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Pearls, plants, shayari: Thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day

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New Delhi, May 12: Move over mundane gifts. Put some thought into, and give a personal touch to, the gifts with which you intend to pamper your mother and put a smile on her face on Mother’s Day on Sunday (May 13)- ranging from poetry, a relaxing tea break and soothing plants.

Sagar K. Datta, author of “Sanaz: Shayari for a Sufi Soul”, says in the era of rock music and Bollywood, you may be missing the time when letters and shayari (poetry) were everything.

“The silence of the book and rhythm of the poetry with her morning coffee will definitely light up her mood,” Datta told IANS.

While she is reading, she can be pampered with a pair of spa socks.

“For the women who walk and run in heels effortlessly, the spa socks are the perfect present as they help relieve the pain that follows wearing high heels,” suggests Aman Hans, Co-Founder, Bigsmall.in .

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The socks contain an all natural “gel” section to mitigate pain and discomfort. The gel comprises lavender oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E to rejuvenate and pamper the tired feet.

For those who want to say “thank you” with comfortable clothes, Sanchari Roy and Arnab Samanta, Co-Founders at The Meraki Story, have come up with airy attires in khadi, which can help your mother beat the heat in the scorching summer.

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Add to the fun by taking her out on a date to an eating joint or cafe she has been longing to try out.

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When it comes to apparel, gifting relaxing nightwear would be a good idea too, suggests Soumya Kant, Vice President at Clovia.

“Gift her a perfect mix of comfort and style for everyday wear in the form of chic pyjama night suits,” Kant said, adding that investing in good lingerie like modal briefs and high waisted boy shorts may make her feel pampered.

“If you want to really indulge her, buy her fancy silk or satin nighties with matching robes which she otherwise will never buy for herself,” said Kant.

For the nature-loving mothers, go for the Blue Moon Plant, the aloe vera plant for skincare-conscious mothers or a succulent plant which retains water in arid climates or soil conditions.

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Shabnam Singh, Founder at Project Co, said: “Plants are long-lasting expressions of appreciation. Make it a day to remember when you send your mother live green plants.”

For the on-the-go mothers with hectic work schedules, how about investing in a smart stainless steel mug that never rusts, for her daily dose of caffeine or a shake?

If your mom likes to be in the kitchen, a smart nutri-blend could be ideal too as it will ease her life, says Ravi Saxena, Managing Director, Wonderchef.

Mother-daughter duo Sangeeta and Shubhika Jain, co-founders of RAS Luxury Oil and Rajni Ohri, Founder at Ohria, suggest that a gift to enhance a mother’s skin, hair and body as she soaks in the natural aromas of essential oils, could prove to be a blessing for the selfless souls.

Another way of calming your mother’s mood could be a set of tea variants.

Razi Khan, Director, Sales and Marketing and Tea Forager, Typhoo India, has suggested tea for different timings of the day.

For the night time, Khan suggests a relaxing and restorative caffeine-free herbal infusion that balances the delicious floral taste of chamomile and rose with spearmint and lemongrass. Mellow and smooth, these herbs are known to have digestive properties and promote restful sleep.

For slimming, Khan says that a “caffeine-free herbal blend of fennel, liquorice, lemongrass, senna and psyllium husk works well for slimming. These herbs are known to assist natural weight loss and digestion.”

For a basic but evergreen gift, go for the good old pearls.

Garima Singh, founder of BlingVine, believes jewellery using pearls would make for a beautiful gift.

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Ramzan 2018: What to eat to stay full during the holy month

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New Delhi, May 25: For those observing fasts during the holy month of Ramzan, it will help to start a day with a heavy and nutritious meal so that the body feels satiated for the remaining day, suggest experts.

Nutritionist Umang Agarwal, Founder and CEO, Umang World, has meal suggestions:

Sehri (early morning):

* Never skip the early morning meal that is Suhoor/Sehri as that is the fundamental meal your body depends for the rest of the day.

* Start your day with some nuts soaked overnight, followed by a juice or milk along with fruits.

* To ensure that you feel full during the rest of the day, opt for high-fibre foods such as multigrain breads with paneer/ chicken/ eggs along with vegetables.

* Oats or multigrain atta for stuffed parantha with paneer or with egg bhurji cooked on a non-stick pan will keep your body satiated for the day.

Iftaar (dinner time):

* In the evening, open your fast with a glass of lemon water with sugar and salt in it to provide your body with the much-needed hydration.

* Dates are both customary and important as they are a high source of energy and rich in vital nutrients.

* People who are diabetic can avoid dates and those who are lactose intolerant can opt for soya milk instead of regular milk.

