We celebrate Environment day every year on June 5, but why just celebrate one day for the environment and not every day? We live in an environment which has been polluted and destroyed over a period of time – thanks to its protectors i.e. we humans!
How the air gets polluted?
With the evolution of technology and industrialization, we have been successful in easing out almost every other function or activity. But, with this advancement is harming the environment in uncountable ways. Poisonous gases emitted from cars, planes, power plants and consumption of natural gas and gasoline viciously pollute the air. Carbon dioxide is the most common of the greenhouse gases which trap the heat in the atmosphere and contribute to adverse climatic changes.
Indoor smoke is becoming a health threat to over a billion of people by burning fuel to cook or heat the homes. Air pollution accounts for higher rates of cancer, stroke, heart diseases and respiratory diseases like asthma. And it keeps increasing every day to dangerous levels.
What can we do to limit air pollution?
We can take simple measures to save our environment and protect our health from these hazardous gases by planting more trees and even having indoor plants that purify air. There are a number of indoor plants that help in improving the indoor air quality and promoting your overall health and wellness.
As per the 1898 NASA experiment, indoor plants enhance the air quality by absorbing harmful chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. The research suggested that a number of indoor plants can act as natural air filters. Moreover, having plants around you can help in reducing stress and improving heart rate and blood pressure. Green plants heal your mind by soothing your eyes and de-stressing your mind.
Who is your saviour?
Here is a list of indoor plants that act as organic air purifiers for your home by just being there!
Apart from being a pretty flower and adding décor to your home, Azalea is known for absorbing formaldehyde and improving indoor air quality. Plant it on a pot with moist soil and keep it in humid environment.
2. Rubber Plant
Rubber plants are usually big in size and are low maintenance. They have large leaves which absorb more impurities and toxic materials from the air, converting them into compounds for the soil or nutrients for the plant.3. Aloe Vera
The health benefits of aloe vera plant are well known, but it is a lesser known fact that it is a great air purifier. It helps in absorbing airborne compounds from cleaning agents and paint. So, the next time you get your home cleaned with strong chemicals, stock up aloe plants in the corners. Moreover, they double up as ornamental plants too.
4. Boston Fern
They are easy to care and are known as powerhouse for purifying the air at home. They have the ability to remove compounds like plastics, formaldehyde and cigarette smoke from the air.5. Golden Pathos
The ease of care associated with this plant makes it a popular houseplant despite of not being the most powerful air purifying plant. This plant is great to begin with if you lack the green thumb.
6. Mass Cane
This plant is ranked number one by NASA for removing formaldehyde from air. Also known as a corn plant, this is a low maintenance plant.7. Gerbera
NASA found Gerbera Daisy to be the most effective plant in removing benzene from the air. These plants are known for producing oxygen in the night. The best part is, you will fall in love with the brilliant blooms they produce. So, why to wait, when you can have beauty and a power purifier together!
8. Snake plant
Snake plant is known for converting oxygen by absorbing CO2. They remove toluene, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air and improve air quality. You can plant it in an adorable pot and make it a show-piece for your interior as well.9. Peace Lily
Peace Lily also finds its place in the NASA’s list of popular indoor plants that absorb compounds in the air. It is known for its ability to break down compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde and monoxide.
10. English Ivy
English Ivy is best known for absorbing mold in the air, thus helping in purifying the air indoors. This plant should be kept under sunlight from time to time. Choose a nook close to the sun in your home and let it grow while offering you clean air.When it comes to doing your bit for the environment, why not choose an air purifying plant for your home and office space? Let’s pledge to limit our carbon footprint and progress towards a healthier and greener world! You don’t have to step on the road and plant a tree to save the environment. Taking a baby step and potting an air-purifying plant and encouraging your close ones to do the same can also bring a change. Why only environment, you can promote the green mission by gifting people a potted air purifying plant from the above list and let them cherish your gift that offer them life i.e. pure air all its life! Wish you all a happy and healthy environment, irrespective of whether it’s the Environment Day or not!
‘Dilwalon ki Dilli’ as the common saying goes for the capital of India. Like everyone who have heard about its rich history, heritage and diverse culture, it also possessed some level of mystery for me. It was my first visit to Delhi last month and I was surprised to find it completely different from everything that I had read or heard about the city. Delhi welcomes all and has to offer something for everyone. So, here goes my exploration of the city and how it mesmerized me with its splendid charm.
Well, first of all I’ve discovered that chaat is served at every second lane in Delhi is a myth. You can find a variety of food from north Indian dishes to South Indian delicacies, flavours of the North-East and lot more! From food to clothes, Delhi has adopted every culture and has been able to develop its own unique identity with changing times. I loved the fact that Delhi has perfectly blended the concept of contemporary and old within its culture, heritage and lifestyle. From the Mughal and British era to modern day, each time-period has left a distinct mark on the city that is still intact. Being a tourist in Delhi gave me an opportunity to experience the diversity of city with a unique charm of its own!
Here is a sneak peek of my experience in Delhi and a glimpse of some of the best places that I have visited during my Delhi tour.
Mughlai restaurants, British buildings, Religious sites, Street markets, Museums, Malls, Luxury hotels and modern-day urbane locales you just name it and Delhi has it all! Delhi is indeed a representative of the whole country, it is often known as mini India. If you are a tourist from any part of the world, you don’t need to visit each state to savour their delicacies and culture. Delhi offers the best culinary and shopping options from across the country without tampering with their culture, flavours, and quality.
Delhi is the ultimate city where there is something for everyone! With deep roots in history and yet an even more vibrant present, Delhi has everything from local street style life to luxurious living – it offers every kind of experience. The city never fails to surprise its visitors!
Here are some of the top picks which I loved and would recommend you to visit when you are in Delhi.
When it comes to food, it’s impossible to beat Delhi. My first stop was Old Delhi, which has plenty of options offering delicacies from the past. Visiting the ‘Paranthe vali Gali’ in Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi made me relish a variety of delicacies of the capital like matar parantha, mix veg parantha and the likes. If you love ‘chaat’ or street style food for which Delhi is particularly famous, Old Delhi is a must visit as it is a hub for street food, sweets and Mughlai cuisine. I have tried the street style chaat stalls to have the authentic Dilli wali chaat flavours. If you want to visit fine dining restaurants then Pandara Road, near India Gate offers some of the best fine dining restaurants (very expensive) in the city. Hav More and Gulati are few of them. Famous Delhi streets like Nizammudin and Jama Masjid are a paradise for foodies especially for the non – vegetarian dishes. I was surprised to find out that Connaught Place (CP), the heart of the city offers food that fits in every budget, from fancy dine-ins to local rajma chawal. CP offers local as well as international cuisines, some of the famous options are Kwality, Odeon Social, The Embassy, Sarvana Bhawan (South Indian), United Coffee House, Jain Chawal Wale, Kake Da Hotel and many more… If you are an ice-cream lover, then like me you should rush to the ‘Naturals’ icecream parlour for your favorite scoop of fruit ice-cream. I loved their anjeer ice-cream though!
