to absorb any excess sweat and keep pillows and mattress clean. If the disease lasts for a long period it would be good to expose mattress to day-light for 5-6 hours. To make the mattress perfect one can sprinkle a combination of baking soda and essential oil over it and later remove it with the help of a vacuum cleaner.

How to Clean your Home after Being Sick

Bathroom

The warm, steamy environment makes it perfect for  germs to grow. Especially if illness involved diarrhea, vomiting you must double up your sanitization plan. In addition to cleaning up toilet floor, flush, taps and basin you must also give towels a hot water wash. It’s good to allocate a separate towel for the sick or even encouraging them to use paper tissues on days of infection. Empty out dustbin with body secretion appropriately and give it as well a thorough wash.

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Pre-Teen Acne: Be Alert from the Beginning Parents

Pre-Teen Acne
The worst is, according to doctors kids with pre-teen acne will have more severe acne in adolescence.

Start of puberty is occurring earlier than in the past.  Acne is no longer viewed as a teen phenomenon. Dermatologists are seeing patients as young 7 and 8 years reaching out to them for acne treatment. Also early acne is a little more common in girls than boys. Indeed a matter of concern for me as I am mother to two daughters.

Acne  includes everything from  whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules to cysts. It leave behind blemishes and scars which can lead to emotional distress. Pre-adolescent acne can progress from whiteheads to inflamed bumps. It occurs mostly on the forehead, nose and chin. The worst is, according to doctors kids with pre-teen acne will have more severe acne in adolescence.

So What can Parents do

  • Be Alert from the Beginning itself. Watch for small blackheads and early papules, especially on the nose where acne usually starts
  • Teach Your little one Good Skin Care Habits early on
  • Opt for mild acne treatment cream with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that cause pimples
  • Tell your kids to keep their hands off the pimples. Pricking the pimple can cause scarring, exacerbate inflammation, and generally makes acne worse

My Story

“Teach Your little one Good Skin Care Habits early on”. It was easier said than done. My little ones travel each day ten kilometers for school. By the time they come back, on their face half the dust and dirt of Bangalore will be there. But then I was hesitant to use any soap or adult products to clean their face. I was on look out for a mild, kid friendly foaming face wash. That’s when I received from Mamaearth FOAMING FACE WASH FOR KIDS WITH ALOE VERA AND COCONUT BASED CLEANSERS. As usual a thoughtful product from Mamaearth. I am not surprised to see such a product from them as the brand is run by new age parents Ghazal and Varun and they understand new age problems very well.

How is the product like

Mamaearth Foaming Baby Face Wash for Kids
Mamaearth Foaming Baby Face Wash for Kids

First and foremost my kids loved its smell and foamy texture. Also they found the bottle easy to use and store. They said they are going to use it ! So the major hurdle is over

Coming to its ingredients, the product is purely organic. It has the benefits of coconut oil and aloe vera. It’s tear free and soap free formula cleanses and moisturizes skin. Also it is MadeSafe certified, dermatologically tested and pH balanced.  Mamaearth Foaming Facewash is free of SLS, parabens, phthalates, detergents and artificial fragrances.

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Did you know we inherit these 5 traits from our Mother

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If you are a women, you will experience similar health milestones as that of your mother

Let me kick of this Mother’s day post by giving a big salute to my Mom.

I am sure we all agree that mom has played a key role in transforming us into what we are today… even if we are like two peas in a pod or totally chalk and cheese. You would be surprised to know that it’s just not at behavior level moms influence us, but she influences our genetic makeup too !

Intelligence comes from our mom

How intelligent a child is depends on mom, and not on Dad….science says so.  Genes for intelligence is present on X chromosome and women have two of these. But then things  are not just that simple. Mothers do have two X chromosomes, but they aren’t identical chromosomes, and of course, they get one of them from their fathers.

