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Guest post : An Essential Oils Guide for Beginners!

Over the years, essential oils have been gaining more and more attention and it’s because of the benefits that it gives. Many people could tell that essential oils make them feel better. They have the ability to relieve several symptoms such as anxiety, stress, headache, and many others. And because of that, a lot of people are considering them as their natural relief for respective symptoms.

What are essential oils?

An essential oil is a natural oil which is a product of the process known as distillation. It is famous for the smell and aroma that it provides and this aroma has a lot to offer—including relief for specific symptoms and conditions. From dietary to cosmetic aspects, an essential oil offers a variety of benefits.

How is it produced?

Basically, an essential is extracted not only through distillation but as well as cold pressing and rein tapping. How to Use Essential Oils There are a lot of ways to make use of essential oils and these include the following:

1. Aromatic

Essential oils are powerful that even if you just sniff them, you will experience physiologic, emotional, and psychological responses. It’s because they are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors which are directly connected to the limbic system. As you may know, the limbic system is crucial to supporting various functions of the body such as smelling, feeling different emotions, behaving, and thinking. Because of this, it is no surprise how essential oils can do wonders to the body’s system.

Essential oils simply uplift you and if you feel somewhat stressed-out over the daily hassles and pressures in life, just the smell of their aroma can make a difference. Other effects of essential oils include calming sensation.

If you are using essential oils aromatically, you do not need diffuser devices. All you need to do is to pour a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand, cup it around your nose, breathe deeply, and enjoy its relaxing scent.

You can also perform a different method. Example, you can apply an oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car. You can also combine your oils and place the combination in a spray bottle with water, then mist it on your carpet, furniture, or bedsheets. Or, you can also add an oil if you are washing your sheets. Other people use an essential oil in household surface cleaners, too.

2. Topical

Topical application, otherwise known as skin application, is one of the effective methods when using essential oils. It’s because they have low molecular weights and they easily come through the skin. When the essential oils are absorbed, they remain in the applied area where they provide therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

One of the efficient ways to easily absorb the essential oils to the skin is to perform a light massage to the area. This will increase the blood flow, therefore, the distribution throughout the body is well-improved. The absorption is also much better if you opt for a carrier oil, especially when the skin it’s being applied to is dry or flaky.

To avoid skin sensitivity, you should use a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. This kind of oil dilutes more potent oils. Recommended dilution ratio should be one drop of essential oil to at least three drops of carrier oil.

Parts of the body where you can apply essential oils are arms, legs, the bottom of the feet, chest, abdomen, neck, forehead, and temples.

3. Internal

Essential oils can also be used internally as they are also considered as best dietary supplements. An example of this is using a sprinkle of cinnamon on your oatmeal. You will see how tasteful it is when there’s cinnamon. Another example is sipping a mug of peppermint tea or adding fresh basil leaves to your pasta. See, there are a lot of uses of essential oils and all you need to do is to just discover them.

Adding essential oils to your diet gives you a lot of health benefits. Not only that. It also adds flavouring and aroma to the food. And when they are in their concentrated forms, they can also be used as supplements to relieve specific symptoms. Rest assured that they are safe and very effective to use.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Some of the benefits of essential oils include relief of the following symptoms: · Asthma · Acne · Colds · Dry skin · Flu · Flatulence · Loss of appetite · Anxiety · Fatigue · Gout · Stress · Stretch marks · Scars · Depression · Emotional imbalance · Allergies · Arthritis · Insomnia

Conclusion

Now that you learn about the wonders and benefits of essential oils, you might be thinking about buying ones for yourself. Essential oils can be bought online or you can also visit your favourite stores near you.

About the Author:

Hello! My name is Lea Harrison, a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. My goal and the purpose of www.essentialoildiffuserusa.com is to help educate you on the proper use of various essential oils safe.

Thanks to Lea for sharing this informative post with my readers!

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Review and Giveaway : Pandavita’s Baobab powder!

Hey guys,

Today am super excited to review a superfood which most of you might not have heard about – Baobab Powder!. Pandavita, a UK based brand, sells 100% natural, 100% organic Baobab powder that’s produced in Ghana, Africa & packed in the UK.

Baobab

What is Baobab?

