Thursday, July 9, 2015
- 1 stick salted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 10 Oreo Cookies, chopped
- Cheesecake Topping:
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons of all purpose flour
- 5 Oreo cookies, chopped
- 1 large egg
Steps o prepare
- Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together butter and cocoa powder until smooth and thick. Stir in sugar until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Fold in the flour until just combined, then fold in the chopped cookies. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about a minute. Add sugar and beat on medium about 30 more seconds, until combined and fluffy. Add vanilla and flour, mixing on medium low until combined. Add egg, scraping down side of bowl and beating on medium low until smooth. Pour over brownies, using a sharp knife to marble just slightly with the brownie batter. Sprinkle cookie pieces evenly over the top, pressing in gently.
- Bake for about 25-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before serving.
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Most of us don’t really like to discuss things like urine or feces, but the reality lies in the fact that both of these excretions are crucial for a sound health. We may not discuss them openly but we all know that a little too much or a little too less of both or these excretions aren’t good for our health. But most of us easily flush it down without paying much attention or glancing over it to look for any abnormalities.
But then again there are a few things that are surely visible to all of us while urinating. Maybe for men it is easier to notice them when it enters the urinary bowl and for women only if they view the tissue after wiping it off. Other than that, if there is a burning sensation or pain during urination, it also triggers a thought to check what you are excreting. But then again, more physical specs are always very visible to most of us.Now what is important is to know what our urine tells about us. Well, experts say that urine is the easiest way to self-examine what goes on in your body. If there is a problem somewhere, it will show up in your excretion. The change in the smell, color and odor are direct indications of malfunctioning of our body systems.
The urine is helpful in indicating pregnancy, if you have an internal injury or problem that can’t be detected on the outside or that your intake of some scrumptious colorful berry is a lot more than it should be. Moreover, it can also indicate some Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), dehydration by the change of color of your urine, which means that it becomes darker and more concentrated, also tell if the amount of nicotine or caffeine has increased in your body, especially that of women
Moreover, if your urine smells funny, then that is normal. I know it sounds weird, but funny smell from the urine is fine. But other characteristics as mentioned above, such as pain or burning sensations can tell a person easily that he or she needs a checkup as soon as possible. But with that, don’t forget that too much LU and too little or no LU are very dangerous as well. So try keeping is balanced.
Normally, the urine is and should be of a pale yellow color. This is because it contains a substance called “urochrome”; a substance produced at the breakdown of hemoglobin. But urine seems to change color for many reasons; some alarming and some harmless. Go through the different colors of urines and compare yours with them:
Dark yellow: as pale yellow is the normal color of urine, dark yellow indicates that the person is dehydrating as the concentration of salts is higher than normal. Lesser the water, darker the yellow shade of the urine, so try drinking more water than usual in such a condition.
Red: basically this is varying from a shade of pink to dark red. A test can really specify if the urine contains bloods or building blocks of blood such as the hematuria. But this is a serious condition which you must get checked. It can be because of any infection in the bladder, urinary tract, or urethra. Also, cancer in prostrate parts of men or in the bladder of both gender, and strenuous exercise can all lead to urine to be red.
Brownish black: here the color also varies from brown to black. It may be form of red urine in a darker shade. But this is because of malfunctioning of the liver and conditions like hepatitis, bile duct blockage, a tumor or even cirrhosis for the Bilirubin (blood building matter) appears in the urine. But more sever conditions like Hemolytic anemia and Malenoma can also be a cause for brownish black urine.
Orange: many medicines can turn the urine orange or even treatments like Mainstay TB treatment, Rifampin, isoniazid and Phenazopyridine. Also, excessive intake of citrus juices and carrots can also be a reason for orange urines.
Purple: caused by the purple urine bag syndrome, in which bacteria colonize the catheter. The urine consists of substances of red, blue and indigo color which collectively give the purple colored urine. The only cure is to replace the catheter bag.
Blue: blue urines are produced due to the presence of Methylene blue. Though it is used in our medications, the blue urine can also appear because of blue diaper syndrome (BDS) and the hartnup disease.
Green: this is linked to the Methylene blue of the blue urine that mixes with the urochrome of tour natural pale yellow urine. Yet, a few medications such as anesthesticpropofol, Tagamet and Elavil can be the cause of this mixture or green urine. As harmless as it might seem, in rare cases does it ever showcase chances of infections in our Urinary tract.