Energy that powers our cells…we owe it to mom

mothers day post

Mitochondria are structures present inside cells that helps in converting the energy from food into a form that cells can use. Though most of the DNA is packed in cell nucleus, mitochondria also have a small amount of their own DNA and this is essential for powering the cells. This mitochondrial DNA comes only from the mother and nobody fully understands why or how fathers’ mitochondrial DNA gets wiped from cells.

Menstruation….it resembles a lot like your mom

If you are a women, you will experience similar milestones as that of your mother. Study carried out by Institute of Cancer Research at the University of London, says that there’s a 57 percent chance that a girl will start menstruating within three months of when her mother started her period.

Not so good part…….

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegar with floating stuff inside alone can be used as a health tonic

Apple Cider Vinegar is nature’s  magic potion. I am sure you would have already heard about some of its benefits. You will be surprised to know that, It is in use way back from 1958, from the time  doctor D.C. Jarvis wrote a book praising Apple Cider Vinegar’s benefits in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes to weight gain.

What’s in it ?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like many types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains a substance called acetic acid. Apple cider vinegar also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.

Is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Better than Clear Vinegar?

Raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegar with floating stuff inside alone can be used as a health tonic. The floating matter is not dirt, but a substance called as “mother” which is formed from pectin and apple residue. The minerals, amino acids and vitamins present in it, gives it a brown tinge.  Healthkart’s Apple Cider Vinegar comes with the ‘mother’ culture in it which contains beneficial bacteria and acids that helps you keep fit and healthy.

Healthkart’s Apple Cider Vinegar

What’s Good About Apple Cider Vinegar?

Aid in Weight loss

Research studies suggests that drinking apple cider vinegar can help to burn fat and lose weight. Acetic acid, key ingredient found in apple cider vinegar, helps with weight loss. A study carried out in 175 Japanese people in 2009, showed that continuous vinegar intake reduces body weight, BMI, and body fat mass. Apple Cider Vinegar also gives a feeling of fullness, because of which food intake reduces.

Lowers Blood Sugar

Research suggest that intake of small amount of apple cider vinegar can help to reduce blood sugar levels after a peak following a meal high in carbohydrates. Apple Cider Vinegar is very much beneficial for Type II Diabetes patients in managing their blood sugar level.  Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar slows down the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar in the bloodstream.

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Lowers Blood Pressure

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV can lower even blood pressure when consumed daily. It brings about better blood circulation by breaking down fat and phlegm deposits in the body and lowers pressure against the arterial walls.

Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar increases good cholesterol levels and decreases bad cholesterol. ACV reduces LDLs also known as “bad” cholesterol, which oxidizes in the blood stream and lead to the formation of plaque. Flavonoids in ACV scavenges free radicals and prevent cell damage and oxidative stress, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.

Good medication for Gout

Many people with gout found instant relief after consuming apple cider vinegar, while others have reported relief after a few days. Apple cider vinegar breaks down uric acid crystals and prevents them from reforming in the joints. It also reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints giving it more flexibility.

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What is Carb Cycling ? How Does Carb Cycling Work?

Carb cycling for Fat loss
Carb cycling for Fat loss

Carbohydrate is very much a necessity for our body, but in excess leads to weight gain. The challenge lies in taking it in just the right amount, at right times. Carb cycling helps in losing weight by manipulating carbohydrate consumption by minimizing negative effects. Carb cycling is a way of  dieting that involves planned increases and decreases in carbohydrate intake.  This diet format which started with athletes and fitness models is now a favorite among common people to  lose weight.

How Carb Cycling Works

In carb cycling, the week gets divided into: no carb days, low-carb days and high-carb days

Carb cycling for Fat loss

NO CARB DAYS: Include vegetables in diet like leafy greens, onions, peppers and mushrooms along with good source of protein and fat in moderation. Total carb intake must be less than 25 grams per day.

Carb cycling for Fat loss

LOW CARB DAYS:  Total carb intake that comes from food intake must be less than 75 grams per day. Add in along with  veggies small portions of  any carbohydrate food like rice, rotis, potatoes and fruit.

