5 Best Ways To Care For Your Plants And Make Them Thrive

Gardening is probably the best hobby in the world. It adds greenery to the earth, lets you nurture a living being as if it were your own and grants you tremendous joy when it thrives. Plants are now a fixture for many modern households. Rarely you would walk into a building and not notice beautiful green plants and flowers adorning the balconies and terraces of at least a few apartments. Lush, green plants offer calmness and peace of mind while adding immense value to the home decor.

But as it is the case with many, people often face the situation where they buy a beautiful plant from a nursery, water it, nurture it only to find out that the plant is slowly dying or not growing as it should. By adhering to the following 5 steps carefully, you would not only find your plants surviving,but also thriving to the maximum of their potential.

Buy Plants Suited For The Sunlight Your House Gets:

Plants need sunlight, that is a no-brainer. But how much? Therein lies to key to the growth of your plant. DIfferent plants have different sunlight needs. In this age of over population and cramped living spaces, very few houses get ample sunlight throughout the day. If you unfortunately live in an area where full sunlight is available for only a couple of hours, you would do better to choose plants that require less sunlight to grow. These plants are also known as indoor plants.

While this may seem elementary, most people, when they start gardening, have no idea about the sunlight needs of plants. Some best plants that grow without much sunlight are all variants of Epipremnum Aureum (commonly know as “Money Plant”), Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Fuchsia, Forget-me-not and Chinese Evergreen are among the best indoor plants. There are many many more plants in this category as well so do your research before deciding on one.

money plant

Money plants require very less sunlight

There are of course plants that require full sunlight for multiple hours. Plants such as Marigold, Hibiscus, Zinnia, Lavender, Petunia and Rose thrive when they get direct sunlight for hours at a time. If your apartment terrace or garden is flooded with sunlight, these plants are your best bets. In fact most plants with flowers require direct sunlight than other varieties of plants.

Marigold

Marigolds need a lot of sunlight but are worth the effort

Find Out The Watering Needs For Your Plants:

Believe it or not, you can actually water your plant to death. Same as sunlight, some plants require more water to survive while others can spawn a forest with only a glass of water each day. Watering too much causes the roots of the plant to rot eventually killing the plant. Watering your plants depend on the water supply of your area, the amount of sunlight and also your own schedule. If you work a 9 – 5 job, you surely cannot keep a plant that needs to be watered every 4 hours. Most plants, however, do quite well if you water them thoroughly once a day. This is even truer for potted plants. One general suggestion is to water the plant only when the soil is totally dried out. Poke a finger in the soil and if it is moist, postpone the watering.

Plants that require less water are often indoor plants needing less sunlight as well. So many of the plants mentioned in the list above will appear in this list as well. For starters, all types of cacti need less water (obviously). The Christmas cactus is great for indoors along with Peruvian Apple, Bunny Ears and Rat’s Tail. Golden Barrel Cactus is also quite popular but it is more suited for a garden. Apart from cacti, Money Plant, Snake Plant, Palm, ZZ Plant and Sempervium also require less water and will thrive indoors.

indoor cactus

Cactii need less water and look great indoors

snake plant

Snake plants are great for decoration

Some plants, on the other hand, require lots of water to grow properly. All variants of the Iris, Yellow Hibiscus, Sunflower, Pendula and Daffodils are all plants that will need a lot of water. As mentioned above, most plants with bright flowers require lots of sunlight and water. According to The American Gardening magazine, tropical plants with large dark leaves have higher water requirements as the large surface area of the leaves allow more water to be vaporized. If you are not sure about the watering needs of a plant. go for plants with thin pointy leaves as a rule of the thumb.

blue iris

Blue Iris need a lot of water to grow

Setting The Soil:

Once you have decided on the plant, soil is the next most important thing to decide upon. Do not use general soil or dirt from the garden to set your plant. These soils often have weed seeds, fungi, insects or other elements that can ruin your pants. You can get good quality soil quite easily from a nursery nearby. There are sometimes different types of soils needed for different plants. Quiz the guy in the nursery about the type of soil best suited for your plants.

