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When you have kids at home, you need to think of foods that are healthy, yet quick and easy to make. Well, you cannot go wrong with pasta! Pasta dishes contain starch, which is essential for a balanced diet. Pasta is also inexpensive. There are many dishes that you can prepare with pasta. You can make your kids happy by cooking varieties of pasta recipes for them. So what more could you ask for to get your kids to eat a well-balanced and delicious meal?

10 Top Pasta Recipes Your Kids Will Love:

Here are 10 of the best pasta recipes for kids:

1. Doyng Doyng Pasta:

Doyng Doyng Pasta

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This is a yummy pasta dish that your kids are bound to relish and go for seconds!

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil-1 tablespoon
  • Diced white onion-1/2 cup
  • Minced garlic-1 tablespoon
  • Lean ground beef-1 pound
  • Diced butternut squash-1 ½ cups
  • Canned tomato sauce-16 ounces
  • Low sodium chicken broth-1 cup

How To Make:

  1. The first thing to do is prepare the pasta.
  2. Boil water in a medium-sized saucepan.
  3. Add the pasta and let it boil for about 5 minutes.
  4. The pasta should be firm.
  5. Drain the water and let the pasta cool by rinsing it under cold water.
  6. Now, take a large sauté pan, add olive oil and heat it.
  7. Add the onion and garlic and cook it in medium-low heat for about 2 to 4 minutes.
  8. Next, add the beef and cook it uncovered for 5 minutes.
  9. You can now add the pasta, butternut squash, tomato sauce and chicken broth.
  10. Cook it in low heat for another 5 to 7 minutes and it is ready!
  11. Serve and watch your kids enjoy their meal!

2. Baked Spaghetti Delight:

Baked Spaghetti Delight

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This is an easy recipe that needs no fuss at all! It is delicious, so your kids are definitely going to love it!

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Bell peppers
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Tomato soup
  • Cheddar cheese

How To Make:

  1. All you need to do is to mix the ground meat of your choice with onion, garlic, cream of mushroom soup, bell peppers and tomato in a baking pan.
  2. Add your pre-cooked spaghetti and top it off with the cheddar cheese.
  3. Now all that needs to be done is to pop it in the oven!
  4. Once it is ready, serve and relish a delicious meal!

3. Yummy Jungle Pasta:

Yummy Jungle Pasta

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This is a fun pasta recipe that kids of all ages will love digging into!

Ingredients:

  • Colorful pasta-300 grams
  • Small, finely-chopped onion-1
  • Crushed garlic-1 clove
  • Chopped tomatoes-1 tin
  • Flour-1 tablespoon
  • Milk-450ml
  • Grated cheddar cheese-2 cups
  • Chopped basil (fresh or dried)
  • Tomato puree
  • Pepper
  • Chopped broccoli-half a head

How To Make:

  1. First, prepare the pasta according to the instructions in its pack.
  2. Heat a small amount of olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions until they become soft.
  3. Now add your tinned tomatoes, a tiny bit of tomato puree, some chopped basil and pepper.
  4. Let this mixture simmer for 10 minutes or so.
  5. Steam the broccoli and add them to the pan of tomato mix.
  6. Take it off from the heat.
  7. The next step is to take a pan and let the butter melt.
  8. Add the flour and mix for 2 minutes.
  9. Take your milk and slowly pour into the pan while stirring continuously.
  10. When the mixture starts simmering, take it off the heat and add half of the cheddar cheese you have.
  11. Now mix the tomato sauce and pasta in an oven-proof dish and then add the cheese sauce.
  12. Top it off with more of your grated cheese. Put it in the oven and let it bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Once the cheese melts, take it out and serve.

4. Pasta With Veggies And Chicken:

Pasta With Veggies And Chicken

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This is a colorful pasta dish that kids as well as adults will definitely love!

Ingredients:

  • Mixed herbs
  • Chicken breasts-2
  • Whole-meal pasta-250g
  • A large handful of sliced mushrooms
  • Large sliced red pepper-1
  • Large sliced onion-1
  • Broccoli-5 or 6 florets
  • Cherry tomatoes-10
  • Garlic-1 clove
  • Spinach leaves-1 large pack
  • Gruyere cheese-200g
  • Philadelphia light-1/2 pack

How To Make:

  1. Chop the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and the pieces until golden brown.
  2. Now, put the garlic and onions and fry them until they are soft.
  3. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper and a pinch or two of the mixed herbs.
  4. Next, steam the broccoli, carrots and spinach.
  5. While these are steaming, cook your pasta and add while hot to the mixture of onions and mushrooms.
  6. Cut the cherry tomatoes and add them to the pasta.
  7. You can now mix in your Philadelphia light and cheese on top.
  8. As the cheese and Philadelphia light melts, it is ready to be served and relished!

5. Pasta With Tomato And Sausage:

Pasta With Tomato And Sausage

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This is a simple pasta dish that the entire family can enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • Sausages
  • Chopped tomatoes-1 can
  • Sweetcorn-1 small can
  • Crushed garlic-2 cloves
  • Finely chopped onion-1
  • Pasta (any type)

How To Make:

  1. The first thing you need to do is cut the sausage into big pieces and fry in a pan with a small amount of oil.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and fry them till they are soft.
  3. Now, add the tomatoes and let it simmer for 10 minutes or so.
  4. Pour in the sweet corn in 2 minutes before the 10 minutes are over.
  5. Cook your pasta as per the instructions given in the pack and mix it with the sausage and tomato sauce.
  6. You can now serve the dish and watch the little ones enjoy every bite!