The urine is an indication of some problem, keep checking it from time to time. Many people neglect these visible signs in their urine and suffer in the long run. Moreover, consult a doctor so that he may specify your condition and treat you accordingly.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Well, cricket is a game between the batsman and the bowler but it wouldn't have been better without the exchange of words between the players. Sledging is something that some people dont like while some just perform their best at that moment. Surely. The Australians love it, and Team India should be ready for it before reaching down under.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Steps to prepare:
- 1 cup broccali floret
- 1 cup three colors(red, yellow, green) bell pepper cut in strips
- 4 french beans julienne
- 1 small carrot cut in strips
- 6-7 button mushrooms cut in cubes
- 1/2 cup cabbage (cut in thick strips)
- 1 medium onion julienne
- 2 clove of garlic grated
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 1/2 tbsp hot and sweet tomato ketchup(maggie)
- 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sukiyaki sauce(chings)
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- Pepper to taste(1/5 tsp )
- Salt to taste (1/4 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp seasame seeds(slightly roasted)
- 7-8 cashewnuts(slightly roasted)
- 1-2 tbsp of roasted peanuts
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Steps to prepare:
- Slightly blanch broccali, carrot n beans and keep aside.
- (You can do this in microwave too. Simply boil one n half cup water for one minute in microwave then add all the vegetables and microwave for one minute at 70% power.)
- In a small bowl mix together, sukiyaki sauce, sugar, hot and sweet ketchup, soy sauce and keep aside.
- In a non stick pan heat oil. Add onions and stir for 8-10 seconds. Then add grated garlic and fry till aromatic. Add ginger and garlic paste and stir till it stops spluttering.
- Add mushrooms and cook till brown. Add broccali, carrot and beans and cook covered with a lid for 1-2 minutes.
- Add bell peppers and stir. Season with salt and pepper and cook covered with lid for 30-40 seconds.
- Add cabbage and the sauce into the vegetables and stir untill the sauce is well combined with the vegetables. Sprinkle some seasame seeds. Cook for few more seconds.
- Transfer on a serving plate. Garnish with seasamic seeds, cashewnuts n peanuts. Serve immediately.
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1. Throwing Coins into a River:
The general reasoning given for this act is that it brings Good Luck. However, scientifically speaking, in the ancient times, most of the currency used was made of copper unlike the stainless steel coins of today. Copper is a vital metal very useful to the human body. Throwing coins in the river was one way our fore-fathers ensured we intake sufficient copper as part of the water as rivers were the only source of drinking water. Making it a custom ensured that all of us follow the practice.
2. Joining Both Palms together to Greet:
In Hindu culture, people greet each other by joining their palms – termed as “Namaskar.” The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joining both the palms means respect. However, scientifically speaking, joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together; which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes, ears, and mind. Pressing them together is said to activate the pressure points which helps us remember that person for a long time. And, no germs since we don’t make any physical contact!
3. Why do Indian Women wear Toe Ring:
Wearing toe rings is not just the significance of married women but there is science behind it. Normally toe rings are worn on the second toe. A particular nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. It will keep it healthy by regulating the blood flow to it and menstrual cycle will be regularized. As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body.
4. Applying Tilak on the Forehead:
On the forehead, between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. The Tilak is believed to prevent the loss of “energy”, the red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. While applying kumkum the points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are automatically pressed. This also facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles.
5. Why do Temples have Bells:
People who are visiting the temple should and will Ring the bell before entering the inner sanctum (Garbhagudi or Garbha Gruha or womb-chamber) where the main idol is placed. According to Agama Sastra, the bell is used to give sound for keeping evil forces away and the ring of the bell is pleasant to God. However, the scientific reason behind bells is that their ring clears our mind and helps us stay sharp and keep our full concentration on devotional purpose. These bells are made in such a way that when they produce a sound it creates a unity in the Left and Right parts of our brains. The moment we ring the bell, it produces a sharp and enduring sound which lasts for minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. The duration of echo is good enough to activate all the seven healing centres in our body. This results in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts.
6. Why do we have Navratras:
Our living style has drastically changed if we compare it to the society hundreds & thousands of years ago. The traditions which we follow in present are not establishments of today but of the past. Ever thought, why do we have Navratras twice a year unlike other festivals like Deepawali or Holi? Well, both these months are the months of changing seasons and the eating habits of both the seasons are quite different from each other. Navratras give enough time to the body to adjust and prepare itself for to the changing season. These nine days were marked as a period when people would clean their body system by keeping fasts by avoiding excessive salt and sugar, meditate, gain a lot of positive energy, gain a lot of self confidence & increase the self determination power (fasts are a medium to improve our will power and self determination) and finally get ready for the challenges of the changed season.
