How to Make your Own Natural First Aid Kit

First aid kits are essential in every house. They are necessary to treat any wounds or injuries that might occur at home or even outside, when you are traveling. You should always keep a first aid kit in your home as well as your car. Providing the right treatment immediately after an injury helps protect…

First aid kits are essential in every house. They are necessary to treat any wounds or injuries that might occur at home or even outside, when you are traveling.

You should always keep a first aid kit in your home as well as your car. Providing the right treatment immediately after an injury helps protect the wound against infections. If the wound is a result of an insect bite or poisoning, first aid can prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the body.

A first aid kit contains a variety of items to treat scraps, cuts, burns, sprains and other injuries. It also includes items to deal with common minor ailments.

You can buy a first aid kid from health stores or you can make your own natural first aid kit. These natural first aid kits are minimalistic with few multi – purpose natural remedies. It also generates lesser waste when compared to the store bought one.

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Some of the must have items for your natural first aid kit, are:

1. Aloe Vera:

A great herb for the skin, aloe vera can be stored in a gel form for immediate use. It can be used for minor burns, rashes, insect bites, sun burns and inflammations.

Aloe vera has anti – inflammatory, anti – oxidant and anti – bacterial properties. These make it a great natural medicine to use in cases of insect bites and rashes.

Aloe vera also has soothing properties and can therefore be used to provide a cooling sensation on skin where it has minor burns and sun burns.

While you can use an aloe vera leaf directly on your skin, gel form of aloe vera or aloe vera tissue is easier to carry when traveling. You can buy both of them from herbal medicine stores or online stores.

2. Cayenne Pepper:

Cayenne pepper is good for your food cabinet as well your first aid kit. It aids in digestion, relieves migraines and works as an anti – irritant.

But the reason it belongs in your first aid box is due to its clotting ability. Make a paste of cayenne pepper and water and apply it on the wound. The wound will stop bleeding within 3 – 4 minutes.

Cayenne capsules should also be kept in handy. These can be used to prevent internal blood loss in case of an accident.

Use empty gel capsules to fill it with cayenne pepper and take it with you whenever you go traveling.

3. Arnica Cream / Gel / Balm:

Arnica is an anti – inflammatory, analgesic and anti – microbial herb that has been used to treat sore throats, inflamed joints, and swelling and bruising from injuries.

While arnica can be used orally (not swallowed) to treat gingivitis, sore throat and mouth ulcers, it should only be used externally in its gel form.

Arnica balm/gel/cream should be applied externally to relieve pain from injuries, swelling and bruising caused by accidents and for any sprains or trauma.

It should not be applied on open wounds or broken skin as it can cause irritation. There are also cases of arnica allergy, so make sure you are not allergic to it.

4. Chamomile:

Chamomile is an ancient medicinal herb that can be used in the form of salve, vapor or tea. It is known to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, and deodorant properties.

Chamomile tea can be used to relax your upset stomach and as a mild sedative to have a better sleep at night.

In tincture form, chamomile soothes irritated skin, inflamed gums and for various skin diseases like edema, psoriasis and diaper rash. It is also used to wash wounds to prevent bacterial activity.

You can keep chamomile tea bags at your home or carry them with you in a box when you travel. You can also store the tincture in a vial or small bottle for easier carrying.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide:

Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic used on the skin to prevent infection from small cuts, scraps and minor wounds. It can also be used to rinse your mouth to relieve mouth irritation due to cold sores or gingivitis.

It can also be used to treat ear infections. Just put in few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in each ear for about 15 minutes. Drain out the liquid on a tissue from one ear before repeating it for the other one.

If you are applying hydrogen peroxide on your skin, clean the area with water first. Then apply a small amount of the product on the affected area, 1 – 3 times daily.

When using as a mouth rinse, mix with an equal amount of water before using. Swish in the mouth over the affected area for at least 1 minute, and then spit out. Do it 4 times daily.

You can carry small bottles of hydrogen peroxide to use it anywhere needed.

6. Activated Charcoal:

Charcoal is made from coal, wood, or other substances. It becomes “activated charcoal” when high temperatures merge with a gas or activating agent to increase its surface area.

Activated charcoal is often used to treat food poisoning, intestinal problems, vomiting or ingestion of toxins. It is sometimes also used to treat hangover.

The activated charcoal is mixed with a liquid, preferably water and given either directly through the mouth or via tubes that go through the mouth and into the stomach.

Activated charcoal is also available in tablet or capsule forms to treat gas. This form is not used to treat a poisoning.

Keeping activated charcoal is handy if you have small children who can ingest a number of things, including toxins. It is also an easy method to treat food poisoning, especially when travelling.

But keep in mind that not all poisoning or toxins can be treated with activated charcoal. Always keep the number of the nearest poisoning center with you and rush to the emergency room.

7. Eucalyptus Oil:

Eucalyptus oil is a well known natural remedy for a variety of illnesses and medical issues. And it’s not surprising as eucalyptus oil has anti – inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti – septic and decongestant properties, making it a must have for your natural first aid kit.

Eucalyptus salve or ointment can be applied on wounds to prevent bacterial infection on the area. Diluted form of eucalyptus oil can be taken orally to treat cough, asthma attacks, sinus pain and respiratory infections.

Eucalyptus essential oil is affective against mouth cavities and can be used to rinse your mouth. It can also be applied on your joints and muscles to ease pain.

Eucalyptus oil is available in easy to carry vials, either online or in herbal medicine stores. You can also use ointments containing eucalyptus or a salve made from it.

8. Probiotics:

If you are traveling to a tropical area, to a country that has issues with clean water or if you just have generally weak stomach that does not tolerate experiments with food, you should have a bottle of probiotic supplements at hand.

Using a high quality probiotic supplement is an effective remedy to deal with traveler’s diarrhea. If you have constant loose motions, taking in probiotic supplements will subside the problem within a few hours.

Read the instructions on the box or consult with a doctor to check what dosage you should be taking. Usually 1/8th of a bottle is taken every hour till the motions stop.

9. Raw Honey:

Always keep raw honey in your house as it has a lot of health as well as medicinal benefits. If you are traveling, carry a small vial with raw honey in it. Or you can buy a small raw honey bottle if space is not a constraint to you.

Raw honey was used in the world war to apply on soldier’s wounds to prevent them from getting infected. It was also used to stick the skin together in an open skin injury.

While you do not have to go to such extremes as we have doctors available all the time, it gives you an idea as to how beneficial it is to always have honey with you.

You can apply it on minor cuts and bruises, scrapes, and even burns. The vitamins, sugars, minerals and enzymes present in it help disinfect and repair damages skin tissue.

Just clean the area with water and soap, preferably with warm water if it is available. Apply a little honey on the absorptive pad and cover it with bandage.

Raw honey can also be used to treat cough and sore throat.

10. Thyme Oil:

Thyme as well as thyme oil has amazing benefits for your health and skin. It has antiseptic, anti – fungal and anti – inflammatory properties that make it a must for every natural first aid kit.

You can use thyme oil to treat burns, itching, ringworms, eczema, psoriasis and parasitic skin infections. A mixture of thyme and honey can be applied on the wound to prevent infections from developing in that part of the skin.

Thyme oil is also an efficient method to keep the insects and mosquitoes away. You can burn thyme leaves in campfire or apply thyme oil to your skin. To make the thyme oil brew, mix 4 drops of thyme oil to every teaspoon of base oil like olive oil. Now apply this mixture on your skin to keep the mosquitoes and insects away from your body.

Some other items that you should keep in your first aid kit are:

  • Bandages
  • Superglue
  • Gauze
  • Scissors
  • Water bottle
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers

It is a good idea to buy a portable container with sections to keep the different items you would need for your first aid kit. A box that is easy to carry will come in handy when you are traveling.

Resources:

WebMD: Activated Charcoal Uses and Risks

10 Children’s Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Bruises, rashes, cuts, coughs and cold are part of every kid’s childhood. You probably had your share when you were younger and now your children come home every day with a new cut or bruise. It is natural to feel anxious about your child’s health when he or she gets cold or worry about their…

Bruises, rashes, cuts, coughs and cold are part of every kid’s childhood. You probably had your share when you were younger and now your children come home every day with a new cut or bruise.