6. Baked Chicken Pasta Special:

Baked Chicken Pasta Special

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This is another easy-to-make pasta dish that is sure to be a hit with the kids at home.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast fillets-2 large
  • Small dried penne pasta-1 1/2 cups
  • Seeded and peeled butternut pumpkin-cut into 2cm cubes
  • Frozen peas-1 cup
  • Broccoli florets-1 cup
  • Tomato pasta sauce-1 1/4 cups
  • Coarsely grated light cheddar-1/2 cup

How To Make:

  1. Preheat your grill on high level.
  2. Now cook your chicken fillets on the grill for about 7 minutes on each side.
  3. Chop the fillets and put them aside.
  4. Cook your pasta and also cook your pumpkin in a large pan of water for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the broccoli and peas and cook for about 1 minute more.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Centigrade and mix the pasta, chicken, pumpkin mixture and tomato sauce together in a large bowl.
  7. Put this mixture into 500ml capacity dishes that are oven-proof. Now, top the dishes with cheddar cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes.
  8. When it is ready to be served, watch your kid’s excitement to savor the dish.

7. Delicious Pasta Soup:

Delicious Pasta Soup

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Make this soup filled with veggies for your kids. It is guaranteed to be a huge hit!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh-filled tortellini-250g pack
  • Chopped tomatoes-400g can
  • Frozen beans and peas-200g pack
  • Chopped carrots-2
  • Chopped onion-1
  • Vegetable stock-1litre
  • Olive oil-1 tablespoon
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Basil leaves-1 handful (optional)

How To Make:

  1. Take a pan and heat oil.
  2. Take your chopped onions and carrots and let them cook in the pan until they are soft.
  3. Now add the vegetable stock and tomatoes and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Five minutes before you turn off the heat, add the peas and beans.
  5. When all the veggies are tender, add the pasta and let it simmer for 2 minutes for the pasta to cook.
  6. You can add the basil if you like or just serve with parmesan sprinkles on the top!
  7. With the goodness of veggies, this is a dish that is healthy and awesomely yummy!

8. Pasta With Summer Veggies:

Pasta With Summer Veggies

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This is another pasta recipe that has healthy veggies for a great meal for kids and adults alike!

Ingredients:

  • Pasta bows-200g
  • Olive oil-1 tablespoon
  • Finely chopped large onion-1
  • Chopped garlic cloves-2
  • Large courgettes-2 (cut into sticks)
  • Ripe plum tomatoes-6 (cut into wedges)
  • Shredded basil-a handful
  • Tabasco sauce

How To Make:

  1. Cook the pasta with broad beans added in the last 3 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the onions to cook for 1 or 2 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add the courgettes and garlic and toss for about 3 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Now, add the tomatoes and Tabasco sauce and stir for about 2 or 3 minutes until the tomatoes become soft.
  5. Next, toss the basil and veggies into the pasta and broad beans and season as you wish.
  6. This yummy dish is now ready to be served.

9. Healthy Veggie Pasta:

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This is a pasta dish that is healthy and great for kids. It is easy and quick to make, which makes it even better!

Ingredients:

  • Pappardelle pasta-250g
  • Small seeded, peeled and chopped butternut squash-1
  • Olive oil-2 tablespoons
  • Finely chopped garlic-1 clove
  • Large sliced field mushrooms-4
  • Washed spinach-250g
  • Pine nuts-small handful
  • Grated parmesan

How To Make:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to cook the pasta and when there is 5 minutes remaining for it to cook, add the butternut squash.
  2. Now, take a large frying pan and add half the oil to heat.
  3. Take the pine nuts and let them sizzle until they begin to color.
  4. Add the garlic and cook it until it is soft.
  5. Next, add the remaining oil and increase the heat.
  6. Pour in the mushrooms and let them cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Turn up the heat and add the spinach to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Lastly, take your cooked pasta and mix the veggies in, making sure that everything is well-combined.
  9. You can add the grated cheese or put it in a separate bowl when you serve this yummy dish!

10. Quick Pasta Treat:

Quick Pasta Treat

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This is a pasta dish that takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Fuss-free and quick, this is a great dish for kids who cannot wait to munch on something!

Ingredients:

  • Pasta-350g
  • Chopped carrot-1
  • Chopped celery-1/2 stick
  • Chopped onion-1/2 of a small one
  • Chopped plum tomatoes-6 to 8
  • Dried oregano-1 teaspoon
  • Red pesto-1 teaspoon
  • Raspberry vinegar-2 tablespoons
  • Grated parmesan
  • Basil leaves

How To Make:

  1. While your pasta is cooking, take all the other ingredients, except the basil and parmesan, and put them in a food processor.
  2. Let them whiz in it until you get a smooth paste.
  3. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and let it come up to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer it for 5 minutes to cook.
  5. Now, get your drained pasta and mix it with the tomato sauce.
  6. You can now serve this healthy pasta dish with the parmesan and basil leaves and enjoy a wonderful meal!

Pasta is one of the best things to make for your kids. You do not need to force them to finish their veggies as everything is already in the yummy dish with all the flavors.

All these recipes are super healthy for your kids as well as the rest of the family, so go ga-ga over pasta!

Do you have any other pasta recipe that works with kids? Share with us in the comments section below!

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Wondering what you can prepare for this Christmas? Whatever it is, it has to be the best and should be remembered by your friends and relatives for years to come, right? If that is what you want, then you have arrived at the right place.

These amazing turkey recipes will for sure make this Christmas the most memorable one! Can’t wait to check out what they are, can you? Read them and prepare one of the best dishes you would have ever tasted!

1. Turkey Cheeseburger Meatloaf:

Turkey Cheeseburger Meatloaf

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Ingredients:

  • Turkey bacon
  • Ground turkey
  • Oil
  • Cheese
  • Egg
  • Chopped onion
  • Egg
  • Brown sugar
  • Tomato ketchup sauce
  • Ginger garlic powder
  • Black pepper

How To Make?

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Roast turkey bacon in oil until it turns crisp.
  3. Mix ketchup and brown sugar. Keep the mixture aside.
  4. Mix cooked turkey with ground turkey, chopped onion, cheese, egg, ginger garlic powder and black pepper. Mix well.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a baking tray. Add the ketchup and brown sugar mixture to it.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven (175 degree Celsius) for 30 minutes.

