Life Style

Foods that fight inflammation


MNA Life Style Desk: Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control—as in rheumatoid arthritis—it can damage the body. Plus, it’s thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured. Fatty Fish: Oily fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna have high omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Add fish to menus, boiled or steamed rather than fried, salted or dried. Nuts: Nuts ...

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Ideas to keep busy kids during holidays


MNA Life Style Desk: Holidays can be a great time to bond with your children and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play. But it can also be a stressful time when kids can misbehave because of boredom. Here are some ideas to keep busy your kids on holidays. Make your own games Get a supply of colored cards, children’s scissors, glue and anything else you may want to make some fun games. Go on picnics You don’t have to go far to have a picnic — my children regularly ask for a picnic out the ...

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Parenting with Religious Inspiration and Intent


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Religion is not really a choice rather an elemental part of growing up in any South Asian family. Transmission of prayers and rituals occur impeccably through demonstrations of devout parents and elders. Explanations are rarely offered, and questions are addressed with little more than, “that’s just the way it is.” It is likely to spark thoughts about the connection between religion and child rearing for today’s South Asian parent. A generation or two ago, it was basically unheard of for parents to consider when or whether they should introduce their child to God, but now these questions ...

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Music controls movement of people: Study


MNA Life Style Desk: Using musical cues to learn a physical task positively impacts parts of the brain that process sound and control movement, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, may have implications for future research into rehabilitation for patients who have lost some degree of movement control. “The study suggests that music makes a key difference. We have long known that music encourages people to move. This study provides the first experimental evidence that adding musical cues to learning new motor task can lead to changes in white matter structure in ...

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Tips for protecting your eye from dust


MNA Life Style: It is imperative to take proper eye guard for protecting your eyes from all kind of dusts. The instructions may seem simple, and it might seem silly to have to wear protective goggles or eyeglasses, but easy projects can be more complex and dangerous than they appear. Wear sunglasses Let’s start with the obvious one – sunglasses. You already know that you should protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and our eyes need similar protection. UVR comes from the sun and may also be reflected off surfaces such as water or sand. The best way to ...

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Correctly check your blood sugar

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MNA Life Style Desk: Managing your blood sugar level is very important if you are a diabetic. And these days, you don’t really have to run to a diagnostic center every time you want to test your sugar level. Here are a few tips to correctly check your blood sugar levels at home with your blood glucose meter. Get ready for the test Make sure you read the instruction booklet carefully on how to use the blood glucose meter and the test strips. It is advisable to let your doctor or a healthcare professional demonstrate how the blood glucose meter ...

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Safety tips for this rainy season

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MNA Life Style Desk: The Bangladeshi rainy season is in full force and health safety in this rainy season is very important. The season is the season of excitement, fun and green environment. However, the season also invites a number of health problems which is very difficult to be dealt with such illness. You should take proper precautions to avoid such health problems peeping into your body. Kids need extra care during this season to stay healthy. Here are some tips on how to keep everyone in the family healthy and safe during these very rainy months. Wash hands Bacteria ...

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Religion keeps away from pornography


MNA Life Style Desk: Even as adolescents get more free access to pornography online than ever before, researchers have found that attending religious services can keep the youth away from the adult sites. The study showed that pornography consumption’ increases sharply with age, especially among males However, these age-based increases in pornography viewing are decidedly lesser among those who attend religious services, the researchers said. “We were able determine that there is a barrier effect at play wherein religious social control encourages adolescents to view less pornography over time,” said Kyler Rasmussen, lead author of the study and a PhD ...

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Le Reve launches Eid-ul-Fitr collection

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MNA Life Style Desk: This Eid, Le Reve gives you amazing outfit ideas to adorn with its exclusive Eid collection. The collection comes in exquisite patterns, vibrant colours and exclusive designs and boasts of embroidery work in high quality fabrics like net, chiffon, satin, jacquard, velvet, georgette and silk. Le Reve Eid Collection has clothing for men, women, children and newborns, which will appeal to customers who are looking forward to unique contemporary designs with hints of traditional elements and motifs. This year’s collection theme is Juxtapose, which is an artsy, abstract, modern, and complex trend with lots of primary ...

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Rules and significance of Zakat for the Muslims


MNA Feature Desk: Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and holds huge importance for the Muslims during Ramadan. One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Therefore, our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need. Zakat – also known as zakah – is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived individuals. This mandatory payment is obligatory for every sane and mature Muslim whenever ...

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Take healthy foods during Sehri


MNA Life Style Desk: In Ramadan Muslims across the globe observe fasts from dawn to dusk and also offer prayers five times a day including the night long prayer of Taraweeh, before dawn Muslims have their early morning meal known as Sehri and before dusk they congregate together to have their meal famously known as Iftar. Sehri or Suhoor is the meal consumed before dawn. Sehri is one of the most important meals during Ramadan to keep your energy levels up during the day. Sehri should be a wholesome, moderate meal that is filling and provides enough energy for many ...

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Things you should not tolerate in relationship


MNA Life Style Desk: If you want to be happy in your relationship, you should compromise some issues, sacrifice some matters and you should be patience. Sometimes, things become excess and at that very moment tolerating all those facts are foolishness.  Some matters should not be compromised in a relationship. Lying about important things Little white lies are okay. But lying about important things really matter. A relationship is based on trust, and lying severs it irreparably. If your partner has chances to lie, he will repeat it repeatedly. Relationships are complex, and people cheat for different reasons. It is ...

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Exercises to start your summer fitness period


MNA Life Style Desk: Summer is upon us with warmer mornings and evenings, now is the time to kick-start your summer fitness period. There is still time to get the body you want for this summer. Make the most of sunny days and lighter nights to get yourself in shape by following these exercises. Squats Say goodbye to a saggy butt with this one move exercise. If you want to have bottoms that are round and firm, this exercise is for you. The squat is one of the oldies but goodies when it comes to working out. It is a ...

