Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Strengthen your digestive system with Yoga!

In Ayurveda, a healthy digestive system is referred to as the mainstream of our well-being. The root cause of most of the diseases is inefficient digestion. The metabolic energy of digestion called ‘agni’ helps in eliminating the body wastes and toxins. It breaks down the dense physical matter into subtle energy, which the body needs to generate internal warmth as well as produce a clear mind.

Understanding the Digestive Process
To help you understand this process better, let’s think of our digestive system as a juicer, the body toxins as fruit waste, ‘agni’ as the juicer blades and energy as juice! If the juicer blades are weak, less juice is produced and there is more fruit waste left over.


Similarly, when this ‘agni’ (juicer blade) is weak, there is not enough digestive power to metabolize food into energy (juice), resulting in more toxins (fruit waste) getting accumulated in the cells. Thus, a stronger ‘agni’ (better juicer blades) is required for a good digestive system. An easy way to support this digestive ‘agni’ is through the power of Yoga!

How Does Yoga Improve Your Digestive System?
Yoga synchronizes exercises with the rhythmic breathing in the body. Breathing ushers life force into the body and cleanses it of toxic materials formed due to wrong diet, unhealthy lifestyle and accumulated stresses. It improves ‘agni’, creates body balance and longevity while rejuvenating the whole system.


Benefits of Yoga
  • A light and supple body
  • A body that is alert and active
  • Strong bones and muscles
  • Reduction of fat
  • Increased physical strength
  • Improved appetite
  • Increased capability to cope with fatigue
Yoga poses to aide digestion
  1. Trikonasana – Improves digestion, stimulates appetite and alleviates constipation.
  2. Paschimottanasana – Relieves digestive problems like constipation.
  3. Pawanmuktasana – Improves gastrointestinal problems.
  4. Ardha Matsyendrasana – Massages the abdominal organs, thus alleviating digestive problems.
  5. Ustrasana – Stretches the stomach and intestines, alleviating constipation.
A good digestive system is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Physical ailments like constipation, stomach ache, ulcers, acnes, pimples and bloating can be kept at bay if one’s digestive system is in a good condition.

Here are some important tips and long-term remedies that will aid digestion:
  • Avoid drinking water half an hour before and after the meal
  • Avoid eating heavy meals at night and overeating as well
  • Do not lie down immediately after having your meal
  • Avoid eating junk food or oily food
  • Consume fibrous food
  • Avoid irregular food timings
  • Be happy and stay away from a stressful lifestyle
  • Practice yoga regularly
Skipping meals or popping antacid tablet are not advisable. While it is difficult to bring a radical change in our day-to-day lifestyle, certain measures can be adopted to rejuvenate the digestive system and strengthen it.

Yoga is a time-tested technique for effectively restoring the body to optimum condition – naturally, and without making any major alterations in lifestyle. Simply practicing these basic yoga postures which can relax your abdominal organs and following these simple habits can help improve the functioning of the digestive system and restore your system back to an optimum level!

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Leopard's head gets stuck in utensil while drinking water!

 
Bhutoli (Rajasthan): A bizarre incident took place on Wednesday when a leopard was caught on camera with its head stuck inside a utensil while drinking water in Rajasthan's Rajsamand District.

After a lot of effort, forest department officials were able to get its head out with the help of villagers.


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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Biscuit Ice Cream Sandwiches!

  • Category : Vegetarian
  • Course : Dessert
  • Cuisine : American
  • Technique : Bake
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Servings : Serves 4





  • Ingredients: 

    # Double Cream - 300 ml
    # Malted Milk biscuits - 2-3 packets
    # Small tin condensed Milk - 1
    # Crunchie chocolate - 2 bars 

    Method:

    # Whisk up the double cream until it is light, fluffy and doubled in size.
    # Mix in the condensed milk with the cream until the mixture becomes thick.
    # Chop up the chocolate bars into very small pieces.
    # Then mix all of this together with the mixture.
    # Line a baking tray with tin foil. You need to line up all the biscuits very precisely. You must remember where you put them as you will need to line the up exactly the same later.
    # Pour the mixture onto the aligned biscuits. This is where you have to be very careful. You will have to put another layer of biscuits on top of the mixture. If they are not aligned exactly then it will not work when you cut the sandwiches individually to eat.
    # Place them flat in a freezer and leave overnight.
    # Cut into sandwiches when fully frozen, using a knife dipped in hot water for easier cuffing. You do not have to use crunchie bars.
    # You could use any other chocolate or alternatively you could make it healthier and add fruit instead.

