Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Correct Way of Eating Fruits

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think It's important to know how and when to eat..

What is the correct way of eating fruits?


If you eat fruit on an empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD - Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid.. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining - every time I eat water-melon I burp, when I eat during (fruit from Asia with a foul smell yet delicious flavor) my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet etc. - actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes - all these will not happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans.. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste.
Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoid which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE: Sweetest medicine, eating 2 to 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can you believe this??

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

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Health benefits of Lemon

Lemon is one of those super foods with a myriad health and cosmetic benefits. There are a few persons for whom it is an allergen, so make sure you are not allergic to this natural product, before you start enjoying the many benefits.

1. Lemon being a citrus fruit , fights against infection. It helps in production of WBC's and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.

2. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

3. Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

4. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer . They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic. Also blocks the formation of nitrosamines in the gut.

5. Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin.

6. A few drops of lemon juice in hot water are believed to clear the digestive system and purify liver as well.

7. The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves head ache and cools the body.

8. Applying lemon juice to acne dries the existing ones and prevents from getting more.

9. Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightner and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.

10. Lemon juice is given to relieve gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue.

11. Lemon juice is given to prevent common cold.

12. Lemon juice is given to prevent or treat urinary tract infection and gonorrhea.

13. Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain.

14. Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems .

15. Lemon juice soothes the dry skin when applied with little glycerin.

16. Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat kills bacteria and other organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastro-intestinal tract infections.

17. Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down your weight.

18. Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case of diarrhea.

19. Lemon juice can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.

20. A table spoon on thick lemon syrup everyday relieves asthma.

21. Lemon juice relieves chilblains and itchy skin.

22. Gargling lemon juice relieves throat infection and also used as a treatment for diphtheria.

23. Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.

24. Lemon applied over the face removes wrinkles and keeps you young.

25. Lemon juice helps to prevent and cure osteoarthritis

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Yoga for Vata, Pitta and Kapha

There are different Yogic Postures for different body types. If you have not
found your body type as yet then find your Body Type.

Yoga Asanas for Vata:
All postures should be performed while doing deep, quiet breathing.
· Asthma
Backward Bend, Plough, Knee to Chest, Corpse
· Backache
Knee to Chest, Plough, Half Wheel, Backward Bend
· Constipation
Backward Bend, Yoga Mudra, Knee to Chest, Shoulder Stand, Corpse. Belly
should be drawn in while doing these postures.
· Depression
Yoga Mudra, Plough, Corpse, Palm Tree, Lotus
· Sciatica
Knee to Chest, Backward Bend, Plough, Yoga Mudra, Half Wheel
· Sexual Debility
Backward Bend, Plough, Shoulder Stand, Elevated Lotus
· Varicose Veins
Head Stand, Backward Bend, Corpse
· Wrinkles
Yoga Mudra, Backward, Bend, Head Stand, Plough
· Rheumatoid Arthritis
Half Wheel, Bow, Plough, Head Stand, Backward Bend
· Headache
Plough, Yoga Mudra, Head Stand
· Insomnia
Corpse, Cobra, Backward Bend
· Menstrual Disorders
Plough, Cobra, Half Wheel, Yoga Mudra

Yoga Asanas for Pitta:
All postures should be performed while doing deep, quiet breathing
· Peptic Ulcer
Hidden Lotus,Sheetali (inhale through coiled tongue through mouth)
· Hyperthyroidism
Shoulder Stand, Ear Knee
· Malabsorption
Knee to Chest, Fish, Locust
· Hypertension
Shoulder Stand, Cobra, Half Bow, Quiet breathing
· Anger or Hate
Half Bow, Shoulder Stand, Hidden Lotus, Corpse
· Migraine Headache
Sheetali, Shoulder Stand, Fish
· Colitis
Fish, Ear Knee, Boat, Bow
· Liver Disorder
Fish, Shoulder Stand, Ear Knee, Hidden Lotus
· Hemorrhoids
Fish, Shoulder Stand, Bow
· Stomatitis (Inflammation of the Tongue) -

