This Ayurvedic Beverage May Help Relieve Acidity and Indigestion

This Ayurvedic Beverage May Help Relieve Acidity and Indigestion

Picture this: You had a great lunch at one of your favourite restaurants. You are headed back home, and as soon as you are about to tell your friends about how amazing your meal was- you burp. You go for it again and you feel this strange burning sensation around your chest, your tummy is heavy and this discomfort is only getting worse with each passing minute. Acidity can spoil any good meal experience in just few minutes. Fortunately, we know plenty of natural home remedies that help relieve acidity and indigestion. According to Ayurveda, cumin is one such spice that can stimulate digestive juices and keep tummy troubles like acidity and indigestion at bay.

According to Ayurvedic Expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, “Jeera water helps get rid of acidity and bloating, and provides relief from indigestion. It acts as a painkiller and is especially beneficial in curing stomach ache and abdominal pain.” Cumin water generally stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes and accelerates the digestion process, thus helping you fight gut issues.

Cumin seeds serve as a great acid neutraliser, aid digestion and relieve stomach pain. Chewing on a handful of seeds could prove to be very effective at times. However, the strong flavour of cumin may get a bit too much to handle for some people. In this case, you can make yourself a glass of jeera water. Drinking jeera water daily could help keep your digestion healthy.

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Winter Health Tips: Benefits And Easy Ways Of Staying Hydrated During Winters

Winter Health Tips: Benefits And Easy Ways Of Staying Hydrated During Winters

Winters are here and while we’re all looking forward to the feasting and snuggling, it is important to take care of health as well. Like any other season, winter also demands special dietary and lifestyle adjustments to prepare the body for the cold weather. Staying hydrated may not look like an important thing to do during winters, as we don’t lose a lot of sweat during cold weather. But as in summers, drinking enough water and retaining it in the body is important during winters as well. Staying hydrated may seem like an easy enough thing to do during winters, but it may not be so for a number of reasons. For one, dehydration is much less noticeable during winters, than it is during summers as you don’t notice how much sweat you’ve lost under all those layers of clothing.

For another, the dryness in the air may dehydrate our bodies quicker than we can imagine and most often we don’t even feel thirsty, so our need for adequate water may remain unmet. The effects of dehydration may be subtle and hence, less noticeable during winters, but it’s important to work pre-emptively to replenish the fluid reserves of the body, in order to avoid any physical discomfort in the future.

Also Read: The Winter Diet: 4 Winter-Friendly Flours You Must Try This Season

Here are some health benefits of drinking adequate water during winters:

1. Temperature Regulation: Water helps regulate the body temperature, during both summers and winters. Staying hydrated may be a sure shot way to stay warm internally and prevent conditions like hypothermia.

2. Boosting Immunity: The cold and dry air may sap your body of energy, making you feel sluggish and even making you more susceptible to cold and flu. Stay hydrated to boost immunity and protect your body from illnesses.

Also Read: 10 Best Indian Winter Vegetable Recipes

3. Regulating Weight: When you’re hydrated, your body is more capable of breaking down fats, effectively regulating body weight.

4. Boosting Skin Health: Drinking adequate water is one of the first things any beauty expert will suggest to you for skin health. During winters, it’s essential to stay hydrated to prevent dry and dull skin.

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How To Stay Hydrated During Winters

1. Drink Warm/Room Temperature Water: After exercising during winters or even generally, one should drink beverages or water which is at room temperature. This is because cold water/liquids get absorbed faster in the body.

2. Eat Fruits/Veggies With High Water Content: Eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content is also a great way to stay hydrated. Load up on strawberries, oranges, pineapple, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, cucumber, etc.

3. Limit Consumption of Alcohol/Caffeine: Although it’s extremely tempting to indulge in hot teas, coffees and alcohol during winters, both alcohol and caffeine may dehydrate your body, so excessive consumption of both is not recommended.

4. Eat More Soups/Broths: Salty foods like soups and broths are healthy and may help in retaining water in the body. They also have the added advantage of warming you up from the inside.

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Immunotherapy keeps some advanced head and neck cancer patients alive for over three years

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A new immunotherapy can greatly extend the lives of a proportion of people with advanced head and neck cancer, with some living for three years or more, a major new clinical trial reports.

Overall, the drug pembrolizumab had significant benefits for patients, with 37 per cent of patients who received it surviving for a year or more, compared with only 26.5 per cent of those on standard care.

But the results were particularly exciting among the group of people who did respond to pembrolizumab – with a median length of response of 18.4 months, compared with five months for standard care.

The large international clinical trial was led by a team at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and involved 97 medical centres in 20 countries.