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    Five ways to boost your digestive health!

    While we are busy celebrating festivals, our bodies work overtime to digest the heavy festive food. They might be delicious, but they put pressure on our liver and digestive system. Control your diet from now on to enjoy the festivities.

    Dolly Kumar, director, GAIA, suggests how to strengthen our liver and digestive system before the upcoming festive season:

    * Reduce caffeine intake: Too much caffeine intake (more than two cups a day) slows down the detoxification process of the liver, slowing down digestion. Switch to green tea that contains little caffeine.

    * Cut down on sugar: High amounts of sugar put pressure on your liver to convert the fructose in it to fat in the blood. Add natural sweeteners such as honey to reduce toxin build-up in the liver and boost digestion.


    * Curb intake of dairy products: High consumption of dairy products (barring yoghurt) builds mucus in the liver and results in increased build up of toxins and slower digestion. Use plant-based protein sources such as lentils that are easier to digest to meet your daily protein needs.

    * Increase fibre intake: Fibre cleanses the digestive system and puts less pressure on the liver to digest food. Add some oats to your diet that have high fibre and protein content.

    * Switch to lighter oils: Heavier oils such as sesame seed oil and vegetable oil put a lot of pressure on the liver. Switch to oils like flaxseed and olive that are easier to break down and absorb by the body.

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    Monday, 28 September 2015

    Pankaj Advani claims 14th world title!

    Adelaide: Indian ace Pankaj Advani outplayed Peter Gilchrist of Singapore to win the World Billiards Championship here on Sunday.

    This was Advani's 14th world title.


    Advani left the spectators spellbound with his prolific display as he downed his opponent by 1168 points after the match ended after the maximum allotted time of 300 minutes.

    Sunday victory also came as sweet revenge for Advani as he had lost the final of the point format championship to Gilchrist last week.

    Advani started the match on the front foot by smashing a break of 127 in his opening shot and took the game beyond his opponent in the next two shots by scoring two triple century breaks of 360 and 301.

    Advani then posted breaks of 284, 119, 101 and 106 to extend his lead to 1100 points at the halfway mark.
    Gilchrist tried to stage a fightback in the second half, but it wasn't enough to trouble the in-form Advani.

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    Sunday, 27 September 2015

    Dieting tips for those who work!

    The time constraints of being a working woman or man and the confinement to a workplace for a definitive period everyday may look too formidable for someone who is overweight to even think of going on a diet and exercise plan.

    I have had several career people voicing their concerns about managing eating at their workplace while trying to fit in an exercise schedule after a hectic day at work.

    Yes indeed it is difficult but certainly not impossible.

    Since people have different office hours in various fields of work, I can only summarize in general and hope these tips will give the reader a base to kick start his or her diet at work.

    The two most important factors that will influence your dieting are the time and quality of food you eat at your work place.


    Some of the common habits that may affect hunger and therefore lead to over eating are given  below. If you can learn to deal with these then you are on the right path to losing your weight at work.

    Eating too early in the day will make you hungry by evening and you may want to eat a heavy snack after reaching home from work. Eating a small breakfast or none at all also leads to hunger in the afternoons, making you want to snack heavily or eat a heavy dinner both of which will add excess kilos. Leaving a gap of more than 6 hours between meals will cause overeating in the succeeding meals.

    If your workplace becomes a reason for eating in groups and sharing food, then you may tend to go beyond your quota of calories at meal time.

    Workplaces also are temptations for celebrating a bonus or an employee’s personal event thus creating further situations of overeating.

    Inadequately planned meals leave you packing up just about anything to take to your workplace to eat.

