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Stoking The Inner Fire

Turning Inward During Winter
In the depths of winter, we can forget that bare trees will once again be full with foliage, and grass and flowers hidden beneath a blanket of white or a deceptive covering of hardened earth will burst forth once again. While they slumber, nature is continuing its work at the center of each living thing. We can think of our blankets and warm clothes as similar protection—like the cocoon that surrounds a changing caterpillar—while we undergo our own inner transformational work. In the meantime, the lights that twinkle and the fires that warm us can serve to remind us of the flame of life that burns within us.

In order to stoke our inner flame, we can use the time indoors to focus our attention on our homes and families. We can become distracted by the world outside and forget that we need to nourish the lights that warm our hearts. Interacting at a soul level can be done by sharing stories from our hearts, doing projects together, dancing, or playing games. Devoting energy this way helps us build a stronger bond that will sustain us once the world allows us each to pursue our individual goals again.

Winter allows us to feed the flame in our own centers by reading or researching to nourish our dreams and plans for the future. This can mean catching up on all the quieter things we wanted to do but didn’t have time for, like reading books, watching movies, or listening to music. We may have set aside creative pursuits such as painting or writing that can be brought back to the center burner now. It is also a great time to do some journaling to look back on the year that has passed and perhaps the years before this one in preparation for forward motion in the coming year. Nature’s wisdom offers us opportunities to nourish our inner seeds of hope in preparation for our future, so let us enjoy the inner warmth and be grateful for it all.

Sources: Daily Om

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Milk Thistle

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Botanical Name: Silybum marianum
Family: N.O. Compositae,Asteraceae
Subfamily: Lactucoideae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Silybum
Species: S. marianum
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asterales

Synonym-:Marian Thistle.  Carduus lactifolius. Carduus marianus. Centaurea dalmatica. Mariana lactea.
Common Names-:- Cardus marianus,  Milk thistle,  Blessed milkthistle,   Marian thistle, Mary thistle, Saint Mary‘s thistle, Mediterranean milk thistle, Variegated thistle and Scotch thistle,  Mary thistle, holy thistle. Milk thistle is sometimes called silymarin, which is actually a mixture of the herb’s active components, including silybinin (also called silibinin or silybin).

Latin Name-:-Silybum marianum

Habitat : Milk Thistle is native to  S. Europe, N. Africa and W. Asia. Naturalized in Britain.  It grows on  waste places, usually close to the sea, especially if the ground is dry and rocky.  .

Parts Used-: Whole herb, root, leaves, seeds and hull.

Description: Members of this genus grow as annual or biennial plants. The erect stem is tall, branched and furrowed but not spiny. The large, alternate leaves are waxy-lobed, toothed and thorny, as in other genera of thistle. The lower leaves are cauline (attached to the stem without petiole). The upper leaves have a clasping base. They have large, disc-shaped pink-to-purple, rarely white, solitary flower heads at the end of the stem. The flowers consist of tubular florets. The phyllaries under the flowers occur in many rows, with the outer row with spine-tipped lobes and apical spines. The fruit is a black achene with a white pappus

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Only two species are currently classified in this genus:

Silybum eburneum Coss. & Dur., known as the Silver Milk Thistle, Elephant Thistle, or Ivory Thistle
Silybum eburneum Coss. & Dur. var. hispanicum
Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertner, the Blessed Milk Thistle, which has a large number of other common names, such as Variegated Thistle.
The two species hybridise naturally, the hybrid being known as Silybum × gonzaloi Cantó , Sánchez Mata & Rivas Mart. (S. eburneum var. hispanicum x S. marianum)

A number of other plants have been classified in this genus in the past but have since been relocated elsewhere in the light of additional research.

S. marianum is by far the more widely known species. It is believed to give some remedy for liver diseases (e.g. viral hepatitis) and an extract, silymarin, is used in medicine. The adverse effect of the medicinal use of milk thistle is loose stools.

