Thursday, 20 November 2014

Top 10 back care tips

Top 10 back care tips

Top 10 tips for a healthy back, including lifting advice, how to sit properly and back-strengthening exercises.

1. Exercise your back regularly. Walking, swimming (especially backstroke) and using exercise bikes are all excellent ways to strengthen your back muscles.
2. Always bend your knees and hips, not your back.
3. Never twist and bend at the same time.

4. Always lift and carry objects close to your body.
5. Try to carry larger loads in a rucksack, and avoid sling bags.
6. Maintain a good posture. Avoid slumping in your chair, hunching over a desk or walking with your shoulders hunched.
7. Use a chair with a backrest. Sit with your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest. Change how you sit every few minutes.
8. Quit smoking. It's thought that smoking reduces the blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae, and this may lead to these discs degenerating.
9. Lose any excess weight.
10. Choose a mattress suited to your height, weight, age and sleeping position.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The 10 Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk

The 10 Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk

The word exercise comes from the Latin exercere, meaning to keep busy or at work. But what the typical adult does at work is sit in a desk chair for eight hours, plus a sitting-down commute both ways and an evening spent in front of the TV. This is a recipe for ruin. Sitting all day increases our risk for obesity and puts us at risk for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps, tense muscles and sheer boredom. Here’s something you can do about it.

Exercise is simply the act of keeping your body busy, using your muscles and bones while your heart keeps pumping. You may feel you have no time to do any such thing amid all the rapid-fire e-mails and six-person conference calls (and reading Web articles like this one). You’re not alone.

According to a survey by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, nearly 50% of adults admit that they don't engage in the suggested 30 minutes, five days a week of moderate physical activity or the suggested 20 minutes, three times a week of vigorous activity. In short, about half of Americans don’t get the physical exercise they need.

But there are exercises you can do right at your desk to help you improve your body’s flexibility and strength with nothing but a few minutes and your desk chair. Just remember to check with a doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

Here are some tips on how to incorporate movement into your workday:

Take the stairs
Hold "walking meetings," taking notes on the go if needed
Sit on an exercise ball at your desk
Talk to colleagues in person rather than sending intra-office emails
Walk to a farther bathroom
Stand up periodically
Try small stretches or exercises like knee extensions

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Yoga Mudras!

Yoga Mudras!

Yoga Mudras are basically postures for the hands and fingers. We have about 4000 nerve endings at the tip of the fingers that are connected to different organs of the body and can influence, relax and bring about a balance in them. These are very simple techniques that can be practised leisurely by sitting, standing or lying down. They are every effective and can be practised even at your desk in our office. The human body is made up of the five elements, fire, air, space, earth and water. An imbalance in these elements cause diseases. These imbalances can be set right by 'Hasta Mudras' (Hand Mudras) which are simple joining of fingers which can energise and cure body ailments. It is interesting to know that each finger is associated with an element. The thumb with fire, index with air, middle with space, ring with earth and the little finger with water. When a finger is brought into contact with the thumb, that particular element is brought into balance.

Mudras And Their Benefits :-
Gyan Mudra or Chinmudra

Method: Have the tips of the index finger and the thumb joined and keep the other three fingers stretched out and joined.


It increases memory power and enhances the brain.
It also cures sleeplessness and curbs anger and restlessness.
It imparts happiness
Effective for mental ailments.

Prana Mudra

Method: Join the tip of the thumb with the tip of the little finger and the ring finger, having the other two fingers straight.

Pumps life force into the body.
Gives a special power to the eyes
Beneficial for all diseases.

Vayu Mudra

Method: Bring the index finger to the base of the thumb and press gently the thumb over it. Let the other fingers be straight. It is supposed to be more effective when practised after Prana Mudra.

Benefits :
Helps in Arthiritis
Effective to treat trembling in Parkinson.
Helps cure paralysis
Useful for cervical paralysis to face
Removes the catching of nerve in the neck
Helps to cure gas in the stomach.


Prithvi Mudra

Method: Join the tip of the thumb and the ring finger.

Makes the body sturdy
Helps in gaining weight in people who are weak
It improves the complexion of the skin, making it glow.
Makes one active and happy

Varuna Mudra

Method: Join the tip of the thumb with the little finger.

Improves the quality of blood in the body owing to shortage of water and imparts a freshness to the body. Prevents Gastroenteritis pain and muscle shrinkage

Apaan Mudra

Method: Join the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger and the ring finger, having the other fingers stretched out.

Helps eliminate waste matter from the body from eyes, mouth, nose and ears.
It regulates diabetes
It reduces constipation and urine obstruction

Surya Mudra

Method: Have the tip of the ring finger at the base of the thumb and slightly press the thumb over it.