The trial was sponsored and funded by Merck & Co., Inc., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and the results are published in The Lancet today (Friday).

The drug was evaluated in a trial of nearly 500 patients with very advanced head and neck cancer that had spread around the body and had already become resistant to platinum chemotherapy, the first-line treatment for the disease. Some 247 patients were randomised to pembrolizumab and 248 to standard of care – chemotherapy or the targeted agent cetuximab.

When chemotherapy or targeted therapies stop working, treatment options for people with advanced head and neck cancer are limited, and they are normally expected to survive for less than six months.

Patients on the trial who received pembrolizumab survived for a median of 8.4 months with pembrolizumab, and 6.9 months with standard treatment.

But a minority of patients responded extremely well to pembrolizumab – 36 patients saw their cancer partially or completely disappear, and some are still cancer free three years after first receiving the drug.

Pembrolizumab also caused fewer serious side-effects than currently approved drugs – 13 per cent of people who received the immunotherapy experienced serious side-effects, compared with 36 per cent of people given standard treatment.

Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden hope pembrolizumab could be a much needed smarter, kinder treatment option for people with advanced head and neck cancer.

Pembrolizumab works by taking the brakes off the immune system’s ability to attack cancer cells, and is already approved for use in some people with lung cancer, skin cancer and lymphoma.

Professor Kevin Harrington, Professor of Biological Cancer Therapies at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Consultant at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Head and neck cancer is extremely hard to treat once it comes back or spreads, and the outlook for patients once other therapies have stopped working is very poor.

“Our findings show that the immunotherapy pembrolizumab extends the life of people with advanced head and neck cancer overall, and in a group of patients has really dramatic benefits. It is also a much kinder treatment than those currently approved.

“I would like to see pembrolizumab approved for use in the clinic, so that people with advanced head and neck cancer can be offered the chance of a longer life and improved quality of life. There is also an urgent need to work out how we can identify in advance which patients are likely to benefit, given that some of these people may do much better than they do on standard treatment.”

Professor Paul Workman, Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said:

“Immunotherapies are already revolutionising treatment for several cancer types, and I am excited to see the new drug pembrolizumab now showing benefit in advanced head and neck cancer.

“The next big challenge is to design immunotherapies that can work for many more people, so that more patients can benefit from the kinds of dramatic responses that we saw in some patients in this trial.”

Derek Kitcherside, 69, is alive and well after two years of treatment on the pembrolizumab trial at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London. He said:

“I was first diagnosed with cancer of the larynx back in 2011 but quickly went into remission after having standard treatments. I went back to enjoying my retirement, until I started having symptoms again, like coughing up blood, in January 2014. I thought it was the reoccurrence of the same cancer, but it turned out three or four tumours had spread to my right lung. I was told I had squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck, which was inoperable and probably incurable.

“The standard treatments of radiotherapy and chemotherapy weren’t really doing much for me this time around. My tumours were still getting larger and I was told there wasn’t much more the doctors could do.

“I was really lucky to get a place on The Royal Marsden’s pembrolizumab trial and started treatment in May 2015. I travelled down from Leicester every three weeks for two years. My tumour was shrinking all the time and I felt a bit better every time I went – it made a huge difference to my life and I was able to return to normality.

“Now I have CT scans every nine weeks, which are still showing stable disease and slight tumour shrinkage each time. It’s remarkable how I’ve responded to the drug and I don’t think I’d be here without it.”

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RHOA’s NeNe Leakes Calls Husband Gregg ‘Mean’ and ‘Grouchy’ as He Battles Stage 3 Cancer

NeNe Leakes thinks her husband needs an attitude adjustment.

NeNe slammed Gregg Leakes for the way he is coping as he battles stage 3 colon cancer. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star called her husband out on Twitter for being “mean” and “grouchy.”

“I would just think if I have or had cancer, I would see life so differently!” she wrote. “Not being mean, grouchy and evil for no real reason! But that’s me. Pray for me.”

In a second tweet, she told her 1.93 million followers that the situation is more complicated than it appears.

“I’m ALWAYS the bad guy so I’ll take that if you only knew,” she wrote.

NeNe also expressed similar sentiments in the comments section of Gregg’s Instagram after he posted a message “to all my men” about loving forgiveness.

In since-deleted comments captured by The Shade Room, NeNe told Gregg to take his own advice.

“Well, u need to do everything you posted! Practice what you preach,” she before adding, “You need to pray for yourself! This mean, grouchy, evil stuff u pulling these days are NOT cool.”

NeNe previously opened up to PEOPLE about caring for Gregg as he continues to fight cancer, admitting that it’s not always easy.