* After a little gap, eat a proper meal that includes the likes of brown rice or high fibre roti with lots of vegetables salad, plus lean meat or fish or eggs.

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Fasting can trigger health issues too. Deepak Parashar, Medical Officer, Healthians, has listed the drawbacks and how can they still go onto fasting:

* Diabetes: A diabetic person observing Ramzan fast has a high risk to suffer fluctuations in the body glucose level. Untimely meals and improper intake of medications can cause the blood sugar levels to drop significantly and cause hypoglycaemia that leads to weakness and fainting.

* Hypertension: People suffering from high blood pressure have to take medicines timely, as skipping can cause serious repercussions. Fasting during Ramzan due to its strict rules does not allow intake of medicine or water during the fasting hours. Such changes in blood pressure can do a lot of harm.

* Thyroid: For someone who is on a regular course of thyroid medication, improper or untimely intake of medication can cause hormonal imbalance in the body. Do not skip your medicines.

* Dehydration: Fasting for long hours without any food or water during the hot weather can cause a few health complications like dehydration, which can further cause weakness, lethargy, and headache.

* Stomach problems: Long hours of empty stomach can cause discomfort and gastric problems like bloating, ache and gas to name a few. Do not skip your share of ‘sehri’ to avoid any stomach woes.

* Cholesterol: The food consumed during fasting are usually loaded with fat and are deep fried. It can lead to an increase in the cholesterol levels of someone already suffering from cholesterol and heart problems.

* Weakness: Not everyone can afford to stay on an empty stomach for long hours. Long hours’ deficit of food and water can also cause weakness in many.

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Can drinking too much water harm you?

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Toronto, May 23: Do you drink too much water? Beware, overhydration — excess fluid accumulation — can lead to dangerously low sodium levels or in the blood or result in brain swelling, researchers say.

Hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition of brain swelling, is more common in elderly patients and can cause cognitive problems and seizures.

“(Hyponatremia) occurs in common pathological conditions, including brain injury, sepsis, cardiac failure and in the use of drugs, such as MDMA (ecstasy),” said Charles Bourque from the McGill University in Canada.

While it was yet uncertain how hyponatremia develops, the study found that a defect in the hydration sensing mechanism of the brain could be the culprit.

The researchers said that brain’s hydration sensing neurons could not detect overhydration in the same way that they detect dehydration.

Overhydration activates Trpv4 — a calcium channel that can be found in glial cells, that act to surround hydration sensing neurons.

It is cellular gatekeeper implicated in maintaining the balance of water in the body.

“Our study shows that it is in fact glial cells that first detect the overhydrated state and then transfer this information to turn off the electrical activity of the [hydration sensing] neurons,” Bourque explained.

“Our specific data will be important for people studying hydromineral and fluid electrolyte homeostasis, and clinicians who treat patients faced with hyponatremia,” he noted.

The results, published in the journal Cell Reports, showed that overhydration is first identified by the Trpv4 channel which triggers the release of a type of amino acid known, taurine, which acts as a trip wire to inhibit hydration sensing neurons.

“Preclinical models of hyponatremia will be used to examine if the mechanism we report is affected in this condition with the long-term objective of designing new treatments or diagnostic tools,” Bourque added.

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Taj Mahal, Mumbai Sea Link among top 10 travellers’ choices

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Mumbai, May 23: The eternal monument to love, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai figure among the Top 10 TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards of 2018 for most visited and popular tourist landmarks, it was announced here on Tuesday.

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Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai

The other top Indian monuments in the list of awards include: Amber Fort in Amer, Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi, Agra Fort, and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur

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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi

The award winners were decided using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide over a 12-month period.

This year’s TripAdvisor awards recognize 759 monuments spread in 68 countries globally, said the company’s Country Manager Nikhil Ganju.

“India’s landmarks as as diverse at its heritage and are among some of the most iconic structures in the world. The list presents fantastic gems ranging from poignant memorials to sheer architectural marvels that are great options for travelers,” he added.

Mumbai’s sole entry to the list, the RGBWSL is one of its most prominent modern landmarks and an infrastructure marvel of a cable-stayed bridge cutting through the Arabian Sea to connect Bandra with Worli.

The top 10 Travellers Choice Landmarks of Asia include: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple in India, Wat Pho or Temple of Reclining Buddha in Thailand, Mutianyu Great Wall of China, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine of Japan, Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, and the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam.

Similarly, the Top 10 landmarks worldwide are: Angkor Wat, Plaza de Espana in Spain, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in UAE, St. Peters Basilica of The Vatican, Mesquita Cathedral de Cordoba in Spain, Taj Mahal, Duomo di Milano in Italy, Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge both in US, and the Parliament of Hungary.

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