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Set the soil loose

Choosing The Pot

If you are going for potted plants, choosing a good pot is the key. First of all, make sure that the pot has a hole or holes beneath to drain out water. There are plastic pots available now-a-days where the hole has to be punched in before you can use the pots. Make sure the hole in the pot is large enough to drain water but not too large otherwise soil will escape.

While setting the plant and soil, ensure that the soil is loose enough to let water pass through. Never pack the soil too tight. Once you start watering the plant, the loose soil on top will settle down and you can add some more soil to the top of the pot. A general way to find out if the soil is too tight is to check how long it takes for the water to subside. If the water sits on top for a long time creating a puddle, you need to loosen the soil. To stop soil from escaping through the hole, you can place a few small rocks above the hole before setting the soil. Some people prefer to put a net on the hole so that water can escape the pot but not the soil.

clay flower pot

Clay Flower Pots

Clay pots are usually the best choices as these are porous. They allow air and moisture to pass through thus keeping the soil and the plant healthy. But clay pots can break easily so you have to be extra careful while handling them. Plastic pots are heavily used due to their unbreakable nature and attractive prices. Beautiful Chinese clay pots are good for indoor plants as they add to the beauty of the plant.

Utilizing Food And Fertilizer:

Some plants, especially plants with flowers, require food and fertilizer to be added to the soil apart from watering them. Fertilizer provides them with Potassium, Nitrogen and Phosphorus. Fertilizers can be water soluble, in grain form or in paste form. Grain fertilizers need to be pushed into the soil before watering. They make way to the root of the plant and fertilize it from within. Water soluble food, as the name suggests, can be mixed with the water making your job easy. Fertilizers that come in paste form needs to be mixed with the soil carefully usually once a week.

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Fertilizers are a critical component for plant growth

Over fertilizing can burn or kill a plant quite fast. If you notice wilting flowers or dead leaves on the plant even though you are doing everything as prescribed, you might be using too much fertilizer. If such is the case, stop adding the fertilizer and water the plant thoroughly a few times to drain out the remaining fertilizer from the soil. It is best if you take advice form a knowledgeable person about the food requirement of a particular plant. Plants that need direct sunlight and more water require more fertilizer as well. It is best to fertilize very little when a flowering plant is dormant such as during the winters.

There is much to know about gardening than this article can convey. But I hope that these 5 cardinal points about gardening will help you grow many beautiful plants just the way you wanted. Repot the plants if they outgrow the original one. If it is too hot and dry for you as a human, it is probably just as hot and dry for your plant as well. Just remember that plants are living, breathing organisms just like us. Treat it as such and enjoy the best hobby this world can offer.

Best International Summer Drinks To Beat The Heat Part 1

Well, the summer is upon us again and due to global warming or whatever, it feels hotter every year. The scorching heat is driving people insane as we seek solace in ice cold drinks to keep ourselves functioning. Everyone has their favourite drinks for summer, non-alcoholic drinks that can be consumed anywhere any time. In order to make things interesting and keep you refreshed a little bit more, let me introduce you to some cool summer drinks from around the world. Hope you enjoy them!

Lassi (India):  It is one of the most popular traditional summer drinks of India. Initially enjoyed only by the people of the state of Punjab, Lassi is now served in restaurant across India and it is prepared in many homes of India as well. This drink is made by mixing curd, water, sugar and ice together. Due to the curd the drink comes out quite thick and it is served chilled. Almonds, peanuts, butter and dry fruits are often added for extra flavour.

lassi

Roh or Sugarcane Juice (Pakistan): Sugarcane juice is very popular in the south-east Asian countries and it is considered the national drink of Pakistan. The juice is made by applying pressure to sugarcanes manually or via machines. In summer it is served with ice. Lemon, ginger, mint or black salt is often added to enhance the taste.

sugarcane juice

Ayran (Turkey): Ayran is the national non-alcoholic drink of Turkey. Ayran is a mixture of yogurt, water and salt. Thickness and saltiness of the drink varies from person to person. Apart from its chilled goodness to suppress the summer blues, Ayran is also considered very healthy as it can replenish sodium in the body very fast.

