Don’t let the #chill get to you. Here are #tips to #stay #healthy in #winter

Boost your immunity, fight dry skin and keep your body warm by fol`lowing these expert tips.

The onset of winter can prove to be a period of ill-health if you are not consuming a nutritious diet or following a balanced lifestyle. Noorul Ameen, naturopathy physician at Organic India, gives tips to stay fit and enjoy the chilly season:

* Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar for detoxification and blood purification. It has properties which can ease your sinus issues during winter, give lustre to limp dry hair which falls under the stress of winter pollution, and enliven your skin.

* Sip Tulsi tea for antioxidants. Winter months are associated with lower immunity which increases your chances of contracting the flu. Tulsi (Holy Basil) enhances your immune system to fight viruses. It also improves the body’s overall defence mechanism, reduces stress, improves stamina, boosts immunity, fights and prevents chronic disease, and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients.

Organic honey is nature’s nectar that contains several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boost immunity levels to deal with winter allergies. (Shutterstock)

* Turn to organic honey to boost immunity: Organic honey is nature’s nectar that contains several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boost immunity levels to deal with winter allergies.

* Organic coconut oil to fight dry skin: Another common issue we face is dry, flaky skin caused by the cold breeze and dehydration in winter. The best all-round elixir is organic virgin coconut oil. When applied externally, coconut oil keeps the skin moisturised, prevents dry, scaly skin, and strengthens the connective tissue under the skin. With its anti-microbial properties, the skin stays healthy and nourished. Stay hydrated in winter to make sure your skin stays healthy.

* Organic ghee to keep your body warm: Including organic ghee in your diet is one of the best ways to keep your body warm and helps in dealing with winter dryness.

nuts, ground flaxseeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, olive oil, ghee in small amounts, and green leafy vegetables. (Shutterstock)

Raghubansh Singh, senior Ayurvedic physician at Ananda in the Himalayas, has some Ayurvedic tips to keep your skin glowing in the winter season:

* Include oil-rich foods in your daily diet such as nuts (especially walnuts and blanched almonds), ground flaxseeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, olive oil, ghee in small amounts, and green leafy vegetables (they contain Omega 3 acids that can purify the skin and liver).

* Get in the habit of “oiling up” each morning with the Ayurvedic self-massage “abhyanga” before your bath or shower. This will lubricate and protect your skin and give your complexion a radiant sheen that lasts through the day.

* Be sure to drink plenty of water. Rather than cold or iced water (which aggravates Vata), drink your water warm, or at least at room temperature.

* Use herbs like Amla, Aloe vera, Shunthi, Manjishtha, Anantamool, Triphala and Chandan, which have detoxifying properties and help retain moisture.

5 #Physiotherapy #hacks everyone should know

Low back pain and neck pain are the most common medical condition/complaint I’ve been facing with as a physiotherapist practicing here in Pune since 10 years. Little factors such as poor postural habits over time can lead to these painful conditions. That pain medication you’re swallowing isn’t the final answer and definitely not a long term solution…get help of a physiotherapist! All you need to adopt is the correct form during ADL (Activities of Daily Living). Physical activity also plays a vital role in whole body wellness but adopting Correct Form during activities of daily living and an even exercise is KEY!In his regard I am sharing few physiotherapy hacks which can prevent these kind of problems.

1. Travel at an ease without putting uneven stress on your back

The manner in which we lift and carry the bags and luggage puts a whole lot of force on our back any rotational or bending force acting on the back can lead to a severe back pain. Few examples to give are bending and lifting weights, pulling a bag from baggage counter at the airport or placing a heavy bag in the cabinet above.

2. Maintain a good Posture in sitting and standing: Don’t drop your head to the gadgets

A bad posture in sitting, standing or working on a laptop puts uneven forces on the spine, giving rise to numerous muscular imbalances and giving rise to whole lot of postural faults. A bad static posture slows down the circulation which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrition coming to the muscles. This gives a chance for early degenerative changes in spine.

3. Take regular breaks if your Job demands sitting whole day

Are you aware of the fact that scientists doing research on spine and back problems have come up with a term: SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING !!! You must be wondering WHY SO ? Here’s a quick eye on some facts: After sitting for long hours:

– Enzymes that help us burn fat, drop by 90%
– After 2 hours, good cholesterol drops by 20%
– After 4 hours, insulin effectiveness drops and risk of diabetes rises

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which looked at more than 4 million individuals and 68,936 cancer cases, sitting for long periods of time increases your risk for colon, endometrial and, possibly, lung cancer. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that men and women who sat more than six hours a day died earlier than their counterparts who limited sitting time to 3 hours a day or less.

