Do you know why you must have curd during summer?

Curd is a delicious and nutritious coolant that helps to keeps you hydrated throughout summer. It is one of the richest sources of calcium, a good source of protein, has vitamin D, vitamin B12, zinc and phosphorus. Adding curd to your meal is beneficial for your health and helps to keep you cool during summer. You can make a glass of lassi, or just add some fruits to make it delicious and lip smacking.

Applying curd on skin, enhance your beauty by making your skin smooth and soft. Vitamin E, zinc and phosphorus present in the curd will improve your complexion.

Having a small cup of curd or dahi will give a better relief from dysentery. Daily consumption of curd will help to prevent diseases like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Helps in strengthening your bones and teeth. It helps in curing many stomach infections including H.pylori infection. It also manages blood pressure and promotes heart health.

Just have chilled curd or dahi when you are tired and experience yourself why curd is a must-have during summer.

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Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2017/curd-benefits-during-summer/articlecontent-pf159413-113838.html

7 Fruits for Summer in India

Seven fruits that helps to keep you cool and healthy in this Summer.

1) Water Melon: This fruit is number one in the list as it helps to protect the skin against sun damage and has high water content. This helps to keep you hydrated and refreshed. Good source of Vitamin A and C

2) Mango: Who can avoid this fruit which also known as the king of all the fruits. Mangoes are native to South Asia and it won’t be wrong if we say the National fruit of India. A summer drink called aam panna, a thick juice made of mangoes with sugar and milk and famous in this season. Rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C as well as minerals like potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

3) Papaya: A delicious tropical fruit that helps in the proper digestion of proteins. Extremely high in vitamins A, vitamin C, folate and other phytochemicals. If used for skin or home made treatment gives the fresh glow to skin and slow down the ageing process.

4) Banana: Highly nutritious food to keep you energetic and active. Banana has vitamin A, phosphorous, carbohydrate, and iron and when the banana get ripen, it comprises glucose, fructose, sucrose and fibre. It enhances the mental alertness and boost brain power.

5) Lemon: Like Water melon, Lemon is also an important fruit for summer which is advised to be taken as juice with salt or sugar mixed in water/soda to quench your thirst. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C.

6) Orange: Orange helps in refilling the lost potassium through sweat and the source of vitamin C, thiamin and folate for you which provides you natural UV protection, brings down stress levels and enhance the production of red blood cells in your body. Also replenish the potassium lost through perspiration and provide relief in muscular cramps.

7) Grapes: Grapes are an obvious summer choice – readily available, easy to eat and excellent in quenching hunger and thirst and thus best choice for summers. Low on saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. A good source of Vitamin C and K.

Source:
http://www.lifehacker.co.in/jugaad/7-Best-Fruits-To-Eat-In-Summers/articleshow/34056184.cms

http://insightsindia.blogspot.in/2013/06/top-15-fruits-for-cool-summer.html
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Let the child listen to the voice of his or her own stomach – Rujuta Diwekar

Nutrition Consultant explained to the group that it is important for them to respect a child’s taste buds. Illustrating her point further, she said that most children are constantly distracted while they eat. Parents either divert children with television or other things to make them eat.

Each child’s body gives him or her signals on what it needs. The only person who can understand these signals is the child himself. Giving an example , she said that a child who has dal chawal in the earliest eating years starts detesting dal after the age of two and wants only rice with ghee or sugar. This happens because the body needs amino acid till the age of two, which it gets from the dal. But, thereafter, the body doesn’t need any more amino acid so the child stops liking dal.

So if parents complain that a child eats too much junk, they must first see what they themselves eat. Parents need to make their child understand what is junk food and what is healthy for them and the choice should then be left on them. As long as a child’s body does not hamper his or her activities and is not a burden to the child, then no matter what shape -skinny , healthy, fat-the child is, he or she is all right.

