World Sleep Day: These Desi Clove (Laung) Home Remedies May Help You Sleep Better

It's the World Sleep day today. World Sleep Day is celebrated to promote awareness about sleeping and importance of proper sleeping patterns, sleep quality and consequences of poor sleep. The urban lifestyle, increase in stress and anxiety, and poor dietary choices have taken an immense toll on our sleep. The number of people complaining of sleep deprivation has witnessed a rampant growth. According to experts, one must sleep at least eight hours a day. It is very critical to ensure your body gets these eight hours of rest to recover from the day's load and prepare for the day that lies ahead. Sleep is crucial for repair and recovery of blood vessels; lack of sleep can cause irritability and may reduce focus, result in weight gain and even lead to depression. 

Clove Remedy For Sound Sleep- 

Sleep deprivation should not be taken lightly; if the condition is chronic it demands immediate medical attention. If it is not so chronic, then there are a plenty of home remedies you could bring to your use too. One of the most trusted remedies to induce sleep is the clove oil remedy. 

Cloves are an integral part of every Indian kitchen cabinet; they have shared a prominent place in Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine. The pungent herb is known to treat nausea, digestive disorders and flu. While clove is essentially a winter spice and the shelf life of the herb is long, you can store the herb all through the year and make yourself some clove oil at home itself. 

In addition to helping you sleep better, clove's active compounds and anti-inflammatory effects helps soothe head-aches, muscle pain and joint pains. It is also effective in healing cold and flu. All of these factors often come in way of good sleep too. 

Mix four drops of clove oil with salt and apply it on your forehead and you would feel instant relief from any discomfort, enabling you to sleep better. You can also apply some warm clove oil along with sesame oil on the forehead, right before bedtime and have a sound sleep.
If you do not have clove oil around, you can also brew yourself some clove tea at home and drink it before you go to sleep. Take one teaspoon of clove and grind it coarsely. Now, add this powder to a cup of water. Allow it to boil for 5-10 minutes. Strain it and drink. You can add a teaspoon of honey to the tea too. Make sure you add honey after you are done boiling. It is a good idea to keep a window of one, one and a half hour between drinking this tea and your bedtime.

Tea Or Coffee- Which Is A Healthier And Better Breakfast Drink?

Which is better- tea or coffee? The debate is as old as the drinks themselves. The two caffeinated drinks are wildly popular around the world and are both consumed with breakfast meals, albeit after being prepared in a variety of differing ways. Some people like their tea with milk, some like it black with just a little bit of honey and lemon. Similarly, while some people need to gulp black bitter espresso shots to jerk themselves awake, some others like their coffees sugary sweet with a generous helping of milk, cream and foam. Both the drinks are addictive morning stimulants and tea and coffee enthusiasts will never want to trade their respective preferred drink for anything else in the morning.
But the question remains, which drink is better and healthier for you as a morning drink? We all know that caffeine is bad for health when consumed in excess. Drinking too much caffeine everyday can cause a number of problems including nervousness, anxiety, irritability, upset stomach and gas, and even irregular heartbeat. Therefore, most health experts will tell you to keep off excess caffeine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the FDS has set the safe caffeine consumption limit to 400 mg, which amounts to about four to five small cups of coffee . With this out of the way, let's take a look at which of these two popular drinks is better for consumption with your breakfast meal.

Black coffee is said to reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes, help in management of weight by improving metabolism and energy levels and is even said to improve cognition and reduce risks of Alzheimer's and dementia. Black coffee can rev up metabolism much better than black tea and hence is the preferred source of caffeine for gym freaks. Tea on the other hand comes in many caffeine-rich varieties, including green, black, white and oolong. Depending on which caffeinated tea you prefer, tea also has a number of health benefits. Black tea for example is said to reduce blood pressure, keep blood sugar under check and even reduce risk of strokes. Tea is rich in antioxidants which protect heart function and fight inflammation in the body.

So bottom line is, depending on what kind of benefits you want to draw from your caffeinated drink, you can take your pick. If you're looking to energise your body quickly for a hectic working morning, coffee can help you much better than tea. But if you need a caffeine-fix that relaxes you and supplies your body with healing antioxidants, then go for black tea. Tea is also better than coffee for those who are prone to acidity, given that the tea is milk and sugar-free. For more antioxidants opt for green tea and white tea. Herbal tea is another caffeine-free breakfast option for those who suffer from acidity.