Carb cycling for Fat loss

HIGH CARB DAYS: Women can consume between 150 and 200 grams whereas men can have up to 300 grams. But this also depends on physical activity level.  This day can be made into a day for cheat meal too, but do not binge eat.

This alternate cycle of No carb, Low carb and High carb will help to balance out energy requirement without making body to gain excess fat.

Simple science of Carb Cycling

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12 Benefits of eating Mango : Mango Nutrition

12 Benefits of eating Mango
The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume beta-carotene, found in mangoes

Mangoes are in !….. They are just not juicy and yummy, but can can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality,  and can promote healthy complexion and hair, and increase energy.  It is the national fruit of India and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.

The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume beta-carotene, found in mangoes

Mangoes, help to prevent constipation  because of their fiber and water content and promote healthy digestive tract

Feed your kids mangoes. They can boost memory and concentration power as they are rich in glutamine acid,  an important amino acid for concentration and memory.

Mango nutrition

Mangoes contain large amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A  along with 25 different kinds of carotenoids, that can strengthen immune system

The high levels of fiber, vitamin C, and pectin present in mango help to lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body

Mangoes can aid weight loss, as they are low in calories and does not contain any sodium or fat. Mangoes can be a healthy snack substitute

It is also helpful to treat heartburn due to an enzyme present in it, which soothes the stomach

Eating mangoes regularly can help to avoid night blindness, refractive error, dry eye, softening of the cornea, itching and burning eyes

Mangoes are too good for pregnant women as it contains high amounts of vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, iron, and potassium

12 Benefits of eating Mango
Mangoes can aid weight loss, as they are low in calories and does not contain any sodium or fat

Mangoes rich in carotenoids can help to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers 

Clinical trial studies suggest that  antioxidant compounds in mangoes can protect against breast and colon cancer

Gallic acid which is the most abundant polyphenol in mango have anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects 

Treat yourself this season with Raw mango juice

Ingredients: Chopped Raw Mangoes, Honey and Water

Add in chopped pieces of green mango, water, and a teaspoon of honey into a juicer. Drinking this juice cools down body

But be watchful….

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5 Toxins in your Kitchen and How can you avoid it

5 Toxins in your Kitchen
Children and Pregnant Women are at high risk, But it can affect anybody

Did you know that hormone or endocrine disruptors present in personal care products, cleaning products, non-stick cookware, plastics can disrupt growth, development and reproduction, and may even cause serious neurological and immune-system failures.

Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals that mimic or look like hormones in our body, including the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen, and thyroid hormones. They block or alter hormonal signals within our body and wreak havoc.

Children and Pregnant Women are at high risk, But it can affect anybody

Toxins in Kitchen
Health problems caused by Endocrine Disruptors

Who would want a synthetic chemical to get inside the body and disrupt body’s normal functions?

But truth is, eliminating them from our system is way too difficult. Endocrine disruptors are present everywhere,  secretly present inside thousands of products which we use every day, such as food, personal care products, sunscreen, perfume, antibacterial washes, household cleaners, laundry products, vinyl shower curtains, plastic toys, electronics, household dust and germ sprays.

Let’s have a close look at top 5 Endocrine disruptors. Also let me help you with tips to avoid them.

Toxins in Kitchen
Toxins in Kitchen
  1. Phthalates:

Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more durable and flexible. Phthalates are also used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are also found in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, food packaging, and plastic wrap. Phthalates find their way inside our body by even consuming food that comes wrapped in containers made of phthalates or even breathing in air from room with wallpaper or phthalate containing flooring tiles.

How to avoid it:

  • Avoid plastic food containers
  • Opt for phthalate free cosmetic products
  • Say no to plastic toys for kids
  • Read the product labels clearly when you buy personal care products
  1. BPA or bisphenol A

BPA is present in water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic items, mobile devices and sports equipment. They are also used to coat the inside of food and drinks cans.