Baobab (Bay-Oh-Bab) is an exotic fruit, grown on magnificent trees in Africa. It is the only fruit in the world that naturally dries inside its shell and this is because of the hot weather. Pandavita removes the sweet-tasting, dried fruit powder and pack it into kraft-paper pouches. Their baobab fruit powder is 100% organic and free from nasties like sugar, preservatives and additives. It is just a pure, raw superfruit.

Baobab fruit

Baobab fruit

Baobab tree is also known as the upside down tree, the monkey bread tree or the tree of life. They look other worldly. Pretty breathtaking, don’t you think?..

Baobab tree

Benefits of Baobab

Overall studies have shown that baobab has:

●10 times the antioxidant level of oranges and 6 x more antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.

● Up to 6 times more Vitamin C than oranges.

● 4 times more potassium than a banana.

● 2 times more calcium than milk.

● More iron than spinach.

It also contains zinc, manganese, essential fatty acids, phosphorus, protein and vitamin B complexes.

To read more about the benefits of Baobab, click here.

No wonder it’s a superfood!. Just imagine the benefits of including Baobab powder into your daily diet.

How to add Baobab in your diet

To try it for yourself, use 5-10g (1-2 teaspoons) of this fruit powder in water, a fruit juice or a smoothie; or you can sprinkle it onto cereal or yoghurt.

Smoothie

Baobab & Carrot Smoothie Bowl

raw fudge

Raw Cacao, Baobab & Almond Butter Fudge Bites

Check out Pandavita’s super informative & beautiful baobab recipes that allows you to get creative and gives you ideas on how to incorporate it into foods.The health benefits (such as a positive mood shift, increased energy, better digestion, glowing skin & much more) that you will get from using this vegan-friendly, sugar-free and dairy-free baobab powder are enormous.

My experience with Baobab powder

This fine, cream colored, raw fruit powder is a treat to the taste buds. It has a tart, citrusy taste. It has a full bodied, complex flavor that leaves you with a filling sensation. I first tried the powder on it’s own to understand it’s taste.

Baobab powder

Then, I tried it as a drink. When mixing with water, add a little water to the powder to create a paste, then gradually add more water while stirring. It’s a lovely drink with a citrusy taste. I tried with 2 tsps in a glass of water as suggested on the pack that the powder came in. But had to increase the number of tsps to get the right taste.

The Baobab powder comes in a resealable, recyclable environment friendly & cute Kraft paper pouch. Just love it!. 5% of every purchase on Pandavita goes to charity, which is great. I highly recommend you try this because it is so delicious and will enhance the flavour of anything that you are having, that has a fruity taste to begin with. Not to mention all the wonderful benefits it comes loaded with. Also, this product is gluten free, vegan friendly, paleo friendly, non GMO, dairy free & sugar free.

To buy, click here. It’s available in 50 gms, 100 gms & 250 gms packs. You can get 10% off by using the discount code 10OFF.

Reading about all of it’s benefits, being the skincare crazed person that I am, I couldn’t help but wonder whether it’s available as a skincare product. Guess what I found online?. Aura Cacia’s organic Baobab oil!. That’s on my wish list now 🙂

Also, did you notice Pandavita’s logo?. It’s so adorable and cute. They chose their name based on the fact that Pandas are adorable and seem so happy and ‘vita’ in Italian means ‘happy life’. It’s all about achieving a happy, healthy life ♥.

Giveaway

The amazingly friendly Director of Pandavita, Kieran, is sponsoring a pack of Baobab powder (containing a generous 50 gms) to one of my awesome followers. It is open worldwide and can be entered using the Rafflecopter form below. Please enter only if you have a postal address. Giveaway ends on Mar 21st, 2017 and winner will be announced by Mar 24th. Good luck!.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own. All images on this page belong to Pandavita, unless otherwise specified.

Miraculous Belly Fat Cutter Detox drink – My results!

Hey guys,

This is totally insane and miraculous!. I saw a forward msg on Whatsapp about a detox drink and decided to try it out. I seriously can’t believe there is such a drastic change. Btw, a huge thanks to Nisa Homey, the one who created this video. Please watch video below :

So, the miraculous drink contains only 3 ingredients and only needs to be taken for a week.

To make a glass of it, you need :
● Handful of Moringa leaves
● Juice of 1/2 a lemon &
● Honey

Just blend together with a glass of water and drink, without even the need of straining.

