Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#Coming soon- New blog, New Hope, Inspiration

I am nervously excited to write this post.

Though I am writing continuously since last 3 years as a writer and a blogger on my personal blog and on different websites.

Still, while writing this post, 
  • My heartbeat is so fast,
  • My fingers are trembling
  • In fact, I am not getting proper words to express my thoughts and eternal feelings.


And here is the reason,
This is my last post on this blog.

And with this blog post, I want to share the wide spectrum of emotions with you all...
  • I am excited
  • I am nervous
  • I am feeling nostalgic


I cannot believe it, that this is the last post that I am sharing on this platform…and after that I am going to start a new journey...

Indeed, it will be just not a beginning of a new blog for me.

It is much more than that,

It will be a new hope, new inspiration and a new sense of responsibility for me.

And before moving to a new blog, I want to share some of my nostalgic experiences, blog memories with you all.

Also, want to share more about the new blog and its uniqueness.

It is around 3 years ago, when we moved from India to the USA, and here the internet (and google) became my best friend. I had gotten the chance to read a few parenting blogs and one day, I had asked my brother about it. 
And he has said, “It is so easy didi, in fact, you can create your own blog too. And google offer blogger as a free platform for beginners to share their thoughts for beginners".

As I had an immense interest in writing since childhood, I got so inspired and started my blog on blogger, to share my parenting journey with other moms. At that moment, it was just like a hobby and I was just trying to share my ideas and experience about parenting with others. I had written some post with perfect imperfection (I mean, at that time I was not properly aware about any aspect of blogging)

Still, I got a very good response from close friends and family members.

Their positive response has encouraged me and I had started taken it more seriously.

I had watched various YouTube tutorials and read blog posts to learn other aspects of blogging.
As a next step, I had stared guest blogging and got a chance to share my thoughts on various reputed parenting and health website platforms.

Indian mom connects, mycity4kids, kidstoppress, Parentous, Today’s parenting were the some initial platforms that had given me a great opportunity and I had written for them with good success. And I am so thankful to editor and team of these platforms, who had given me this great opportunity during my early days of writing carrier.

After some time, I had stared to write as a health content writer, being a qualified homeopathic therapist; it was one of the most satisfying experiences for me, when I had shared my areas of expertise with my writing skill.

Cure joy, Shivanaspirit.com. Elephant Journal, Organic lifestyle magazine, was some amazing platforms, where I had written as a health expert and got a really great response from readers and editors.

During these days, I wouldn’t be able to give a proper attention to my own blog and my writing journey is growing only as a content writer not as a parenting and lifestyle blogger.

And because of this I was feeling somewhere dissatisfied with my writing journey.

I was trying to re-invent my blog with some source of inspiration.

Very soon, I got the chance to shine creatively…when I had participated in “Write tribe- Problogger Challenge”. With this challenge, I got a sort of re-entry in the actual blogging world.
  • I had made so many good and talented blogging friends.
  • I had learnt the importance of regular writing and posting the articles.
  • I had learnt the other aspects of blogging too.

And for this, I am really grateful to write tribe team, Corrine Rodrigues and all other awesome co-bloggers.

It was just the beginning, after this writing challenge, I had participated in Blog chatter projects, SuperBloggerchallenege, A2Zchallenge and many more…

And with each challenge and each blog post, I had learnt a lot. I got a really good response from the blogging community, co-bloggers and other readers.

In fact ,so many times, I had received a common advice from my blogger friends and close family friends, that

“You are doing really hard work for your writing. Why do not you move to self-hosting blog?”

Though I knew the basic concept of self-hosting blog, and I always had a sense of apprehension about it.

I always felt that

It is such a big step and it will bring a deep responsibility on me as a blogger and as a writer.
After pouring so much of thoughts, and doing a deep analysis up to 6 months... (Yes. I had taken that much of time to take this decision)

Finally, I had decided. All right, I am doing it.

I am moving to a new land to build a new home.

Yes! This is really that kind of experience. And I am all set to creating a new chapter in my blogging journey.

Again, I want to say a thank you from bottom of my heart to all friends, readers, co-bloggers, editors, who had supported me a lot during this journey. I am so grateful to my parents, husband, and brother for always encouraging me for my efforts.

It is just because of their support that I am taking another big step with higher expectation and bigger dreams.

I am hoping to get the same support from all of you again, to make this new blog successful.