    How to tackle these problems?
    Eat a good breakfast just before you leave for work. It should have all the ingredients that will satisfy your hunger – high in proteins, good amounts of carbohydrates, fibre and a little fat. I would say any of the high fibre traditional or regional breakfasts will qualify as good to have like the ones mentioned in the articles ‘Best breakfasts from the South’ or ‘5 super carbs’.

    Next, pack a healthy light lunch. It could be rotis or rice. Try to keep as close to your home food as possible when you pack a lunch. This is psychological as several people eat sandwiches for lunch and come home to have their traditional rice for dinner just because rice was not eaten that day!! So if you want your daily ration of rice better eat it at work and certainly not at dinner.

    Pack a fruit, some salad items (prepared or whole like a carrot or cucumber) and some buttermilk or lassi if you feel you need an extra snack between long gaps of meal times. Any fruit that is easy to eat is fine, like apple, guava, pears, banana or orange (peeled, segmented from home). Eat the edible peels and seeds. Gulp down a lot of water after this.

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    Hamilton equals his hero Senna feat!

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton pulled off an aggressive passing move on teammate Nico Rosberg and went on to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, moving a step closer to claiming his second straight Formula One title. 

    With five races left, Hamilton has a 48-point lead over Rosberg.

    Hamilton claimed his eighth win of the season. It was his 41st career win, tying him with his childhood hero Ayrton Senna.

    'I'm not a teary guy, but I'm full of joy and happiness today,' Hamilton said.

    Hamilton, who had his first retirement of the season at last weekend's Singapore GP, capitalized on a strong start and surged ahead of Rosberg at the first corner.

    He led the rest of the way, crossing the finish line a comfortable 18.9 seconds ahead. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third, 1.8 seconds behind Rosberg, who started from pole.

    Rosberg and Hamilton went through the first two bends side by side. Hamilton appeared to give Rosberg little room at the second turn, forcing the German partially off the track.

    'I didn't think it was that close,' Hamilton said. 'The inside line is the inside line, so it was my corner.'

    Rosberg was reserving judgment until he saw the incident on replay.

    'It was a pity to do that on the start,' Rosberg said. 'We battled around Turns 1 and 2. It got very close on the exit at Turn 2 and I had to back out and that cost me the race.'

    With Hamilton comfortably ahead throughout the grand prix, the focus shifted to the tight battle for second place between Rosberg and Vettel.  

    Ferrari elected to wait until Rosberg pitted before bringing in Vettel, and that proved critical. Even though Vettel's stop was four tenths of a second faster than Rosberg's, the Mercedes driver's lap on fresh rubber was enough to get him just ahead of Vettel, and that's how it stayed. 

    'I tried everything,' Vettel said. 'The tires were on the limit — not more that I could have done.' Vettel's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth followed by Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

    The podium positions were exactly the same as last year's race at Suzuka which was marred by a crash involving Jules Bianchi, who died in July, having never regained consciousness.  

    Force India's Niko Hulkenberg was sixth while the Lotus pair of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado finished seventh and eighth, giving the financially strapped team a confidence boost.

    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen — in his last race as a 17-year-old — was ninth ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. 

    'This is a circuit that I can honestly say I've struggled at through all the years I've come here,' Hamilton said. But it's one that I've loved driving at...so you really want to come here and dominate at this track.'

    'For me to come here to a race where I used to love watching Ayrton drive, to match his wins... I can't really describe it. It doesn't feel real at the moment,' said a delighted Hamilton after saluting the fans from the podium.

    Both Red Bull cars finished outside the top 10. Daniil Kvyat started from the pits, while Daniel Ricciardo had a tire-bumping duel with Williams' Felipe Massa soon after the start, leaving both with punctures that forced them to pit after one lap.

    The next race is the Russian GP in Sochi on Oct. 11.

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    Saturday, 26 September 2015

    Guangzhou Open: Sania-Martina race to sixth title!


    Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis outclassed the Chinese pair of Shilin Xu-Xiaodi You to claim the Guangzhou Open title on Saturday.

    The Indo-Swiss combination did not face too many problems from the local favourites on their way to a 6-3, 6-1 win.


