Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Way to a Healthy Heart

Dear Readers
I am a doctor and here is my prescription for a heart that is up to 50% Healthier

#1 Eat Better:

Stop constant snacking, which increases the risk of obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
Staples in your kitchen should be 100 percent whole wheat or grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Boost your intake of foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy type of polyunsaturated fat. Omega-3 fatty acids offer protection from heart disease and can be found in foods such as salmon, mackerel, flax seeds, and walnuts and in certain vitamin and mineral supplements. Set a goal of 10 servings of fresh or frozen produce per day.
The healthy plant substances found in fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease. Replace refined grain products with whole grain products. Choose whole-wheat flours, 100% whole grain bread, high-fiber cereal, whole grain pasta, oats, brown rice and barley.
Stay away from white or refined flours, white bread, frozen waffles, biscuits, corn bread, egg noodles, granola bars, high-fat snacks, quick breads, cakes, pies, donuts and buttered popcorn.
Although what you eat is important for hearts health, how much you eat is also a factor in improving overall heart health. Refrain from overeating, which can lead to excess fat, cholesterol and calorie intake. Sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in your body, and places an added burden on your heart. Because blood pressure rises with age, eating less sodium now will help curb that rise and reduce your risk of developing conditions which induce heart disease. Food labels should be our best friends. Choose the ones with the lowest amount of sodium. Food labels help us maintain a heart-healthy diet that includes foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Set realistic goals and limits. Small steps and gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time, so start small take the #ChhoteKadam and build up your heart's health.

#2. Stay Active:
Do Physical activity and Stay Active.
Limit TV, computer and phone time to few hours each day as it leads to a sedentary lifestyle and constant
Exercise as a family; ride bikes, take a walk, go swimming or play games outside. Make heart health fun by incorporating games into your family activities or walk to a park for a healthy picnic dinner. Celebrate successes to promote a positive sense of self-esteem.
A simple routine of walking can go a long way in improving your heart's health. Get a friend or neighbor to go with you the idea being that if either of you misses the other one can encourage being regular.
#3. Be Happy
Being happy is a great way for you to fight stress and help you heart become and remain happy and healthy. A happy person is in a better frame of mind to deal with stress causing situations, finding a solution and come out of it.

Even if you make the commitment to exercise and eat a healthy diet. Be aware of major risk factors. A family history of heart disease, or hypertension, high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, or diabetes, can increase your probability of having a heart attack.
Don’t ignore symptoms. If you have shortness of breath or chest pains, get your checkup done immediately.
 “I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association withBlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

Love your heart

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women.There are many things one can do every day to keep your heart healthy. Nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart. The heart is not just a pump it's the fountainhead of all emotions, whether it's joy and exhilaration or sadness and frustration. Mental and emotional stress can disrupt the emotional heart. Your heart needs just a few #ChhoteKadam to stay up to 50% Healthier.
So what are these #ChhoteKadam that you need to take?
- Be Active. Being Active is very therapeutic
If you are active your heart is healthy, it will be able to work for a very long time. It is up to you to keep your heart healthy. Exercise every day. You need to exercise your heart by making it work harder for at least 30 minutes a day. Meditation and Yoga technique twice daily helps in lowering blood pressure, reversing arterial blockage and enhancing resistance to all types of stress.Worry Free and Blissful Joy nourish the mind and emotions. Inner strength and the cultivation of positive attitudes and emotions increase heart health.
Walking is an excellent exercise for everyone and excellent therapy as well. The early morning is ideal for taking a 30-minute walk. It will not only help your heart; it will prepare you for the day by charging up your circulation and your metabolism.
-Eating Better
Eat a healthy diet. Too much fatty food will block up the arteries with fat and your heart will have to work harder and harder just to do its regular job of pumping blood round your body. Eat the foods your body needs and not what your heart likes.
Drink lots of water every day rather than fizzy drinks. Make good choices as you grow older. Your heart will love you for it.
Eat a heart-friendly diet. Eat more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables; start your day with stewed apples or pears; include soaked blanched almonds in your diet; dress your veggies with fresh lime juice; and eat heart-friendly spices such as fresh-ground black pepper and the antioxidant power-spice turmeric. Choose fresh foods over processed foods or leftovers; light foods over rich, deep-fried ones; and warm, cooked foods over cold, heavy foods.
Eat moderately. Don't skip meals, because eating three meals at regular times each day helps digest the food. Don't tax your digestion by eating late at night or eating a heavy meal at dinner.