Delhi food is spicy and is famous particularly because of this attribute. If you are a tourist like me who doesn’t like too much of a spice, then it’s better to ask your vendor to modify the taste accordingly or you may end up with a burning stomach.
After the gastronomic exploration, my heart was craving for some street shopping. The capital city does have a lot of vibrant markets selling fabrics, readymade clothes from across the country including handicrafts. Janpath and Tibetan Market are great places to shop and take back something for your home, though you need your bargaining skills here! Chandni Chowk is not just famous for good food but also for variety of items at wholesale prices. Make sure to make your list before you go there, as you might be confused with so many options within the chaotic narrow lanes of this market. Another shoppers’ paradise is the famous Sarojini Nagar market, a must go place for ladies that offers cheap to branded clothes at throwaway prices, keep your bargaining powers at peak! Close to Sarojini is an open-air food plaza cum craft bazar known as Dilli Haat in INA, famous for variety of cuisines and artisans from all over the country (a hub for souvenir shopping).
Surprisingly, Delhi is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual city with people residing from all over the world! The best way to get connected with multiple cultures is through the markets that offer a variety of food, apparel and more from across the country (like Dilli Haat)!
Well, all food and market explorations done, I was then ready to visit the religious sites in Delhi. It is an abode to temples and sacred sites across religions. Lotus temple was on the top of my bucket list while visiting the capital. I loved its beautiful lotus shape and the fact that it has no restrictions and people from all religions can pray there. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is my next stop which is one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. It is a stunning architectural work piece and has a boat ride, a theme-based garden and a water-light show! Some of the famous Hindu temples that I couldn’t visit but will be on my list the next time I visit the city are the Birla Temple, Iskcon Temple and the Chattarpur Temple. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is one of the most sacred Sikh Temples in Delhi and serves langar (free food) to people of all faiths and religions. Eating the Karha Prashad is a divine experience which I suggest everyone to relish! I felt a sense of peace and being with the divine entity within this holy abode.
As we know Delhi has a rich history and heritage, how could I miss all these in my trip? My first attraction was the famous UNESCO world heritage site the Red Fort built by Shah Jahan the Mughal Emperor in 1683. An evening at India Gate is a sight to behold. This is the monument which was built as a memorial for the martyrs of this country and is also the icon for the capital city. I went for a picnic at the lawns near India Gate with few of my friends who stay in Delhi. We had tried the food there and played games at the lawns too and had so much fun! Qutub Minar is another UNESCO world heritage site in the city, that I went next. I have seen Rashtrapati Bhawan, from the road itself the presidential residence of India as it has restricted access. During the month of February each here a flower show is held here and open for the general public to visit it.
After exploring the street markets, it was time for mall hopping in Delhi There are a lot of lavish malls in Delhi and its outskirts (like Noida and Gurugram), the most famous ones that I visited while in Delhi are Select Citywalk (Saket), DLF Mall of India (Noida), Ambience Mall (Gurugram) and the Great India Palace (Noida). You can visit any of these malls if you are high on brands and fashion, many international brands like Gucci have their stores in India in such malls offering luxurious and international shopping experience to its Indian customers.
Museums speak the history of a place with a proof to you. So, missing the museums in Delhi was impossible. On my visit to the city, I went to the Crafts Museum located in Pragati Maidan popular for preserving and nurturing the traditional crafts of India. went to Café Lota, a famous eatery in the premises as well to save my folks from hunger pangs! National Rails Museum is another highly educative and interesting place for kids as well as adults, as the museum exhibits over hundred trains from the Indian Railways. I was happy to explore this museum and learn about the history of Indian Railways. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is one of its kind museums that one can’t miss irrespective of the age. I was elated to see such a wide collection of exclusive costume dolls from over 85 countries including the USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. These museums must be on your list if you are visiting Delhi along with children.
Delhi has plenty of options to excite everyone in any aspect. You name it and Delhi has it!
Through my journey, I have learnt that a very important aspect while travelling in Delhi is to make use of public transport as much as possible, especially Delhi Metro. Delhi Metro is not only cheap but also convenient, as the major parts of Delhi are well connected by it. Metro saved me from the exhausting traffic and heat and pollution, as well as reduced my travelling time. But at times when I wished to travel on a private transport, I booked taxis with Uber and Ola and avoided rental cars as I found them expensive.
Delhi is a city that welcomes with warmth and hospitality. The people are helpful at most times, but at times one needs to be careful and judgmental so as to avoid any harm like theft in crowded places. Sometimes the autowalas and street vendors charge the tourists more than the actual price, but you got to act smart and bargain for a fair amount.
I had an amazing time in Delhi. So, when are you planning to visit Delhi and explore the culturally rich, heritage city with the perfect dash of modernity?
Don’t forget to share your experience with us. We would love to hear from you!
Summer Vacations, the time when people of all ages – from children to their grandparents ask for an escape from their monotonous dull and boring life. Be it getting away from scorching heat, studies, or the daily chores, summer holidays are always fun and much anticipated. This much needed break calls for a vacation to a cooler and blissful location in tranquillity. If you think a foreign location with picturesque beauty is the only holiday destination, then you might have missed the Indian beauties altogether. Moreover, a foreign trip might not be affordable by everyone.
Fortunately, India is a unique blend of climates and geographies. Ranging from the goodness of nature spreads across north to south and east to west, from hills to beaches there are plenty of options available within the country. You can pick the most suitable tourist places among the vast options available throughout India.
When you are planning for your summer trip, what places in India come into your mind? Well, here is a list of top diversely rich tourist destinations across India that you would love to travel:
Ladakh is the one among the adventure capital of the country. The destination has three highest mountain passes of the world. “The mysterious valley” is said to have breath-taking scenic views of the Ladakh valley and is a must visit in the summer season for both adventure and nature lovers. From snow clad mountains, to lakes and a pleasant weather- Ladakh has it all!
“Agar zameen par jannat hai, to yahin hai, yahin hai, yahin hai” – Amir-e-Khusru Dehluvi, the great Persian poet said these words as he was mesmerized by the beauty of Kashmir. Truly, Kashmir is a place you should include in your bucket list. The place is so beautiful that it is also known as the “Switzerland of India” and the words do the justice. Visit Kashmir to not miss the splendid beauty of nature, it will be a lifetime of an experience and that’s a PROMISE!!
- Andaman and Nicobar
If you are not a mountain person and prefer the beaches instead. You got to try this beach destination for your summer holidays for sure. It is indeed a magical feeling when the waves of the sea caress your feet, it’s a pure bliss. Beaches are serene and one of the best places to experience a beach-acation in India is definitely the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are plenty of beaches and heavenly landscapes where you can relax in the lap of nature and experience tranquillity!
