Friday, January 28, 2011

Seasonal Issues: Dry Skin

Well what can one expect when its winter times cold and chilling climates what else!! For all those who are beauty conscious and those who are not one thing that makes you to pay attention during such cold days is your skin. Skin due to extreme change in weather does react and one of the reactions that are very common during winter is dryness. Here in this article we would see what different steps one can take to either prevent dryness of skin or how one can treat it with simple home remedies.

1) Massage or Abaynaga:
Our skin is dry and what we do to remove the dryness... well for our cars we lubricate them to avoid friction. Then well in case of our own body oil remains the best answer. Ayurveda highly recommends sesame seed oil massage just before shower. In many European countries Olive oil massage, while in North American region Grape seed oil is recommended. The whole idea is to reduce friction between cells and also reduce Vatta dosha which is normally aggravated in one’s body during such cold days. (Read more : Benefits of Abaynaga )

2) Dry Scrubs :
Well if you have done the Oil massage then what is advisable for you to do is just before Abyanaga have a dry scrub all over the body. Up till very recently I hardly believed in this advice myself. But after trying it with combination of oil application I found it very useful. Scrubs normally remove the top layer of dead skin giving space for the new. Also scrubs increases circulation which remains very important.

3) Simple Applications:
Well other than oil application one can also use combination of many natural products to apply on one’s skin especially one’s face to reduce the dryness of the skin. Here are few options
a) Milk+Saffron: Application of this combination is well known since the time of Cleopatra. Not just it decreases dryness but also brings glow to one’s face.
b) Bananas: Applying ripe mashed bananas can help one a lot. The creaminess of the fruit kept on your skin for about 15 to 30 minutes is enough to give result.
c) Egg Yolk: Another excellent home remedy is egg yolk... simply apply a mask of well beaten egg yolk to your face. Let it dry out completely and remove it later and see the difference in your skin.

4)  Dietary Changes:
Well a balanced diet is all one asks for a good skin. Still according to the principle of Ayurveda because of the season being so cold a need to increase the intake of fats in one diet is called for. It does not mean to have in excess but just not to forget good healthy fats in our food. Ghee, Virgin Olive oil, Nuts, seeds like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds would provide the needed dietary fats.

5) Life style changes:
Without changes made in our lifestyle it remains hard to treat a condition. Here are few of those changes
a) Avoid excess of alcohol, caffeine products like coffee during such cold seasons.  
b) Avoid excess time spend in shower or bath especially in warm water as it might cleanse all the oil glands of the skin making it more dry.
c) Well covered body especially when walking in cold windy areas would help a lot in keeping the skin moist. Excess wind on the face and any parts of the body might lead to dryness.

Do you have any more thoughts in how to handle skin dryness...? Well do not be shy speak out. Knowledge increases if shared rather than kept in our own heads. So speak out ….

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

7 Benefits of Ginger

Ginger or “Zinzgiber Officinale” is been widely used in traditional Ayurvedic, Chinese medicines for ages. A small herb that can also be cultivated in your garden or your kitchen. It's the roots that have medical values and are cultivated prominently in India, China, Philippines and Caribbeans.
Ginger is used either in its fresh form or dried version. One can use the fresh form by crushing them and adding to hot water. Though its the same Ginger still both  the dried and the fresh form have some differences in their action and healing and can contraindicate in some its uses .

1] Traditional "Tylenol:
If you have cough, sore throat, fever, flu and all that you can think as viral or bacterial or whatever, I guess this herb would be on top priority. (How to Cure Sore Throat?)Well the Traditional medical healer know exactly how to work on it.Just take some water with fresh ginger root and boil it for a long time and drink it as tea at least 3 to 4 cups a day .. and yes all symptoms are vanished the next day .
Ginger tea when given to patients suffering with sinus infection, chronic sinus headaches or sinusitis proves very useful by heating the body and then removing the condition in a day or two .