It is natural to feel anxious about your child’s health when he or she gets cold or worry about their safety when they get yet another bruise whilst playing.

The large majority of issues like cough, sore throat or slight difficulty in breathing is usually just symptoms of common cold and will eventually get better.

Even a lot of cuts that your kid might get while playing are usually harmless. Skin rashes or abrasions are not anything serious as they could just be due to scratches.

But that is not to say that kids don’t do dangerous stuff. Sometimes, they may seriously hurt their head or maybe their immune system is unable to fight off a cold virus, leading to prolonged and serious illness.

So how do you decide when is the time to rush to the ER is and when is it alright to just use some home remedies to take care of your child? Well, if you observe any of the 10 signs mentioned below, you should not ignore them and get them immediate medical attention.

children's health symptoms

1. High Fever

Fever is natural phenomenon that occurs when the body is fighting off infection. If a child has a fever, it means that his immune system is working.

You can give your child medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat fever, but only if they are at least 6 months old. Pediatricians don’t recommend giving these medications unless the temperature crosses 101 F.

Mostly high fever, defined as 104 F, does not warrant a trip to the ER. You can visit the doctor the next day. And if they are eating and drinking normally, you can just counsel your doctor over the phone. In such cases, what kids usually require is sufficient rest.

However, if your child has extremely high fever – like this is the sickest he has been- and feels week and unable to move, it is time to get medical attention.

If your child is 2 years or older, a doctor is recommended, if he has a fever of 104 degrees F or higher; if he looks unwell, or if he has had a persistent fever for four or more days in a row. A child younger than 2 years should be seen by a doctor within 48 hours of a fever.

2. Persistent Headaches

Headaches in children can be tricky business because young children might be unable to express how bad the pain is and for how long have they had it. Sometimes, children might not even realize they are having a headache.

Usually over-the-counter pain medications are effective in dealing with minor headaches. Coupled with a sleep or rest for a few hours, the headache should go away.

However, if the headache persists for hours, despite giving medication and rest or if the pain is so intense that the child is unable to get up, play, eat or watch television; get in touch with your doctor.

Also, if the pain is causing neurological problems like the child is unable to open their eyes, their vision is blurred, they are confused, the child is having trouble walking or if the headache is accompanied with fever, rush to the emergency room to rule out meningitis or any other neurological issue.

3. Abdominal Pain

Stomachaches are routine for some kids, especially as they work through new diets, try new foods, or have the occasional junk food overload.

But if the stomach pain persists over time and gets progressively worse, it can get serious. If your child complains of dull pain centered on the navel, which progresses to a sharp pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, it can be a sign of appendicitis.

Other signs of appendicitis include:

  • Abdominal pain in the lower right side
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach tenderness when touched.

If your child complains of stomach pains that gets worse and is accompanied by any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should rush to ER.

4. Lack of Response to Loud Sounds

Babies cannot express it if they are not able to hear properly. But by observing their reaction you can evaluate if their hearing is impaired.

If you notice that your child isn’t bothered by or doesn’t respond to loud sounds, make an appointment with your pediatrician to check for hearing problems.

You should also do your bit to prevent hearing loss in children. According to Centre for Disease Control (CDC) about 12.5 percent of children ages 6 to 19 have permanent hearing damage due to exposure to loud noise.

To bring down these numbers, limit the amount of time your children are allowed to spend in front of television, playing video games, doing computer or listening to music, especially via headphones.

Ensure that they keep the volume at safe levels and use noise cancelling headphones that rest over your ear. Headphones that rest over your ears instead of inside your ears are considered better for protecting your hearing.

The noise-cancelling models have memory foam on the ear cushions so as you wear them, the headphones become more fitted to your head, which reduces ambient noise and shifting.

5. Stomach Bugs

If your child has food poisoning or any other stomach bug, like gastroenteritis, observe how often, and sometimes what, they are vomiting or excreting in loose motions.

Vomiting more than 4 times during a single afternoon or 8 bouts of diarrhea can cause mild dehydration. Talk to your doctor for recommended electrolyte solution to replace the loss of fluid in your child’s body.

Monitor their dehydration levels as it can sometimes lead to emergency. In case your child is unable to retain any liquid given, he will need prescription medicine and/or some IV fluids to stop the loss.

During loose motions, if your child is excreting blood along with the stools or if the diarrhea is accompanied with severe abdominal pain, you should head to the ER.

When your child vomits, check to see if the vomit looks like coffee grounds or if it is accompanied with abdominal pain.

If any of the above symptoms persist, get medical attention as soon as possible.

6. Breathing Troubles

Children, especially babies and infants, can often suffer from breathing problems. These problems include shortness of breath, wheezing, breathing fast etc.

These problems could be due to common causes like nasal or chest congestion, cold, cough or dryness in the air. These can be easily rectified at home and often do not need a visit to the doctor.

But on some occasions, breathing issues could be deadly. If you notice that your child’s breathing is getting worse when lies down or they are unable to make a sound due to lack of breathing, then you should take them to the ER.

Other signs that indicate that breathing problems are serious include your child’s lips/nails/skin turning blue; continuous severs cough and persistent wheezing sounds.

In such situations, it is wise to get immediate medical attention.

7. Widespread Rash

Children often get rashes on their arms and feet, since they spend so much time playing outside. These rashes could be due to scratches or reactions from virus or allergy.

If you touch the red rash and it blanches or turns white, then you let go and it turns red again, you usually don’t have to worry about it. These rashes are generally harmless and appear in one part of the body.

However, if you notice rashes that are covering the child’s entire body, you might need to consult with the doctor. If rashes don’t change color and are accompanied by fever, it could indicate a medical emergency.

Also, if you notice hives on the skin, accompanied with lip or facial swelling, take your child to the doctor. If he or she also has labored breathing or has difficulty breathing along with the above mentioned symptoms, call emergency services as this could an anaphylactic reaction.

8. Extreme Thirst

It is normal for children to drink glasses of water after they’ve spent the whole the day playing. In fact, it is a positive sign that your child’s body is adequately hydrated.

But if you notice that your child is drinking loads of water despite minimal or no physical activity at all, there might be something wrong with them.

If your child has insatiable thirst and no amount of drinking water seems to quench it, then you might need to get it checked.

Persistent extreme thirst could be a sign of type 1 diabetes. This is usually the case if extreme thirst is also accompanied with increased urination, extreme hunger, weight loss and fatigue.

Consult with your doctor and get tests done to check if your child has type 1 diabetes.

9. Low Urination and Fatigue

Different individuals have different levels of healthy urine output but on average, a child aged between 6 – 12 years old should go at least seven or eight times a day. Of course, a lot of factors affect this; your kid’s diet, level of activity, amount of water drunk and their overall body functions.

The same way, children also have different levels of energy. And it is absolutely normal to feel tired after playing or laze around on a weekend.

But if you notice that your child has been feeling tired for a few days continuously or doesn’t seem to have the energy that they usually do, it might be of concern.

It is also true for decreased urination. While it is okay for a day or two, persistently low urination can be a sign of a medical problem.

Low urination and chronic fatigue when accompanied with dry skin and lips, dizziness, excessive vomiting and diarrhea is a sign of dehydration.

Dehydration means that your child’s body has lost excessive amount of fluid and is unable to function properly. It requires urgent medical attention so you should seek help without a moment’s delay.

10. Stiff Neck

While stiff neck is a well known sign of meningitis, your child having a stiff neck does not necessarily mean that they have it.

A stiff neck means your child can’t touch the chin to the chest. To test for a stiff neck, lay your child down. Then lift his head until the chin touches the chest. If he fights you, place a toy or coin on the belly. This makes him have to look down to see it. Older children can simply be asked to look at their belly button

It is most often caused by improper positions during sleep. People are not conscious of their body positions while sleeping and may sometimes turn and twist their neck in a way that makes it stiff.