ayran

Chicha Morada (Peru): Apart from having a very attractive name, this Peruvian drink is super tasty and super refreshing as well. The base of the drink is Maiz Morado, a purple maize that is boiled with cinnamon, clove, quinces and pineapple until the drink is of deep purple color and the maize is soft.  

chicha morada

Frappe (Greece): Although Frappe is widely available and popular throughout the world, I am compelled to mention it in this list as the Greek were drinking Frappe much before the rest of the world took notice of it. For the uninitiated, it is iced coffee, or cold coffee as some like to call it. A great drink to have in the summer.

frappe

Žinčica (Slovakia): This Slovak drink is made from sheep milk and the best type of Žinčica is called Urda. Common types of Žinčica are either sour or salty. It is a highly regarded non-alcoholic summer drink in Slovakia.

zincica

Mugicha Tea (Japan): A popular summer refreshment drink in Japan, Mugicha Tea is made from kernels of Barley. Even though it is available in bottled form, there are some homes in Japan that still brew Mugicha Tea at home.

mugicha tea

Kvass (Russia): Kvass is a traditional Russian drink consumed in the summer. It is made by fermenting rye bread. Kvass is considered a non-alcoholic drink as the alcohol is in Kvass is often only 0.05 to 1%. Beet, plum, strawberry, raisin and mint is often added to enjoy different flavours of Kvass.

kvas

Agua Fresca (Mexico): Agua Fresca is a refreshing drink made from various fresh fruits and consumed all over Mexico. There are many types of Agua Fresca drinks depending on the fruits used such as Agua de Papaya, Agua de Jamaica, Agua de Fresa, Agua de Melón etc. The fruits are chopped and then blended to create a purée. The purée is mixed with water, sugar and lime juice and served chilled.

agua fresca

Pinolillo (Nicaragua & Costa Rica): It is a traditional drink enjoyed in these two countries round the year but it serves as a summer drink if served cold. Made from milk, water, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and white cornmeal, Pinolillo is so popular in Nicaragua that they call themselves Pinoleros.

pinolillo

Gluehwein (Germany): It is a Apple and Tea punch that requires apple juice, lemon juice, tea, orange juice, sugar, spices and even the orange peels. When the heated mixture is served with ice cubes, it can make you forget the heat right away.

gluehwein

Sorrel Punch (Jamaica): It is a beverage made from dried Hibiscus flowers, if this makes you a little suspicious about this drink, please do not worry. It is a very popular summer drink in the African countries that needs Hibiscus flower, sugar, water and gingerroot. The best thing about this drink is that when served chilled, it makes for a refreshing drink and if you add a dash of rum, it becomes a great party cocktail.

sorrel punch

Telba (Ethiopia): This Ethipian beverage is a creamy drink made from flaxseed, water and honey. Apart from a drink, Telba can be also served as a dessert. It is usually served chilled.

telba

Mote Con Huesillo (Chile): It is a traditional Chilean summer drink that contains no alcohol. It is made from wheat and dried peaches which is cooked in sugar/honey, water and cinnamon. The name of this drink comes from “Mote” the Chilean word for husked wheat.

Mote con huesillos

Lemonade Cordial (France): It is a non-alcoholic French drink made from lemon, mint, sugar and water. After mixing the lemon juice, water, mint and sugar,  it is boiled and simmered. After leaving overnight. the chilled drink is mixed with sparkling mineral water, ice cube and fresh mint before serving.

lemonade cordial

Virgin Orange Blossom (Belgium): It is a replacement for the Orange Blossom cocktail. Using lime soda as a base and mixing with orange juice and almond syrup, the drink is topped up with dry citrus notes and fizz to make up for the lack of hard drinks.

virgin orange blossom

Shirley Temple (Canada): Shirley Temple is available in many countries but the Canadian version is a bit different. It comes in a large glass with Orange juice, lemon-lime soda and grenadine. Have chilled Shirley Temple in the summer and say goodbye to your summertime blues.

shirley temple

Leche Merengada (Spain): Leche Merengada is a traditional Spanish drink that can be made at home or found at restaurants or bars. Made from milk, egg whites, cinnamon, lemon zest and sugar, the mixture of mile, cinnamon, lemon zest and and sugar is cooked and chilled. The milk white is whisked and added to the drink later. Leche Merengada is served chilled with Cinnamon garnish.

