Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Teddy Travelogues- Amazing Health Benefits of Travelling

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Confucius the great Chinese philosopher said “where ever you go, go with all your heart”. And definitely with the people you love. Vacations are a great time to be together as a family, enjoying the great outdoors and to view Mother Nature in her versatile best.

We are put up in the Middle East since my husband works here. When the holiday season starts that is July and August to be precise. We pack our bags and run at breakneck speed to our home land India.

Goa is the husband’s place. You know what? It is the land of beaches, surf and sand. It is such a beautiful place, full of greenery and scenic wonders. There is lots of rain during July and August, but we care a little. Armed with a huge Umbrella we will visit as many places we can. Forget the cough and cold. These are part and parcel of life.

The kids love to get wet in the rain and you can hear the husband warning them from morn till night not to play in the rain. Good food, great outdoors and plenty of rain, that’s Goa for you in the months of July and August.

My folks are put up in Chennai. Our next stop is right, you guessed it, is Chennai. The kids have lots of friends here and actually it is difficult to go to any place. All you hear is “Mama, I want to play with my friends”.

Chennai is a great place to shop, the city bursts with hues of different shoppers. When your foot steps in this land, I don’t know how, you instantly become an active shopper. And that is a great exercise.

Being a health writer my hands always itch to associate health in all my writings. Studies say that leisure travel improves your heart health and boosts your brain power. Visiting new lands or visiting family and friends gives us a kind of excitement. This reduces our stress levels and increases our happiness quotient.

I still remember when I went for my first delivery from the Middle East to Chennai, the plane was on the runway and I saw the huge board Chennai. At that juncture my baby started jumping inside my womb. Later an aunt told me, since I was so excited to see my native place; the emotions got transferred to my baby boy.

So travel brings with it positive emotions, reduces depression, breaks monotony, brings in spontaneity, enlarges our mental borders, channels fresh energy, fights pessimism and negative thinking, boost creativity, adaptability and changes our perspectives.

I hope you want your kids to have firm roots, but to have wings and be a global citizen, then travelling can help you achieve that. Talking so much about travel let me tell you Club Mahindra has luxury resorts at all exotic locations in India.
You can enjoy a safe, happy and relaxed holiday with them. For more information you can click the following link  http://www.clubmahindra.com/teddytravelogues/

So travel far and wide with your kids for some nostalgic moments to cherish in your soul forever.

Take care,

Swarnam

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Looking Back- 2014

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2014 What a year? My God! The latest to add to the woes is the Peshawar attack on school kids, as the world gazes in shocked, stunned silence. Are these the last days? What has happened to mankind? Where are we going? And what are we doing?

I just want to encourage you that there is hope amidst all this sadness. Life is beautiful and a blessing to behold. Though some of our dreams may be shattered life is still beautiful, all the small moments of happiness prove that life has indeed been beautiful. You would be happy to hear the Afters sing about this.



2014- Though there would have been some storms that may have come your way. The creator of the universe was always by your side guiding you. Listen as the Casting Crowns sings beautifully about the storms of life.

This year there might have been some amazing times in your life, moments you want to cherish forever. Listen to this amazing track by the "Afters" about every good thing in your life.

Having a thankful attitude boosts our health and promotes our wellbeing. Positivity breeds new hope, health, goodness and happiness. "Mikeschair" sings this wonderful song about being thankful for all the things in our life that sometimes we take for granted.

Laura Story sings this beautiful song “blessings”. As the year is about to end, think about all the blessings that God has bestowed upon you and spread hope, love and peace wherever you go. I hope these are things the world badly needs at these troubled times.

Take care,

Swarnam

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Scary Statistic About Obesity

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Obesity is really scary. If not properly taken care of it can reduce the life expectancy of a person by up to 8 years. In this fast paced society, it would do a world of good to pause a few minutes and ponder about our eating habits.

Risks
Scientists did a survey to develop a model that estimated the annual risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases with persons of different body weight found that

Obese people ----- may lose up to 8 years of their life 

Overweight people ---- may lose up to 3 years of life

Healthy life years lost--- 4 times higher for obese and overweight people in comparison with people who had healthy weight 18.5-25 BMI

Earlier the weight gain---- worse the outcome

Researchers found that people who were obese by the age of 25 had a higher chance of severe obesity later in life.

The above is a quick reminder of the dangers of obesity. So healthy living should be our first concern. A healthy diet, exercise, proper sleeping habits and positive approach towards life will lead to a healthier society.

Take care,

Swarnam

Friday, December 12, 2014

6 Research Proven Tips About The Health Benefits of Orange

The glass of orange juice that you drink has more nutritional benefits than you think. Researchers from the University of Granada have found a technique that measures the antioxidant activity of citrus juices which provides 10 times greater values, than those indicated by present analysis methods. Now do you understand what I mean?

