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Simple Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

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So summers are here and it is getting sultry by the day! The most important thing to remember during summers is that you need to drink enough water throughout the day. Only then you will be well-hydrated.

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All of us know that but still there are some people who avoid drinking water to reduce their washroom visits or are plain lazy to get up and fetch a bottle of water for themselves! Here are Simple Tricks To Drink More Water This Summer!

Keep a tab on your water intake

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Technology can come to your rescue if you forget to drink water. There are smart phone apps that keep a track of the number of glasses of water you drink in a day. These apps will send you reminders during the day to drink water after you set the number of glasses you want to drink in a day. Personally, I have been using the app Plant Nanny and it is a fun way to get reminded to drink water.

Jazz it up

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Don’t like drinking plain water? Well, you can jazz it up by squeezing in some lemon into the water. Lemon water is not just refreshing but also helps in preventing dehydration and adrenal fatigue.

Set a timer

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You can also keep reminding yourself of drinking water with the help of timers or sticky notes by placing them in places where you spend the maximum amount of time. This will help you drink sufficient amount of water.

Eat fruits and veggies that have water

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Apart from providing you with essential nutrients, your fruits and veggies can provide you with a good amount of water. Eating foods like watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes can fulfill 20% of your daily recommended water intake.

Carry a bottle of water with you

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If you are heading outdoors or are going to sit at your desk, just make sure that you carry a water bottle along. Whenever you are thirsty, it will be convenient for you to drink water.

Consume soups and juices

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When you add soups and juices to your diet, you can increase your water intake. Consuming clear soups or broth based ones will not alone rehydrate your body but will also help in maintaining a low calorie count.

Take water breaks

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If you have a desk job that involves only staring at the computer screen the whole day, then you have more chances of missing out on drinking water. Get up in between and take a water break along with your colleague and just relax for a while.

Make drinking water a ritual

You can turn drinking water into a ritual. For instance, you can drink 2 glasses if water when you wake up in the morning, 1 glass after every meal, 1 glass after every restroom visit and once when you retire to bed. This way you will get to drink sufficient water all day long.

Use fancy water bottles

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You are more likely to each out for a fancy looking water bottle to drink water. So, keep attractive water bottles for yourself.

Motivate yourself for good health

Self-motivation has a major role to play when you want to meet targets. Measuring the water consumed by you and pushing yourself to drink more water for good health can go a long way!

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FAQs About How To Use A Sunscreen

How To Use A Sunscreen And Which Is The Right One?

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Winters have withdrawn and it is the summer that is standing at your doorstep. With the heat wave hitting India, it is that time of the year when girls and women start their frantic search for sunscreens. The biggest problem faced by these ladies is that there are so many brands of sunscreens all around, how does one known which one to choose?

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Here is a glimpse at what sunscreens are, how to use a sunscreen and how choose the right one.

1) Sun Protection Factor or SPF

In layman terms, SPF is a measure of how well a sunscreen works in protecting the skin from UV rays. SPF is between the range if 15 to 60. Now, for Indian skin which one would be better? A sunscreen with an SPF of a minimum of 20 would be sufficient. Most sunscreens in the market have a minimum SPF of 15, However, are you aware of the most glorious part of the Indian skin tone? Belonging to the brown skinned race, we naturally possess a pigment called melanin in the skin that protects us from the sun with an inbuilt SPF of 15. So, we gorgeous Indians need not buy a sunscreen of more than 19. This is the ideal protection we need from the sun.

Another frequently asked question is the following:

Is a sunscreen with a higher SPF better?

Not really, if there is a comparison between SPF 15 and 30 there is just a 4% difference in sun protection rate. In a 30 SPF and 60 SPF sunscreen there is just a 2% difference as 60 SPF offers 99 percent protection and 30 SPF offers a 97 percent protection.

Moreover, higher the SPF of the sunscreen, the stickier it is! This means a no-no for oily skinned beauties.

2) How to apply the sunscreen?

You need to apply the sunscreen 30 mins prior to heading outdoors as this is the amount of time required for the sunscreen to bind to your skin cells and get activated. No more laziness girls, wake up a good half an hour early so that you can apply the cream and sit indoors for half an hour.

3) When to reapply the sunscreen?

You need to reapply the sunscreen if you are going to be in the sun for longer than 3 hours. This is because when you sweat, the sunscreen gets diluted and gets washed off. So, in summers you need to carry around your sunscreen tube with you wherever you go!

4) Should the sunscreen be applied before makeup or after makeup?

This is one question that pops up in the mind of every woman. You need to wear your sunscreen before applying makeup. It will help in protecting the skin and will make your make-up stick on to your skin better.

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So, if all your questions have been answered here what are you waiting for? You need not hesitate from stepping out in the sun anymore use a sunscreen!