Helps in reducing body weight.
Reduces cholesterol
Brings down anxiety
Helps in indigestion


Shunya Mudra

Method: Bring the middle finger to the base of the thumb and gently press the thumb over it. Have the other fingers straight.

Very effective in relieving ear pain and ear problems

Linga Mudra

Method: Interlock the fingers of both the hands and have the left thumb vertically straight up with the right thumb and the index finger encircling it.

Produces heat in the body and effectively cures cold and cough.

Monday, 17 November 2014

How to Get Rid of Sinus Headache

How to Get Rid of Sinus Headache

A sinus headache is now seen as a common disease to affect people all over the world. It is a headache that is coupled with sinusitis. The membranes that are lining your sinuses become inflamed and this condition is known as a sinus headache. You might experience slight pressure on your cheeks, forehead and eyes. You will also experience pain between your eyes and the portion just above your nose. The sinus headache can range from normal pain to severe pain and sometimes it can also be a problem that is hard to treat. As there is plenty of confusion regarding this disease, as it looks similar to tension headaches or migraines, it is always better to know about the type of headache that a person is suffering from and treat it according to the associated symptoms of the disease.

Causes Of Sinus Headache
The main cause of sinus headaches is the infection of the sinus cavities by bacteria or viruses.

1) When the infections like cold or allergic reactions like hay fever occurs, it affects the nasal cavity and sinuses causing swelling in the nose and inflammation of the sinuses.
2) This reduces the draining ability of the sinuses and the sinus fluids remain in the cavities, causing sinus headache and pain in the frontal area and under the eyes.
3) The stagnation of the fluid promotes the growth of the bacteria and viruses in them.
4) Sometimes, fungal infections also cause sinus infection and sinus headache.
5) The maxillary sinus is below the eye and located within the cheek bone, dental infections can travel to this sinus and cause sinus.

The Symptoms Of Sinus Headache
Some of the major symptoms of sinus pressure headache include Pain and pressure in the sinus affected areas like forehead, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, etc.
The pain intensifies with straining, bending of the head or other head movements
Pain accompanied by other symptoms of sinus infection such as nasal discharge, facial swelling, fever, etc.
In severe infection greenish–yellow nasal drainage occurs.
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

If there is only inflammation of the sinuses without any infection the symptoms may be different

Home Remedies For Sinus Headache
There are many home remedies that you can try to relieve you from sinus pressure headache.
1) Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found to be very rich in antioxidants and it will also help in boosting the immune system. The antioxidants in the Vitamin C will help in fighting against the sinus headache infection. Some of the foods that are a rich source of Vitamin C are:

Drinking a cup or two of lemon tea or lemon green tea everyday will also help in reducing the symptoms associated with sinus headache.


2) Cinnamon

Cinnamon is another important herb and a very popular Indian spice that will help in greatly relieving you from the sinusitis problems.
Powder about 1 to 2 inches of cinnamon bark. Take a tablespoon of the powdered cinnamon and add sufficient water to it to make a smooth paste.
Add a teaspoon of sandalwood powder to this paste and mix well.
Apply this paste on your forehead evenly and leave it there for about 5 minutes.
Wash it off with water. Repeat this twice a day for a few days to get great relief from sinus headache.

3) Ginger

Ginger is a well-known ingredient that has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also known to be a pain killer and works very well on sinus headaches.
Cut the fresh ginger root into thin slices and put it into a cup of boiling water. Allow it to rest there for about 10 minutes.
Strain the ginger root and drink the ginger tea when it is warm. Repeat this two to three times a day to get relief from sinus headache.
You can also chew a small piece of fresh ginger root two times a day to get relief from sinus headache.

4) Taking A Balanced Diet

Taking a balanced diet is one of the ways you can enjoy sinus headache relief. A balanced diet will help in taking care of a lot of health problems and it will also help in boosting your immune system. The infections in your body will be cleared in less amount of time if you take a balanced diet.


5) Drinking Warm Water

If you are experiencing inflammation and congestion in your nose, then you can take warm water to get instant relief from inflammation. Drinking plenty of warm water will also help in reducing the symptoms associated with sinus headache soon.


Monday, 10 November 2014

Blackheads on Nose – Easy, natural and Effective Removal Tips

Blackheads on Nose – Easy, natural and Effective Removal Tips

Today I am going to discuss with my audience on the subject which every girl hates i.e Blackheads, its causes and home remedies to cure it naturally.

Blackheads are the big hindrance in the beauty of the face. Blackheads, the small dark black or brown in color appears on the skin usually on the nose and chin. Though blackheads appears on all skin tones but oily skin beauties are the most sufferer of this ugly tiny marks. Usually, on the oily skin, the pores are filled up by debris resulting in generation of bacteria in the pores further results in blackheads. It won’t be wrong to say blackheads are the initial stage of pimples. Blackheads don’t have skin over it and hence they are delicate enough but at the same time they are stubborn also. Hence it is painful process to remove the blackheads.

