MamaEarth Product Review

I have used several “safe” baby products for my daughter but always with doubts lurking at the back of my mind and one big question – Is it really safe for my baby? This is quite palpable since it is hard to trust these products that have so many artificial ingredients. In the sea of baby products, I came across something truly natural. This was MamaEarth Baby Care Essentials Combo. A few glances and I purchased the product right away and here I am writing a review on MamaEarth Babycare Products. This wonderful kit comes with essential everyday items needed for your baby’s upbringing and gives you a complimentary travel bag – all that with free shipping. What’s more that now you get a flat 25% discount on its price, which makes it a great value for money at Rs.1799. But what really impressed me about this package was the MadeSafe certification, which is an indicator that the products are baby safe and are made from top quality raw materials. It was the first time I felt convinced of having found a safe baby product for my daughter and purchased it immediately. So how was my experience? Quite good, indeed! 2 Massage Oil Insect Repellent

MamaEarth’s kit has six items made for babies viz. body wash, body lotion, mosquito repellent spray, sunscreen lotion, massage oil, and diaper rash cream. All are made from baby-safe natural ingredients and come in high-quality packaging. When it comes to the products they are just splendid! The thing you notice the moment you unscrew the cap is the total absence of chemical or synthetic fragrance, which you usually get from other baby products. All the products smell pleasantly natural and the lotions are completely non-greasy. I found the sunscreen lotion quite useful when taking my daughter outdoors. It gives you a peace of mind that your baby’s skin is safe from harmful UV rays and that she is protected by a lotion made from natural ingredients.

When it comes to everyday protection of my baby’s skin, then MamaEarth’s moisturizing lotion is just perfect. It leaves my little angel’s skin soft. I use it everyday along with MamaEarth no tear bodywash, which does not have parabens, mineral oil, or petroleum-based products that I fear can cause long-term negative effects on my baby’s delicate skin. The bathing routine is incomplete without some massage, especially before bedtime, and this is where I use the natural massage oil that is a mix of natural vegetable oils. Earlier, I noticed the visible irritation that my baby had to the smell of the products. But MamaEarth’s baby massage oil has no artificial fragrances and my daughter seems to enjoy the relaxing nature of getting a body massage with pure natural oils.

MamaEarth kit also comes with a diaper rash cream and an insect repellent spray. The diaper rash cream is just perfect for the times when your baby wakes up in the middle of the night crying due to the agony of diaper rashes. Scheduled application treats diaper rash completely. But there is something that is more perturbing to a parent than diaper rash and that is the risk of the baby getting bitten by pesky mosquitoes. Taking my daughter for a stroll in the park had become a predicament due to all the mosquitos swarming there but not anymore. Now I just spray some DEET-FREE insect repellent spray on her stroller and on clothes, which is enough to keep the mosquitos at bay.

Lastly, there is the travel bag that I can use to carry my baby’s necessary essential items such as her diapers, bottle, and napkins. All the MamaEarth’s products come in bottles with spillproof lids, which makes portability easy and I carry the kit every time I travel with my baby. It is one product that provides several benefits to the baby in a natural and chemical-free way. What more does a parent need? MamaEarth’s kit worked for my baby and should work for yours, too.


Why should you supplement your indemnity cover ‘mediclaim’ with defined cover ‘critical illness’ cover?

We all are at health risk, due to our hectic lifestyles and environment. This is why we equip ourselves, with a health insurance policy. It is the need for financial security, and quality treatment, which convinced us to buy a health risk cover. We know treatment expense in India is skyrocketing now. Even if we suffer from seasonal diseases like dengue or chikungunya, it will cost a lot, if we just consider our hospitalisation expense.


But, is your health insurance cover enough? If you have an insurance coverage amount of Rs 10 lakhs for self, is it still enough? We are asking these questions, as this is the right time to reconsider our options. Healthcare in India is making rapid advances, and we should avail maximum benefit of our health insurance cover. We should not be in a ‘compromising’ situation, even when we have a mediclaim policy.