2. Turkey Chilli:

Turkey Chilli

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Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey
  • Oil
  • Tomato puree
  • Beef broth
  • Chopped green chilli, coriander and onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomato paste
  • Chilli pepper flakes
  • Taco seasoning

How To Make?

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan.
  2. Add turkey, taco seasoning, tomato paste, chilli pepper flakes and coriander. Beat well for 30 minutes.
  3. Add beef broth, tomato puree and chopped green chillies. Beat well for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Fry onions and green bell pepper in it.
  5. Transfer fried mixture to the pan. Stir for 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer the cooked mixture in a bowl. Garnish with sour cream.

3. Turkey Stuffed Peppers:

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients:

  • Green bell pepper
  • Ground turkey
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onion, tomato red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper
  • Tomatoes puree
  • Italian seasoning
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Garlic powder, salt and pepper

How To Make?

  1. Cook turkey in a pan with oil till it turns brown.
  2. Drain it in a bowl.
  3. Take fresh oil in the pan. Add chopped onions, mushrooms, spinach and red and yellow bell pepper. Cook well. Add the turkey to the pan. Mix chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Cook well.
  4. Bake green bell pepper in a preheated oven (175 degree Celsius) for 10 minutes.
  5. Stuff the mixture from step 3 in baked green bell peppers.
  6. Cover stuffed green bell peppers with aluminium foil. Bake for 15 minutes.

4. Ground Turkey Casserole:

Ground Turkey Casserole

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Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey
  • White sugar
  • Tomato sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Raw egg noodles
  • Cheddar cheese

How To Make?

  1. Mix sour cream and cream cheese. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Cook ground in it.
  3. Keep turkey aside. Take fresh oil in the pan. Add tomato juice and sugar to it. Cook well.
  4. Mix mixture in step 1 and step 3.
  5. Cook egg noodles as instructed.
  6. Keep one layer of cooked noodles in a baking tray. Place turkey layer over it. Coat with the mixture made in step 4.
  7. Garnish with cheddar cheese.
  8. Place the baking tray in preheated oven (175 degree Celsius) for 40 minutes.

5. Pumpkin Turkey Chilli:

Pumpkin Turkey Chilli

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Ingredients:

  • Oil
  • Chopped onions, green and yellow bell pepper and tomatoes
  • Ground turkey
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Sour cream
  • Black pepper
  • Chilli powder
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Cheddar cheese

How To Make?

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan. Cook chopped ingredients and garlic in it.
  2. Add ground turkey.
  3. Add chilli powder, pepper, pumpkin puree and salt. Beat for 20 minutes.
  4. Garnish with sour cream and cheddar cheese.

6. White Chilli With Ground Turkey:

White Chilli With Ground Turkey

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Ingredients:

  • Chopped onions and green chilli
  • Ground turkey and chicken broth
  • Dried oregano
  • Cumin and cinnamon
  • White pepper
  • Shredded cheese
  • Minced garlic

How To Make?

  1. Heat water in a deep pan.
  2. Add chopped ingredients, turkey, cumin, white pepper, garlic, cinnamon and oregano.
  3. Add chicken broth and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add Cheese and let it melt.

7. Ground Turkey Soup:

Ground Turkey Soup

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Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey
  • Water
  • Beef cube
  • Pearl barley
  • Potato cubes
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Sliced carrots
  • Oil

How To Make?

  1. Heat water in a deep pan.
  2. Add cabbage, potatoes, beef cube and carrots. Cook them for 20 minutes.
  3. Cook ground turkey in a pan for 60 minutes.
  4. Add Barley and cooked turkey to the deep pan and cook for 25 minutes.

8. Healthy Turkey Loaf:

Healthy Turkey Loaf

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Ingredients:

  • Chopped onion
  • Yellow and red bell pepper
  • Ground turkey
  • Egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Lemon pepper

How To Make?

  1. Mix all ingredients to make a dough.
  2. Make small loaf shapes with the dough.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven (175 degree Celsius).

9. Turkey Burgers:

Turkey Burgers

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Ingredients:

  • Ground turkey
  • Feta cheese
  • Sliced kalamata olives
  • Dried oregano
  • Black pepper

How To Make?

  1. Mix all ingredients to make patties.
  2. Fry in a preheated grill for 15 minutes. Cook on both sides.

10. Thanksgiving Deep Fried Turkey:

Thanksgiving Deep Fried Turkey

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Ingredients:

  • Oil
  • Whole turkey
  • Creole seasoning
  • White onion

How To Make?

  1. Heat oil (200 degree Celsius) in a turkey fryer.
  2. Cover turkey (with 2.5 inches neck hole) with Creole seasoning.
  3. Place onion and greased turkey in a drain basket.
  4. Insert basket in turkey fryer.
  5. Let it cook for 50 minutes.

Hope these recipes have already enticed your taste buds! So get onto your feet and start preparing these wonderful turkey dishes! Do you have a specific turkey recipe of your choice to tell the world? Share it with us!

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What is the first thing that you think of when someone says anti aging? Is it wrinkles, antioxidants or even exorbitantly priced creams that you secretly like, but claim don’t work? Or do you think of pills, medicines and exotic herbs that promise miracles.

Let’s explore anti aging pills. What are they? How effective are they? What are their benefits and what are their side effects. We will look at the most common pills to combat aging and rate them on their pros and cons.

1. Resveratrol Supplements:

Michio Takaoka discovered Resveratrol in 1939. Usually found in the skin of red grapes and sometimes in peanuts and berries, Resveratrol is a plant compound known as a polyphenol:

Benefits:

Resveratrol has many health benefits including weight loss and a healthy life. In reality, Resveratrol helps reduce inflammation, prevents LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and prevents blood clots in the vessels. It is slated to limit cancer cells and protect nerve cells from damage, directly helping combat Alzheimer’s. Researchers guesstimate that Resveratrol can activate the SIRT1 gene, an organic mechanism which combats the effects of obesity and aging.

