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Dettol Multi-Use Wipes Cleans Up Instantly and Effectively

Christmas Day is so much fun especially when you are spending it with kids. This Christmas I gave a different kind of gift to my friend. Her 6-year-old son was looking forward to watch the movie ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ but she was feeling a bit under the weather and was making excuses to avoid the holiday rush in the mall.

I couldn’t see his cute little face getting all sad and I offered to take him to watch the movie and for his favourite kids’ meal at the mall we regularly visit. Little did I knew that he would invite a friend and so on the very crowded day of Christmas me and my husband ended up babysitting two very energetic and very active boys.

Being well aware of the crowd situation we reached the mall a couple of hours before the movie started. While I was clicking photos of the kids with the mall Santa and around the pretty Christmas decorations, my husband went in the supermarket and got some drinking water, chips, bandages and Dettol Mutli—Use Wipes. I didn’t understand why we needed so many things we were out only for few hours we were not going on some trip but he said it will come handy.

The movie was amazing. We both enjoyed as much as the kids but when they turned on the lights I noticed the kids’ hands and faces were covered in sticky cheese popcorn dust. They both looked like they were dipped in the popcorn machine. When I stood speechless and tried to find my hankie in my bag my husband told me to use the mutli-wipes and he was so right about it.

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes

Thanks to Dettol Mutli-Use Wipes cleaning the sticky cheese was easy. It felt nice on the skin because its pH neutral and it kept the skin moisturised. For years Dettol has provided the best kind of protection against a wide range of germs. It is a trusted brand name in every household and so I found it secure enough to use on face and hands. It effectively cleaned cheese and was also useful when the kids had ice-cream all over their hands and face.

Dettol Mutli-Use Wipes helped me keep the kids clean without running multiple times to the jam-packed mall washroom. I couldn’t thank my husband enough for getting this amazing product. This comes in two sizes 10’s pack and 30’s pack. I will always carry the smaller pack in my bag the bigger pack will be kept someplace handy at home.

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes Sheet

Dettol Multi-Use Wipes Sheet

Pros of Dettol Multi-Use Wipes
They are ideal for –
• Ideal for instant clean-ups of hands, face or even surfaces
• Protects against a wide range of germs
• Gentle on skin
• Leaves a fresh fragrance
• Alcohol free
• Use at home, in the car, office, or on holiday

Cons of Dettol Multi-Use Wipes
I couldn’t find anything worth complaining about the product. Because of my babysitting success I may have to something like this again and then also I will be armed with Dettol Multi-Use Wipes to get me out of all kinds of sticky situations 🙂

Usage:
• Pull back the resealable cover, and pull out a wipe
• Reseal the pack after each usage, and store with the cover facing down to avoid the wipes from drying out
• Wipe your skin, or surface to hygienically clean, and then dispose the wipe

Suitable for:
• Hands and face
• Childrens’ Toys
• Work Surfaces
• Kitchen Surfaces
• Electrical Devices
(Note: Product not suitable for Carpets, Upholstery, and Fabric)

Sizes available in 10’s pack and 30’s pack.

This blog post was sponsored by Dettol.

Cucumber an Amazing Vegetable for Weight Loss and Much More

“He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.” — Thomas Fuller

Benefits of Cucumber

Benefits of Cucumber

I believe in getting fit without starving and so I am always looking for healthy guilt free food that can be comforting without adding to our waistline. In this post I am sharing my latest lazy person’s diet food recipe that is not only healthy but simply delicious. I am sure you would enjoy this recipe as much as you enjoyed the famous Green Gram Soup. If this gives you any idea do share it with us.

If you would like to share some inventive healthy and delicious recipes on this blog please drop me at mail@thevibrantwriter.com and I will publish your recipes as a guest post. As I said earlier I am always looking for healthy options to keep my stomach full with nourishing guilt free good food.

