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Boost your heart health by increasing your intake of these potassium-rich foods

What you eat plays a huge role in your overall health and well being. Potassium is an important mineral that some people tend to lack. It is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses, as well as muscle contraction (particularly the heart) and good kidney function, and plays a role in fighting high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Potassium is naturally present in pulses, such as white beans, chickpeas and lentils, vegetables (chard, spinach, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms), fruit (avocado, banana, apricots, citrus fruit, blackcurrants), and dried…

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Dear moms-to-be, avoid use of these cosmetic products and creams during pregnancy

If you are an expectant mother in the first trimester, avoid use of cosmetics, cleaning agents and medicines to protect the foetal brain development from chemicals that can trigger autism in your baby, say experts. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, gynecologist and obstetrician at Nurture IVF Centre, and Taruna Dua, consultant and gynecologist at Aakash Healthcare, have listed ingredients and products that should be avoided: * Make-up products like lipstick, lip gloss, lip balms, eyeliners, mascaras, deodorants, foundation, nail polish, body oil, talcum powder, hair removal products and hair dyes can cause a…

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Try these homemade face masks to keep your skin fresh and glowing this festive season

Nothing can beat the goodness of homemade face masks which are made from natural ingredients like bananas, papayas, oats, aloe vera, honey, turmeric and more. With the festive season around the corner, experts suggest you try shakes, flower mixes and face packs that can be easily made at home. *Honey banana face mask: Mash half a ripe banana and milk, one table spoon of sandalwood powder paste and half table spoon of honey. Let it stay on your skin for 20-25 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water. This face mask…

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Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

With the proliferation of screens in our lives – phone screen, tablets, Kindles, computers – television isn’t the only source of eye strain for kids and adults. But, unlike in case of adults, it is harder to gauge when children develop vision issues. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said associate professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice…

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On A Weight Loss Spree? These 7 Breakfast Options May Prove Effective

You may have heard several nutritionists and health experts talking about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and skipping it could be the biggest blunder. Turns out that skipping breakfast not only hampers your weight loss goals, but it might just result in piling on more weight. At the same time, it isn’t just enough to have your breakfast. The food you pick can affect the inches around your tummy too. Let us explain how. Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood says, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the…

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These 15 weight loss drinks can help you like no other!

  When we start our weight loss journey, the first school of thought we are presented with is to be high on liquids. This is because they help eliminate fat and will also keep your water intake in check. While we may get bored with just drinking water all the time, here are some drinks and concoctions which will make weight loss fun and easy for you! LEMON AND HONEY WATER: The oldest trick in the book, lemon and honey water is concoction which never fails. Lemon with its acidic…

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