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Tips To Wake Up To A Happy Morning!

How To Wake Up To A Happy Morning?

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Every dawn is a new beginning! It gives you the opportunity to fulfill your dreams. When you wake up excited, focus your mind, give your body the right nutrition, you are bound to have a pretty day! However, on the other hand, if the beginning of your day is rushed and filled with negativity, you are not building the foundation of success by any means.

Here are some handy tips to wake up to a happy morning!

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Wake up with a smile

As soon as your alarm rings in the morning, try to smile. Yes, it won’t be a natural smile and may seem awkward but it has been found that this fills your morning with a lot of positive energy. So, even if it is forced just go ahead and smile! Just think that the morning is a gift of happiness sent by the Almighty and accept it with gratitude

Start your with breathing right and meditating

As soon as you are up, it is suggested that you take 2 minutes for breathing properly. It can be as simple as inhaling through the nose for 3 secs and then exhaling through the mouth for 3 seconds. You will start feeling an energy awakening in your body. You can then start meditating. It can be a simple ritual such as chanting Om or playing a recorded mantra for 10 minutes. This will boost you with positive energy.

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Decide what you will do during the day

Place your left hand on your heart and set 3 to 5 things that you are going to do for the day. This way, even before your day actually starts, you will be all excited about it as you can see that you are going to utilize the day to do something constructive and creative.

Spend time for yourself

Yes, you read that right! Mornings should not be rushy! Take time out for yourself, you can take an hour’s time before you actually start the day! You would need to wake up early though. Your morning me time ritual can be a relaxing bath or making a healthy breakfast for yourself. Letting yourself do what you like and feel what is good for you without judging yourself can be self-curing!

Get rid of self-criticism

If you have decided to do something hereafter, like wake up early, it does not mean that you will do it every day without an exception. There can be days when this won’t happen and that is perfectly alright. There can be mornings when you want a little bit of extra sleep as you have had a long day or were traveling or are just exhausted. It is essential to give your body the amount of rest it needs. Remember that we are humans and not robots. You need to be patient.

Have a bedtime ritual

Like the manner you wake up orchestrates your day ahead, the way you wind up your evening dictates how you sleep and a get up the next day. It is all interlinked! Have bedtime ritual. You can probably write down one thing what you are grateful for before going off to sleep. Let it be the first thing you read when you wake up next morning. It will remind you of how good it is to be alive and wake up to enjoy what life has to offer.

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How Low Hemoglobin Can Affect Weight Loss?

Find Out How Low Hemoglobin Can Affect Weight Loss!

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Weight loss on your mind? You are trying hard but not able to lose weight? The reason can be low hemoglobin levels.

What is hemoglobin?

Hemoglobin are iron containing proteins in the blood on which oxygen travels. Low hemoglobin levels prevent your heart from delivering sufficient amount of oxygen to various parts of the body.

Low iron levels in your body can make you feel tired and fatigued. Thus, it becomes harder to burn calories by exercising. And this hinders weight loss. This is why Low Hemoglobin Can Affect Weight Loss!

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Causes of low hemoglobin levels

A low hemoglobin count can be due to natural reasons or due to various illnesses. Young women can have a low hemoglobin level during menstruation or when they are pregnant.

Deficiency of iron and eating

A lack of iron in the body will make you develop different symptoms. You may notice that your appetite has decreased and there is an unexplained weight loss. Also, patients with a deficiency of iron can have craving for some unusual foods. This is called pica. You can read about it here!

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Deficiency of iron and exercise

A lack of iron may make you eat less but at the same time it causes you to burn fewer number of calories. When you suffer from iron deficiency anemia, your energy levels are low as your body is unable to make sufficient red blood cells. This can make staying physically active and exercising harder as you will have chronic fatigue. Lack of enough exercise can result in burning of a fewer calories making it difficult for you to lose weight.

Foods rich in iron

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You need to consume foods high in iron when you have a deficiency of it. Foods high in iron content are dried fruits, lentils, liver, lean red meat, fish, oysters, tofu and green leafy veggies. You also need to include foods that are rich in vitamin C as it helps the body absorb iron better. Include lots of citrus fruits like oranges and sweet lime. You can have strawberries and broccoli too.

Foods that are having a high calcium and caffeine content can hinder with the iron absorbing capability of the body.

The bottom line

Lack of iron can promote weight loss but not in a healthy way as it is only due to a loss of appetite. However, at the same time it may make it harder for you to lose weight. If you think you have low levels of iron, you should consult a doctor. He or she will advise you best.

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How To Take Care Of Yourself This Holi?

How To Take Care Of Yourself This Holi?

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Do me a favour, let’s play holi!!! Holi is here and there is a festive mood all around. But are the colours you are about to use safe enough? In the past, these colours were made from plants, herbs and flowers. However, with ruthless deforestation we have moved further away from nature. So, we play holi with colours that are made out of chemicals and affect our health.