When exploring the north-east part of India is on your bucket list, Darjeeling is a gem of the options available. The best part about this place is, it still holds an old world charm. Darjeeling is surrounded by lush gardens and is towered by the majestic Khangchendzonga peak. It is a perfect place to enjoy your summer vacations. Apart from its majestic beauty, the city is also famous for the toy train that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, along with various other attractions which showcase the gorgeousness of the city. Well, it’s just not the tea but the city has a significant in India’s tourist list.
Ooty is known as the ‘Queen of Hills of South India’. It is the perfect place to beat the heat and spend your summer vacation in peace. The weather is pleasant to keep your days packed with excitement. Lakes such as Ooty Lake or Emerald Lake are fascinating places to visit. You will be so engrossed in Ooty that you won’t feel like missing an international trip. There are a number of fun filled places and activities like Rose Garden, Botanical Garden, Wax Museum, Toy train, Boat ride and Black Thunder theme park. Ooty is the perfect place if you are planning a family trip, as it has things to enjoy for every age group
There are number of options available in India to spend your summer holidays. If you are not up for the regular holiday destinations in India and want to go the less travel places. The choices are countless. A quick search on Google would help you in finding the best options for you. Surprisingly, not all gems are well known, so if you are planning a trip either with friends or family (or even a solo trip. Try an offbeat and unexplored location as it will be filled with tranquillity and is not overly crowded! At the end, where you go and with whom is what matters, because you create beautiful memories in vacations that stay etched in your heart for ever! So, choose your right destination that suits your group (family or friends) and have an awesome vacation. And, don’t forget to collect memorabilia on your trips to cherish the memories.
The world is gearing up to celebrate International Yoga Day on 21st June with the aim to spread the importance and awareness of yoga. Who doesn’t want a balanced mind and body in this chaotic life? Well, of course everyone out there is struggling to maintain that balance in their lives.
21st June was specifically designated for celebrating International Yoga Day because this day is the longest day of the summer season, it is also the day when the sun moves from north to south. Yoga gurus believe that this transition period is a good time to practise yoga as this change is said to bring a significant impact on people.
Yoga originated around 5000 years ago in India. It is a spiritual, emotional and physical exercise that has helped the human beings in maintaining better health and overall wellbeing. When it comes to yoga, there are a wide varieties available out there. Among all of them, Power Yoga is the hottest one that most people are looking forward to.
Power Yoga is based on the ‘Ashtanga Yoga’. Power Yoga is brisk and resembles with aerobic workout, it is an intense variation of the traditional yoga and is often called as ‘gym yoga’. Power yoga is somehow a revamped version of the ancient yoga that caters to the needs of the fast paced new generation. It includes some cardiovascular exercises that promote weight loss by profound sweating and helps to strengthen the muscles and tones the body. It is pumping and stimulating but also relaxing at the same time. Power yoga is a combination of modern and conventional i.e. it has the effects of modern workout and benefits of yoga simultaneously.
Some of the best power yoga poses are listed below for you to try this International Yoga Day, but before that check out some exciting benefits of power yoga:
- Regular practise of power yoga boosts immunity because it stimulates the lymphatic system which is responsible for removing toxins from the body.
- It helps in regulating stress hormones which are affected by the stress and toxins present in the body.
- The intense power yoga workout makes the body stretch, stimulate and feel tired that improves the quality of sleep.
- Power yoga doesn’t involve weights but still it helps to build muscles, as some poses require carrying the entire weight of the body.
- Power yoga helps in improving focus as it requires focus while changing postures and positions of the body and the same focus can then be applied in life as well.
- Power yoga helps in improving posture as yoga teaches proper alignment from head to toe, and gradually the alignment practice becomes a part of daily life.
- Lung problems like Asthma can be treated with breathing exercises that are practiced during yoga. Yoga focuses on deep and long breathing techniques that improve the circulation of oxygen in all parts of the body.
- Power yoga helps in improving flexibility as it teaches ways to change positions and flowing from one position to the other.
- It helps in improving digestion, as when the body is twisted in multiple ways it gives a gentle massage to the internal organs and the intestines work better with regular yoga practice.
- Regular exercises like power yoga become essential when bone density tends to reduce after the age of thirty. Power yoga helps to strengthen bones and slows down their weakening.
Power yoga is quick and moves on to the next pose without any rest or gap. The effort comes out to be vigorous and forceful.
Try the following beginner level poses to get started and to know more of the power yoga style!
Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
Salabhasana is a back bend that looks like a grasshopper. It is best to practice this pose early in the morning on an empty stomach or in the evening after a gap of 4 to 6 hours after the last meal. Try to hold the pose for a minimum of 30 to 60 seconds.
Salabhasana strengthens the muscles of the upper and lower back. This pose relieves anxiety and calms the brain. It strengthens the arms and increases endurance of the body.
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
This pose is named after a half moon and looks like so. It is put under the category of Hatha Yoga Asana at a beginners’ level. Ideally, it should be practiced first thing in the morning with an empty stomach or 4 to 6 hours post a meal in the in the evening. You need to hold the pose for at least 10 to 30 seconds.
Ardhachandra Asana strengthens the buttocks, legs and spine, it helps to build balance and coordination.
Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
Chair pose or Utkatasana is an asana where one has to sit on an imaginary chair, obviously this isn’t as easy as sitting on a real chair. It is advised to practise this asana on an empty stomach in the morning. This asana is put under the category of Vinyasa yoga asana at a beginners’ level. Try to hold the pose for 30 to 60 seconds.
Chair pose tones the knee muscles, strengthens ankles, calves and hips. The pose also stretches the chest and stimulates the heart.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
Ustrasana is a back bend that is similar to the stance of a camel. This asana is best practised with an empty stomach and clean bowel in the morning. It comes under the category of Vinyasa yoga asana at a beginners’ level. One should practice to hold the pose for at least of 30 to 60 seconds.
This asana strengthens the back and shoulders, improves respiration, and posture. Camel pose relieves lower backache and strengthens the thighs. The asana is effective for your overall wellbeing.
Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose)
Chaturanga asana is asana similar to a plank. Chaturanga means four limbed as this asana requires the support of all four limbs. This asana is categorized under Vinyasa yoga asana at a beginners’ level. Maintain this pose for about 30 to 60 seconds.
This asana is said to increase the core stability of the body, and revitalize the mind and body. The pose also increases the strength of arms, legs and wrists as well as increases the stamina.
Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose)
The asana forms a ‘V’ shape that looks like a boat. This asana is put under the category of Ashtanga yoga asana at an intermediate level. Practice the pose by holding it for about 10 to 60 seconds.
This asana strengthens the abdomen and improves digestion. Paripurna Navasana stimulates the intestines and thyroid. This asana relieves stress and improves confidence.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
This pose resembles the stance of a dog when it bends forward. This asana is best practised on an empty stomach and clean bowel in the morning. This asana is put under the category of Ashtanga yoga asana at a beginners’ level. Try to hold the pose for a minimum of 1 to 3 minutes.