7. Why do we worship Tulsi Plant:
Hindu religion has bestowed ‘Tulsi’, with the status of mother. Also known as ‘Sacred or Holy Basil’, Tulsi, has been recognized as a religious and spiritual devout in many parts of the world. The vedic sages knew the benefits of Tulsi and that is why they personified it as a Goddess and gave a clear message to the entire community that it needs to be taken care of by the people, literate or illiterate. We try to protect it because it is like Sanjeevani for the mankind. Tulsi has great medicinal properties. It is a remarkable antibiotic. Taking Tulsi everyday in tea or otherwise increases immunity and help the drinker prevent diseases, stabilize his or her health condition, balance his or her body system and most important of all, prolong his or her life. Keeping Tulsi plant at home prevents insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. It is said that snakes do not dare to go near a Tulsi plant. Maybe that is why ancient people would grow lots of Tulsi near their houses.
8. Why do we worship Peepal Tree:
‘Peepal’ tree is almost useless for an ordinary person, except for its shadow. ‘Peepal’ does not a have a delicious fruit, its wood is not strong enough for any purpose then why should a common villager or person worship it or even care for it? Our ancestors knew that ‘Peepal’ is one of the very few trees (or probably the only tree) which produces oxygen even at night. So in order to save this tree because of its unique property they related it to God/religion.
9. Start with Spice & End with Sweet:
Our ancestors have stressed on the fact that our meals should be started off with something spicy and sweet dishes should be taken towards the end. The significance of this eating practice is that while spicy things activate the digestive juices and acids and ensure that the digestion process goes on smoothly and efficiently, sweets or carbohydrates pulls down the digestive process. Hence, sweets were always recommended to be taken as a last item.
10. Choti on the Male Head:
Sushrut rishi, the foremost surgeon of Ayurveda, describes the master sensitive spot on the head as Adhipati Marma, where there is a nexus of all nerves. The shikha protects this spot. Below, in the brain, occurs the Brahmarandhra, where the sushumnã (nerve) arrives from the lower part of the body. In Yog, Brahmarandhra is the highest, seventh chakra, with the thousand-petalled lotus. It is the centre of wisdom. The knotted shikhã helps boost this centre and conserve its subtle energy known as ojas.
11. Applying Mehendi/Henna on the Hand:
Besides lending color to the hands, mehndi is a very powerful medicinal herb. Weddings are stressful, and often, the stress causes headaches and fevers. As the wedding day approaches, the excitement mixed with nervous anticipation can take its toll on the bride and groom. Application of mehndi can prevent too much stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. This is the reason why mehndi is applied on the hands and feet, which house nerve endings in the body.
12. Celebration & Cleaning During Diwali:
Diwali usually falls in October or November which marks the start of winter season and end of rainy season. Rainy season wasn’t a good time for everyone back then; many homes needed repair and renovation after a heavy fall. That is why time before diwali was considered the period during which everyone can indulge in cleaning and beautification of their home. And also take out their winter clothes and pack the summer ones.
13. Sitting on the Floor & Eating:
This tradition is not just about sitting on floor and eating, it is regarding sitting in the “Sukhasan” position and then eating. Sukhasan is the position we normally use for Yoga asanas. Sitting in this position while eating helps in improving digestion as the circulatory system can focus solely upon digestion and not on our legs dangling from a chair or supporting us while we are standing.
14. Why not to sleep with Your Head towards North:
Myth is that it invites ghost or death but science says that it is because human body has its own magnetic field (Also known as hearts magnetic field, because the flow of blood) and Earth is a giant magnet. When we sleep with head towards north, our body’s magnetic field become completely asymmetrical to the Earth’s Magnetic field. That cause problems related to blood pressure and our heart needs to work harder in order to overcome this asymmetry of Magnetic fields. Apart from this another reason is that Our body have significant amount of iron in our blood. When we sleep in this position, iron from the whole body starts to congregate in brain. This can cause headache, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive Decline, Parkinson disease and brain degeneration.
15. Surya Namaskar:
Hindus have a tradition of paying regards to Sun God early in the morning by their water offering ritual. It was mainly because looking at Sun rays through water or directly at that time of the day is good for eyes and also by waking up to follow this routine, we become prone to a morning lifestyle and mornings are proven to be the most effective part of the day.
