Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Way of Staying Fit and Healthy

"It is health which is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver."
---Mahatma Gandhi

We have all grown up hearing the popular saying "Health is Wealth". Who doesn't want to stay fit and healthy? Yet no matter how much you want to make healthy choices, it can feel like there simply isn't time. But it is actually possible to be both busy and healthy. All you need to do is just make a few changes in your lifestyle. Start small and build from there.

Just take a look at these simple tips and try to follow them. I am sure at least a few will stick.

1. Exercise

We have all become accustomed to sedentary lifestyles. You need regular physical activity to stay fit. For that, you need not join a gym club or struggle hard to get up early to do Yoga. Start simply by walking thirty minutes every day. Walk to the park with your kids or a neighbour you'd like to catch up with. If possible, sign up swimming or dancing lessons. Take the stairs. Park your car far away from your destination.

2. Eat healthy

Reduce fat intake, cut down on sugar, processed food, junk food and opt for fruits and vegetables. Select vegetables with the boldest colours- cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes, and leafy greens. You can have your favourite dessert or Biryani once in a while, but moderation is the key.

3. Never skip breakfast

4. Avoid Late Night Meals

Have dinner at least a couple of hours before you hit the bed. Also, late night snacking might result in indigestion which interferes with your sleep.

5. Have lots of fluid

Drink at least 8-9 glasses of water every day. It not only flushes your system, but also keeps your skin good and healthy.
You can have warm water with apple cider vinegar for detoxification of your body and curing acid reflux. Just add one teaspoon of organic raw unfiltered Apple cider vinegar to warm water and have that in empty stomach in the morning.
Have infused water throughout the day. For that, take one cucumber and cut it into slices. Add these to a big jug of water. Squeeze half a lemon into the water. You can add a few slices of apple for sweetness. Sip this throughout the day. It will help your body detox and flushes you out.

6. Improve Sleep

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep. Get a minimum 8 hours sleep, because it relaxes your mind and keeps you healthy.

7. Avoid Pessimistic Thinking

This, by far, is the most poisonous drug ever known to humanity. Think positively and develop an optimistic attitude towards life. Smile as much as you can. Positive thinking and optimism leads to increased life span and lower rates of depression, ultimately resulting in better psychological and physical well-being.

8. Manage your stress

Stress not only makes you feel awful emotionally, but it can also exacerbate just any health condition. It's true that it's nearly impossible to lead a completely stress-free life now-a-days. But you can change your response to stress. So the next time you feel stressed, just take a few minutes of deep breathing. It'll calm you down. Learning meditation and Yoga will help in stress management too. Getting good at any of these approaches will take a little time and practice, but the pay-off could be substantial.

I am joining Saffola #ApneTareekeSeHealthy initiative and sharing my ways of being healthy in association with BlogAdda.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Life is a box of.....

She is Shabnam, a young woman from Rakhine province of Myanman. She got married less than a year ago and is now carrying a four-month life in her womb. In recent past, some masked men had beheaded her husband, as they are Rohingyas, the nowhere people. Those men did not spare even a single male member of her family. She did not know how she managed to cross to Bangladesh across the unending hilly terrain, treacherous jungle tracts and turbulent waters. But she did finally make it to Bangladesh. This woman, sitting in stony licence in one corner of the makeshift camp for Rohingya refugees, numbed by the recent turn of events, eyes staring into nothingness, at Kutupalang Camp, what does life mean to her? Perhaps for her and people like her, life is a box of lemons- sour in it's every bite.

She is Puja, mother of Priyam, a 7-years-old child, who was found brutally murdered inside the premises of his school. Puja had everything a woman can ask for. A loving husband and two small kids- she had a perfect family. Her husband is well-established and both of her children are students of a reputed International school. Everything seemed perfect until that fateful day. That day she got a call from school informing her that her son was injured. She rushed to the school, then to the nursing home, only to find her son dead. From that moment onwards, life is a box of red chillies for her- whose every bite always leaves her eyes teary.

She is Rohini, a celebrity movie actress. This Durga Puja, she will be busy inaugurating Pujas in Kolkata. As far as Puja inaugurations are concerned, she is in high demand. Though she has told some organizers that it was impossible to keep all requests. Moreover, one of her block-buster movies will be released just after the Pujas. Yes, life has been kind to her. For her, life is a box of sweets.

Each one of us go through different life experiences. Call it destiny, or the will of the Almighty, you are presented with a box, the contents of which are not decided by you. But it's upto you how you will react to your box. 

 ‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend
an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’


Clean Air, Beautiful Homes

When you think of air pollution, you most likely conjure up images of the moving vehicles in busy urban streets, or exhaust smoke from power plants, or smoke from burning city waste, fuel-wood, etc. But do you know that in reality indoor air can be 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air? This is because contained areas enable pollutants to build up more than open spaces do. Just take a look at these facts and figures:

  • About half a million women and children die each year from indoor air pollution in India.
  • 28% of all deaths due to indoor air pollution in developing countries occur in India.
  • A pollutant released indoors is one thousand times more likely to reach people's lungs than a pollutant released outdoors (called the Rule of 1000).
  • Nearly 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under five are due to particulate matter inhaled from indoor air pollution.
Unlike outdoor air pollution, the effect of indoor air pollution is health related and less of an environmental issue. Some people react to indoor air contamination by coughing or sneezing or things like that, but the symptoms go away as soon as they leave the building. For others, there are more serious effects, especially if they are exposed to the contamination for a longer period.

Here are some sources of indoor air pollution that might surprise you:

1. Candles

As lovely as they can be, most candles will pollute your home with harmful gases and sediments. While burning, all candles release some soot particles that become airborne and can lead to respiratory problems.

2. Secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke, comes from incompletely burned tobacco products. In the short term, exposure to secondhand smoke can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. In the long-run, it can cause many of the same health problems as smoking, like wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis,, and lung cancer. Asthma attacks may be triggered by secondhand smoke exposure.

3. Air Fresheners

Most store-bought air fresheners emit toxic pollutants at levels that may lead to health risks. 

4. Cleaning Products

Many conventional household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals like alcohol, chlorine, ammonia or petroleum-based solvents, all of which can have negative effects on your health, irritate your eyes or throat, or cause headaches.Some cleaning products release dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can contribute to chronic respiratory problems and aggavate allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Products containing VOCs include most aerosol sprays, chlorine bleach, rug and upholstery cleaners, furniture and floor polish, and oven cleaners.

5. Kitchen Stove

A poorly ventilated kitchen can cause a huge amount of air pollution in your home.

6. Building materials and furnishings as diverse as
  • Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
  • Newly installed flooring, upholstery, or carpet
  • Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
7. Personal Care Products

Tips and Tricks to Ensure Clean Air Inside Your Home:

Fortunately, there are ways you can minimize air pollution in your home. Here goes some simple steps to take to ensure clean air in your home:

1. Improve Ventilation

Improving Ventilation will drastically improve the air quality of your home. Open windows every day and allow the household air to exchange with air outdoors. It's probably the easiest thing you can do.
Another thing to remember is to use exhaust fans when cooking and showering or using hot water in the bathroom.

2. Eliminate odors, don't mask them

Find the source of bad smells (a rotting potato in the cupboard? musty blankets? a pet accident?) and clean it up. Where appropriate, use a box of baking soda in the area instead of air fresheners.

3. Wash very dirty or dusty laundry in the hottest water.

4. Buy Houseplant

Not only are they beautiful additions to your home, but houseplants have powerful toxin-removing capabilities as well. These natural little air cleaners don’t look out of place, make distracting noises or cost money to maintain; all they need is a little water and sunlight.The best varieties to reduce indoor air pollution include the Boston fern, English ivy, spider plant, peace lily and areca palm, just to name a few. Keep two plants per 100 square feet where you need them most and you can expect cleaner indoor air in no time.

5. Ban Smoking

Don't smoke or allow others to do so in your home.

6.  Cleaning

A regular cleaning schedule is an obvious and effective action to improve air quality. 
  • Use a vacuum cleaner. Apart from floors and carpets, vacuum walls, carpet edges, upholstered furniture and any spot where dust accumulates.
  • Mopping floors will collect additional dust that a vacuum cleaner can miss.
  • Keep out dirt with doormats at entrances to your home.
  • Wash pillows, sheets, and comforters once a week to reduce exposure.
7. Use Royale Atmos by Asin Paints

As the festive season is just round the corner, many of you might have plans to give your homes a makeover. This time, try a paint that not only looks good, but also helps to purify air and improve air quality inside your home. 'Royale Atmos' by Asian Paints just does that. It's activated Carbon Technology reduces harmful pollutants from the air.

Just take a look here:
This is a very informative link. You will get to know a lot about indoor air pollution and the role of 'Royale Atmos' to combat it.

Here's wishing a happy, clean and pollution free festivities to all of you in advance.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nail Art: Enjoying Myself

Today is Sunday and I don't have any specific plan to spend the day. So I thought about doing some fun thing. Hey, what about painting my nails? Not just simple painting with nail polish, I wanted to do something different. After all, our greatest festival, Durga Puja, is round the corner. After watching few DIY nail art videos on Youtube, I wanted to do the same. I purchased one set of nail art tools and the product got delivered today. I used two different shades of nail paints: Bluish grey and Orange. In the lazy afternoon when my son was taking a nap, I went ahead to implement my first nail art experiment. And here's the end result:

How is it? Do share your feedback.
Happy Sunday to all!