What is the theme of this new blog? What am I sharing new and different with this? Stay tuned to know more!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

#OpenNTalk #Week 4- "How to Use Neem as a Home Remedy"


It is week 4 of #OpenNTalk Blogging league, and I am feeling little nostalgic, as this is the last week. I am sharing the amazing healing and curative power of natural substances with this series.

And in today’s post, I will share again something that is completely natural and purely magical. and it is our very well- known tree "Neem".

Neem or Azadirachta Indica is one of the most commonly used medicinal plant in traditional folk medicine for ages. Neem tree is mainly cultivated in the Indian subcontinent. It belongs to Meliaceae family and has been widely used in Chinese, Unani, Homeopathic and Ayurveda medicine. Neem and its constituents play an important role in disease prevention and treatment through the enhancement of antioxidant activity and inhibition of bacterial growth.

According to Ayurveda Neem leaf is especially used in balancing Vata disorders and helps in purifies the blood and neutralizes damaging free radicals. It has great antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-viral properties. All parts of Neem tree- leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, root, and bark have been used traditionally for the treatment of inflammation, infection, fever, skin diseases, and dental disorders.   It is an incredible plant that has been declared the "tree of the 21st century "by the United Nation.
In fact, neem leaves can be used to make some amazing DIY remedies. Here I am sharing 4 amazing home remedies with neem leaves that work wonderfully to treat various disease aliments.


Neem Hair Pack

Neem has excellent antifungal and antibacterial properties. These properties make it very effective in treating various hair problems. It also helps in keeping scalp healthy and disease free.
Ingredient
  • ·         Bunch of neem leaves
  • ·         Water
  • ·         Grinder or mortar pestle to grind the leaves

Instructions

First, grind the neem leaves in a grinder (or in mortar pestle) by adding sufficient water and prepare a smooth paste. Apply this paste to scalp and hair and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Then shampoo and condition the hair as usual.

Benefits

  • ·         This hair mask is very effective in treating dandruff. It relieves dryness, itching and scalp irritation.
  • ·         It also helps in promoting hair growth.
  • ·         It improves the general hair health and turns the dull, dry hair to soft and smooth.

Neem Face pack

Various scientific studies revealed Neem's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties have been used since ages for maintaining a healthy skin. Neem also has been traditionally used as a "skin moisturizer".
Neem face pack is one of the best home remedies for people who are suffering from common skin problems such as acne, rashes, itching etc.

Ingredients
  • ·         Dried neem leaves (10-12) or 2-4 teaspoon Neem powder
  • ·         Mortar pestle or grinder
  • ·         ½ teaspoon of turmeric
  • ·         Rosewater
  • ·         Honey or fuller's earth (optional)

Instruction
  • ·         Take a bunch of dried neem leaves or neem powder in a bowl. Crush neem leaves gently in mortar pestle to make a smooth powder.
  • ·         Add rose water, few drops of lemon juice and honey or fuller's earth (if you have dry skin use 1 teaspoon of honey and if you have oily skin use 1 teaspoon of fuller's earth)
  • ·         Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and mix well to form a paste.
  • ·         Wash the face and apply evenly this face pack on face for 15-20 minute.
  • ·         Rinse off with cool water after the face pack dries.
  • ·         Repeat this procedure at least 2-3 times a day to get the best result (clear skin).

Benefits
  • ·         This pack kills bacteria and highly beneficial for acne-prone skin.
  • ·         It helps in healing blemishes.
  • ·         It hydrates the skin and provides deep nourishment to the skin.

Neem concoction

Scientific studies show that neem leaf is rich in antioxidants and helps to boost the immune system are gums and tissues of mouth. Neem offers a good remedy for curing mouth ulcers, tooth decay and acts as a pain reliever in tooth problems. It also helps in maintaining oral health in a natural way.
Neem concoction is one of the simplest remedies that provide some excellent benefits to oral health.

Ingredients
  • ·         Neem leaves
  • ·         Water

 Instruction
  • ·         Boil the bunch of neem leaves in 3-4 cup of water
  • ·         Boil it until solution become lukewarm
  • ·         Strain off the solution
  • ·         Neem concoction s ready to use
  • ·         This concoction is used to gargle.

Benefits
  • ·         Using this concoction helps in deep cleaning of the oral cavity and helps drive the existed bacteria.
  • ·         It also works as a "Natural whitener" for teeth ( when used regularly)
  • ·         It also helps to ensure that your teeth will stay in healthy condition for a long span of time.
  • As another option, you can use neem twigs as the toothbrush to prevent gum disease and maintain oral health.