16. Ear Piercing in Children:
Piercing the ears has a great importance in Indian ethos. Indian physicians and philosophers believe that piercing the ears helps in the development of intellect, power of thinking and decision making faculties. Talkativeness fritters away life energy. Ear piercing helps in speech-restraint. It helps to reduce impertinent behaviour and the ear-channels become free from disorders. This idea appeals to the Western world as well, and so they are getting their ears pierced to wear fancy earrings as a mark of fashion.
17. Application of Sindoor or Vermillion:
It is interesting to note that that the application of sindoor by married women carries a physiological significance. This is so because Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Due to its intrinsic properties, mercury, besides controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. This also explains why Sindoor is prohibited for the widows. For best results, Sindoor should be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. Mercury is also known for removing stress and strain.
18. The scientific explanation of ouching Feet(charan sparsh):
Usually, the person of whose feet you are touching is either old or pious. When they accept your respect which came from your reduced ego (and is called your shraddha) their hearts emit positive thoughts and energy (which is called their karuna) which reaches you through their hands and toes. In essence, the completed circuit enables flow of energy and increases cosmic energy, switching on a quick connect between two minds and hearts. To an extent, the same is achieved through handshakes and hugs. The nerves that start from our brain spread across all your body. These nerves or wires end in the fingertips of your hand and feet. When you join the fingertips of your hand to those of their opposite feet, a circuit is immediately formed and the energies of two bodies are connected. Your fingers and palms become the ‘receptor’ of energy and the feet of other person become the ‘giver’ of energy.
19. Why do we Fast:
The underlying principle behind fasting is to be found in Ayurveda. This ancient Indian medical system sees the basic cause of many diseases as the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. Regular cleansing of toxic materials keeps one healthy. By fasting, the digestive organs get rest and all body mechanisms are cleansed and corrected. A complete fast is good for heath, and the occasional intake of warm lemon juice during the period of fasting prevents the flatulence. Since the human body, as explained by Ayurveda, is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid, like the earth, the gravitational force of the moon affects the fluid contents of the body. It causes emotional imbalances in the body, making some people tense, irritable and violent. Fasting acts as antidote, for it lowers the acid content in the body which helps people to retain their sanity. Research suggests there are major health benefits to caloric restriction like reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, immune disorders etc.
20. Why Idol Worship:
Hinduism propagates idol worship more than any other religion. Researchers say that this was initiated for the purpose of increasing concentration during prayers. According to psychiatrists, a man will shape his thoughts as per what he sees. If you have 3 different objects in front of you, your thinking will change according to the object you are viewing. Similarly, in ancient India, idol worship was established so that when people view idols it is easy for them to concentrate to gain spiritual energy and meditate without mental diversion.
21. Why do Indian Women wear Bangles:
Normally the wrist portion is in constant activation on any human. Also the pulse beat in this portion is mostly checked for all sorts of ailments. The Bangles used by women are normally in the wrist part of ones hand and its constant friction increases the blood circulation level. Further more the electricity passing out through outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring shaped bangles, which has no ends to pass the energy outside but to send it back to the body.
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Method to prepare
- 1 large eggplant, cut into 2.5cm pieces
- 2 large zucchini, thickly sliced
- 1 red capsicum, halved, thickly sliced
- olive oil cooking spray
- 8 small chicken drumsticks, skin removed
- 2 cups Italian tomato pasta sauce
- 1/3 cup dried risoni pasta
- 1/2 cup small basil leaves
Method to prepare
- Preheat oven to 240°C. Place eggplant, zucchini and capsicum in a large roasting pan. Spray vegetables with oil. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden.
- Meanwhile, heat a heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Spray with oil. Cook drumsticks in batches, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until light golden. Return all chicken to saucepan. Add pasta sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in risoni. Cook, covered, for a further 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Stir in roast vegetables and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
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Ebola’s Family Tree: Disease May Have Existed For 23 Million Years, Much Longer Than Previously Believed.Ebola Researchers found traces of Filoviruses in viral fossil genes dating back to the Miocene Epoch, which occurred 5 to 23 million years ago.A family of viruses that Ebola belongs to may have existed over 20 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal PeerJ.
Researchers from the University of Buffalo found that Filoviruses did not begin appearing 10,000 years ago as previously thought, but in fact have been around for much longer. The Ebola virus belongs to the family of filoviruses, also known as the Filoviridae family. “Filoviruses are far more ancient than previously thought,” said Derek Taylor, lead author of the study and a professor of biological sciences at the University of Buffalo, in the press release. “These things have been interacting with mammals for a long time, several million years.”