Side Effects:

Resveratrol has no known long term side effects, as there haven’t been many recorded experiments on humans. Resveratrol supplements can cause complications on mixing with blood thinners like warfarin(Coumadin), and nonsteroidal compounds commonly found in medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. Resveratrol may harm pregnant women; it reduces the efficacy of the foetus’ detoxification system. Thus, pregnant women are advised not to take Resveratrol. (1)

2. DHEA Supplements:

DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone, a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, is an anti aging supplement.

Benefits:

It is rumored to improve libido, fabricate muscle and combat aging. DHEA is a precursor, a compound that our body transforms into hormones. It is a precursor to male and female hormones testosterone and estrogen. Our body produces most DHEA in our mid-20s. This production diminishes over time. DHEA supplements affect the level of testosterone and estrogen.

Side Effects:

As DHEA reduces with age, some researchers preempt that supplementing the natural level of the body might combat age. Some studies, report encouraging results, but a similar number report dismal failures.NIA (The National Institute on Aging) and NCCAM (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) say results do not indicate anything concrete.

Both agree that the long term use of DHEA supplements can be harmful. Some side effects include:

  • Oily skin and acne
  • Loss of hair
  • Gastronomical upsets
  • Hypertension
  • Uneven heart beat

In the case of women, the side effects are:

  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Facial hair
  • Voice changes
  • Loss of scalp hair

3. Noni:

With more than 20 names, Noni is a vitamin supplement. It is harvested from a tree found commonly in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Australia, and India. Noni vitamin supplements are commonly available in most countries.

Benefits:

Noni is high in potassium. The other compounds like xeronine, and Polysaccharides may help repair cell damage and improve the body’s immune system. Noni also contains minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium which also boost immunity.

Side Effects:

Owing to the strong trace of potassium in Noni supplements, people with kidney stones, and medically prescribed low potassium diets should avoid them.

Few side effects from noni have been reported, but its safety has not been adequately studied.

As Noni supplements contain quite a lot of sulfur, noni supplements can lead to foul smelling urine.

These are some of the commonly available anti-aging supplements today. Their efficacy and longevity is quite dubious. Medical researchers are still struggling with the questions posed by the advent of such products. The rapidity of the production seems to add to the weight of the question. The FDA recently sanctioned many organizations for making false claims about Noni supplements.

So, just as a side note, aging is the only truth of our life from the moment we are born. Embrace the skin you are in! Consider using natural remedies to aging and eating healthier, living on a routine and lesser stress. These are some ways you can stay healthier, longer.

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Is Bitter Gourd Juice Good For Weight Loss?
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Want to lose a few calories from your body? Want a slim and fit figure? But don’t have the time to hit the gym? Well, fret not! There are several ways apart from going to the gym that can help you lose weight. In fact, we suggest it is always wise to opt for healthy ideas that work on your body from within. Drinking bitter gourd juice is one such healthy option to help you lose weight without any side effects.

In the article below, we delve deep into how bitter gourd is useful in the weight loss process and how to consume this vegetable.

Bitter Gourd – A Quick View:

Bitter gourd, as the vegetable is commonly known, has another name as well. In some parts of the globe, it is called bitter melon. The vegetable is green in color, but an overly ripe bitter gourd is yellow in color.

Let us quickly trace the history of the vegetable. It was cultivated by the tribes of Amazon rainforest. And later the farming spread to Asia, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. Since it was first cultivated, bitter gourd is used for food and as well as medicine.

What Makes Bitter Gourd Juice Useful For Weight Loss?

As the name suggests, bitter gourd is bitter in taste. This vegetable has substances that lower and maintain the blood sugar level in your body. It also prevents your body from absorbing extra sugar. Apart from this, bitter gourd increases the number of beta cells in your pancreas. These cells are involved in secreting insulin. If the insulin level rises high, the blood sugar level decreases. This eventually leads to weight loss.

How To Prepare Bitter Gourd Juice:

Here are a few bitter gourd recipes you can make at home:

The Fruit And Vegetable Mix:

What You Need:

  • 1 bitter gourd
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2-3 apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 peeled lemon

How To Prepare:

  1. Take a bitter gourd. Cut it into two halves, long-ways. Now, scoop out all the seeds in the vegetable.
  2. Chop the other fruits and vegetables. Blend them along with the bitter gourd in a blender.
  3. If you find the juice too bitter, you can add more fruits to its preparation.
  4. You can also add other fruits and vegetables of your choice.

Only Bitter Gourd:

Bitter gourd is the only ingredient you need for this!

How To Prepare:

  1. Take a bitter gourd and take off its peel. Make sure you take off its peel not with a peeler, but with a knife. Wash the vegetable properly under cold running water. Place your bitter gourd on a cutting board and slice it to the center.
  2. After you slice it, scoop out the white flesh and the seeds of the vegetable.
  3. Cut the bitter gourd into tiny pieces and dump them into a bowl full of water. Leave it to soak for about thirty minutes.
  4. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to the water contained bowl or ½ teaspoon of lemon juice.
  5. Add bitter gourd to a juicer. To it you can also add lemon or apple juice to ensure that the bitterness comes down. If you are too worried about the bitter taste of the juice, you can go further ahead and add a bit of honey and black pepper.
  6. Blend it in the juicer.

Your healthy juice is ready. But do use a strainer to filter out the vegetable pieces. In the final step, store the juice in the refrigerator for close to 1 to 2 hours. Now, all you have to do is – drink the juice and get closer to losing weight.

We hope that the article helps you get on to start your healthy diet to cut down a few calories from your body. In case, you know of other bitter gourd recipes, do share with us in the comments section below!

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What Are The Benefits Of Candle Light Meditation? http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/what-are-the-benefits-of-candle-light-meditation/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/what-are-the-benefits-of-candle-light-meditation/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:31:40 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=265894 In these times of too many engagements, it is common for you to get distracted. Do you find yourself losing focus at your workplace? Do you find your mind wandering in various directions? In such a situation, we suggest, you turn to meditation. Candle light meditation is one form of meditation that keeps the wavering [...]

