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Monday, July 25, 2016

DIY Teeth Whitening Coconut Oil and Turmeric Oil Pulling Chews

Coconut oil and Turmeric Oil Pulling Chews


Do your teeth look yellow and unhealthy? Are you on the lookout for DIY teeth whitening natural treatments? Then you have come to the right place.

I stumbled upon this recipe while searching for teeth whitening. I was haunted by this idea, tried the recipe, and it turned out well.

Oil pulling

It is an Ayurvedic practice where the promoters claim the oil pulls out toxins, reduces inflammation and whitens your teeth. Well, this recipe is a modern version of this ancient practice.

DIY Coconut and Turmeric Oil Pulling Chews

½ cup melted virgin coconut oil
One tsp ground turmeric
5- 9 drops of pure clove essential oil

Directions

Melt the coconut oil and stir in turmeric and essential oil. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and cool it in the fridge. Each piece should be one teaspoon to one tablespoon in volume.

When you wake up, place one to 3 chews in your mouth and swish for 5-10 minutes. When done spit it out.

You can then brush with your regular toothpaste. You can see the result after using the chews a couple of times.

Take care

Swarnam

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Unforgettable Yatra

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Vacations are an excellent way to refresh ourselves from the burden and stresses of everyday life. You feel nourished, fresh and vibrant after a relaxed vacation.

The husband works in the Gulf and the holiday season is in July and August. The air over the UAE is filled with travel, shopping and all the preparations associated with it. The International Flights are fully packed and are non-stop. There are massive discounts in the shopping malls, and the crowds throng these places for their last minute purchases.


Writing this post, I am re-living all these wonderful memories. We usually go from Dubai to Goa where my husband’s family is put up and then we fly by domestic airlines to Chennai.

Goa is a paradise in these months there is lots of rain, and the weather is cold, compared to the 47-48 degree Celsius in the Gulf where the summer is at its peak. So people just escape this terrible heat by traveling to cooler destinations.

Goa has got many amazing places for you to visit. This land is a beautiful culmination of the era gone by and the modern architecture. The place is a bit “touristy” but you get such memorable experiences in these pleasant land. If you ever visit the area be sure to taste the fish delicacies, they are just superb.

Some of the best places to visit are the beaches; Dudhsagar falls in its mightiest and pure form, the spice gardens, and the ancient churches. Get a rented scooter and ride the winding Goan roads enjoying nature in its pristine form.

Having completed our stay we usually move to Chennai, the lovely place which is my homeland. There you just talk, talk and talk. First, it is with my family and then the neighbors and relatives. Giving them all the goodies and tasting their homemade cooking. Those lovely moments you can’t ever get back.

Stories about the neighborhood, Chennai in general, about the Gulf and the kith and kin. After tons and tons of gossip then starts the adventure of visiting different places and then the shopping.

The kids have a lot of friends over there, and they just love the place. The Chennai coffee, vada, dosa, idly and sambar. Wow, those nostalgic memories! Time would fly by, and you’ll never realize that one month has passed by and now it’s time to go back to Gulf.

Then begins the process of packing, last minute shopping, last minute phone calls and finally the time comes to wave Goodbye to all my loved ones.

Here in the Gulf we come and unpack all the luggage exchange small gifts with friends and neighbors. Each one has several stories to tell, the kids then go back to school with lots of experiences, and lots of stories to share with their friends. We have to wait one more year to enjoy all those lovely get to gathers.

If you’re a person, who doesn’t give so much importance to vacation. Take one because it gives you some of the most precious and golden memories which money can’t buy.

Take care

Swarnam

Sunday, July 10, 2016

How To Catch Up On The Lost Growth Of Your Child

One day in a picnic outing all of us mothers were sitting and chatting while the kids were having the time of their lives. But the happy atmosphere became rather grim when one of my friends blurted out to another “your child looks so small for her age”.

This problem was the very thing that the mother was so concerned about, and when someone pointed out in a public setting, she felt embarrassed. It was just an innocent remark but produced some undesirable consequences.

Rather than people poking silly questions, it is more important that kids reach correct weight and height for their age. A healthy diet and regular physical activity can improve mood, sharpen the mind and stabilize energy levels. These maximize the potential of kids both academically and in extracurricular activities.