leche merengada

VÅR (Norway):

In a country where almost every citizen is a connoisseur of fine cocktails, it is hard to find quality non-alcoholic drinks.  Luckily, there is VÅR. The name VÅR means spring and it is made from fresh fruits and berries. VÅR is available in many flavors such as pineapple, cedar, pear and raspberry.

var

Saft (Sweden):

Saft is a traditional Swedish drink that is available in both homemade and commercial (bottled) forms. Sweden is known as the country of a thousand berries and each of these berries are available to be turned into a Saft flavor of choice. Saft is to be mixed with water or sparkled water and consumed cold for summertime fun.

Saft

Sima (Finland):

Sima is basically a type of Finnish lemon soda consumed during the month of May. It is made from yeast, dark brown sugar, water, granulated sugar, lemon juice and raisins. The brown sugar gives the drink a caramelized taste. It takes around 4 days to prepare this drink and it is served chilled.

Sima

Cuáker (Ecuador):

This is an oat based drink that is very popular in Ecuador and yes it borrows its name from the Quaker oats. This drink is made by boiling rolled oats, peeled pineapples, Cinnamon, water and sugar together. The mixture is then boiled or pureed and served cold during the summer.

cuaker

So there you go. Some of the traditional non-alcoholic drinks to try that originate from different parts of the world. You can try most of these recipes at home and even try your own twists to make them super tasty and refreshing. Enough reading, now it’s time to wait for the 2nd part of this post and indulge :)

6 Reasons To Eat Eggs Everyday

Egg is one of the primary non-vegetarian foods available to us at a cheap price. Yes if you compare the price of eggs with that of chicken, mutton or various red meats, it will prove to be very very cost effective. There was a time when egg was an integral part of the daily diet for many families around the world. Their day started with eggs and ended with eggs.

In the recent years loads of studies and articles have surfaced that claim to have figured egg out as a “bad food”. These studies keep yapping about how egg raises the cholesterol level in the body, increases fat and contributes to cardiovascular diseases. The truth, however, is far from it. Egg is probably the healthiest food on the planet if we consider the amount of nutrition it provides per serving. Here are the top 6 reasons why you should eat eggs every day.

Eggs

Eggs

1.  Egg Is The Best Natural Source Of Vitamin:

If you missed the biology class in your school, let me reiterate the vitamins a single egg contains:

  • Vitamin A 8% RDA
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 18% RDA
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 12% RDA
  • Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H (Biotin) 20% RDA
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate) 12% RDA
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 56% RDA
  • Vitamin D 32% RDA
  • Vitamin E
  • Choline

As you can see, egg has an impressive list of vitamins contained within it each of which is essential to our overall health. Vitamin A is important for our immune system and skin, Vitamin D is required for healthy bones, teeth, skin and immunity and the Vitamin B group help us in a host of functions from metabolism to cell growth and from liver functions to brain functions. To think of the number of people who need to take vitamin supplements, many of them would do much better if the y consumed at least one egg per day.

2. Egg Contains Some Very Important Minerals:

In order to maintain your overall well being, minerals are just as important as the vitamins. With minerals like Calcium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Selenium and Iodine, an egg is like a smorgasbord of essential nutrients for the body. Phosphorus is necessary for teeth and bone. Iodine is necessary for the smooth functioning the Thyroid glands and the creation of Thyroid hormones in the body. Selenium works as an anti-oxidant. Iron ,Calcium and Zinc are needed for immunity, blood formation and bone & teeth health.

bolied eggs

Boiled Eggs

3. Egg Increases Good Cholesterol And Improves Heart Health:

There is a strong contingency that believes eggs increase LDL or the bad cholesterol which increases the chances of cardiovascular diseases. In reality, an egg diet actually increases the level of HDL or good cholesterol in the body and improves heart function. According to a study conducted on men and women with metabolic disorders, 3 eggs a day over a period of time helped reduce their insulin resistance and improve the HDL while increasing the size of LDL which makes it harmless .