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The Benefits Of Candle Light Meditation?
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In these times of too many engagements, it is common for you to get distracted. Do you find yourself losing focus at your workplace? Do you find your mind wandering in various directions? In such a situation, we suggest, you turn to meditation. Candle light meditation is one form of meditation that keeps the wavering of your mind under check.

What Is Candle Light Meditation?

Candle light meditation is open-eye mediation. As the name suggests, in this style of meditation, you are expected to stare at a candle flame while meditating. To many, it is easier to concentrate on a physical object than focusing on a mantra or imaginary objects as suggested in other forms of meditation.

What Happens In Candle Light Meditation?

As you begin with the meditation process, you must first set up your place to suit the practice. Switch off bright lights, if there are any. Cover the windows. It is not necessary the room has to be dark. The idea is to create a set up that is dimly lit up, but is comfortable to sit in. Ensure the room is at a normal temperature or a temperature you are comfortable at.

Now it’s time to light a candle. Sit at a distance of some 50 cm from the candle. The position of the candle should be at eye-level. Do not fall forward while gazing at the candle or do not slump. Remember, you have to be comfortable when looking at the candle flame. You can sit in a chair. Or you can choose to sit cross-legged, in front of the candle, whichever is convenient to you.

Start gazing at the flame. When you do so, the image of the candle should fill your mind. Initially, you may find it hard to concentrate, and your eyes might turn watery. But keep your gaze fixed till you achieve a state of calm. As you stare at the candle, breathe in and breathe out. As you keep at it, you slowly find yourself getting into a state of concentration and peace.

Benefits Of Candle Light Meditation:

Candle light meditation helps to improve your mental stability; in turn giving you your must needed mental peace. And here’s how!

As your eyes are fixed on the candle flame, they don’t see anything beyond the flame. In such a situation, your brain receives no new information to process. It is the nerves of your eyes that send signals to your brain. But in this case, no signal is sent. As a result, images beside the candle begin to fade away from your vision. During the experience, while your eyes are open, you only see the flame and nothing else.

Interestingly, each candle color disperses different forms of energy during the meditation process. For instance, a white candle stick is meant for clarity in vision, indigo for wisdom, turquoise for healing, yellow for inner power and self-confidence, orange candle for the ability to survive a loss, red for courage and physical strength, pink for warmth and empathy etc.

So, when you practice candle light meditation, you can choose the color of the candle based on what you want to achieve during the meditation process.

Hopefully, this article serves as the first step to your candle light meditation practice to find inner peace. While this form of meditation is absolutely harmless, you may seek a yoga guru’s advice for the duration of the process.

Do you think candle light meditation helps you become a mentally stronger individual? Share with us in the comments section!

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7 Simple Tips To Make And Use Castor Oil Packs http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-tips-to-make-and-use-castor-oil-packs/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-tips-to-make-and-use-castor-oil-packs/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:05:51 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=266017 You might know how wonderful an ingredient castor oil is. But when you buy the same from the market, you can’t rely on its purity. It might be adulterated with chemicals? Those chemicals might cause side effects? There are chances for all that to happen, right? So what can be done? The best thing to [...]

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7 Simple Tips To Make And Use Castor Oil Packs
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You might know how wonderful an ingredient castor oil is. But when you buy the same from the market, you can’t rely on its purity. It might be adulterated with chemicals? Those chemicals might cause side effects? There are chances for all that to happen, right? So what can be done?

The best thing to do is to make a castor oil pack by yourself, right from the comfort of your home. This will help you save money and as well keep any adulteration at bay.

This post talks about how easy and simple it is to prepare castor oil packs at home. That’s something amazing, isn’t it? Then why the delay! Go ahead and give a read!

The Method:

  1. Find a flannel. It should be big enough to cover your belly area and chest.
  1. Mould and fold the flannel to make three layers, one over the other in a triangular pattern.
  1. Place it in a vessel and pour castor oil into it. Keep it submerged in the oil until it gets evenly covered with it.
  1. Take out the dripping flannel from the bowl and mount it on your belly, while ensuring it covers the lower side of your chest too.
  1. Wrap a plastic sheet around the flannel, so that the oil does not drip down from the edges and corners.
  1. Once you stack the flannel with a plastic sheet, place a hot water bottle exactly above your abdomen.
  1. Take a thick cloth and wrap it around your upper body. This practice is necessary to stop the heat from escaping.

This makes up a therapeutic castor oil pack! It is easy to make and use. The cost involved is only of castor oil, as all the other items are easily available at home. This healing oil pack offers exceptional health benefits. They are as follows:

The Benefits:

  1. Castor oil heals duodenal problems like bloating and acidity. It is a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are free radical repellents. Free radicals increase the toxicity level of the stomach. This causes bloating and acidity. A castor oil pack releases fresh antioxidants in the stomach. These antioxidants nullify the harmful effects of free radicals and flush toxins out of the human body. Hence, it cures the problem of acidity and bloating caused due to the upset PH levels of the duodenum.
  1. Castor oil is loaded with the goodness of ricinoleic acid. Heat insulation in castor oil pack helps ricinoleic acid to seep through the body’s membrane and directly reach the cells. This acid is a typical analgesic that heals pain and offers relief. Thus, castor oil pack is a typical analgesic pack. It can also be used to relieve back pain caused due to stressed muscles and tissues.
  1. Place the flannel on the back instead of the abdomen in order to heal back pain. Follow the same process as that in mounting the pack on the stomach.
  1. Ricinoleic acid is also an anti-inflammatory agent. Thus, it helps in healing inflammation caused due to bacteria, viruses and microbes. Its transfer into the body through oil packs ensures that the WBC’s get stimulated to fight back all the disease causing microbes in the body.
  1. Castor oil pack is an amazing therapy that can ease breathing disorders too. Ricinoleic acid in castor oil seeps inside the chest as well. The heat insulation also triggers the process of dilating phlegm in the chest and bronchial walls. Heat and ricinoleic acid collectively clear the chest off the phlegm. It also reduces inflammation caused due to chest congestion. As a result, breathing improves.