My results

The drink is refreshing and just the slightest bit bitter because of the Moringa leaves. I have noticed that if you use light green leaves (the younger ones), its an enjoyable drink, but if you use more ripe, dark green leaves, the bitter taste will be there.

The first couple of days, immediately after having the drink, I was burping almost nonstop. I didn’t know I was that bloated!. This didn’t happen much in my mom’s case but my aunt had the exact experience as myself.

Next, I continued having the exact same kind of food I usually have. So basically, I wasn’t dieting or exercising. BUT, my appetite went really low and my cravings for junk food is next to non existent now!. I also no longer snack on chips and chocolate.

If you know me, you will know that I am a foodie. Pizza, burger, pasta, KFC are what dominates both my waking and sleeping state (I dream about food). That’s the extend of my cravings. That’s how it’s been for the past 14 years. But now, everything has changed in just one week.. It’s as if the unimaginable has happened.

Here is a pic of Kerala’s beloved Steamed rice cake (a.k.a Putt):

Putt

Image from Google

It comprises of a cylinder of a mix of rice flour, coconut, salt and water, that’s steamed. One cylinder usually comprises of three pieces. I used to eat one such cylinder for breakfast!. However, now I eat only one piece. Not that I am purposely eating that much, but I am able to eat only that much and I feel full.

Next point to note is my weight. Though I feel much lighter, as if I have shed a lot of kgs, I’ve shed only 1.5 kgs. However, the major difference is my waistline. I have lost about 2 inches of fat from my waist, thus giving me a slimmer look.. I suddenly am fitting into clothes that I had stored away for the day when I will fit into them!. My stomach feels like it’s pulled inwards. I even got the confidence to wear saree after more than an year, after doing this.

saree

Lastly, my energy levels are really high. Loving this burst of energy ♡

This is a fantastic start to get into shape and I urge you to try it. Also, if you are planning to lose weight fast for an upcoming occasion, look no further, this is your solution.

Anything taken in excess is considered bad and same goes for this drink. Don’t get overzealous & drink it everyday. After a week, definitely take a break. I am planning to do this once a month, to continue reaping the benefits.

I checked out Nisa Homey’s YT channels (she has two) and I have now subscribed to both since her videos are all about healthy food and skinny recipes. She has done more detox drinks that I can’t wait to try. Huge thanks to her!

Btw, Moringa leaves are easily available in India. However, for those of you who don’t have access to it, do not fret. Just use 1 tsp of organic Moringa leaf powder along with the other 2 ingredients, to prepare a glass of this drink.

Definitely try it out and share your experience with me..

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My New Year Resolutions for 2017!

Hello ♥

Happy new year to all of you & here is wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous & healthy 2017!

happy new year image

I thought I’ll share my resolutions for the upcoming year with you all. True that at times I think resolutions are perfect to be followed in January & then conveniently dumped from February on!. Lol. But, a girl can hope yeah?. Here are my 6 goals :

Lose weight – Probably on everyone’s list & the top one too.. I am currently 77 kgs. By the end of 2017, I hope to reach 65 kgs. Back in 2014, the doc informed me that I can’t conceive unless I lose weight and in a period of 1.5 years I reduced my weight from 83 kgs to 68 kgs. Here is my transformation pic even though the last pic is when I was 72 kgs. I went on to lose 4 more kgs but didn’t click a pic. So yeah, if I put my mind to it, I know I can do it.

Weightloss transformation

Btw if you are wondering how I lost weight, it’s by :

¤ cutting out rice almost completely
¤ cutting out junk food especially burgers, pasta & pizza (my absolute fav stuff) &
¤ going for a walk for about an hour a day

Side note – My fav shopping site, iHerb has a ‘New Year New You’ special deal happening, for a limited time. It offers extremely low prices on Sports, Fitness, Weightloss & Athletic products. They ship worldwide from US.

new year goals

Drink more water – I drink only about a couple of glasses a day right now!. It is soo less. I wish to start with 2 litres a day and then increase it to 3 litres. Water helps flush out toxins & brings in overall wellness. I am so lazy when it comes to reaching for that cup of water. I hope to beat it, this year.

Drink water

Image from Memecenter

Blog more – Being a mom is more tough than I ever imagined. I literally have no time or I am failing fantastically in time management. I have been slacking so badly in putting up posts. I wish to post consistently from now on.