4. Eggs Help In Losing Weight:

It might come as a surprise but there is a solid reason behind this phenomena. Egg scores the highest on the Satiety Index, an index that indicates how full or satisfied a person feels after eating a particular food. According to a study conducted on 40 overweight women, those who had eggs in the breakfast felt more full and consumed less amounts of food for the rest of the day. This is the reason why people are suggested to eat boiled eggs after an exercise session. Eggs help produce the feeling of fullness without the consumption of too much calories.

5. Egg Helps The Eyes:

Egg contains two antioxidants called Lutein and Zeaxanthin, both are equally important for the improvement of eyesight. Regular consumption of Lutein and Zeaxanthin helps prevent eye problems like Cataract, Macular Degeneration and retinal malfunctions. Eating 2 eggs per day will improve your retina functions and prevent eye diseases that are caused by old age.

Egg Salad

Try interesting recipes like Egg Salad

6. Egg Is The Highest Quality Source Of Proteins:

There are several proteins required by a human body for its functions. It takes 21 amino acids to build these proteins out of which 12 can be produced by the body itself. The rest you can get from egg. Egg not only has these amino acids but it has them in the exact right proportions and structures. Hence the source of protein in eggs is considered to be of the highest biological value of 100.

One fact to remember is that in order to obtain all the goodness an egg has to produce, you have to eat the yolk along with the white. The egg white contains only protein while the yolk has all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids you are looking for. Eat 2 -3 eggs per day and your health will be much better.

General Elections In India Is Over – What Does The Future Hold?

Hello guys, I am posting after a long time. A lot has happened since my last post, we welcomed 2014, the hostile conditions in Syria continues, my post on how to drive safely while drunk (if you absolutely have to) got thrashed over the internet, the World Cup Football 2014 is about to start but most importantly, from India’s point of view, the general elections in India is over and we have got a verdict. It is the Bharatiya Janata Party that recorded a landslide victory and Narendra Modi, former chief minister of Gujarat, is all set to take the helm as the 17th prime minister of India.

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indian citizens waiting to cast their votes

The 16th general elections in India was also the longest. It was the largest election in the world with 814.5 million eligible voters. This election also saw the highest voter turnout in Indian history at 66.38%. The verdict was out on 16th May and the results were crystal clear. For the first time after 1984 an Indian party touched the magic number of 272 seats, meaning for the first time in 30 years India is set to get a single party ruling without support.

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Narendra Modi

Now, many are ecstatic about Nerendra Modi becoming the prime minister as they feel Mr. Modi will be able to finally turn India into a country of the 21st century. Many are sceptical due to his radical Hindu extremism pasts and the 2002 riots. People change over time hence there is no denying that Mr. Modi might have changed as a leader and a person as well. But to what extent is this true? Has he really changed or has he just dawned the mask of secularism for election’s sake? Will the Muslims be safe under the BJP government? Is vibrant Gujarat a reality or a myth? Questions like these are bouncing around the media and the minds of the people and no easy answer is yet to come by.

If we, for an instant, assume that Mr. Modi has really changed as a person and mended his older ways, that would mean that the Muslim contingent in Gujarat are safe and happy at this moment. In fact that is the picture that has been painted over the last 3 or 4 months. The reality, however, is a little different.

During a recent study conducted by a leading newspaper of India, Muslims in Gujarat expressed their concerns over their real plights being overshadowed by manufactured news. The study revealed that even in premier cities like Ahmedabad, it is still very difficult for a Muslim to get a rented house. Muslim women are taunted, teased and abused at every opportunity hence many of them have been forced to leave their jobs. A Muslim NGO worker told the newspaper that the stories of vibrant of Gujarat were grossly over-hyped.