Being Happy
Spend time every day on those activities that give you this contentment and happiness.
 Listen to soothing or uplifting music, enjoy serene natural beauty. Maintain a positive attitude and walk away from situations that distress or anger you.
Practice good bedtime habits — favor restful, calming activities as bedtime draws near to help disconnect the mind from the senses. Keep your bedroom clear of distractions — television, computers, other work-related material. Stay away from stimulants in the evening. Go to bed by 10 p.m. — early to bed and early to rise still works to keep you healthy and energetic through the day. 

 “I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association withBlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pay your tax and relax

Filing of tax returns is an annual activity which must be fulfilled as a moral and social obligation by every citizen of this nation..Income tax returns of last three years are the basic need for all loan cases like housing, business or personal loan, and is a declaration of your income. Before granting the loan, banks want to know your financial capacity and your income details as shown by you in income tax returns.The High Commissions of various countries want to know if you are financially sound before they issue you a visa and for this purpose they will rely on your ITR. Every assessee should file genuine returns, especially if one intends to go abroad in the future. Use it to show your genuine source of incomes, because immigration officers give due weight to your annual income. Absence of returns of any single year can decrease your chances of foreign visa under visitor, investor or work permits. category.The value of business profiles of various corporate agencies, contractors, professional service providers or individuals is dependent on the yearly income tax returns. one needs to file regular returns every year.Having an ITR is always handy, since one can readily furnish the same as a proof for any kind of financial liability or opening a line of credit.

The income tax return e-Filing has made our life very easy.E-File income tax return from home or office. One can e-file income tax return 24×7.All the personal details and tax paid amount would be already there in the ITR so no need for extra paper work.The income tax return utility will immediately calculate the tax liability. One can tally it with the TDS.Will have online record of income tax return for further verification.The income tax refund is swift through the e-Filing.The process can be done in a few clicks with e-filing platforms like H&R block as it is always an easier option to e-file taxes as it safer, more convenient and quick.

I’m taking the #TaxPledge to file IT returns with the easy Income Tax efiling option from H&R Block at BlogAdda.

Pay income tax in a few clicks

Many people are confused when it comes to filing tax returns. Personal and financial benefits aside, filing IT returns also makes you a better citizen. Income tax is one of the sources of income for the Government, with which it funds infrastructure and welfare projects. It also is a barometer for progress, as rising income tax shows a corresponding growth in income.In case excess TDS has been deducted on income and one need to claim a refund – in this situation one must file a return to claim the tax refund.When one approaches a bank or a financial institution for a loan, a house loan or a personal loan they usually require copies of the IT returns to check one's credit worthiness. And therefore, one must file an IT return.Though as a Company or a Firm you are required to file a return irrespective of whether one have income or losses. In cases where a person (an individual) has Loss under the head ‘Income from House Property’ or loss under the head ‘ Profits & Gains of Business or Profession’ ‘Capital Gains’ or losses from ‘Income from Other Sources’. Such losses may be allowed to be carried forward and set off (upon fulfillment of certain conditions) provided a Return has been submitted in time.Some countries require copies of your IT returns when they provide you a travel or a work visa.Every law abiding citizen should file the returns on time.When we compare the benefits of filing the return and the effort involved, the odds will always be in favour of filing your tax return every year. One must file your tax returns if one wish to claim tax refunds.Income tax laws allow you to carry forward and set off (adjust) certain losses (such as capital losses) against future gain or income. These losses can be carried forward for eight consecutive years immediately succeeding the year in which the loss is incurred. Even if you have taxable income this year, you might have losses to carry forward that can be adjusted against gains in later years when you actually have higher incomes.
Easy loan processing by providing a copy of returns receipts helps in faster approval of your loan application.If you are planning to immigrate to another country or explore an overseas job opportunity, then prepare yourself in advance. Most embassies and consulates require you to furnish copies of your tax returns for the past couple of years at the time of the visa application. This is especially applicable when applying for visa for the US, the UK, Canada or Europe.E-filing platforms like H&R block helps in easier option to e-file taxes.Now tax filing is one smooth ride.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Remembering Holi