Over the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of critical ailment cases. The sad part is that even youngsters are becoming susceptible to these critical diseases, like cancer, heart attack, etc. While critical ailments require specialised medical care, a mediclaim policy has a cap on doctor’s fees, and thus, you won’t get the complete coverage. In such cases, you will have no option but to pay from your pocket. Further, acute illness also means loss of income, disability, and change in lifestyle. Therefore, it is necessary to consider a critical illness (CI) cover.


What is CI cover?


CI covers life-threatening conditions under a single insurance policy. Life-threatening risks can be heart attack, stroke, heart surgery, paralysis, organ transplant, kidney transplant, cancer, among others. Under CI cover, the policy beneficiary is entitled to receive the total insurance coverage amount in a lump sum. It is applicable from the time when the insured is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.


How will you benefit?


This can be best explained with an illustration. Rahul is a 35 year old married man. His wife Anjali is 30 years old. They have a 2 year-old child. Rahul is living with his father, who is 55-years old.


Policy holder and coverCI cover benefits
Rahul has a policy for selfRahul is a busy man, with a hectic lifestyle. As Rahul grows older, he is at high risk of developing life threatening conditions, for example heart disease due to his sedentary lifestyle. If he has a family history of heart disease like his father has suffered a heart attack earlier, then he is at a greater risk. His warning signs will be high cholesterol, high BP, diabetes . He should have a CI cover.


If he suffers from chest pain at 38 years, then consider this:


His consultation fees to hospital will be Rs 800 onwards. This is not covered in his hospital package expense covered under standard health insurance policy.


Total cost of his treatment will be much higher. If he requires a stent, it will cost him Rs 3-5 lakh. The conservative estimate for his hospital stay will be Rs 10,000/day in a good private hospital.


His expense (15 days hospital admission) will look like:

Rs 800x 6= 4,800

Rs 5 lakh

Rs 10,000×15= 1,50, 000

Medicine, post treatment expense, doctor consultation should be added.


Rahul is likely to incur close to Rs 15 lakh for his treatment. It’s a life-long disease.


Standard policy will not cover this huge amount.


Exact benefits of CI cover (of Rs 30 lakh) will include-

ü  Payment of Rs 30 lakh when Rahul is diagnosed with a health problem

ü  Even if Rahul does not need a heart surgery, he is entitled to the whole amount

ü  Rs 30 lakh will cover his whole treatment expense and recuperation aids as well


A standard insurance policy will not include-

ý  Lump sum Payment of Rs 30 lakh. It is very unlikely that Rahul will have Rs 30 lakh as insurance coverage for self. At max, he might have Rs 12-15 lakh

ý  Even then, only his hospitalisation expense will be covered, which will be less than his actual treatment cost


Who requires a CI cover?


Two new reports by the Indian Council of Medical Research estimate that the number of cancer patients will increase to 1.7 million by 2020.


Taking the above illustration forward, Rahul will require a CI cover in addition, if

  • Rahul is planning to have a second child. His wife is 30-years old, has a family history of breast cancer, then he requires it on priority
  • Rahul is growing older. He has a family history of heart risk
  • Rahul’s father is an old-age man, and at increased health risk. He should necessarily have a CI cover, considering his father’s exact health condition now



Consider the following before buying a CI cover


Exact coverage offered by your insurance company; more specifically the list of diseases covered.

Opt for long policy tenure, to enjoy lifelong benefit. You never know when bad health strikes you. You should be financially prepared at any time in life. Also, opt for a large insurance coverage amount. Consider, inflation costs, since this is a long-term cover.

How to Take Garcinia Cambogia


Losing Weight with Garcinia Cambogia

Eat healthy and get active. Taking this supplement alone will not cause you to lose weight unless you also change your diet and increase your level of physical activity. You don’t necessarily need a special diet. Eating nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day is a great place to start. You should also remove sweets, processed food, and sweetened soft drinks in order to lose weight.