Taking regular break and changing posture often increases circulation in the muscles and vital organs and gets new blood and oxygen moving to that area keeping it nourished.

4. Use proper pillow size to avoid strain on spine

You might have always heard a debate on which pillow is best for the spine, and which does not give pain in the neck when you wake up in the morning.The idea is to have a pillow which supports right from shoulders to the head and the neck should not tilt or rotate when sleeping on the sides. The height of the pillow should be such that the neck should always be in line with the entire spine. The picture below is self explanatory.

5. Never use Cervical Collar or Back brace for your pain which is not due to injury or fracture

We all are into a habit of protecting or guarding the part which is injured. But have you ever thought what could be the after effect of it. Some of you use the cervical collar or back belt on a self prescribed basis for many days or weeks if you suffer from a neck or a back pain. Always consult a doctor or a physiotherapist before using such kind of supportive aids as long term use of these braces are detrimental, making your muscles weak and joints stiff reducing the mobility of your joints. Get yourself examined in detail and whether it is necessary for you or not.

– Authored article by Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre

#Home #remedies for #bad #breath

Have you ever been told that you’ve got bad breath? Let’s admit it- it could be the most embarrassing situation one could face. It is considered as socially unacceptable, which could take a toll on your confidence and personality!

For that reason, you may think that brushing and flossing is all you need for oral hygiene. But, when it comes to oral care, there is so much more involved in it. Before we mention a few remedies to get rid of bad breath, let’s understand why you get smelly breath?

Why you have smelly breath?

Medically referred to as halitosis, the main reason of bad breath is poor oral health. The food choices that you make and leading an unhealthy lifestyle are some other reasons of smelly breath. These not only lead to bad breath but also make you prone to other diseases.

Make right food choices

Choosing the right food is necessary to help you get rid of bad breath. There are foods that have strong odour, such as onions and garlic. These foods are important for your health and until they pass through the body, merely brushing or using mouthwash could only cover their pungent aroma.

Unhealthy lifestyle habits

As basic as adopting any other healthy habit- brush twice a day. Not brushing or flossing teeth daily can make your breath smelly. This happens as the food particles might remain stuck in the teeth and can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria gives you bad breath and unless they are not rinsed properly, they could even damage your gums and teeth.

It should be noted that it’s not always poor oral conditions that give you bad breath, but there are certain health issues that may get you smelly breath.

Medical reasons that give you smelly breath

Some people suffer persistent problem of bad breath. Despite taking care of their oral health, they might face challenges in getting rid of their smelly breath. One reason could be the problem of gum or periodontal disease. The main reason of gum disease is plaque, which again develops bacteria in mouth and results in bad breath. Some of the other medical reasons that may make your breath smelly are cavities, yeast infections in the mouth and condition of dry mouth, which is also referred to as xerostomia.

You may get dry mouth because of certain medications, problems in salivary gland or even when you have a tendency to breathe through mouth instead of nostrils.

Apart from these health conditions, certain illnesses such as liver or kidney problems, pneumonia or bronchitis, sinus infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and postnasal drip contribute to smelly breath.

Ways you can fight bad breath at home

Fennel seeds: There are certain home treatments that help you fight bad breath. One of which is using herbs like fennel, which is also called as breath sweetener. If you feel your breath smelly, chew some fennel seeds and instantly freshen up your breath.

Green plants: Eating fresh sprig of mint, basil or parsley can also help in neutralizing odours.

Lemon or orange peel: This home remedy effectively helps you get rid of bad breath. After washing the peel thoroughly, chew it for some time. The citric content in these rinds fight bad breath and helps in stimulating salivary glands.

Cloves and aniseeds: Cloves and aniseeds contain antiseptic qualities which fights bacteria that cause smelly breath.

Brush and floss: Do not forget to brush and floss every day. Try to brush at least twice a day.

Regular oral check-up: Visit your dentist regularly. Even if you think that you have maintained oral hygiene, do not skip your visit to your dentist.

Keep yourself well hydrated: Water keeps your salivary glands hydrated. So, drinking plenty of water every day helps you get rid of bad breath. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up as it freshens up your morning breath.

Wear dentures? If you wear dentures, remove them before sleeping. After removing, clean your mouth as it eradicates bacteria.