Even if a stiff neck is accompanied by fever, it could easily be a sign of tonsil inflammation or swollen nymph lode. Do not immediately jump to meningitis.

For meningitis, there are a number of symptoms that occur along with stiff neck; this includes fever, light sensitivity, headaches, vomiting and lethargy. If your child displays two or more symptoms at a time, then you should immediately get medical attention.

It is natural for parents to be over – protective of their children and feel anxious about their well being. But a lot times, things are not really that bad.

If however, your gut or instinct tells you that something is not right and that your child needs immediate medical attention, always listen to it and rush to the hospital. Often times, parent’s gut instinct about their children are correct and can prevent children from anything serious.

How to Make Schezwan Sauce (Step-by-Step Recipe with Pictures)

Schezwan (Sichuan or Szechuan) is a popular Chinese cuisine, originally from the Sichuan province of southwestern China. It is known for its bold, pungent and spicy flavors, due to all the chili peppers, ginger, and garlic in it. Schezwan sauce, however, is a fusion Indo Chinese recipe. A combination of red chilies, ginger, garlic and…

Schezwan (Sichuan or Szechuan) is a popular Chinese cuisine, originally from the Sichuan province of southwestern China. It is known for its bold, pungent and spicy flavors, due to all the chili peppers, ginger, and garlic in it.

Schezwan sauce, however, is a fusion Indo Chinese recipe. A combination of red chilies, ginger, garlic and various other flavorful ingredients, this dip is really spicy with a hint of sweetness.

schezwan sauce recipe
Make Schezwan sauce at home with this step-by-step guide

The sauce is mainly served with starters and appetizers, such as dumplings, wontons, nuggets, cutlets, fries, and tacos. With its tantalizing aroma and attractive red color, this condiment has become quite popular among those who love spicy food.

It is also used as an ingredient in Schezwan recipes, such as Schezwan noodles, rice, soups and more. But the uses of this versatile sauce do not end here.

If you like to experiment with different ingredients and come up with new recipes, then Schezwan sauce is just the thing for you. It can be used to bring a tasty twist to even the most boring and bland food preparations.

Looking for new and innovative ways to cook vegetables? Prepare stir-fried vegetables by tossing in a spoonful of Schezwan sauce with the chopped veggies. Schezwan dry mushroom is another popular appetizer you can make with the help of this ingredient.

Schezwan sauce is easy to find in stores. However, commercial food products often contain preservatives that are not good for your health. So why invest in a potentially unhealthy store-bought product when you can easily prepare this amazing dip at home in less than an hour?

You don’t have to be an expert cook to master this recipe. Just a few simple steps and your Schezwan sauce will be ready in no time. If stored properly, this dip has a pretty impressive shelf life.

Steps to Make Schezwan Sauce

Here we bring you the easiest steps to make Schezwan sauce recipe at home.

Things you’ll need:

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Gather the ingredients to make Schezwan sauce at home
  • Vegetable oil – ¼ cup
  • Garlic (finely chopped) – 15 cloves
  • Ginger (finely chopped) – 1½-inch piece
  • Onions (chopped) – ½ cup
  • Sichuan pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Whole red chilies –15 to 20
  • Soy sauce – 1 teaspoon
  • Vinegar – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – as needed
  • Tomato puree – ¼ cup
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – to taste

Note: The number of red chilies used depends on how hot and spicy you want your sauce to be and the variety of chilies you are using. You can alter the recipe as per your taste by using more tomato puree (about ½ cup) to balance the taste.

Step 1. Grind the soaked chilies into a paste

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Soak red chilies before grinding
  • Put 15 to 20 whole red chilies in a bowl and fill it up with water.
  • Cover the bowl and let the chilies soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Strain out the water from the red chilies.
  • Put them in a grinder to make a paste. You may add a little water if needed.

Step 2. Heat vegetable oil in a pan and sauté fresh ginger, garlic, and onion

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Saute the chopped ingredients in a pan over medium heat
  • Begin by placing the pan on high heat and gradually bring it down to medium.
  • Heat up ¼ cup of vegetable oil in the pan.
  • Add 15 finely chopped garlic cloves to the oil.
  • Now, add finely chopped ginger from a 1½-inch piece of ginger root.
  • Sauté the ginger and garlic for a couple of minutes or until the raw smell goes away.
  • Add ½ cup chopped onion to the ginger and garlic in the pan.
  • Sauté it again for a few minutes.

Step 3. Add the remaining ingredients

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Put in salt, sugar, tomato puree and chili paste
  • Now, add salt as per your taste preference, and sauté until the onion turns brown.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of sugar to it too.
  • Put in ¼ cup of tomato puree and cook the mixture for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Next, add the chili paste (from Step 1) to the mix.
  • Add water, if needed.
  • Keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

 Step 4. Mix in the rest of the items & let it simmer briefly

mix in the remainng ingredients
Combine the remaining ingredients to make the schezwan sauce
  • Add 1 teaspoon of Sichuan pepper powder to the other ingredients.
  • Also, add 1 teaspoon each of soy sauce and vinegar.
  • Mix the ingredients.
  • Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture begins to leave oil.

Allow the sauce to cool down and serve it

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Enjoy your Schezwan sauce with your favorite snacks
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
  • Transfer the sauce toa condiment or dip bowl and serve it with snacks.

Put any remaining sauce in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep well for 2 to 3 weeks.

Tips

  • You can boil the red chilies in hot water for about 10 minutes instead of soaking them in water.
  • Adding too much soy sauce will darken the color of the Schezwan sauce. Use it sparingly.
  • Add more sugar if you don’t want that pungent flavor in your sauce.
  • Another way to ensure that your sauce has a smooth, lump-free texture is to grind together the chilies, ginger, garlic, and onions to form a paste before adding them to the oil.
  • Make sure you remove the stems of the red chilies before grinding them.
  • If you do not want your sauce to be too spicy, remove the seeds from the dried chilies before putting them in the grinder.
  • Choosing a less spicy variety of red chilies will also help ensure the sauce isn’t too spicy.
  • You may also add 1 tablespoon of ground celery to the recipe.
  • If you are unable to find Sichuan peppers, use black peppercorns instead as per your taste and requirement
  • You may use shallots or spring onions instead of regular onions.
  • Use a sufficient amount of oil in the recipe. It acts as a preservative when the sauce is stored for a long time.
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10 Food Items You Should Never Combine

It is extremely rare for people to think if two food items will go together or not, mostly because a lot of you, understandably, are not competing in MasterChef. You likely have a number of fixed dishes that you eat, with no experiments. Even when trying something new, you usually try it in a restaurant…

It is extremely rare for people to think if two food items will go together or not, mostly because a lot of you, understandably, are not competing in MasterChef. You likely have a number of fixed dishes that you eat, with no experiments.

Even when trying something new, you usually try it in a restaurant or diner, where they have a pre – combined food items and you just order whichever combination seems most palatable to you.

But what if, the already fixed dishes that you eat everyday are actually bad food combinations? You see, much like with humans, for 2 food items to work together, they should share a good chemistry.

Sometimes, when you mix two or more food together, you might actually be creating a combination that does nothing for your body, or worse, harm it. Enzymes present in one food might cancel the benefits the other food was likely to provide on its own.

To stop you from making unhealthy combinations, we have a list of food items you should never combine.

foods you should never combine

1. Liquids with Meals

Drinking liquids right after your meal or during it, including tea, juice, alcohol or even water, can dilute the enzymes your body needs to digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

It can also cool down your stomach, reducing the efficiency of digestive process and letting fat get stored in the body.

An ideal time to drink water is at least 15 minutes before you have your meal, and half an hour after you are done eating.

Drinking water 15 minutes before meal times is actually beneficial since it fills you up and makes you eat less than you would usually eat. Drinking hot tea 30 minutes after the meal is also good as the heat helps break down fats even more.

2. Alcohol and Caffeine

Mixing alcohol and caffeine is a big no. Drinking wine after dinner is a routine for many. But sometimes, after drinking wine with dinner, people might opt for a post meal cappuccino which is a bad idea.