  • You don’t need to start running marathons to get active. Start with smaller steps that will increase your activity level, help you move around more, and keep you healthy. Begin with walking, gardening, hiking, swimming, playing golf, or playing tennis. Then, work your way up to higher level activities.

Avoid high fiber foods. There have been no scientific studies to date that prove garcinia cambogia can help you lose weight. But, a number of studies have suggested that if you use garcinia while avoiding certain foods, you may increase your weight loss, especially around your waist. You should limit your intake of high fiber foods, particularly around the time you take the garcinia.

  • This means you don’t want to eat the high fiber foods with every meal because you take garcinia 30-60 minutes before meals. To get your daily fiber intake, eat high fiber snacks outside of this window.
  • These snacks include nuts, granola bars, kale chips, fruit, especially those with edible rinds like apples, cherries, and plums, and raw vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and celery.

Limit fatty or sugary foods. You should also avoid foods that have too much fat or too much sugar. This includes fast food, chips and dips, cakes, pies, bacon, mayonnaise, candy, and chocolate. These all have a high fat or sugar content, and some of them have both.

  • You should also limit you intake of breads, potatoes, pasta, and sauces thickened with wheat flour.
  • Focus more on fish , lean meats such as turkey, chicken, and lean beef, and leafy green vegetables such as spinach and arugula.

Understanding the Risks of Taking Garcinia Cambogia

Recognize the side effects. The reported side effects for garcinia cambogia include dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, an upset stomach, and diarrhea. If you see any of these signs after taking your supplement, stop taking it until you can see a doctor.

  • Garcinia has not been tested in children, in pregnant women, or on women who are breastfeeding. The use of garcinia in these women is not recommended.

Understand drug interactions. There are reports that garcinia may interact poorly with certain medications. These include medications for asthma, allergies, and diabetes. According to the reports, the garcinia make these drugs less effective.

  • It may also interfere with blood thinners, psychiatric medicines, pain medicines, iron supplements, and statins, which are drugs used to lower cholesterol.
  • Consult your physician if you are using any of these medications before starting garcinia.
  • If you experience any of these side effects, immediately stop taking the garcinia and contact your physician for advice.[

Be aware of a serious risk. Garcinia is believed to increase serotonin levels and when taken with antidepressant medications called SSRIs, can lead to serotonin syndrome. With serotonin syndrome, the levels of serotonin are much higher than normal. This can lead to neurologic symptoms such as stuttering, restlessness, agitation, loss of coordination, and hallucinations. It can also cause an increased heart rate and blood pressure, fever, and diarrhea.

  • There has been a single case reported of a woman who was taking garcinia along with the class of antidepressant medications called SSRIs. She developed the neurological symptoms of serotonin syndrome. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking any supplement and contact your healthcare professional immediately.

Understanding Garcinia Cambogia

Know the origins. Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit native to Indonesia. It is also known as brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, and kudam puli. It looks like a small, light green pumpkin and is used in Indonesia for cooking. It has a sour taste.

Learn the benefits. Garcinia contains a type of citric acid, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which appears to encourage weight loss by regulating the release of serotonin and the uptake of blood sugar. It also increases the oxidation of existing fats and decreasing the synthesis of new fat. While it is not very clear yet, this may mean that Garcinia may increase the biochemical use of fats for energy and decrease the amounts of new fat that is made.

  • Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter, which is a chemical messenger between nerves and other types of cells. It is related to feelings of happiness, moods, and a sense of well-being
  • Studies have been conducted to determine whether garcinia supplements encourage weight loss in people who are overweight, and the results have not been clear cut. The upshot is that concentrated Garcinia may help people lose weight, especially when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. But there is no scientific evidence showing it actually has an effect.

Know the issues related to supplements. Since garcinia is dietary supplement, it is not subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that the FDA cannot approve garcinia according to its health and safety standards.

  • Always use caution when taking dietary supplements, and be sure to check with your doctor before use.
  • Whenever buying a supplement, make as certain as possible that the company follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and has been in business for some time.
  • Check out the company website. They should state that they follow GMP and should have some information about the company, their philosophy, and their company mission.