Neem Tea

Neem tea is an excellent herbal preparation that has been often used in Ayurveda for treating various disease aliments. Though it is easy to make, some precautions are mandatory.

Ingredients
  • ·         3-5 neem leaves ( you can use fresh or dried leaves)
  • ·         1 cup of water
  • ·         Saucepan
  • ·         Honey, lemon or other spices (like cardamom) according to taste

Instruction
  • Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Put neem leaves in a cup and pour the warm water in it. Steep for 5-10 minutes, neem tea is ready to use. You can flavour your tea with your choice of flavouring including honey or lemon juice.
  • As neem has incredibly bitter taste, it is always blended with other herbs or spices in Ayurveda medicine.

Benefits
  • ·         This tea is great for digestion and help in relieving constipation and other digestion issues.
  • ·         It helps in weight loss.
  • ·         It keeps your internal system clean, by purifying the blood.
  • This tea is not safe for pregnant women, lactating women, and children and for couples who are trying to conceive. It may interact with some medication and may cause some side effects if taken in large quantity. Always take professional medical advice before starting using it.

Caution

While Neem leaves and these home remedies are generally considered safe and free from side effects.  Still, like any other herbs, it may interfere with the action of other medication and may cause undesirable side effects in some individual. If you are suffering from any pre-existing disease condition or taking any medication, it is better to take professional medical advice before using it.
Did you have tried any of these remedies? What was your experience? Please share with us!

This post is published for #OpenNTalk Blogger’s league hosted by Gleefullblogger andwigglingpen.com  in association with summerbarnVedantika Herbal  and Nyassa




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Thursday, June 21, 2018

#Week3 #OpenNTalk- Asafoetida "The Magical Spice"- 8 Amazing Health Benefits



It is week 3 of #OpenNTalk Blogging league, and I am so excited to share the amazing power of natural substance with this series.

And in today’s post, I will share again something that is completely natural and purely magical. it is true that,

It is always fascinating to me learn about the health benefits and amazing healing properties of routine kitchen ingredients and spices. Spices are used not only for thousands of years as food flavouring agent to enhance the sensory quality of food, they possess excellent therapeutic and medicinal properties as well. 

 Asafoetida is one of them.  Asafoetida or Ferula asafoetida is a herbaceous plant that belongs to Umbelliferae family. It is an oleo-gum-resin obtained from the rhizome and root of the plant. As the name suggested, it has a typical fetid smell and a nauseating taste. It is also called the "devil's dung". This spice is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment and in pickles.

 According to National Institute of Health, Asafoetida has excellent antidiabetic, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties and has been used traditionally for the treatment of different diseases such as a whooping cough, ulcer, epilepsy, bronchitis, asthma and stomach-ache. Because of these numerous therapeutic and curative power, this spice is also referred as the "food of the gods".

History and distribution

Asafoetida is native to central Asia, Eastern Iran to Afghanistan and today it is grown chiefly in Iran and Afghanistan, from where it is exported to the rest of the world. Though it is not native to India, it has been used in Indian cookery and medicine system for ages.
What are the traditional medicinal uses of Asafoetida? What are its health benefits?  And how can we select a good quality asafoetida and store it? And how can we make some easy nutritious recipes with asafoetida?  Read on to know more.

Traditional medicinal uses of Asafoetida

The different parts of asafoetida plant have been used as a traditional medicine worldwide since ancient time. Such as in:
·         Afghanistan – the hot water extract of the dried gum taken orally for treating hysteria, whooping cough and ulcers.
·         China- the decoction of the plant is used as anti-helminthic medicine.
·         Egypt- hot water extract of the dried root used orally as an anti-spasmodic, analgesic and diuretic medicine.
·         USA- the fluid extract of resin has been used as a powerful brain and nerve stimulant.
·         Saudi Arabia- dried gum is used for treating respiratory infections.
·         India- it has been reputed as a drug, which expels wind from the stomach and counteracts any spasmodic disorders.
Asafoetida has lots of health benefits. Listed below are some of the popular health benefits of Asafoetida.