Caffeine in the coffee provides you with a boost of energy that can mask your intoxication. This can lead you to underestimate exactly how drunk you are. This can cause accidents like drunk driving.

The same rule applies to directly mixing caffeine and booze or even caffeine and sports/energy drinks.

3. Fruits During or After Meal

You might love having some peppy mango salsa with fish or apple pie for your dessert but eating fruits during or right after the meal is bad for you.

The reason is that fruits pass through the stomach quickly, digesting in the intestines. Meals, on the other hand, are complex and take relatively longer to digest.

When you combine fruits with food like wheat or grain, fruits stay in your stomach for longer periods of time and start to ferment because they behave like sugar.

Instead, fruits should be eaten 30 – 60 minutes before you have your meal. When fruit is eaten alone on an empty stomach before a meal, it prepares the digestive tract for what’s to come. Water rinses and hydrates the tract, fiber sweeps and cleanses it, and enzymes activate the chemical process of digestion. That’s why; eating fruit first makes the digestive tract more capable of absorbing nutrition.

4. Lentils and Red Wine

Red wines contain a compound called tannins. When this compound gets mixed with plant based sources of iron, such as lentils and soybeans, the body is unable to absorb iron properly.

This is particularly problematic for vegans as plant based iron is anyway difficult to absorb. When you add tannins to the mix, you pretty much rule out any chances of providing your body iron.

5. Bacon and Eggs

Eating together two protein rich food can exhaust your digestive system. Concentrated proteins are hard to break down, which exhausts the digestive system and depletes energy.

The same goes for nuts and yogurt or fish and chicken.

Instead of adding meat to your breakfast omelet, add veggies to it. Keep meat dishes for the last meal of the day. Your first meal should not be heavy, it should be light vegetables or protein based.

The best time to eat meat is the last course of supper as digestive enzymes are at their peak. Don’t wait for more than 10 minutes between courses as the enzymes can start to shut off.

6. Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Well, basically all protein – starch combinations should be avoided. This includes lasagna, turkey sandwich, meat and potatoes and chicken and pasta.

Proteins and starch need different digestive enzymes and levels of acidity to be digested. When you eat them together, your body processes protein but not starch.

The different digestive juices also nullify each other’s effectiveness leading to lots of flatulence, bloating and gas.

Instead, you can mix protein or starch with non – starchy vegetables. If combining protein and starch is unavoidable, add leafy green vegetables to minimize the negative effect.

7. Tomato and Cheese Pasta Sauce

You probably cannot imagine pasta without tomatoes, cheese sauce or meat. But this combination wrecks havoc on your system.

Tomatoes are acidic and should not be mixed with starchy carbs such as pasta. Food combining theory does not recommend mixing carbohydrates with acid. Tomato has acids that weaken the enzymes in pasta and curdles the dairy in cheese.

This combination is also very difficult for your body to digest; leading to post meal fatigue due to the amount of energy the body has to use to digest the food.

Instead, have a pasta with pesto sauce and grilled vegetables to avoid exhausting your body after the meal.

8. Burgers and Beers

Yeah, they seem like a match made in heaven, but the combination is actually from health hell. Burgers and beers is not just extremely unhealthy, it is also kind of gross.

Burgers contain fats while beer is alcoholic. Both of these substances are broken down by your liver.

When you take them in together, your body prioritizes breaking down beer since it recognizes alcohol as a toxin. This leaves fat floating around in your blood steam (Eww! Gross!) where it can be stored in the fat tissue.

It might also make you feel stuffed till your mouth as fat causes food to digest slowly. This is why, food with high fat content can make you feel bloated long after you’ve eaten it.

9. Meat Fried in Vegetable Oil

This is basically fats combined with the wrong sort of food. It includes olives with bread or tuna with mayonnaise.

The reason this is a bad combination is because fats require bile salts from the lives and gall bladder to break down. When you mix fats with other digestive chemicals, it can cause distress to the body. For example, eating foods with high fat content combined with foods with sufficient proteins can slow the digestive process.

Instead, you can use small amounts of unrefined and organic fats like olive or coconut oil to cook vegetables, grains and proteins. Protein fats like avocados, seeds, and nuts should be combined only with non-starchy vegetables. It is also recommended to include a raw leafy green vegetable when eating fats.

10. Milk and Cereal / Oatmeal with Orange Juice

In short, your everyday breakfast is a terrible food combination. This staple breakfast food is bad for you since milk and cereal, both contain fast digesting carbohydrates. This can put your body under stress and cause your blood sugar to spike. When the blood sugar comes back to normal, you will feel tired and crave junk food.

Drinking orange juice along with your cereal or oatmeal is also bad as orange juice contains acid that destroys the enzyme responsible for digesting starches present in the cereal or oatmeal. It can also curdle milk and turn it into heavy, mucus like substance.

A healthier breakfast option would be to drink orange juice 30 minutes before you have your oatmeal.

How To Look Luxurious Without Spending Much

Being rich is not just about being wealthy; it also means an abundance of elegance and exquisiteness. There are many perks of having a lot of money (or looking like one who has!). When your appearance is oozing with richness, class, and power, you get respect, attention, and special treatment. You don’t need to have…

Being rich is not just about being wealthy; it also means an abundance of elegance and exquisiteness. There are many perks of having a lot of money (or looking like one who has!). When your appearance is oozing with richness, class, and power, you get respect, attention, and special treatment.

You don’t need to have a fat bank account to look like a millionaire because money alone cannot guarantee that you will look rich and expensive. You can dress up in a way that conveys elegance and class, whether to impress someone or blend in at a high-class party, without robbing a bank or selling your kidney! You know why? Because an expensive look doesn’t have to be expensive. Yes, you read that right! All you need for looking upmarket is a sense of style that speaks for itself and stands out.

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Some tips on how you can look luxurious without spending much

To get that luxe appeal, shopping smart is the key. You do not even have to wait for a mega sale or buy discounted items. You can be low on budget but still, create timeless outfits. There are just a few elements that you need to apply to your dressing style to achieve that sophisticated look.

Here is a guide to look luxurious without spending much.

1. Choose a simple color palette

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One of the secrets to looking classy is going for solid colors

The color of your clothes decides your overall look. Black, white, grey, and nudes and other soft and simple colors create a minimalistic but rich look. Wear solid colors instead of prints. Monochromes with only small color accents will give your outfit a hint of luxury. You may experiment with colors inspired by precious stones, such as ruby and emerald, once in a while.

2. Invest in the right clothes

You need the right outfits to make you look rich, but that does not mean you should spend all your allowance on buying clothes or that you should own every clothing item that is on trend. Instead of buying multiple cheap clothes, invest in one or two classic pieces at a time. Good clothes can be worn several times on several occasions without being outdated.

3. Go for natural and minimal makeup

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Too much makeup looks highly unattractive

Your makeup can make a huge difference in the way you look. Go for a simple and minimalistic makeup to highlight your natural beauty and achieve that elegant finished look. Apply foundation that matches your skin tone, paint your cheeks and lips a rosy color, and perk up your eyes with mascara. Do your hair right and paint your nails in nudes.

4. Check the fabric before you buy

It is only the good-quality fabric that will give you a rich and classy look. While on your shopping spree, check the label to know the material. Choose linen, silk, or cotton over synthetic fabrics. Natural fibers feel good on the skin, last long, and are always trendy.

5. Put on red lipstick

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Go for a red lipstick with neutral makeup

You can add on a striking feature to your look by putting on red lipstick. To carry it in style, you must know which shade of red suits you the best. Red lipstick goes perfectly with neutral makeup. Red gives you a sense of power and confidence that every successful woman projects.

6. Wear clothes that fit you well

It is all about the fit. An expensive but ill-fitted dress will look cheap. Likewise, an affordable dress that fits you like a glove will appear like you had it custom made. Hence, always make sure that your clothes fit you perfectly. Never be lazy about it. If you have sloppy clothes lying around, take them to your local tailor and get them altered to your size.