Taking Garcinia Cambogia

Learn the correct dose. From some early studies, a safe dose of Garcinia appears to be up to 2800 mg per day. But, it’s not known what may happen if you take these amounts, so you should stay well below that dose.[12] Once you have found a good place to buy the supplement, you need to understand how much of the HCA you need to take. The dose of HCA should be about 1500 mg per day, though this varies from supplement to supplement.

  • Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional before starting.

Take garcinia as a pill. Garcinia comes in two different forms. The first is a pill form, either in a tablet or capsule. If you buy the supplement as a pill, take the recommended dosage of garcinia as a tablet or capsule with water. Take the pill about 30-60 minutes before each meal.

  • In general, garcinia is taken three times a day. This means that each pill should be 500 mg. That way, you stay within your daily dosage suggestions.

Consider liquid garcinia. The second form that you can take of garcinia is liquid. The liquid form of garcinia usually recommends taking 1-2 drops before every meal, but the amount can vary based on the dropper or concentration. Take the drop or drops under your tongue and let them stay for a minute or so. Then, have your regular meal 30-60 minutes later.

  • Before you take the liquid form, ask your pharmacist or a knowledgeable healthcare professional how much garcinia is in every drop for the particular kind you have. You should also ask how many drops would equal a total of about 1500 mg of garcinia every day. Once you have the total number of drops, divide that by three and take that amount before each meal.



7 Things Healthy People Do That Really Make a Difference


New Year resolutions are easier made than done. Most of us unconsciously get back to our old ways sooner than we anticipate. And the root cause of us not being able to shake off these habits is our poor lifestyle choices. Ever wonder what you could achieve if these bad habits were weeded out? A lot more than what you have now, right? Today, I will tell you how you can change your life in just two steps. First, stop daydreaming about your achievements and avoid wasting time on revisiting your resolutions. Secondly, practice the below mentioned steps as a ritual till they become your habits and a part of your daily life.

1. Sleep Tight, Wake Up Bright

Sleep is the most important thing, we all can agree on that. We love to sleep, but still, some of us don’t get enough sleep. The mantra is to get 6-7 hours of sound sleep to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Make your bed nice and cozy and crawl into it after 2-3 hours of having dinner. You can listen to soft and soothing music or read a book to help you relax. Wake up early to workout and eat breakfast before you head out to take on the world.

2. Skip Fasting, Not Breakfast

One of the advantages of waking up early is you will get time to prepare a wholesome breakfast. Breakfast is fuel for your brain, muscles, and internal organs. Having a healthy breakfast like oats is the key to a healthy body. Oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They help to reduce the bad cholesterol levels, enhance your immunity, and keep you full for a longer period. Since they are low in calories, they also help you manage your weight. Try the healthy Horlicks Oats with fruits and nuts to boost the nutritional quotient in your bowl and it takes as less as 5 minutes to cook.

3. Workout, Don’t Fade Out

Now, who doesn’t want to look young and stay fit for as long as possible? In fact, research shows that working out regularly can slow down the aging process. Choose a convenient time to workout daily to build muscle mass, lose fat, and build bone strength. Working out can also improve mental health and release “feel good” hormones, which will help you stay positive.

4. Drink Water, Waste Not

We lose water through sweat, urine, stools, and breathing. Drink 2-3 liters of water every day to keep your cells hydrated so that the body can function properly. Water aids proper bowel movement, blood circulation, and maintains homeostasis and organ function.

5. Take A Break Before Breaking A Leg

Like a clogged drainage doesn’t work, a mind with too much to worry about doesn’t function properly. Take a break every once in a while to give your mind the chance to flush out worries. Travel, play a sport, join a dancing class, paint, play your guitar, and learn new things.

6. De-stress With Yoga, Not Movies

Switch off all electronic devices and stay away from all sources of radiations as much as possible. Choose a quiet place and de-stress by practicing yoga. Take the example of Jared Leto, who swears by the powers of yoga. He doesn’t look his age and is tremendously successful in life. Since stress is the main reason for many diseases and medical conditions these days, combat it to live a peaceful life. Yoga helps us to relax and therefore cures stress-induced health conditions.