Health benefits of Asafoetida


Asafoetida for gastrointestinal tract

It is an effective remedy for several diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. It is an essential ingredient for most of the digestive powders. In case of flatulence and distention of the stomach, asafoetida is dissolved in hot water and pad of cloth steeped in it may be used for fomenting the abdomen.
According to scientific studies, Asafoetida has been found to be an excellent homeopathic remedy for treating IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and works wonderfully to relieve the symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome. In 14-week double-blind trial study, about 100 people with IBS syndrome received Asafoetida D3 or Placebo. The results showed that participants taking the homeopathic remedy asafoetida improved to a greater extent than those taking a placebo.

Another scientific study shows that asafoetida prominently enhanced the pancreatic Lipase activity and also stimulated the pancreatic amylase. This way it supports the digestion and digestive enzymatic activity.

Asafoetida helps in prevention of cancer

Asafoetida has anti-cancerous properties and plays a good role in the prevention of cancer. According to a report published in Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine, Asafoetida has potent anti-tumour and ant metastasis effects on breast cancer and it could be a potential source of the natural antitumor product.
In this study, the researcher observed that asafoetida was effective in decreasing the tumour weight and tumour volume in treated mice. Apart from anti-tumour effect asafoetida decreased lung, liver and kidney metastasis and also increased the areas of necrosis in the tumour tissue respectively.

Asafoetida has the antihypertensive effect

Asafoetida has significant hypotensive properties and helps in reduction of mean arterial blood pressure. Research using animal subjects has shown that Ferula asafoetida gum extract significantly reduced the mean arterial blood pressure. The research concluded that gum extract seems to contain relaxant compounds that have a positive effect on blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

Asafoetida for treating women's aliments

Asafoetida is very useful in the treatment of several problems concerning women such as sterility, the unwanted abortion, premature labour, leucorrhoea, and painful, difficult menstruation. Owing to great anti-flatulent and digestive properties, it has been used in the post-delivery period with beneficial results.

Asafoetida for asthma and respiratory symptoms

Scientific studies were shown that asafoetida has a relaxant effect on tracheal muscles, because of its constituent's umbelliprenin. This relaxant effect helps in bronchodilation and helps in relieving the symptoms of asthma. Also, the volatile oil in the asafoetida gum is eliminated through the lungs, making this an excellent remedy for asthma.

Asafoetida is a potent anti-bacterial agent

Asafoetida has great anti-bacterial properties. According to a report from applied biology and biotechnology, the scientist has used two types of Asafoetida (red and white) to screen the anti-microbial activity against 5 different bacterial strains and result concluded that both extract of F. Asafoetida shown the strong antibacterial activity against all the bacterial strains. And that's why asafoetida can be used as a great anti-bacterial agent against various bacterial infections; mainly it works great in infections related to digestive system.

Asafoetida has neuroprotective properties

Traditional usage and some recent findings suggested that asafoetida can exert the neuroprotective and nerve stimulating effect on nervous system. It has been used in Ayurveda for treating epilepsy, anxiety and mood disorders for ages. According to a scientific study conducted for evaluating the neuroprotective effect of asafoetida indicate that gum resin of asafoetida in lower doses has the neuroprotective effect on nervous system and increase the survival rate of them, however, in higher concentration, it is toxic for neurons.

Asafoetida has analgesic action

Pain is a seriously unpleasant sensation that diminishes the quality of life. It has been observed that commonly used analgesic often causes undesirable side effects and today the search for new and natural analgesic compounds has been a priority of pharmaceutical industry.
Asafoetida is one of the great natural substances that have analgesic action. In a comparative study with two other drugs (Morphine sulphate and sodium diclofenac), asafoetida has shown a good analgesic effect with a dose of 50mg/kg and the maximum effect was observed after 60 min of drug administration. It has been believed that analgesic and anti-inflammatory action of asafoetida may be due the presence of phenolic compound such as ferulic acid. However, its active component and their mechanism of action need to be elucidated by further studies

Nutritional value of Asafoetida

Asafoetida comprises of resin (40-65%), gum (20-25%), and volatile oil (4 to 20%). The resin portion is known to contain asaresinotannols A and B, ferulic acid, umbelliferone, and four unidentified compounds. The volatile portion contains pinene, cadinene, and vanillin.
Asafoetida is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It consist of carbohydrate 67.8% per 100 grams, moisture 16.0%, protein 4.0%, fat 1.1%, minerals 7.0% and fiber 4.1%. Its mineral and vitamin content includes substantial calcium besides phosphorus, Iron, carotene, riboflavin and niacin.

