4 Secret Routines to Healthy Living

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Only last week, Mr. P woke up with acute stomach pain. The pain was so bad that the doctor recommended all the blood and urine tests. They also wanted to make sure it was not a case of stones which is apparently pretty common in summers. The final verdict was a gastritis attack because of eating out.

The lifestyle today has become like that. The office timings, hectic schedules, none of them are helping. The net result is one has to eat out at least one meal a day. The sweltering temperatures are also not helping the body to perform at its best. All of this results in health issues which can get serious if ignored for long.

Making changes in such lifestyle is certainly not easy. The lack of time and motivation and even lack of a measurable metric is a big deterrent. Healthy Living seems a dream unreachable but instead of waiting for an awakening call, it is best to take responsibility for your own health and start today. Small steps go far.

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Secrets to Healthy Living

Wake Up Early

If I wake up at 11 in the morning, I know that my entire day is a waste. Whereas, whenever I manage to wake up at 7, I finish so many tasks without getting tired. Even if I do get tired, there is always an option of an afternoon nap or an after breakfast nap!

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Summer Hair Care for The Summer of 16

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The temperatures are on an all-time high and summers have started way before their schedule. For me, taking care of hair in summers has always been difficult but it is particularly more so this year. The heat is not helping at all and hair is getting all tangled and limp in just a day. So, I decided to follow a few simple and practical hair tips for my summer hair care.

Summer Hair Care Tips

Get a new Hairstyle

This is something which your hair needs RIGHT NOW! A springtime clean for your hair. Get rid of the split ends and damage and make it feel fresh. If you do like colors, go for a fresh one this season. Color melting technique which shows off multiple tones of color in your hair is a must try.

On a side note, the same Mr. P who hated my hair color last season urged me to color my hair again 😀

Wash as Many Times as need Be

Hair Products

Invest in a good shampoo. That is a first in hair care routine. A good shampoo is gentle on your hair and cleanses it without removing the natural oils. I have seen a great improvement in my hair after going SLS free in my shampoos. But, remember, shampoo can just cleanse your hair and scalp, do not expect it to be a miracle worker!

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Essential Hair Care Tips You Must Follow

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Guest Post by Sheetal

It does not matter what hair type or scalp type you have, there are numerous hair care tips available today from which you can benefit. Be it the high humidity content in air which makes hair limp or the sweat and dust which cause frizziness and dandruff, your hair gets exposed to various elements. Taking steps to ensure that your hair remains in good quality is essential.

Cover up

Always! Be it even that 2 minute walk you have to take under the sun to commute to a place, always cover your head with a scarf or hat. This directly translates to added UV protection and also preventing your hair from getting tangled. Needless to mention, it also means your scalp not getting dry. There are sunscreens manufactured for hair to provide protection against sun and chlorine. Just ensure that that the one you chose has a light-weight texture and does not makes your hair sticky.

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Just Gossip Vol. 46 – 2016 : The Year of Milestones

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Three months into the New Year, two years in the marriage, thirty years on Earth, seven years of blogging, almost two years of housewife cum entrepreneur. And, now, a year of milestones ahead. So many things to do, so many things to dare!

Blogging more frequently

This was supposed to start from January itself, but then I got lazy and then I got busy. Loads of news coming in the forthcoming months so yeah my time is not all wasted. But, yes, better time management would also help me in maintaining a regular blog schedule. So, let’s hope I ace this in the next quarter.

Fit, Fitter, Fittest

January is always a month well spent and December is a month well decided. The intervening months decide what you actually do in your year. I did start with yoga classes in January and then I got lazy and got off my track. I have all the excuses in the world to avoid a healthy regime – being out of station, being unwell and tomorrow is a better day. At least I have started with eating meals made at home, however they may be, a step towards better health.

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Facial Shaving and Shaving tips for Women

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#DidYouKnow facial shaving is the new craze!

Have you ever tried shaving? It is one of the most convenient and inexpensive ways to get rid of hair. It is also useful when you have an emergency and lack time for a salon trip.

Lately, shaving has gained prominence in the alternatives of hair removal though there are quite a lot misconceptions surrounding the procedure. It is said that shaving results in coarse and thicker hair growth which is why girls usually avoid it.

If these misconceptions interest you, let me share with you some of the shaving tips which will help you get started.

