Friday, February 12, 2016

5 Emotions That Boost Your Romantic Quotient

5 Emotions That Boost Your Romantic Quotient: Precious little moments of tender loving care can strengthen the beautiful bond of love. The best emotion that a person can possibly experience is love. Here are 5 passionate and heartwarming emotions that hold together the golden chord of romance.
Research studies say that marriage is good for the heart, it makes people happier and promotes longevity.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe For Valentine's Day

Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe For Valentine's Day: 'The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched'. 'They must be felt with the heart'.-Helen Keller
The above saying rings true even today. Prove your love for your family by baking this delicious chocolate cake.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate During Pregnancy

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate During Pregnancy: Pregnancy is an important phase in a woman’s life. Procreation is an integral part of the continuity of the human race.
Recently researchers from the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine have shared some amazing news.

5 Foods That Reduce Stress and Boost Performance

5 Foods That Reduce Stress and Boost Performance: Stress has become a part of modern life due to the hectic schedule. Nearly 40% of the Americans report overeating or resorting to unhealthy foods due to stress. This is quite a dangerous statistic.
Here are 5 healthy foods that will reduce the stress levels and increase your performance levels.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Laughter The Essence of Happy Marriage



“This post is a part of #LoveAndLaughter activity at BlogAdda in association with Caratlane.”

Tomorrow is our wedding day. I look back at the 13 beautiful years of our marriage with gratefulness and a thankful heart. There have been so many good memories and the not so good ones. But still, all these have made the marriage stronger and the bond tighter.

The husband has a superb seventh sense, I do not know whether to say that it is telepathy or not. But this literally stuns me.

We live in the Middle East, and during my first delivery, I came to my maternal house. I was admitted to the hospital, just before my due date because the hospital was quite far.

At around 1 AM, my pains started and you know what? At that very moment, the cell phone began to ring. It was my husband calling from Dubai. I was really stunned.
There are so many instances similar to the above one.

Once we were in Goa and we trekked the mountains to reach the Doodhsagar waterfalls. My son was a little kid at that time and he had a bright orange ball.

I took it in my hand, and the husband advised me to leave the ball in the car. But I did not take the warning seriously. I thought the son might need it if he gets bored.

So we made our way through the hard and rocky passage. There were some monkeys, some beautiful birds and plenty of beautiful scenery.

I was immersed in the surrounding beauty. The sound of the gushing waters, the tweeting birds, and the lush green forest. The gentle breeze, the pleasant climate with a sprinkle from the blue heavens now and then.

I was transferred to another world soaking up every natural beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.
Suddenly I felt a small tap on my hand. I really did not give it a thought. 

The next moment I could feel that someone was trying to snatch away something from me.
Turning back, I got the fright of my life.

There was a big monkey trying to grab my ball. I gave the loudest, the longest shout of my life. The monkey looked puzzled and ran away from that place.  

Actually, I was the last one to climb the mountain. Everybody has gone before me. Hearing my cries, the husband was the first one to come running to see what had happened to me.

I still had the ball in my hand and was standing there as if I have seen a ghost. After I told the people my story everybody started to laugh till there were tears in their eyes.

I too joined the laughter with all the confused monkeys looking at us. It was a really wonderful day. And this golden memory is etched in my mind as if it only happened yesterday.



Take care

Swarnam

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Be a Beacon of Hope For The Jie People of Karamoja




Being healthy is a Universal concept. But there are several disparities in this world. It becomes our earnest duty to help those who are in need. As a health blogger, I just wanted you to know about the sad health conditions of people, in Karamoja, which is in Uganda.

Harsh lifestyle

The Paradigm Missions a charitable organization working amidst these people of Karamoja describes their harsh way of living in its website http://www.paradigmmissions.org/

Karamoja is one of the poorest places in the world. It is a marginalized region, which is remote and least developed.

The rainfall is scanty, so there is drought, devastation, and no produce of crops.

The people live on the edge of starvation. It seems there was a famine in Karamoja in the last part of 2015.

Health

The sickness and diseases are very common. 18% of children die under the age of 5.

Sadly 45% die at birth or inside the womb. I think that is a scary statistic.

Education

The people are very poor. Under 20% of the kids go to school.
Without proper education, the idea of a bright future remains a big question mark for these little kids of Karamoja.

As you can see kids mortality rate is very high and getting educated is a huge problem due to the extreme poverty.


Paradigm Missions

Paradigm Missions is a charitable mission seeking to help individuals achieve a better standard of living in their environment that is healthy, meaningful and progressive

They are a team of professionals from various walks of life who want to share their knowledge and skills with those who are less fortunate. They are making some remarkable changes in the lives of the people living in Karamoja.

They aim for a holistic development which is four faced, development, education, religious awareness and health.


They provide sustainable development through potable water, rainwater harvesting and encourage business through microcredit.

They provide schools for kids and teach literacy, numeracy, and vocational training.

They focus on preventive medicine. Teach the people about personal hygiene, sanitation and family planning. They treat the sick and undernourished back to health.

I think they are doing an amazing job for improving the lives of the people in Karamoja.

They have a clothing line and a non-clothing section to raise funds for the organization’s work in Karamoja. They are teaching the people how to sew to establish home industries in Karamoja. 

You can buy these awesome handmade products and be a part of the change.

You can provide financial support. Here is the link http://www.paradigmmissions.org/#!financial-support/ctq4


You can also donate resources such as classroom resources and healthcare resources. Here is the link http://www.paradigmmissions.org/#!donate-resources-form/c64g

You can volunteer by introducing them through social media, or selling their bow ties to raise money for the humanitarian projects which are underway in Karamoja. Here is the link http://www.paradigmmissions.org/#!home/c10ps

You can volunteer to see and personally get a hands-on experience by working for the development of the Jie people. You can go for a short field trip and help with their projects. http://www.paradigmmissions.org/#!volunteer/c1wuv

In this way, you can share your valuable knowledge with them and in turn get some life changing experiences.

Take care
Swarnam




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Can Wolbachia Bacterium Combat Zika Virus



Hope you would be aware of the Zika virus by now. The media is buzzing with topics related to Zika virus. The outbreak in Brazil in May 2015 brought it to the attention of the world.

But it was discovered way back in 1947. Scientists researching yellow fever placed a rhesus monkey in a cage in the Zika forest in Uganda. The monkey got a fever and the researchers isolated from its serum what was called as Zika virus.

Pregnant Women

Health professionals advise the pregnant women to take care. Data suggests that newborn babies of mothers who had Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy are at an increased risk of microcephaly. It is a condition related to incomplete brain development.

Can Wolbachia bacterium stop the spread of Zika virus?

It is an interesting twist to this horrifying scenario. It just occurred to me while I was working on this post.

So what is Wolbachia?

Wolbachia is a bacterium that has been linked to viral resistance. Studies say that this bacterium induces reactive oxygen species-dependent activation of toll pathway which inhibits dengue virus proliferation.

Scientists in earlier research studies say that if Ades mosquito is infected with this bacterium the spread of dengue virus can be controlled to a great extent.

Now my point of view is that what will happen if the same principle is used for combating Zika virus?

Who knows it can be an effective way to combat this disease? Hope some research is done so everyone can breathe a sigh of relief from this deadly virus.

Take care
Swarnam