“It’s very, very hard to be a caretaker,” she said. “People call and they say, ‘How’s Gregg doing?’ and I want to throw the phone and say, ‘How the f— am I doing? I’m going crazy over here, Gregg is wearing me out!’ I am not good at this s—! I would rather hire somebody. Gregg doesn’t wants me to hire somebody, but I’m just not good. I’m not good at fluffing the pillow; I’m good at buying the pillow.”

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Mostly, she said his illness has caused a bit of a divide in their marriage.

“He’s changed as a person, his attitude changed,” she said. “I feel like that day, I lost my husband. Our whole dynamic changed. Sometimes I forget that he’s sick and I need to remind myself because he’s so on the edge. He’s not nice, but he can’t help it.”

It’s reminded her of when they separated back in 2010 and divorced the following year, ending a then 14-year marriage (they would remarry in June 2013). “Back then, I would go upstairs at night and he would go to downstairs to the basement,” she said. “Now, he goes to the guest room on the main floor — we don’t sleep in the same bed. We’ll try to lay in bed together for a couple of hours but he freaks out if we sleep in the same bed. He’s like, ‘I don’t want to give you anything!’ “

“It’s been very tough and very lonely,” she continued. “You know how many nights I’ve been up there crying? I’ve really cried in my room because I was so used to him being there. We’ve been together over 21 years. And when we first got married, we were so in love that we got a queen-sized bed and said we never wanted to sleep in anything bigger because we always wanted to be close to one another. … And now he’s on an entirely different floor.”

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RHOA’s NeNe Leakes Calls Husband Gregg ‘Mean’ and ‘Grouchy’ as He Battles Stage 3 Cancer

NeNe Leakes thinks her husband needs an attitude adjustment.

NeNe slammed Gregg Leakes for the way he is coping as he battles stage 3 colon cancer. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star called her husband out on Twitter for being “mean” and “grouchy.”

“I would just think if I have or had cancer, I would see life so differently!” she wrote. “Not being mean, grouchy and evil for no real reason! But that’s me. Pray for me.”

In a second tweet, she told her 1.93 million followers that the situation is more complicated than it appears.

“I’m ALWAYS the bad guy so I’ll take that if you only knew,” she wrote.

NeNe also expressed similar sentiments in the comments section of Gregg’s Instagram after he posted a message “to all my men” about loving forgiveness.

In since-deleted comments captured by The Shade Room, NeNe told Gregg to take his own advice.

“Well, u need to do everything you posted! Practice what you preach,” she before adding, “You need to pray for yourself! This mean, grouchy, evil stuff u pulling these days are NOT cool.”

NeNe previously opened up to PEOPLE about caring for Gregg as he continues to fight cancer, admitting that it’s not always easy.

“It’s very, very hard to be a caretaker,” she said. “People call and they say, ‘How’s Gregg doing?’ and I want to throw the phone and say, ‘How the f— am I doing? I’m going crazy over here, Gregg is wearing me out!’ I am not good at this s—! I would rather hire somebody. Gregg doesn’t wants me to hire somebody, but I’m just not good. I’m not good at fluffing the pillow; I’m good at buying the pillow.”

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Mostly, she said his illness has caused a bit of a divide in their marriage.

“He’s changed as a person, his attitude changed,” she said. “I feel like that day, I lost my husband. Our whole dynamic changed. Sometimes I forget that he’s sick and I need to remind myself because he’s so on the edge. He’s not nice, but he can’t help it.”

It’s reminded her of when they separated back in 2010 and divorced the following year, ending a then 14-year marriage (they would remarry in June 2013). “Back then, I would go upstairs at night and he would go to downstairs to the basement,” she said. “Now, he goes to the guest room on the main floor — we don’t sleep in the same bed. We’ll try to lay in bed together for a couple of hours but he freaks out if we sleep in the same bed. He’s like, ‘I don’t want to give you anything!’ “

“It’s been very tough and very lonely,” she continued. “You know how many nights I’ve been up there crying? I’ve really cried in my room because I was so used to him being there. We’ve been together over 21 years. And when we first got married, we were so in love that we got a queen-sized bed and said we never wanted to sleep in anything bigger because we always wanted to be close to one another. … And now he’s on an entirely different floor.”

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Wellness Warrior and Eating for Cancer

Image result for Wellness Warrior and Eating for CancerTamera Anderson-Hanna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and became a Registered Yoga Teacher while coping with breast cancer in 2015. She owns Wellness, Therapy, & Yoga in Florida where she provides personal wellness services and coaching and she is a public speaker on wellness-related topics. You can connect with her at www.wellnesstherapyyoga.com.