Citrus goodness
The present analysis methods do not calculate the antioxidant activity of the fibre, assuming that it is not beneficial. But when the fibre reaches the large intestine the micro-organisms living there, ferment it and extract even more antioxidant substances. These substances can be calculated with this new method of analysis. How is that?

How to eat an orange?
This seems to be the craziest question ever. I have an aunt who finishes off even the inner white pulp of an orange. But scientists say that the healing phytonutrients are found in the peel and inner white pulp of the orange rather than in its liquid centre.

These wonder nutrients help to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol in animal studies. They have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Oranges are excellent sources of vitamin C. This wonder vitamin in good amounts reduces the risk of colon cancer and reduces the severity of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Vitamin C boosts the health of the immune system. It protects against frequent ear infections and colds. Research suggests that the supplements do not provide the same protective benefits as drinking a glass of orange juice. So for the best results simply eat an orange, better yet eat even the inner white pulp in the comfort of your own home.

Health benefits
WH Foods say that an orange is a treasure trove of 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids.
·       It is a very good source of fiber
·       It prevents kidney stones
·       Reduces the risk of ulcers
·       Reduces the risk of stomach cancer
·       Promotes respiratory health
·       Limonoids, a substance found in oranges fights cancers of mouth, skin, breast and lung
·       Vitamin C gives the best DNA protection
·       Oranges and other citrus fruits protect against overweight and obesity
·       Citrus consumption has positive effects on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cognitive impairment
·       Vitamin C has also beneficial effects on macular degeneration, diabetes, gallstones and cataracts.
·       It promotes respiratory health.

Conclusion
I hope there are 1000 reasons to enjoy oranges. You can relish it by including in fresh salads, juices or as I said earlier just eat a whole fruit, even the inner white pulp. Believe me, I tried it, it tastes good. And don’t forget the peels; you can make orange peel candy and orange tea.

Take care,
Swarnam


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Music From The Islands To De-stress And Pep Up Your Christmas Spirit

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The Christmas season is always full of good will, cheer, good food and carols. As I was preparing a special post for Christmas, I was led in the spirit to write the music scenario about the people living in the Solomon and Fiji islands. I do not know anything about the islanders but their music is soul stirring.

Music of the islands

From watching several music videos of the islanders, I feel that they are happy go lucky people, close with nature; simple yet elegant, have amazing voices and express their way of life through music.

Music as you see, has a beneficial effect on our physiological functions. It slows down pulse and heart rate, lowers blood pressure and decreases levels of stress hormones. When your stress levels are decreased, the efficiency and productivity increases. Music has psychological benefits. It boosts brain power by increasing learning and memory skills.

Music from the islands

The people in these islands enjoy their time together as a family. Here is an amazing video by the Leverd Family. The kids sing like that of angels.

Friendships and music intermingle and promote a healthy outlook on life. You can hear the monument singers sing their heart out about the everlasting friendship.

The island people have amazing faith in God and might be that is the reason for their stress free life.


The women are so beautiful and have stunning voices. Here you will see they sing the amazing song where angels fear to tread.

The teens from Fiji islands sing buladredre with such sweet, innocent gentleness. You ask me what they sing about. I really do not know, but seeing the Christmas tree in the background. I am pretty sure this song is about Christmas.

Hear my prayer by Young faith is really awesome. Their faith in the higher power and their attitude to cast all their cares upon God might be the reason for their healthy way of life. Hear this amazing song.


There are so many wonderful songs, but I handpicked these few to give you the totality of the incredible music, and the stress free way of life, of the Solomon and Fiji Island people. I hope you enjoyed the island music.

Take care,

Swarnam

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sunshine Vitamin Your Passport To Good Health

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Do you love the sunshine? The early morning and the minutes just before the dusk are some of the precious moments to be revered. Along with these awesome moments of beauty, sun also gives us the vitamin D which works wonders for the physical and mental health.

Vitamin D
Scientists found that vitamin D is likely to be the contributing factor in seasonal depression. It is involved in the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These chemicals are linked to depression.

An interesting fact said by the scientists is that, people with dark skin have lower levels of vitamin D. So the wise thing would be to supplement vitamin D in your diet to avoid all the health problems.

Just think about this scenario, a good morning or an evening jog would give you enough sun exposure as well as lift your spirits. A recent study found that jogging keeps you young.
Scientists say that vitamin D deficient individuals have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia than the general population. 

Vitamin D is essential for your bone and muscle health. Be warned that obesity can lead to lower levels of vitamin D circulating in your body. This sunshine vitamin is essential both for the expectant mothers and their developing embryos.

Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D and more than that they are tasty too. A study by the researchers at the University of Sydney found that, mushrooms left in the midday winter sun for about an hour greatly enhances its vitamin D content.

Take care,

Swarnam