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Friday, 27 March 2015

Water for a healthy life forever

The human body consists of two-thirds water. Water is essential nutrient that is involved in every function of the body. It helps transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. It is necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions, as well as for the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins. It is also needed for the maintenance of proper body temperature.

As an average our body consumes 250ml of water on a daily basis for breathing. Nutritionists have difficulty in suggesting an exact daily requirement because the amount of water required will vary depending on the climate and type of work.

Drink at least eight glasses of water each day. The more active you are, the more water you need to replenish lost fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, because by the time you feel thirsty, you have probably lost two or more cups of your total body water composition.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Convenience is a must, so carry a bottle of water with you as you commute to work, run errands or enjoy a day at the beach. While at work, keep a bottle of water on your desk, or visit the office water cooler often.

Once you start exercising, drink water throughout your workout. Keep a bottle of water with you and take frequent water breaks. Don’t underestimate the amount of fluids lost from perspiration.

Start and end your day with water. Your body loses water while you sleep, so drink a serving before bed and again when you wake up. Common colds and the flu frequently lead to dehydration. Keep a large bottle of water next to your bed so you can sip it throughout the day without having to get up.

Cold water is the best fluid to keep hydrated when it’s warm outside. This will be absorbed much more quickly than warm fluids and may help to cool off your overheated body. If you’re going to be away from home or outdoors, make sure you keep a bottle of water close by.

It is essential for children to drink enough water as they need water to balance their intake of other beverages, especially during outdoor activities. It would appear that most people do not drink enough water. The classic signs and symptoms include, we need to keep watching these symptoms to take care ourselves.
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Tiredness
  • Increased risk of developing kidney infections, and Constipation. 
Lets’ have adequate quantity of water everyday to keep a healthy life.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Happiness is an Art, isn’t it?

I would say happiness is an Art, not a science. It’s a mindset we need to practice our brain to be cheerful all the times. But, it is easy to say than follow. As we go through lot of struggles, challenges throughout our life, it is difficult to find joy in all circumstances. Today’s competitive environment created lot of stress in our mind, leads to unwanted strain in our relationship.

How to find happiness in our life? Is that possible to create joy surround us? Do we need to plan for happiness? It is not creating or intentionally searching the ecstasy in us. It is not a physical object or something we need to visualize to enjoy it. It is a feel we need to cherish, something we experience as a result of something positive in our life. We can’t plan for happiness, but we can plan to create positive environment around us and prepared to be successful in our actions which gives happiness as a result. Thus, various factors affect our happiness; it could be our financial mess, bad health, strained relationship, failure, stressful work environment, terrible marriage life, bad habits etc. It could be anything, can’t set a boundary for the reasons affecting our happiness. At times, we can’t control these factors as well. But, we can develop a workaround to come out of these muddle to attain the state of happiness.

The happiness is highly unpredictable as it’s very difficult to foresee the outcome of success at different stages of life in the long run. Hence, it is advisable to practice enjoying small things in life as and when we come across such situations. For example, going for a long vacation to a foreign country brings lot of cheers to us and family. But, it can’t be a frequent event, can be planned once in a year or once in two years. I would say, rather waiting for these moments for such a long period, we need to learn how to feel the happiness in short weekend outings, get together with friends and family which can be more frequent and easy to plan. Thought it is difficult to find happiness in stressful work life, we can find time to take a break and go out for dinner with family or friends. It helps to rejuvenate ourselves and strengthen the relationship as well. It’s all about bringing smile in our face and people surround us. It’s all about finding small ways to create the positive environment to feel and enjoy the pleasure.

When I talk about small things to find happiness, I prefer going out with family for dinner once in a week. It won’t be a big bash feast, but simple, cost effective get together to spend time in a peaceful environment and cherish the moments. It’s really refreshes my mind, brings lot of happiness and feel the togetherness. We usually go for Pizza treat in the nearby mall, I love eating pizzas with chilled Coca Cola, it instantly pep up my mind and feel refreshed. Though it sounds simple, but the moments we are enjoying the foods and drinks cherishes altogether with lot of happiness. Likewise, we learned to see the joy on small things in our daily life and learned to feel the happiness. This helps to keep a smile on the face and create a positive effect around us. Having enjoyed all such experiences on small stuff, I confidently say that happiness is an Art, not a science.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Singapore – Must visit food haven to pamper with variety of cuisines
Singapore is one of the top attractive destinations for tourists around the World. It has more than twenty incredible places to visit and enjoy with family and friends. Marina Bay Sands, Clarke Quay, Singapore Zoo, Sentosa, Orchard Road, Singapore Flyer and National Museum are some of the best tourist attractions which draw people to travel thousands of miles to Singapore to enjoy their vacation. Singapore is also known for its shopping outlets and World class branded stores to indulge in shopping. It offers wide range of choices from International brands to popular Asian products. It has shopping malls near every metro station and exclusive shopping street named Orchard Road. The phrase ‘shop till you drop’ suits well for this country. In Singapore, tourists can easily find classic hotels for affordable stay, restaurants with variety of cuisines, enlightening services, facilities and experiences amazing hospitality.