Of course, Asafoetida is a spice that adds distinct flavour and taste to various routine dishes and used widely in vegetarian cuisine to harmonize the sweet, sour, salty and spicy component in food. Apart from that, asafoetida is commonly combined with lentils or other legumes to reduce gas post meal and keep flatulence in check.

Though asafoetida is not a spice to use in everything, but it compliments most commonly used Indian vegetables like cauliflower, peas, potato and often used as a tempering for curries and lentils. Here I am sharing three super easy and nutritious recipes with Asafoetida. I remember my mom serving these dishes quite often as we were growing up and how delicious it was.

How to choose and store Asafoetida

Asafoetida is easily available at any Indian or Middle Eastern grocery store. It is not expensive and can be readily purchased online. Sometimes, asafoetida is adulterated with soapstone or other earthy material which can adversely affect one's health.
We can distinguish the adulterated asafoetida from pure one by performing these simple tests.

Test 1

Purpose- to know the impurity of stone or other earthy material.
Method- adds some water to asafoetida sample and shakes it vigorously. Earthy material or soapstone will settle down at the bottom.


Test 2

Purpose- to know the purity of asafoetida
Method- Take 1 gram of asafoetida in a test tube and add 1 teaspoon water. Mixed thoroughly by shaking, a milky white solution with no sediments indicates the pure asafoetida. But in case of adulteration with a chemical, the mixture turns to be coloured.
Also, as another test you can burn the asafoetida sample on a spoon if the sample burns like a camphor, it indicates the sample is pure (pure asafoetida burns like aromatic camphor)

Storage

Asafoetida is commonly available in powder or granulated form and it should be stored in an airtight container away from light, heat and air. Otherwise, its sulphurous odour will affect other food and spice.

Asafoetida side effects

·         Usually, asafoetida considered safe for most people when consumed in the amounts typically found in foods.  However, it may cause certain side effects in susceptible individuals such as swelling of lips, nausea, headache, diarrhoea, convulsions, blood disorders and other side effects.

  • ·         It might cause a miscarriage; avoid using it if you are pregnant.
  • ·         Avoid using it if you are breastfeeding. It might cause bleeding disorders in the nursing infant.  Always ask your doctor before using it.
  • ·         It might increase the risk of bleeding; avoid using it if you have any bleeding disorders.
  • ·         If you are suffering from any pre-existing disease conditions like diabetes, hypertension or any Gastrointestinal issues or infection, and taking prescribed medication for the same, always consult your doctor before consuming it.
  • ·         Asafoetida might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking it at least 2 weeks prior scheduled surgery.

Conclusion

 Tough Asafoetida is an amazing spice that offers numerous culinary and health benefits. Like any other home or herbal remedy, it may cause some side effects is some people. If you are suffering from any pre-existing disease condition or had a known history of any side effects from spices, it is always recommended to take a professional medical advice before adding this powerful and beneficial substance to your diet.

Did you have observed any other health benefits of this spice? Please share with us!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#Father's day Contest- "My Father My Whole World"


Happy Father's day to all. though I personally believe that a single day celebration is not enough to express our gratitude, love and care to our dear ones. and still, it feels really great and amazing that we had set a day, to celebrate the spirit of "fatherhood". father is the backbone of any family. they are the support system and without them, nobody can imagine a happy and peaceful life.

I love my father. but as it is a common occurrence in Indian families, where we did not express our emotions verbally or openly to our fathers. in fact, sometimes, even we did not realize the true breadth and depth of his presence. until something like this happened...

I also had a heart-rending experience around 5 years ago, when I had realised the true breadth and depth of his presence in my life. It was the time when I was expecting my second baby.  And this year “waiting for the arrival of new baby” was the most exciting thing for us. Good friends, family and most importantly “My parents” were the most integral part of my life. Everything was smooth and awesome. It was 2 days after the “Christmas” celebration; I was alone in my house (my husband was out of town). It was 11 p.m.  And suddenly a call arrived with an annoying consistency; a shrill ring has waked me up from blissful slumber. It was my mom’s call.  She said,

“Sweetie  ...papa had some health issues…and the doctor had recommended some tests. But do not worry, everything is fine”. She was sounding very low.