This asana increases the lung capacity and relieves mild depression. The pose also strengthens the bones and prevent osteoporosis. It helps in energizing and rejuvenating the mind and body.
A misconception is often heard that a flexible body is a pre-requisite for practising yoga, but instead yoga is practised to achieve a flexible body. Power yoga is gaining popularity around the globe as it enables a full body workout that includes flexibility and toning, also it makes different muscle groups and the complete body strong. Power yoga is a go-to activity to feel worked out and sweat out with quick and forceful movements. Power yoga offers an integrated exercise experience.
With busy lives and hectic work schedules, people often find it difficult to take time for their health and fitness. Power yoga is an effective and quick way as compared to traditional yoga to stay fit, healthy and focussed in daily life. It improves overall wellbeing, rejuvenates the body and reduces stress. Just 15-20 minutes in a day and even the busiest people find it good to go! Moreover, if you find it tough to join a yoga centre to practice power yoga, you can hire a yoga trainer at home anywhere across the city with online aggregators.
So, all the fitness freaks and enthusiasts who want to burn some extra calories can try out these power yoga exercises and feel the difference! In case you are keen to pledge for a healthy life ahead on this Yoga Day, ServicePik might be of great help!
Leave in comments below how much these power yoga exercises were helpful. Stay in touch for more such content. Wish you a happy and healthy Yoga Day!
He is the man of the house and the person who silently loves you and sacrifices his desires for your dreams! Does it ring a bell, who he is? Well, you guessed it right, he is none other than your – Dad! Dad keeps showering us with everything we wish in this world, neglecting his own wishes. So, isn’t it unfair to take him for granted? Now that Father’s Day is round the corner, why not reciprocate the love and feel him cherished too? We thought of helping you pick the best 10 gifts for your Dad to surprise him in this occassion. We know, anything you pick for your father will be dear to him, even kids making a card makes a father teary eyed. A simple I Love You also makes him emotional.
Choosing a gift for mom is pretty easy, but we often stumble while deciding something for dad. Whether it should be a shirt, tie, watch, cufflinks or fragrance, it is a tough job to finalize one for him. But, don’t worry! If you are in the same dilemma, then we have got your back!
Here are some of the tried and tested as well as fresh gifting ideas for your superhero:
- Health band or fitness tracker:
Health is wealth and you are gifting your father a gadget to monitor his most valuable asset. After grilling his life to earn for the family, he should focus on his health too. Gifting a health tracker is a brilliant option. It will help him manage his daily physical activities, encourage to take a walk, have water at regular intervals, heart rate monitoring, and a lot of health information. These bands even show notifications from the smartphone. Information is synced to the band and it shows on the connected smartphone. You can even get a smartwatch for him.
- Yoga or gym membership
If your dad is a health conscious person and enjoys gym or Yoga, then buy him a membership for the same. In case he is short of time, then you can book a home service to have a personal trainer at home. There are numerous apps and portals like ServicePik, where you can easily hire a fitness trainer for your father.
You can gift him a customized portrait of his favourite actor, singer, musician, or writer and see him beam with happiness. If you can’t get a hand painted one, you can always customize the frame after buying a photograph.
- A trip to the hills:
We know, how hard dad works for the family all his life. So, why not plan a weekend trip to a hill station for him to relax and rejuvenate. Book a package of his choice and give him the much needed break from the hustle of his usually busy life and this scorching heat. Being with nature will distress him and help him calm down.
- Book home services:
If your dad is staying in a different city alone for work, you can even book a home service for him. There are various service providers who can service his home AC, clean his place, do pest control and let him chill on Father’s Day. On top of that, you can order his favourite food and make him super happy.
- A pet dog:
Pets are real stress busters for humans and especially elderly people get comfort by having a pet along. Dog happens to be the best choice to gift your dad as a pet, as they can go on the morning jog together and bond over. But, make sure to pick the right breed as per dad’s choice. A low maintenance breed is recommended though.
- Grooming kit:
Though, it’s a very common gift item, it’s one among the most essential ones in daily life. You can include a lot of things in this package, starting from a trimmer to hair and beard brushes, gels, lotions, colognes, perfumes, deodorants, and the options are endless. Make sure to wrap with a nice packaging for a classy look.
- Health check-up voucher:
Dads always worry about the family and often neglect their own health in the process. So, what can you do for them in this Father’s Day? Well, why not gift a health check-up voucher that they can redeem. A yearly voucher for a home check-up would be great to start with. When they can take so much burden on their shoulders, we can say them thanks with this small gesture to nurture their precious lives.
- Electric lunch box:
If dad’s job involves him travel a lot out of his work place, gifting an electric lunch box is the right thing. He doesn’t need to wait for a microwave oven to get the food heated. He can anywhere plug in the box and get the food within it heated. Brands like Milton, Cello have a wide range of such electric lunch boxes for people on the go. They are even available in a car friendly version that you can heat food using power from the car.
- Online/offline subscription to favourite magazine:
Gift number 10 would surely make dad proud of you. Most dads are voracious readers, at least when it comes to their favourite daily newspaper or a magazine for that matter. So, what you can do in situation? Get them an annual subscription for their favourite magazine online or offline depending on his choice. You can even give an electronic reading device like Kindle or a tablet, if he spends time reading on his phone or laptop for convenience.
Now that we have picked the top 10 gifting ideas for a special day in Dad and your life, how about having some backups handy? You can gift your father car accessories and fragrances. Fathers or men in general love their machine a lot. Giving him car décor items such as, charms, mobile holders, cushions etc. would obviously make them happy. We know, he can buy them for sure, but being gifted from his child is a treasure. Be it a simple shirt or tie or a diamond cufflink. A gift from a child is always precious for a father. If he is a plant lover, get him a set of low maintenance plants on Father’s Day. So, what are you guys waiting for? Go grab the best offer that you think your dad will like and make the superhero of your life super happy.
Wish we could switch places and stay in the hills when our place suffered with the heat – quite literally, but this isn’t so easy and definitely not a permanent solution. The temperature is rising way above the bearable point, leaving no solace for us to take a chill. However, there are numerous ways to beat the heat. One of the best ways to do it is by increasing fluid intake and hydrating our bodies to regain the nutrients lost due to excessive sweat. Summer blues can leave you dehydrated, the best way to avoid it is to drink lot of fluids that cool down the body naturally and help in compensating the lost minerals.
We often resort to carbonated, soda or soft drinks and beverages which are harmful for our health in the long run, as they contain caffeine and lots of sugar. These drinks contain excessive amounts of calories and artificial fructose. Gradually, these components pose serious threat to your liver health. The best way to avoid these artificially sweetened drinks is to consume ‘desi’ natural drinks available in almost every Indian household. These natural drinks are beneficial for the health as well as refreshing and lip smacking in taste.