    Sania thus claimed her seventh title of the season. She has won six titles with Hingis this year, including triumphs at Wimbledon and US Open.

    The World No. 1 pair has also won WTA tour events in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston.

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    Rosberg grabs pole, Hamilton unlucky as Kvyat crashes!

    Nico Rosberg claimed a fortuitous pole position ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday as Mercedes returned to its dominant form. 

    Rosberg, who trails Hamilton by 41 points in the championship, took pole in unusual circumstances, as all drivers were denied a last flying lap due to a red flag following a serious crash by Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

    That meant Rosberg's initial time — just eight hundredths of a second better than Hamilton — stood for pole. Hamilton's initial lap included a lock-up mistake at the hairpin which cost him significant time, so likely he would have surpassed Rosberg on their last run.

    The result was a relief for Mercedes which suffered a rare setback at last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton was forced to retire for the first time this season because of an engine-clamp failure while Rosberg finished fourth on a weekend when the team struggled for pace.

    'It's a good comeback for the team after a difficult weekend in Singapore,' Rosberg said. 'To be back to our usual strength today is fantastic. It was a strong performance by the team and we had a great car.'  

    Hamilton rued the missed opportunity on the last lap. 

    'The second lap was looking good,' Hamilton said. 'On the first lap I lost a bit of time on Turn 11 and the last corner. Nico is driving pretty well this weekend but I definitely felt pretty good on that last lap.'

    Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat met with a horrific crash at the end of qualifying. 

    Hamilton was going great guns on his final lap but was stopped in his tracks by Kvyat's violent smash into the barriers, which gave Rosberg the opportunity to grab pole.

    'That final lap had started so well - I was already a tenth and a half up by turn seven and getting excited,' Hamilton was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. 

    'When the red flag came out I was like 'nooo! The start will be key tomorrow because you can't follow here and it is going to be very, very hard to pass.'

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who won last weekend in Singapore.  

    The next row followed that pattern, with Williams' Felipe Massa ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo qualified seventh and Kvyat 10th, separated by Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Force India's Sergio Perez.

    Friday, 25 September 2015

    Apple's iOS App Store suffers first major attack!

    Apple Inc said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.

    The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps.

    It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple's stringent app review process. Prior to this attack, a total of just five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store, according to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc. 

    The hackers embedded the malicious code in these apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of Apple's software for creating iOS and Mac apps, which is known as Xcode, Apple said.

    "We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software," Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan said in an email. "We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps."

    She did not say what steps iPhone and iPad users could take to determine whether their devices were infected.

    Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said the malware had limited functionality and his firm had uncovered no examples of data theft or other harm as a result of the attack.

    Still, he said it was "a pretty big deal" because it showed that the App Store could be compromised if hackers infected machines of software developers writing legitimate apps. Other attackers may copy that approach, which is hard to defend against, he said.

    "Developers are now a huge target," he said.

    Researchers said infected apps included Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular mobile chat app WeChat, car-hailing app Didi Kuaidi and a music app from Internet portal NetEase Inc.

    The tainted version of Xcode was downloaded from a server in China that developers may have used because it allowed for faster downloads than using Apple's US servers, Olson said.

    Chinese security firm Qihoo360 Technology Co said on its blog that it had uncovered 344 apps tainted with XcodeGhost.

    Tencent said on its official WeChat blog that the security flaw affects WeChat 6.2.5, an old version of its popular chatting app, and that newer versions were unaffected. A preliminary investigation showed there had been no data theft or leakage of user information, the company said.

    Apple declined to say how many apps it had uncovered.

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    5 foods that heal your body!

    We all know about the healing properties of food (and the damaging ones too!). So how do foods heal, exactly? Here are 5 foods that are easily accessible to us, but we may not be including them. Get to know their properties, and include these in everyday recipes to get the max benefits!

    Oats: Just two servings can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by more than 5% in just six weeks. The key to this cholesterol buster is beta-glucan, a substance in oats that absorbs LDL, which your body then excretes. Best had as oats khichdi (make in the pressure cooker with veggies to retain the vitamins and minerals that get destroyed while open cooking), oats make you feel full for much longer too due to their high fibre content.