Consumption of Sugary Drinks Linked To Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases

Fan of sugary beverages? Over-indulging in these may put your heart at risk. If the findings of a latest study are to be believed, sugary drinks may be associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases.
Drinking these sugar-sweetened drinks, such as sodas and sports drinks, was found to have detrimental effects on participants' hearts, many of whom were afflicted with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and, to a lesser extent, cancers, according to new research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. The risk of death rose with increase in consumption of more sugar-sweetened drinks.
The findings said that substituting one sugary drink a day with an artificially sweetened drink was associated with a slightly lower risk of dying. However, drinking four or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with a higher risk of death among women.
This particular finding needs to be confirmed with additional research, to come to conclusive results said the researchers.
"Drinking water in place of sugary drinks is a healthy choice that could contribute to longevity. Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice," said Vasanti Malik, lead author on the paper.
People in America may have reduced their dependence on sugary drinks, but it is still counted as one of the single largest sources of added sugar in the U.S. diet and their consumption is on the rise around the world.

For the study, the scientists used data from two large-scale longitudinal studies. Researchers examined data from 37,716 men in the Health Professionals follow-up study and 80,647 women in the Nurses' Health Study. They controlled for other dietary factors, physical activity and body mass index so that any effect measured could be independently linked with sugar-sweetened beverages.

The researchers tried to examine the association between drinking artificially sweetened beverages and death. According to American Heart Association's recent advisory, people who are high consumers of sugary drinks, may start drinking low-calorie sweetened drinks (artificially sweetened) as a useful replacement strategy to reduce their intake of sugary drinks.

People who are habituated to drinking sugary beverages may benefit a lot from this strategy.

This Is How This Popular Summer Vegetable Juice Helps Burn Belly Fat

The long, gloomy winters are finally a thing of past. And as we bid our final goodbyes to our cosy blankets and blazers, we cannot wait for things sunny, warm and delightful. Spring and summer in India comes loaded with a lot of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Since eating seasonal foods is one of the best practices espoused by Ayurveda, a significant part of our summer preparations include a lot of these veggies and herbs. Now particularly, your body is looking for something cool and since you perspire so much, you also need to ensure constant inflow of vitalising nutrients. The cool and crunchy cucumber is one of our most favourite veggies that helps look after all our summer needs. 
Cucumbers help detox the body. They serve as an excellent diuretic too. Since they are packed with potassium and magnesium, they are very effective in managing high blood pressure by negating ill-effects of sodium. Cucumber is also used widely in various beauty regimes. Being an excellent source of silica, cucumbers help you de-tan and nourish the skin from within. Cucumbers are also known to be excellent for heart health; they contain lariciresinol, secoisolariciresinol, and pinoresinol, three lignans (plant hormones) that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, notes the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing.
In addition to being a powerhouse of nutrients, cucumber is also known to support sustainable weight loss. Nutritionists and fitness enthusiasts across the world often use cucumbers in a variety of their diet preparations.

Here's what makes cucumber a weight loss-friendly veggie. 

1. Would you believe 95 percent of cucumber's weight is just water? The high water content helps fill you up, without much calorie load.
2. Cucumber is often called a 'negative calorie' food, because of its super-low calorie count. Hundred grams of cucumbers contain only 16 calories. It is believed that you end up burning more calories in digesting the inherent calorie-load of cucumber. 
3. According to the book 'Healing foods,' cucumbers contain erepsin, a digestive enzyme that helps break down protein. Anything that is good for gut helps facilitate digestion. A healthy digestion is key to weight loss. 
4. Cucumber also helps you detox and checks bloating. Cucumber is made up of 95% water and two compounds - ascorbic acid and caffeic acid - which prevent water retention.

How To Make Cucumber Juice For Weight Loss

You would need:
1 medium cucumber
2 large stalks of celery (with ends removed)
1 cored apple

How to make cucumber juice:

1. In a juicer, take cucumber, celery stalks and apples. Blend well.
2. Pour this juice into a glass and drink fresh.
Apples and celery help in boosting the weight loss quotient of this summer juice even more. Their high water and fibre content makes the juice more filling.

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