Here is a list to get you started:
- Nimbu Paani or Lemonade
Nimbu Paani or lemonade can undoubtedly be called as the official drink of India, after tea! It is a mixture of water, lemon, salt, sugar and sometimes mint or some other Indian spices that add a unique flavour. It is quick to prepare and very hydrating for your body, which is the reason why it is the most sought after and loved drink. It is by far the most refreshing and hydrating drink that maintains the electrolyte balance to keep you going in the summer heat.
- Iced Tea
Every Indian household has tea lovers, as we have already mentioned above that tea is the most favourite drink of India. But unfortunately, a cup of hot tea is tough to have in the boiling hot weather. No worries, there is a solution for this as well! Iced tea, a unique alternative to the regular hot tea is refreshing in taste and chilling. It comes in a variety of flavours like lemon and peach. You
can make a cold or hot brew with your favourite tea and then refrigerate it for few hours. Add honey to cut off the extra calories of sugar. You can flavour it with your favourite ingredient like orange, blueberry, cinnamon, mint and the list goes on. Pick your flavour and welcome your favourite drink in the hot season as well!
- Aam Panna
When summer arrives, everyone waits for the king of fruits, i.e. ‘mango’. Be it raw or ripened, it is loved by everyone in Indian households. Aam Panna is a sweet yet tangy and refreshing drink rich with the goodness and health benefits of mangoes and Indian spices. Heat strokes, and stomach problems in the summer can be avoided with aam panna. The drink is known to ease constipation and fight diabetes. Making Aam Panna is an easy task, and made differently in various parts of the country. The green raw mangoes can be pressure cooked or roasted. Then the pulp is mashed and mixed with black pepper, salt and sugar. Now, you can take a spoonful of this mango concentrate in a glass, add chilled water to it and voila! Your refreshing summer drink is ready to serve.
Jaljeera, as the name itself suggests, is made of jeera or cumin seeds. The jeera seeds are first roasted and powdered, then other spices and herbs like mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, lemon juice, black salt etc. are added to it that make the final drink. Soaked tamarind, mint leaves, aamchur powder, black pepper, black salt are the major ingredients of this recipe. Jaljeera is known for the digestive benefits and cooling properties it offers. Jaljeera is one of the best summer drinks to beat the heat!
- Buttermilk or Chaas
Buttermilk or Chaas is an amazing curd-based drink. This drink is versatile, you can take it any time, be it with or after meals or anytime of the day.. It has cooling effects on the stomach and the good bacteria in buttermilk aids in digestion, lowering fat, provides vitamins, protein etc. It is a lighter than lassi and full of goodness. It is your go-to summer drink which is refreshing and offers both taste and health benefits! You can add roasted jeera, black salt to enhance the flavour.
- Sugarcane Juice
Sugarcane juice is a natural remedy to a lot of problems, it helps in increasing plasma, body fluids and countering dehydration. It is a natural and refreshing drink which is beneficial for health as well as helps in seeing off the summer blues! Sugarcane juice gives you instant shot of energy and helps in digesting food. It also helps you fight certain types of cancers. A pinch of black salt and few ice-cubes will do the magic to make your drink delicious!
- Watermelon Juice
Watermelon juice is the best summer drink as it is hydrating, has antioxidant properties and is the most refreshing summer fruit. Its juice is supremely refreshing. It also has very hydrating effects on the skin and prevents it from drying. It is enriched with vitamins, magnesium, potassium, etc. that are useful for your body. Apart from skin and hair, it is good for your eyes (prevents macular degeneration), relieves muscle soreness, and lowers inflammation. Blend watermelon in the mixie with black salt and few mint leaves. Garnish with mint leaves, slice of lemon and drop ice-cubes for your perfect ‘melon on the rocks’!
Lassi or shall we say Punjabi Lassi? Well, the famous drink from the streets of Punjab is popular across the country now. It is made from creamy and smooth yogurt and comes in multiple variants as you desire. Be it mango, kesar, strawberry, mint, litchi, banana or any other flavour, they are relished by people depending on their favourite flavour. These lassis are enriched with the goodness of yogurt and the fruit it is combined with. They come with no harmful chemicals or preservatives and make your summers bearable.
- Coconut Water
Weight loss, skin problem, dehydration, stomach problem – name it and this miracle drink can solve literally every health problem. It is a mildly sweet, nutrient rich, low calorie, refreshing and natural energy drink that cheers you up instantly! It also helps as an electrolyte. So, next time when you feel dehydrated, sip on fresh coconut water and you are good to go! This drink is untouched and hence contamination free usually recommended for people recovering from illness. It keeps your stomach cool and also has elements for a healthy heart, anti-ageing and stress busting effects.
Well, now that we have given you such wonderful summer drink options that not only taste good or quench your but boost your health too. You are on a healthy and hydrated journey to go through the summer. And, what can you do more with these drinks? On your next house party, host your friends with your own version of these healthy beverages. The plus point is, they can rush to work the next morning sans a hangover and the delicious taste would make them crave for more! Try this out and let us know, how your sunny drinks faired in the party. We would obviously come up with more of such drinks that you can easily make at home. So, sip your favourite drink and look for this space for more tips, and recipes to fight the heat waves this summer. Take care and stay hydrated for a happy summer!
Fashion is ever evolving. With every changing season, there is something new introduced in the market. But, adverse weather conditions, sometimes puts a stop on flaunting your favourite attire. So, when the summer prevails with scorching heat and unbearable sweating, what should you do to stay as chic as possible? Well, you must be wondering about how to stay protected from the scorching summer heat without compromising on your style quotient. After all, the soaring temperature and frequent heat strokes can be really harmful for your health and skin. And, you must take adequate measures for keeping your body cool by carefully assembling of your attire.
Well, the wait is over and we are here to help you get relief from the unbearable heat elegantly. Here are some amazing fashion tips that you must take note of to beat the heat!
- Go for natural fabrics
Cotton, silk, khadi, and linen are some of the summer friendly fabrics popular for their breathability rather than blended fabrics like polyester and rayon. These fabrics absorb sweat more often and dry faster which helps in keeping the body cool. Natural fibres are the key to keep you sweat free on a sunny day! They are skin friendly and soft enough to prevent skin rashes due to the friction between your skin and the fabric. If you are working out in the gym, choose breathable fabric that absorbs more sweat.
- Try loose and flowy designs
Loose and flowy attire can prevent the cloth from sticking to your body and allows more air to pass through them. The less your clothing sticks to your body the more comfortable you will feel. You can go for various designs and styles such as flowy maxi dresses that actually keep you cooler than wearing skin-tight tanks or a pair of shorts and help you go easy breezy! You can pick cotton shorts along with breathable tanks that are a bit loose.