Nowadays Cucumber is dominating my kitchen. When I studied its benefits I picked up a lot of cucumber. After eating it raw or in salads; I wanted to try something different with it. After some trial and error I am happy with one simple recipe which I have given at the end of this post. Before that let me give you some reasons to incorporate cucumber in your daily diet.

Benefits of Cucumber:

1. Helps in Weight Loss: This is what attracted me to this amazing humble vegetable. It is miraculously effective if you are trying to lose weight. Having a cucumber before each meal can help you get full with lesser calories than usual. Low calorie and high water content the perfect food to snack on whenever you feel hungry. Slice it thin or run it through a blender and have a refreshing green smoothie.

2. Promotes Digestion: If you include cucumber in your diet daily you can forever get rid of digestion problems. Cucumber is loaded with dietary fiber which effectively releases toxins from our digestive system. If you suffer from constipation have a cucumber day any of the week. Eat as many cucumbers as you can for your meal s the whole day it may sound difficult but it will cure the constipation better than any pill. One suggestion try to have your cucumber day before a rest day as on the next day of your cucumber day you will spend a lot of time in the washroom.

3. Reduces Bad Cholesterol: Cucumber has a compound called sterol which helps in reducing bad cholesterol level.

4. Relieves Joint Pain: Cucumber is a rich source of silica, vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium which promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues and reduces arthritis pain.

5. Prevents Gout: Cucumber lowers the uric acid levels preventing from painful gout.

6. Controls Diabetes: Cucumber juice regulates the production of insulin hormone which controls diabetes.

7. Rehydrates Body: Cucumber is mostly water loaded with vitamins that hydrate body and flush out toxins. It is highly recommended for everyone who is trying to reduce calorie intake.

8. Controls Blood Pressure: Cucumber is a rich source of potassium, magnesium and fiber which helps control blood pressure.

9. Makes Skin and Hair Beautiful: Cucumber slices are most commonly used to solve puffy eyes problems. Cucumber masks can rejuvenate skin and give it a refreshing glow. The silicon and sulfur in cucumber promotes hair growth. Drinking cucumber smoothie or juice daily can make skin and hair beautiful from inside.

10. Fights Cancer: Researchers have found compounds in cucumber that can reduce risk of cancer.

My Personal Creamy Cucumber Soup Recipe:

This is how I am having Cucumber with my meal everyday:

I make a rich creamy thick soup of fresh green cucumber. I find this hot thick soup quite comforting compared to cold salads.

The recipe is simple:
. Cut 2 cucumbers (with skin) into small cubes,
. In a deep pan or a small pressure cooker take very little oil,
. Once the oil is hot add a tsp of fennel seeds/ jerra,
. Sauté 1 onion chopped finely,
. Optional you can sprinkle little dried fenugreek leaves/ kasturi methi
. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder,
. ½ tsp coriander powder,
. ½ tsp red chilli powder,
. Salt as per taste,
. Water just enough to make thick soup, boil or pressure cook till the cucumber is easily mashable,
. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Or you can use Italian spices like parsley and oregano for a different version.
For extra flavor crush in a cube of vegetable stock.

Go ahead try this healthy wholesome soup and let me know if you liked it. I keep my soup spicy but please make it as per your taste preference.

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10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting Easy

10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting Easy
10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting EasyAlan Cleaver / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

They say losing weight is not a sprint but a marathon and that is so right. Getting fit is not about picking up salad now and then but it’s a life time commitment. The celebrities we envy for their amazing figure stay that way because of their dedication and determination towards their health not to mention the army of experts they have to tell them what to eat. Anyways I personally hate the word dieting. I prefer eating right or eating healthy as that is exactly what one should do while trying to get slim.

It is always a good idea to get your doctor’s advice before you start any diet. There are many medical reasons why a person gains weight it can because of hormonal imbalance, PCOS, Stress, Thyroid or any other tendency in body that makes it store more fat than required. It is important that you get necessary tests done and find out the precise cause of your weight gain. Once you get a cure for the health problem that keeps you fat, losing weight will become easy and effortless. Do not follow fad diets that have one glove fits all attitude, they never work.