Castor oil packs possess excellent therapeutic properties. Try a homemade pack and experience dramatic changes in your health!

Have you ever experienced the goodness of these ailing properties through a homemade castor oil pack? Which is the best benefit of castor oil packs according to you? Do share your feedback with us in the comments section!

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3 Best Homemade Facial Salt Scrubs You Should Try Right Away http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-homemade-facial-salt-scrubs-you-should-try-right-away/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-homemade-facial-salt-scrubs-you-should-try-right-away/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:17:07 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=265958 Did you ever wonder how on earth your skin doesn’t get any better even after using all those cosmetics and products? You probably might be missing out this wonderful ‘something’. And that ‘something’ is a salt scrub. Salt scrubs are expensive skin care options that offer miraculous results. If you are already a blessed woman [...]

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3 Best Homemade Facial Salt Scrubs
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Did you ever wonder how on earth your skin doesn’t get any better even after using all those cosmetics and products? You probably might be missing out this wonderful ‘something’. And that ‘something’ is a salt scrub.

Salt scrubs are expensive skin care options that offer miraculous results. If you are already a blessed woman with lots of money, buying expensive salt scrubs from the market should not be an issue for you. However, if you belong to the class of many mortals like us women, then this feature of making salt scrubs at home will surely make your day.

Salt scrubs offer unmatched exfoliating and moisturizing benefits upon use. They also offer anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits that protect the skin against dryness and inflammation caused due to microbial infections. So if you are looking forward to a super-healthy skin that always glows, then the following are the salt scrubs you must be using!

1. Epsom Salt And Coconut Oil Face Scrub For Oily Skin:

Epsom salt offers the goodness of deep exfoliation, while coconut oil clears trapped skin impurities.

How To Make?

  1. Take half bowl of Epsom salt and mash it to make its particles finer.
  2. Transfer the mashed Epsom salt into an air tight glass jar.
  3. Take half bowl of coconut oil and transfer it onto a pan.
  4. Heat it on low flame.
  5. When the coconut oil becomes warm, switch off the flame.
  6. Transfer the warm coconut oil into the glass jar containing Epsom salt.
  7. Mix the two ingredients well, until the salt saturates in oil.
  8. Add lemon juice to the saturated mixture and stir well.

This makes your salt scrub for oily face. Use it thrice in a week before bathing for best results.

Benefits:

(i) Epsom salt offers deep exfoliation to oily skin. Coconut oil offers necessary moisturization, but clears unwanted dirt and sebum trapped in skin pores.

(ii) Lemon juice reduces the size and appearance of open pores. It offers astringent benefits and reduces redness and inflammation too. It also targets blackheads, whiteheads and acne marks.

(iii) It also reduces the unnatural glare from oily skin.

2. Sea Salt And Almond Oil Face Scrub For Dry Skin:

Sea salt is an essential bathing salt that makes the skin supple, radiant, blemish-free and fair. You can find sea salt easily in groceries and malls.

How To Make?

  1. Take half bowl of sea salt and crush it to make its particles finer.
  2. Transfer the sea salt into a glass jar.
  3. Take almond oil (just about half a bowl is enough) and transfer it to the jar containing sea salt.
  4. Mix sea salt and almond oil well to make a fine paste.
  5. Add orange juice and grape juice to the mixture and beat well.
  6. Use every alternate day for visible effects.

This salt scrub is exclusive to dry skin, as it repairs chapped skin and prevents further damage too.

Benefits:

  1. Sea salt is essentially rich in skin exfoliating minerals. It is also loaded with the goodness of silica particles that make the skin blemish free.
  2. Almond oil is loaded with the goodness of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a fairness agent too. The dry skin becomes dull, as skin’s cells lose their elasticity. Almond oil offers deep moisturizing and toning benefits to dry skin. Vitamin E makes the skin up to two times fairer and brighter.
  3. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C. It offers moisturization and makes the skin fair.
  4. Grape juice is an exceptional source of skin friendly anti-oxidants. Those anti-oxidants increase the sheen and radiance of the skin by flushing out free radicals from it. This makes the skin younger, fairer and radiant.

3. Table Salt And Jojoba Oil Scrub For Sensitive Skin:

This face scrub is exclusive to sensitive skin and it causes no breakouts.

How To Make?

  1. Add half a bowl of table salt to a glass jar.
  2. Take half a bowl of jojoba oil and transfer it into the glass jar having table salt.
  3. Beat well to make a fine paste.
  4. Add mausami juice to the glass jar and beat well.
  5. Apply twice in a week for best results.

This salt scrub is an amazing repairing therapy for sensitive skin. It controls oil formation and dryness, both, in sensitive skin.

Benefits:

  1. Table salt offers gentle exfoliation to sensitive skin. The particles are too fine to cause any reactions. Thus, exfoliation with table salt does not break out sensitive skin.
  2. Jojoba oil offers controlled moisturization. It doesn’t make the skin too oily or too dry.
  3. Mausami juice complements sensitive skin, as it causes no inflammation. It reduces the size of open pores and also keeps the skin clean and fresh.

These salt scrubs are inexpensive but amazing when it comes to giving your skin that lost dose of vitality and radiance. So delay no more! Prepare these scrubs for a beautiful you!

Are you a fan of salt scrubs for face? Which is your favorite homemade salt scrub recipe? Do share your feedback with us in the comments section!

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Is Dry Mouth A Symptom Of Diabetes? http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/is-dry-mouth-a-symptom-of-diabetes/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/is-dry-mouth-a-symptom-of-diabetes/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:14:06 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=265921 Have you wondered if there could be any possible connection between dry mouth and diabetes? What if dry mouth is just a symptom of diabetes? Dry mouth and diabetes are two different problems, no doubt about that. But are they related? In this post, you will find answers to all such questions. And what else, [...]

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Is Dry Mouth A Symptom Of Diabetes?
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Have you wondered if there could be any possible connection between dry mouth and diabetes? What if dry mouth is just a symptom of diabetes?