Despite the fact that scientists around the world are frantically searching for a cure and better treatment for Ebola, there’s still much to learn about the deadly virus. The authors of the study argue that better understanding Ebola’s evolutionary roots could “affect design of vaccines and programs that identify emerging pathogens.”
The study focused not on Ebola specifically, but the ancestors and family of Ebola to better understand where it may have come from. Both the Ebola virus and Marburg virus also a hemorrhagic fever virus that belongs to the Filoviridae family were found to be tied to ancient evolutionary lines, and they shared a common ancestor 16 to 23 million years ago. The authors discovered this by examining viral fossil genes, which are bits of genetic material that animals acquire from viruses during infection. They found Filovirus-like genes in rodents, particularly hamsters and voles, which means that the filovirus family is likely as old as these rodents' common ancestor. The genetic material in these fossils were more closely related to Ebola than Marburg, meaning the two lines had already begun to diverge during the Miocene Epoch, a time period that occurred five to 23 million years ago. During this time, there were also warmer climates, as well as the first appearances of kelp forests and grasslands on Earth.
“These rodents have billions of base pairs in their genomes, so the odds of a viral gene inserting itself at the same position in different species at different times are very small,” Taylor said. “It’s likely that the insertion was present in the common ancestor of these rodents.”
The Filoviridae family is defined by viruses that form virions, or filamentous infectious viral particles. The Ebola virus and Marburg virus are the most well-known among this group, and they are both severe viruses that cause hemorrhagic fevers in both animals and humans (essentially, they're deadly diseases that lead to fever and bleeding).
Taylor believes that the study may help in the fight against Ebola by widening our knowledge about its history, and identifying what species are most likely to be hosts of the virus. “When they first started looking for reservoirs for Ebola, they were crashing through the rainforest, looking at everything mammals, insects, other organisms,” Taylor said. “The more we know about the evolution of filovirus-host interactions, the more we can learn about who the players might be in the system.”
Source: Taylor D, Ballinger M, Zhan J, Hanzly L, Bruenn J. Evidence that ebolaviruses and cuevaviruses have been diverging from marburgviruses since the Miocene. PeerJ. 2014.
Monday, July 6, 2015
The basic idea of using tea bags is to make hot or iced tea. Once the tea is prepared we usually throw the used bags in the bin. We are always wondering whether they can be reused to make another tea, but only a small percentage of people know that they also can be used for many other things.As you are probably aware, there are many different types of tea made of different herbs found in nature. Not all of them have the same properties some of them are good for the stomach, other brings positive effects on the mood, while some of them are excellent in fighting with certain infections.
The same goes for the uses for used tea bags. Although you will get positive effects that we have mentioned before from all of them, you can expect to get specific benefits if you use certain used bags.
How To Get The Most From Used Tea Bags
The number of reasons why you should keep used tea bags even when your tea is ready will amaze you. The list of benefits of using these bags is long and this is why we will focus only on six most important reasons.
1. Used Tea Bags For Skin
By applying a used bag as a cold-compress on your eyelids, those who suffering from dark circles can notice how the swelling is slowly fading away. The same goes for those suffering redness in this area.
When it comes to used peppermint tea bags, they can provide the best result if they are used as remedies for dry skin. Use a soaked used peppermint tea bag to treat your elbows and knees and any other body part, which is usually direr than the rest of the body.
2. Used Tea Bags For Hair
Once you finish your tasty tea, you can treat your hair with used chamomile tea bag. Many people can confirm that used chamomile tea bags are good hair lighteners. Rinsing your hair with these bags can also successfully remove dandruff from the scalp.
3. Used Tea Bags For Acne
In order to feel the positive effects of used tea bags on areas affected by acne you will have to complete a simple procedure. Put the used bag in a cold water for a couple of minutes and apply it directly on the affected area. The calming properties of the tea will have positive impact on the area. You can expect a temporary calmness soon.
4. Used Tea Bags For Smelly Shoes
Tea bags that were already used for preparation of a nice hot beverage can also be used in order to eliminate bad odor from your shoes. Just leave the used tea bag in the shoe over night and avoid the unpleasant smell in the morning.
Green tea has powerful antioxidant properties, but when we talk about the things you can do with used tea bags, green tea bags can be helpful for elimination of bad smell and as part of composts. They are also known as good air fresheners.