7. Quit Smoking And Drinking Too Much, Live

It is not really worth doing things that we are told not to do, especially smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Too much free oxygen radical build-up can damage your DNA, alter the cell’s functions, and damage the organs. The worst part is, you will probably transfer your mutated genes to your offsprings. Quit smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Live to fulfill your dreams.

New Year symbolizes a new beginning, a second chance, and limitless possibilities. Times gone by won’t come back, but you can definitely make your future better by taking baby steps today. Have a very healthy, happy, and happening New Year. Take care!

15 Reasons Protinex Is The Best Protein Supplement

It often becomes a burden to choose the best out of so many options, especially when all of them claim to be the best. Let me clarify. I had been working out regularly, and I was very happy with the amount of weight I lost. But it also left my skin sagging. My trainer suggested that I take protein supplements and include a lot of protein-rich foods in my diet.

Though I started eating a lot of protein-rich foods, I did not get the desired results. This was probably because I am a vegetarian and was not getting other amino acids required by my body. Since eating non-vegetarian food was not an option for me, I started looking for a protein supplement that would help me build lean muscle mass and make my body look more toned.

So, one day, I was driving back home when big hoardings of Protinex and Ensure caught my eyes. After reaching home, I looked them both up on the internet, and this is what I found.

1. Protinex has been in the Indian market for more than 50 years.
2. It is the No.1 doctor prescribed protein supplement powder in India.
3. It is one of the most trusted protein supplement brands in India.
4. Protinex has lower calories (367 kCal) as compared to Ensure (410 kCal).
5. Protinex has 50% more protein (32 gm per 100 gm) than Ensure (15.1 gm per 100 gm).
6. Protinex has lesser carb and fat content (1 gm per 100 gm) as compared to Ensure (11.5 gm per 100 gm).
7. Protinex contains more potassium when compared to Ensure. Potassium reduces muscle soreness that is a result of training. It also regulates the water balance in your body and aids the synthesis of dietary proteins.
8. The labeling of Protinex is more transparent and customer-friendly.
9. The ingredients present in Protinex are disclosed, so the customer is aware of what goes into his/her body.
10. It has a recommended dosage on the label, which makes it easy for the users to determine the amount they should consume.
11. Protinex tastes better than Ensure.
12. It dissolves easily in warm water or milk and does not form clumps.
13. It comes in a variety of flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, elaichi, and fruit mix. Take your pick!
14. Protinex is also diabetic-friendly, since it has a sugar-free version.
15. It is so versatile that it can be used by anyone. Whether you want to use it to increase muscle mass, be more energetic, and strengthen your immunity, this protein supplement is the best one to opt for.

After discovering so many positives about Protinex and reading other user reviews as well, I was totally convinced that Protinex is the best protein supplement in the market. I could not wait a minute longer, and ordered it immediately! Today, I can confidently say that Protinex is highly efficient as I have gained the desired amount of lean mass and my body looks and feels amazing!

No Blu Blue Blocking Glasses – A Healthy Way To Sleep & Protect Your Eyes


We have reviewed many products that are good for health. But this review is different. It is about blue light blocking glasses that have been very popular with gamers and techies and which are now available for everyday users too. So whether you are on a night shift or are a phone addict, here is a natural and easy solution that surely makes you sleep well.

So what are blue light blocking glasses?


Blue light is ultraviolet and is emitted from screens – be it your computer, phone or even a TV. It is bad for your eyes and disturbs your sleep patterns. So here’s a solution. No Blu Blue Light Blocking glasses counter that effect with orange lenses that help you see screens without straining your eyes. The HB team used it for more than a month and boy could we see a different. I chat a lot personally before I doze off every night. I used to do it with these NoBlus on and it made me actually sleep well! It is based on a simple logic and it works like magic to put out the blue light from screens and even the sun.