7. Smell good to look good

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The right fragrance will add to your luxurious look

A luxe fragrance will add to the richness of your look. Find a perfume or scent that represents your style and personality. Apply it on the major points of your body, including your wrists, elbows, and back of your neck. Do not mix too many fragrances. Apply an unscented moisturizer before applying the perfume for a long-lasting scent.

8. Go for dainty jewelry

Wear some dainty yet stunning jewelry. Delicate jewelry, even the inexpensive ones, when styled thoughtfully can uplift the look of your outfit and give you elegance. Buy jewelry in heavy metal and dark colors or with clear crystals. Sometimes, your favorite metal or leather watch is all you need to rock a classic look.

9. Step out in the right shoes

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The right shoes will not only elevate your posture but will also work magic on your appeal

We know how much you love your flats for the comfort they bring to your feet. However, they can ruin an amazing outfit and make you look a little shabby. Height is often associated with authority and class. So for a rich and expensive look, put on some good heels, whether peep toes or pointed-toe stilettos. Find one that you are comfortable wearing and walk in it with confidence.

10. Pay attention to the minor details

To really look rich, you have to be consistent with your style, paying attention to every minute detail. There is a loose thread? Give it a snip. Use a razor to shave off the pills on your sweater. Never wear clothes with a stain, hole, or missing button.

11. Spend on leather jackets and blazers

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A leather jacket can be paired with almost anything, and it never goes out of style

Putting on a leather jacket or tailored blazer can upgrade a basic look. Look for high-quality leather, raw denim, or suedes that will last forever and will never go out of style. Collect a few good pieces to match your different outfits.

12. Save on a designer dupe

When you know that you cannot afford the original designer piece, there is no harm in buying a legal dupe. If you style it right, a designer dupe can give a luxurious touch to your outfit without spending a fortune.

13. Carry a structured handbag

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Invest in a neutral colored handbag that can be paired up with almost any dress

Save up and invest in sturdy and structured bags. A quality handbag with a classic design is worth the investment. Pick one in a neutral color to complement most of your outfits and suit several occasions. Simple and elegant clutches are best for parties and formal events. Make sure that your handbag is minimalistic; avoid those that have heavy metals, bulky accessories, or evident logos.

14. Keep your clothes clean and crisp

Creases can be a downer and spoil your otherwise elegant look. Even if you are wearing a cheap store-bought dress, it can make you look neat and classy if it is wrinkle-free. Make sure you iron or steam your clothes before you put them on.

15. Spend on some designer accessories

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A hat, scarf or belt can immediately elevate your style

Accessories can give even a simple and inexpensive outfit a striking appeal. As these are small items, they are not as expensive as designer shoes, clothes, and bags, so you can definitely allocate a budget for these. One designer scarf, hat, or belt is enough to elevate your look. Choose accessories with small prints or in basic colors so that you can wear them with more than one outfit.

16. Do not ignore your skin

You’ll need clear and healthy skin to look rich. It is important that you treat your skin well and follow a regular grooming session. A well-hydrated and glowing skin means you have enough budget for skin care, even if you are just using natural home-made products. Never go out with flaky skin or chapped lips. Keep your nails buffed and your teeth pearly white.

17. Put on sunglasses

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The right pair of sunglasses can make you look luxurious

Putting on sunglasses is a cheap and instant hack to looking luxurious. Find the right shape that fits and complements your face. Again, stick to basic colors; you want your sunglasses to make a style statement and not look tacky.

18. Style your hair simply

The way you style your hair can make or break your outfit. Top off your look with a neat and simple hairstyle. A simple blow-dried hair or a high ponytail will make you look sleeker than complicated curls. Plus, it will only take a few minutes of your time and a couple of styling tools and products.

Follow the easy steps to look like you have all the riches in the world, and you are living a good life. But most importantly, never forget to carry out your style with confidence. Believe in yourself and walk with your head held high. Be yourself because no one else is like you, and that is your most precious asset that no amount of money can buy!


How to Manage Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is able to target and eliminate most cancers very effectively. The goal of chemotherapy is to destroy cancer cells. So it targets fast dividing cancer cells; but healthy cells also get damaged in the process. It is when the healthy cells get damaged that you start to experience side effects. It can lead to…

Chemotherapy is able to target and eliminate most cancers very effectively. The goal of chemotherapy is to destroy cancer cells. So it targets fast dividing cancer cells; but healthy cells also get damaged in the process.

It is when the healthy cells get damaged that you start to experience side effects. It can lead to side effects like fatigue and infection. When the cells lining the mucous membranes throughout the body are damaged, it causes mouth sores, diarrhea or other issues with the digestive system. And damage to cells at the hair roots, or follicles, can lead to hair loss.

The side effects depend on several factors like, your course of therapy, the amount of medicine you’re getting, the duration of treatment, and your overall health. Individuals react differently to the therapy but some side effects commonly associated or found in people under going chemotherapies are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Hair Loss
  • Weight changes
  • Diarrhea

These are just few of the commonly reported side effects. As stated earlier, individuals react differently to chemotherapy. There are dozens of other side effects that you might experience as a result of chemo.

But today, thanks to progress made in medical science, chemotherapy has become much more bearable as doctors have found ways to treat or manage the side effects arising due to the treatment.

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Fatigue

Of the people who underwent chemotherapy, 75% of them reported experiencing fatigue as a side effect. For many people, this constant state of tiredness prevented them from being able to carry out day to day activities.

If you experience fatigue, talk to your doctor about it and what medicines can be taken to counter it. Since there are many and varied reasons for fatigue, there isn’t any one medicine that can be administered to everyone. The doctor needs to know the specifications of your condition to prescribe the right medicine.

There are complementary therapies you can try out. Alternative medicine practices like yoga, acupuncture, massage, acupressure and meditation have been beneficial for some people in dealing with fatigue.

Bringing about a change in your lifestyle can also help you. American Cancer Society recommends 1 hour of exercise for 4 days a week. Start off with 15 minutes a day and then gradually increase your time to 1 hour.

It might be difficult to exercise when you are feeling so tired all the time, but you do not have to start with bench presses. You can go for a walk with a friend or just play with your dog.

Exercising will improve your blood circulation and make your body more active. Eating the right kind of food will help provide you with the nutrition your body needs.

To fight fatigue, it is imperative that you get sufficient amounts of proteins and calories. Also ensure to get enough vitamins and minerals, preferably from food rather than supplements.

Other things you can try include taking a 20 -30 minute nap during the day, sticking to your routine and joining a support group.

Hair loss

Losing hair is another common side effect of chemotherapy. It can be mentally upsetting to lose so much hair suddenly, especially for women. While it is not possible to stop the hair loss completely, you can try and manage it.

Here are some things you can try out:

  • Use a gentle shampoo while washing your hair and set your dryer on low heat when drying it.
  • Cut your hair short. It might be less unsettling to lose short hair and it will also give you an idea of how your hair will look like once it starts growing back.
  • Find a wig specialist to get your wig made. You can try different styles, experiment with colors or just have it made like your natural hair. Ask advice from wig salons about taking care of the wig – shampoos, conditioner, brushes etc.
  • You can also go for multiple wigs so you have a different hairstyle according to your mood or occasion.
  • Use hair accessories like hats, caps, turbans and scarves to try out different fashion styles on your head. They are affordable and can be used on a variety of occasions.

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are extremely common side effects of chemotherapy with 60 – 90% of the people who underwent treatment reporting it.

Nausea is a sick feeling in your stomach that makes you feel like you have to vomit. Mild nausea can cause loss of appetite. Moderate to severe nausea usually causes some degree of vomiting. It may or may not accompany vomiting.

Vomiting is when your stomach throws up its contents out via the esophagus. It is usually the result of nausea.
To manage these effects, there are anti-nausea drugs available that can be taken either before or after the treatment.

Most people experience relief for the first 24 hours after chemotherapy and about 45% for the first five to seven days of treatment.