How to avoid it:

  • Say no to plastic water bottles
  • Look for BPA free containers and bottles in case you need to use plastic ones
  • Better skip the receipts, since thermal paper is often coated with BPA
  • Avoid plastics marked with “PC,” for polycarbonate
  1. Perfluorinated compounds

Perfluorinated compoundsperfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are the most prevalent PFCs. It is this PFOA we find in non-stick cookware’s. They are also found in fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, disposable paper plates, stain-resistant carpets, carpet cleaning solutions, windshield washing fluid and fire-fighting foam, as well as in some adhesives, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and cleaning products. PFCs have been linked to a wide range of health effects, including weight gain, liver toxicity, increased neonatal mortality, abnormal mammary gland development, altered thyroid hormones etc.

How to avoid it:

  • Say no to Non-stick pans and pots
  • If you prefer using non-stick cookware, do not allow it to cross 232degreeC
  • Do not opt for clothing, furniture and carpets with water-resistant coatings
  • Say no to microwave popcorns
  • Say no to furniture and carpets that are marketed as “stain-resistant”
  • Avoid personal products that include the words ”fluoro” or ”perfluoro”, especially look for them in eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush
  1. Dioxins

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Can Plants grow without Soil ?

Heard of Film Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics
Heard of Film Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics

What do you think…can we grow plants without soil. If it is possible then farmers would be able to grow more food in less space. We could then grow plants on terrace and building tops and that also without mess.

Truth is researchers have discovered hundreds of years ago that the function of soil is simply to hold mineral nutrients close to plant roots and soil in itself isn’t necessary for plant growth. What they need is only water and nutrients. Great….So it is really possible to grow plants without soil….lets understand how to do that, so that we all could grow plants on our terrace and balconies.

Heard of Film Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics….Truth is these farming method take up less water and provide us with much more healthier version of fruits and vegetables process as it eliminates weeds, bacteria and soil-borne pests. Also you can grow them year round…..!

 

Hydroponics

Hydroponics
Hydroponics: image

Hydroponics  is the  technique  of growing  plants  in soil-less  condition  with  their  roots  immersed  in  nutrient  solution. They grow with or without the use of an artificial medium  like sand, gravel, vermiculite, rockwool, perlite, peatmoss, coir, or sawdust. Compared to growing plants in soil, Hydroponic growing allows to control the nutrient levels for plants directly. Because of the higher control over nutrients, hydroponically grown plants generally have a much higher yield than similar plants grown in soil. This method is good to grow lettuce, tomato, bell pepper. Vegetables that grow beneath the soil, such as onions, leeks, carrots, potatoes, yams and radishes will also grow very well hydroponically.

Aquaponics

Aquaponics
Aquaponics : image

Aquaponics is all about growing Fishes and Plants together. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

Aquaponics = Hydroponics + Aquaculture

So what essentially need to be done….Feed the Fish!

One can set up an Aquaponic system anywhere; outside, in a greenhouse, in basement, or in living room. The fish used includes tilapia and barramundi because they tolerate better diverse water conditions and they grow fast. Aquaponics is suitable to grow small vegetables like  Lettuce, kale, watercress, mint, herbs, radishes and spinach.

Aeroponics

Heard of Film Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics
Aeroponics : image

Aeroponics is another indoor plantation system. In this plants are suspended in air with roots hanging and they are regularly nourished by spraying with nutrients and water solution. Because the roots are enclosed, less nutrient-water mix is needed for plants to grow and thrive. Aeroponics is a great way to save space as one can grow them either horizontally or vertically. It is suitable to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in apartments.

Film Farming

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Scientists have discovered organ number 80: “Interstitium”

Neil D. Theise
Neil D. Theise

Researchers have discovered a completely new human organ, which they named “Interstitium”. Scientist believes that this organ may play a role in cancer. This discovery is happening exactly after an year after the discovery of organ number 79 Mesentery.