Holi is the official day to play pranks and do silly things.As a child during holi I used to play with colors and water the whole day. After all Holi is the festival of fun. Its a day to get together, play and laugh and rebonding relationships. A day to forgive and forget. With the vibrant and fragrant colors. Holi is always associated with colors, fun and masti. Its the best time of the year as its the end of winter and the arrival of the spring. 
The day before playing with colors the Holika bonfire was celebrated as this bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil as told to me by my grand mother. My grand mother used to play with flowers as she was allergic to colors. I liked played with flowers and waited the whole year for this wonderful festival to come. Holi is a lovely festival and it always reminds me of my childhood days and the amount of great fun we used to have. 
Holi preparations were always grand. Home made gujiyas, laddus, Namak Pare, Samosas were prepared by the ladies of the house before the bonfire, as they were also offered during the prayers and thrown into the fire. The bonfire was lit late in the evening and everyone gathered around it. The prayer ended with walking around the fire for seven times. This ritual could be seen in almost every lane. This get together was the time for making strategies for the next day. 
We used to get up early in the morning and that was the only one day when no one scolded us or asked us to take bath. Our biggest and most important preparation was filling water balloons with colored water and we kept big drums of colored water ready. We used to gather dry colors, water balloons in a bag and water guns. We used to gather all our mandali and shouted, laughed and ran after each other while putting colors on each other. Then we targeted the kids of opposite building. It was so much fun. We splashed colored water every where. Some naughty kids used to smear us with silver grease and paints. The balloons wars lasted till the balloons lasted. Then we smeared each other with dry colors. We used to target the passers by. We would throw the balloons and then hide and wait to see their reaction and then we laughed loud continuously. Now thinking back it was all so senseless and it was a day when we could not stop laughing. We played with colors as well as ate delicious food and drinks at almost every house which we visited. It was a day of total masti and fun. Times have changed but Holi remains the most favorite and special festival since my childhood days. 

 “I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

Bonding with colors

Holi is a colorful festival which brings the spirit of joy and enjoyment along with it.In those childhood days we used to have a had lot of fun during the Holi festival.Now on this Holi we and our family members andour
neighbors as well have already got decided to save water and celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly way, hence on the auspicious day of Holi festival we will avoid the usage of water and harmful chemical based
colors for as children we were unaware about these facts and hence enjoyed the festival in the traditional way itself.Most of our family stayed in the same building in those days.Our neighbors were a part of our lives too. So, every year we played Holi with all of them.We called for a Dholwala and  bought loads of gulal and water balloons, Pichkaris. We started from 9 in the morning and continued  till 4 in the afternoon.
 At the end of the day it was difficult to differentiate the faces or tell , who's who.Music was in the air all day long,especially the old, nostalgia -oozing melodies like Rang Barse Bheege Chunariya or Aaj Na
chodenge...My mother always insisted on natural colors. Reds made from crushed rose petals, yellows from haldi, and beautiful pinks.So fresh and fragrant that it was pleasure to be drenched in rang.I
wish we could go back to the Holi of my childhood when the festival brought happiness..We had a blast, dancing, singing  and splashing color.It was a major bonding time.The entire family joined in the celebrations.that took place in our building. Holi is synonymous with smiles, gaiety and colors.Staying indoors on this festival of cheer is not a great idea.Holi was a day made for  pranks.We purchased a variety of pichkaris.A special shopping spree was arranged for us kids.Gulal made up of numerous colors such as pink, magenta, red, yellow and green were purchased.
In the olden times the household priest was invited to start the function.The men, women and children all assembled together in the courtyard.Beginning with the eldest member, each member went  around and sprinkled some gulal and colored water onto each individual.We children used to put color on the elders and
enjoyed the liberty of the occasion. Special eatables like gujia, papri and kanji-ke-bare were served.There was so much dancing and singing, the old and the young joined in the merry-making.Holi remains unique and special due to the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated. Entire country wears a festive look when it is time for the Holi celebrations. Surely it is the one and only festival which is celebrated by the masses.The spirit of Holi stands for happiness and unity and we should ensure that this spirit is not spoiled by cheap gimmicks or making fun of other people.So let's keep it as the festival that bonds us together..
So let's  #KhulKeKheloHoli!

