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A Pet is part of family and it is very important to keep your four-legged buddy warm when the temperature dips. There are few important tips that you need to know started with keeping their bedding dry and stimulate fur growth to keep them warm, say experts.

* Clothing:

Using pet clothing is a great option. If you have Puppies please note that they are less cold tolerant because they have less muscle and fat mass than the adult dogs. Muscle and fat increase their metabolism and keeps them warm.

* Keep their place of sleep dry:

Its winter and no one likes a cold floor. A small bed and pillow or blanket should be all what a pet needs to keep warm during cold winter nights.

* That fur is their cover:

Let the pups adjust gradually to outdoor chills. That stimulates their fur to grow thicker. Indoor pets won’t be as well equipped to spend time outside, so be aware and bring them back inside after only short trips to the bathroom and back.

* Protect skin and paws:

When it gets chill you need to be checking the paws of your pets in frequent intervals for any signs of cold-weather injury or damage like cracked paw pads or bleeding is very important. These injury can cause immense pain and your pets will be unable to walk.

* Observe:

Try understanding what the problem of your buddy see if your pet is behaving unusual. If the pet is shivering, whining, seems week or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia.

* Avoid giving cold water or food:

It is important to understand that you should only give room water or warm water to your pets as cold water or food can make them fall sick.

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There was that time when elders use to say that you should not eat between the meals well, that myth has long gone now and the current thinking says you should be snacking every couple of hours for a metabolism boost.
But the next through in mind is that it will make me gain weight.

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In real scene snacking actually is good for you as it keeps your metabolism at an all-time high. Which means your sugar in your blood does not dip dangerously which, in fact help you to make sensible decisions when it comes to the next meal.
What really matters is what you choose for snaking and it largely decides whether snacking is good or bad for you. Here are top five tips for snacking right

The right snacks:

The best thing you can do is to get rid of all the cupboards and desk drawers of all crisps, muffins, candy bars and other processed foods .Instead, keep handy the following: unsalted, unroasted nuts, fruits, seeds and raisins or dates for that sugar fix.

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Eat only when you feel hungry:

You should wait for it wait till your tummy signals that you are hungry. Then you can grab a handful of healthy snacks and enjoy.

Keep yourself hydrated:

Sometimes, thirst can be misinterpreted by your body as hunger.

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Do your system a favour and have a glass of water every time you feel a little peckish and then have your snack.

Overindulge NO:

Overindulging in any thing are bad even healthy snacks have their calories. So we can indulge right in and, 10 minutes later, the entire jar of nuts or seeds have disappeared. Be mindful and make little packets or portions of your snacks – that way, you will not overindulge.

Carry your snacks:

It is always a good idea to keep or carry your little snack bags with you. This will ensure you do not get tempted with all the nasties around you that consist of sugar and other processed foods!

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Now that you know these tips on snacking right, fit them in your daily life and find yourself full with energy.

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It the middle of the year and sunburn can be the worst thing that could heppen, and the best thing to do is counteract it with natural remedies at home. Here are some tips and home solutions for sunburn that are quick and effective.

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Yogurt contains probiotics and proteins that have functional good results for your skin. If you got a sunburned, it can help you recover quicker. All you will require is a ½ bowl of plain yogurt. Just make sure that it is plain and not mixed with any flavor. Application of Cool yogurt will help regain your skin.

Cucumber

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it is old but one of the most effective ways to treat sunburn. it helps reduce the swelling, redness, and agony ought to decrease soon. Application is very simple Cut up a chilled cucumber and put the slices on your affected skin. Flip the slices when the one side warms up. you can also grind and make a paste for most lasting results.

Water Million

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Drink plenty of water to help counteract the drying effects of a sunburn, But what many people don’t realize is that the water in fruit counts, too. One large wedge of watermelon provides 9 oz—more than a cup—of water. Other hydrating fruits include honeydew and cantaloupe; each contains about 5 oz of water per cup.