Scrape your tongue: Another important step that you should not skip any day. Cleaning tongue removes bacteria, fungi and dead cells from your tongue as all these factors can contribute to smelly breath.

Eat healthy: Eating healthy is the best way to eliminate several health issues. Add following foods to your diet:

  • Whole grains like brown rice
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Eating a protein rich diet such as nuts, fish and beans
  • Super-seeds like flaxseeds

Using a mouth-rinse: If recommended by your doctor, you can also use mouth rinse to clean your mouth after your meal. But remember using mouth rinse alone is not an effective. In addition to using mouth rinse, brush and floss your teeth.

How much did the #Italian #wedding #cost #Virat #Kohli and #Anushka #Sharma

Virat and Anushka at their engagement ceremony

Virat and Anushka at their engagement ceremony

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma wedding has been a grand affair for both the families. The Kohli and Sharma family packed their bags and flew to Italy to bless the couple. While the wedding has turned out to be a grand affair indeed, looking at the pictures which have come out, the preparation also reflects on the fact that the wedding must have cost in millions to Virat and Anushka.

The cost of Venue 

Venue of Virat-Anushka’s wedding

The destination wedding is usually costly in affair. However, this one is indeed a big fat Indian wedding. The wedding took place at The Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany and the stay of one week at the vintage resort can cost you up to Rs 1 crore per person. Considering that almost 44 people went to attend the function in Tuscany, the cost would have went up to Rs 45 crore.

Other costs

The outfits for both Virat and Anushka were desgined by Sabyasachi, who is no mug in his business. Their complete attire must have cost them around Rs 1 crore.

Special flowers were flown to Italy for Virat and Anushka wedding

A container full of special flowers came especially for the wedding. There was a special DJ, an arrangement of Dhol and Nagaddas and what not. Keeping everything in mind, the cost of the wedding would have easily touched a good 100 crores.

Anushka’s ring speculated to be costlier than the rent of the venue

Yes, Virat’s has gifted Anushka a precious rock as an engagement ring and she better not lose it like she did in her last Bollywood release ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’. Because, this ring, as per a report published in India today, costs more than the rent of the wedding venue.


8 #Reasons why #expensive #restaurants #serve #tiny portions

1. The smart idea!

According to a study, most people these days spend a minimum of 10-12 minutes of their time at the restaurants and cafes in clicking pictures of the food. And this duration increases when the plating and aesthetics are a little more unconventional. Behind all this is the appealing plating and serving styles of these high-end restaurants that serve small portions of food and use the plate as a canvas board in weaving a story with flavours. But the question is, why do they do so? Is it just the matter of creativity or something else? Here, we have tried to decode 8 such reasons that make these restaurants serve tiny portions. For instance, to maintain the high-standard and keeping the niche crowd in mind, the luxury restaurants source the ingredients from various places that increases the production cost of the dish and as a result, it also affects the end price of the dish. So, to make the dish affordable, they are served in small portions. Also, while most of the restaurants offer 3 or 4-course meals, luxury or high-end restaurants start at 3 and take it up to double figures. The small portions help the guests to enjoy the full spectrum of tastes that are on offer. The idea of small portion has a logic of building an image of the dish in the visitor’s mind. According to a study, small portions excite the guests to try the meal and understand the nuances and it also makes the meal more memorable. Read below to know more about the trend.

2. Cost of ingredients

To maintain the high-standard and keeping the niche crowd in mind, the luxury restaurants source the ingredients from various places that increases the production cost of the dish and as a result, it also affects the end price of the dish. So, to make the dish affordable, they are served in small portions.

3. Small is elegant


With time, the trend of minimalism has entered in the food world too and the high-end restaurants have started considering ‘small is elegant’. It is believed that the guests coming to such hotels/restaurants prefer to taste different varieties rather than just filling up their stomachs.

4. Tasting menu

While most of the restaurants offer 3 or 4-course meals, luxury or high-end restaurants start at 3 and take it up to double figures. The small portions help the guests to enjoy the full spectrum of tastes that are on offer.

5. Design and art

Earlier plating was important, but these days, it involves a proper research work on aesthetics, art, design in context to the particular menu. Considering the dish as a ‘creation’ or ‘work of art’, small portions provide enough space to make the dish look visually more appealing.

6. Increases attractiveness

Here, the concept of ‘less is more’ is at the core. The restaurants work on the concept of ‘good things come in small packages’ and in the age of social media, the small portion with attractive plating helps in creating a buzz too.