Being a wellness warrior has become way of living rather than a quick fad to temporarily manage health or weight loss. However, this has not always been a habit. While I was a long-distance runner in my early 20s, I found that I could eat pretty much anything I wanted to and still maintain my weight. My diet improved slightly in graduate school, but still was not one I would go back knowing what I know now.

About 10 years before my breast cancer diagnosis, I made it a priority to learn more about nutritious foods I could eat to support my overall health, and not to just eat to satiate hunger. That was the first time I requested to see a registered dietician. The year I was diagnosed with cancer, I went back to meeting with a dietician and made that and exercise a regular habit. On average, I try to check in with my dietician about two to three times a year. It helps me stay on track and to reinforce healthy eating habits not just for myself, but for other members of my family.

I enjoy meeting with a registered dietician and recommend it to others because it allows you to customize wellness and dietary needs for what works best for your body. It also helps you to learn and incorporate healthy and potentially cancer-fighting foods. There are a few superfoods we can incorporate into our diet to help nourish our body and support remission. I have worked with my dietician to add some to my life. My dietician recommends a diet consisting of two-thirds plant-based foods and only one-third animal protein. Some of the recommendations include incorporating vegetables and fruits with dark rich colors. According to my dietician, fresh is best, but frozen for some varieties is also good. Examples of fresh vegetables include squash, bell peppers added to salads, radishes, celery, broccoli, and artichokes.

Due to their higher sugar content, I avoid dried fruits. For fruits, I use frozen wild blueberries for the increased anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and still enjoy an array of other fruits. Living in South Florida, I enjoy throwing in red dragon fruit, mangos and strawberries. For fun and the health benefits, I have also started growing my own pineapple plants to go with my mango and avocado trees. It is fun to harvest some of my own fruits, and using some organic fertilizer has led me to harvest very delicious mangos and pineapples.

Fiber is important, and I enjoy starting the day with steel-cut oatmeal mixed with some ground flax seed and wild blueberries for taste. I have also been told to increase my folate-rich foods and for me, this includes beans. I enjoy adding chickpeas to my spinach salads along with fresh avocado and other fun items. I also sometimes add spinach to a kale and pineapple smoothie I enjoy making. Whatever you do, make it fun and tasty for yourself. The kale smoothie is healthy, and I enjoy the taste with a bit of plain Greek yogurt, almond milk and the fresh pineapple. I am also making a switch to limit my coffee intake and drink green tea or just stick to water.

With thanks to my efforts and supportive dietician, I have been maintaining a healthy weight and according to my blood tests, my sugar levels are within normal range, my HDL levels have improved since last year, and I am consciously working to keep my overall cholesterol levels down. In addition to benefits regarding my cancer, this lifestyle is also helping me to live a healthier life in general. Can you find your taste for wellness by seeing a dietician? Inquire with your insurance plan or ask at your local cancer support community for resources you can benefit from.

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A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

The quote “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind” is perfect for the stunning actress; Sushmita Sen. The 43 year old actress is definitely ageing gracefully and we cannot stop admiring her. It goes without saying that the talented woman is a diva. A fitness enthusiast, the actress is a genius when it comes to her fitness and health. The actress never fails to inspire and motivate her fans with her strenuous exercises. Sushmita Sen who turns 43 today has been active on social media, and is seen sharing her workout videos time and again.

Also read: Here’s How Fatima Sana Shaikh Trained For Zafira In Thugs Of Hindostan: Her Fitness Videos Will Make You Hit The Gym Instantly!

Here’s a peak into her workout videos:

The former Miss Universe has always maintained a healthy lifestyle and always tries to push her limits. In her recent Instagram post, the actress was seen doing an aerial exercise. The actress surely believes in constant practice and being fearless. Practice is the key which helps you achieve your desired goals. This is evident from her caption in the Instagram post. The post said, “Being fearless does not mean the lack of fear, it simply means less fear, more courage.”

Sushmita Sen loves sweating it out in the gym. She always experiments with her workouts. From head planks to kickboxing to Pilates the actress puts in a lot of effort in her workout regimes. The actress also does Pilates, which is great for toning the body. It enhances your muscle strength, focuses on your core and increases your flexibility. Her Instagram post are filled with words of inspiration and will make you hit the gym right now

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Refreshing, Energising And Meditative: Alia Bhatt Gives Reasons For Her Love For Pilates

Refreshing, Energising And Meditative: Alia Bhatt Gives Reasons For Her Love For Pilates

Well, well, well… seems like Pilates can do much more than helping some of the top celebrities of Bollywood get in the perfect shape. As Alia Bhatt puts it, Pilates can be like “meditation” which can “shot up” your energy levels even on days when you are extremely exhausted. Exercise can be quite refreshing and relieving for people. Some of the top fitness experts of the country are of the opinion that regular exercise can provide great physical and mental health benefits. In one of her recent posts on Instagram, Alia Bhatt illustrates a few lower body stretching Pilates exercises.