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Walking up every day is a blessing from god and an opportunity to start your day fresh and with a clear mind. The type of behavior and routine we adopt after walking up can have an impact on our psychological and bodily health. Though your morning habit may seem small to you but it is important to note that even the simplest and smallest habits can build up into a behaviors that can bring health benefits. We are sharing some tips and activities that healthy people do every morning.

Early to rise

Early to bed, early to rise, is an advice that we are hearing since our child hood, remember when the elders use to say waking up early makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. but this advice works its magic if followed properly. So, sleep early, wake up to sunrise and begin with the clear vibes.

Burn calories

Early morning exercise can pay real dividends to your body and mind What could be better than a start that eradicates all toxicities from your body! So, lace up your shoes, head towards a gym or have a run at your home on a treadmill to lose a good stack of calories. Get a little lighter before starting your day so that you can easily take up the load.

A heavy Breakfast

A health and filling breakfast is a major aspect of your day. How on earth is your day supposed to be a good one if you begin it with an empty stomach or with the junk food staples? A healthy breakfast is the building brick of your day as well as your overall health.

Keep yourself hydrated

Water is an amazing natural element. beginning your day with a warm glass of water will add enjoy and you can always make it interesting by squeezing a lemon in it or by adding apple cider vinegar in it to gain better than ever effects.

Reading habit

The definition of health is not only consisting of physical health but mental health as well it contributes to your overall well being. Reading helps you in adopting a positive mindset and ensures better mental health by opening the closed doors of your mind. Wake up early, get moving, have a nice breakfast, stay hydrated, read and gear up to get the game on your side.

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As most of you are well aware by now, Coke has recently launched a new TVC that has added another leg to their Zaalima Coca Cola Pila De campaign. As the Coke vs Tea rivalry is back on with the former upping the ante and clearly looking for a clean sweep, let’s take a quick overview of how well Coke has played its cards this time around.

The new TVC stars two of the most familiar young faces of the current television industry in Pakistan. On one hand we have the gorgeous and well renowned actress Maya Ali who plays the girl next door in the commercial, and on the other we have Ahad Raza Mir, the doctor-turned-heartthrob who’s been electrifying our TV screens lately. As if we didn’t know the two had amazing chemistry, it is more than evident in the way these two have played their roles for the new TVC.

Sticking true to its tagline “Chai Ko Thand Kara De” the new commercial shows how the local concept of having chai in the extreme heat is not such a good idea when you have an alternate as chilling and as cool as Coke. Despite trying his best to impress Maya with a cup of tea, Ahad eventually gives in to his cravings for something chilling given the intense heat after looking at the bottle of Coke in Maya’s hand.

Coke has now upped the ante once more with their latest TVC in the Zaalima campaign.

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Mothers have special yet different ways of bringing up a baby, but experts say, they shouldn’t forget to hug their bundle of joy. Clinical Pyschologist associated with Huggies, suggest that there are emotional benefits that hugs have for your babies.

* Boosts immunity:

Snuggles and cuddles in which the both you and your baby’s hearts get pressed against each other boost the immunity by encouraging the development of white blood cells through thymus gland. This will surly facilitate to keep your child healthy and diseases free.

* Makes them sleep better:

You can ensure a good sleep for your baby by cuddling your baby for a couple of minutes before they doze off. Hugging relaxes the body and has beneficial effects that help a child sleep better.

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Mother holding newborn baby in rocking chair

* Reduces stress:

Cardiologist at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, talks about a few little known scientific benefits of hugs for your baby. A child who is hugged, feels relaxed. This physical expression of love will decrease the cortisol (the stress hormone) to the safe level.

* Helps to heal:

Hugging and cuddling is known to help heal diseases. This again is recognized to the release of oxytocin. And this is the reason parents of premature babies are encouraged to have skin-on-skin contact to help them grow and develop. This very reason is firmly suggested by experts who swear that a new mother heals quickly after delivery if she is immediately left with her baby undisturbed.

