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Cucumber
  1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphoru s, Potassium and Zinc.
  2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
  3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
  4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
  5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
  6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
  7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
  8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
  9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
  10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
  11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
  12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
  13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Yoga Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)

Method:

Sit on the floor on a block of wood or folded blanket. Lengthen your left leg straight out from the hip joint. Bend your right knee and place the bottom of the foot comfortably against the inner left thigh. To create a deeper stretch, place the right heel back towards your perineum. If the heel is drawn into the perineum, the shin bone will be at a right angle to the left leg. The right leg and knee should comfortably release into the ground.

Exhale and fold forward from the base of the hip joints. Keep the right foot flexed while pressing the back of the right thigh down on the floor.

To keep your back from collapsing, lift the chest as long as possible as you come forward. When you reach your limit, bring the chest and head down towards the ext ended leg. Reach your hands forward all the way to hold the left foot.

Be mindful as not to pull yourself forcefully into the forward bend. You may hold on to the extended leg or place the hands on the floor wherever they reach. During each inhalation, extend the spine long, and during each exhalation, deepen the forward bend. Repeat the pose on the other side.

Benefits:

Stretches the spine, back muscles, hamstrings and groins. Massages and stimulates internal organs like the liver and kidneys. Improves digestion and helps heal gastric ailments, calms the mind and central nervous system, relieves anxiety, fatigue, headache and menstrual discomfort. It also helps relieve symptoms of menopause. This asana is therapeutic for high blood pressure, depression, diabetes and insomnia too.

Caution:

Knee injuries: Avoid flexion of the injured knee if discomfort occurs.

Try performing with the bent knee supported on a folded blanket.

Those suffering from low back injury or diarrhoea should avoid this asana.

Source: http://www.deccan.com/Beauty/Beauty.asp

A string of festivals are set to ring in much cheer. Raksha Bandhan is coming up this week. Soon Gowri-Ganesha will follow. Then will come the bigger festivals — Dusshera, Diwali, Id-ul-Fitr and Christmas. All this means binge eating and giving the gym a miss!

Are you worried about your fitness plans and diet plans going awry? You need to stay on course, come what may.

Says Santosh Kumar, managing director of Figurine Fitness, Bengaluru, “It’s not easy being sandwiched between so many festivals. It’s also the time for guilt trips. But there are some basic rules which can help control cravings and stay focused on your exercise plan.”

The best way to do so would be to never go hungry before any meal, he says. “Ideally, snack on something healthy like cucumber or carrots. Drink water. They may not appeal to your palate during festivals, but they will help you go slow on the portions. The next day, no matter how hard it seems, make the effort to get out of bed and hit the gym or park. A basic cardio workout and crunches will hold you together without tiring you out. If you are not up to your gym workout, walk for 45-60 minutes in a park nearby or cycle. And if motivation is the problem, sign up for a group workout session either for aerobics or salsa till the festival season lasts. Or get a friend or family member to exercise with you,” advises Santosh.

As for food, chief dietitian and nutritionist Manipal Speciality Hospital, Bengaluru, Sreemathy Venkatraman says, “There is no need to deprive yourself of any foods, including sweets. Food cravings need not be suppressed. But when you see foods that you cannot say no to, accept very small portions. For example, if you like kheer and you love the gulab jamuns too, take one tablespoon of kheer and half a jamun. That way, your palate is satisfied and you won’t need to look the other way when you see that line-up of mouth-watering sweets.”

A traditional South Indian meal, even during festivals, is quite a balanced one. There is a mix of pulses, sprouts, veggies, rice, sweet, rasam, youghurt and pickle which takes care of all food tastes. “But moderation is something you have to train your mind to accept. And never go without exercise the day after a festive meal. Do any kind of exercise that makes you happy,” Sreemathy advises.

So keep those running shoes well within your sight as you enjoy a meal with family and friends during this season of festivals.

Source: http://www.deccan.com/Beauty/Beauty.asp