In the caption of her post, she mentions how shooting nights can be very tiring for actors. Late night or full day or early morning shoots can mess with the body’s natural clock. Alia mentions that because of regular shoots, she woke up exhausted. But after a little “monkeying around” and intense Pilates, her energy levels were revived again.

Also read: Side Bends On Stability Chair: Watch Celebrity Pilates Trainer Namrata Purohit Trying This Interesting Move On The Wunda Chair

As an exercise regime, Pilates involve coordination of mind and the body, which works like “meditation” for Alia. In the video shared below, celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala can be heard instructing Alia how to perform the exercise.

Also read: Kareena Kapoor Khan Has Definitely Come A Long Way! Master The Art Of Pilates By These Simple Hacks

Here’s what Alia wrote on the caption of her post, “Shooting nights can be very tiring for the body cause of the way it messes with your natural body clock.. I woke up today feeling so so exhausted.. But after monkeying around and doing some intense pilates, my energy level just shot up. The mind and body coordination during a pilates workout is like meditation for me.. If you miss even one beat of focus everything can go totally off.. And ofcourse don’t miss my beautiful trainer @yasminkarachiwala in the background with her soft but strict instructions (sic)”

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Happy Birthday Kartik Aaryan: Diet And Fitness Routine Of The Lukka Chhupi Actor

Happy Birthday Kartik Aaryan: Diet And Fitness Routine Of The Lukka Chhupi Actor

Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan is celebrating his 30th birthday today. The dapper actor, who is known for his roles in the ‘Pyaar ka Punchnama’ movies, is going to be seen opposite Kriti Sanon in ‘Lukka Chhupi’ next. The actor was shooting in his hometown Gwalior for the same and he created quite a wave among his fans in the city. The good-looking actor also seems to be a gym freak, as is evident from the multiple workout videos he has posted on his Instagram page. We’re all fans of his lean torso and fit physique, which he obviously works very hard to maintain. Recently Kartik Aaryan made headlines after ‘Kedarnath’ actor Sara Ali Khan said that she would like to date him. This statement of Sara Ali Khan sent a wave of excitement among the netizens, who seemingly started shipping this good looking duo already. Well, we aren’t complaining either!

Coming to Kartik Aaryan, the actor seems like he takes a lot of care of his diet and maintains a strict fitness regime in order to look as physically fit as he does. Here is a look at birthday boy Kartik Aaryan’s diet and fitness routine, which you all may want to steal.

Kartik Aryan Diet Secrets

The actor told NDTV in an interview that the one diet tip that he follows without fail is the consumption of lukewarm water with lemon and honey first thing in the morning, because he believes that it helps in cutting fat accumulation. He also said that staying hydrated is very important to keeping fit. He might be keeping his daily diet austere and simple, but he sure doesn’t shy away from indulging once in a while. Here’s a look at Kartik Aaryan enjoying a plate of fries and drinks during a midnight swim in Singapore:

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Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: Diet And Fitness Secrets Of The Youthful 43-Year-Old

Former Bollywood actor and beauty queen Sushmita Sen has quite an active presence on social media. The super fit actor is celebrating her 43rd birthday today and let’s just admit it- Sushmita Sen doesn’t look a day older than 30! The former Miss Universe kick-started her birthday by spending some quality time with her family and rumoured boyfriend Rohman Shawl. Sen posted pictures of herself celebrating her special day with Shawl, her daughters Renee and Alisah, her brother Rajeev Sen and her mother. The Instagram post showed that the actor was feeling particularly loved on her birthday. She even cut a delicious-looking dessert, which, from the looks of it, is a cheesecake of some kind. The family appeared to have gone on an outing and the pictures suggested it was a high-end dining place or a hotel. Either way, it’s clear that Sushmita Sen is having the time of her life, looking as lovely and youthful as ever.

It’s obvious that you don’t just end up looking as fit and as beautiful as Sushmita Sen does, without doing anything! The beauty, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1994, is an inspiration to millions of women around the world. Sen posts a lot of workout and fitness videos of herself and her two daughters on Instagram, which gives us a peak into the healthy lifestyle that she is teaching her daughters to lead. Let’s take a look at Sushmita Sen’s own diet and fitness routine to see what keeps the svelte star so fit, even at 43.

Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: Diet And Fitness Secrets Of The Youthful 43-Year-Old