Main causes of blackheads
1) Stress: There are many problems caused because of stress. Blackheads is also one of them. If you can cure your stress problem, the life will be much simpler and happier. As rightly said by Marilu Henner, “Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life” Deal with you stress and see your face glowing.

2) Hormonal changes: There are many hormonal changes appears during the adolesence and teen age. These changes add up to the stress level. If the teenager is not able to cope with the these changes, the same is visible through blackheads.

3) Inheritance: If you have the family history of people suffering with blackheads than it is very likely that you will also suffer from the same problem.

4) Dirt on skin: Dirt on your skin is the main cause to give birth not only to blackheads but also to whiteheads and pimples. It is important to clean your face after everytime you sweat or come from outside to prevent these ugly marks.

5) Cosmetics: Excessive use of cosmetics or the cosmetics of poor quality also results in the development of the blackheads on your face.

6) Diet: To much dieting also results in blackheads problems. Other things like smoking, alchohol and to much use of caffiene cause blackheads.


Natural tips to cure blackheads

Kitchen Ingredients can easily cure any and every beauty problems and blackheads are not exceptional. You can find many home based natural products that are easily available in your kitchen that can help you in treating blackheads.
1) Toothpaste + Salt: Take 2 tsp of toothpaste (any white / gel toothpaste) in a bowl. Add ½ a spoon of salt. Mix well. Apply generously on your face. Keep it for 5 – 10 minutes. Move your tooth brush in circular motion on your face making the toothpaste fall. Apply ice cubes once the toothpaste is completely removed. You can make use of mint tooth paste as it gives the cooling effect. Avoid any ayurvedic toothpaste like miswak for this treatment.

2) Tomatoes: Grate 1 tomato and sqeeze the water and separate the pulp from it. Mix 1 tbsp sugar in the water. Apply on affected area till it dried out. Move your fingers in circular motion to remove the dried mixture from your face. This mixture not only helps in removing the black heads but also to give you clean and clear skin.

3) Cinnamon Powder + Lemon: Cinnamon Powder has the antiseptic properties while lemon is the natural ingredient to treat the problem of blackheads. Mix 1 tsp of cinnamon powder in the lemon juice to make the smooth paste. Apply on the nose and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash with cold water and pat dry for smooth nose.


4) Baking Soda + Water: When you are running out of time, trust on baking soda mixed with water / milk. Mix ½ tbsp of baking soda in 2 tbsp of water and apply the paste on your nose to give the clean look.

5) Honey + Sugar: Sugar Granules has been proved to be the great scrub since ages. Make the mixture of raw honey 1 tbsp and sugar 1 tsp. Apply on the affected area and leave it to dry. Once it is dried out wet your fingers in cold water and move it on the affected area in circular motion.

6) Raw Eggs: Yes you read it right. Egg white is the effective and easy remedy to treat your blackheads. Apply the egg white on your nose generously and wash it off once dried out.

Other mixtures though I have not tried but have heard to be effective in treating the blackhead problems are mentioned below

1) Yoghurt + Oatmeal
2) Green Tea
3) Potato + Olive Oil
4) Lemon + Sugar

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Homemade Masks for Rough Skin

Before talking on various homemade facial masks that will help in treating the rough skin and convert it to baby type smooth and supple skin, we need to first understand why our skin becomes rough and dry. Main causes of skin becoming rough and dry are lack of hydration of skin, applying harmful chemicals in the form of soaps, cosmetics, dry weather etc. Read this article to know what dermatologists like Dr. Cynthia Bailey, California, and Doctor Laurence BEILLE, Grenoble says about “Why is my skin rough and dry?”
It is very much possible to change your skin tone from rough and patchy to smooth flawless glowing tone. However it requires the dedication and regular efforts to achieve the change. Today I am here listing down 10 face packs that are tested to deal with rough skin
Sandalwood + Rose Water + Almond Oil: You can bring life to your skin by applying this mixture on your face. Sandalwood is the secret for fairer and smooth flawless skin. For this mix 1 tbsp of Sandalwood Powder in 1 tbsp of Rose Water. Mix well to make the smooth paste. Add few drops of Almond Oil to the mixture. Apply this paste of moist face for 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water.

Honey + Papaya: To treat the dullness and dryness you can make use of papaya face pack. Take ripe papaya and mash it with spoon. Once it is mashed properly add 1 tbsp of raw honey. Apply generously on your face and neck. This mixture has the added advantage to give your skin loads of nutrients and thereby making it glow naturally.

