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New Delhi, Chapped or dark lips can break your look. UV rays, too much coffee, unexpected allergies, smoking, caffeine and hormonal imbalances or vitamin B2 deficiency in our body leads dryness or chapped lips.

Once you identify the triggers causing the obvious dryness, you can work on treating your lips, armed with a handful of kitchen ingredients and consistency.

Here are some natural remedies that could help you get rid of chapped lips, suggested by Seema Nanda, Cosmetologist and founder, Estetico- The Facial Bar

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera gel is very hydrating as it contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory that soothe and rehydrate damaged skin.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil combats inflammation and is an emollient. Ideal to soothe and soften the skin.

Honey: It is highly moisturising. Honey also contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties, which help prevent infections from developing in extremely dry or cracked lips.

Cucumber: It can gently moisturize the lips and may contain vitamins and minerals that could improve the lips’ appearance.

Green tea: Rich in antioxidants and minerals, Green tea contains polyphenols, which reduce inflammation. Soak a bag of green tea in warm water and gently rub it over the lips to soften and remove excess dry skin. This technique is gentler than traditional exfoliation.

Some scrubs that can help

1. Mix turmeric or haldi and milk, leave it on for about two to three minutes and wash it off. Then, apply some lip balm and leave.

2. Apply a mixture of lemon juice, sugar and scrub your lips twice a week.

3. Rose petals: Soak rose petals overnight and grind it the next day with a little bit of milk and apply it as a mask on your lips, works better when you apply it overnight.

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World Breastfeeding Week 2020: 10 essential nutrition tips for mothers

Calcium is vital for lactating mothers as they lose up to 15 percent of their own body calcium and about 3-5 percent of their bone mass while nursing their baby.

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New Delhi: For women who have recently become mothers, a healthy and nutritious diet is essential to boost lactation, just as much as its essential for a newborn to get its share of required nutrition. This makes it mandatory for the mother to consume food that will benefit her physical health and give her enough energy to combat post-pregnancy pressures, especially with the pandemic disrupting our daily lives.

This World Breastfeeding Week, Rohit Shelatkar, VP at Meyer Vitabiotics and Fitness and Nutrition Expert shares ten essential nutrients tips for new mothers :

Calcium: Babies need to develop their bone structure, and calcium is the best aid for that. It plays a crucial role in development of the new born baby’s teeth, and thus needs to be included in the diet for lactating mothers. Milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu and nuts are some of the foods that are rich in calcium and must be consumed. Calcium is vital for lactating mothers as they lose up to 15 percent of their own body calcium and about 3-5 percent of their bone mass while nursing their baby.

Protein: Inclusion of protein is crucial because it serves as the tissue’s building blocks and fosters growth. The new-born baby needs these nutrients and so the new mother must incorporate eggs, lean meat, fish, peanut butter and beans to her diet.

Omega 3: A crucial source of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), Omega 3 fatty acids offer a host of benefits including aiding the development of the baby’s eyes and brain, reducing risk of chronic diseases, decreasing effects of ADHD, and more. The best source for Omega 3 fatty acids is fish like salmon and trout and alternatively, for vegetarian mothers, flaxseed, soy, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are good sources for Omega 3.

Probiotics: Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that helps fight ‘bad’ bacteria that cause infections. This is important for the new born, as during this time their immune system is still weak. Yogurt, paneer, green peas, kimchi, pickles, idli and buttermilk are excellent sources of probiotics that should be incorporated during meal time.

Iron: Iron aids in the development of the brain and blood cells for the baby and should be a part of the new mother’s diet. Lentils, beans, tofu, spinach and cashews are natural sources of iron and must be incorporated into their meal plan. Iron is also an essential nutrient for new mothers because there is loss of blood during the delivery, followed by tiredness and long nights with the infant and iron consumption helps cope with that.

Moderating caffeine intake: After nine months of avoiding caffeine, new mothers can finally enjoy a cup of coffee again, but in moderation, as excess intake of caffeine can leak into the mother’s breast milk and reach the baby’s system.

Consider Supplements: It is recommended to consume a daily vitamin B-12 supplement. Vitamin B-12 is found mostly in animal products, so it’s difficult to get enough in vegetarian diets. Additionally, Vitamin D supplements help absorb calcium and phosphorus. New mothers should consider adding these to their daily diet.

Be Moderately Active: It is perfectly fine to perform physical activity for new mothers while breastfeeding and that won’t affect the baby’s growth or milk supply. Moderate intensity activities like brisk walking or riding a bike on a level surface about three or four times a week can help reduce stress levels, improve energy levels and build bone strength.

Avoiding empty calories: The first few days after delivery are very hectic, and it is extremely tempting for the new mother to turn to comfort food or junk food. These types of food contain a number of empty calories that can affect insulin levels in the body which can lead to obesity.

Avoid Smoking or Drinking Alcohol: This is a big ‘no’ for breast-feeding mothers as the harmful toxins transfer to the baby via the milk. Additionally, it is important not to use any medication that is not approved by the doctor.

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Legacy of India’s unity is in its diversity, must be upheld: Mamata

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Kolkata, Aug 5 : On the day when the nation is celebrating the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that the nation has always upheld its legacy of unity in diversity.

“Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isaai, Aapas mein hain Bhai Bhai! Mera Bharat Mahaan, Mahaan Hamara Hindustan (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Isaai are our brothers. India is great. Hindustan is great),” Banerjee tweeted.

She also said that India has always upheld the age-old legacy of unity in diversity. “And we must preserve this to our last breath,” Banerjee added.

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Rahul Gandhi tweets ‘Bhagwan Ram is love, compassion and justice’

The Bhumi Pujan was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya in the presence of seers, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.

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New Delhi, Aug 5 : Congress former President Rahul Gandhi has tweeted in Hindi on the occasion of the Bhumi Pujan of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on Wednesday. Gandhi in his tweet said that Bhagwan Ram is a symbol of the “best humanitarian qualities and He (Ram) is in our deep consciousness.”

The Congress, which had maintained that it will abide by the Supreme Court judgement, has welcomed the event, and Rahul Gandhi said that “Ram is love, compassion and justice and he cannot appear in hatred.”

Congress leaders on Wednesday extended their best wishes for the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhumi Pujan) for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “Best wishes for Ram Mandir’s Bhumi Pujan. We hope that today’s event will pave (the way) towards brotherhood and national unity. Jai Siya Ram,” said the party’s Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has expressed the hope that the Ayodhya ceremony will be an occasion for “national unity, fraternity and cultural congregation. In Indian subcontinent and across the globe, Ramayan has put a stamp on every mind and the story of Lord Ram is a catalyst for connecting humanity,” she said.

The Bhumi Pujan was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya in the presence of seers, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.

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