The organ “interstitium” is a mesh-like layer made up of collagen and fluid-filled compartments.  The interstitium exists within connective tissue, beneath the skin. Earlier it was considered as a part of connective tissue. This organ surrounds several other organs and could be body’s largest organ, researchers said.

The interstitium may be functioning as a “shock absorber”, protecting other organs, muscles and vessels. It’s believed the organ may also help cancerous cells spread throughout the body.

A routine endoscopy performed by Dr David Carr-Locke and Dr Petros Benias while investigating a patient’s bile duct, searching for signs of cancer accidentally discovered this organ. They approached Neil Theise, a pathologist and team at New York University School of Medicine which led to finding of this new organ.

“Interstitium”
Organ number 80; “Interstitium” : image source

This new organ would allow scientists to develop new tests for cancer.

Read the original article: Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues

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Love your Lungs : Facts, Fitness and Food

Love your Lungs : Facts, Fitness and Food

How much do we know about the humble organ Lungs. We rarely acknowledge the hard work done by this organ. The truth is, if we fail to receive oxygen for a total of 4 minutes our brain cells begins to die and it can be fatal….. High time we take this organ seriously.

Lung Facts:

The right lung is a little wider but shorter than left lung as it need to leave space for Liver

A man’s lungs can hold more air than a woman’s 

Even healthy people without any chronic lung disease uses only 70 percent of the possible lung capacity

Love your Lungs : Facts, Fitness and Food

Adults typically takes around 20,000 breaths a day with 15 to 20 breaths a minute

The average time an adult can hold his or her breath is between 30 to 60 seconds

There are about 600 million alveoli in lungs. If we stretched all of them out, they would be about the size of a tennis court

A newborn normally breathes about 40 times each minute 

Love your Lungs : Facts, Fitness and Food

The lungs are the only organs in the human body to float on water

Air has 21 percent oxygen and the body only needs 5 percent of it

It’s possible to live with even one lungs.  Many people around the world live with just one lung

In India, breathing problem is more prevalent in females compared to males

Love your Lungs : Facts, Fitness and Food

200 different viruses are out there which can cause common cold and irritate lungs

Breathing and respiration is not the same…..

Respiration is different from breathing. Breathing is the process of inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide done by the nose. Whereas  Respiration is the process of breaking down oxygen so that it can be used by body cells for creating energy. So if we sum up breathing is a part of respiration.

Lungs and Diseases

Diseases and conditions that affect our lungs can be broadly divided into two – Infectious diseases like  influenza, bacterial pneumonia, enterovirus respiratory virus; and chronic diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Lung cancer.

How to Keep your Lungs in Shape

Keep Pollutants and Dusts Away

Exposure to pollutants and dusts in the air can damage lungs and can accelerate aging. Though when we are young and strong, we can easily resist these toxins, as we get older we lose resistance and become more vulnerable to infections and disease.

  • Try not to go outside during peak times or wear mask
  • Take all possible safety precautions if you are working in construction, mining or waste management industry
  • Dust your furniture and home at least once a week
  • Avoid synthetic air fresheners and candles which can further irritate lungs
  • Opt for organic cleaning products

Exercise for Lungs

Everyday activities we perform only uses lungs to 50% of its full capacity. So it’s essential to challenge the lungs with more intense activity. Include some simple breathing techniques as part of your exercise regime. Best thing is these exercises can be used by people who are experiencing lung problems like asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as healthy individuals

  • Diaphragmatic breathing or Belly Breathing
  • Simple deep breathing
  • Pursed Lip Breathing
  • Rib Cage Breathing

Quit Smoking

Smoking is the worst thing one can do to their lungs and body.  Cigarette smoke is a noxious mix of more than 4800 chemicals, 69 of which have been linked to cancer. Smoking up the risk of lung cancer and also it causes COPD.  Inhaling somebody else’s cigarette smoke is just as bad as smoking.

Foods That May Help You Breathe Better

Food for better lung health

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