2] Anti Inflammatory property:
Do you know when you have pain in your knees due to Arthritis that you been suffering from a long time .The answer is in Ginger .(Arthritis : 5 Points to Fight Pain)
Ginger has shown its tremendous properties as an anti inflammatory herb. Swollen joints its always advised to fast and have just boiled Ginger water by many Ayurvedic physician. Have you tried to apply paste of dried ginger powder on your swollen joints .. try it .Because of its healing properties and pain relieving nature .. you would find pain reduced and also the swelling too ..
Ginger can used also just for this same properties in Chronic Ulcerative colitis for any inflammation in the intestines .The author has a collection of cases were simple ginger has worked well in IBS Too ....(Treating IBS with Yoga )

3] Diabetes and Ginger:
One of the author's fast friend was advised to take Ginger tea due to some conditions. After few days that friend had a shocking story to tell .He not only had his conditions relieved due to ginger tea, but also he found out that his sugar level are always in control due to his regular intake of ginger tea .
Yes Ginger tea do work as hypoglycaemic, but in moderation. So why not have them some times in your day to day activity if you are diabetics.(How to Control Diabetes?)

4] Motion sickness and Nausea :
If you are going for a long trip any were in India you would always find family members offering you some sweet ginger cubes to take with you .The only reason for those nice sweet and spicy ginger cubes with you is for their value for Motion sickness.Even in North America the author have seen ginger cubes that you can buy and do take during your trip even on flights .

5] Women and Ginger :
Ginger can be used in many conditions for woman's health. Its a good to be taken if you have painful menstrual cramps, amenorrhea.
Dried Ginger powder with some rock sugar or honey is often used for morning sickness. The author has treated many of his clients with just simple ginger for similar conditions. But be cautious while giving to pregnant women { Under expert guidance only}

6] Men's Health:
Ginger has its benefits in male health too. It's an excellent aphrodisiac in its own way. Combined with some other herbs Ginger can be used to cure issues of erection. Not only that Dried Ginger is good for increasing the sperm count and also the motility of the sperms .

7] Warnings about Ginger :
There are no reported Side effects of Ginger to Humans according to the research paper published in Medscape. But still Ginger cannot be given in excess in pregnant women, people who are very sensitive. They can give you some sort of rash due to over ginger intake. One can also find it a little spicy making you sweat.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

5 Snacks to Keep Warm This Winter

I just came from India and "wohh" it was cold there… and guess what I found in Canada, what else cold again. Well the temperature was different at both the places, but for the locals it was a chilling winter which made them to take extra precaution. Ayurveda always believes that food habits of person needs to change as seasons changes as the body tends to changes its level of appetite and digestive power. Here in this article are 5 herbs, food groups that would keep one warm during such cold winter days. Yes they are tasty too …

1] Eggs:
One of the biggest sources of protein and off course very cheap, eggs are considered to be very healthy for such cold days. Ayurveda believes that the heat require for the development of the little bird is stored in this little egg which if eaten is provided to you to keep your warm. Boiled eggs are often sold at corners in many places of India, especially during the time of winter season. Have a one or two and see the difference.

2] Peanuts:
For all vegetarians who do not eat eggs... here is something you might cherish. Peanuts or also known as groundnuts are excellent food snack to have during such cold days. Not only they are full of good fats but also for a vegetarian person they contain proteins. I remember those days during my childhood when by grandmother used to give peanuts and jaggery in small quantity to snack during winter season.

3] Sesame Seed:
If by any chance you are allergic to peanuts you do not need to worry... Sesame seed are for you then. This seeds normally seen in Chinese and other Asian cooking are known for their high value for fats and warmness too. Not just the seeds but even sesame seed oil can be used to apply all over the body before shower to give the required heat.
Like peanuts even this seeds combine with jaggery make a great treat for all Indians during the winter season.

4] Ginger:
Well how can one forget the benefits of Ginger during such days. Yes one cannot consume it raw but ginger tea is always the choice of tea to have during such chilly days. One can receive the warmness of this tea as soon as one drinks just one sip of the tea.
Ginger is also known to protect from all different types of issues of cough and cold caused due to such cold weather.