This handsome plant is not unworthy of a place in our gardens and shrubberies and was formerly frequently cultivated. The stalks, like those of most of our larger Thistles, may be eaten, and are palatable and nutritious. The leaves also may be eaten as a salad when young. Bryant, in his Flora Dietetica, writes of it: ‘The young shoots in the spring, cut close to the root with part of the stalk on, is one of the best boiling salads that is eaten, and surpasses the finest cabbage. They were sometimes baked in pies. The roots may be eaten like those of Salsify.’ In some districts the leaves are called ‘Pig Leaves,’ probably because pigs like them, and the seeds are a favourite food of goldfinches.

The common statement that this bird lines its nest with thistledown is scarcely accurate, the substance being in most cases the down of Colt’s-foot (Tussilago), or the cotton down from the willow, both of which are procurable at the building season, whereas thistledown is at that time immature.

Westmacott, writing in 1694, says of this Thistle: ‘It is a Friend to the Liver and Blood: the prickles cut off, they were formerly used to be boiled in the Spring and eaten with other herbs; but as the World decays, so doth the Use of good old things and others more delicate and less virtuous brought in.’

The heads of this Thistle formerly were eaten, boiled, treated like those of the Artichoke.

There is a tradition that the milk-white veins of the leaves originated in the milk of the Virgin which once fell upon a plant of Thistle, hence it was called Our Lady’s Thistle, and the Latin name of the species has the same derivation.
Cultivation:
Succeeds in any well-drained fertile garden soil. Prefers a calcareous soil and a sunny position. Hardy to about -15°c. The blessed thistle is a very ornamental plant that was formerly cultivated as a vegetable crop. Young plants are prone to damage from snails and slugs. Plants will often self sow freely.

Propagation:
Seed – if sown in situ during March or April, the plant will usually flower in the summer and complete its life cycle in one growing season. The seed can also be sown from May to August when the plant will normally wait until the following year to flower and thus behave as a biennial. The best edible roots should be produced from a May/June sowing, whilst sowing the seed in the spring as well as the summer should ensure a supply of edible leaves all year round.

Edible Uses :
Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Oil; Oil; Root; Stem.
Edible Uses: Coffee; Oil; Oil.

Root – raw or cooked. A mild flavour and somewhat mucilaginous texture. When boiled, the roots resemble salsify (Tragopogon hispanicus). Leaves – raw or cooked. The very sharp leaf-spines must be removed first, which is quite a fiddly operation. The leaves are quite thick and have a mild flavour when young, at this time they are quite an acceptable ingredient of mixed salads, though they can become bitter in hot dry weather. When cooked they make an acceptable spinach substitute. It is possible to have leaves available all year round from successional sowings. Flower buds – cooked. A globe artichoke substitute, they are used before the flowers open. The flavour is mild and acceptable, but the buds are quite small and even more fiddly to use than globe artichokes. Stems – raw or cooked. They are best peeled and can be soaked to reduce the bitterness. Palatable and nutritious, they can be used like asparagus or rhubarb or added to salads. They are best used in spring when they are young. A good quality oil is obtained from the seeds. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute

HEALTH BENEFITS:

The seeds of this plant are used nowadays for the same purpose as Blessed Thistle, and on this point John Evelyn wrote: ‘Disarmed of its prickles and boiled, it is worthy of esteem, and thought to be a great breeder of milk and proper diet for women who are nurses.’

It is in popular use in Germany for curing jaundice and kindred biliary derangements. It also acts as a demulcent in catarrh and pleurisy. The decoction when applied externally is said to have proved beneficial in cases of cancer.