Times of India

Advantages of Extra-Curricular Activities

Allowing your child to get involved in extracurricular activities is a wise choice, and it can be very important in helping them to develop their skills. Getting involved in extracurricular activities also allows students to get involved in diverse interests.Enrolling children in a few extracurricular activities can build self esteem and help develop social skills as well as help them to stay physically fit.

Developing a positive hobby in a child goes a long way in keeping him away from negative influences of life and at times, even plays a decisive role in determining his career path. If parents start early in giving their kids several new experiences that help them explore the world around them, the latter are less likely to face the problems arising out of boredom in their life. Kids’ extracurricular activities should be based on what is best for their age.

It is important for them to make friends with other kids with similar interests which is possible by participation in sports. The positive impact on health and emotional development of the kids leave them better equipped mentally to deal with the problems they might face in the future.

Benefits of extracurricular activities of kids are not confined to their personality development but achievement in these activities is also required to get better scholastic grades. There are some schools which have the policy that insists on good grades before they allow them to participate in extracurricular activities.

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Swimming Pool an Unavoidable Destination this Summer

From hotels to clubs or high-end townships, swimming pools have become a norm. Swimming pools are no longer considered a luxury as the facility has become increasingly popular and more accessible to people across all socioeconomic brackets. The scorching heat and the humid weather makes the swimming pool an unavoidable destination this summer.

Experts suggest tips for Swimming pool maintenance

Be it an indoor or outdoor pool, they require equal care and maintenance. V Suresh, Manager, Loss and Prevention Department, Accord Metropolitan, says, “The pool is packed during summer with regular customers as well as tourists. We clean the pool on a daily basis and Chlorine is added every day to keep insects and flies at bay. Once in a month we drain the water and clean it completely.”

L Bhaskar, an employee of Cosmopolitan club says, “As it is an outdoor pool, it requires constant cleaning as leaves and insects tend to fall into it. During summer we clean the pool twice a day, and the rest of the year it suffices if we clean it once a day. The pool is closed for maintenance once a week.”

S Ramakrishnan, CEO, Marg properties, says, “A decade ago, maintaining a pool was a tedious affair; everything was manual. Now things have undergone drastic changes, the entire maintenance system is computerised. With the use of high-end technology, water wastage can be kept to a bare minimum.” A digitised swimming pool is on the cards for their current project on MOR.

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Mohamed Anwar who runs a pool maintenance company throws some light on the various aspects of keeping a pool clean and tidy. “My clientele includes a range of hotels, beach houses and celebrities. Constructing a pool within the house is an increasing trend and maintaining a pool is like maintaining a house. One must constantly engage in underwater vacuuming and suction sweeping. Whether the pool is being used constantly or not, Chlorine and other chemicals must be added and the pool must be brushed regularly. A recycling system is a must in any pool otherwise it will become a breeding ground for algae, fungus and other microscopic organisms. Maintaining a pool costs about a few thousands a month based its size,” he explains.S Sarada, Managing Director, 5th field realtors, a city-based real estate company, speaks about the latest preferences and demands when it comes to building places with a swimming pool. “Over the last few years, the demand has increased tremendously; today it’s a common sight on ECR and OMR road to find a house or an apartment with a swimming pool. In the near future I am sure that pools will start mushrooming even within the city due to the soaring temperatures and relatively low costs of constructing a pool.”

Courtesy: Times of India

Stomach ailments in summer season

In summer season there is highest possibility that eating of stale or rotten food and drinking of filthy water can result in catching stomach infection. The most common stomach ailments that register highest growth in summer season are diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera. Regular vomiting and loose-motions can bring lot of weakness, pain and laziness in the body.