 “I’m pledging to #KhulKeKheloHoli this year by sharing my Holi memories at BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Romeo & Juliet could have lived if only...

Do you know Romeo and Juliet could have lived happily ever after? There was no reason why Anarkali could not have been saved from her fate of being buried alive in a brick wall.All tales of eternal love that met with an tragic end could have seen happy endings . Even Soni Mahiwal,Heer Ranjha and so many lovers who met untimely death at the cruel hands of society who opposed their union could also have been saved and lived happily ever after if only they had heeded to my advice seriously. After all our society is of stereotypes that oppose true love. So they spot you hanging from the balcony of your beloved and they kill you for being in love. If you are in love you are constantly under the scrutiny and cross-hairs of society who are always ready to pass judgments. They adhere to stereotypes such as the fact that laundry is a w omen’s job. Had this not been the case then why would
- 81% of married men in India agree that their daughters must learn household chores.
- 76% of married men in India believe that not helping with Laundry at home still makes them a great role model for their children
- 2 out of every 3 children think that washing clothes is a mothers job
-78% of girls in India agree that they should learn Laundry as they will have to do it when they grow up and
- 65% of married men in India agree that their children replicate their behavior at home
- 2 out of every 3 children think that household work is a mothers job.

So all you great lovers who got spotted on, balconies, gardens and so many places where the moral police were looking for you. Instead you could have chosen to do the laundry together and meet in the laundry room. As most of the society around us believes that laundry is a w omen’s job you could have easily escaped the cruel ends that you met with. Besides washing clothes together, singing love songs and then spreading the wet clothes to dry in the sun can be a great backyard romantic escape for the love birds.
At the same time your homes would have got rid of the dirty clothes.
On a more serious note guys be a man and share the load of doing the laundry. Be it you mom, your sister, girl friend or wife they need your love as well as your support by sharing the load of doing the laundry. I take this pledge that I would share the load of doing laundry at home as I strongly believe that if you love someone then shower your special one with love and do not burden them with dirty laundry

 I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.

Who says men do not wash clothes?

Who says men do not wash their clothes. Look at the politicians, the actors, celebrities, and why go far you would find offices and perhaps every home with men who wash dirty linen in public.
Now that I have got your attention with my opening line let me take you to the main topic of discussion and let me share some alarming findings of a recently conducted survey that reports that
78% of girls in India agree that they should learn Laundry as they will have to do it when they grow up.
65% of married men in India agree that their children replicate their behavior at home
So how can the men of this country rest easy when their mothers and sisters are subjected to such a raw  deal and caged in the belief that 81% of married men in India agree that their daughters must learn household chores and knowing the fact that
76% of married men in India believe that not helping with Laundry at home still makes them a great role model for their children as a result 2 out of every 3 children think that washing clothes is a mothers job and 2 out of every 3 children think that household work is a mothers job.
These men are being insensitive to the rights of their daughters as they are proving to be poor role models for their children.
At the same time they are depriving themselves of the opportunity to spend some quality time with their family.
When I say this I am pointing towards the opportunity lost by so many men in this country.
Take for instance a boy who has his room littered with dirty clothes .his argument could be that he has no time to do the laundry or it’s his mother’s job to do the laundry. However when he decides to watch a match on his mobile, or laptop then he gets nagged for not paying attention on his studies. Instead he could multitask by dedicating portion of his time as laundry time. This could be on days when he wants to see the match. He could put all the dirty clothes in the washing machine and as he oversees the laundry being done he could watch the match or chit chat with friends and no one would complain about him wasting time. A cleaner room would be the added bonus.
For the ever so busy men spending time with wife and children as they do laundry together could be the key to spending some quality family time together that could go a long way if used properly. You could device a picnic around this activity where there could be food and drinks after you do a good job together.

I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.