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The healing power of flowers

Can flowers heal you? Take this quiz and find out. There is a refreshing interest in flowers as beverages and infusions, all thanks to the rising number of tea rooms and bars offering a variety of flavours. Perhaps not many of these neo-converts, who see it only as a light substitute for coffee, realise that these floral infusions are health supplements and even regarded as powerful herbs. Some of these floral infusions are a part of healing traditions across the world, and must have been in ..., 1 week ago

Quiz: Health benefits of everyday herbs

Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, takes you through five questions that explain how and why certain herbs have become effective household remedies. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons In several cultures common herbs are listed as having spiritual, religious or superstitious significance. The science of herbs can be simply explained through the phyto-nutrients that plants have created as part of their evolutionary safeguards, to protect against a hostile ...
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago

Is your upper back healthy?

Take this simple quiz and find out Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar It is common knowledge that overall flexibility is a marker of youthfulness. There are two types of aging. One is chronological, which means you state your age by your birth certificate, marking it from the day you were born. This is now an outdated way of looking at health. The new way to look at your age is through biological aging -- this means your insides have a different aging from what your birth certificate says. This is ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

5 amazing facts about the brain

Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, poses five questions which will unravel this marvellous part of our body, and relate to the idea of its health in a proactive way. Photographs: Ali Eminov/Creative Commons Even though it is possibly the most used part of our body, and is busy even when we sleep, we know very little about the brain.  It weighs two per cent of one’s body weight, but uses 20 per cent of its fuel. Its health is implied in several ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

The harmful effects of monosodium glutamate

Recently, many states in India banned Maggi because of high levels of lead and monosodium glutamate found in some samples. But do you know how MSG affects your health? It has been around for 100 years now. But only in the last few years have we woken up to the ill-effects of monosodium glutamate (MSG), popularly known as ajinomoto, which is added to food to give it flavour. It has yet managed to stay on in the food market under different names. Its supporters felt that this was a racist attack ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

The Love Hormone: How much do you know?

5 fascinating facts about the love hormone Image: Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in Gangster It is quite normal for most people to think of the reproductive system as having just one dominant role to play: creating offspring. And, where that is not the main issue, for the gratification of sexual desire. Actually, the reproductive system is linked with several neuro-chemicals that decode who you are, decide your personality type, dictate your tastes and manipulate your moods. Often, ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Are you keeping your brain healthy?

Here are 5 questions to help you learn how to keep your mind healthy as you age. We are all aware of the importance of taking care of our physical health. We eat right, sleep right and work and play right. However, most of these activities that are fitness related have to do with actual health of the body, such as disease avoidance or control, or it arises from a desire to look young and good. While these are laudable reasons, we never actually eat to keep our minds fit. Nor do we engage in ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

How not to get puffy eyes!

Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, takes you through five questions that will give you the right answers about puffy eyes and how to avoid getting them. Celebrities conceal puffy eyes, a common problem, by wearing dark glasses. Puffy eyes make a person look older or haggard, but it is not only a problem of aging, but also of lifestyle. It has triggers that many of us are aware of -- late nights, irregular schedules, stress, drinking alcohol regularly, ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Are your clothes making you sick?

Take this simple quiz and find out how your clothes can lead to skin rashes, acidity, urinary tract infection, etc! Hitesh Harisinghani/ Many of us choose clothes for aesthetics. Some of us, a bit wiser, choose clothes for comfort. But the wisest are those who choose to wear clothes that ensure good health. To some extent, clothing has become more comfortable and healthy. We are aware of textiles that ‘breathe’, and that natural or organic is better than synthetic.
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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