Tuesday, 31 May 2016

7 Simple Habits To Keep Your Eye Problems At Bay

Eyes are our window to the world and it empowers us to be independent and get the sight of this beautiful earth. It is indeed one of the strongest and most vital sense organ of our body that equips us to bring a vision and stability in our life. But not to be forgotten, that we often tend to take things for granted and the case is no different here. We do become negligent and not bother enough to take care of our eyes. According to a report issued by WHO more than 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide and of these cases, about 80 per cent of them could have been avoided or cured.


Being careful and a little conscious effort from your side can keep all your eye problems at bay. Lets look how a few simple habits of yours can help you protect your eyes and keep it healthy.

  • Wear Shades-Protection shield for your eyes is necessary:

 Whether you are travelling, driving car, riding bike or enjoying on the beach, you should always wear your shades. Ultraviolet rays are sharp and they can burn your eyes. Red, itchy or gritty feeling eyes are the symptoms, although these kind of discomfort are short lived but continuous exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause cataracts and irreversible damage to the retina. So always make sure to wear your sun glasses whenever you are stepping out in the sun. Invest in good shades, its important. As per The American Optometric Association sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation, screen out 75 to 90 per cent of visible light, are free of imperfections and distortion, are ideal & they also have grey lenses for proper colour recognition.

  • Eat healthy diet:

 Remember, since childhood days our grandmothers have always emphasised on eating carrots saying that they are good for eyes. Yes, they are, because carrots are rich in carotenoids lutein and Zeaxanthin that can help fight cataracts and macular degeneration. Carotenoids can be found plentiful in leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and also in broccoli, turnip.So involve these healthy foods in your diet to protect your eyes naturally.

  • Regular eye check-up:

 Several eye diseases and disorders can be easily taken care of if one comes to know about it in the early stage. Regular visits to your eye doctor ensure an early diagnosis, and you can also get an up-to-date prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. The American Optometric Association suggests that children  should have their eyes examined at six months old, three years old, before the first grade, and then every two years until their eighteenth birthday. Adults between the ages of 18 and 40 should have their eyes checked every two to three years, 41- to 60-year-old require an exam every two years, and adults over 60 should have an annual eye exam. If you're at higher risk for eye diseases, because of diabetes, hypertension, a family history of ocular disease, or daily use of contact lenses, then a regular visit to doctor should not be ignored at any cost.

  • Cleanse your eyes:

 Regular cleansing of your eyes will help you to keep your eyes clean, moist and cool. At regular intervals, you should rinse your eyes thoroughly with tap water and wipe it with soft towel. This allows the tired eyes to relax and get rid of the dirt and germ accumulated. Before going off to sleep, you should also pour 2-3 drops of rose water in your eyes to keep it hydrated and cool. Covering your eyes with cucumber slices or potato slices frequently can also be one of the options to keep your eyes cool and healthy. Also if your eyes are really tired because of excessive work, or due to continuous staring at the laptop screen then try and blink your eyes several times to let it calm down and this leads to secretion of natural fluid from the eyes which makes the eyes moist and wipe out the impurities with the fluid. 

  • Eat Foods rich in anti-oxidants:

Increase the in- take of foods rich in anti-oxidants, as this can reduce the risk of developing age related eye diseases and cataracts. So consume foods with a combination of vitamin C and vitamin E as this can give a boost to your anti-oxidants. Fruits like papaya, strawberries, green peppers, berries, oranges, grapefruit etc are excellent source of vitamin c and vitamin E is found in foods like almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts. Omega 3 supplements also work wonders for your eye.

  • Preventive measures to save your eyes from computer:

 If your work demands you to spend non-stop several hours in front of your desktop or your laptop screen then you should take several preventive measures to protect your eyes otherwise you will be at risk of developing Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).The symptoms include headache, blurred vision, eye strain and dry eyes. To avoid this, following measures should be taken: Set the center of your computer screen 4-5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes. Reduce glare by using lower wattage light bulbs overhead and closing curtains. Lastly, blink more often and rest for 15 minutes after every 2 hours of computer use.

  • Maintenance of clean and protective contact lenses:

 Contact lenses, no doubt is the need of the hour and it does enhances your look. But one should be pretty careful while wearing lenses because it requires certain degree of maintenance. To avoid dryness, irritated eyes, blurred vision, pain and other discomfort, always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses. Clean and store your lenses only in fresh solutions, remove your contacts before sleeping, or going inside water.

These simple and easy habits can help you a lot in protecting your eyes and avoiding several eye-related issues that you may be facing in your day to day life. It just take three weeks to make it a habit, so come over of all your laziness and work towards the health of your eyes because they deserve all your attention and care.

Friday, 27 May 2016

8 Health Benefits Of Coconut Water

Summer is here and you are leaving no stone unturned in keeping yourself cool and hydrated. Coconut water can be rightfully called a magical drink that has several health benefits. Apart from a natural cooling agent, coconut water has such properties that can work wonders for your skin and health.