Take haircare more seriously – I always give massive importance to skincare, but never for haircare. 2017 needs to be different.. I have invested in the below products in hopes of achieving an attractive mane of hair :

Haircare products

¤ Tigi S Factor hair moisture serum – While searching for a good hair serum, I came across this one because of the many rave reviews it has earned. Detailed review later.

¤ Cedarwood essential oil– Known to help in strengthening hair and fighting hair loss. I bought this online and it will be featured in my next iHerb haul.

¤ Bass boar bristle brush – People are raving about these brushes. There must be something special in it then, right?. Wait for my review about it for details 🙂

¤ Dessata detangler brush – My hair gets so tangled, I am not even kidding when I say it resembles a bird’s nest at times. Again, wait for my detailed review coming up soon.

¤ Shampoo & conditioner from Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line – Been loving this recently and I intend to make it a part of my regular haircare routine in 2017. These were sent to me for review but rest of the products mentioned above were purchased on my own.

Enjoy motherhood more – Being a mom to my son, Eshaan, is such a blessing. But being someone who is blatantly frank, I would be lying if I said motherhood has not made me tired, irate and generally mad!. But I need to ‘Keep calm & be a patient mom’. Lol. No doubt about it, he is adorable and so so naughty. He is nearly 14 months old. I love him soo much. Here is his pic, since you guys have never seen him before… God bless him, touchwood..

Be thankful – It’s easy to be hopeless, sad and irate with situations that life throws at you. But I need to be more thankful, appreciate life more and as such, discover more happiness.. I know it will make me a much better version of myself 🙂

Being thankful

Image from Google.com

Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great & successful year ahead of you ♥. If you have couple of mins to spare, let me know in the comments below, what your resolutions are for 2017 🙂

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Stocking Stuffer / Gift Ideas for Christmas!

Hi guys,

Christmas is only about 12 days away.. Since many keep shopping to the last minute (they belong in Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list ;)), I decided to do a gift guide based on my favorite shopping site ever, iHerb, which is US based but ships worldwide. To UAE, they ship in 3 – 4 days ,right to your doorstep, via DHL.

Ok, onto the gift ideas (Click on pix to go to the respective page)…

Artisan soaps

What are these cute things you might think?. They are handcrafted artisan soaps by the brand Hugo Naturals, weighing between 113 – 170 gms each and ranging between $4.29 – $6.29 per piece. How adorable & festive looking are these!

Real Techniques

For your beauty bestie :). Real Techniques is such a popular brand. Be it the Bold Metals collection or the Miracle sponges, these make great gifts/stocking stuffers. The sets shown above range from $12.99 – $38.88.

Mad Hippie

A skincare set from advanced skincare brand, Mad Hippie ♡

Sleep over kit

A cute gift for a child.

Workout

A thoughtful gift for your fitness freak friend, from the brand MuscleTech!.

Essential oils gift

A wonderful starter kit for a newbie essential oils user. The set also includes a portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser.

Gift for men

Not to forget the man in your life, here is a simple skincare set for him.

For more gift ideas, click here.

Discount codes for you & promotion

● Please note that in addition to the usual discounts on each product on the site, most gift sets are on 15% off until Dec 14th.

● Use code SCZ695 to get 10% off your first time order (irrespective of your bill total). This code will never expire.

● Use code YEAREND10 to get a further 10% off your order (only applicable on orders over $40). This is valid until Dec 30th. This code can be used along with the previous code & thus a first time customer can get upto 20% off their order.

♡ Merry Christmas & have a lovely time with your family & loved ones ♡

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Guest post : Aromatherapy & Pain

Pain as a sensation, both internal and external, has intrigued doctors and physicians for as long as people have been offering medical observations. With the explosion of technological equipment in recent decades, researchers are shining a new light on some surprising avenues as evidence is hinted at, through work in cutting edge research, of their potential benefits. One such relatively heretofore unexplored field that offers tantalizing promise is the research being made into the benefits of aromatherapy, or the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants.

Aromatherapy

The Mayo Clinic, a leading organization of over three thousand doctors and medical professionals, while cautioning that research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy is still somewhat in its infancy, nonetheless offers several potential benefits as its guidance on the subject. Given the many, often insidious, stressors posed by the grind of the modern bustle, perhaps it is essential a person afford themselves as many opportunities to achieve their full potential productivity and feeling of wellbeing.