One more important point that a Huggies survey highlighted was that 90 per cent physicians and experts believe that a newborn child can recognise their mother’s hug. When the mother takes the little one into their arms and gives them a warm hug. They can identify their mother by engaging their primary instincts and senses, such as recognising her scent and voice.

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Time to time we get this health alert telling us that we should avoid butter, isn’t it? It is a hard thing to do especially if you are one of those who can’t think of living without butter toast or a big fan of a paratha (flatbread) that can be enjoyed only with an extra scoop of butter. Hold on, a recent study suggest some numbers that may make you change your mind. Consuming 12gms of butter per day can double the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

“Butter consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases as it contains a high amount of saturated and unsaturated fats and also trans fats” Dr Naushad Rais, assistant professor, School of Life Science at Manipal University, who was part of the study that also found links between the disease and the genes that cause obesity and high blood pressure.

But don’t worry while we purpose you to say goodbye to butter, we have tried to bring to you a list of five healthy alternatives that will surly help cut down on fat with more nutritional value.

Olive Oil:

Usually used with salad, you can also use it to bake. Just add 3/4th cup olive cup to every suggested cup of butter for baking and enjoy a healthy meal.

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Nut Butter:

Making your own butter with peanuts or almonds is one great alternative. If you are looking for a perfect topping for your bagel or muffin, this spread will taste better and has nutritional value as well.

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Avocado:

If you like your regular breakfast with a butter toast, you can try to switch to spreading avocado on your bread instead. It has a healthy dose of vitamin K, and potassium.

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Apple Sauce:

You can substitute butter for apple sauce, if you like to ad a moist texture to your baked items, It actually works best for sugary desserts as it lends a natural flavour.

Fresh homemade apple sauce
Fresh homemade apple sauce

Greek Yoghurt:

Just like apple sauce, this can be used to add a moist texture to your baked desserts. Use ½ cup of Greek yoghurt to every cup of butter in the recipe.

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There is absolutely no doubt that taking care of your health should be in the top row of your priority list. But then there are food myths which needs to busted, Often you hear that everything brown is healthy. Talk about brown bread or brown eggs, people usually get confused.

Well, this does not stop here from buying sea salt over regular salt we daily question over self when it comes to making food choices

Myth 1: Brown eggs are healthier

The colour of the egg does not have to do anything which its nutritiousness, the truth is the Egg colour depends on the chicken’s gene. For example, chickens that tend to have white earlobes lay white eggs, and those with brown ear lobes tend to lay brown eggs.

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It all depends on the diet given and genetics of the chicken, and in reality these two things are actually the real influence to the nutritional value and not the colour.

Myth 2: Sea Salt Is Healthier Than Regular Salt

Just like the myth about brown eggs Sea salt is also considered as the healthier salt. Sea salts are made from evaporated sea water. The regular table salt originates from salt mines that are processed.

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The Truth is, both have very similar nutritional value. Plus regular table salts have iodine in them while sea salts don’t.

Myth 3: Eggs Have High Cholesterol

In Reality recent research suggests that eggs in moderation are healthy and actually have antioxidant properties.

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Japan is one country where people there have low levels of cholesterol and heart disease compared to other countries. One of the major reasons is the average person in Japan consumes around 328 eggs per year. This makes them one of the largest egg consuming countries in the world.

Myth 4: Eating Heavy After Workout

Eating after workout is all about “Balance and equality”. After a heavy weight training session, you should make sure to fuel up on carbs and protein.

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If you do yoga you should eat salad, soup or lean meat. If you are a runner consider eating a carb snack such as rice within an hour.

Myth 5: Carbs Make You Fat?

Just like a car needs fuel to run Carbs are your body fuel; you should consume the good ones and leave the processed ones. The good carbs include lentils, apples, bananas, nuts, Chia seeds, peanuts and so on. Also, remember too much of anything and not enough energy expenditure can lead to weight increase.

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Avoid bad carbs such as white flour, sugar and white pita breads as our bodies absorb them slowly and spike our blood sugar levels.