So now you know, what benefits you can reap from drinking coconut water. Therefore, this summer, say good bye to all aerated drinks that are loaded with empty calories and heaps of sugar instead resort to cool coconut water to completely rejuvenate yourself. Cheers!!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

"Age is just a number"- Effective home remedies that will make you look younger :)

Ageing is certainly a natural process and you cannot avoid it , however you can surely delay it. If you think that injections and other super-expensive cosmetic treatment is the only way to regain your missing youth, than you are highly mistaken. To get back that youthful glow on you face, you just have to adhere to beauty secrets coming straight from your kitchen. Our hectic lifestyle, pollution, stress, lack of proper nutrition are some of the reason behind our ageing and unhealthy skin. A little conscious effort can take you a long way in bringing your beauty back to its glory.

Here are few remedies that can work wonders for your skin and can definitely delay the ageing process:

1. Milk powder with honey:

No one can ever think that petty things like this can rejuvenate your skin to its optimum. Make a paste using 2 tablespoons each of honey, warm water and milk powder, and mix them together, to make a smooth paste. Now apply a layer on your face, and leave it for about 15 minutes. Wash it thoroughly and see the difference! Milk powder enriches the skin making it softer and honey moisturises the skin, imparting a natural glow to your face. Also, there is lactic acid, which lightens the dark skin caused due to pollution or sunburns.

2. Olive Oil: 

A regular massage with olive oil tones your skin as it is the best source of anti-oxidants, rich in vitamins A and E. You can also mix it with honey or glycerine, which will help in eliminating the dead cells, thereby renewing your skin. Olive oil is a great anti-ageing product, because of the presence of vitamin E.

3. Aloe Vera: 

Aloe-Vera is rich in malic acid, which improves the elasticity of your skin and reduces wrinkles. Aloe-Vera is very simple to use, cut an aloe-vera stem, and extract its gel, apply it evenly on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water. Regular use of aloe-vera gel can make a remarkable change to your skin.

4. Green Tea: 

Green tea is rich in anti-oxidants and helps to detoxify your skin. One should drink green tea every day, to reap its benefits. It gives a wrinkle-free and fresh look to your face and skin. Green tea shrinks your skin pores, pulls out impurities, and gives you that desired radiance.

5. Rice powder, Rose water And Milk: 

Mix rice powder, rose water and milk together until it turns to a thick paste. Apply it evenly on your face, and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water, and massage your face with a mild moisturiser. Rice helps in production of collagen, which maintains skin elasticity, milk helps in lightning the darker area of your skin, acting as a natural bleaching agent and rose water enhances your overall appearance.

6. Vitamin E Capsules: 

Extract the oil out of three vitamin E capsules, add 2 teaspoon honey, and lemon juice. Mix them well together. Apply the mixture on your face, and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Vitamin E neutralises free radicals that damage and age the skin.

7. Coconut Oil: 

Coconut oil is the most effective natural moisturiser, which should be used daily for hydrated skin and to look younger eventually. Just a massage in the morning or at night before going to bed, with lukewarm oil is enough to recollect the nourishment of skin after a tiring day. It has a strong anti-microbic properties that protects the skin from infections, which sneak their way in through cuts or pores.

8. Turmeric And Sugarcane Mask: 

It is one of the most patent and traditional remedy ,which have been used since generations for reducing wrinkles and fine ageing lines. Make a paste of sugarcane juice and turmeric, and mix it well avoiding any lumps in paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. The alpha-hydroxy acids present in it help in preventing acne, ageing and blemishes. Leaving your skin feeling smooth and flawless.

The above 8 remedies if religiously followed then it can bring about a remarkable change and will undoubtedly transform your skin. It is always advisable to go for simple and safe methods rather than harmful chemical loaded treatments that will cost you a bomb. Although the above remedies will initially work slowly, but it will have a long lasting impact unlike other cosmetic treatments. As the phrase goes- "Slow but steady wins the race". So what are you waiting for be ready to re-discover yourself.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

5 Things you should never say to your child

Parenting has never been easy, be it in any generation, but presently its getting tougher as parents nowadays are more busy and lack the patience required to handle their children. A child's mind is extremely delicate and sensitive & parents should should be really careful in dealing with matters concerning their children, because its entirely a parents responsibility to raise their child in a manner that help them grow as an individual and pave right & bright path for the child's future.

Below is listed few things which you should never say to you child, because it hurts!

1. Look at your friend, he is good in everything, why can't you be like him: Well, these words are extremely painful and piercing. At a tender age, a child sees the world through his or her parent's eyes and when he finds that in his parents eyes he is not good enough and they are not happy with his achievements, he begins to lose confidence in himself and feels demotivated. Every child has its own individuality and they are talented in their own way. A parents responsibility is to recognise that talent and help them to develop it further. Always speak kind and motivating words to your child and never compare them to anybody, not even to their own siblings. Love and affection shown towards the child, gives boosts their confidence and creates an environment that helps a child to bloom. Comparisons destroy them!