“Enjoy losing weight. Enjoy eating healthy, delicious food. Do not wait until you reach your destination to feel good. Take as much happiness and joy as you can from your weight loss journey.” — Harry Papas.

Find out a tailor-made diet for you from your doctor or a licensed nutritionist. The right advice will help you get all the required nourishment while you lose excess fat. If we just focus on the weighing scale we might create vitamin deficiency and invite some other health issue. Our goal should be getting completely healthy or as I always say Vibrantly Healthy and Radiantly Beautiful.

10 Slimming Tips that Makes Dieting Easy

1. Inspiration: Fill up your surrounding with inspiring images of yourself at your ideal weight or cut out some images of celebrities and pin them up wherever you can see them regularly like your bathroom mirror, next to your bed, in your closet, on your desk, on fridge door or on the ceiling above your bed. Anywhere and everywhere you can see. It may look silly to others but there is a reason behind this mental strategy. If you constantly see fit and healthy images your subconscious mind will pick it up and start making a new healthy blueprint for your body.

2. Preparation: Before you start eating healthy prepare your kitchen with enough stock of the right kind of food. Store enough quantity of healthy and fresh food like fruits and vegetables. Don’t wait to eat till you are starving. Prepare your healthy meal, vegetable juices/ smoothies and salads in time so you don’t snack on anything unhealthy.

3. Smaller Plates: This is the best tip to start eating well. You will notice a decrease in your food intake as soon as you start eating in smaller plates and bowls. When we were kids our parents told us to finish everything on our plate and that programming is still engraved in our mind. Hence if we eat in bigger plates we unconsciously eat more than our requirement. If you always feel bloated after meal you should immediately switch to smaller plates. Smaller portion in a small plate creates the illusion of plenty which gives a satisfying signal to our brain even before we start eating.

4. Keep away from Temptations: If you find it difficult to say no to temptations. It is a good idea to stay away from it. I will still say it is ok to have a controlled helping of your most desired food once in a while as long as it is not frequent. Avoid completely any food that leaves a guilty feeling.

5. Keep Full: The best way to stay on track with your diet is to keep yourself full with allowed or healthy options. Eat a large bowl of salad or fruits or a handful of nuts at the time you know you get hungry. If you keep healthy food nearby before your hunger pangs start you will save yourself from eating unhealthy food.

6. Raw Food: Eating raw food like salads, raw vegetables smoothing, nuts and fruits may take some getting used to but they can be a blessing for your metabolic rate. Eating raw colorful fresh fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber that helps improve our digestion. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables before meals and during snack time will cure bloating, constipation and indigestion. Raw fruits and vegetables make our skin healthy and glowing.

7. Keep Records: By keeping records of change in your weight and measurements you keep yourself motivated. Fix a day and time to check your weight and measurements and write down the changes in diary or on your computer. Now days many mobile apps are available for this purpose. In some amazing apps you can also record daily calorie intake and number of calorie burnt after exercise. I am strongly against checking weight daily as that puts a lot of stress on us. Our weight fluctuates up and down when we are dieting so checking it on a weekly basis helps us see the exact difference.

8. Eat Slow and Enjoy your Food: When we suddenly start eating smaller portions it can feel challenging. For me the best solution for this is eating slowly and chewing food for a longer time. I do not eat in front of TV anymore. I sit in a quiet and peaceful place without any disturbance and enjoy my food for as long as I can. Of course we cannot do this for our breakfast and lunch but I advice to eat your dinner peacefully and slowly. Enjoy each and every bite of your food by eating it slowly and chewing for a longer time. Do not get negative thoughts that I do not like this food or why only I have to eat like this. Show love and respect to whatever healthy food you are having and in return you will see its positive impact on your health. By eating slowly and chewing for a longer time digests the food in a much better way. You will feel full with very little food and will avoid overeating and all its ill effects like indigestion, bloating.