Apart from ethnic Malay, Chinese and Indians, people from all over the World lives here as expatriates. This gives Singapore diverse cultural exposure, racial harmony, and massive economic developments. The World class Airport, well structured housing, drainage system, transportation, preservation of natural resources, and Business hubs are live example of thoughtful planning, execution and good governance of this developed nation.

There is another yummy fun fact about this cosmopolitan country, it’s unknown to many, Singapore is a food haven with huge variety of cuisines to choose from.  As there are people around the globe living here, naturally it has become a hub of World cuisines. It is very tempting to see the food courts from different countries stacked the foods to attract the customers; it looks really appealing to try the foods. “Takeaway” is very popular among Singaporeans; they just get into the food stall and pick their favourites to get them packed. Those selected foods instantly prepared, served hot, packed well and taken away to their choice of place, office or home to enjoy the food. Anytime, whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, one can find and pick their favourite cuisines. It’s like ‘Takeaway’ is right away.

I was in Singapore with my family for a year; we thoroughly enjoyed our stay everyday. Those moments stored in our everlasting memory, and it keeps driving us to plan for another trip. Eating out was our most cherishing experience, we tried wide range of foods from different countries. Pratas and Rojak always stands out in our choice, we never missed these foods whenever we go to hotels. We tasted variety of pratas in Singapore, chicken and cheese pratas are our favourites. Rojak comes next, it’s a blend of vegetables, fish, prawns and sauces. I would say, it’s a mixture of choice, healthy food one must try in Singapore. From the first day we tasted Pratas and Rojak, it becomes our favourite Singaporean food ever.

Wherever we go in Singapore, we can find restaurants, food courts serving diverse cuisines from different countries. Food is always a delighting factor for humankind, if it served with impressive hospitality, nothing can beat the joy and satisfaction it brings. Singapore is the best, must visit place in lifetime to enjoy this experience.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Train your brain to have ageless memory

We always concerned about our personal appearance, and keep putting efforts to have good physique as best as possible. But, do we care our brain power? Are we trying to keep it active? Do we have adequate memory? Are we simply depending on today’s technical gadgets like PDA, Cell phone, Blackberry to remind us everything? I too realize that my memory power getting faded over the years and I’m not at all taking any steps to retrain my brain. When I sit to write a post today, I thought to write something about this to tickle everyone’s attention on this subject; appreciate your views and comments.

The research shows, human brain got amazing retention power, but if one doesn’t pay good attention while receiving the information then definitely he or she will have problem while retrieving the same later. The secret of keeping your brain young is to shape your brain everyday. The thought process plays a key role in keeping our memory active for long time. We exercise to have good shape but if we doesn’t have the mental capabilities to do things at right sense then what is the use of having great physique? Let us see some of the techniques to improve our memory power.

Visualize an object – This is one of the techniques used to remember the things for long time. While learning any subject, we need to visualize an object in which we are familiar with. Remember, our visual memory is always good than reading or listening.

Pay attention while listening – This is required to understand what others are saying. To have long retention period, first we need to understand and bring them into our mind. We need to recall the message often if we want to extend the retention period. If we don’t listen and understand others then it’s difficult for our brain to recall the message.

Mapping technique – Mapping the subject with anything you already learned. This is like a process where we are creating chain of links. This way, your brain recalls the subject in sequence when you think about it. If you create the links in whatever you already interested like picture, songs, your brain works well while recalling the message. You, yourself wonder how you are keeping everything in your mind.

Read and hear – This is required if you are studying any theoretical and boring subjects. If you are not able to follow any one of the above technique you can use this one. You need to read it aloud, record it and hear it back. This will work amazingly for you to learn fast.

Teach others – Again this will work for dump subjects where you can’t apply any of the above techniques. In this one, you need to read it and understand the concept and teach others. If you do these two or three times your brain used to record this in unconscious mind.

Participate in active discussion – I would say it might be an argument on any subject. If you do this kind of brainstorming on any subject your brain will store the abstract of the information and you can give any shape while recalling the message.

Eat healthy foods – Eating right foods helps to keep us healthy and improve our memory. Avocado, Blueberries, Walnuts and fish oil are highly recommended foods to keep your brain young and active.

Lets’ practice these techniques to keep our brain healthy to attain ageless memory.
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