- Pick summer friendly prints and patterns
It is very important to wisely choose the designs for your summer outfits. Floral and striped outfits complement the summer season in the best way, they never go out of fashion and can be worn on literally any occasion. For instance, you can flaunt stripes on your go-to office wear as well as on a fashionable saree. Try to wear simpler patterns which look easy-breezy and soothing to the eyes rather than heavy and complex ones.
- Go for the lighter shades of the colour wheel
Bright colours like yellow, blue, pink, white, peach or pastel colours look gorgeous on summer outfits. Opt for colours that make you look fresh in the hot weather. Don your favourite heels and sunglasses with a refreshing light coloured dress to glamorously rock your summer look!
- Wear a wide brimmed hat or keep a lightweight scarf in your bag
Protecting your skin from the sun is a very important yet challenging task. Along with applying and re-applying loads of sunscreen, it is important to keep your face covered with a wide-brimmed hat. You can even carry a scarf with you to get your face and hair covered as you step under the sun. Summers let you wear short and sleeveless clothes, but on the flip side it is causes damage to your skin. It’s better to cover up when you step out under the sun. You can opt for trendy long sleeves like bell sleeves to let sun protection and fashion go hand in hand. This even helps you avoid the tan!!
- Keep embellishments and jewellery to minimal
Embellishments like beads or metals on your outfit can make it look heavier and can even cause itching and irritation when you sweat in summers. Jewellery like metal bracelets or necklaces also get heated in summers and cause more trouble. It is best to avoid heavy jewellery and embellishments during the hot weather and go for minimalistic, lightweight and unique options like earrings or rings that don’t cause much irritation to make you look super stylish effortlessly! If you are allergic to artificial and certain metal jewellery, then strictly avoid them in summers. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Summers can get awful if your daily wear choices lack minimalism and simplicity. Go for basic options, bright colours and simple looks to rock the season! Summers needn’t be bland and colourless. You can follow the above tips while deciding your look for summer days. Be it a party in the evening or your regular day at work, create your own style statement with your favourite summer friendly accessory. On top of that dress your hair in a summer-friendly look. A trendy French bun for the party look or an uptight burn at work, or a messy bun for the evening dinner on your flowy summer dress, you got to be summer ready in every way! Flaunt it, because you have it with your best summer look!
We all love summers for the bright sunny days, chilled drinks, ice creams, the opportunity it gives to flaunt our favourite fashion and much more. But, the blissful weather soon turns into a bane with the mercury rising as high as fifty degrees in some cities. Soon the worshippers of the summer season desperately start looking for its early departure. The lovely summer days start becoming the most torturous ones with excessive heat strokes and uncontrollable heat. Though you can avoid stepping out in the sun, you can’t stop your daily routine due to the heat. Hence, shielding yourself from the harmful effects of summer heat is the key.
If you are unsure of how to properly take care of your body in summer. Then, here are 8 quick tips to keep your body protected against the scorching heat.
- Hydration is the key
Excess heat can deprive your body of water and essential minerals, this is called dehydration. It is important to hydrate your body, especially in summers. Make sure you drink eight to ten glasses of water daily to ensure better functioning of the body. Drink enough water without waiting for feeling thirsty. In summers you are already dehydrated before actually feeling thirsty.
- Fresh juice over carbonated beverages
Summers make you feel thirsty quite often, which calls for cool drinks like cola. These carbonated drinks provide the desired cooling effect but prove to be hazardous in the long run. They lower magnesium and calcium levels in your body, as well as lead to obesity and damage to tooth enamel. You can instead, opt for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit juices, lemonades, fruit shakes to re-energize your body.
- Go natural with fruits, vegetables, and drinks
Go for seasonal fruits like watermelon, cucumber, musk melon, etc. which are hydrating as well as have a cooling effect on the body. You can choose natural drinks such as coconut water and lassi or detox drinks to get refreshed. These natural beverages hydrate you and offer you nutrition in a healthier way! Pick fresh vegetables and avoid the ones preserved with chemicals. Eating seasonal veggies is the best options, as there are no preservatives that can ruin your health. But make sure to wash veggies and fruits properly to discard the pesticides or other residues deposit. Dipping them in salt water while cleaning is a great option.
- Exercise well and sweat more
Summers are just the perfect time to shed those extra kilos as you simply sweat more and the desired results seem to get accomplished sooner. The more you sweat, the more your body gets cool. Yes, you heard that right! Sweating makes you cool down by making your skin feel cooler when wet and by evaporating away the heat with the sweat. Keep in mind to avoid the peak hours of the day when the environment is too hot. Exercise during the morning or evenings as sweating during the hotter part of the day will have an adverse effect on your body due to massive dehydration and exhaustion. You need to compensate the electrolyte loss post workout with natural proteins like buttermilk.
- Stay under the shade
UV rays that come with the sunlight can be harmful to your skin. They might cause certain types of skin cancer, apart from sunburn and tanning. The best way to protect your skin is to apply plenty of effective sunscreen thirty minutes before you step out in the sun. But the mere application of a good sunscreen won’t accomplish the task. Be sure to wear a hat or a stole to protect your neck and face and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes against the sunlight. Wear long sleeves when you are out in the sun or gloves to protect your skin.
- Cool Shower
Go for a cool shower at the end of your tiring day to balance out all the heat and get refreshed instantly. A cool shower after lots of sweating helps in keeping the skin unclogged as it opens the pores and lowers the chance of acne breakouts. Never, take a shower right after sweating, wait for the sweat to dry out first and your body temperature get normal to avoid falling sick.
- Avoid Direct Sun
Try to avoid going under direct sunlight as the heat stroke may severely affect your skin and body. Between 10 am to 4 pm you shouldn’t step out in the sun to restrict sun exposure as the UV rays are emitted at their peak. Use umbrellas for better protection, if it’s unavoidable to go out in the sun.
- Take care of your hair
Who doesn’t hate a bad hair day? Excessive sweating calls for a hair wash almost every other day. And if you are regularly working out, then it becomes a mandate to get your hair messy and sweaty. Sweat makes your hair sticky, smelly and unpleasant calling for a daily hair wash to avoid the microbial growth and dust. Hair Its hygiene and quality can be maintained with frequent washes. You should avoid using chemical based shampoos and heavy conditioners on your hair in summers.
Now that we have given you these magic tips to stay happy and healthy in summer, you have no reason to fall sick or look less glamorous in the sun. It is paramount to stay protected against the sun, as falling sick is not something you can afford in the scorching heat. When a healthy person feels so miserable, in spite of having air conditioners all around, think of the misery someone unwell undergoes. So, to make your summers happy, healthy and enjoyable, our quick tips will help you flaunt your sunny foot forward! For healthier and glamourous summer-friendly tips like these keep looking forward to this space. Happy Summers!