PROS of No Blu Blue Blocking Glasses:

  1. Easy to use – wear & fall asleep in ten mins!
  1. Comfortable & comes with Flexi-Fit design
  1. Lets You Sleep Peacefully – Scientifically proven
  1. Rugged use acetate frames
  1. Unisex design

CONS (not actually much here) of No Blu Blue Light Blocking Glasses:

  1. No Indian equivalent to compare
  1. Only available in one frame colour
  1. Plastic frame, No metal options available
  1. Only available on Amazon & company site

The product as such is great and works well. If you really want to make good sleep and strain-free eyes your priority, you ought to have a pair of NoBlus!

You can buy it on Amazon of on


The Basics Of Health Insurance


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A health policy has become more important now than ever, owing to our drastic lifestyle changes. 30 is the new 60 when it comes to health. Considering this paradigm shift, it is important to have a cushion. A medical insurance bought in good time serves as the perfect back up. When purchased early, it comes at a lower premium, lesser waiting time, and a host of other benefits.

When you go to buy a Health Insurance plan, medical insurance, or mediclaim, the terms the agents use can be incredibly intimidating. So why wait for that discussion with friends and family? This guide will help you through those conversations and heavy matter that you need to read through as you finalize your insurance policy.

To begin with, health insurance, medical insurance, and mediclaim are all the same thing. It is nothing but an insurance plan that protects you financially against medical emergencies. Depending on the plans you buy, the insurance can cover hospitalization as well as pre and/or post hospitalization expenses.

An Insight Into The Indian Scenario

The IRDA or Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority is the sole regulator of the insurance sector in India (1). If you are looking to buy medical insurance, you will have to pay a premium on the policy. In the event you incur hospitalization expenses, you could make a claim to the health insurance companies.

A few standard policies cover everything right from the ambulance charges to those incurred in the operation theater. But then, there are also other special policies that are more accurate for your family’s needs. The family medical insurance policy is usually a floater health plan that covers all the family members under a single policy. While this policy entails fund flexibility, it is possible that one member alone could exhaust the cover, leaving no amount for the others. So you must weigh your options before you invest.

Now that you know the basics of a medical policy, it’s time for you to get acquainted with some commonly used terms.

A Peek Into The Insurance Lingo

Here is a list of a few words that are commonly used in insurance parlance. This will help you understand what you are getting into.

1. Reimbursement Claims

Under these claims, you pay up the hospitalization expenses upfront. Eventually, you need to submit relevant proof like bills, doctor’s certificates, etc. and claim the amount from the insurance company.

2. Cashless Claims

These claims will allow you to avail treatment at a list of approved hospitals (by the insurance company) without having to pay any money to the hospital. In these instances, the insurance company settles the amount with the hospital. If you have picked such a policy, you will be given a health card that you need to show at the hospital.

3. Third Party Administrator (TPA)

A TPA is hired by an insurance company to process all claims.

4. Sub-limit

This limit usually refers to the maximum limit on a certain amount that can be claimed for that particular ailment. The sub-limit depends on the policy you buy – you can choose to either raise these limits or waive them off entirely.

5. Exclusions

The diseases that are not covered under the health insurance plan are called exclusions. Cosmetic surgery is usually excluded from health insurance.

6. Deductible

A deductible is usually the amount of loss borne by the policyholder. When the deductible is high, you pay lesser premium.

Always remember, a health insurance policy is an investment. It will minimize your financial burden when you are struck with medical emergencies. Do not forget to make an informed decision, though. We are sure this article will help you with the technicalities.

The Alkaline Foods You Need To Nourish Your Skin All Winter


Each time we eat an acid-forming food, our body needs to bring our blood pH levels back to a state of equilibrium, and it does this by releasing alkaline-rich minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium into our bloodstream.

The trouble is that if we aren’t eating enough alkaline-forming foods to make this process happen naturally, then the body needs to locate and use those minerals from elsewhere in the body. So it looks to our bones, teeth, and organs and finds and utilizes the minerals found there, which may result in a compromised immune system and decrease in energy levels.