There are some other methods you can make use of, like:

  • Try eating ginger. The spicy bite of ginger may also help manage nausea and vomiting, reports the National Cancer Institute. Ginger ale, ginger tea, or crystallized ginger are some of the ways you can take in ginger.
  • Do not eat greasy foods as they can upset your stomach. Instead, go for dry and bland foods like toast, plain rice and cereal, eating them in small quantities through the day.
  • Rinse your mouth after a meal to get rid of any taste that might make you feel nauseous. Also, don’t lie down after eating as it may make you vomit. Keep sitting up for about 30 minutes after eating.
  • Drink lots of liquids like broth, juice, flat soda pop, sports drinks, and water. This will make up for the loss from vomiting and keep you hydrated.
  • If a bad taste persists in your mouth and makes you nauseous, try sucking on a peppermint candy.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea occurs when the water in your intestine does not get absorbed back in your body. It leads to loose, watery stools about thrice a day. It can also be accompanied by nausea, bloating and cramps.

Here are some things you can try to manage diarrhea:

  • Give your body small, frequent meals as smaller amounts of food maybe easier to digest.
  • During the starting stage of diarrhea, go for a clear, liquid diet consisting of water, weak herbal tea, apple juice, clear broth, frozen pops, or plain gelatin. These liquids will prevent over exertion by your bowels and help prevent irritation.

Your diet should include foods that are high in pectin, potassium, sodium and protein. Pectin is a water soluble fiber that helps control loose motions. Potassium is often lost during diarrhea. Salt helps retains water and protein helps you fight fatigue.

Some examples of food items that you can add to your list include:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit Juices
  • Soups made with cooked asparagus tips, beets, carrots, peeled zucchini, mushrooms, or celery
  • Sports drinks
  • Crackers and pretzels
  • Lean baked turkey, chicken or pork
  • Boiled eggs

While you need to add the above mentioned food items to your diet, there are some food categories that you need to avoid as they can make your diarrhea worse.

These include food items like:

  • Caffeine, tobacco, extremely hot or cold foods, alcohol, chewing gum or carbonated beverages as they irritate your digestive tract.
  • Food with high fat content or food that is fried and greasy as they cause loose motions.
  • Limit milk and milk products as they are hard to digest.
  • Stay away from nuts, raw fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads, and bran products as they can harm your digestive tract.

Weight Changes

It is obvious that the stress and shock involved in the treatment can affect your weight. Some people lose while others gain weight. It does not matter if you lose or gain a few pounds.

But if your weight change is drastic, like 5 -10 % of your body weight, then it’s something that can affect your health.

Weight changes can be due to many reasons. Sometimes, it could be the result of the medications you are taking, like pain medications or steroids.

To manage weight changes:

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet that comprises of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  • Eat small quantities of food throughout the day to keep your metabolism working and avoid sudden hunger pangs.
  • Try to eat snacks that are high in protein content and low on fat. Protein will provide you energy, fight off fatigue and prevent you from eating sugary foods.
  • Limit your intake of sugar, alcohol and saturated fats.
  • Use low fat milk instead of water in cooking when possible.
  • Exercise regularly, at least 3 hours of moderate exercise a week. It helps keep you body active and is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.

Dealing with cancer and the side effects reeling from chemotherapy can be a tough ordeal. It is hard and punishing but it is important that you don’t give into despair and negativity. You need to strengthen your resolve and fight it by making your body and mind stronger.

Open up to your loved ones, join a support group and consult with you doctors about how you can manage these effects and go through the treatment with a better mindset and positive outlook.

How to Enhance Brain Development in Children

The first 3 years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of brain development. This is the age when the brain is growing in leaps and the children are learning something new every day. A lot of the things children learn, they have do so by the age of 6. Brain development…

The first 3 years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of brain development. This is the age when the brain is growing in leaps and the children are learning something new every day.

A lot of the things children learn, they have do so by the age of 6. Brain development slows down after age 5; which is why it is important to start doing activities that will enhance your child’s brain development, early.

While you can’t turn your child into the next Einstein, doing the below mentioned activities can give your child’s brain an early start and allow them to be ahead in the game.

Here are some things you should do that can develop your child’s brain faster.

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1. Spend Time with Them

Spending time with your children is the most beneficial thing you can do to improve your child’s learning and developing skills.

Children learn language, facial expressions and emotions when spending time with their parents. Also, your touch is extremely important for them.

Children who are cuddled more and touched more by their parents are more likely to lead a healthy life.

This can include things like holding their hands when walking down the park or getting involved in physical play like tickling and counting on fingers.

2. Introduce Reading

Inculcating a passion for reading is essential in ensuring that children learn to love books and gain knowledge that puts them ahead of their peers.

Start reading to them even when they are too young to understand anything. This activity makes them get used to the idea of reading. They will also learn that reading helps gain new information.

As they begin comprehending, start with picture books containing one image per page. These include books that teach counting, alphabets and shapes to get children used to the pattern.

You can then move on the books containing pictures as well as short sentences, transitioning to books with short stories.

Reading can improve the vocabulary of the child, let the imagination skills develop and allow them to communicate better using coherent sentences.

3. Do a Scavenger Hunt

Children are by nature curious. But this tendency to investigate and question everything is often repressed when parents don’t show interest or shut them up because they are tired of answering their questions.

This loss of curiosity can become a hurdle later in life if the children stop questioning how and why things work. To ensure that the instinct to investigate only grows stronger, organize activities that will encourage their curious nature.

One way to do so is by arranging scavenger hunts. Scavenger hunts not only encourage the instinct to investigate, they also provide children with a sense of accomplishment.

Scavenger hunts can be as simple as asking the child in a grocery store to bring all the red colored items in the lane or it can be searching the books for a particular word or going through photo – albums to pinpoint a relative.

4. Use Textures

Toddlers and babies explore the world around with all their senses – they see, touch, smell, taste and hear to their maximum ability.

Making use of textured stuff while playing can greatly impact their sensory touch. You can use pastas or cotton balls to trace alphabets or numbers and allow toddlers to run their hands over it. This allows them to feel the shape and remember it better.

It also useful to keep a box filled with different kinds of fabrics to give babies a sense of how different things feel like.

5. Reduce/Avoid Screen Time

According to American Academy of Pediatrics, children below 2 years should not be allowed any screen time at all as it messes with their developmental skills.

There is no denying that there are a lot of educational programs and apps on television and smart phones; but for them to be effective it has to be a two way interaction. Your presence is required to guide the child when watching television programs for them to be effective.

While babies and infants should absolutely be kept away from any screen time, children over 2 years of age can be allowed a maximum of 2 hours per day of screen time. This will include smart phone, video games and television.

6. Do Role Plays

Children have vivid imaginations and love to pretend play. They dress up as their favorite princess or super – hero or act out their favorite movie stars and cartoon characters.

Encouraging them in playing dress up and acting out lines isn’t just fun; it also provides them with confidence to stand on the stage and experiment with different roles.

It lets them practice real- life situations and prepare a strategy on how to deal with it. For example, your child might be role playing a superhero that has to save a falling car. He or she might come up with ideas and make use of equipments to deal with that particular situation.

7. Develop Social Skills

While enhancing the development of brain is important, knowledge and intelligence alone will not equip your child to deal with the world in his or her adulthood. It is imperative that the kids develop social skills.

Kids learn social skills when they interact with other kids. Playing games with rules plays an important role in teaching children the virtue of patience when waiting for their chance, the anguish of loss and how to deal with it, the joy of winning and how to interact with other people.

Playing and interacting with other kids builds negotiating, sharing and self-control skills – all which come handy in future relationships.

8. Allow Them to Lead

While children cannot be allowed to make all of their decisions (eating sand is definitely not a good idea!), for brief periods of time, led the children lead and make decisions.

When you are always doing things for your children, they start to feel entitled and start demanding. To inculcate a sense of responsibility and develop leadership qualities, give them a free reign.

Designate small tasks to them and make them in charge of completing it. These can include things like ensuring they clean up their toys after playing or allowing them to decide what dress they would like to wear.

9. Follow a Healthy Diet

Activities are not the only to enhance brain development; foods can help nourish the brain too. In fact, brain is the very first of the organs to absorb nutrients from the food we take.