Yoga Asanas for Kapha:
All postures should be performed while doing, deep, quiet breathing.
· Bronchitis
Head Stand, Plough, Forward Bend, Backward Bend, Half Wheel, Fish
· Emphysema
Half Wheel, Shoulder Stand
· Sinus Congestion
Fish, Boat, Plough, Bow, Breath of Fire (Bhasrika)
· Sinus Headache
Lion, Head Knee, Fish
· Diabetes
Boat, Fish, Half Wheel, Backward Bend, Forward Bend
· Chronic Gastro
Intestinal Disorders - Fish, Locust, Cobra
· Sore Throat
Lion, Shoulder Stand, Locust, Fish
· Asthma
Half Wheel, Bow, Boat, Shoulder Stand, Palm Tree, Fish, Cobra

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Asana - 16. Bhujangasana

Cobra pose:

Benefit of this Asana:

* The arching of the spine increases flexibility and strength
* Rejuvenates spinal nerves enriching them with a rich blood supply
* Improves flexibility and tone of spinal muscles, massages, works and tones back muscles
* Helps relieve and prevent lower backache
* Helps cure or relieve lumbago, rheumatism, arthritis and menstrual problems
* Helps cure loss of appetite

Asana - 15. Sit-up

Benefit of this Asana:

* Strengthens and tightens the abdomen
* Open mouth exhalation stimulates diaphragm and eliminates toxins from lungs

Asana - 14. Pavanamuktasana

Wind removing pose:

Benefit of the Asana:

* Massages ascending, descending and transverse colon
* Regulates and normalises hydrochloric acid levels in stomach
* Improves and may cure conditions of constipation, flatulence and hyperacidity
* Relieves lower back pain
* Improves flexibility of the hip joints
* Firms and tones muscles of the abdominal wall, thighs and hips
* Increases peristalsis in the gut

Asana - 13. Savasana

Corpse pose:

Benefit of the Asana:

* Returns cardiovascular circulation to normal
* Slows heart rate, reduces blood pressure
* Teaches complete relaxation
* Stills and focuses the mind

Asana - 12. Padangustasana

Toe stand:

Benefit of this Asana:

* Creates balance and focus in body and mind
* Strengthens stomach muscles
* Strengthens joints (hips, knees, ankles and toes)
* Helps relieve arthritis in all leg joints including hips

Asana - 11. Tadasana

Tree pose:

Benefit of this Asana:

* Assists in correcting bad posture
* Increases hip and knee flexibility and mobility
* Stretches spine
* Releases abdominal tension
* Relieves lower back pain
* Tightens gluteal muscles
* Good for circulatory problems, arthritis and rheumatism

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Asana - 10. Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana

Standing separate leg head to knee pose:

Benefits of this Asana:
* May be good for depression and memory loss
* Reduces abdominal obesity
* Good for diabetic conditions
* Balances blood sugar levels
* Assists in regulating pancreas and kidneys
* Works endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems

Asana - 9. Trikanasana

Triangle pose:

Benefits of this Asana:

* An excellent cardiovascular workout
* Intensely stretches each side of the body
* Opens and increases flexibility of hip joints
* Reduces saddle bags
* Good for kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands
* Opens shoulder joint, good for frozen shoulder
* Strengthen and tones legs and buttocks
* Helps regulate hormone levels

Asana - 8. Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana

Standing separate leg stretching pose:

Benefits of this Asana:

* Increases circulation to the brain and adrenal glands
* Centres nervous system
* May be good for depression
* Good for constipation
* Helps reduce abdominal obesity
* Helps with diabetes and hyperacidity
* Releases lower back
* Exercises muscular, adrenal and reproductive systems

Asana - 7. Tulandandasana

Balancing stick pose:

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Increases cardiovascular circulation, especially to heart blood vessels
* May help clear blocked arteries
* May help prevent future cardiac problems
* Creates a total spine stretch Relieves stress from spine
* Good for varicose veins
* Builds strength in legs

Asana - 6. Dandayamana Dhanurasana

Standing bow pulling pose:

Benefit of This Asana:

* Stimulates cardiovascular system
* Increases circulation to heart and lungs
* Opens diaphragm
* Opens shoulder joint
* Helps frozen shoulder conditions
* Improves spine elasticity
* Improves strength and balance
* Reduces abdominal fat

Asana - 5. Dandayamana Janushirasana

Standing head to knee pose:

* Builds mental strength
* Improves concentration
* Unifies mind and body
* Uses all major muscle groups
* Exercises digestive and reproductive organs
* Good for diabetes
* Strengthens back muscles

Monday, July 20, 2009

Asana - 4. Garurasana

Eagle Pose:

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Works into twelve major joints of the body
* Good for central nervous system
* Facilitates lymphatic function, improving immune system
* Improves mobility of hip joint
* Improves balance
* Strengthens legs
* Good for varicose veins

Asana 3 - Utkatasana

Awkward pose:

Benefits Of this Asana:

* Improves overall body strength
* Opens pelvis
* Strengthens and tones leg muscles
* Relieves menstrual cramping
* Reduces fat pocket under buttocks
* Aligns skeletal system

Asana 2 - Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana

Half moon pose with hands to feet pose:

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Works into the whole skeletal and circulatory systems
* Opens shoulder joints
* Good for frozen shoulder
* Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
* Good for abdominal obesity

Asanas - To Follow In Our Daily Life

Asana I: Pranayama

Standing deep breathing

Benefits Of This Asana:

* Good for lungs and respiratory system
* Helps with mental relaxation
* Helps high blood pressure
* Relieves irritability
* Good for detoxification
* Exercises nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Live longer and happier

1. Think of others before yourself. Give thought to how your actions will affect others.

2. Make sure you are always breathing deeply and long.

3. Watch your speech. Do not gossip or talk ill of others or yourself.

4. Watch and control what kind of thoughts you are having. Positive, ambitious, self loathing, angry, selfish, inclusive etc.

5. Control your actions and make sure most of them are positive, selfless, inclusive and aware.

6. Be free of religious, political, sexual, race, nationalistic, patriotic, biases leading to limited separatist thoughts or actions.

7. Cultivate habits which bring about health in mind and body. Sleep early, eat early, don’t over talk, fast time to time and sit in silence for some time each day.

8. Be aware of what you put importance or effort into as this will bring you much pain or joy in the near and far future. Our karmic energy and destiny will be affected by this.

9. Control your senses by avoiding any excess, so they don’t end up controlling you. This will help control your nervous system and your entire health.

10. Cultivate a healthy practice of yoga, meditation, reading and other spiritual endeavors to bring about a higher consciousness towards all living beings. This will help each person to know their purpose in this life time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Everyday Stretches

Reduce Hypertension - Pose 2 - Shoulder Stretches

Steps to follow:

1. Sit in any comfortably erect position. Hold the strap and straighten your arms forward. As you inhale, move your arms up until they are overhead, and exhale as you bring them down behind you.

2. Coordinate this movement with your breathing, making the movement smooth. Make sure the strap is sufficiently long and your hands sufficiently far apart, so that you can keep your arms straight. If you cannot keep your arms straight, lengthen the strap.

3. The idea is to circumscribe as large a circle as possible with your hands as they go up and over. Therefore, at every given moment you are stretching outward through your arms in the direction they are pointing.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Natuarl Spices _ To lead Healthy Life


You must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take
a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take
a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also
mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on
your palms and soles of your feet.


If you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along
with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black
pepper along with honey or milk, twice or thrice a day. Make an almond paste
by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead.

Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see
its wonderful effects. OR When headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon
works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in
water and apply it all over your forehead



Turmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its
anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes
to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per
cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local


Turmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the
internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease
and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes
to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup
of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.


Turmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers,
dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to
dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per
cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local


Mix 1 teaspoon honey with ? teaspoon cinnamon powder and have at night.


Take a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper
on it. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.


In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander/dhania seeds and bring
to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink
this mixture two times in a day. OR Sunflower seeds are extremely
beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol
deposits on the walls of arteries.


Radish juice should be taken twice a day, once in the morning and
then later in the night. Initially drink about ? cup of radish juice and
then gradually increase it to ? cup. OR Soak 3-4 figs in a glass of water.
Keep it overnight. Consume the figs on an empty stomach, the next day
in the morning


Take 2 cardamoms/elachi and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the
cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it.. Consume it
frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting. OR In
the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp limejuice, add ? tsp of
ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting. OR
Limejuice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled
limejuice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea. OR In
1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.


Apply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for
several months. OR Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of
times a day. Continue for two weeks. OR Rub cut raw potatoes on the
affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks. OR
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.. OR
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a
day. OR Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the
warts. OR Apply Papaya juice OR Apply Pineapple juice.


In 8 oz of water, put ? tsp of baking soda and drink it. OR Drink
plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body.
OR Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.


Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent
attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another
beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and
garlic, as a part of your daily meals. OR Fenugreek/methi leaves are
considered valuable in curing sinusitis. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp
of Fenugreek seeds and reduce it to half. This will help you to perspire,
dispel toxicity and reduce the fever period. OR Tie a tsp of black
cumin seeds in a thin cotton cloth and inhale.


Take a fresh lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water. Add 4 tsp of
honey and ? tsp of salt in it. Drink it slowly sip by sip. OR Milk has
proved beneficial in treating tonsillitis. In 1 glass of pure boiled
milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. Drink it every
night for about 3 days.


Mix a gram of dalchini/cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to
cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay
leaf and black pepper. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the
intake as the cold disappears.


Ginger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger
into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then
add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.


Add a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for
curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.


For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table spoon of
crushed carom seeds (ajwain) and tie it in a cloth and inhale it.


Add a tea spoon of cumin seeds (jeera) and a few small pieces of dry
ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and
then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as
sour throat.

Boil ajwain in water and inhale the steam.


Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.


Have 1-2 pod garlic (lasan) first thing in the morning with water


Mix 1 table spoon and 1 table spoon ginger (adrak) juice, 1 table
spoon of crushed cumin seeds (jeera), and have it twice daily.


For the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon
of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk, and have it
daily for a few couple of days.


A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd
(karela) juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.


For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to
stop the bleeding.. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a
bandage after applying haldi/turmeric.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Reduce Hypertension - Pose 1- Sukhasana

Sukhasana is a relaxation pose intended for Meditation.

  1. Sit down on the floor or a Yoga Mat.

  2. Cross your legs, placing your feet below your knees.

  3. Clasp your hands around your knees.

  4. Keep your head and body straight.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Yoga for Hypertension - Introduction

Hypertension it is also commonly known as high blood pressure, which refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries.If the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. It related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and may also lead to death.

There are two type of Hypertension:

Primary Hypertension – also known as essential hypertension; commonly caused by stress and injury, primary hypertension has no specific symptom. Other causes comprise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, Obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.

Secondary Hypertension – may lead to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the Endocrine Gland, arterial problems like arteriosclerosis, and even Pregnancy.

Its known to be a silent killer.In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management, one of which is Yoga Lifestyle, helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities.

In the following posting we will discuss a lot about the yoga poses which can reduce the Hypertension and make you feel happy and peaceful.

Yoga for Hypertension - Introduction - I

Hypertension it is also commonly known as high blood pressure, which refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries.If the rate of blood pressure reaches to as high as 140/90, then hypertension is present. It related to other diseases like stroke, heart attack, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and may also lead to death.