Eating an alkaline diet will help keep your body and pH levels in balance. In your body, blood pH levels need to maintain a slightly alkaline level in order to keep you strong and healthy. You can maintain this balance by eating more alkaline-forming foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts, and herbs.

As a general rule, stick to these tips and you’ll be on your way to alkalinity!

Keep hydrated.

Sipping warm water throughout the day with a squeeze of lemon will alkalize the body and warm you up in the process. Once in the body lemon becomes alkaline, so drop a slice into your water for a wonderful pick-me-up drink that’ll keep you hydrated and help detoxify your liver. Try and choose filtered water if possible!

Eat the orange spectrum.

Brightly colored orange foods such as apricots, carrots, winter squash and pumpkin are all great to dive into this winter. Flavonoids, the natural pigments that give plants their color, have antioxidant, alkalizing, and cell-protecting, properties. All root vegetables will provide some alkalizing benefits, yet carrots offer a special punch all on their own. Try using them in your next green juice, raw in dishes of all kinds, or even roast them in the oven slightly to add a caramelized flavor. Sweet potatoes also provide similar benefits.

Load up on garlic.

Garlic is a moderately alkalizing immunity-boosting superstar that’s available all year round. One clove of garlic contains more than 100 sulfuric compounds that are powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection. Adding garlic to your meals or drinking garlic tea will provide you with an injection of empowering and immune-boosting ammunition this winter season.

Try turmeric.

Turmeric, a pungent spice, which is highly alkalizing to the body, contains curcumin, a compound that increases the level of immunity-boosting proteins in our bodies. These proteins help fight bacteria and viruses when they try to attack. Turmeric is also a natural anti-inflammatory and painkiller, an added benefit if you’re actively fighting a flu virus.

Sip soups.

Use vegetables instead of adding stock cubes or prepared casserole mixes, which are usually full of unnecessary additives and excess oils. Soups are a wonderful winter version of salads, and you can get really creative once you have made a base of celery, onions, garlic and peppers with some stock; then you can throw in whatever alkalizing vegetables you have on hand and make new variations as you like!


7 Reasons Why Investing In A Health Insurance Before You Turn 30 Is A Good Idea!

7 Reasons Why Investing In A Health Insurance Before You Turn 30 Is A Good Idea!

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A visit to the hospital brings with it endless hours of waiting, stress, and big bills. This is why investing in health insurance has become more of a need than a want. It is important more than ever now because the cost of medicines and treatments are increasing drastically. Also, there is a spike in lifestyle diseases across the world. In such conditions, you never know when a medical emergency might knock at your door, impacting you mentally, emotionally, and financially. Experts in the field recommend the purchase of a health plan while you are still young. Here is why a good health insurance plan can serve as your lifeline.

1. You Get the Best Bet If You Are an Early Bird

Typically, a plan that offers a 5-lakh coverage would cost you around Rs.5000 if you buy it when you are 25. As you get older, the price only increases. You will pay Rs.6000 at 35, and Rs.8000 at 45. To sum it up, the earlier you begin investing in a health plan, the lower the premium you have to pay.

2. The Employee Coverage Is Never Enough

There is no denying that there is a major increase in health care costs. Just a week’s hospitalization for a regular problem will cost way more than the coverage your company offers. God forbid, if something major does happen in the course of your life, you should rather be safe than sorry. It is best to plan for your future now, keeping in mind the contingencies that age brings with it.

3. Lifestyle Illnesses Can Strike Anytime

Gone are the days when you had to worry about your health only after you turned 60. Sedentary lifestyles have led to an increase in non-communicable diseases like heart ailments, diabetes, and even cancer. These diseases are claiming young lives. It has become extremely essential to stay ready for these problems, and getting your health insured is the first step. The reason being the good policies offer yearly health checkups that instill awareness. They also offer preventive measures and vaccines that help you manage your health better.