Proper growth can ensure the development of strong bones, boosts brain performance, increases confidence and encourages success at all levels.

Kids can catch up on lost growth by proper food habits.

As a mom, you are the most important person that can fuel their growth. If you’re a young mom hope, these tips will help you.

Increase lots of fruits and veggies in their diet. Fruits are the best sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Include five portions of fruits and veggies in your kid’s diet per day.

Milk and dairy products ensure healthy bones. Horlicks with its array of tasty flavors adds more fun to your kids’ diet.

Nondairy protein such as meat, fish, beans, and eggs peps up the growth quotient of the children. They are essential sources of iron and protein and ensures proper growth and development. You can go in for organic and lean cuts of milk.

Top food ideas that promote healthy growth

Plan ahead and then start your shopping, this will be easier to fit in healthy meals based on your kids’ liking on an everyday basis.

Homemade vegetable soup with a dollop of cheese
Chapattis with stuffed chicken
Vegetable fried rice and egg gravy.
Whole meal pasta topped with tomato, mozzarella, green peppers, and olives.
Delicious green smoothies
Include fruit salads; frozen fruits can also add variety to the diet.
Variations of parathas- palak parathas, methi parathas, cabbage paratha. Just play with your creativity.

Physical activity

You have to ensure that your kids get proper physical activity. Running and playing outside in the great outdoors boosts the growth hormone of the young ones.

Proper sunlight, fresh air, and the general positive outdoor atmosphere help kids to attain their maximum growth potential.

Along with good eating habits ensure you kids do not stay couch potatoes and watch TV all the time. These days kids spend most of their times on the computer. Plan normal schedules where your children spend some great time outdoors.

Be an example to them and become active yourself. Go for picnics, cycling journeys and camping. These will awaken their interest in nature and the great outdoors.

Be positive, remember life has its ups and downs. So your perseverance will one day pay off, and you will be amazed how far your kids have grown.

Take care

Swarnam

5 Health Hacks of Marine Collagen








“Beauty is God’s handwriting”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A well-nourished skin is the canvas of beauty. Collagen is important for the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. As we age the collagen production declines leading to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin.

Collagen is full of amino acids like arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These non-essential amino acids are pretty darn important for your health. When these amino acids are reduced, supplementation works wonders.

Marine Collagen is an ode to the women who never surrenders their beauty to the sands of time. In this article, we will discuss the beauty benefits of marine collagen.

So what is marine collagen?

It is a fibrous protein extracted from the scales of the skin of saltwater fish like cod and salmon. Scientific literature says that marine collagen possesses medicinal properties and can enhance our optimal wellness. The marine collagen supplements are considered safe, and no side effects have been reported so far. So gear up for more details.

Skin

Collagen, the basic form of protein found in the body, is important for skin health. Collagen protein makes up to 30% of the total protein in the body. The collagen forms a support base for elastin to maintain skin elasticity and for hyaluronic to lock in moisture. So when your natural collagen production decreases with age, you can replenish your youth with marine collagen to bring back the vibrancy of your skin.

Hair
As we age, our hair begins to lose its luster, bounce, and thickness. Supplementing your diet with marine collagen fights free radicals that affect your hair’s growth, texture and thickness. Marine collagen can strengthen blood vessels and improves their elasticity. Restoring collagen in the hair shaft brings back the lost beauty of your crowning glory.

Nails
Nails are the windows to your beauty and personal grooming. Age and environmental factors can cause brittle and unhealthy nails. The acrylics and shellac also play their part resulting in weak nails. Marine collagen supplements result in healthy pink nails that speak volumes wherever you go.

Cellulite
If your collagen becomes damaged the connective tissue becomes too thin and the fat underneath your skin can show up in a lumpy and ugly fashion known as cellulite. Daily supplementation of marine collagen strengthens the collagen fibers under your skin. Collagen supplements work from inside the body and repairs and rebuilds the fibers. This action greatly reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Leaky gut
Collagen supplementation can be super-helpful if you suffer from the leaky gut syndrome. It will help break down protein and soothe your gut’s lining. Marine collagen will heal damaged cell walls and infuse it with healing amino acids. It will help absorb water and prevents clogging of the digestive tract. So you can step without fear or anxiety and enjoy your life.