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Lifestyle Diseases Can Kill 25% Of Indians Before 70 – Study

Lifestyle Diseases Can Kill 25% Of Indians Before 70!

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Isn’t it commonplace in your daily conversations with people to discover that most of them or their relatives suffer from diabetes, heart issues or even cancer? Isn’t this eventually on the rise?

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Well, to confirm this casual observation there exists a study! Various global and domestic organizations have estimated that one out of 4 every Indians is at the risk of losing his life due to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer before turning 70. Lifestyle diseases are on an all time high in India.

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The findings say that each year around 5.8 million Indians lose their lives because of heart and lung diseases, stroke, diabetes and cancer. In simple words, 1 in 4 Indians are at the risk of dying because of a non-communicable disease before they turn 70.

Experts are of the opinion that the government has to build awareness programmes immediately for NCDs (non-communicable disease) just like how it is for HIV and tuberculosis.

There has been a significant rise in NCDs over the past decade and this is chiefly due to the drastic changes in lifestyle patterns. The government has so far been focusing on HIV and tropical diseases. But now there is an upsurge in NCDs and there is a need to create awareness right from community level to across the Nation. This is a must as awareness is a very low with regard to NCDs.

Organisations such as World Health Organisation and other agencies of the UN have planned certain strategies to tackle the increase in burden due to change in lifestyle and eating habits.

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The government has already said that it is ready to roll out a programme for prevention and promotion in 6 districts in order to spread awareness about the diseases.

The director of general health services has said that they have selected 6 districts and around 200 doctors will be posted in every district. The doctors are currently getting training in the same regard and the programme will be launched by the month end.

According to the 2014 non-communicable disease country profile released by WHO, diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory problems are the major global killers. NCDs account for 38 million deaths each year with a mammoth 28 million in low and middle income nations like India. WHO estimates that non-communicable diseases account for around 60% of the total deaths reported in a year in India.

The major NCDs prevalent in India are:

  • Heart and vascular diseases
  • Common cancers
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mental illness

The key reasons for the increase in these diseases is an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, use of tobacco and alcohol along with psycho-social stress.

Action needs to be taken and people must start realizing that these diseases can be prevented by making changes in an individual’s lifestyle.

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How To Stay Properly Hydrated?

Ways To Stay Properly Hydrated

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You must have heard health experts say a zillion times that you need to be well hydrated. The truth is that water is essential for our survival. Water is needed by every cell, tissue and organ to work efficiently. Water is known to regulate the body temperature, lubricate your joints, transport nutrients and remove toxins and wastes from your body. Even if there is a 5% drop in the water levels of the body can lead to a 30% loss of energy. Imagine!

To stay well hydrated, you need to drink water that amounts to half of your body weight in ounces every day. Do you know that dehydration makes the toxins get reabsorbed by your body? This stresses your liver and weakens your immune system. You would not want this to happen to your body, right?

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Here are foods and drinks you need to avoid for staying hydrated,

Alcohol and caffeinated beverages

Bad news for coffee and tea lovers! Tea and coffee along with alcohol and energy drinks are diuretics. A diuretic is something that increases urine flow and flushes water out of the body. This can eventually cause dehydration.

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Sugary drinks

Drinks containing high amounts of sugar can cause water loss as they create an acidic environment that impairs the function of enzymes and decrease the water storing capacity of the body.

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Salty foods

Salty foods are a culprit behind loss of fluids as extra water is needed to get rid of all the extra amount of sodium you ingest. You should remember that foods that are high in sodium include processed and packaged foods.

Here is how to stay properly hydrated all day long,

Choose the right water bottle

Carry a large water bottle with, preferably that of glass. Avoid the plastic bottle as it has a harmful BPA in it.

Drink treated water

The water consumed by you should be of good quality. It is very important to drink water that has been treated and is free of disease causing microbes, pollutants, toxins and heavy metals. You need to invest in a good quality water purifier.

Consume lots of fruits and veggies

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Fruits such as watermelon and strawberries contain 90% of water in them. Other fruits that are hydrating are grapefruit, peaches and melons. Coming to the veggies that have good water content in them, cucumbers and lettuce are a good choice with 96% of water content. Other hydrating veggies are radish, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, zucchini and spinach. Just include them in your every day diet.

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Add electrolytes and minerals

Electrolytes have an essential role to play in hydration as they contribute a lot to fluid regulation, nerve function and muscle contraction in the body. You can find electrolytes in sea veggies and coconut water as they have high levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium. You can even add a pinch of Himalayan salt to your water for an electrolyte boost.

Consume soups and broths

Soup has water along with veggies and seasoning in it. Make it fresh and do not go in for canned stuff as it has loads of sodium and is less nutritious. To your soup add a lot of hydrating veggies.

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