But as I had a highly emotional equation with my mom, I have realised one thing instantly that “Everything is not fine” and decided to go for my native place as early as possible. I had packed my bags haphazardly and took the earliest possible bus with my little 3-year-old doll. It was the most wrenching journey of my life that I have ever done. Physically as well as mentally. I had felt an unaccountable sense of fear and anxiety. A strong feeling of apprehension, restlessness and a persistent thought that “something bad is going to happen” were overwhelming my mental and physical status. Anyhow, I had reached my native place and got a temporary sense of relief after hugging my papa.

After that, we had wasted no time getting to the hospital. Within few hours of arrival and after completing certain test doctor had provided us with a complete diagnosis with some scary words,
“It is a straightforward case of myocardial infarction (Heart attack). As your father is diabetic that’s why he had not got any typical acute symptoms (pain in chest, unconsciousness) except some mild digestive symptoms. He had explained angioplasty and bypass surgery as a treatment option with all possible pros and cons.”

Doctor’s verdict shatters our sense of well-being and security within few minutes. We were trying to rationalise what happened? Why happened? It was a feeling that left us emotionally damaged. It took a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. For moving ahead and making a correct choice regarding further treatment, I had called my little brother. Within few hours, he was also with us.
We all had intense and really big scary emotion (fear, anxiety, frustration), but we all were trying to retreating ourselves to avoid a dialogue that might end up making feel us worse. We were concealing our emotional fragility from each other with the fear that exposing it would make us look weak and helpless. We were trying to hide our fear and emotional pain from each other constantly. And while doing that, we had barely said two words to each other.

We moved from one clinic to another for confirming the diagnosis and selecting the best treatment. And after two days, we had selected “Angioplasty” as a preferred treatment option. Next day, we were in the hospital.

Doctors were busy in the pre-operative preparations. Very soon, papa was dressed in the hospital gown. He was looking very comfortable with a peaceful smile on the face (that he always had). He had not wanted his pain and struggle to make him like the victim. And we all were trying again to control our emotions (fear, anxiety) forcefully. Doctors took him into operation room within few minutes. As soon as he left the room, our heart gets broken so badly. This time we wouldn’t be able to control our emotions any more. We (mom, Bhai and I) cried simultaneously with a deep pain inside the heart. We all had thousands of memories of being together as a family. His love, support, care….cannot explain in words get rememorized in few seconds. We were earnestly doing a prayer for his well-being. We just want a divine protection and provision for a successful surgery. We had only a single emotion that we need him…we would be last without him.

Whenever our dear one has an illness that could be life-threatening and when we lived in the uncertainty of not knowing whether he would survive or not…is the most unfortunate situation to deal with. It felt unreal and we just want that it is only a nightmare.

It took almost 7 days from making a diagnosis then surgery and lastly the post-operative measures. But those 7 days were the most difficult, most complicated days of my life. I never want to feel the intense agony, the emotional pain of “those 7 days” again in my life. And wish nobody has those circumstances when they had a fear of losing to their dear one even for a moment.

We were waiting impatiently outside the operation theatre for doctors. We just want to listen to that “surgery is successful, everything is fine”. And God was kind to us, within few hours, the doctor came and said, “Do not worry, everything is fine”. Your father gets discharged within 2 days.
With the grace of God, Papa got a faster recovery. He was feeling well physically as well as mentally…and so that we also. Now,

The long 5 years had passed. And we again had a loving peaceful family life. After that incidence, I had realised the true depth of relationship in life. After that incidence, I want to enjoy each and every tiny moment of togetherness with family. Everything is fine…. But still, I could not forget “those 7 scary days of holiday”. It was those days when I had realised that “My father is my whole world”
“Life is so short. We all love our family, but sometimes minor family conflicts; misunderstandings spoil the true joy of our relationships. We used to behave mostly ego-centric with a persistent feeling only of oneself, without regard for the feelings or desires of others. We think that “I am always right”, and while flowing with these ego-centric emotions we forget to enjoy the most beautiful gift of God (our family, our relationships) so,

“Love your family, spend time, be kind, serve one-another, make no room for regrets. Because tomorrow is not promised and today is very short”.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any experience like this? Please share with us.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

#Week2 #OpenNtalk- "6 Natural Remedies to Control Seasonal Allergic Symptoms"



As the prime allergy season approaches, many people will suffer from seasonal allergies. And the severity of allergic symptoms, make the normal routine difficult and cumbersome for individuals, who suffer from allergies.

Before sharing the natural ways to control the allergic symptoms (as a physician), I want to share an honest opinion about allergies based on my personal experience. And I am sharing this not as a doctor but as a normal person.

