Monday, January 26, 2015

Watch Out For The Severity of Hot Flushes During Menopause- They Spell Danger


This research study caught my attention. After all, if you are in your late 30’s like me, then it would be better to get mentally prepared for the future. Scientists have found a link between moderate to severe hot flushes during menopause and higher rate of hip fractures.

The link

A study followed thousands of women for eight years. Scientists found that, those people suffering from moderate to severe hot flushes during menopause, suffered higher rate of hip fractures than their peers, who had no menopausal syndrome.

The authors warn that, women who experience such vasomotor menopausal symptoms ,will lose bone density at a faster rate, and nearly double their risk of hip fracture.

Dr. Lisa Kaya an orthopedic expert says that, as you age the amount of bone turnover is greater than, the amount of new bone cell production. As a result, the bone strength decreases putting you at greater risk of fractures. 

Menopause accelerates the loss of bone cell breakdown. How? As you approach menopause, your ovaries produce less and less of estrogen. The less the estrogen production, the more the bone cells break down. This puts you at a greater risk of osteoporosis. My! My! What a scary piece of information.



Healthy lifestyle

The health experts advise you, especially those who are suffering from severe hot flushes, to eat a well-balanced diet, Increase your physical activity, and include lots of fish, vegetables and dairy products and cut back on caffeine and salt. After menopause, you can take calcium supplements, say the experts.

Stay active and stay informed.

Take care,
Swarnam



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Easy to Prepare Exotic Salads

Just tried my hand at exotic salads! They turned out perfectly fine and was a huge hit with my family, especially the husband. I have shared this along with some amazing photos; hope you will give it a shot! 

Tamarillo salad

This exotic fruit looked so attractive on the supermarket shelf that I decided to buy it. Really did not know anything about it, googled it and found that it is native to Andes of Peru. It is high in potassium, extremely low in sodium, source of fiber. It is rich in vitamin A, B6, C and E.






Boil the water, add Tamarillo for a minute and immerse it in cold water. Remove the skin, cut into pieces and add a dash of lime, chili flakes, salt and brown sugar according to your taste. It tastes bittersweet the brown sugar increases its sweetness. Yes, it tastes good!


Persimmon and chestnut salad

I made this first of its kind persimmon fruit and chestnut salad. The chestnuts were on sale and were very cheap. The persimmon fruit was very expensive and so I bought just one to try its taste.





You can cut the persimmon fruit into halves, and scoop out the inner flesh. For chestnuts you should make a cut, and keep it in the microwave for just a minute. Take out the chestnuts and peel it. I again kept them in the microwave for about 3 more minutes.





Then I cut the chestnuts into small pieces and mixed them with the sliced pulp of the persimmon. A sprinkle of chili flakes and salt makes it taste divine. Try it! You won’t be disappointed.








Raw green papaya salad
Remove the skin of the papaya, cut it into pieces, add chili flakes, salt, pepper and lime juice. Garnish and serve.

Carrot and olives salad
Scrape the carrot, cut green and black olives into small pieces, add salt and lemon juice.


Strawberry and blue berry salad

Cut strawberries and add some blue berries. Add a dash of honey and cream. Sprinkle some cardamom powder. It is optional!


Baby Spinach leaves salad
Wash the spinach leaves, saute it in olive oil until it become glossy. Add some salt, lemon juice and chili flakes. Tastes good!

Banana and blueberries salad

Cut the banana and throw in some blue berries. Add a dash of honey.
Now the salad

Cucumber and onion sprig salad

I grow onion sprigs in my balcony garden. I cut some cucumbers, added some freshly chopped onion sprigs and seasoned it with salt, lemon juice and pepper.


Tender Asparagus salad


Put the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes and immerse in cold water. Saute olive oil, pepper, chili and salt. Add the tender shoots of Asparagus and gently stir. You can add onion sprigs and finally sprinkle some lemon juice. I added my home grown red chilies and onion sprigs for this salad. It tastes awesome!




All these are easy to make, can be done within a minute or two with some basic seasoning. Hope you will try. Here is my previous post about amazing healthy salads.

Take care,
Swarnam

Saturday, January 17, 2015

20 Minutes Walking Prevents Early Death + Free Apps For Walking

Sometimes the kids make me so crazy, that I just go out for a long walk to regain my sanity. And I thank God for the kids driving me crazy, after reading this study. The study points out that a brisk 20 minute walk each day can reduce the risk of early death.

Brisk walk

A study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be because of lack of physical activity compared with that attributed to obesity. Earlier studies have linked physical inactivity to a greater risk of heart disease and cancer.

Previous research studies have informed us that walking 6000 steps or more per day may protect those with the risk of osteoarthritis from developing issues such as finding it difficult to get up from a chair or climbing stairs.

People who walk to work are 40% less likely to have diabetes and 17% less likely to have high blood pressure than their physically inactive counterparts. If your office is very far and by all means if you can’t walk such long distances, it would be beneficial if you include walking at least 20 minutes a day in some form or the other.

Sadly a study found that 1 in 4 persons said that they did not know how much time they spent briskly walking. After reading this post I believe that you should not be one among them.

Here are some apps that would help you kick start your walking habit. Here we go…

Walk with my map (FREE)

Run keeper (FREE)

Everybody walk (FREE)

FREE Pedometer app

You can download these apps and kick start your walking habit.

Take care,

Swarnam

Monday, January 12, 2015

Waging a War On Pimples? Try Out These Expert Tips

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Pimples- I think most of us would have suffered this problem at some point in our lives. And I am no stranger to pimples, I grew up in a small town and for my higher studies I went to a women’s city college. You know what? I felt as a fish out of the pond there. Some girls were mean and I repeat really mean. Added to this, one fine day I got a big pimple on my cheek. My God! My future looked dark. To set things straight I pricked it and got an acne breakout. Sandpaper situations in life make you a stronger person. Having been there and done that, here I am with some wise counsel for you.