Almond + Milk Cream: Almond and Milk cream is the ultimatum remedy for dry, rough and flaky skin. Keep 4 – 5 almonds in water overnight. In the morning, grind almond to make the fine powder. Keep the water separately for later use. Mix the almond powder with milk cream. Apply this mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Once the mixture is dried out, apply the water in which almonds were soaked on your fingers. And with circular motion slowly move your fingers on your face to remove the dried almond mixture. Do this for another five minutes. Wash of your face with almond soak water and pat dry to remove the dryness from the skin.

Banana + Turmeric Powder + Yogurt: Vitamin and Potassium content of banana helps in smoothening of the rough and flaky skin. When mixed with turmeric powder and yogurt it makes your skin young and refreshed. Like Papaya Mask, mash the ripe banana until smooth consistency is achieved. Add ½ tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tbsp of curd and mix well. Apply this mixture on your face to get glowing skin.


Olive Oil + Curd + Besan: Olive oil has the properties to treat all beauty woes. Olive oil by itself has many properties and helps in moisturizing your skin. In the mixture of curd and besan, mix enough quantity of olive oil to treat your dry skin.

Below are few more mixtures that can help in treating the dry and rough skin.
6) Egg Yolk + Honey
7) Mayonnaise + Oatmeal Powder
8) Avocado + Coconut Oil
9) Cucumber + Orange Peel Powder + Lemon Juice
10) Tomato + baking soda + Olive Oil


Do you suffer from rough skin? What different methods you have tried to deal with the dry rough skin problems?
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Why is my skin rough and dry?

Many girls in different parts of the world suffer from dry and rough skin. Today, I am going to discuss on why our skin becomes dry, how we can deal with it and treat it. In this article, I will briefly cover the precautions to be taken to keep the rough skin at bay. So let us start with why our skin becomes rough according to dermatologist.
Expert voices on why our skin becomes rough and dry
Skin becomes rough, according to Dr. Cynthia Bailey (Dermatologist, California), when it loses both water and natural skin oils. She further says that transepidermal water loss (body’s water escaping more easily) and soaps that penetrate deeply into skin withdraws the natural oils results in making skin vulnerable thereby creating it rough and patchy. So as per Dr. Bailey, the main causes of rough skin are lack of hydration and usage of harsh soaps.
Doctor Laurence BEILLE, Dermatologist, Grenoble agrees with Dr. Bailey on both the reasons. In addition Dr. Beille says, dry skin is genetic problem as well. He also says excess of anything is always harmful, for eg: too much physical traumas by excess exfoliation, frequent washing, etc also results in dryness and roughness.
Let us further check if there are any other causes to make your skin rough and dry

Causes of Rough and Dry Skin
Here are few more reasons apart from what has been mentioned above that are responsible to make your skin rough, patchy and dry.
Missing out exfoliation in your beauty regime can result in rough and dry skin.
Treat it - Exfoliate your skin once / twice a week. Don’t overdo it. Else as Dr. Bielle said excess exfoliation can also results in making your skin dry.

Lack of moisturizing is another reason for rough skin.
Heal it - Moisturize it couple of times in a day. Once immediately after bath in the morning and secondly before going to bed.

Lack of clean up and dead skin build up on the long run results in rough and patchy skin
Treat it - Do regular clean up. It is must to wash your face every time you have sweated a lot. Before going to bed, no matter how tired you are, never forget to remove entire make-up and clean your face.


As we age, the natural process of replacement of dead cells become less active
Heal it - Follow the balanced diet combined with effective exercise routine. It is also important to take good night sleep. Make use of anti-aging treatments to keep your skin refreshed irrespective of your age.

Lack of hydration and water intake
Treat it - Drink, drink and drink more. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated externally as well as internally. How much water is enough to drink?

Environmental factors like skin exposure to sun, low humidity etc also makes the skin rough
Heal it - Cover your face before moving out in sun. Using sunscreen daily is compulsory irrespective of whether you are indoor / outdoor

Low quality soaps and cosmetics
Treat it - Make use of soapless without foam clean ups. Check out with your dermatologist the best suited cosmetics and beauty products according to your skin type

Chronic skin conditions like exzema, rosacea, chicken skin, etc also makes skin rough and dry
Heal it - Check out with your dermatologists for the best possible way to treat your skin.


Usage of hot water while bath also results in making skin dry and rough
Treat it – Make use of lukewarm water. Extreme cold or hot water is strict no-no.

Dry skin is often thinner and is more vulnerable to wrinkles. It wrinkles faster because it is less resistant than properly hydrated skin. Hence it is important to take care of your skin on the regular basis to keep the age related problems at bay.
In the next article, we will discuss How to change rough skin to smooth and clear skin with homemade packs? Till that time let us know - Do you suffer from dry skin problems? What remedies you have adopted? Which one remedy was the most successful one?
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