godhra riot

Fire of hatred – The Godhra Riot

Apart from his Godhra riot connections, a horrific massacre of human lives that took place in 2002, there are doubts over the financial solidity of Gujarat as well. Numerous Indians, both young and senior citizens, are almost worshipping Mr. Modi as a messiah of financial breakthrough, a healing force that will bring the reeling Indian economy on track just by his sheer presence. During the election campaign, the success of the “Gujarat model” and how Mr. Modi will use this same model to straighten up Indian economy have been reiterated again and again. There is, however, one small problem. India is not Gujarat. India is a collection of 32 states and 6 central territories, a country where each state has its own unique problems. If Mr. Modi or anybody for that matter believe that the “Gujarat Model” will work for the violence riddled north eastern states or the terrorism  burdened state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is difficult to vouch for their mental sanity.

gujarat children

Even Mr. Modi could not change this picture

Closely scrutinizing the “Gujarat Model” reveals that Mr. Modi an his government has given tremendous importance on the growth of business in the private sector. This has created a lot of job opportunities in the larger cities while the human resource index in the villages and remote areas keep dwindling. In terms of child health, nutrition, education and healthcare, Gujarat’s growth has been minimal.

Even after keeping all these negatives in mind, it cannot be denied that the people of India have spoken and they have chosen Mr. Narendra Modi and BJP as their leaders for the next 5 years. A government without support from the allies mean that it will never have its hands tied for the sake of keeping the government alive. Mr. Modi has got a great opportunity to prove his words right and his opponents’ wrong. One thing is for sure, if he tries to blindly implement the “Gujarat Model” everywhere or leads another manhunt against the Muslims, history will throw him away just like it has thrown the Indian National Congress away. Now it is time to wait and watch.

Top 6 Reasons Why Direct Selling Businesses Work

A lot of people have been arguing for decades why direct selling businesses cannot or will not work. But the fact remains that it is one of the most prominent types of businesses and it has existed for almost a century. In fact companies like Amway and Tupperware are actually older than Microsoft and Apple. Even after all those nay-sayers running amok, several MLM and direct selling companies are listing growth and profit every year. This made me question the basic premises on which the negative arguments stand.

direct selling busienss owners

Before I delve deeper into the discussion, let’s understand a fact that there are many cheat and fraud MLM and direct selling companies out there. The points I am going to make will help you find the companies which are legitimate and actually make the partners gain profit. A basic observation though. There have been several Ponzi schemes and fraud “chit funds” that have swindled common people out of their heard earned money for centuries. But there seems to be much less awareness about these fraud financial companies than the direct selling businesses.

1) Legitimate Direct Selling Businesses Require Small Fees To Join:

On an average, it does not take more than 30 to 100 USD to join a direct selling business. At least that is what the legitimate ones charge. If a company is asking for more than that, there is a high chance of fraudulent activity. The more money you invest in a business, the harder it is to break even and it is true for all forms of businesses. MLMs that require a small fee to join allows people to recover their amounts fast and easily.

direct selling buisnesses

2) Only 3% People Succeed In Direct Selling Business For A Reason:

It is one of the pet figures of anti-MLM people who use it as a tool to prove that this type of business is not for common people (read honest people). However, this low percentage is there for a reason. Do we know how many shops, restaurants and other businesses open and close each year? The numbers are surely staggering. The best thing about MLM businesses is that anybody can join the business for a small fee without any interviews, exams and such. Hence, a lot of people join these companies out of a whim and then do not follow through. If there were stringent joining procedures in place, the percentage of successful people in MLMs would have been much higher.

3) People Do Not Use Their Common Senses:

I have seen many people buy a huge number of products after joining a direct selling business in the hopes of selling it for profit. But the funny thing is that a business does not run on hope, it runs on calculation. I have seen many people lose large amounts of money by doing this and then blame the business. Well, play it smart and buy only the amount you are sure you can move or buy them when someone places an order.

direct selling

4) Don’t Fall For Fake Promises:

If you are promised that you will make thousands of dollars within just a couple of months of joining the business and roll in money within a year, there is plenty to be suspicious about. If you still decide to join that business and then the business turns out to be a scam, do not go blaming all the direct selling businesses. Only join those which guarantee profit through hard work and dedicated effort and that too in believable amounts.