4. Early Investment in a Health Insurance Plan Amounts To Better Financial Planning

Buying a health insurance early is not only cheap but is also a financially sound decision. Accidents happen unannounced. A medical cover of a substantial amount will prepare you for emergencies, allowing you to plan your investments better. You will also save tax on the premium you pay.

5. Young Buyers Get a Blanket Deal

When you invest in a health insurance while you are still young and free of a pre-existing disease, you will be covered before time. Also, conditions diagnosed later will automatically be included.

6. The Waiting Period Will Be Over

When you buy a health plan, you usually have to serve waiting periods for big claims like special treatments, surgeries, coverage on pre-existing illness, etc. If you invest now, when you do not buy it immediately, you will have served all the requisite waiting periods, and can claim whenever required without conditions.

Another notable fact is that with time, you can earn loyalty bonuses. Continuing with the same policy year after year offers loyalty or no-claim bonus that is extremely beneficial.

7. More Than Just Hospitalization Is Covered

The newer plans also cover day-care and OPD consultations. Some policies also have maternity benefits, which might be relevant while you are in this stage of life. Your baby can be covered from birth without an additional premium.

It all depends on the level of coverage you opt for – it helps you pay for day-care procedures and ambulance. Certain policies even cover dental, chiropractic, optical, physiotherapy, and dietary advice. With health insurance, you can even customize the plan and gain an umbrella cover for your family too. What are you waiting for? Get your health insured today!

The Official HealthBeckon Comfy Mat Review

I was elated. I felt fresh and all charged up in the morning when I woke up. Now, what’s the big deal, everyone has a sound sleep, right? No, at least, I wasn’t having. I would turn and toss for a long time before I could fall asleep. And then it was quite a disturbed sleep.

Even when suffering from discomfort, I never realized that the problem was not with my body but with something on which I was resting. I couldn’t believe that a mattress could make so much difference that it was actually ruining my routine.


Coming back to where I began. How did the situation change for me? What makes me feel so elated now?

The answer is ComfyMat mattress! And why wouldn’t I share my happiness with you all?

ComfyMat mattress comes with a good blend of memory and high resilience (HR) foams, giving it the right ratio of comfort and firmness. In simple words, it is neither too hard nor soft. It is firm enough to support the body and smooth enough to take its shape. The mattress is simply well-designed to sink in with your body structure.

Let us go a bit deeper into the technical details of the product. The mattress comes with a three-layered foam.

The 2-inch top layer is made of the best-graded third generation memory foam. The foam was developed leveraging NASA technology that kept astronauts comfortable on board. The gel-based foam does not retain the heat transferred from your body. Thus, the mattress keeps you cool all night, without trapping your body heat!

The foam also has a minimum spring back time. What does this mean? Unlike any other mattress, ComfyMat gains its original shape soon after you are out of the bed. It is almost like you did not sleep on it all! Even if you sleep towards the end of the bed, no slip or slide down occurs.

The second layer is made of HR foam, while the third layer is made up of bonded foam. The HR foam ensures optimal support, ventilation, and elasticity. The mattress gets stability because of the bonded bottom foam. All these features certainly make ComfyMat the best among the available mattresses.


I am not yet done! Here are many more reasons, which made me opt for ComfyMat!

  • It is designed to create a hygienic sleep environment, as it is infused with aloe-vera gel.
  • It was big enough to accommodate me and my husband. When I slept on it, I felt like sleeping on a gentle and softer abode.
  • The best part is that the mattress comes in with an exciting deal! Try the mattress for 100 nights and return if you are not happy!
  • You will get your money back if returned within 100 days of purchase. Nothing can be more interesting than this! Irresistible deal isn’t it!



Its price is Rs. 19,999 on Amazon, India. I initially felt it was expensive for a mattress, but now I have no complaints at all! And I wouldn’t return it for anything, as what can be more precious than my sleep?

By the way, it has no shipping charges, since the product is shipped straight by the manufacturer to all the major cities in India.

The product comes with a ten-year warranty. It is the average life-span of the memory foam.

If you are longing for a sound sleep just like me, go for ComfyMat! Sleep like a baby and put your worries to rest!