Shaving Tips – Which Razor to Use?

Male razor or a female one? Earlier, there were no razors available specifically for women. Now, you have variety of them in various colours as well. You can choose the disposable ones or you can go for the refillable blades like you might have seen your dad do. Most of these razors come with moisturising strips which claim to soften the skin after shaving. I have never seen any difference but then I have never used one without a strip either.

Also Read : Tips to shave for men

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How Free Radicals and Antioxidants affect our Bodies?

How Free Radicals and Antioxidants affect our Bodies?

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Free Radicals and ROS

#DidYouKnow the very thing which we need to live ages us? The oxygen we breathe reacts with the skin cells to produce energy and build proteins. And, the by product of this reaction is free radicals. The environmental factors like excess sun exposure, smoking, drinking, pollution also produce free radicals.

This is from the post I had done on collagen formation and nutrition last year. In the post, I had barely touched on the effect of Oxidative Stress on our bodies.

What are ROS?

Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules which often attach themselves to the next available molecule. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are specific types of free radicals which include single oxygen.

Free radicals are a natural by-product of the chemical reactions going on in the body. These are neutralized by the antioxidant defences in the body.

How do Free Radicals affect the body negatively?

However under stressful conditions, the production of free radicals increase to a great extent and they do not get neutralized by the anti-oxidants. That is when they start harming the body.

These free radicals have a tendency to attach themselves to DNA structures, protein chains and fatty acids and a few enzymes in the body thereby altering their chemical make-up, and in the long run, affecting the performance of the organs.

Health Problems due to Free Radicals

Not only do the effects of free radicals are visible in forms of wrinkles and aged skin, it reduces the functional capabilities of various organs. Most of the degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and chronic fatigue has been linked to the accumulation of free radicals in the body.

Though ROS and free radicals are used in defence against the pathogens, excess of free radicals can result in autoimmune diseases like leukaemia, hepatitis, diabetes, alopecia areta among many. Leukaemia has become easy to treat due to the bone marrow transplantation procedure becoming common nowadays.

Which Anti-Oxidants help prevent Free Radical buildup?

There is no proof that anti-oxidants sourced from the food help with scavenging free radicals in the body. But, there is not harm in trying to supplement them through the diet.

The body’s anti-oxidant defense system is made up of Superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and glutathione peroxdiase.

#DidYouKnow free radicals are also associated with graying of hair. Low levels of catalase lead to bleaching of the hair internally through hydrogen peroxide.

  • SOD has three major families depending on the protein and metal in the chain.
    • Copper and Zinc – Meat, eggs, Seafood, Dairy products, nuts like almonds and peanuts are all rich in Copper and Zinc.
    • Iron and Manganese – Seafood, meat, nuts, seeds, spinach, beetroot, whole grains, brewed herbal teas are all rich in iron and manganese.
    • Nickel – Chocolate, Cashews, Spinach, Kidney beans are all rich in nickel.
  • Catalse – Beef, Potatoes, Wheat sprouts, Carrots, Garlic, Onions, Leafy Greens like spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Collard, Turnip greens, apricots, cucumbers and radishes are all rich in catalase and can also reverse hair greying.
  • Glutathione Peroxidase – Whey protein, eggs, cumin, potatoes, peppers, carrots, onion, broccoli, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, apples, oranges, peaches, watermelon, banana and walnuts have high levels of glutathione. Glutathione levels decrease when the food is cooked and processed so it is best to eat them raw.

Next time you plan your menu, make sure to include all these rich sources of antioxidants. What do you do to counter the free radical generation in the body?

The Book Corner Vol. 8 – 5 of my favourite Georgette Heyer Books

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You cocooned in a comforter, a blanket of snow covering everything outside, flakes still dancing in the wind, hot cocoa in your favourite mug on your bedside table and a book in your hand. Ever fantasized something like this?

I always do! I would love to read a Georgette Heyer at such a time. Her books are light reads and funny as hell and witty and sarcastic and biting. Here are my 5 favourites from Gerogetter Heyer books. Some of them are tied up!


You would fall in love with Phoebe and Tom. Their escapades at the Blue Boar are hilarious.


It is not as much about Marquis of Alverstoke as much it is about the family of Merrivilles, especially Frederica, Jessamy and Felix. Felix is adorable as hell and you would love to have brother like him!

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