2. Let your dad come, he will teach you a lesson:

Mothers in order to discipline their child often say these words to them, unknowingly creating a fearful environment for the child. Maybe at that time, a child may listen to you but if same thing is being repeated again and again than the child becomes reluctant to her mother's words and stops obeying her as he fears only his father. It can also happen that his fear can become deep rooted, and he remains in a dreadful condition all the time in his father's presence. Both the situation, can hamper a child's easiness and an uncomfortable child lacks its natural innocence and spontaneity. So, parents should never let the child live in a scary surrounding because that can make a child stubborn and coward.

3. Do not Disturb me:


In today's scenario where both parents are working, it may happen that a child feels ignored. Money and profession is important but not at the cost of your child. Your children should be your first priority, and everything else comes after that. A parent should have the realisation that a child just need your love and attention, and this can go a long way in nurturing a child and developing a sense of security in him. At times, children want to involve their parents in their made up stories or troubles and seek answers to their curiosity and if they are ignored and not entertained by their parents seeking their busy schedule, then this can have an adverse psychological impact on the child and it may happen that continuous ignorance can affect the child so badly that he can never come out of it. It may also happen that a child may start disliking you as parents and it will be a big jolt for you, right? but at this point you won't be able to make any amends for that because things are completely out of your hand now. So if you do not want to lament later then be 24x7 available for you child. This makes the bond strong. Trust me!

4. Don't cry or I will punish you: A crying child wants your warmth, your affection and not your harsh words. Some parents always has this tendency of shouting at their child when they cry. A child cries because he needs help, he wants to point out something to you, or may be he just needs your comfort, your attention. Whenever your child cries, you should cuddle him and console him instead of getting irritated because this evokes a feeling of security among the children and they believe in you, yes! let the child feel that you are there for him and nothing can go wrong when you are around. Be the Knight in shining armour for your child and see him glowing with glory. A trust should developed between you and the child, which will make your bonding and your relationship strong. This now-built trust between you and your child at this age, helps the child to connect with you and confide in you forever. Love, Love, Love alone is what a child needs from you.

5. You are good -for -nothing, you are a loser:

Ouchhhh!!! that hurts like death. It is often seen that when a child is unable to meet his parent's expectations in terms of academic result or any other competition, then he has to bear the agony of his parents who commands that since they are spending so much on him, he should fulfil their expectations. Parent wants to gain an upper hand among their friends, peers and families riding on their child's performance. Its not wrong to expect nice performance from your children but scrutinizing them to the level of audacity when they are unable to do so is unacceptable. Strong words like these crushes his self-confidence and he feels dejected. The child can even take drastic measures to escape from the situation or he may become indifferent to you , thus loosening the bond between you and your child. Be sensitive and compassionate to your child, he needs your motivation to grow. Every child is special and possess some talent, parents should act as a mentor to their child, and help in motivating the child to develop that talent, grow and excel. In your life what society says should not matter, but in what light your child sees you does matter.

A child's mind is very vulnerable, soothe him with a pat on the back when he does good, appreciate him with kind words, he will be glad to hear that and encourage him when he looks at you. Be his strength, his support system. Parents can be a child's friend, philosopher and guide and also a torch-bearer of their life. Parents should develop an understanding of their children need, their expectations from their parents and try fulfil those. Being careful in dealing with your child will not only foster great relationship among you but will also produce optimistic results. Remember you are your child's first hope and you can make a huge difference in his life. Its "you" who can carve a bright and happy future of you child. Happy Parenting!  

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Life is beautiful...!!

Days will pass and so will night,

Some memories will fade and some will remain agile;

Wish to create some wonderful memories,

making my life worthwhile;

I wander all night in my vision,

thinking, confused, lost to myself, contradicting,

pausing, gazing, and stopping...

Certain restlessness always surrounds me,

But the pale glow of morning light reflecting the

positivity of the world, calms me

The changing color of the sky, the dusk beauty,

calms me;

Kind words from loved ones, as good as refreshing breeze,

calms me;

The glistening water of the flowing river, the rustling leaves,

the fragrance of flowers, the colorful butterflies, calms me;

The innocent smile of a child, the joyful tears in my mother's eyes,

the proud glow on my father's face, calms me;

The caring touch of my siblings, the ever-encouraging words of my pals,

the compassion shown by strangers, calms me;

My conflicting emotions, fleeting thoughts, the war within, immediately subsides,

As soon as I give someone a reason to smile;

One world different people:

the ruthlessness of someone will make me ache,

while the gentleness of others will keep my trembling faith awake;

What goes in, will come back, all is never lost

The embers left from earlier fires.

will surely flame again;

Life has its own way:

Its mysteriousness, its uncertainty, its unpredictability, its complications, unfolds numerous reasons,

My zest for life, will sail me through, in every season;

Exploring the mysteries of life, will be fun,

Let life elude me, let life overpower me, let life conquer me..

Who cares, because I want to love, I want to dream,

I want to create happiness, I want to be an artist touching hundred souls;

I want to get enthralled by the romance of life,

For all the paradoxical of life, I want to live, as long as I believe,

Life is beautiful... :) :)