Gerard wrote of the Milk Thistle that:
‘the root if borne about one doth expel melancholy and remove all diseases connected therewith. . . . My opinion is that this is the best remedy that grows against all melancholy diseases,’
which was another way of saying that it had good action on the liver. He also tells us:
‘Dioscorides affirmed that the seeds being drunke are a remedy for infants that have their sinews drawn together, and for those that be bitten of serpents:’and we find in a record of old Saxon remedies that ‘this wort if hung upon a man’s neck it setteth snakes to flight.’ The seeds were also formerly thought to cure hydrophobia.
Culpepper considered the Milk Thistle to be as efficient as Carduus benedictus for agues, and preventing and curing the infection of the plague, and also for removal of obstructions of the liver and spleen. He recommends the infusion of the fresh root and seeds, not only as good against jaundice, also for breaking and expelling stone and being good for dropsy when taken internally, but in addition, to be applied externally, with cloths, to the liver. With other writers, he recommends the young, tender plant (after removing the prickles) to be boiled and eaten in the spring as a blood cleanser.
A tincture is prepared by homoeopathists for medicinal use from equal parts of the root and the seeds with the hull attached.

It is said that the empirical nostrum, antiglaireux, of Count Mattaei, is prepared from this species of Thistle.

Thistles in general, according to Culpepper, are under the dominion of Jupiter.
Milk thistles have been reported to have protective effects on the liver and to improve its function. They are typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders. The active compound in Milk thistle credited with this effect is “silymarin”, and is typically administered in amount ranging from 200-500mg per day (common Milk Thistle supplements have an 80% standardized extract of silymarin). Increasing research is being carried out into its possible medical uses and the mechanisms of such effects. However, a previous literature review using only studies with both double-blind and placebo protocols concluded that milk thistle and its derivatives “does not seem to significantly influence the course of patients with alcoholic and/or hepatitis B or C liver diseases.”

Medicinal Uses:
Silymarin is poorly soluble in water, so aqueous preparations such as teas are ineffective, except for use as supportive treatment in gallbladder disorders because of cholagogic and spasmolytic effects. The drug is best administered parenterally because of poor absorption of silymarin from the gastrointestinal tract. The drug must be concentrated for oral use.   Silymarin’s hepatoprotective effects may be explained by its altering of the outer liver cell membrane structure, as to disallow entrance of toxins into the cell.  This alteration involves silymarin’s ability to block the toxin’s binding sites, thus hindering uptake by the cell.  Hepatoprotection by silymarin can also be attributed to its antioxidant properties by scavenging prooxidant free radicals and increasing intracellular concentration of glutathione, a substance required for detoxicating reactions in liver cells.

Silymarin’s mechanisms offer many types of therapeutic benefit in cirrhosis with the main benefit being hepatoprotection. Use of milk thistle, however, is inadvisable in decompensated cirrhosis.  In patients with acute viral hepatitis, silymarin shortened treatement time and showed improvement in serum levels of bilirubin, AST and ALT.

Treatment claims also include:

1.Lowering cholesterol levels
2.Reducing insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis
3.Reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.

4.Milk thistle is also used in many products claiming to reduce the effects of a hangover.

5.Milk thistle can also be found as an ingredient in some energy drinks like the AriZona Beverage Company Green Tea energy drink and Rockstar Energy Drink.


How It Is Used:

Milk thistle is a flowering herb. Silymarin, which can be extracted from the seeds (fruit), is believed to be the biologically active part of the herb. The seeds are used to prepare capsules containing powdered herb or seed; extracts; and infusions (strong teas).

What the Science Says:
There have been some studies of milk thistle on liver disease in humans, but these have been small. Some promising data have been reported, but study results at this time are mixed.
Although some studies conducted outside the United States support claims of oral milk thistle to improve liver function, there have been flaws in study design and reporting. To date, there is no conclusive evidence to prove its claimed uses.
NCCAM is supporting a phase II research study to better understand the use of milk thistle for chronic hepatitis C. With the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NCCAM is planning further studies of milk thistle for chronic hepatitis C and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (liver disease that occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol).
The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research are also studying milk thistle, for cancer prevention and to treat complications in HIV patients.

Other Uses:
Green manure; Oil; Oil..……A good green manure plant, producing a lot of bulk for incorporation into the soil.