The miracle of modern medicine has instilled in many of us a great faith towards the power of drug treatment. It can be devastating when such options do not quite offer the relief they potentially advertise. Enter the benefits of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Benefits

The prestigious Mayo Clinic offers several promising potential benefits that aromatherapy can offer. In particular, doctors there point to lavender oil as being especially beneficial in dealing with pain management. Cautioning with the usual tempered nature of medical professionals, the organization does stress that the research pointing to this potential benefits have stemmed from “smaller studies.” However, the promising data seems to indicate that aromatherapy, particularly the essence of lavender, will “reduce pain” in surgical and therapeutic settings. Symptomatic pain is a monster that can rear its many ugly heads in both the body and mind.

For the fatigues of the brain too, though, aromatherapy seems to offer some form of relief. It is reasonable to say that the majority of people, if not themselves suffering from it, have experienced to some degree the awfulness of depression. A sobering statistic concerning depression illustrates just how widespread the condition seems to be. In the United States, it is surprising to see that an estimated 16.1 million people have had “at least one major depressive episode in the past year,” and this number barely hints at the countless, though perhaps more manageable, fits of depressive feeling that can strike a person at times. Thankfully, a salve of some sort does seem to be available in the usage of aromatherapy. Potentially beneficial in combating depression, the Mayo Clinic attests that usage of essential oils may have “improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions.” Demonstrable relief seems well worth the small investment in lavender oil.

How Aromatherapy connects

There is an established connection between the sense of smell and the limbic system of the brain, which processes emotions. Extrapolating this, several research points suggest an intriguing connection between aromatherapeutical procedures and the pain processing centers of the brain. Though of course more research is always preferred, and in the case of aromatherapy desired, researchers at the American Academy of Pain Medicine offer with certainty extensive observations concerning the “emotional and financial burden” stemming from the “cost of unrelieved pain,” pegging the condition as a 635 billion dollar burden on public health in the United States.

If new advancements in medical research seem to point to the potential benefit of aromatherapy, it is worthwhile the public be made aware. Physical pain, depression, and the many other worrying conditions out there haunting humankind, are rarely solved by one single solution alone. Aromatherapy may help, and if there is a pressing need to relax coming up, give essence of lavender a try. After all, it may just be the breath of fresh air one needs to feel a new rejuvenation.

Author

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. He has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

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Self-Awareness: Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem!

Cultivating a healthy self-esteem for your child is key to a lifetime of well-being and happiness. Children with high self-esteem value themselves and have a more realistic understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, while children with an unhealthy self-esteem, often have a hard time fitting in and don’t always have control of their emotions.

Research shows that more and more teenagers are suffering from low self-esteem, this is more prevalent in girls than boys. Statistics suggest that up to 70% of girls in Western countries suffer from low self-esteem especially when it comes to their body image. Girls as young as 10 years old are afraid of being over-weight and often compare themselves to their peers. On the other hand, the number one cause of low self-esteem with boys, is obesity.

Reasons for Low Self -Esteem

When parents are not responsive to the needs of their child, he or she can grow up without any attachment to their parents. Therefore, early nurturing is vital and helps set a child up and make him or her feel good about themselves. Moreover, if a parent is suffering from low self-esteem it tends to affect the child; a parent should never speak negatively or talk down about themselves in front of a child as this causes the child to feel that they too need to change something about themselves in order to be happy.

Way to Boost Self -Esteem

¤ Quality time

Spend quality time with your kids. Regardless of their age, do an activity together where you give full attention to them; this will make them feel important and hence improve their self-worth.

¤ Positive Image

Always reflect a positive image of your child. Your opinion of them counts, and they always want to please you. Thus, make sure you are giving them positive reflections.

¤ Give Responsibility

When a child see’s that you trust them to do something, they begin to feel they are an important part of the family. For example, when a teen is helping with the dishes, he/she gets a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished.

¤ Being Part of a Team

Children that are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem because being part of a team gives the child a sense of belonging. It also helps them work together with others towards a common goal.  

Always encourage your child to express their feelings instead of hiding them. Make sure that your home is a safe zone where a child can say whatever they feel without fear of judgement.