Dry mouth and diabetes are two different problems, no doubt about that. But are they related? In this post, you will find answers to all such questions. And what else, God forbid if you have diabetes, you might even get to know of it before it’s too late and get treatment at the right time. Now that’s something you can’t ignore, can you? So sit back and give a read!

Diabetes And Dry Mouth – A Brief:

Diabetes is a medical condition in which the glucose level in blood rises beyond normal. It needs immediate medical attention, as it can lead to heart failure, kidney failure and liver damage if left unattended. Diabetes manifests in two different forms – Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Dry mouth, on the other hand, is a mouth condition marked by a decrease or absence of saliva. It can also lead to speech impairment if not checked on time. Sometimes, dry mouth is a symptom of diabetes. And there are even cases when dry mouth happens to be the cause of diabetes.

Facts About Diabetes:

Diabetes is a health condition that needs proper management of blood glucose level. Here are a few facts you need to know about diabetes:

  1. Type 1 diabetes is also called as diabetes mellitus. It is an outcome of the destruction of beta cells (the cells responsible for the secretion and management of insulin) of the body. Insulin regulates blood glucose level in humans. The absence of beta cells makes the body deprived of insulin. Thus, blood glucose level rises alarmingly and leads to diabetes type 1.
  1. Type 2 diabetes is an outcome of consumption of sugars in excessive amounts. The intake is so high that all the sugar is not metabolized, which can lead to sugar. It can also be an outcome of decreased physical activity.
  1. Type 1 diabetes cannot be regulated with diet or by increasing the body’s metabolic rate. It needs artificial insulin supplements to be given to the body to keep sugar levels under control.
  1. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with diet. It can also be regulated by increasing the metabolic rate of the body. Increased metabolic rate leads to better sugar metabolism.
  1. However, both the types of diabetes cannot be treated or regulated at home. They need proper medications and medical guidance to stay under control.

Causes And Symptoms Of Diabetes:

So, what causes diabetes? Let’s find out!

  1. Diabetes can be caused due to an imbalanced and improper diet that is rich in sugars hard to be metabolized.
  1. Diabetes is also a result of obesity and reduced physical activity.
  1. The most common symptoms of diabetes are dehydration, dry mouth, frequent urination, obesity, weight loss and increased hunger.

Facts About Dry Mouth:

Dry mouth is an unpleasant oral condition that is marked with the decrease or absence of saliva. It is pretty common but should not be ignored. Here’s all you need to know about dry mouth:

  1. Dry mouth can lead to digestive issues as the food does not breakdown properly in the absence of saliva.
  1. The first step of sugar metabolism occurs in the mouth, as saliva breaks down starch to simpler sugar.
  1. Absence of saliva disturbs sugar metabolism that may lead to diabetes.
  1. Dry mouth can lead to malnutrition if it prolongs. This mainly happens as food is not digested properly. The body is kept deprived of essential vitamins and nutrients. Hence, it needs medical attention to find the actual cause and treatment of dry mouth.

Causes Of Dry Mouth:

Though common, the causes of dry mouth are varied. Here are the major reasons why you might end up with a dry mouth:

  1. Dry mouth can sometimes be an outcome of ongoing medications.
  1. It can also be caused due to sleep apnea, arthritis, diabetes and eating disorders.
  1. Dry mouth can sometimes be an outcome of radiation given to cancer patients.
  1. Any obstruction that blocks a salivary duct can lead to dry mouth that makes it very difficult to eat.
  1. Stress and depression are the two other common causes of dry mouth. Stress and depression create hormonal imbalance. This leads to dry mouth.

The most interesting fact about these health conditions is – dry mouth is a symptom as well as a cause of diabetes and vice-versa. Therefore, it is very essential to undergo a proper medical check-up for an accurate diagnosis.

So the next time you tend to have a dry mouth for a prolonged period of time, it’s better you don’t ignore the issue and take immediate action. Of course, your health is more important than anything else, isn’t it?

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7 Sure Shot Ways To Get A Perfect Slim Body http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/sure-shot-ways-to-get-a-perfect-slim-body/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/sure-shot-ways-to-get-a-perfect-slim-body/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:10:41 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=265889 There is no wonder you would have always wanted a slim body and reduced waistline. Of course, who doesn’t? While few people may believe that dieting holds the key to a slim figure, this happens to be half the truth. Proper workout schedule alongside dieting holds the key to a slimmer waistline and an hour [...]

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Sure Shot Ways To Get A Perfect Slim Body
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There is no wonder you would have always wanted a slim body and reduced waistline. Of course, who doesn’t? While few people may believe that dieting holds the key to a slim figure, this happens to be half the truth. Proper workout schedule alongside dieting holds the key to a slimmer waistline and an hour glass figure.

So in case you are on a quest for the perfect routine which can give you the perfect body, there is some good news for you! You have landed on the right page!

Here are the exclusively lined up seven simple strategies that give you a perfect workout agenda at home. Explore the amazing 7-step workout plan that can bless you with a figure of your dream!

1. Run On Stairs:

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Stairs are amazing workout tract for people looking forward to weight reduction. Run up and down from stairs for 30 minutes every morning. This essential workout step should be followed before breakfast. It works like a warm up session that brings the body in pure workout momentum at home. Additionally, it burns few extra calories and improves breathing.

2. Skip:

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After you set your legs in momentum, it is time to get started with the actual slimming workout. Find a rope and start skipping. Begin with 20 minutes and increase the span to 40 minutes gradually. Skipping rope attacks the brown fat in the stomach. Brown fat is considered as the toughest fat to reduce. Skipping strengthens leg muscles and reduces the waistline as well.

3. Walk:

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Once you are done with skipping, it is time to catch breath again. The best way to keep the momentum going and rest at the same time is walking. Take a long walk in your garden and eventually jog in between. This essential workout step keeps your legs, hands and the complete body in momentum. And at the same time, it also eases breathing.