Known Hazards  : When grown on nitrogen rich soils, especially those that have been fed with chemical fertilizers, this plant can concentrate nitrates in the leaves. Nitrates are implicated in stomach cancers. Diabetics should monitor blood glucose when using. Avoid if decompensated liver cirrhosis. Possible headaches, nausea, irritability and minor gastrointestinal upset

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider
Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_Thistle
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/milkthistle/
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/thistl11.html#mil

http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_LMN.htm

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Preparatory Movement (Yoga Exercise)

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Yogic practices create lot of strain on different organs or parts of the body, our body should have enough strength to bear this, one should build this stamina with practice. The preparatory movements provide just the same and help you build the necessary strength and prepare the whole body for Yogasana.

Following precautions should be taken while performing these movements –
1. Movements should be without jerk or swings.
2. Movements should be slow and smooth.
3. Movements to be tuned with breathing.

Normal Breathing Principles –
1. When the physical movements is in the direction of gravitational pull, i.e. downwards, exhaling should take place.
2. During upward movement, inhaling should take place.
3. When there is no movement, normal breathing should be resumed.

Preparatory Movements preposition- 

*Stand with 1 to 1.5 feet distance between legs, hands straight and resting the palms on the sides of the thighs, look straight.

*This posture makes balancing of the body easy.

Preparatory Movement 1

 

Preparatory Movement 1 –

1. In preposition, inhaling raise both the hands above the head slowly keeping the distance same between them.

2. Then exhaling slowly start bending down in the waist till the palms touch the ground, keep the head pressed towards the knees.

3. Inhaling raise the waist and take position as in 1.

4. Exhailing bring the arms back to the normal preposition.

Preparatory Movement 2

 

Preparatory Movement 2-

1.In preposition, inhaling raise both the hands from sides, slowly bringing them at shoulder height and parallel to the ground.

2.Then exhaling slowly start bending forward in the waist, touch the thumb of right foot by your left hand, keeping the right arm straight above.

3.Inhaling take position as in 1.

4.Then exhaling slowly start bending forward in the waist, touch the thumb of left foot by your right hand keeping the left arm straight above.

5.Inhaling take position as in 1.

6.Exhaling bring the arms down to the normal preposition.

Preparatory Movement 3

 

Preparatory Movement 3-

1.In preposition, inhaling raise both the hands from sides slowly bringing them at shoulder height and parallel to the ground.

2.Then exhaling slowly start turning to the left in the waist keeping the arms and shoulder in straight line. At the same time keep knees straight and feet firmly on ground.

3.Inhaling take position as in 1.

4.Then exhaling slowly start turning to the right in the waist keeping the arms and shoulder in straight line. At the same time keep knees straight and feet firmly on ground.

5.Inhaling take position as in 1.

6.Exhaling bring the arms down to the normal preposition.

Preparatory Movement 4

 

Preparatory Movement 4 –

1.In preposition, inhaling bring both the hands on waist in such a way that fingers come to the front side and thumb to the back.

2.Then exhaling slowly start bending forwards in the waist keeping knees straight. Try to bring the head between the legs.

3.Inhaling take position as in 1.

4.Then exhaling slowly start bending backwards in the waist keeping knees straight. Try to bend as much as possible and maintain your balance.

5.Inhaling take position as in 1.

6.Exhaling bring the arms down to the initial position.

Preparatory Movement 5

 

Preparatory Movement 5 –

1.In preposition, inhaling bring both the hands on waist in such a way that fingers come to the front side and thumb to the back.

2.Then exhaling slowly start bending the head and the body in the waist to the left keeping knees straight. Pay attention to the right side which gets strain from head to ankle.

3.Inhaling take position as in 1.

4.Then exhaling slowly start bending head and body in the waist to the right, keeping knees straight. Pay attention to the left side which gets strain from head to ankle.

5.Inhaling take position as in 1.

6.Exhaling bring the arms down to the normal preposition.