Precautionary Measures

  • Never eat road side eatables.
  • Minimize your consumption of oily and fried food because in hot season it restricts the digestion of food.
  • Eat fruits that have high water content, such as, water melon, sweet melon, mango, cucumber and grapes or grape juice etc.
  • In summer, drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of fluid including water, juice and coconut water, etc.
  • Whether in Home or work place, restaurant do not drink water, drink only warm water.
  • Eating fast makes slows down the process of digestion and can also cause excessive swallowing of air. Take small bites and chew your food carefully.
  • Other healthy eating habits like eating small four meals instead of two large meals can also help in solving your problem of bloating.
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Pharmaceutical companies and defaulters are playing with the lives

Life, it seems, comes cheap for the health officials of our country. Otherwise how else would you justify the existence of drugs withdrawn elsewhere in the world but still sold and prescribed in India? India has become a dumping ground for banned drugs. The business for production of banned drugs is blooming and because there are more consumers here and all illegalities are duly obeyed. The irony is that very few people know about the banned drugs and consume them unaware, causing a lot of damage to themselves. The pharmaceutical companies and defaulters are playing with the lives of thousands of people who are not aware of the harmful effects of the drugs they sell.

According to a health ministry source, monitoring of adverse drug reaction is not followed in the curriculum for medical students in India and majority of doctors do not maintain records on patients. Assessing adverse drug reaction is not an easy task and in a developed country like the US not more than 10% of the side effects are recorded. Whenever a drug is banned by the Drug Controller of India, it should stop being available in the market. But there are times when a drug is banned yet continues to be sold for a few months till stock lasts.

As big time business enterprises and small time defaulters, pharmaceuticals have been growing in every direction. There are few provisions for a proper check and control of spurious drugs in Indian markets. Worst than that is the little knowledge and slapdash attitude of the buyers. Even at this time, a large population takes medicine and drugs without prescribing a doctor, which in fact is a very wrong decision and can be dangerous.

List of Dangerous Drugs that have been globally discarded but are available in Indian markets:


Analgin
It is a painkiller
Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression
Brand name: Novalgin

Cisapride
For acidity, constipation
Reason for ban: Irregular heartbeat
Brand name: Ciza, Syspride

Droperidol
Anti-depressant
Reason for ban: Irregular heartbeat
Brand name: Droperol

Furazolidone

Anti-diarrhoeal
Reason for ban: Cancer
Brand name: Furoxone, Lomofen

Nimesulide
India has become a dumping ground for banned drugsPainkiller, fever
Reason for ban: Liver failure
Brand name: Nise, Nimulid

Nitrofurazone
Anti-bacterial cream
Reason for ban: Cancer
Brand name: Furacin

Phenolphthalein
Laxative
Reason for ban: Cancer
Brand name: Agarol

Pheylpropanolamine
Cold and cough
Reason for ban: stroke
Brand name: D’cold, Vicks Action – 500

Oxyphenbutazone

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression
Brand name: Sioril

Piperazine
Anti-worms
Reason for ban: Nerve damage
Brand name: Piperazine

Quiniodochlor
Anti-diarrhoeal
Reason for ban: Damage to sight
Brand name: Enteroquinol

Many doctors, experts say, they are unaware of the researches being conducted worldwide. Many spurious drugs that have been banned, withdrawn or marketed under restrictions in other countries, continue to be sold in India. Regulations in India and US vary. In the US, drugs are not banned; they are withdrawn from the market. When a certain drug is found to have side affects, Indian regulatory authorities should also withdraw it from the market. Unfortunately that does not happen. Drugs continue to be available over the counter because doctors keep prescribing it. Till the time the drugs are not banned by regulatory authorities, no doctor can be blamed for prescribing it and as long as doctors keep prescribing, chemists will keep selling these drugs.

To ensure maximum safety and security, it is advisable to get only drugs prescribed by a medical practioner. Also, ask for the details like the name of the company that manufactures it. Always buy medicines from a recognized drug store. The issue is severe and we must not delay in spreading the warning message to the offenders and innocent people.

Source: ezsoftech.com

  1. List of Drugs banned for Marketing in India
  2. Central Drugs Standard Control Organization