7. Perceptual contrast

The idea of small portion has a logic of building an image of the dish in the visitor’s mind. According to a study, small portions excite the guests to try the meal and understand the nuances and it also makes the meal more memorable.

8. Before boredom sets in

According to taste psychology, our taste buds get used to a flavour after 4-5 bites. The concept of small portion kills the boredom and helps the mind to register the taste for a longer period.

9. Small portion is smart portion


The high-end restaurants have developed a mindset in the market that small portions when priced high make people like them more, going by the psychology that expensive food is good food.

The story of fat: a cheat sheet on how we gain or lose fat

Given that most of us obsess about fat gain or loss, here’s a cheat sheet on how we gain fat, what we can do to lose it or prevent ourselves from gaining it in the first place

The story of fat has four main chapters: creation, storage, mobilisation and oxidation. The first two were what people were worried about back when food was scarce and life was active. The next two are what we are worried about today when food is abundant and life is sedentary.

Raj Ganpath is an NCCA-accredited personal fitness trainer; a certified coach in fitness, nutrition, barbell and kettlebell training and a Functional Training and Senior Fitness Specialist, with over 5,000 hours of coaching experience.


Let’s rewind a few thousand years to a time when food storage was not an option — no freezers, refrigerators, pickling; no grains even. There was only food that had to be hunted or gathered and consumed right away. If it was not consumed, it got spoilt. During such a time, you can appreciate that storing food and energy for later use was a big deal.

For humans and other animals, only a certain amount of energy could be stored. This function is very similar to how any device with a built-in battery functions. We charge up (i.e. eat) and then go about our day until we are low on energy and our functionality is affected. And then we need to charge up again to get back to normal functioning.

Our bodies convert the food we eat into energy (just like how petrol is converted into energy in a car or bike) and use it for the various functions from respiration to heavy lifting. After using up what is needed, the remaining energy needs to be stored for later use. And this is where fat comes in. Irrespective of what we eat, if we end up with more energy than we need, the excess is converted into fat.


Once created, the fat needs to be stored somewhere accessible so it can be used later when there is not enough food or when we have to do any activity until our next charge-up time. And the perfect place for this is adipocytes a.k.a fat cells.

Adipocytes are where fat (in the form of triglycerides) is stored. Each of us has a certain number of fat cells and this number is determined during adolescence (this number seldom goes up or down, even given our efforts to gain or lose fat). But the cool thing about these adipocytes is that they can accommodate more and more fat and keep growing larger as the amount of fat in them increases. So this pretty much gives the body an unlimited energy storage option.

While this was very useful back when we were hunter-gatherers and food was sparse, this isn’t helping us today when food is abundant. That is, most of us end up consuming excess energy on a daily basis and this is causing our fat cells to load up more and more fat, which results in us becoming, well, fat. Now, how do we use up the excess energy in the form of fat?


Once stored, the fat is available as a solid source of energy for the body. This energy can be used by the body for any and all activity, but only as long as there is no more free energy added to the system. In simple terms, we have fat in our fat cells and we can use that for fuelling our activities and thereby lose fat. But this will happen only if we don’t consume more food than we need on a daily basis.

So, if we need 10 calories and we eat only 5 calories, the remaining 5 calories will be pulled out from our fat stores. But if we consume10 calories, nothing changes. And if we end up at 12 calories, we’ve added more fat to our existing fat storage. So the first step to mobilising fat from our fat stores is to be in a calorie deficit. This can be done by eating less than needed or by increasing calorie expenditure by moving more, or both. This is where the “eat less and move more” mantra comes from. While too simplistic a solution, it is true at the fundamental level.

Note that, for some people, hormonal dysregulation and other systemic issues make it hard for fat to be mobilised out of fat cells (while posing no issues when storing!) and this in turn makes it hard to lose fat. But this happens only in very rare cases.


Oxidation or fat burning is the process of putting your stored energy to work. Scientists call this ‘internal bodily fuel consumption’. Fat, which is stored as triglycerides in the adipocytes, is released, thanks to hormonal action. These triglycerides, through a process known as lipolysis (a breakdown of the stored fats), are reduced to two distinct components: glycerol, processed by the liver for further use; and fatty acids, which are released into the bloodstream. The fatty acids are transported to the mitochondria (the portion of a cell that produces power within each cell). In the mitochondria, the fatty acids are oxidised, producing usable energy. It is this process that we refer to as “burning fat”.