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Swimming: An exercise for all fitness levels

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MNA Life Style Desk: Swimming is an exercise way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without all the impact on your bones and joints. Swimming has many benefits; one of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe. Swimming increases your heart rate without stressing your body. It helps you to tone muscles, builds strength and endurance. There are various strokes you can use to add variety to your swimming workout, including, breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke, butterfly, freestyle. Each focuses ...

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General safety guidelines for your kids

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MNA Life Style Desk: You should feel it is important to lay down few safety guidelines for your children both inside and outside the house. If you are speculating just how to go about it, we have the answer for you. Keeping your kid safe at all times means continuous adult direction. It also means implementing a few important changes and rules that ensure your kid’s safety and well-being. Also, it is important to prepare your kid for basic safety steps in the event of an emergency. Teach contact details Your kid may be small but it is essential to ...

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Herbal medicines can have dangerous side effects

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you think that herbal and dietary supplements are better than conventional medications for your health, think again as they may harm. A new study shows that liver injury caused by herbal and dietary supplements increased from seven percent to 20 percent in the US over a 10-year period. Overturning a common perception that herbs are safe because they have been used for many years, researchers have warned that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety as many herbs may contain toxic or carcinogenic substances. In a commentary published in the journal ...

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Natural mouthwashes for bad breath

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MNA Life Style Desk: There are few things more unpleasant and uncomfortable in social situations than talking to someone with bad breath. For many people, grabbing a mint or a piece of gum is their go-to solution, as it quickly masks the problem. But this approach often fails to address the root causes of bad breath, which for many people includes dietary deficiency. Here are some natural ways to help cure the problem of bad breath: Cinnamon and clove mouthwash: Take one cup of distilled water, 10 to15 drops each of cinnamon and clove oils. Mix them well. The best ...

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Water Day: 5 ways drinking water can save skin

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MNA Life Style Desk: We’ve often heard our celebrities speak of the health benefits of drinking water. Speaking of the health benefits of water, March 22 is observed as World Water Day. 1) Since the human body comprises of 70% fluid, drinking more water helps in getting rid of our toxins. With the impurities out of our body, our skin gets clearer and you will visibly notice the reduction of pimples as well. 2) Water naturally hydrates your skin. Instead of spending money on artificial hydration creams, consuming water saves you the added trouble. With water, you can prevent dry, ...

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5 Surprising Health Facts

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MNA Life Style Desk: With regular studies published about facts on health and fitness, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the information out there. Some of the findings repeat health advice that’s been around for years, but others are a little more shocking. Take a look at these 5 health facts that might surprise you. Drinking coffee can prevent depression: We hear a lot about the negative effects of caffeine on our health, but it turns out that caffeine has its good points too. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ...

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Fight against Insomnia

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MNA Life & Style: Temporary insomnia is inadequate or poor-quality sleep lasting anywhere from one night to a few weeks. Temporary insomnia can be a single episode or recurring episodes of insomnia separated by periods of normal sleep. There are no formal criteria for diagnosing insomnia, and what constitutes sufficient sleep for one person may be inadequate for another. The following suggestions are intended to help overcome temporary insomnia and maximize the chance of getting a healthy night’s sleep: Before going to bed, take a warm shower. It is like an exercise, the hot shower will help you to fall ...

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Vegetarians may keep heart diseases away

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MNA Life Style Desk: Consuming a form of vegetarian diet, which includes eggs and dairy but excludes meat and fish, may be just as effective as a Mediterranean diet in reducing the risk of heart diseases and stroke, researchers have claimed. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet is a kind of vegetarian diet that includes animal products such as eggs and dairy products, but excludes the intake of meat and fish. A Mediterranean diet, meanwhile, includes the consumption of poultry, fish and some red meat as well as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. “The take-home message of our study is that a ...

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Eat healthy & stay fit

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MNA Life Style Desk: Eating healthy and staying fit can be difficult. You may want to eat tasty food that is easy to prepare. You may want be inspired to exercise and stay in shape. The good news is, eating right doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up things you love. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern. Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier: INCLUDE Fruits and vegetables Whole grains Beans and legumes Nuts and seeds Fish (preferably oily fish with lots of omega-3 ...