Preparatory Movement 6

 

Preparatory Movement 6 –

1.In preposition, inhaling bring both the hands on waist in such a way that fingers come to the front side and thumb to the back.

2.Then exhaling slowly bend forward in the waist.

3.Inhaling rotate to the left in the waist and try to attain position no. 2 as in Preparatory Movement 5.

4.Continue inhaling and rotate backwards as in the position 4 in Preparatory Movement 4.

5.Exhaling further rotate to the right and attain the position no. 4.

6.Continue exhaling rotate to the front and take position no.2, as above.

7.Inhaling, rotate to the right and take position no.5 above.

8.Continue inhaling, rotate backwards, and take the position no.4 above.

9.Exhaling further rotate to the left and attain the position no. 3 above.

10.Continue exhaling and rotate to the front and attain the position no. 2 above.

11.Inhaling raise the waist and attain the position no. 1 above.

12.Exhaling bring the hands down to the normal position.

Preparatory Movement 7

 

Preparatory Movement 7 –

1.Bring both the hands on the waist.

2.Bend the neck forward as much as possible. The chin should get fixed into the pit below the Adam’s Apple.

3.Straighten the neck.

4.Bend the neck backward so much that its front side feels the strain.

5.Straighten the neck.

6.Bend the neck on the left shoulder creating pressure on the right side.

7.Straighten the neck.

8.Bend the neck on the right shoulder creating pressure on the left side.

9.Straighten the neck.

10Bring both the hands down and come to the initial position.

Preparatory Movement 8 –

 

Preparatory Movement 8 –

1.Keep both the hands on the waist.

2.Bend the neck forward at ease.

3.Rotate the neck round to the left and have the position No.6 of Preparatory Movement type 7.

4.Rotate the neck further to the back and have the position No.4 of Preparatory Movement type 7.

5.Then rotate the neck to the right and bring it on the right shoulder (Position No. 8 of Preparatory Movement type 7).

6.Rotate the neck down to the front (Position No.2 above).

7.Now start rotating the neck to the right as in Position No.5 above.

8.Rotate the neck further to the back as in Position No.4 above.

9.Then rotate the neck to the left and keep it on the left shoulder as in Position No.3 above.

10Rotate the neck down to the front as in Position No.2 above.

11.Straighten the neck.

12.Bring both the hands down and come to the initial position.

Preparatory Movement 9

 

Preparatory Movement 9 –

1.In preposition, inhaling raise both the hands up above the head as in the position no. 1 in Preparatory Movement 1 .

2.Then exhaling slowly bend forward in the waist and try to touch the fingers to the ground as in the position no. 2 in Preparatory Movement 1, then bring palms together and keep knees straight.

3.Inhaling rotate to the left in the waist and try to attain position no. 2 Preparatory Movement 5.

4.Continue inhaling and rotate backwards as in the position 4 in Preparatory Movement 4.

5.Exhaling further rotate to the right in the same bent position.

6.Continue exhaling rotate to the front and take position no.2 as above.

7.Inhaling, rotate to the right and take position no.5 above.

8.Continue inhaling, rotate backwards, and take the position no.4 above.

9.Exhaling further rotate to the left and attain the position no. 3 above.

10.Continue exhaling and rotate to the front and attain the position no. 2 above.

11.Inhaling raise the waist and arms stretched above your head.

12.Exhaling bring the hands down to the normal position.

Preparatory Movement 10

Preparatory Movement 10-

1.In preposition , inhaling raise both the heels, then hands from front to the shoulder level, keep them parallel to the ground.

2.Then exhaling slowly start bending down in the knees, sit on the toes, try to maintain the balance with the stretched arms.

3.Inhaling raise your body and take position as in 1.

4.Exhaling bring the arms back to the normal preposition.

Preparatory Movement 11

 

Preparatory Movement 11 –

1.Bend the left hand in the elbow and raise it to the level of 90 degree angle. The arms and the elbows be kept close to the body.