There are two type of Hypertension:

  • Primary Hypertension – also known as essential hypertension; commonly caused by stress and injury, primary hypertension has no specific symptom. Other causes comprise emotional disturbance, heredity, race, climatic condition, Obesity, smoking and alcohol intake.

  • Secondary Hypertension – may lead to kidney infection, malfunctioning of the Endocrine Gland, arterial problems like arteriosclerosis, and even Pregnancy.

Its known to be a silent killer.In order to manage hypertension, lifestyle management, one of which is Yoga Lifestyle, helps treat and prevent hypertension through mind and body activities.

In the following posting we will discuss a lot about the yoga poses which can reduce the Hypertension and make you feel happy and peaceful.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

How to Verify the Purity of Honey

Fake and impure honeys have become commonplace in the market today, despite many people's preference for 100% bees' honey. The problem with this is, unfortunately, fake and impure honey can be passed off as pure very easily. When viewed on the shelf, it is very hard to pick out what is pure, and what is not. There are, however, a few ways to figure this out.


1. Check the label. You would be amazed at how many people neglect to look closely at the label of food products before buying them, and then are dismayed to find they bought something they really didn't want. Check around the brand name, and the ingredients list (if there is one) for a mention of additives. The company should be required to list them if you are shopping in certain countries. If there are no mentions of additives, buy the honey.

2. Taste the honey. If it seems off, and yet the label claims it is pure, there are a few simple tests you can run to check the purity of the honey.

* The dissolving test.

o Get a glass of water. This and a tablespoon of honey are all you need for the first test.
o Empty the honey into the water. If the honey is impure, it will dissolve in the water- the most common additive to honey is syrup of jaggery, which dissolves. If it is pure, the honey will stick together and sink as a solid lump to the bottom of the glass.
o This test can also be completed by mixing equal parts honey and methylated spirits (denatured alcohol). Pure honey will settle to the bottom. Impure honey is more likely to remain dissolved and make the solution milky.
* The flame test.

o Get a lighter and a candle with a cotton wick. This test is better if you don't have as much honey to spare.
o Dip the cotton wick of the candle into a bit of the honey, and shake off the excess.
o Attempt to light the wick. If it burns, then it is completely pure honey. If it refuses to burn, then the presence of water is not allowing the wick to burn. (If there is only a very small amount of honey on the wick, though, it might still burn. It will produce a crackling sound, and it would be best to blow out the wick and try it again this time using more honey.)
* The absorption test.

o Pour a few drops of honey on blotting paper and observe whether or not it is absorbed. If it's absorbed, the honey's not pure.
o If you don't have blotting paper, pour a little bit of honey on a white cloth, then wash the cloth. If there is any stain left by the honey, it is probably not pure.
3. The ants test

Leave a little of testing honey near some ants, if the ants hover around it then the honey is adulterated.Bees naturally build the combs between the stones and on the trees, and to protect the honey from insects, ants and others they add an additive to honey. This is the reason that ants will not hover around pure honey.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many advantages than other methods to maintaining health in good condition, such as games, athletics, gymnastics, aerobics and various other kind of exercises.

Yoga will benefit you irrespective of whether you are young, old, rich, poor, busy, over busy, lean, fat, highly educated, illiterate, working or not working. Two main advantages of Yoga are prevention from disorders and maintenance of health & fitness in daily life.

Yoga benefits can be devided into two main categories which are Phisical benefits and Mental benefits.

