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How Often You Should Clean Your Sheets

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed neat freak or are totally fine with letting dirt, grime and clothes pile up in your home all for the sake of making it to Saturday-afternoon brunch, we all can agree cleaning is no fun. In fact, keeping clutter out of the home is seriously stressful, especially when it’s on top of all of the other to-dos we have going on in our life. According to one online survey, a whopping 84% of recently stressed Americans say they worry their home isn’t clean or organized enough. If…

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Should You Bring Antibiotics on Vacation in Case of Stomach Issues?

Q: I am vacationing abroad and want to avoid having stomach issues. Should I ask my doctor for antibiotics just in case? A: It’s not a good idea to use antibiotics as a preventive measure. Taking them when you don’t need them can kill off your gut’s normal microflora. And the drugs won’t protect you from viruses or parasites. That said, if you will be traveling to areas where traveler’s diarrheais common, like Asia, Africa, and Latin America, it’s not a bad idea to have a stash of antibiotics (typically ciprofloxacin or…

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How Much Water Should You Be Drinking Daily?

Much has been said about the magic elixir water. Covering 70 percent of our planet and 60 percent of our own body, water is one of the key reasons of human survival and civilization in general. Yet despite its abundance, why is there a constant fixation to stay hydrated at all times? Even when you aren’t particularly thirsty? That is because we keep losing water from our body, though urine and sweat. And also because water carries out many important jobs, crucial for smooth running of our essential body functions…

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Should You Cook in Earthen Pots? Get Back to the Basics!

Have you ever tried handi chicken? If you have, you would know the difference of the taste of the chicken as compared to what is cooked in normal utensils. In the olden times, people in rural India along with storing water in earthen pots or surahi, also used to cook in clay pots or handi, which was healthy and flavoursome. Earthenware had always been an intrinsic part of Indian households, however, now with different types of utensils available, earthen pots are barely used. You will see many urban households have…

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Reasons Why You Should Never Cook Honey

Honey has a long standing reputation of containing medicinal properties and makes an incredible substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. It is considered a traditional superfood that consists of various probiotics, enzymes and amino acids that are used to benefit health in many ways. Honey in its raw form is a useful resource to attain a glowing skin and keep it healthy. It has potent anti-microbial properties that make it useful as a natural antibiotic. While the raw form of honey may be an excellent source of good health and…

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Everything You Should Know About the Bihari Delicacy Litti Chokha

Littis dripping with pure desi gheeteamed up with baingan and aloo ka chokha reminds us of the typical Bihari culinary experience. Litti-Chokha is a special delicacy from Bihar that is famous everywhere across India. The flavours represent the earthiness of Bihar and you can find it at street stalls and even in fine-dine restaurants. Here’s a little back story on how this much-loved regional dish evolved. What is Litti Chokha? Puja Sahu who runs PotBelly Cafe that serves Bihari cuisine in New Delhi tells us, “Litti is a dough ball stuffed…

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