While the world is heading towards adopting greener options in every aspect of life. Majority of fields such as pest control services still aggressively depend on harmful chemicals to get the unruly bugs and rodents under control. But, there is some good news of late as people are getting conscious about picking non-toxic herbal pest control services. Public awareness and pressure is making service providers go for greener pest control options everywhere.
If you talk about the National Capital, Delhi is enough polluted to add on with chemical pesticides for your home or office. Hence adopting pest control service in Delhi by leading service providers paying attention to biological control, physical control, and using herbal pesticides for a sustainable tomorrow is becoming the norm. along with pollution, residues from pesticides and gases emitted can cause discomfort and problem to the residents. This insists keeping a better alternative at hand, while planning to get your home cleaned of rodents or pests. Be it rats, mosquitoes, bed bugs, ants, cockroaches or anything else, opting for non-toxic green products helps the environment and is not harmful for health as well.
Home environment is very sensitive and if you have babies or elderly people then harmful chemical from pest control products might have an adverse effect on them. It also ensures food safety as the fear of poisonous contamination is negligible with eco-friendly pesticides. When you can’t get a grip on the environmental pollution in Delhi, at least limiting your exposure to chemicals would help you at best.
We have collated a comparison table between regular and herbal pest control services. It explains what both the methods offer and their high and lows.
|Feature||Ordinary Pest Control Service||Herbal Pest Control Service|
|Ingredients||Synthetic chemicals||Natural herbs and plant derived products|
|Frequency||Less frequent uses||Repeated treatments|
|Effectiveness||Fast killing as it is poisonous||Gradually shows result without any harm|
|Equipment required||Applicators, pumps, dispensers and ULV sprayers||Manual|
|Harmful residues||The residual action is higher and stays for long.||No residues as the herbal mix gets decomposed completely|
|Resistance by rodents and pests||Pests and insects get immune to these products faster||It takes much longer to be resistance to natural repellents|
|How long to shut down the premise||At least 3 to 4 hours post pest control treatment||You can immediately use the premises|
|Impact on environment||Harmful||Eco-friendly and minimal effects to the environment|
|Safety||Direct exposure is harmful for human and pets||No harsh chemicals to make it unsafe. The harmful effects are negligible.|
|Antidote for poisoning||Depending on the chemical present in the product||No antidote only symptomatically treated.|
|Need of post treatment cleaning||Need of post treatment cleaning Cleaning required to prevent contamination.||Negligible amount of cleaning needed.|
|Regulating authority||Central Insecticide Board, PPO and Plant Quarantine and Storage Departments in India||No controlling authority as of now.|
|State of the formulation||Powders, aerosols, concentrates and granules form.||Crystal gels, granules and powders.|
Now that you have got a clear comparison between the regular pest control service and an eco-friendly one, you know what you should go for. Herbal products always weigh healthier than chemical ones and possess less harmful aftereffects for the residents. When there are pets and kids involved, it becomes mandatory to go for a milder alternative in pest control for Delhi NCR. Because, the already mounting pollution is making their lives difficult. While choosing the best pest control service in Delhi you got to be very careful to keep note of these facts.
Before you hire any pest control services, enquire about the kind of products they are using. If possible, Google them up to know more about it. Once you are sure that they meet your specific needs, then you can proceed to hire their services.
For your ease, we have collated some home solutions to get a grip on pest control until you hire professional help in the same regard. They are easy to get and use as well. Let’s see the most popular ones.
- Spray Salt
If mites, spiders have infested your indoor plants then you take a gallon of warm water and add two tablespoon of Himalayan crystal salt. Spray it and yard off the bugs.
- Neem Oil
It comes with more than 50 natural insecticides. Take half an ounce of neem oil with half teaspoon of liquid soap and mix to two quarts of warm water. Stir well and then spray with a spray bottle.
- Cayenne Pepper and Citrus Oil
To tackle ants, you can mix one teaspoon cayenne pepper to one cup of warm water and add ten drops of citrus oil. Spray the affected areas with a spray bottle.
- Mineral oil
Add 10-30 ml of mineral oil to a liter of water and stir it. Spray it over insects and their eggs to dehydrate them and kill.
- Orange Citrus Oil and Soap
Get three tablespoons of liquid castile soap and add one ounce of citrus oil to a gallon of water. Kill ants and cockroaches after shaking well and spraying over them.
- Eucalyptus Oil
If you are annoyed with bees, flies, and wasps in and around your home. Sprinkling few drops of this essential oil will get rid of them.
- Chrysanthemum Tea
Boil 100 gms of dried flowers in 1 liter of water for 20 minutes. After cooling and straining it add neem oil or use it like that on insects. It makes them immobile by invading their nervous system. Pyrethrum in these flowers is a potent insecticide.
Well, we gave you awesome solutions and insight into herbal pest control. In Delhi you can get in touch with a reliable pest control service provider through ServicePik.com and reap the benefits. Our services are class apart and they consistently try to adhere to environmental protection norms with their range of services. You don’t bother about skyrocketing prices or long waiting time. Just a call will sort out your herbal pest control needs across Delhi NCR. Keep looking for this space for more such content! Have a pest free healthy home!
Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “YUJ”, which means union. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.
A consistent practice offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits, like improved flexibility, stress reduction.
Benefits of Yoga:
- Mental focus
- Greater flexibility
- Strengthen bones and joints
- Controls blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Promotes weight loss
- Reduces stress
- Better skeletal alignment
- Enhanced brain function
- Improves skin tone
- Better mental clarity
- Slows down the aging process
- Reduces the risk of memory loss
The health benefits of yoga for kids:
builds strength and balance
Enhances flexibility and coordination
Improves digestion and sleep
Improves stress response
Reduces depressive symptoms and anxiety
Improves anger control
Enhances mental processing
Improves academic performance
Improves concentration and focus
Improves peer relations>
Encourages team work
Health benefits of Yoga For women
A regular yoga practice offers increased flexibility, muscle tone, mental clarity, back health and enhanced circulation.
Some Yoga postures are especially supportive for women. Yoga also improves mental health and ease the daily stress that often comes from multitasking.
Yoga helps you navigate the most unpleasant feelings of your cycle and ease the contractions of the uterus that causes cramps.
During Menopause, yoga helps you deal with the changes your body is going through. A regular yoga practice helps other unpleasant side effects experienced during this hormonal shift, anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Yoga can make you more sensitive to cues of hunger and fullness, which help you develop a more positive relationship with food.
Feeling of well-being
Yoga boost self-confidence, acceptance of rapid changes during puberty, it helps build self-esteem, better body mind concentration, healthy mind set.
- helps to focus on breath to relax mind
- encourages gentle stretching
- emphasizes good posture
- strengthens and conditions the vital muscle groups to ease pregnancy, labor, and recovery.
- Certain series like the modified cat-cow position the baby for delivery
- Twists encourage blood flood flow to reproductive organs to correct hormonal imbalances
- Decreases lower back pain, nausea, carpel tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
Yoga for Men
- Relieve stress:
Yoga employs a number of relaxation techniques, which, with regular practice, can make you calmer overall. Along with training your body yoga trains your mind to see the bigger picture.