I had a family history of allergy in my family. My mom is asthmatic and I too have nasal and skin allergies during my teenage days. We had tried various pathies to control the severity of allergic symptoms, ranging from traditional to Ayurveda, homeopathic and natural home remedies. And with this long history of family treatment, I could say one thing confidently and sadly too, that

  • ·         Indeed, allergies are one of the most difficult to cure element.
  • ·         It is easier to control the allergic symptoms rather than curing it from the root.
  • ·     As allergies run in the family, there are high chances to get allergic symptoms if you had the family history of it.
  • ·      Also, allergic attacks are often unpredictable and recurrent. And sometimes, allergies may be life-threatening if we do not control the sudden onset of severe symptoms with proper first-aid

Though all these facts seem disappointing but it is not the end of the hope.

Brighter side, there are few things that could give us a sign of relief, when you or your family members suffer from allergic symptoms.

  • ·     First allergic symptoms are completely manageable and with proper precaution and medication, you can perform your routine activities easily.
  • ·         Second and most important thing, based on my personal experience,


“Your life style habits including diet and regular exercise are one of the most predominating factors that help in controlling the severity of allergies and prevent the further attack of allergic symptoms. If we eat right (avoid that food that is allergic to you) and do regular exercise (pranayama is one of the best things that helps in controlling allergic symptoms) always work great to protect your body from allergic attacks.

It is a common occurrence that when our body immunity get lowers and resistance power decreased, our body becomes more prone to get the onset of allergic symptoms. So, it is mandatory to pay enough attention to your diet and exercise routine, if you or your family member is suffering from allergic symptoms.

Here I am sharing some natural ways that can help a lot to control the severity of symptoms of seasonal allergies. All these natural remedies work on “trial and hit” basis (you have to be patient, wait and watch, what works for you?)

 These are:

Local honey

Though there is lack of enough scientific evidence, it is believed that honey might help people to relieve pollen allergies because it contains the small amount of pollen and might help people build up or tolerance to it. Apart from that honey is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antihistamine agent and these properties also help in relieving the severity of symptoms.

What does science say?

In September 2013, a randomized placebo-controlled trial had been done on the effectiveness of honey to control the symptoms of rhinitis over the course of 8 weeks on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The results concluded that honey congestion at a high dose improves the overall and individual symptoms of allergic rhinitis and could serve as a complementary therapy for treating allergic rhinitis.
How to use it?
Consume a teaspoon of raw (preferably organic) honey 3-4 times a day to relieve the allergy symptoms. Keep remember always use it as a "complementary natural product", and never rely only on this to control allergy symptoms.
Precaution

Beware of using honey as a natural allergy reliever. It may cause the severe allergic reaction in some people, especially if you had a reaction to honey in the past, avoid using it.
As honey is high in fructose, it can cause hyperglycaemia (rise in blood glucose level) and may exacerbate the pre-existing insulin resistance. It may promote weight gain. So if you suffer from diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, avoids using it.

Apple Cedar vinegar

 It is a great product that loaded with vitamins, minerals, and an amino acid. It has an excellent anti-histaminic effect. It helps break up mucus, improve immunity and supports lymphatic drainage. Organic raw apple cedar is best for our body. It promotes alkalinity and PH balance of the body, which is the one reason why it works great as an allergy reliever.

What does science say?

Apple cider vinegar also contains amazing mother of vinegar which occurs naturally as stand like enzymes of connected protein. These enzymes help in fighting off the infection and bring back the balance to your body. According to Melissa Gallagher (a famous naturopath) "apple cider vinegar is just as effective in treating allergic reaction as over the counter medication like Zyrtec. It helps in treating the cause of your aliments thus it eliminates your symptoms entirely.
How to use it
      Either takes raw apple cedar vinegar 1 tsp 3-4 times a day     Or mix 1 Tbsp. ACV with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and ½ tbsp. organic honey and drink 3-4 times a day.
Precaution
You have to be patient while using it. It may take time to working on and showing the results.

Use of probiotic

Probiotics are live microbes that can improve a number of good bacteria in the intestine. While studies in using probiotics are still in the early stage, but it is believed that probiotics may have an important role in the prevention and treatment of allergic rhinitis.

What does science say?