9. Positive Body Image: The body image we have in our subconscious mind drafts a blueprint that each cell in our body follows. If subconsciously we feel like a fat person than we have automated our body cells to keep us fat. That is the main reason a fat person gains back all the lost weight. Similarly a person with a slim body image in the subconscious mind stays slim without much effort. Changing our subconscious mind’s body image is time consuming and challenging. In my next post I will mention tips to change our body image to slim and healthy.

10. Keep Hydrated: Dehydration can be a side effect of dieting and drink a lot of healthy fluids like water, green tea or unsweetened vegetable and fruit juices can keep you hydrated. Healthy fluid maintains our body’s pH balance and keeps our skin soft and young.

“Food, like your money, should be working for you!” — Rita Deattrea Beckford M.D.

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Lose Weight, Get Ageless Vibrant Health and Radiant Beauty with Anulom Vilom Pranayam.


Anulom Vilom Pranayam in the morning

Anulom Vilom Pranayam in the morning

“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” — Deepak Chopra

Hectic routine, ever increasing stress, toxic atmosphere, addictions and junk food all piles up to lifestyle related diseases. Any one of the above reason is good enough for health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetics, PCOS and many such demons that are haunting nearly every households.

Toxins have become such a major part of our life that we cannot escape it. Good lifestyle choices like exercising regularly, drinking lots of water, getting rid of addiction can help us prevent future problems but it cannot reverse the damages that has already been done to our body.

If you are having trouble getting your health back on track then doing “Pranayams” beside all that you are already doing can help. Pranayams are breathing exercises and a very important part of Yoga. Pranayams cure the body from inside and brings balance and order to our hormones.

Regular practice of pranayam can help reverse adverse effects of lifestyle related diseases. It has no side effects and it is far more effective than any modern medicine or treatment. My Ayurvedic doctor emphasis on the benefits of “Anulom Vilom Pranayam”. He insists that everyone should do Anulom Vilom Pranayam for minimum 15 minutes daily.

What is Anulom Vilom Pranayam:

Anulom Vilom Pranayam is a breathing exercise were alternate nostrils are used to breath in and out. It is a very effective purifying technique that can detox the body and clear the mind from stress. It can also reverse effects of toxins, balance harmones and regulate our metabolic rate.

How to do Anulom Vilom Pranayam: (Any one can do this Pranayam)

1. It is important to do this or any other Pranayam on empty stomach.

2. Pranayams are more effective if done early morning in a quite calm place which has lots of fresh air.

3. If possible sit in the morning sunlight to get the added benefit of healing rising sun rays full of Vitamin D.

4. Sit crossed legs in Padmasana (Lotus Position) or in Sukhasana (Easy Pose). If you have knee pain or arthritis you can sit on a chair with straight back rest.

5. Remember this asan is to relax and remove stress so do not strain yourself be comfortable.

6. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply about 4 to 5 breaths to calm and clear your mind.

7. With your right thumb close your right nostril and breathe in through left nostril. Be slow and gentle. Then close the left nostril with middle and ring finger and breathe out of right nostril.

8. Next step will be inhale through right nostril and close right nostril then exhale through left nostril. Keep repeating this alternative breathing for 10 to 15 minutes.

