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A Healthy Child Makes A Happy Home

Yesterday was my birthday, early in the morning at 5; 30am my son was the first to wish me and to my surprise gave me a gift. The gift was neatly wrapped in beautiful green gift paper with a big ribbon and a card. Inside was a beautiful glass set. This gesture touched my heart strings. He is just 11 years old and I really felt happy to be a mom.
Healthy children do make a happy, healthy home. Healthy includes physical, emotional and spiritual health. A recent research study has found that having children do really make us happy.
Emotional development
Earlier studies say that parents experience greater levels of happiness and meaning in life than people without kids. Parents are also happy when they are caring for their children than during their other daily activities.
Parenthood comes with added responsibility and also more positivity. Family meal times can be the best example for this. It ensures strong bonds and also healthy food habits. An emotionally secure child will thrive like a …

Can Potatoes Be Included In Your Weight Loss Program

The Inca Indians in Peru were the first potato cultivators in the world. They cultivated potatoes around 8000 B.C to 5000 B.C.  Little did they know that to educate the world about the healthy cooking of potatoes, a health blogger named Swarnam would be born several centuries later? Just a few words of self-praise cause it’s my birthday today.
Are potatoes healthy?
With so much bad press about potatoes. Let me help you see potatoes in a new light. A new study says that people can eat potatoes and still lose weight. Scientists issued this stunning note that there is no evidence that potatoes prepared in a healthful manner contributes to weight gain. In fact, they say that it can be included in the weight loss program.
Health advisers say that it is not a good idea to eliminate certain foods or food groups; rather it is reducing calories that count. It seems that one medium sized skin on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, has more potassium than a banana. It provides half the d…

1237 Reasons To Go Gaga Over Walnuts

I spent my childhood in a lovely town full of greenery and groves of beautiful flowering trees. Small squirrels would bring nuts from nearby trees and drop it in our front yard. We kids used to collect the nuts and break it with big stones. Whether we break the nuts or not we hurt our fingers. Those good old days!
Goodness of walnuts
Walnuts are one of God’s marvelous creations. It is rich in omega 3 fats, manganese, molybdenum and biotin. It is rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants protect the walnuts from becoming rancid. The walnut is nutrient dense with proteins. They are a rich source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats.
Walnuts promotes good health
In a recent research study, scientists found a walnut enriched diet promotes brain health. Scientists found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, reducing anxiety and motor development in mice fed a walnut enriched diet. Lucky mice!
The scientists say that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing t…

Are You So Dumb To Skip Your Morning Breakfast

During my final year in school, we were busy preparing for the public exams. My father arranged special coaching to help me get more marks. I used to go early in the morning to attend the classes and still had my Idlli and Sambar breakfast.
The funny part is that I used to carry a flask full of Horlicks for extra strength along with my lunch to school. Word spread about my flask of Horlicks like wild fire. And kids would actually come to my class to boo at me while am drinking my Horlicks. Those were the good old days you see!
Protein rich breakfast A new study has found that, eating breakfast which is rich in protein, increases the youngsters’ levels of a brain chemical called dopamine, which is associated with feelings of reward. This in turn reduces food cravings and overeating later in the day.
The good news is that, breakfast reduced the cravings for sweet foods and especially a protein rich breakfast, reduced cravings for high fat food. On the other hand, if the breakfast is skipp…

Coffee Promotes Brain, Eye, Breast, Heart, Stomach and Liver health- Whew!

My sanity returns with a cup of coffee. I will shout my lungs out, my kids and even the neighbors know that I had missed my cup of coffee (just kidding). And once I had my fill I am the sweetest, most well behaved person you will ever see in the universe.
So there must be something special about coffee, right? Let us begin our adventurous journey into the unknown coffee realm.
Health benefits in your cup of coffee
Studies have found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. A small study found that drinking coffee improved small blood vessel function.
Scientists unexpectedly found that coffee contains N-methylpyridium which blocks the ability of stomach cells to produce hydrochloric acid and could be a magic formula to prevent stomach irritation. This compound is generated upon roasting. The darker the roasted color of the coffee bean the more the goodness of this stomach friendl…

Can BPA In Baby Bottles Cause Lung, Wheeze And Fertility Problems in Kids

I prefer old fashioned steel tiffin boxes for packing my kids school lunch, much to the dismay of my tween son. He is not so comfortable with the idea of huge steel tiffin boxes with the so called healthy food.  I told him some really scary stuff which I am about to tell you now. So lend an ear.
The chemical BPA in plastics Scientists are raising the alarm that BPA a chemical found in plastics may lead to reduced lung function and persistent wheeze in kids, if they are exposed to the chemical at the very tender age, say prenatal period.
Sadly, this chemical is found in plastics such as water bottles, baby bottles, food can liners, dental sealants and other plastic materials.
BPA can also affect fertility Earlier studies say that BPA during pregnancy may cause permanent reproductive problems for the girl babies. When experimented on mice, this chemical produced changes in the genes which caused the uterus to over respond to estrogen.
Now this can lead to fertility problems, advanced puberty…

3 Research Proven Ways to Obtain Positive Body Image

I used to be very insecure about my body image. But once I understood the fact that I am a masterpiece made by the creator of the universe. My attitude towards my body image changed. Instead of feeling insecure, I began to follow a healthy diet, exercise and have a positive self-image about myself. And that surely did wonders to my self-esteem. Hope this understanding helps.
Self-acceptance works wonders
Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index. This acceptance helps them to deal with personal disappointments and setbacks in a better way. So says a recent research study.
Self-compassion vs Self-esteem
Scientists say that self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image. When you compare self-esteem and self-compassion, self-compassion stands out because it helps women to feel more secure about their body image. Self-esteem on the other hand comes from evaluating oneself as above ave…