Physiological Benefits (Physical):

* Increases Immunity power and Balance of the body.
* Improves integrated functioning of body parts
* Increases Energy level and Posture
* Increases Joint range of motion
* Increases Musculoskeletal flexibility and
* Controls Blood Pressure and lowers heart rate
* Increase Cardiovascular efficiency
* Slowed aging process
* Normalizes Weight and reduces cholesterol levels
* Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
* Decreases total white blood cell count and Increases Hemoglobin

Psychological Benefits (Mental)

* Reduces stress to have good sleep
* Spiritual and mental growth
* Improves positive thinking and subjective to well-being
* Reduced anxiety and muscle tension
* Increased strength and flexibility
* Reduces Anxiety and Depression
* Improves Memory and Concentration

Home Facial Process

Even though Facials are done at spas or beauty salon under professional guidance some times we can have our facials at home. As facials spas and salon and expensive. But home facials give you some different enjoyment and cost less also. You can try these home facials atleast twice a month. If you are free and have time at home, do your facial yourself.

Tools/Materials needed:

# Gentle cleanser
# Exfoliating cream/ Soothing cream
# Steamer
# A facial mask
# Message Vibrator
# Skin tonic
# Cotton pads

Process of Home Facial:

1. Cover your hair with a scarf or a band and clothes with a dressing gown.
2. Take cotton pad and apply the cleanser on your face and skin the dirt or grime, especially on T-zone and sides of your nose. Clean your hands and make sure they are clean and start messaging your face.
3. Rub a gentle exfoliating scrub by usingyour fingers in a circular motion on your face. Concentrate on the areas around your nose and forehead by giving strokes and messaging your face. If you have combination skin, work harder on the areas that tend to be greasy.
4. Try to do message at least 10 to 15 mins around the lips, eyes, fore head, cheeks and nose.
5. The sides and the back of the neck should be massaged with the fingertips using upward circular movements. Working from the centre of the upper lip, use circular movements out towards the centre of the cheeks.
6. The forehead should be lightly stroked with the fingertips in any upward direction. Then, working from in-between the brows, employ small circular movements out, and over the eyebrows.
7. After 10 to 15 mins clean your face as exfoliating creams lend to dry quickly.
8. Give a steam on your face with warm water.
9. Now apply any face mask Home facials mask you like and after 10 mins remove the mask.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Dandruff, also known as Scruff, is the shedding of dead skin on the scalp. If we take proper hair care, dandruff can be cured and also make your hair healthy, beautiful, long, and dandruff free hair.
Usually dandruff will be less in summer when compared to winter.

Causes of Dandruff:

Theories suggests that dandruff is a natural process, which is caused by the flaking of the scalp. Just like our body sheds dead skin, so does the scalp. When this skin is shed at an excessive rate, it causes to dandruff.

It is also a belief that dandruff is also caused by a dry scalp and it is often also caused by an oily scalp. As such that excessive oil in the hair forms as layer on the scalps, when it dries, and then thickenss, this layer flakes off in the form of dandruff.

It is also caused by inproper attention towards hair as due to fungus on the scalp whch can be controlled but not completely eraticate it. There is speculation that dandruff is linked with hair loss, as dandruff may indicate an unhealthy scalp.

Other Internal Causes:

* Poor health
* Lack of rest
* Excessive stress
* Excessive intake of sugar, fat and oily foods
* Hormonal imbalance
* Sweeting due to excercise
* Poor hygiene
* Improper nutrition

Other External Causes:

* Excessive use of shampoos
* Excessive use of hairsprays and gels.
* Improper use of hair-coloring products or excessive use of electric hair curlers
* Tight fitting hats and scarves.
* Cold weather and dry indoor heating.
* Infrequent shampooing of the hair or inadequate rinsing.

Treatment for Dandruff:

External treatment: External treatment includes using anti-dandruff shampoos or using anti-fungal shampoos. Massaging the scalp with certain specific oils also can help reduce the flaking of the scalp.

Relaxation treatment: Treatments like meditation and yoga help the body and mind to relax which in turn leads to reduction of stress which control the skin from flaking.

Nutritional treatment: Nutritional treatment includes eating good nutritious food. Intake of more liquids, more fruits and juices, a balnced diet and proper sleep of 7-8 hours will helps in avoiding the occurrence of dandruff. Avoiding excess of salt, sugar and alcohol also helps.