4. Weight Lifting:

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After a 15 minute walk, it is time to do some weight lifting. Weight lifting is an essential part of the slimming workout plan. Muscles need proper rest in order to lose weight. Yes! You got me right. You need to do weight lifting to lose some weight. When you lift weights, the muscles collect fatigue. Only when they are tired, they lose extra fat upon rest. This also brings to light the need for proper rest after a workout session.

5. Push Ups:

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It is time for push ups after a rigorous session of weight lifting. Push ups are an essential step of the slimming workout plan. It specifically focuses on reducing the belly fat. Begin with ten push ups and stretch it up to 50 gradually.

6. Cardio:

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Cardio is an amazing workout step of the weight management plan. While it helps in weight reduction, it also focuses on increasing the strength of muscles and tissues. It is also an amazing therapy for improving breathing. It is advisable to follow proper cardio as wrong postures can cause muscle injury and pain. The best way is buying a cardio CD from the market and following the same for guidance.

7. Crunches:

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Crunches are amazing abdominal exercises with which you should wrap up your slimming workout each day. Stomach crunches work towards reducing belly fat. Lower abs crunches are exceptional slimming options that groom the body completely. The four different types of crunches are reverse crunch, twisting crunch, Thai crunch and cable crunch.

Reverse crunch is the simplest form of crunching. Thus, begin your workout with this type of crunching essentially. Gradually make a shift to twisting crunch that requires you to lift one shoulder while keeping the other parallel to the floor. Thai crunch focuses on stomach contraction and cable crunch is done with the help of a pulling machine.

With these seven essential steps of slimming workout, you will gain a leaner body. These are the amazing ways that can also help in weight reduction individually. However, the efficiency increases manifold when they are performed as a single workout plan every day.

Do you have a different slimming workout plan that you follow each day? Have you tried sticking to this slimming workout plan? What are the visible results which impressed you the most? Share with us!

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Is It Safe To Use Castor Oil During Pregnancy? http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/is-it-safe-to-use-castor-oil-during-pregnancy/ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/is-it-safe-to-use-castor-oil-during-pregnancy/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:59:54 +0000 http://www.stylecraze.com/?p=265961 There have been lot many rumors surrounding the usage of castor oil during pregnancy. Does castor oil really help pregnant women? Is it beneficial to them? Is the rumor that castor oil is harmful to pregnant women is just that, a rumor? You will find answers for all those questions in this post! All you [...]

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Castor Oil During Pregnancy?
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There have been lot many rumors surrounding the usage of castor oil during pregnancy. Does castor oil really help pregnant women? Is it beneficial to them? Is the rumor that castor oil is harmful to pregnant women is just that, a rumor?

You will find answers for all those questions in this post! All you got to do is give it a read!

Facts Related To Using Castor Oil During Pregnancy:

Castor oil is a laxative derivative of the seeds of the plant castor. It offers multiple health benefits to humans. It is an amazing remedy for constipation, acidity, blood pressure and inflammation. Undoubtedly, castor oil makes an amazing home remedy for various health conditions, but its use in pregnancy is a topic of debate.

And the following are some of the points that would give you clarity!

  1. Castor oil is made of the seeds of the plant castor. This laxative offers the benefit of being a labor inducer in pregnancy. There are different precautions and conditions that should be kept in mind while using castor oil as a labor inducer.
  1. Be very careful of using castor oil closest to the date of your delivery. Castor oil is a home remedy that triggers the process of contraction of the uterine walls. This induces labor pain in pregnant women. Consuming castor oil early on in pregnancy involves high levels of risk. Thus, use castor oil as an artificial remedy to induce labor pain later on in pregnancy.
  1. Undoubtedly, castor oil makes a good alternate to Caesarean operation. Caesarean holds its set of side-effects and risks. Thus, castor oil is a good alternative to induce labor and promote natural childbirth through labor pains.
  1. The major use of castor oil in pregnancy is beginning of labor pain. It can though be used as a preventive remedy against the formation of stretch marks too. The next set of precautions that come with the use of castor oil for inducing labors is its dosage. Usually, pregnant women are given regulated doses of castor oil (not more than an ounce) on a daily basis.
  1. Castor oil is known to induce contractions within 24 hours of its consumption. However, this is not the case with all women. In such cases, the doze is repeated at the same time the following day as well.

Castor oil can be consumed with juices, or you can also try other recipes of your choice. There are certainly a few factors and symptoms related with this use of castor oil in pregnancy. Few of those symptoms that you should know are listed below.

Symptoms To Relate To The Use Of Castor Oil During Pregnancy:

  1. Nausea is a sure shot symptom that occurs after the ingestion of castor oil. The tendency to vomit, sluggishness and abdominal unease are bound to happen when you consume castor oil for inducing labor pains.
  1. Loose motions may also happen in women who do not deliver within 24 hours of ingesting castor oil (very rare chances). It happens due to intestinal upset caused by castor oil.

These symptoms are indications of early contractions. Usually, such symptoms are immediately followed by labor pains. Castor oil initiates the bowels to contract and expand rapidly. This artificial contraction and expansion work like a booster for the uterus. As a result, the walls of the uterus begin contracting and expanding as well. However, it is still not wise to believe that a few contractions are that of labor.. Actual labor begins only when the uterus exasperates to such an extent that the contractions become periodic.

Nevertheless, castor oil is surely a labor inducer in pregnant women. For many reasons, it is not wise to intervene with the normal pregnancy procedure. Therefore, never use castor oil for inducing labor pains without the consent of your doctor. Castor oil is hundred percent a better option in many clinical cases. But those cases are thoroughly diagnosed and monitored by practiced and experienced doctors. Thus, castor oil is a facilitator in pregnancy, when ingested with the consent of your doctor. Otherwise, it can be a very strong hurdle too, when misused.

Are you one of those few ladies who gave birth to your child with the aid of castor oil? Could you now believe in the goodness and power of castor oil as a labor pain inducer in pregnant women? Share your feedback with us in the comments section!

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