About American Center Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN)

The American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) is a premier medical facility focused on providing patients with the highest quality primary and specialized medical care and health education services. Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2008, they have since expanded their facilities to Dubai and Sharjah, providing services to over 40,000 patients since its establishment. Thanks to Dr. Candice Render, Educational Psychologist at the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology for this informative post.

Dr Candice Render

Dr. Candice Render

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Dealing with Colic in Babies!

Hey all,

I wouldn’t categorize my son as colicky buy there are times when no amount of trying, makes him stop crying. This inconsolable crying that is intense and lasts for some time is the condition called Colic. This is a common condition and can start from as early as 2 weeks and last until 6th month. In my son, I noticed this from 3.5 months onwards. He is 5 months old now.

Some symptoms :

● Crying starts just like that without any particular reason
● No amount of trying helps
● Baby passes more gas
● His little tummy seems swollen
● He furrows his brows with the intensity of crying
● He brings up his legs towards his stomach and clenches stomach muscles

There is no particular cure for Colic. Only passing of time and some medicines will help relieve the baby. Here are the medicines that I use for him, so that he feels relieved from the gas build up in his stomach :

Gripe water – This is a very popular product that is given to such babies. I bought one too. It was an over-the-counter purchase and not with a prescription from the doctor. It’s by the brand Woodward’s, which is popular where I live. It’s a gentle antacid and helps to calm down any acid reflux that happens in the baby. It is colorless and has a soothing taste. Price : Rs 40 (Approx AED 2.19) for a 130 ml bottle.

Gripe water

Colicaid Drops – This is made to deal with Infant Colic, Griping Pain & Flatulence. It’s a thick, white product. It contains Dill oil, Fennel oil and Simethicone, which is an active ingredient that helps relieve colic. Price : Rs 66 (Approx AED 3.61) for a 30 ml bottle.

Colicaid

Colicaid EZ– Produced by the same company that produces Colicaid Drops, this one is slightly different. The ‘EZ’ in the name stands for Enzyme. This works better than the previous one. It contains Diastase, Pepsin and Simethicone. It’s made to relieve Indigestion, Flatulence & Infant Colic. It’s brown in color, thick in consistency and has a very strong taste. Price : Rs 60.50 (Approx AED 3.31) for a 15 ml bottle.

Colicaid EZ

Colicarmin – This is my favorite one because it seems to give instant relief to him. It’s an orange / red colored product. It’s a completely herbal product with Soya, Cardamom, Hing & Sanchal in it. This is a product I highly recommend. Price : Rs 40 (Approx AED 2.19) for a 30 ml bottle.

Colicarmin

Babylac powder – Introducing probiotics into your child’s body is a great way to combat indigestion, which inevitably leads to more gas production. The Lactic Acid Bacillus in this product creates healthy bacteria in your baby’s intestine. It’s a white colored powder, that should be diluted in water or milk. Price : Rs 73.70 (Approx AED 4.04) for a 30 gms container.

BabyLac

Other things that help :

● Putting baby in a prone position helps him to expel gas and be relieved.

● Holding him in an upright position while feeding helps him to swallow less air, thus creating less gas inside him.

● While preparing formula milk, don’t make it immediately before feeding, since you will be shaking the bottle during prep, which creates air bubbles in the milk. Let it settle for couple of minutes and then only offer it to your baby.

Hope this post helps you out in some way or the other. It’s not a comprehensive guide on colic yet these are things that have worked for me. All medicines mentioned above, except Gripe Water were bought after my doc prescribed it for him. Everything was purchased from India. If you would like to buy gripe water or other popular, over-the-counter colic products that doesn’t need a doctor’s prescription, check out this US based site that ships worldwide.

The above is a post I wrote for City Times magazine, back in April. To read the post there, click here

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Free Your Fury with Reebok!

REEBOK CLASSIC INTRODUCES SS16 FURYLITE COLLECTION WITH DYNAMIC MOVING CAMPAIGN 

Reebok FuryLite

Reebok Classic releases the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of the dual gender Furylite, a bold, stylish sneaker fusing stand-out fashion with technologically advanced architectural features. The dynamic new campaign, ‘Free Your Fury’ shot by Warwick Saint, tells a story of freedom and escape while showcasing the shoe’s fashion credentials by pairing it with a series of upscale yet wearable looks.The Furylite Spring Summer 2016 collection retails from AED 345 – 395 and is available at Reebok Classic The Dubai Mall, Stadium Yas Mall & Stadium Abu Dhabi Marina Mall.