Naturopathy treatments: Various home made natural treatments are available for curing of dandruff and it can done at home which reduces and cures dandruff if dome in regular intervals. You can find some remedies in the following section.

Home Cure and Remedies:

The following are the simple dandruff treatments that you can do at home.

1.Before applying shampoo, massage the scalp with salt for some time and then wash it off.

2.Take some curd and add the juice of half or one lemon. Put this mixture evenly on the scalp and hair. Keep for about half an hour and then wash with mild shampoo. Do this more frequently and the occurrence of dandruff will reduce drastically. Curd improves the texture and softness of your hair. Avoid this for people who catch up cold easily as curd has a cooling effect on the head.

3.Mix egg white with one lemon juice and apply on the scalp and rest it for an hour. Then wash it off with warm water and a cider vinegar in water as a last rinse. This is a very good dandruff treatment.

4.Rub half of the lemon on the scalp before taking a shower. Don’t do this before every shower.

5.Apply grated carrots to the scalp and leave for some time and then wash off as usual.

6.Soak fenugreek seeds in curd at night and morning grind it into fine paste add lemon juice little bit you can also add shikakai powder, amla powder also with this, apply to hair and scalps and wait for 1/2 hr and wash with warm water, is a good conditioning and helps in reducing dandruff and reduces hair loss.

7.Apply poppy seeds grounded with milk on the scalp. Wash the hair with herbs like shikakai or with a plain water.

8.Boil dry tea leaves in water,strian it and keep it for cooling add a lemon, some curd(optional), shikakai powder and amla powder . Make a paste and apply this on the scalp and hair and leave for an hour. Wash as usual. This gives a shine to the hair and is a good dandruff cure.

9.Heat 3 portion of olive oil and add 1 part of honey to it and massage this mixture to your hair and wrap a hot towel (dip towel in hot water and squeze it) or steams the hair with steamer.
10.Gently massage the scalp with brandy and then wash off.

11.Use some warm coconut oil and add 1/2 lemon to it and apply this to hair and leave it overnight and shampoo it off in the morning.

12.Mix 2 tsp of vinegar with 6 tsp of water and apply it,now wrap a towel before going to bed and head-bath in the morning.

Sweet Corn Soup


* Corn kernels - 2 cups
* Chilli sause - 1/2 tsp
* Soya sause - 1/2 tsp
* Venegar - 1 tsp (Optional)
* Corn flour - 1 tsp
* Water - 1 cups
* Salt - to taste
* Oil - 2 tsp
* Pepper - 1/2 tsp
* Lemon juice - 1 tsp
* Cream - 1/2 cup


* Pressure cook the corn kernel and take off 1/4 cup set aside and grind remaining.
* Now take a pan heat the oil and add grinded corn, cook it stir it continously
* Now add water to the grinded corn and stir it continously and cook it for 5 mins
* Now add chilli sause, soya sause to the corn soup and stir it.
* Take another bowl add cornflour and little bit of water and mix it.
* Now add the cornflour mixer to corn soup and stir it well.
* See that soup should not stick to the pan and when it becomes thick.
* Now add lemon juice, salt and pepper and remove the soup from the flame
* Add the remaining 1/4 boiled corns and before serve add cream to it and serve hot.

Quantity: 3 - 4 servings.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats). The measurement is written one above or before the other, with the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom. For example, a blood pressure measurement of 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is expressed verbally as "120 over 80." Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mmHg systolic and less than 80 mmHg diastolic.

High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action.

Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first- and third-leading causes of death among Americans. High blood pressure also can result in other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness.

A blood pressure level of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. About two-thirds of people over age 65 have high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg, then you have prehypertension. This means that you don't have high blood pressure now but are likely to develop it in the future. You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Those who do not have high blood pressure at age 55 face a 90 percent chance of developing it during their lifetimes. So high blood pressure is a condition that most people have at some point in their lives.