- Get flexible:
Most series of yoga asanas include one or more spinal twists to loosen the many joints that make up your spine, further improving tennis game and golf swing as well as promote detoxification and good digestion.
- Build more muscle:
Supplement the regular lifting in gym with yoga, it increases access to more muscle fiber.
Doing only 20 min. of yoga daily helps people get more focused, and take better decisions about issues and memory retention improves along with increased energy.
Yoga is a natural remedy which is best to deal with anything be it as minor as a cold or as major as chronic back pain. Certain yoga poses encourage food digestion, getting rid of bowel troubles and also helps in better nutrition absorption thus leading to having more energy.
Meditation is a mental discipline by which the practitioner attempts to get beyond the reflexive “ thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness.
Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration. It’s not about focusing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless.
Meditation practice helps the body learn to relax, a benefit that continues when it’s time to hit the hay.
“Meditation is the foundation for good health & when you add it your routine small miracles start to happen” ———— LUKE MILLER
IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION
- Regular meditation helps in relieving stress and thus improves the quality of sleep. Less stress means more happiness. It is believed that meditation improves the immune system and thereby helps in controlling blood pressure and lowering blood cholesterol.
- By daily practicing meditation you will become a calmer person. There will be a mental stability in every task you perform.
- Today’s life is full of stress, influencing our daily routine. Meditation reduces the production of stress related hormones like cortisol and increases the production of serotonin (good hormone), thereby, reducing stress.
- When our mind works faster than required, we don’t get good and proper sleep. Regular meditation helps in relieving stress and improving quality of sleep.
- Meditation also helps to develop habits and feelings like; positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.
- Meditation also helps in control job related anxiety in high-pressure work environments.
- Some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self.
- Even meditating for a short period may benefit you. Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking may help keep your mind young.
- Through meditation people learn to develop kind thoughts and feelings towards yourself and through practice, they learn to extend this kindness and forgiveness externally.
- Meditation also help to control food cravings, also they are able to recover from a long-term addiction.
- With regular meditation, the mothers-to-be also showed more intense bonding with their babies in the womb.
- Meditation helps manage ADHD(attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder), contributing to an overall improvement in attention symptoms.
- Multitasking is not only a dangerous productivity myth, but it’s also a source of stress. People after practicing regular meditation reported lower levels of stress and showed better memory for the tasks they had performed.
- Satsang (chanting a mantra repetitively) improves participants ability to perform memory tasks in age related memory tasks.
i.e. regular meditation helps to regain memory and mental
Be it staying fit and keeping your weight under control or adapting a healthy ritual to cut off the extra sugar by swapping with your regular tea, green tea has made a significant place in our lives. It has a world full of goodness for your health that you can’t ignore. As the benefits of green tea range from a healthy life to gorgeous looking skin. Before exploring the variety of options available in green tea, you got to know what is the right way to prepare your green tea. Some varieties need brewing while others can be consumed by steeping the tea bags in boiling water.
Types of green tea and how they are categorized:
A wide variety and strains of green tea is cultivated throughout Asia. The natural green colour of the tea leaves and the tint it offers to the brewed tea is the reason behind the name “green tea”. The harvesting method as well as processing method classifies the green tea into different categories. Though the plant for most teas cultivated is Camellia Sinensis, the type of tea produced depends solely on the method of harvesting and processing. Usually, green tea is cultivated from the first harvest or first flush during early to mid-Spring. These are considered as the most expensive and finest quality of green tea.
Drying, grinding and rolling method also influence the type of green tea strains including the amount of sun exposure post-harvest. Green tea is not like oolong or black tea as the leaves are picked and streamed raw. Whereas black and oolong tea leaves undergo the oxidation process by immediately being exposed to oxygen and initiate fermentation. Green tea leaves get steamed and roasted to prevent the oxidation process and fermentation. In addition to that, the Chinese green tea is pan-fried to dry and flatten the leaves offering them a stiff texture. Whereas Japanese green tea leaves are freshly plucked and steamed.
How green tea helps your health?
The health benefits of green tea are numerous, from weight loss to improved metabolism, you can’t ignore it anyway. Green tea is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help in combating certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. It is also believed that green tea burns fat and enhances physical performance. Here are the major benefits of green tea consumption:
- Green tea lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and prevents heart diseases to a great extent.
- Regular consumption of green tea also helps in controlling blood pressure.
- Immunity is enhanced as green tea protects your body against free radicals and oxidants.
- If you are wondering about the benefits of green tea for skin, then you must know it rejuvenates your skin.
- It also improves metabolism and lowers the risk of diabetes by controlling blood glucose levels.
- Bacteria and viruses causing throat infection gets destroyed when you consume green tea.
- The benefits of green tea in weight loss is observed by plenty of people. It helps in burning fat and thus promoting fat loss in the long run.
Let’s learn some quick tips to brew green tea for your healthy cuppa!
How to make your perfect brew?
While making your perfect cup of green tea, you need to maintain the accurate amount of green tea to water ratio as well as the temperature. Various other factors like the vessel to brew and time of brewing also come into play. Here is a quick look at it:
Quality of water:
Always take filtered water or clean drinking water to prepare your green tea. Make sure not to use distilled water for that purpose.
Temperature of the water:
While making green tea, pay attention to the water temperature as its very vital. Always avoid too hot water for making your green tea. 85 degrees C or 170 degrees F is the perfect brewing temperature for healthy green tea that retains all the goodness.
Tea and water ratio:
When you are up for brewing your healthy cuppa, make sure to add 5 oz water to 3 grams of green tea.
Time to steep your tea:
Steeping your green tea for 2 to 3 minutes is all you need for your best brew. The taste runs bitter with over brewing.
Straining the tea:
Whether you use a tea infuser or strain with a strainer to another cup, the tea tastes as good as it is. Make sure to brew or steep for the right amount of time with the right temperature and voila! Your healthy cup of green tea is ready.
If you think, drinking green tea is boring then try exploring the varied range of flavours available in the market. From lemon, to ginger, honey, jasmine, lemon grass and the list goes on. If you find it a little bitter for your taste buds, you can add a spoon of organic honey or cinnamon powder to cut the calories. To get the best out of your green tea, you must know how to drink your green tea. Enjoy your tea sip by sip, and don’t leave it too long as it might ruin the property of your green tea.
Well, these are the tips for a hot cup of green tea, if you are in for summer refreshers, you can try iced green tea as well. Get your hot brew prepared as usual and let it cool down. Once the green tea is at room temperature shift it to the refrigerator till it is cold. Pour into a tall glass, add some lemon juice and ice cubes and a dash of mint. Your iced green tea on the rocks is ready to sip in! Happy Summers! For more interesting facts on green tea, keep looking for this space.