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Use potato to treat puffy eyes

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MNA Life Style Desk: Waking up with puffy eyes is rather common and it is easy to treat them. Drink sufficient water and use refrigerated slices of potatoes to get rid of the puffiness, suggest experts. Bubbles Singh, Founder at Just B Au Naturel and Ragini Mehra, Founder at Beauty Source, have listed simple ways to treat your problem: The easiest way to get rid of puffy eyes is to drink water. When the body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention that can cause your under-eye area and other parts of your body to swell. Water ...

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Couples make Valentine’s Day deposit in ‘Love Bank’

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MNA Life Style Desk: In a small medieval Slovak town, couples are getting ready on Valentine’s Day to make a “deposit” about their romance in a place dedicated to love stories. The “Love Bank” is the main attraction of an exhibition commemorating the world’s longest love poem, “Marina” by Slovak poet Andrej Sladkovic. Written in 1844, the 2,900-line long poem tells the tale of the doomed love between the poet and Maria Pischlova. They were star-crossed lovers but unlike Romeo and Juliet their tragic romance is a true story. Marina’s parents shunned the poor poet and forced her to marry ...

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Go beyond red this Valentine’s Day

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MNA Life Style Desk: Valentine’s Day calls for everything red as people usually relate the colour with love but how about trying some different tones this time! Pastels: If you’d rather have a more relaxed and soothing Valentine’s Day, choose pastels as your colour pantone. Vibrant colours make things bright and glamorous, but sometimes all you want is a low-key, soft look and pastels make for a perfect pick. All shades of purple: People love pink for Valentine’s Day because it is feminine, delicate and pretty, but the same can be said about purple. This year, choose a spread of ...

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Remove cracks from heels

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MNA Life Style Desk: It is important to take care of your skin specially your toes to avoid cracked heels as this problem is common with everyone and aggravates in winters. Home remedies to treat cracked heels For treating cracked heels, apply a mixture of candle wax and mustard oil and leave it on overnight to see the difference. Using glycerin gives the good result in winter for those who has cracked heels. Make a mixture of glycerin and rosewater and apply it to your feet for 15 days and you will be amazed to see the results. Before go ...

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Mothers from age 40 at risk of preterm birth

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MNA Life Style Desk: Women who plan for a baby at the age of 40 and above may increase the risk of delivering preterm births before the 37th week of pregnancy, a study showed. The researchers noted an association between preterm birth and mother’s age and stated that the maternal age at pregnancy has been increasing worldwide and so has the risk of preterm birth. The research team, led by Florent Fuchs from the CHU Sainte-Justine in Canada, analysed the data from 32 hospitals in Quebec, Canada, from the year 2008 to 2011. The findings of the study, published in the ...

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Seven ways to avoid type 2 diabetes

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Type 2 diabetes is becoming a growing concern all over the world. Here are measures you can take to avoid type 2 diabetes: Are you at risk? About 3.5 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, a condition characterised by elevated blood-sugar levels. In type 1 diabetes – about 10% of cases – the pancreas does not produce any insulin. The remainder have type 2, which means their pancreas does not make enough insulin or it doesn’t work properly. More than 1 million people in the UK are estimated to have the condition but ...

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Body sapping with VIBES

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MNA Life Style Desk: VIBES, provider of slimming and beauty treatments hailing from New Delhi, India, is offering a revolutionary treatment-Fat X. It is a FDA approved treatment that helps get rid of fat from specific areas, through an injectable service.  It includes a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid; a chemical the FDA marks as naturally produced by the body and helps to absorb fats. It destroys fat cells by breaking down the cell membrane. As it is FDA approved it is safe and has minimal or no side effects. Results are visible within 3-9 weeks of taking the treatment. ...

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15 minutes less of sleep can break your day

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MNA Life Style Desk: Working without sleep, or working when you haven’t slept enough can have a great impact on your ability to focus, function, and your health overall. In 1999, a plane, American Airlines 1420 crashed on the runway of Little Rock Airport, Arkansas.1 There was nothing out of the ordinary about the flight, such cross country flights are routine, the kind every pilot in the world makes hundreds of times in their career. The plane was working perfectly. Yet the crashed killed 11 people, including the captain, and wounded over one hundred others. After some investigation, it was ...

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5 celebrities talk about mental health issues

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MNA Life Style Desk: Despite India being in the throes of a mental health crisis – according to a 2015 World Health Organisation report, over 5 crore Indians suffered from depression and more than 3 crore suffered from anxiety disorders – our attitude towards mental health concerns largely remains apathetic. In such an environment, when celebrities with great reach and strong voices take a stand to help those that suffer silently, it is bound to change the narrative, even if slowly and only by a little. Anushka Sharma In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Anushka Sharma opened up about ...