Eating junk food means your child’s brain will suffer. You need start providing them with healthy snacks right from the start so that they get used to it and at the same time their brain is able to benefit from the nutrients to develop better.

Include more eggs in the diet by making egg burritos or scrambled eggs with toast in breakfast. Peanut butter is also a healthy option – you can give your children peanut butter sandwich for snacks, using whole grain bread instead of refined bread.

10. Discuss Feelings

Children are often taught that there are certain good feelings like being happy and bad feeling like being sad. This categorization can be dangerous for their emotional intelligence.

Use situations when someone is upset or sad to explain to your child why they feel so and what can be done about it. Teach them to talk about how they feel.

If children don’t learn a way to deal with emotions when they are young, it can severely impact how they carry themselves through life. Emotional intelligence is a necessary pre- requisite to success and therefore an important part of brain development.

20+ Colorful and Exciting Jelly Nail Art Designs

Ever since Kylie Jenner posted a snap of her manicure to Instagram, jelly nails have gotten on everyone’s radar as THE nail trend of the season. And although jelly nails are nothing new and have been around for quite some time (back then they were known as glass nails), it was only after everyone’s favorite…

Ever since Kylie Jenner posted a snap of her manicure to Instagram, jelly nails have gotten on everyone’s radar as THE nail trend of the season. And although jelly nails are nothing new and have been around for quite some time (back then they were known as glass nails), it was only after everyone’s favorite reality star and entrepreneur posted a picture of her long, neon-pink talons that jelly nails became an instant craze all over social media. In fact, there have been more than 6000 #jellynails posts and 62,000+ #glassnails hashtags in just a couple of weeks since Jenner was “feeling girly.” Mind-blowing, right?

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Some colorful and exciting jelly nail art designs

Surely you are intrigued by all the jelly nails that have been flooding your Instagram feed, and you don’t want to feel left behind. After all, who wouldn’t want to have beautiful nails? Jelly nails have not only taken Instagram by storm; they have also won over our hearts. The thing about nail art is that it can be both elaborate and loud or muted and minimal! If you want to add some color to your nails, but are sick of the traditional nail art, then you should definitely go for jelly nails!

Just like creams, mattes, and opalescent, jelly refers to the texture of the formula once it is applied on your nails. The unique thing about jelly nails is that they offer a splash of sheer color and a lot of shine.

Today, you are in for a treat, as we have here for you some awesome ideas for your next trip to the nail salon (or to your own little corner at home!). Never have FOMO again and go give jelly nails a try!

Here are more than 20 colorful and exciting jelly nail art designs!

1. Beads and flowers

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For a fun and funky look

Flowers with beads are perfect for adventurous ladies who want to show their feminine side. If you are not afraid to experiment, add some beads and embellishments to your nail art design. Because girly girls can be fun and funky, too!

2. Blue stilettos

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To stand out and yet not appear bold

This soothing blue jelly nail design is perfect to show your softer side. They would look amazing when paired with a dark-colored evening dress as the stark contrast of colors will highlight your nails. You will surely stand out in the crowd but not appear too bold.

3. Bold red and gold

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For a bold look

Anytime you want to let the world know that you would never bend to its whims but rather create your own niche, go for this bold red and gold look.

4. Bright floral design

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To get the feminine and flirty look

This amazing bright floral design is for girls who want to make a bold statement. The floral design is within the feminine and flirty zone, but the touch of bright colors adds fierceness to your look.

5. Dreams-inspired nails

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For the dreamers and achievers

This jelly nail design is perfect for the go-getters and dreamers of the world – those who dream big and will do anything to achieve those dreams.

6. English summer

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A cool and refreshing design

This dainty jelly nail design is very versatile and can easily complement your everyday look. Its soft design and colors make you think of English summers – very cool and refreshing.

7. Fall-inspired nails

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A stunning and eye-catchy fall inspired look

The fall season is officially here. So why not embrace the season and let your nails show your love for fall. This design is simply stunning and eye-catching.

8. Floral stilettos

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A fashion statement for the fall season

If you love the fall season, but you also want to make a fashion statement, then this design is absolutely perfect for you. With the soft colors gently blending with the bright green, it is hard not to fall in love with this beautiful design.

9. Flowers on white

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When you want to make a statement as a bride

This design is so subtle yet so eye-catching that you could even wear it on your wedding day. What better way to let the world know your style and personality than showing this design off on your big day. Be that unique bride that you always wanted to be and go get that dream wedding of yours – starting with your nails!

10. Gold and glitter

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Perfect for a night out with friends

Spending the night out with your closest friends? Stand out and shine brightly with gold and glitter on your nails!

11. Out of this world

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An absolutely stunning and creative design

If you are a fan of mythology and fantasy and everything in between, then this nail art design will leave you in awe! This very creative and striking design is also a great conversation piece and will definitely make you the darling of the crowd.

12. Gold digger

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A classy combination of bold and charming

This classic white and gold design is quite elaborate, intricate, and luxurious. Its beauty and elegance would surely make you the subject of envy among your girlfriends.

13. Green stilettos

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For the ones who want to be adventurous within their comfort zone

These perfect manicures show off your nails like no other. If you are feeling adventurous but don’t want to step out of your comfort zone, then this design is your solution to the conundrum.

14. Passionate pink

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For the passionate ones

Throw caution to the wind and leap out of your comfort zone! This absolutely gorgeous nail art design is not for the “faint of heart.” For those who are willing to take risks and let their emotions take the wheel, this design is impeccable.

15. Purple flowers

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To bring out the queen in you

If pink is not your color, but you are passionate and want a design that portrays your passionate nature, then you could go with this purple floral design. Purple is equivalent to royalty and luxury for the queen that you are!

16. Red and green

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An elegant and refreshing design

This design again allows you to have plain nails but with a simple yet stunning design on the extensions. The beautiful combination of red and green is definitely a must try.

17. Red hot nails

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A perfect combination of being both dainty and fearless

If you are torn between being dainty and fearless, then how about a combination of bright red color, floral design, and embellishments? Perfect, yeah? The beads on the flowers will make you a head-turner!

18. Soft floral nails

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Try your hands on some pastel colors

If you have some reservations about jelly nails and don’t want something bright and flashy, then this design is excellent for you. The very soft combination of both color and design will give you lovely and adorable jelly nails.

19. Statement nails

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A unique and exquisite design

You don’t want something soft, but you also don’t want something bold. You want something in between but unique at the same time. Then how about these statement nails with white flowers and embellishments? The deep-pink base adds a touch of exquisiteness to the design.

20. 3D flowers

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A classy combination of bold and charming

You don’t want what everyone is wearing; you want a touch of mystery and a whiff of sensuality. You want a design that speaks for itself yet enthralls everyone. This 3D flowers design will look flawless on you!

21. Golden beads stiletto

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An elaborate and elegant design

This elegant golden design is both elaborate and classy. It is the perfect combination of bold and charming.

22. Multicolored stiletto

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A design perfect for the summer

This design screams summer! The beautiful combination of blue and orange colors with a dash of deep pink and green makes it stand out. Super fun and refreshing!

23. Ocean waves

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For the nature lovers

One of the hottest fashion trends this season is nature-inspired designs. How about painting your nails blue and showing your love for the beach? These pretty blue nails have a touch of glitter and stones for that glammed-up look.

24. Pink and white

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Feminine, elegant and subtle

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Home Remedies for Dark Elbows and Knees

Most of you are living hectic lives where your work schedules and family lives hardly give you any time to relax. Sometimes, you just want to unwind by yourself – a book in hand, your elbows propped up against the soft mattress and the din of the outside world fading away.The next morning while dressing…

Many of you are living hectic lives where your work schedules and family lives hardly give you whenever to relax.

Sometimes, you just wish to relax on your own– a book in hand, your elbows propped up versus the soft bed mattress and the din of the outside world fading away.The next early morning while dressing for work, you choose to ditch the sleeveless shirt since your ugly, tarnished elbows are much better concealed away.

The number of times have you stopped to wonder why that happens? The skin on your elbows, knees and sometimes even your ankles become darker than the rest of your skin when dead skin accumulates in this location and is further exposed to friction. Therefore, each time you prop our elbows and knees on the floor or rest your elbows on the armrest of a chair, you worsen the dead skin making it darker.