2.Catch the wrist of the left hand by the right hand lightly.

3.Close the fingers of the left hand and rotate the wrist slowly from left to right anticlockwise and complete the cycle.

4.Then rotate the wrist of the left hand from right to left clockwise and complete the cycle.

5.Bring the right hand down.

6.Bring the left hand down and take the initial position. Now take up the right hand and repeat the above mentioned process.

Preparatory Movement 12

 

Preparatory Movement 12 –

1.Bend the left leg in the knee and raise it to the level of 90 degree angle.

2.Hold the thigh of the left leg with both the hands and be stable.

3.Now rotate the foot of the left leg in the ankle from left to right anticlockwise and complete the cycle.

4.Then rotate the same foot from the right to left clockwise and complete the cycle.

5.Bring both the hands to their places.

6.Bring the left leg to its place. Now take up the right leg and repeat through the above mentioned process.

 

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Source: http://www.yogapoint.com

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Getting in Motion

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Each year more than two million people visit a doctor for dizziness. And, an untold number suffer from motion sickness, which is the most common medical problem associated with travel.

Description
Motion sickness is a disturbance of the sense of balance and equilibrium as a result of different kinds of motion. Seasickness, carsickness and airsickness are all types of motion sickness. Nausea is the most common symptom. Children are particularly prone to motion sickness. Medications are available for the prevention and treatment of motion sickness, which is usually a mild, temporary
condition.

What causes motion sickness?
Motion sickness relates to the body’s sense of balance and equilibrium, or spatial orientation. We receive inputs about our movement and position in space from the following sensory receptors: Inner ear: monitors direction of motion and spatial position.

Eyes: observe where the body is in space and also the directions of motion. Skin pressure and muscle and joint sensory receptors: sense which parts of the body are touching the ground or moving, and where they are in relation to each other and force of gravity.

The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) processes the information received from the above receptors. Motion sickness occurs when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from the different sensory receptors. For example, if you are sitting in a moving car reading a book, your inner ear detects the motion of your travel, but your eyes see only the stationary pages of your book. This confuses your central nervous system and makes you feel
nauseous.

Who gets motion sickness and who is at risk?
Motion sickness is very common, and most people experience it at some time in their lives. It is especially common in young children, but most outgrow severe problems with motion sickness. Particular sensitivity of the equilibrium centre in the inner ear appears to be inherited, as some families suffer from motion sickness more than others do. If you tend to get motion sickness under one set of circumstances (e.g. you often get carsick), it is likely that you will also be prone to motion sickness generally.

What are the symptoms and signs of motion sickness?

Symptoms of motion sickness may include: nausea vomiting dizziness sweating malaise (a general feeling of discomfort and not feeling well), pallor (looking pale), feeling cold and clammy

How is motion sickness treated?
Antihistamine medications are commonly used to treat and prevent motion sickness, by reducing stimulation of the inner ear. These medications are only really effective if taken before motion sickness begins. Meclizine (e.g. Dramamine) is an antihistamine often used to treat motion sickness. Belladonna is another medication used, one formulation of which is the scopalamine medicated skin patch. It may be helpful to lie down and sip water until your stomach settles. Going to sleep, if you can, may also help. Some people find ginger (available in capsule form) and peppermints or mint-flavoured sweets useful in alleviating nausea caused by motion sickness, although these preparations will not prevent motion sickness itself.

What is the outcome of motion sickness?
Motion sickness is usually only a minor, temporary inconvenience. Some travellers, however, can find the condition incapacitating. The symptoms of motion sickness usually abate when the movement causing the problem ceases, and should disappear in about four hours. A few people suffer symptoms for a few days after the trip (called “mal d’embarquement” syndrome).

Can motion sickness be prevented?
If you are prone to motion sickness or if you are suffering from it, try the following: Position yourself where your eyes will see the same motion that your body and inner ears feel — In a car, sit in the front seat and look at distant scenery through the front window, not at objects passing on the side. On a ship, go on deck and watch the horizon. In a plane, choose a window seat and look outside.