5) Pyramid Schemes And MLMs Are Not Same:

Pyramid schemes pay you money for presenting the business plan to someone and inspiring him to be a part of the business. Legitimate direct selling business will never offer you money if someone joins the business using your recommendation. Profits in the real ones are always linked to the amount of products you move or amount of business you generate for the company. There are no freebies.

direct selling business growth

6) Make Sure That The Products Are Genuine And Marketable:

If you are approached by two business where one has a “Wonder Disk” that purifies water, increases energy when someone holds it and calms the mind when placed on head and another company that has a “Health Drink” which is bio-organically manufactured and has all the nutrients clearly mentioned on the label, which company do you trust or join? The decision is simple right? Well, the reality is quite different. A lot of people join companies with suspicious products and when they fail, they blame the direct selling business on a whole.

It does not take much money to join a direct selling business or to become successful in it. All it take is to tread a bit carefully and apply some common sense. In a study, almost 90% business owners of legitimate direct selling companies expressed that they were happy with the business model and experience. So next time you come across a negative article about direct selling, use your brain and question the points with an open mind.

Top 6 Supplements For A Healthy Heart

Heart disease is one of the most dangerous health issues of modern world. Almost 2 in every 5 males over 40 suffer from heart related complications and the numbers are increasing with each passing day. There are numerous medications and drugs available in the market but their effects are definitely limited by the lifestyle we lead and the food we take. Bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking have not done the situation any good. Add the increasing stress of work life and you will get an idea.

heart health

Thankfully, there are some very high quality supplements in the market that can aid the medications to decrease risks of heart diseases. These supplements mainly work by decreasing the levels of bad LDL cholesterol and reducing blockages in the arteries. Some of the supplements are readily available in the market while others may take some searching. Here we list the top 6 supplements that can improve heart health and reduce risks of heart attacks.

1) Omega 3 Fatty Acid:

An all time favourite when it comes to heart health. Omega 3 fatty acid contains good HDL cholesterol and decreases LDL levels in the body. Omega 3 is abundant in Fish Oil and Flaxseed oil. Usually 1 to 5 Grams of fish oil per day should do the trick. Now-a-days Omega 3 is often included in refined cooking oils. But too much Omega 3 can cause bleeding so get the dosage you require after approval from a doctor. Also only use this supplement from vendors who clearly mention Mercury levels in the fatty acid supplement.

2) Niacin Or Vitamin B3: 

Studies show that when taken with standard Statin drugs, Niacin helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 50% while increasing HDL levels by up to 20%. According a recent study, a control group of 500 people with heart diseases showed almost 25% less chances of heart attacks when treated with 500 Mgs of Niacin daily.

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3) Garlic:

Garlic has an Amino Acid called Alliin which is broken into Allicin inside the body once consumed. Studies has proven that Garlic actively reduces blood pressure and hypertension. Garlic is readily available in the market and adding some of it in the daily diet can help heart patients on medication.

4) Quenzyme Q10 Or CoQ10:

Proven to reduce levels of blood pressure, CoQ10 increases the energy production at cellular level and reduces blood clots which is a direct result of increase in LDL levels. It is shown to reduce chances of second heart attacks and heart related discomforts. In many parts of US and Europe special CoQ10 enriched food is available for heart patients.

5) Red Yeast Rice:

Another hot favourite heart supplement. This food item has a number of elements that actively reduce LDL levels in blood. Reduced LDL slows down accumulation of fat inside arteries and blockage. This helps removing chances of Angioplasty or Bypass operation and heart failures.

Vitamin D

6) Vitamin D And Magnesium:

Both these elements help reduce blood pressure. Magnesium also reduces the chances of Type-2 Diabetes and medical science has established the link between Diabetes and heart diseases. Keeping Diabetes in control can not only help prevent future heart related complications but it can also help people with existing heart conditions. Vitamin D deficiency can increase the chances of subsequent heart attacks and strokes.

These supplements are always to be taken with the medications prescribed by your doctor.  They work best when coupled with a healthy lifestyle and controlled food intake. Failure to practice such healthy activities will surely damage the heart health in the long run. Eat healthy, stay healthy and enjoy an active and fulfilling life.

A Word Of Caution: Some of these supplements can interfere with your current heart medication or some other drugs you might be taking. Also ensure that you only take the amount suggested by your doctor.

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