You are irresponsible when it concerns exfoliating these locations and using sun block. Old winter sweatshirts also tend to graze against the skin in these parts and make them rougher and harder.

So, the question is, for how long will you deprive yourself of brief sleeves and brief gowns just because your knees and elbows appear dull and flaky?

Here are a couple of home remedies that can help you fix the problem:

home remedies for dark elbows and knees

Lemon A natural bleach, lemon is high in citric acid that exfoliates the skin by opening up its pores and getting rid of dead cells that trigger staining of the skin. When citric acid is applied regularly, it regularly sets off the development of brand-new cells that enhances the appearance of the skin as well as out the skin tone. Alpha Hydroxy acids posses the capability to separate dead cells that cling onto the brand-new skin cells, and citric acid is among them.

Moreover, lemon includes a high amount of Vitamin C that is among the most effective natural anti-oxidants. Not just does it further exfoliate the skin, the ascorbic acid in Vitamin C decreases the production of melanin (dark brown or black pigment that happens in the skin, hair and the iris of the eye in animals and humans) and safeguards it from image aging and the hazardous effects of UV rays.

Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and Salt Load

Salt includes anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the exacerbated skin and the olive oil helps hydrate and hydrate it further.

  1. Take 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 a cup of table or sea salt in a little bowl and blend them together.
  2. Rub this mixture onto your elbows and knees for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash off your knees and elbows, pat them dry, and moisturize.
  4. Follow the treatment as soon as every day until you attain the preferred outcomes.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains lactic acid that has various whitening properties. The antimicrobial alpha hydroxy acid in yogurt promotes the growth of brand-new skin cells. It also increases collagen and elastin in our skin, therefore tightening skin and enhancing its look.

Even more, vitamin E in yogurt nurtures the skin by relaxing and softening the dry skin on your elbows and knees.

Dark elbows and knees are likewise a result of deficiency of calcium in the body causing discoloration and uneven patches on the skin. Yogurt is an extraordinary source of calcium that battles discoloration and consists of anti-oxidants. The antioxidants battle cell-damaging complimentary radicals and promote repair work and regeneration of dry, dull skin.

Yogurt and Gram Flower Load

Gram flour is an excellent exfoliating agent and works well with yogurt to combat the build-up of dead skin cells and lower discoloration. This solution can be utilized every day until outcomes start ended up being obvious.

  • Take 3 tablespoons of yogurt in a bowl.
  • Include 2 tablespoons of gram flour to yogurt and whisk together.
  • Rub the mixture onto the elbows and knees in a circular movement for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse the mixture off your elbows and knees, pat them dry, and use moisturizer.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes include Lycopene, an antioxidant and a carotene accountable for their colors, that assists in safeguarding the skin from cell-damaging totally free radicals and propels the growth of new cells.

Tomatoes also block harmful UV rays that are accountable for severe skin discoloration and dryness. Further, the topical application of lycopene hinders the function of ornithine decarboxylase, an enzyme that safeguards cellular DNA of the skin cells when harmful rays impact the skin.

Additionally, tomatoes are likewise a rich source of Vitamin C which is anti-melanogenic and thus minimizes the levels of melanin in the skin.

Tomato and Avocado Pack

A mix of tomatoes and avocados works exceptionally well to minimize skin staining and pigmentation. Avocados are rich in vitamins A, E and C that assist in lowering melanin and lightening up skin.

  1. Take one small avocado and extract its pulp.
  2. Take a small tomato in a bowl, add extracted avocado pulp to it.
  3. Mash both the ingredients together.
  4. Apply this on your elbows and knees.
  5. Leave it to rest for 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Wash it off with lukewarm water, pat the locations dry and apply moisturizer.
  7. Follow the remedy when every day up until you accomplish your preferred results.

Potatoes

Potato is another reliable treatment for decreasing the staining of your dark elbows and knees. Potatoes work as a lightening agent to deal with discoloration and pigmentation on your skin.

Potatoes contain catecholase, an enzyme that works to lower unhealthy, dark look of your knees and elbows. Additionally, potatoes are abundant in starch that works as an unbelievable exfoliating agent and sloughs off dead skin cells that obstruct the development of brand-new skin cells.

Potatoes also consist of vitamin C that further limits the production of melanin in the skin preventing staining or coloring.

Potato and Yogurt

  1. Take 2 medium sized potatoes (peeled) and toss them in the blender.
  2. Add the mixed potatoes to a tablespoon of fresh yoghurt.
  3. Apply this paste to your elbows and knees.
  4. Leave it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Wash it off with water, pat the locations dry and moisturize them.
  6. Follow the treatment as soon as every day up until outcomes begin to show.

Aloe Vera

Power-packed with antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, aloe vera gel is a popular remedy for dealing with dark skin.

Aloe vera contains vitamin E and C, anti-oxidants and beta-carotene, all the compounds that interact to promote the growth of new skin cells and thus lessen dull, hard and inflamed skin on your elbows and knees.

Aloe vera likewise consists of polysaccharides, compound that helps get skin rid of stubborn dead cells which hinder the regrowth of new cells and cause unhealthy discoloration of those areas.

Additionally, elbows and knees that get sunburnt take longer to recover and can even pain often. Aloe vera contains glycoprotein that has anti-inflammatory residential or commercial properties, which not only improves the appearance of the skin after sunburn, but also relieves and recovers the affected location.

Aloe Vera Leaf

  1. Take one aloe vera leaf and suffice sideways with a knife to extract its gel.
  2. Transfer the gel in a small bowl/jar.
  3. Use on your knees and elbows in a circular movement, spending 10 minutes on each elbow and knee.
  4. Leave the gel on for another 20 minutes.
  5. Wash the gel off with water, pat yourself dry, and use moisturizer.
  6. Follow as soon as every day for 2 to 3 weeks to obtain rid of dryness and staining.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is one the wealthiest sources of Vitamin C. It fights the totally free radicals in our skin, protecting the skin cells, and moving their regeneration. Therefore, coconut milk helps postpone the aging procedure and avoids skin discoloration triggered by dead cells.

Furthermore, coconut milk is abundant in proteins that offer nutrition to the skin, keeping it healthy, radiant and flexible. It hydrates the skin and enhances its look considerably.

Coconut Milk and Rosewater

  1. Take one cup of coconut milk and include half a cup of rosewater to it.
  2. Rub this mixture on your elbows and knees in a circular motion for 10 minutes each.
  3. Leave on for another 5 minutes.
  4. Wash the mix off and pat yourself dry.

Note: Milk and rosewater both contains remarkable hydrating properties, so this solution does not require any further moisturization.

Oranges

Oranges are rich in citrus, a plentiful source of antioxidants that helps in battling cell-damaging free radicals in the skin that obstruct the repair and re-growth process required to keep the skin healthy, young and tight.

It gets rid of the dead cells that accumulate with time, triggering the skin to solidify, darken, and end up being itchy and irritable. Furthermore, it promotes the production of collagen and elastin (proteins found in the connecting tissues of the skin) which further preserve the skin’s vigor.

Orange Peel and Milk

  1. Take 3 oranges, peel them, and put the peels out to dry.
  2. Next, grind these peels into powder.
  3. Include to a bowl of whole milk to form a paste.
  4. Apply this paste onto your elbows and knees, rubbing in a slow, circular motion for 10 minutes each.
  5. Wash the paste off with water, pat yourself dry and use moisturizer.

Note: Constantly dry the peel of an orange in the shade, and never ever under the sun, as that robs it of its antioxidant residential or commercial properties.

Tips:

  • Apply ample quantities of sun block before you leave your house. Choose for a sunscreen with high SPF for your elbows and knees.
  • Keep your elbows and knees hydrated. Apply lotion to these parts kindly. Take unique care of doing so after a shower as that when skin is most in need of hydration.
  • While taking a shower, use pumice stone on your elbows and knees to additional slough off the dead cells that cause hardening and discoloration of the skin.