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Holi colours and their health risks

Blue gulaal – Skin rashes and irritation (contact dermatitis)

Purple gulaal – Bronchial asthma and allergies

Green gulaal – eye irritation and temporary blindness

Playing holi with toxic colours can not just aggravate existing skin problems but cause redness and itching. The nails are also affected leading to itching abrasions and burning. During this season, eye problems such as conjunctivitis, corneal abrasions and other infections of the eye are reported. There is hair damage too.

How to identify the harmful chemicals?

You can identify harmful chemicals with the help of your sense of smell. If the smell is like the one of a chemical or an engine oil, it can be easily identified.

You should be careful when you buy colours that do not have a list of ingredients listed as most of the colours are industrial dyes. Chemicals in colors make them look darker and that is why brighter the colour, greater are the chances of them being toxic.

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Pre Holi Precautions And Post Holi Care

Here are some precautions that will help you steer clear from the dangers of the chemicals in colours.

Things to do before holi celebration

Apply a layer of Vaseline or any petroleum jelly onto the skin in order to prevent the direct contact with the holi colours. You can use a moisturizer or coconut oil too. Use a good sun block too as certain colours react only with the skin when there is sunlight.

In order to protect your hair you should apply coconut or olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice added to it. After you are well hydrated, covered with clothes, wearing sunglasses and a lip balm, you are good to go.

After holi care

After the celebration ends, wash away the colours with normal or lukewarm water. Moisturize liberally and apply besan with milk or milk cream to get rid of stubborn colour patches. Don’t use harsh soaps and scrubs to remove colour. Just use a gentle cleanser after oil application.

Are herbal colours safer?

Yes, herbal colours are way safer as they are made from natural plant sources and are less likely to irritate the skin. They are expensive but have ingredients that are good for skin health like rose petals, flower and vegetable dyes and sandalwood.

You can actually make your own Holi colours. For green you can make use of henna leaves, coriander and spinach. For yellow you can use turmeric mixed with flour, red gulaal can be made with sandalwood powder, vermillion and dried rose petals.

Just take a few precautions and you can enjoy Holi!

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Lose Weight With Fenugreek Or Methi Seeds

How Can You Lose Weight With Fenugreek Or Methi Seeds?

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Fenugreek or methi is a very commonly used spice in the Indian kitchen. It is used in many forms, such as seeds, fresh leaves and even dried leaves. India is regarded as the largest producer of methi. An Ayurvedic expert has claimed that methi can be regarded as a vegetable (leafy green), a spice and a medicine all at the same time.

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Methi seeds are rich in both micro and macro nutrients and can be included in a healthy and nutritious diet. However, currently there are no evidences that say that methi is a magical spice for weight loss.

Methi has been around for hundreds of years for cooking in Europe and Asia. In Indian folk medicine, methi has been used for treating tuberculosis, boils and cellulitis.

You must be aware of the fact that methi seeds have a very unique bitter taste. This is why they are roasted and ground before being used for food.

Nutritional value of methi

Top Health Benefits Of FenugreekMethi Seeds

Methi seeds are low in cholesterol as well as calories. They are a rich source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. A tbsp of methi i.e. 11 g has around 3 g of protein, 6 g of carbs, 3 g of fibre and 1 g of fat.

Lose Weight With Fenugreek Or Methi Seeds

Methi seeds are said to contain a chemical compound called diosgenin. It has been found that this compound present in fenugreek or methi seeds helps in improving glucose metabolism and reducing the number of fat cells in rats.

Indian scientists from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition had added ground fenugreek or methi seeds to chapati flour. Chapati is a high carb food and by adding methi to it, the protein and fibre content increased and there was a decrease in the sugar content and GI of the roti or chapati. Foods with a low GI are assimilated slowly by the body and there is a steady energy flow which is less likely to be added to the fat stores.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

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Fat consumption

Now let us talk about the effect of methi seeds on fat consumption. A study conducted in France fed a set of overweight volunteers with fixed doses of a fenugreek seed extract over a period of 6 weeks. The outcome was that they displayed a change in eating patterns and consumed less amount of fat.

How to consume fenugreek or methi seeds for weight loss?

Fenugreek seeds in warm water

You can simply roast fenugreek or methi seeds and crush them in a mortar to make a fine powder. Consume this powder with warm water on an empty stomach every morning. The powdered seeds can also be added to the dishes you cook.

Fenugreek seeds soaked in water

Fenugreek helps in inducing a feeling of fullness. Just soak one cup of fenugreek seeds in water and let them be soaked overnight. In the morning, filter the seeds out and chew on them on an empty stomach.

For the other health benefits offered by fenugreek of methi seeds click here!

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