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Ways to prevent suicidal tendency


MNA Life Style Desk: Remember that a suicidal person isn’t crazy. Often they don’t want to die, suicide is only a desperate attempt to stop internal pain and suffering they feel have become unbearable. With effective help and support, these feelings can be turned around and healthy solutions can be found. Generate hope: In ways that are sincere and meaningful, find ways to focus on the idea that suffering is temporary and that things will get better. Hope comes from the belief that despair is not permanent. Talk about suicide: If you are having thoughts of suicide, tell someone. The ...

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Handle difficult conversations at workplace


MNA Life Style Desk: Conflict is unavoidable in situations where individuals are spending extended periods of time together, so it should come as no surprise that difficult conversations will arise in the workplace. Having difficult conversations is never easy, whether it is with co-workers, staff, or a supervisor; however, with skills and practice, work life and its inevitable conflicts can become more productive and comfortable for everyone involved. Find the root cause of the conflict Before going into a difficult conversation, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions. What is the purpose of the conversation? What would you hope ...

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Healthy foods for children

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MNA Life Style Desk: For many parents, buying and preparing healthy foods is pretty easy. As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Fruit and vegetables Fruit and vegies give your child energy, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fibre and water. They help protect your child’s body against all kinds of diseases. Grain foods Grain foods include breakfast cereals, breads, rice, pasta, corn and more. These foods give your child the energy she ...

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Some delicious dishes for this Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh

MNA Life Style Desk: The Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) will be celebrated on April 14 this year.  As we near the Bengali New Year eve, many Bengalis around the world specially in Bangladesh are planning and preparing a delicious feast to share with family and friends. Panta Ilish This is a traditional New Year Bengali dish. Panta is a word that indicates soaked. This dish is prepared using Panta Bhat – leftover rice that is soaked in water. To be very precise, it is a platter of Panta Bhat served along with fried Hilsa fish, dried Shukti fish, achars, ...

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Get ready to face summer sun rays


MNA Life Style Desk: Summer has already knocked our doors and it means business as you step out of the house and you can literally feel the sun heat burning your skin. Besides dehydrating the body, the extreme temperature can cause havoc on the skin and can cause tanning, pigmentation, early ageing and so on. As you prepare to show more skin, get ready to face the sun’s rays with some summer skin tips. Drink enough water every day Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells. Eight 8-ounce glasses ...

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About 300 million people suffer from depression: WHO


MNA Life Style Desk: More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency released the estimates on Thursday ahead of World Health Day. “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” Xinhua news agency quoted a WHO news release as saying. With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: Let’s ...

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Motivational quotes to conquer obstacles in life


MNA Life Style: Here are some inspirational and motivational quotes to conquer obstacles in life. Whenever you or your loved ones feel lost in life, take a look at them and they can be the beacon lights to guide your way to get through the darkness. True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. —Petrach Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.—Roy T. ...

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Simple ways to enjoy your life better


MNA Life Style Desk: Some people may think that they can only enjoy life when they already have a lot of money or have a successful career. But that’s not true. You can enjoy your life where you are with what you already have. You can enjoy your life now. Just take a break A decent break doesn’t mean zoning out to the TV or going down the internet rabbit hole. Taking a break that is different from the ordinary and lets you hang loose can do wonders for your sense of fun, escape, and fulfillment. Start the day with ...

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Yoga poses to get immediate relaxation


MNA Life Style Desk: Yoga is an ancient discipline that includes meditation, controlled breathing techniques and exercise for preserving overall health and healing various ailments. Yoga and meditation are part of a holistic approach to self-healing that brings about harmony between body, mind and soul and helps in relieving numerous aliments. Downward Facing Dog Pose The down dog or the downward facing dog pose is an amazing stress-relieving yoga pose that helps in waking up the senses and reduces fatigue and tiredness. It helps in improving bone density and preventing bone diseases such as osteoporosis in women. It rejuvenates the ...

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Some unnecessary wastes of money


MNA Life Style Desk: Some money saving tips are obvious, like flying coach, cutting back on eating out, or ditching expensive bad habits like smoking. In fact, you may be wasting money in extremely common but often overlooked ways. Buying a snack at the gas station All those bottles of soda and chip bags you pick up when you’re filling up the tank or making a stop at the drug store add up. Make a rule that you have to track those entire little snack purchases and you only get a small allowance of them per month. Get in the ...

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Make afternoons as fruitful as mornings


MNA Life Style Desk: Analysis shows afternoons are the most unproductive part of the day. And, there are plenty of culprits for the same our eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and more. We all know that every working professional is looking for ways to become more productive and get more done within the designated eight working hours. Use afternoons to meetings Meetings are a necessary evil, which no team can do without. But, it is a well-known fact that not all meetings are productive. Scheduling meetings in the second half of the day can be a great way to boost the ...

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Keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy


MNA Life Style Desk: You have so many good reasons to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy. New research suggests that gum disease can lead to other problems in the body, including increased risk of heart disease. Start children early Despite great strides in decay prevention, one in four young children develops signs of tooth decay before they start school. Half of all children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities. Dental care should begin as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, usually around six months. Seal off trouble Permanent molars come in around age 6. ...

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Quotes should adopt in everyday life


MNA Life Style Desk: Most of us live by a motto whether it’s one we have adopted or one we have developed over time in everyday life. However, with all the great quotes out there (especially on Pinterest), it’s difficult to embrace just one as your day-to-day mantra. “You have not lived today until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.”—John Bunyan. “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. And believe that everything happens for a reason. ...

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Make your house like a home


MNA Life Style Desk: Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. Make the windows your own One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature. Make some art If you have ...

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