Why should you not pop a pimple?

Zakiya Rice a reputed professor in skin care says in webmed, that a pustule is actually keeping the bacteria nice and contained. When you puncture the pimple, the gunk oozes out and the bacteria splatters and lands inside other pores. This leads to more pimples. Moreover, you may introduce new kinds of bacteria from your finger into the zit, and the pimples become more red, inflamed and infected. Sometimes this may lead to permanent scaring.


Best foods for pretty skin

Nutrition expert John Basedow points out some foods which will make your skin pimple free, beautiful and radiant and you yourself will fall in love with your skin. So here we go---
Foods like
·   Papayas
·   Carrots
·   Red bell peppers
·   Coconut oil
·   Celery
·   Spinach
·   Salmon
·   Chia seeds
·   Green tea
·   Pumpkin seeds
·   And Sunflower seeds
Make your skin soft, supple, smooth and pimple free.

Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash

To win the war over pimples, healthy food and a healthy beauty routine will ensure that you are the victor and not the victim. Garnier has some nice products up its sleeve to help you solve the pimple problem.

This pure, active neem face wash contains, neem and tea tree oil extracts. Both have a wonderful reputation of bestowing you with blemish free skin.

Neem-  Ayurvedic doctors say that neem has anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties. It is considered a major component of Ayurvedic and Unani medicines and is mainly prescribed for skin problems.

Tea tree oil- talking about this much famed oil it is an essential oil with a fresh aromatic odor. It has anti-microbial properties. It is very effective against pimples and various other dermatological conditions.

To know more about this wonderful face wash visit these links
You will find a treasure trove of helpful information.

Take care,
Swarnam


**This post was written for Garnier Pure Active Face Wash contest in Indibloggger

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Taylor Swift Music Can Reduce Pain After Surgery


Music is the sound of the soul and the rhythm of the heart. Don’t think Swarnam has gone nuts, just trying my hand at poetry.  But it is true music boosts your brain health.

Music

Researchers have found that paediatric patients who listened to the songs had a significant reduction in pain after a major surgery. Guess what, they listened to? Songs by Rihanna and Taylor Swift, this research is very useful because certain medications that relieve pain can cause breathing problems in children. And caregivers may limit the amount of the prescribed pain medication. At this juncture, audio therapy proves beneficial.

The good news about audio therapy is that, it does not have any side effects and quite literally inexpensive. The researchers say that if you don’t think about pain you will not feel the pain. This is kind of cheating the brain and trying to refocus mental channels onto something soothing and positive.

The scientists say that this audio therapy works extremely well, irrespective of those suffering from low or high intensity pain score. It is also beneficial for patients who undergo surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The best part is that the patients can continue the therapy, on their own terms. How good is that?

Take away,

If we take our mind from the negative situations that keep bothering us and concentrate on something creative or positive it would work miracles in life.
Take care,

Swarnam

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fast Foods Can Make Your Kids Dumb


Being a parent as well as a health writer is a tough task. Just days before my little daughter came up with a request that she wants nuggets for school. She asks in such a sweet, polite manner, that even if you want to say no you say yes. And so I gave her my promise. But yesterday I spotted this research study. I really do not know what to do? But a promise is always a promise.

Junk food

A recent study found that the amount of fast food children eat may be linked to their performance in school. Earlier studies have found that fast food lacks iron, which helps in cognitive development. Diets which are rich in sugar and fat may affect memory and learning processes.

Researchers found that the more the kids consumed fast foods in fifth grade, the lower their reading, maths and science test scores by the time they reached eighth grade. Their test scores were up to 20% lower when compared to the kids who did not eat any fast food

Foods such as wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, milk, cheese, sour cream, liver, chicken, whole grains, lean red meat, eggs, spinach, pulses, shellfish, red berries, bananas, nuts, seeds and avocado can increase your intelligence quotient. So why not give it a try?

Take care,
Swarnam



Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Warm Hug Can Reduce Stress And Increase Immunity


It may sound quite funny, that a warm hug could bring down your stress levels and increase the immunity of your body. A cuddly teddy gives comfort to a crying child. A mother’s voice soothes the crying baby. It seems that we humans are naturally wired to spread tenderness around us.

Stress

Stress as you know may play a part in headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, skin conditions, anxiety, depression and arthritis. You step into any doctor’s cabin and the first thing you hear is reduce your stress levels and relax.

Researchers found that greater social support and frequent hugs  protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.

The study results suggest that by receiving a hug from a trusted person is an effective means of conveying support and it reduces the harmful effects of stress.

A warm hug increases the levels of oxytocin in the brain. This hormone boosts happiness, improves communication skills and everyday relationships, builds immunity and drives away anxiety and stress. Increase in oxytocin washes away the stress making cortisol and improves your wellness quotient.

Friends and family keep us happy and a party is a great way to connect with people. Birthday Express has some wonderful ideas like personalized party supplies.


This is the personalized plate born out of my creativity.

A New Way to Party - Personalized Plates from Birthday Express!
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Birthday Express Personalized Plates

Birthday Express has done it again with their newest arrival, personalized plates! You can now upload any photo you would like and design a customized party plate for any occasion, from birthdays to graduations, anniversaries to everyday gatherings. These plates will take your party from good to great, by adding a personal touch never before seen! 

At just $9.99 per set of 8 plates, this is a fun and affordable way to bring life to your party, quite literally! 

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Take care,

Swarnam