5. Used Tea Bags For Window Cleaning
The specific substances found in tea can easily remove the dirt and dust from your windows. Of course, you can “create” this window cleaning solution by using used tea bag. Wait until the tea bag cools down and pour the content in a sprayer. Use it as a regular sprayer for window cleaning.
6. Used Tea Bags For Plants
These tea bags can also be used to feed the plants. The content of a used bag can be used as a powerful fertilizer. Simply open the tea bag and put the content in the soil. You can also use them on the surface put several soaked used tea bags and place them around the plant’s stem. This is a great idea in case you plan to be absent from your home for a couple of days.
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Saturday, July 4, 2015
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1. Warm Compress
Applying moist heat on the jaw area is one of the best ways to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Heat will help relax the jaw and the muscles of the mouth.
Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring out the excess water.
Hold the moist washcloth around the jaw area.
Do this twice daily to relax your jaw muscles and prevent teeth grinding.
If you like, you can even take a warm bath before bedtime. The warmth of the water may temporarily relax your jaw muscles.
Gently massage the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and face in circular motion for a few minutes daily before going to sleep. It helps relieve tension in the masticatory muscles. Thus, it decreases pain and helps reduce clenching.
A full-body stress-management massage will also be beneficial as stress is usually the main cause of teeth grinding.
Valerian has muscle-relaxing properties that help you relax and enjoy deep sleep. When you sleep better, there is less chance of grinding your teeth.
Mix a few drops of valerian essential oil in one teaspoon of olive oil and massage in onto your jaw and neck area that is close to the jaw.
Also, drink valerian tea regularly.
Lavender has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system due to its bioactive constituents. Plus, it induces relaxation and helps you to sleep better.
Mix three or four drops of lavender essential oil in one teaspoon of almond oil or olive oil.
Use this oil to massage your jaw and neck area that is close to the jaw.
Do this once during the day and again before going to bed.
5. Herbal Tea
If you are tense or under stress and likely to have disturbed sleep, drink a cup of herbal tea before going to bed. Warm herbal tea will have a relaxing effect on your body.
When you are relaxed from within, there is less chance that you will grind your teeth in your sleep. Plus, a warm cup of herbal tea promotes deep sleep and relaxes the facial muscles.
Green tea and chamomile tea are the best herbal tea options. You can use packaged green tea or make a chamomile tea.
Mix two teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of hot water.
Steep for five minutes.
Strain and add some lemon juice and honey.
Drink this tea one or two hours before bedtime.
6. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric and milk when combined together can help control the problem of teeth grinding to a great extent. Milk has the amino acid tryptophan, which helps you relax and enjoy sound sleep. Also, the calcium in milk will help keep your teeth healthy. Adding turmeric to milk will enhance its health benefits and help relieve pain.
Heat one cup of milk.
When the milk starts boiling, add one teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Stir slowly until the milk becomes a rich, mustard color.
Remove from heat, and add one tablespoon of honey.
Drink it daily about 30 minutes before going to bed.
7. Calcium and Magnesium
Teeth grinding can also be reduced or stopped by taking calcium and magnesium supplements every day. Both calcium and magnesium are necessary for muscle function and nervous system health.
Plus, these minerals support teeth strength. When there is a deficiency of calcium of magnesium in the body, you can have problems with clenching, spasms, cramps, tension and other muscle problems.
Take powdered calcium and magnesium in a 2:1 ratio every day. Start with 600 milligrams of calcium and 300 milligrams of magnesium. You can gradually increase the dosage to 1000 milligrams of calcium and 400 to 600 milligrams of magnesium.
Dissolve the powdered supplements in an acidic liquid like orange or grapefruit juice.
Drink it daily for two months.
8. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is highly essential for your body to function properly. This vitamin is also essential for making the key neurotransmitter dopamine, which regulates mood.
It also plays a key role in controlling smooth muscle movements. Vitamin C deficiency has shown to affect the production of adrenaline and noradrenaline, which in turn affects the nervous system and even causes stress.
Take vitamin C supplements after consulting your doctor.
Also, try to include more foods rich in vitamin C in your diet.
9. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing exercises are another way to prevent teeth grinding. Such breathing exercises will help you relax before going to bed. Deep breathing also eases tired muscles. The more relaxed you are, the less likely you are going to suffer from teeth grinding in your sleep.
One hour before going to bed, practice some deep breathing exercises.
Exercising regularly at least three times a week will help reduce stress and calm your body. Regular exercise can improve immune system and circulatory system functioning, which strengthen your ability to cope with stressful situations. Also, exercise helps you sleep better.
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