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5 ways to remain hydrated

Jan 13, 2017 7:40:04 PM

Water - We all need it to be healthy. However, remembering to drink isn’t always easy. Sure it is easy to sip enough water with meals, which is great. Start hydrating throughout the day is important too especially when the temperatures start to rise. Drinking 8 glasses of water can be a chore, but throw in humid weather, an intense workout or a hectic day and before you know it you are dehydrated. This can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue and loss of concentration. But it doesn’t have to be that way; here are 5 strategies to up your liquid intake your body will thank you. 1) Lemon or any Citrus Fruit Lemon’s benefits extend beyond its bittersweet taste; lemon oozes vitamin C an important nutrient for the body’s connective tissue from collagen to bones to skin. It also helps reduce stress and citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and limes contain Vitamin C that lower risks of cancers and acts an antioxidant neutralizing cancer forming chemicals in the body. Try different citrus fruits each day of the week. 2) Coconut Water Coconut water is packed with anti oxidants, amino acids, enzymes, Vitamin C and minerals. The micronutrients in coconut water help in boosting the immune system. Coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher. Because of its electrolyte composition it is used to rehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss, a good source of carbohydrates it lifts your energy levels. Drinking coconut water can be a good substitute for your sugary food cravings. 3) Fruits and Vegetables Solid food such as fruits and vegetables consist of mainly water. For example – Apple is 85% water by volume. Your body absorbs this liquid like any other, Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C lots of lycopene. Lycopene is a nutrient that triggers healthy reactions in the body. If fruit is not your calling then try blending your favorites into a smoothie. Not interested in blending? Then make those leafy greens a top choice for lunch or swap tea with green vegetable juice in the afternoon. 4) Herbal tea Herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits from curing an upset stomach to treating insomnia. Drinking herbal tea can be a great source of vitamins and mineral, if you want to give salads or juice a break then simply brew yourself a cup of herbal tea. Good options include chamomile, peppermint and for hot summer days cool them in the refrigerator for a homemade iced tea. There are plenty of flavors and varieties of tea’s you can drink. Mix them up so that you are never bored with the taste. More importantly it will provide the body with the fluids and hydration it needs even if you are not a water drinker!! 5) Brothy Soup Chicken soup is really good for the body especially when it comes to hydration. Broth whether meat or vegetable based, sends a whole lot of liquid your way and this delivery makes it easier for our bodies to digest minerals. Chicken soup in particular shows anti inflammatory properties that help prevent common cold symptoms and reduce joint pain. It’s even shown to heal the lining of the intestines, supporting proper digestion and it tastes so good!! Now these 5 sneaky strategies don’t mean you should stop drinking water. Water is still important for our bodies. It is the most important nutrient for life, it helps to keep our skin hydrated, smooth and slow down the wrinkling process. It helps in keeping our joints lubricated and also helps in transporting waste and nutrients through the body.
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home remedies for winters

Nov 15, 2016 8:44:23 PM

Now that Diwali is over, winter has started setting in. It is getting cooler at nights and our skin is getting drier by the minute. Plus all the good cosmetics and the skin essentials keep getting costlier by the day. But, with a heavy heart we have to buy all those skin essentials to avoid our skin from drying up and getting wrinkled. What if we told you there is a better way to keep your skin and hair in check and it requires only a little effort on your part? So, today we decided to share our knowledge about skin remedies for winters.

Olive Oil:

Olive oil has anti-ageing properties and vitamin E present in Olive oil. It improves skin health by treating inflammation, acne, and protecting the skin from serious ailments like psoriasis and skin cancer. Here are various remedies using olive oil:

  1. Dab a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil under your regular moisturiser.
  2. About half an hour before taking a shower, rub some olive oil on your hands, legs and other areas with dry skin and massage lightly. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturiser.
  3. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, four tablespoons of fine brown sugar, and one tablespoon of honey. Rub this homemade scrub on your dry skin using light, circular motions for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturiser.

Raw milk is rich in B-vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids, calcium and other potent antioxidants which are very beneficial for your skin. It nourishes your skin cells from deep within and keeps skin moisturised all day. The lactic acid in the milk helps exfoliate dead skin and increase the skins ability to retain moisture.

  1. Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for five to seven minutes. Gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. This way this natural moisturiser will remain on your skin. Do this every other day.
  2. Add a few drops of rose water and four tablespoons of milk. Rub this solution all over your body. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash your body with cold water. Follow this remedy twice daily.
  3. Add enough milk cream to 3-4 tablespoons of gram flour to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face, hands and legs. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.

Honey is used in almost all of the beauty masks as it is the best natural moisturiser. It is loaded with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties and makes your skin smooth and soft.

  1. Before taking a bath or shower, rub honey all over your body and leave it on for 5 - 10 minutes. Repeat daily to enjoy well moisturised skin.
  2. Measure out equal parts of unprocessed honey, beeswax, and olive oil. Melt the beeswax in a small pan over low heat. Remove it from the heat and mix in the honey and then add the olive oil. Apply this mixture all over your body and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then take a shower. Repeat daily or every other day.

Yogurt contains lactic acid which dissolves dead skin cells. It not only helps in natural glow and prevents breakouts, but also works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

  1. Apply fresh yogurt on your hands, face and legs and gently massage it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then take a bath or shower. The mild exfoliating action of yogurt will remove dry skin and leave your skin refreshed. Do this once daily.
  2. Mix one-half cup of yogurt and three tablespoons of mashed or blended papaya. Stir in a few drops of honey and lemon juice. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this once a week.
Coconut oil:

Yes! Coconut oil contains fatty acid which makes up for any loss of moisture from the skin. This age old remedy which our grandmother used to tell us about all the time is very helpful.

  1. Apply warm coconut oil all over your body before going to sleep. Wash it off in the morning. Do this daily to make your skin soft and smooth.
  2. Apply coconut oil on your dry skin after you take a bath or shower. When the skin is warm and supple from your bath, coconut oil is more readily absorbed. Do this daily.

So now you know what to do this winter to keep your skin away from all the damage. Do let us know in the comment section which of these remedies you liked the best.

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