Scientific studies show mixed results regarding the use of probiotics in treating allergic symptoms.  Probiotics may be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of allergic rhinitis but therapeutic effects remain to be further investigated.
Precaution

In healthy people, probiotics usually have the only minor side effect. However, in people with the underlying health problem, it may cause serious complications occasionally. It is best to take proper medical advice before using it.

Alternative therapies

Use of Neti-Pot it is an ancient Ayurveda tradition that used to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Basically, Neti-pot is a device (like a teapot) used for rinsing the sinuses. The device is filled with a sterile saline solution to flush out the toxins of allergies and irritation.

What does science say?

According to a scientific research done at the University of California (San Diego) showed that nasal irrigation provides a significant improvement in a wide range of allergy symptoms. In this study, more than 200 patients, who used the procedure, experienced a significant improvement in 23 of the 30 nasal symptoms. There was a marked improvement in general health status of patients had been noted?
Precaution
Usually, the procedure is considered safe but sometimes people can get an infection if they didn't use the device properly. Also, be cautious about the source of water. According to FDA, tap water that is not filtered may contain bacteria and protozoa. These organisms may stay alive in the nasal passage and can cause potentially serious side effects.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese procedure in which trained practitioner stimulate specific point on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. Initially, it was used only in Asian countries to get rid of chronic pain and other ailments, but nowadays this procedure is gaining an immense popularity in western countries as well.

What does science say?

 According to NIH, a 2015 review concluded that there is high quality randomized controlled trials demonstrate the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. Also, in a review of published trials, researcher concluded that there is some evidence to support the claim that acupuncture is the beneficial and cost-effective treatment for seasonal allergies, however more scientific studies needed to confirm this evaluation.
Precaution

Though it is a safe procedure and there are fewer chances of complication. In some cases, there are few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported, that’s why it is recommended to take required precaution and do it under properly trained therapist.

Herbal treatment

Herbs are powerful natural substance that can help to fight against allergies naturally. For getting best results, it is must to use them appropriately and at suggested doses. Here are some of the common herbs that can help in reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
  • ·         Stinging nettle- used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory and helps in reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
  • ·         Blue burr- it is one of the most powerful herbs that has been used traditionally to treat asthma and bronchitis. It also helps in reducing the secretion of mucus and relieves the symptoms of allergy.
  • ·         Astragalus- it contains 40% polysaccharides and helps in treating the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
  • ·         Triospora cordifolia- it also has a good anti-histaminic effect.
What does science say?
According to University of Maryland Medical center, using herbs is a time honoured approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. A 2007 evaluation of 6 studies of the herb butterbur done at 720 participants indicated that butter burr may help in relieving the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Precaution
Be cautious before using herbs for treating allergic rhinitis. It may interfere with certain medications and may cause the allergic reaction and unwanted side effects in the sensitive individual. So it is must to take professional medical advice, before starting any herbal treatment.

Lifestyle changes

Apart from all this, it is must to do adopt some lifestyle changes to control the allergy symptoms naturally. These are
  • ·         Stay hydrated; drink at least 8-10 glass of water per day. It will help to keep your mucous membrane hydrated and reduce t
  • ·         Know your allergy triggers. Triggers can vary by region of the country and from person to person. During fall, ragweed and other weed pollens, molds are two main culprits that are responsible for fall allergies. Though it is not always possible, try to eliminate or minimize your exposure to allergens can improve allergy symptoms.
  • ·         Pets can bring pollen; pollen and other allergens can get caught in their fur and contribute to the allergy symptoms, so wash them properly.
  • ·         Eat healthy and balanced diet. Beware of the foods that trigger your allergy symptoms.   And try to eat food that boosts the immune system.
  • ·         Limit exposure on high pollen count days .use protective measures such as wearing a mask if cannot limit your outdoor exposure.
  • ·         Take a quick rinse in the shower before bedtime especially after being outdoors all day will help keep pollen out of your bed.
  • ·         Keep the pollen out of your home by doing simple measures such as replacing carpet areas with hard surface flooring.  Mop or vacuumed your carpet, furniture frequently to keep clear allergens from your home. De-clutter your house to get rid of dust and allergens. Wash clothes and bedding properly to reduce the incidental exposure to allergens.
  • ·         Keep windows and doors closed especially during the days when pollen counts are high.  these are some natural ways that can help a lot to deal with troublesome allergy symptoms.  Did you have tried any other measures to control your allergy symptoms? Please share with us.

Sources:
·            Dr.Axe.com
·          Seasonal allergies at glance

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