5] Black Pepper:
If one can enjoy snacking all the above products to keep warmth, here is a spice which can be added to give the same benefit. Black pepper known for its spiciness can also bring heat to one’s body when consumed. Have some black pepper one your soup today; it should be of a good quality you would find some perspiration coming out soon. That is what I call heat to the body.

To face winter one need to just get out of the house and face it head on. Enjoy the moment as one would say. Eat healthy, dress properly and face it with head one attitude.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cooking with Bulgur: A Middle Eastern Superfood

“Maria Rainier a Guest blogger that you all are not new with is again today here on my blog. In this article she brings yet another well researched post on Bulgar an middle eastern super-food”.

Indian and many other types of Middle Eastern cuisine are consistently becoming more popular in Western countries like Canada and the U.S. Not only are the flavors bold and fresh, but these foods are often several times healthier than typical American fare, especially the greasy specimens that grace the menu boards of fast food restaurants. It’s a simple fact that you feel better when you eat better, and Middle Eastern food can offer many of the nutrients needed by your body while contributing fewer unhealthy ingredients.

To start adding more Middle Eastern health foods to your diet, you can start with bulgur, which is a whole grain that can replace rice, pasta, and even oatmeal as a hot morning cereal. Once mastered, the ability to cook with bulgur can get you on your way to eating a more nutritional variety of foods inspired by the Middle Eastern perspective on health and diet. To learn more about bulgur, you can browse these frequently asked questions so you’ll know where to find bulgur on your next grocery shopping trip and how to use it when you get home.

What is Bulgur?
If you clean and parboil whole wheat, then dry it, crush it, and sift it, you’ll have bulgur. Bulgur has a light, nutty flavor and comes in four different grinds, or sizes, in the U.S. and Canada: fine, medium, course, and extra course. However, you can also purchase and use it as whole kernels. Bulgur cooks very quickly and, if you soak it in water or broth, it’s ready to use in a healthy dish without being cooked. You can use it to replace rice or cous cous, and you’ll be glad you did – bulgur has a much higher nutritional value with more vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber than rice. With a lower glycemic index, it can also help you lower your carb intake and blood sugar levels.

What are the Medicinal Properties of Bulgur?
Bulgur is very beneficial to the digestive system and can also help to prevent cancer, heart disease, diverticular disease (intestinal inflammation), and constipation. It contains the organic compound ferulic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant found in plant cell wall components. Ferulic acid attacks free radicals, which are often responsible for the development of cancer, accelerated aging of the body’s cells, and DNA damage. This acid has also been found to directly prevent liver and breast cancer tumors in animal studies.

Where Can I Find It?
There are several different options when it comes to finding and purchasing bulgur. You can order it online from a company like Sunnyland Mills, look for it at a farming co-op or farmer’s market, or buy it from a health or specialty food store. You can even find Bob’s Red Mill bulgur at Wal-Mart locations that offer groceries, and you can look for Arrowhead Mills bulgur at Whole Foods and other more mainstream vendors. If you have a local Middle Eastern market, this is probably the best place to find bulgur.

What Can I Do with It?
Use coarse bulgur to replace rice or cous cous; a medium grind for fillings, stuffings, and cereals; and a fine grind to make tabbouleh. To cook your bulgur, you can simply simmer it for about 15 minutes, let it stand for another 10, then fluff it with a fork and use it as a stand-alone dish or as a pre-cooked ingredient. Once you’ve cooked the bulgur, it triples in volume, so don’t worry that you won’t have enough. If you’d like to make a cold salad with your bulgur, it’s best to cook it by pouring boiling water (a 3:1 ratio of water to bulgur) over it, then leaving it to soak for 30-40 minutes. Again, drain the water away and fluff with a fork to obtain the best consistency.