What the Numbers Mean

Both numbers in a blood pressure test are important, but for people who are 50 or older, systolic pressure gives the most accurate diagnosis of high blood pressure. It is high if it is 140 mmHg or above.

Blood Pressure Level (mmHg)
Category Systolic Diastolic
Normal <>160 or >100

Systolic Pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. It is shown as the top number in a blood pressure reading. High blood pressure is 140 and higher for systolic pressure. Diastolic pressure does not need to be high for you to have high blood pressure. When that happens, the condition is called "isolated systolic hypertension," or ISH. Diastolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. It's shown as the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.

Any form of high blood pressure is dangerous if not properly treated. Both numbers in a blood pressure test are important, but, for some, the systolic is especially meaningful. That's because, for those persons middle aged and older, systolic pressure gives a better diagnosis of high blood pressure.

If left uncontrolled, high systolic pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney damage, blindness, or other conditions. While it cannot be cured once it has developed, ISH can be controlled.

The diastolic blood pressure has been and remains, especially for younger people, an important hypertension number. The higher the diastolic blood pressure the greater the risk for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. As people become older, the diastolic pressure will begin to decrease and the systolic blood pressure begins to rise and becomes more important. A rise in systolic blood pressure will also increase the chance for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. Your physician will use both the systolic and the diastolic blood pressure to determine your blood pressure category and appropriate prevention and treatment activities.

Why Is High Blood Pressure Important?
High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard. It also makes the walls of the arteries hard. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first- and third-leading causes of death for Americans. High blood pressure can also cause other problems, such as heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness.

Effect of High Blood Pressure on Your Body

Impaired Vision
High blood pressure can eventually cause blood vessels in the eye to burst or bleed. Vision may become blurred or otherwise impaired and can result in blindness.

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. Very high pressure can cause a break in a weakened blood vessel, which then bleeds in the brain. This can cause a stroke. If a blood clot blocks one of the narrowed arteries, it can also cause a stroke.

As people get older, arteries throughout the body "harden," especially those in the heart, brain, and kidneys. High blood pressure is associated with these "stiffer" arteries. This, in turn, causes the heart and kidneys to work harder.

Kidney Damage
The kidneys act as filters to rid the body of wastes. Over time, high blood pressure can narrow and thicken the blood vessels of the kidneys. The kidneys filter less fluid, and waste builds up in the blood. The kidneys may fail altogether. When this happens, medical treatment (dialysis) or a kidney transplant may be needed.

Heart Attack
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack. The arteries bring oxygen-carrying blood to the heart muscle. If the heart cannot get enough oxygen, chest pain, also known as "angina," can occur. If the flow of blood is blocked, a heart attack results.

Congestive Heart Failure
High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for congestive heart failure (CHF). CHF is a serious condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs.

Massage Information
Reflexology and massage aims to relieve stress or treat health conditions through the application of pressure to specific points or areas of the feet and body. The underlying idea of reflexology is that areas of the feet and hands correspond to (and affect) other parts of the body.

Techniques similar to reflexology have been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and other areas. In the early 20th century, an American physician named William Fitzgerald suggested that the foot could be "mapped" to other areas of the body to diagnose or treat medical conditions. He divided the body into 10 zones and labeled the parts of the foot that he believed controlled each zone. He proposed that gentle pressure on a particular area of the foot could generate relief in the targeted zone. This process was originally called zone therapy.

In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, further developed these maps to include specific reflex points. At that time, zone therapy was renamed reflexology. Modern reflexologists in the United States often learn Ingham's method or a similar technique developed by the reflexologist Laura Norman.

Reflexology charts include pictures of the feet with diagrams of corresponding internal organs or parts of the body. The right side of the body is believed to be reflected in the right foot, and the left side, in the left foot. Different health care providers, such as massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, physical therapists or nurses, may use reflexology.

Massage has many therapeutic benefits. Most notable is the ability of massage and reflexology to:

* Help relieve tension and stress
* Soothe aching muscles
* stimulate local circulation