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UK to combat lifestyle diseases

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MNA Life Style Desk: A number of UK-based agencies will provide Bangladesh support to tackle diseases relating to lifestyle and environment under a five-year initiative. The support will be given under “Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE)”, reported news agency. Mainly ‘non-communicable diseases (NCDs)’ will be tackled under the project. An agreement to this effect would be signed on 23 January at Radisson Blu Water Garden in the city. University of Cambridge, University College London, the University Court of the University of Aberdeen from UK and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Institute of ...

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Tips to avoid eye strain

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MNA Life Style Desk: Studies have shown that between 50% and 90% of office workers have eye strain or associated health issues such as eye-twitching, red eyes, headaches and fatigue. Get regular eye tests If you work on a computer every day, experts recommend having a comprehensive eye exam every year to detect problems before they develop. During this test, you should tell the doctor how often you use your phone and your computer. You should also measure the distance from your eyes to your screen at work and tell your doctor, so your eyes can be tested at that ...

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5 Unhealthy parenting styles to ditch in 2018

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: We share the 5 parenting styles experts warn will be detrimental to your child’s overall development. With the new year approaching, it’s time to take stock of the way you raise your kids and take strides to correct any parenting no-nos you might be guilty of. The key to raising happy, emotionally healthy and well-mannered children begins with correct parenting. After all, you as a parent are whom your kids will first learn from and look up to – so it’s important you key them in good behavior and send the right kind of message about how ...

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Hair care tips for this winter

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MNA Life Style Desk: The winter months can put your hair and scalp under a lot of stress. Here are some key tips and tricks to keep your hair and scalp healthy during winter. While it is time to thank the stars for putting an end to all the sun damage that your hair was being put through, it is also time to start planning a hair care routine that is fit for winter. Control Frizz One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang ...

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Facial exercises can make look younger

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MNA Life Style Desk: Just 30 minutes of facial exercises which includes puckering and squeezing the cheeks daily can make you look three years younger, reveals a study. Instead of undergoing anti-ageing skin treatments and care routines, middle-aged women undergoing this non-toxic method can have a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks and reduce some visible signs of ageing, the study further showed. Fat pads present in between the muscle and the skin are responsible for providing firmness to the cheeks and keeping a toned shape of the face. But as the skin starts ageing, the face pads ...

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Reduce your stress at workplace

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MNA Life Style Desk: Stress has become synonymous with the corporate sector today. To a certain extent, it is normal for a person to feel stressed during work; it makes us alert and helps meet deadlines. But when it starts interfering with our ability to do the job, our personal life and health, it becomes a matter of serious concern. ‘Relax’ you deserve it, it’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think. You don’t need a spa weekend or a retreat. Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you a peaceful life in less than 15 ...

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Importance of understanding child’s behavior

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MNA Life Style Desk: Understanding your children is one of the most important things that you should learn as a parent. It is very helpful in becoming effective in guiding and nurturing your child as they grow and mature. You need to bear in mind that your child has a unique personality trait that remains consistent throughout life. Overall behavior Children often show us they are having a problem through their behavior rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be problem-solved or that they need ...

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Foods for your proper digestion process

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MNA Life Style Desk: The digestion process is an intricately choreographed ballet during which your body performs the many steps needed to break down the food you eat and unlock the vitamins, minerals, calories, fats, and proteins you need and then efficiently clean sweep the rest. Most people don’t contemplate these inner workings unless they’re not working smoothly, but you can proactively take steps to avoid problems. One of the easiest digestive health tips is to fuel up with good foods for digestion. Ginger A traditional Asian remedy for tummy aches and nausea and a favorite condiment used in Japanese ...

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Tips to preserve your skin youthfulness

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MNA Life Style Desk: Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different. Protecting yourself from harmful chemicals while getting enough sleep, relaxation and exercise will all help you maintain a healthy glow. However, it gets accelerated due to fast-paced lifestyles, imbalanced diet and exposure to harsh weather conditions. Protect your eyes, keep moisturised and more for youthful skin, say experts. Moisturise skin Look for a herbal day cream that consists of SPF and Edelweiss plant stem cell extract which is known for having antioxidant, anti-ageing and body conditioning properties. The cream should ...

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