You can make a wonderful tabbouleh using this soaking method to cook your bulgur. Simply add olive oil, lemon juice, chopped fresh parsley and mint, salt and pepper, and a mixture of chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and green onions. The proportions depend on your taste, but parsley tends to dominate this fresh and flavorful dish. Freshly ground black pepper is best in this salad, so make sure that you have your peppercorns and grinder at the ready. Your tabbouleh should be refrigerated for at least one hour before serving.

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, researching various">online degree< programs and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

How to Save on a Gym Membership

“75% of my readers I bet are thinking of losing weight for this New Year Resolution. Many would love to join the Gym, but not all can afford those crazy bucks. Here is a post written by Liz who speaks on how to save on the Gym membership”.

I love working out, but one of things that I don’t like about it is the gym membership.  Just about every gym around me makes me sign some sort of contract, and the high pressured sales is worse than anything that you can come across.

While you don’t have to go to a gym, many of us want to.  I wanted to show you how you can save on your next gym membership purchase, or maybe if you already have one, I can show you how you can save even more!

#1 Take advantage of offers:  When I was going to college, I took advantage of many gym membership offers.  I honestly had about 10 gyms within 25 miles.  I would take the introductory rate, and stay there until it expired.    These introductory rates included $20 for 6 months, first 3 months free, etc.  Yes, it’s a pain in the butt to cancel your membership, but if you just tell them you’re moving, they will cut you some slack.
TIP:  January is generally the best time to get the best offer, as everyone wants to sign up because of their New Year’s resolution.

#2 Negotiate with them:  Just because you have a gym in your area, and you think it’s expensive, it doesn’t mean that you have to pay that price.  Consider asking them if they will match a competitor ad, or even come down in price.  It really doesn’t hurt to ask, and you’ll be surprised at how many people say yes!

#3 Consider those that don’t advertise:  Look into your local YMCA, or even a smaller community center that has a gym.  Look into the prices, and you will find that many of these places are a lot cheaper than you think.

#4 Ask friends or family:  If you have a friend, or family that lives in a condo complex, or even an apartment community, you can always ask them if they have a gym there.  If they do, ask how you can take advantage of it as well.  Since it won’t cost the resident anything, you can just tell them that you live with your friend, or family member.  By doing this, you probably won’t have to pay anything.

#5 Ask your employer:  If you work with a major employer, ask them about gym discounts.  You will find that some can get you a discount on your gym membership.  It never hurts to ask about this.

#6 Your health insurance:  Just like your employer, ask your health insurance provider about gym membership discounts.  You may find that there’s a plan available as well.

#7 Ask for Financial Aid :
YMCA and many clubs like that do offer certain financial aids for those who are in lower economic zone. Feel free to ask about this if you feel you think you can get those discount.

These seven steps should easily get you on the right path, when you want to save a few extra bucks.  Now, you can always consider getting your own equipment as well.  While some of these tips may take more work, it will be worth the savings in the long haul.

This guest post was written by Liz C.   You can find more of her work, as well as the cost of items all at

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How to Lose Pregnancy Weight Successfully

Once we find out we’re pregnant, we’re overwhelmed with joy.  We are eager to learn the gender, can’t wait to see what they look like, and of course want to hold them more than ever!  It seems like we just have that “glow” when we’re pregnant.  Although, that glow tends to fade once we have the baby.  Now, all the attention is focused on the baby, and we’re left with a body that is much different than to begin with.
If you struggled with some extra weight gain during your pregnancy, you don’t have to live with it forever.  In fact, you can start losing the weight today.  Below are a few ways to lose your unwanted pregnancy pounds successfully.

1] Start with rest:  First of all, you’re probably lacking a good amount of sleep.  So, get a good night’s rest (if that’s possible), and clear your mind.  Don’t beat yourself up too much over your weight gain.  Just keep in mind, tomorrows a new day for anything.