Conclusion

Step into this amazing world of marine collagen and enjoy optimal health benefits. This science is still in its nascent stage. You will discover more of its benefits after more light is shed upon its bottled secrets. 

Take care
Swarnam

Friday, July 1, 2016

Brilliant Brain Performance Linked to Healthy Physical Development of Kids

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The world is becoming more competitive day by day, in order that our kids fit into this climate and achieve success; it becomes essential that they realize their full growth potential. Research shows us that physical fitness is directly linked to children’s brain development. This link is the cornerstone that leads to their success.

Physical fitness related to brain performance

Scientists have found an association between physical fitness and brain development. The kids who are fitter tend to have a bigger hippocampus, and they perform well on memory tests compared to their less-fit peers.

Physically fit means having proper growth rates which mean correct height and weight for their age. In the above research, scientists used magnetic resource imaging to measure the relative size of specific structures in the brains of kids.

The hippocampus is tucked deep in the brain and is associated with memory and learning. A bigger hippocampus is associated with better performance on spatial reasoning and cognitive tasks.

Another research study by the University of Illinois researchers says that kids who are aerobically fit tend to have slightly thinner gray matter and do better on maths test compared to their lower-fit peers. 
As Indians, we tend to place a strong emphasis on maths and science subjects. So this study should make you sit down and take note of what is bothering your kids’ healthy development.

Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance. Gray matter thinning is also associated with better reasoning and thinking skills according to previous research studies.

University of Illinois scientists says that physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers. Kids who are physically fit have more fibrous and compact white matter tracts in their brain than their peers who are less fit.

The bundles of axons that carry the nerve signals from one brain region to another describe the white matter. The more compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity.

Power foods that boost your kids’ growth

Calcium- it is vital for developing bone mass. Nearly all bone mass is built during childhood and adolescence. Sources include cheese, yogurt, and milk.

Vitamin E- Sources include avocado, nuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, wheat germ and spinach.

Fiber- Sources are fruits, beans, lentils, and chickpeas.

Potassium-   You can find it in bananas, yogurt, orange, milk and fish such as halibut and cod.

Iron-  It is found in shrimp, beef, chicken, beans and lentils.

Why should you give Horlicks to your kids?

I give Horlicks to both my children. Proper nutrition is essential to achieve healthy growth patterns. In this fast paced world, lack of time, picky eating, and junk foods act as barriers for a healthy diet.

Horlicks with its great history and time-tested formula provides the essential nutrient boost your kids need to attain their maximum growth potential. Research shows that drinking Horlick's speeds up the growth process and the results are visible in 6 months.

Horlicks naturally enhances growth and weight gain. It is specially formulated with high-quality whey protein to ensure maximum success.

 Guarantee the nutrition of your kids today so that they enjoy success tomorrow.

Take care
Swarnam


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Amazing Health Benefits of Apricots



Apricots the golden orange hued fruits bursting with beta-carotene are the first ones to welcome the warm summer months.

These golden orange fruits with velvety skin and flesh is a treasure trove of amazing nutritional goodness.

In this article, we will deal with the awesome health benefits of apricots.

Health benefits

Apricots are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoids. Some of the important antioxidants are quercetin, catechins, and gallic acid.

Apricots protect your eye health. It contains the carotenoid lutein which protects the retina. This nutrient prevents age-related vision loss.

These wonder fruits contain catechins, which have anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the enzyme called COX-2 which is a key factor in the process of inflammation. 
Thus, apricots prevent inflammation and optimize the immunity of the body.

They enhance digestive health because they are a great source of fiber. Apricots contain a healthy amount of soluble fiber in it. Health experts say that soluble fibers help to control blood cholesterol levels.

Sulfites

Dried apricots are treated with sulfites to extend their shelf life. So if you are sensitive to sulfites, organically grown apricots will be your best bet.

Creative ways to enjoy apricots

Add them to your cereals and whole grain pancakes. You can add dried apricots to chicken and vegetable dishes. Add fresh diced apricots to your green salads.

Take care
Swarnam