9. For the first week start with 5 minutes. Gradually increase the time to 30 minutes.

10. If you cannot do Pranayams in morning you can do them post a gap of 4 to 5 hours after meal.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” — Gautama Buddha

Why to do Anulom Vilom Pranayam: It’s Amazing Benefits ->

Anulom Vilom Pranayam has amazing benefits that can completely bring order and harmony in our mind and body. Regular practice of this pranayam –

1. Purify, cleanse and tone the nervous system,

2. Removes toxins from the body and clears the mind from stress,

3. Improves digestive system and cures constipation, bloating, gastric problems and other discomforts of an upset stomach,

4. Regularizes the three doshas (Vata, Kapha and Pitta) making the body healthier,

5. Balances hormones curing health issues like PCOS, Irregular menses,

6. Increases the intake of oxygen that helps cure conditions like sinus, respiratory problems and asthma,

7. Regularizes the proper circulation of oxygenated blood, it strengthens the heart and functioning of the lungs. Cures high blood
pressure and arthritis,

8. Provides relief from stress, depression, chronic sinus problems, migraine and hypertension.

9. It increases the energy levels of the body and makes the mind calm, peaceful and positive.

10. Anulom Vilom can make us vibrantly healthy and radiantly beautiful. It helps cures the reason that makes us fat like slow metabolic rate or hormonal imbalance. If we regularly practice Anulom Vilom losing weight becomes easy. It makes our skin glowing, clear, radiant and beautiful. It is the most effective anti-aging secret of many famous beautiful people.

Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy. In case of any critical illness like serious heart condition please take your doctors approval before doing this pranayam or any other kind of exercise.

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement” — Jess C. Scott

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Get Natural and Stop Putting Toxins on Your Skin

Chemicals are a big part of our life. They find their way in our house, in our cars and even in our body. Knowingly or unknowingly we are layering up harmful toxins on our skin. People are obsessed with their looks not only women but even men are liberally using chemical rich cosmetics for a younger and attractive skin.

As life goes on most women or girls get so occupied with their ever increasing responsibilities that they start neglecting themselves. Slowly this neglect starts reflecting on their face with multiple problems like discoloration, wrinkles, age spots, dullness, dryness and makes us look years older.

Suddenly one fine day we realize our mistake and buy the most expensive skin treatment we can afford. Of course we want to believe in those tempting advertisements in which just with a touch of the magic cream or serum we’ll get our youth back. After spending a fortune on these so called miracle treatments we still look the same just with lighter wallets.

If you go for an expensive chemical treatment and end up with just not getting the promised results without any side effects you can consider yourself lucky as most women end up regretting the permanent damage they caused to their delicate skin.

One should never forget that our skin is a living organ and not just some dead tissue. We should be very careful about what we put on our skin. I try to make sure that most of the products I apply on my skin are natural in fact most of them are edible. I follow my Grandma’s rule – “If you cannot put it in your mouth don’t put it on your skin.” This rule makes it very clear that one should avoid harmful chemicals that are poisonous to our skin.

Indian women put the worst kind of poison on their skin and hair in the name of Sindoor. Don’t get me wrong I am not against applying Sindoor but want to inform you the dangerous side effects of the red chemical that is sold in the name of Sindoor. We need to be aware that the Sindoor we are buying is not lead based or any other harmful chemical but is natural Kumkum/ Vermilion.

Two simple tips to check if the Kumkum is pure:

1. When you rub Kumkum between two fingers it should feel soft, smooth and not rough,

2. When you sprinkle a pinch of Kumkum in a cup of water it should float and not sink.

Natural ingredients like Kumkum also known as Vermilion or Red Sandalwood (Rakht Chandan) are completely safe and easily available. Natural Sindoor gives a cooling effect hence it is applied on the head and also in-between the eyebrows i.e. the location of our Third Eye Chakra. This chakra encourages overall good health, clear thinking and focus.

I want to encourage you to take regular care of yourself in a natural, safe and effective way. Nature is abundant with ingredients that can make us radiant and beautiful. You will find some of these ingredients in my latest book Simple Natural Homemade Beauty Masks that Work Free download only for few days.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits for Weight Loss and Overall Health & Beauty

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Apple Cider Vinegarartizone / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which is raw and not processed is beneficial for body, skin and hair. The pure unprocessed ACV is a great source of potassium, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It maintains body’s pH level as it increases the alkaline state. It is beneficial for curing brittle teeth, hair loss, acne, skin condition, blemishes, irregular bowel movement, and runny noses. It is a great way to detoxify and it works against viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Researchers believe regular intake of ACV can slow down the aging process.