Myth 6: Low-Fat Foods Are Always Better

Actually, low-fat foods can sometimes be a bigger enemy than regular full-fat foods. A recent study in the UK reveals that about 10% of the diet food carries the same amount of calories as compared to the regular food and 40 per cent have more sugar. Which means the actual result of eating the diet food is opposite, when the food brands eliminates the fat from the product they have to add more sugar or salt for addictive taste.

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As a result, eating low fat will make you overweight and you will end up overeating because of the additives.

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Breast cancer can often be confusing and frightening disease. Most of us are unfamiliar with the its facts. And we all see the pink products raising awareness and funds to find a cure. 5 things about breast cancer you wish you’d known, one of them is that it can happen to anyone.

1. It’s not just a Grandma’s disease and your deodorant doesn’t cause it

Women in their twenty’s to forty’s can and do get breast cancer, despite a lack of awareness that it can affect younger people. More than 80% of people who get breast cancer don’t have any family history. Some factors of genetics can play a role BUT statistically, the majority of people diagnosed with it don’t have a clear cut link to the disease. So don’t assume that genetics are the be-all and end-all of breast cancer.

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2. Regardless of what you’ve heard or seen, early detection is not a cure but first step towards recovery.

20-30% of those with early breast cancer are later diagnosed with metastatic disease (when it spreads to distant sites in the body). While with treatments it continues to improve.

3. Not just a lump, there are other symptoms too.

Lump in the breast is a common symptom but many people don’t realize that there can be other signs to look out for. Other possible symptoms can include itchiness, redness or swelling, puckering of the skin, changes in the nipple or nipple leaks. It may be a normal when you are breastfeeding But it could also be a sign of trouble if it happens randomly, if it’s bloody, or if it only happens on one breast.

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4. Breast cancer can hit anyone, of any gender

Anyone who have breast tissues can get breast cancer, most men get to know about it too late because they aren’t looking. Although rare, But it’s still important for men to be breast aware, particularly those with a family history or genetic mutation, or those who received radiation to the chest area.

5. There is no answer to this ‘why’.

Many people aren’t aware that there is not only one “kind” of breast cancer. In fact, there are many types and subtypes. Different people are treated differently, a young person diagnosed with the same breast cancer as an older one, may have a different condition and require different treatment, due to the more aggressive nature of cancer in young adults.

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Looking for a health boost. Tea is formally remarkable for your health with its health benefits. A steaming cup of tea help soothing a sour throat, and is a perfect drink for losing extra weight. Researchers also tell tea may also contribute to the prevention of cancer, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular diseases.

Tea is one of the most consumed beverages on the planet arguably second after water. One reason is because you can drink it hot or cold, there are enough ranges to suit everyone.

These Five amazing tea’s have amazing health benefits and can help you lose some pounds as well.

1) Green Tea

It is an ultimate metabolism booster, it improves you blood flow and lower your cholesterol, Good blood circulation improves brain activity, it also helps to stable blood sugar

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oolong tea

Its origin is dated back 400 years in china where it found in extensive usage, it is also known as black dragon tea and it is now one of the most favorite teas across the world for its amazing health benefits.

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Oolong tea helps in reduction of different diseases such as heart diseases, inflammatory disorder and helps maintain the cholesterol levels by providing important antioxidants assisting in healthy skin and good dental health

Mint tea

Peppermint tea is an excellent cure for a disturb stomach, it is one of the most beneficial drink for your digestive system, it assist in relieving cramps and helps clear the gastrointestinal tract.

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White tea

According to few historic accounts white tea is also originated from china, this verity of tea is mostly known because of it is minimally processed. It gets harvested even before the tea plant leaves are fully open.

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It helps creates a defense system which protects skin from harmfulness of UV rays. Its antibacterial qualities guards the body form different infections, it also reduce the risk of cancers.

Rooibos Tea

Origin traced to Cape Town South Africa, it is one amazing antioxidant that reverse the signs of aging. This red tea support proper liver functioning, it also a good cure for insomnia.

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