Position yourself for the least amount of movement: Ask the driver of a bus or car to slow down. Sit near the middle of a boat or aeroplane (over the wings). Don’t read or do other close work. Don’t sit facing opposite the direction of movement. Don’t watch or talk to another person who is experiencing motion sickness. Try to get fresh air, for example, keep the car window open; go on deck on a ship. Avoid spicy or greasy foods, alcohol and carbonated foods during your trip and 24 hours before. Eat light meals before or during travel. A light meal consisting mainly of carbohydrate helps settle the stomach. Get sufficient sleep the night before your trip, and avoid travelling if you are not feeling well and rested. Avoid sea travel. Avoid amusement park rides, especially those that spin. Take motion sickness medication before travelling, as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.

When to call the doctor
Most cases of motion sickness are mild and self-treatable-. However, if you or your child experience a very severe case of motion sickness or one that becomes progressively worse, you should consult a doctor.

Source:The Times Of India

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Eat Your Way to Beauty

A quick guide to food that is not only good for you but also helps you look beautiful!

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Going on a diet can be a good thing; however, there are so many newfangled diet styles out there that you just do not know which ones work and which ones are just fads.

But regardless of whatever dieting system or style you are an advocate of, there are ten kinds of food that you should be ingesting a lot of to keep yourself trim, healthy and beautiful.


Top healthy food

Fruits :
Research proves that eating at least five portions of fruits each day has very real health benefits. It can help to prevent heart diseases and some cancers.

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Essential fatty acids (EFA):
Essential fatty acids, also known as the good fat, is needed to keep the cells of the body functioning properly. EFA also helps improve the condition of the skin and makes the hair and fingernails grow healthier.

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Garlic :
Garlic is high in antioxidants and is a kind of food that is widely known to prevent cancer. Garlic also helps lower the body’s cholesterol levels and reduces blood pressure as well.

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Green tea:
Green tea is full of antioxidants that help prevent specific kinds of cancer from developing in the body. It also pumps up the immune system and helps lower the levels of cholesterol in the body.

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Green vegetables:
Vitamins A and E, as well as fibre and iron, are found abundantly in green, leafy vegetables. Vitamin A retains the moisture in the eyes, the skin and the mucous membrane, while Vitamin E helps maintain the skin’s elasticity. On the other hand, fibre improves digestion, and iron is needed for the production of red blood cells.

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Milk :
Milk is the best source of calcium and vitamin D for the body. Calcium combined with vitamin D is good for keeping the bones and teeth strong, and it prevents diseases like osteoporosis.

Milk also has vitamin B2 and B12, which coaxes the body to produce more red blood cells. Red blood cells bring oxygen to the cells. Having a healthy supply of red blood cells swimming in the blood stream keeps the hair and skin looking healthier.

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Soy :
Soy also has cancer-preventing antioxidants as well as Vitamin E and amino acids. It helps the skin retain its smoothness and elasticity.

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Vitamin C :
Vitamin C boosts the immune system and makes the body less vulnerable to disease. Vitamin C is also an important key in the body’s collagen production, collagen being a chemical that keeps the skin elastic and wrinkle-free.

Yogurt :
Yogurt is also a good source of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B. Aside from these, yogurt contains friendly bacteria that assists in digestion, hydrates the skin and clears the immune system.

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Chocolate :
Yes, you read it right. Chocolate is an essential food to eat to keep beautiful. Chocolate encourages the production of endorphins and serotonin, hormones that generate a nice and pleasant feeling for the body. You look beautiful if you feel beautiful.

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Do not forget water!
Water keeps the body hydrated. When the body is hydrated, the skin becomes smooth, supple and youthful. The hair has more shine and bounce when there is enough water in the body, and the nails are stronger. Water also flushes out the waste and toxins out of the body.

Source: The Times Of India