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Are you tired of being fooled?

DON’T BE FOREVER FOOLED THIS APRIL: VICTORIA’S SECRET MEDIA INFLUENCER AND TV PERSONALITY AMY KITCHINGMAN REVEALS 4 OF THE BIGGEST WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS 

Amy Kitchingman

Have you been working out so hard for more than 6 months now but you have not seen any result so far? Have you been skipping that dessert since Christmas but you are still desperately looking at that sagging stomach? Have you been aiming and rushing to lose weight for the summer season but you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel?.

Amy Kitchingman, official presenter for Physique TV’s On The Go, former Miss Great Britain and the new media influencer for the humongous brand Victoria’s Secret sports collection enumerates 4 of the most common weight loss myths that can deceive you, with or without April Fool’s Day!

MYTH #1: THE GREEN LIGHT IS ON FOR ALL GREEN TEA

FACT: Green tea is definitely one of nature’s best gifts to mankind as it fights toxins, improves mental alertness and helps aid weight loss, but this doesn’t mean that all green tea products that are on the market are good for you.  

I’ve seen green tea candy with 50 calories per candy, green tea chocolate with more than 100 calories, green tea chips with more than 200 calories per pack and the worst of them all – the green tea shake that has more than 500 calories per cup as much as a burger with fries! 

Green tea is amazing but only in its purest form. The next time you see ‘green tea’ products, Read the back of the label. If theres anything in there that you cant pronounce,(and this rule goes for pretty much everything) and  doesn’t sound like it comes straight from the green tea plant then put it down.

MYTH #2: DIET FOODS WILL MAKE YOU THIN 

FACT: Although diet food may contain less calories, you have to think about all the nasties ( E numbers and chemicals we cant even pronounce) that have to go inside them to make them taste like the original version. Personally, I keep away from diet food and prefer to eat plenty of the right food,organic foods, in their natural state. Not only is this going to help me maintain my diet long term instead of binging on diet foods, that really aren’t going to satisfy my bodies nutritional needs. But natural foods are going to help my hair, teeth and skin look great too, as well as my waistline.

MYTH #3: LESS FOOD, LESS MISTAKE

FACT: This is probably the worst myth that anyone can believe and sadly there are still many people who believes it. Starving or skipping meals is the greatest mistake that you can do to your body. Our body is like a machine and it needs regular fuel to be able to work. Instead of creating a habit that may lead to disorders such as anorexia, try to develop a healthy eating routine in small portions such as 3 light meals and 2 snacks a day composed of fruits and nuts.

If you’re combining your diet with a work out you also need to be able to fuel that workout affectively. So feed your body!.

MYTH #4: FITNESS IS A SPRINT, NOT A MARATHON

FACT: When people say they are starting a diet, I always ask their near term goals, which are usually to loose weight. And then the long term goals which are usually to keep the weight they have lost off. But to enable this to happen, you need to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. Not just a quick fix of the latest trending diet. These fads are never going to leave you with the long term results you want.Adapting to an overall healthy lifestyle will help you achieve what it is you want, and help you maintain it. I lost a substantial amount of weight over 4 months but those changes that I made back then to enable me to loose the weight in the first place I still practise now.Achieving your fitness goals is not a race, its about how you can make them benefit you the longest.

ABOUT AMY KITCHINGMAN

Amy Kitchingman

Amy Kitchingman is a Dubai-based TV and media personality who is well known for being the endearing TV host for Physique TV’s On The Go, a show that focuses on travelling and restaurant hopping while staying fit and healthy. She is also the former Miss Great Britain and placed 2nd runner up for Miss Tourism World. This experience gave Amy a platform to realize her interpersonal skills and share her bubbly energy with her audience. Equipped with a degree in Media and Performing Arts and later specializing in Journalism and Broadcasting at the London Academy of Media, Amy is considered by many as the princess of English TV in UAE and the darling of the press.

Born in Leeds and raised in London, Amy is the brand ambassador and media influencer for the following huge brands such as Victoria Secret Sports, Oakley Eyewear, Hautletic, Puma and Talise Fitness.

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