Why –

1. For Weight Loss:
Different studies give different reasons how ACV helps to reduce weight and many who tried to use ACV for weight loss have been benefited. Besides taking ACV you will have to take care of your diet, do regular exercise, drink a lot of water and sleep for 6 to 8 hours every night if you are serious about your weight loss.

• Apple Cider Vinegar breaks down fat so it is consumed and not stored
• It slows the digestion of starch which increases glucose levels after meals
• It stabilizes the blood sugar for a longer period which helps to control the appetite
• It cures indigestion
• It cures constipation
• It increases the body’s metabolic rate
• It can help regulate blood pressure
• It helps to reduce bad cholesterol
• It reduces muscle fatigue after exercise

2. To Detoxify:
If you use green smoothies or other healthy liquids to detoxify you can add apple cider vinegar to enhance the effect on toxins in the body. ACV breaks up mucus in the whole body and helps in better circulation. This helps to remove toxins and improves the immune system.

3. For Skin:
• Adjusts the skin’s pH level
• Always dilute ACV before applying on skin concentrated ACV can damage or burn skin so use 1 part ACV with 6 parts water or more.
• You can use this as a wonderful natural toner just after you cleanse your skin apply the mixture of ACV + Water with a cotton ball and let it dry naturally then layer up your moisturizer.
• Improves skin conditions by clearing acne, eczema
• Makes the skin clear and glowing as it reduces skin discoloration, acne or age spots, wrinkles, black or white heads and even sun tan.
• You can add 2 tsp of ACV to your bath for an overall cleanse, it is also effective to eliminate body odor or any other skin conditions
• It is a great remedy to remove warts. Soak a small cotton ball in ACV, place it on a wart, hold it down with help of a Band-Aid, leave overnight, repeat till the wart is gone.

4. For Hair:
• Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a natural conditioner to make hair soft and shiny.
• Mix 1 part ACV with 10 Parts water and pour all over hair after you shampoo your hair.
• Leave it for half a minute and rinse off with cold or slightly warm water. Use it once a week. Avoid using daily or every time you wash your hair.
• It balances pH level of hair
• It reduces dandruff

5. Other Important Benefits:
• Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
• It strengthen the immune system and increases stamina
• Promotes ph Balance
• Clears throats and sinus infections, Helps soothe dry throats
• Keeps check on high cholesterol
• Helps with in case of heartburn
• It helps to help with joint pain
• It cures foot infections and odor if feet are soaked for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with 4 tsp of ACV once a week.
• It restores bodies Alkaline Acid Balance; our diet should reflect our blood’s pH level which is slightly alkaline (pH level between 7.35 & 7.45). Although ACV is acidic in nature it has alkaline effect on our body.
• Helps remove body’s toxins

Safety Concerns –
• Always dilute ACV otherwise it may cause damage or burns
• Excessive use can cause Low Bone Mineral Density, Damage to Stomach or Liver
• Excessive sipping can damage tooth enamel
• Use only good quality unadulterated, pure, unprocessed, organic, raw ACV that has strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules also known as “mother of vinegar” that settles at the bottom of the bottle.
• It is highly advisable to consult with your doctor before taking ACV on a regular basis

When –
Drink it first thing in the morning or before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day.

How I use it –
I add 2 tsp of ACV in 1 liter (34 ounces) of water and drink it first thing in the morning. If you cannot have it all in one go try to drink it in the first hour of the morning.
It works great to flush out all the toxins and makes you feel lighter the whole day.
Some do recommend 1 tsp in 1 glass half an hour before every meal but I would advice to start it slowly and if you like the results you can always increase it gradually.
I highly recommend taking ACV only in the morning.

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