2] Plan ahead for meals:  Once you’ve gotten your good night’s sleep, you will want to plan ahead for your meals.  Think about what you’ll eat that day, and start preparing ahead of time.  When we have a plan we tend to stick to a healthier schedule than if we wait until the last minute to eat healthy and exercise.{ 10 Healthy Eating Habits }

3] Drinks:  It is very common to consume a large amount of calories through what we drink.  If you can, try to limit yourself on the pop, juice and alcoholic beverages.  Instead, stick to things like water, or  de-caffeinated tea or some herbal tea.

4] Small portions:  It is said that you should eat 5-6 small meals each day instead of 3 big ones.  This keeps your metabolism going, and never gives you that starving feeling that will make you over eat.

5] Increased exercise:  Try to increase your exercise.  There is nothing like taking your new baby to the park for a walk, playing some of your favorite sports with your family and friends or riding your bike up to the local store instead of driving.Yoga meditation can also play a big role in losing that extra pound.

6] New hobbies: Try to find some new hobbies that will get you more active.  Whether you play volleyball every Wednesday with your girlfriends, you take your dog and baby for a walk around the subdivision or you pick up something new like rollerblading you will get the exercise all while having cost-free hobbies!

Editorial Note :
Sesame seed oil application all over the body also known in Ayurveda as Abyanga is known to be very helpful in reducing and keep the weight in control. This massage is also good to reduce stretch marks which are normally seen after delivery. {Benefits of Massage }

For you to lose weight, you must really consider all of these tips.  These all play a huge role in getting rid of those stubborn pounds.  Not to mention, think about improving your health as well as improving the look of your body!

This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris.  Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a Convertible Car Seat website that can help new parents find a great car seat, while giving them tips, and advice on everything from pregnancy to parenting.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

5 Tips for Getting in Shape on a Budget

"Here is a post that might help you with your New year Resolution A post that incorporates both the practical and monetary aspect of getting in to shape especially during hard financial times likes today. Gunter Jameson our guest post blogger brings today an Interesting topic of getting into shape on a Budget".

When you look good, you feel good about yourself; you have more self-confidence and feel like you can take on anything. Everyone wants to feel that way, but not everyone can afford a gym membership—much less a personal trainer. And what about expensive home exercise machines? Forget it. Although all that stuff is nice, you don’t need it to get in shape. Spinning classes at your local gym might help motivate you to work out, but you can get in shape yourself, if you are determined and have the right attitude. Getting in shape doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some ways you can get in shape without spending big bucks:

  1. Run: Running is one of the very best ways to lose weight fast and keep it off, and it doesn’t cost you a cent. You can run around your neighborhood or on local trails. You can even use free websites like and to map and measure running routes and track your progress over time. You might need some running shoes if you don’t already have some, but most $40 pairs are just a good as $120 running shoes.
  2. Buy equipment at a second-hand store: When was the last time you were at a second-hand or goodwill store? Have you seen all the exercise equipment people get rid of? There’s tons of it, and it’s all really cheap. From large exercise machines to hand weights, get it used at your local second-hand store.
  3. Use household items: If you don’t want to buy weights, you can make some yourself using cans of food for hand weights or jugs of water for heavier weights. You can even use these tips for creating your own weights at home using sand, cans, tennis balls, and more.
  4. Play or organize community sports: City or community sports leagues are usually pretty inexpensive and you can meet new people and make friends by joining. Or you can organize your own regular sports games with a group of friends or families. Playing all-ages kickball with a bunch of families on your block can be just as fun as hitting a few balls around at the baseball diamond with a league.
  5. Get free info online: Stop subscribing to fitness magazines and buying expensive shakes and diet programs. You can get great fitness advice online for free from a number of different sources. And with fitness advice, you can get a lot of free advice on diet and healthy eating programs that can help you replace energy drinks and store-bought protein shakes with cheaper, healthier homemade options.

Getting in shape can be hard. It requires determination and consistency. But it doesn’t require a lot of money—if you do it right. You can get in shape using free resources and items that you already have around the house. And when you get in shape, you’ll be even happier knowing that you did it without having to pay an arm and a leg for a gym membership.

Gunter Jameson writes about several topics including travel, minimalism and Online Classes.

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