    Mushrooms: A fat fighter and immunity booster, mushrooms can increase the production and activity of white blood cells. These are also know to kill cancer cells in the body. Stir fry with onions and garlic, or add to pasta sauce and eggs for a yummy treat.

    Asparagus: This versatile veggie supplies inulin, a special fiber that helps the “good” bacteria in your digestive tract. Which means good digestion, and higher immunity! And the key to good health is high immunity. Simply stir fry and add to salads or make a mixed veggie delight combining it with onions and bell peppers.

    Bananas: A medium banana provides a mild blood sugar boost and has 30% of the day’s vitamin B6, which helps the brain produce mellowing serotonin. The more serontonin you have, the less likely you are to fall to stress and anxiety. Plus, there’s it’s initial claim to fruit fame: muscle-toning potassium. So a banana day, is as good as an apple a day!

    Onions: In some cultures, onions are considered cure-alls, having been prescribed for everything from diabetes to improving athletic performance. Research even shows their thiosulfinates (sulfur compounds responsible for their smell) protect against cardiovascular disease. And they also have cancer fighting properties. Eat them raw (don’t forget the mint later), in salads, or as a base for veggies and gravies.

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    Thursday, 24 September 2015

    Japan's 105-year-old "Golden Bolt" sets sprint record!

    Tokyo: Japanese centenarian Hidekichi Miyazaki set a fresh record as the world's oldest competitive sprinter this week, one day after turning 105, but said he was disappointed at falling short of his own personal best.

    "I wanted to shave off a few more seconds as I got 36 seconds while training," Miyazaki, wearing a bright red T-shirt and running shorts, said after completing his heat with a time of 42.22 on Wednesday. His personal record of 34.10, chalked up when he was 103, remains unbeaten for centenarian. 

    Born on Sept. 22, 1910, Miyazaki was already eight when World War One ended and 34 when Japan was defeated in World War Two. He did not start running until he was in his 90s, since many of the friends with whom he had played the Japanese board game "Go" had passed away, according to Guinness World Records.

    Miyazaki, known as the "Golden Bolt" for imitating Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt's famed lightening bolt pose, says he longs for the opportunity to challenge the fastest man in the world, according to Guinness World Records.

    Asked the secret of his success, Miyazaki said he exercised daily, ate in moderation and chewed his food properly.

    "The doctors are all surprised. It's all about being in good health," he told reporters.

    Japan, which on Monday marked "Respect for the Aged Day, tops the world in number of people over age 65 years old. The number of people over 80 topped 10 million for the first time, of whom 60,000 are over 100 years old, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs this week.

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    US pharma CEO hikes drug's price by 5000%!

    • Martin Shkreli is Big Pharma's biggest A**hole, screamed the Daily Beast.
    • Meet the most despised man in the world, headlined an equally indignant Daily Mail.
    The object of their ire, former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, the CEO of a US-based pharmaceutical company who jacked up the price of a WHO "essential medicine" by 5500%.


    The drug that has brought 32-year-old Shkreli to the limelight is Daraprim, the lone USFDA approved treatment for a life-threatening parasitic infection - Toxoplasmosis - in babies and AIDS patients. 

    Shkreli, founder and CEO of little-known Turing Pharmaceuticals, had acquired rights to market Daraprim (pyrimethamine) in the US for $55 million (around Rs 363 crore) in August. Last week, he shocked the world by raising the price of each Daraprim pill from $13.50 to a whopping $750.

    A stubborn Shkreli justified the company's decision saying, "Our number one concern is ensuring that patients with toxoplasmosis have efficient and affordable access to Daraprim."

    "Turing is a very small not a profitable company and for us to exist and maintain a profit is reasonable. Profits are a great thing to sustain corporate existence," he told Bloomberg.

    Daraprim had already seen its price shoot up from $1 a pill in 2010 to $13.50 recently.

    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) wrote a letter to Turing earlier this month asking them to reconsider the price hike.

    "Under the current pricing structure, it is estimated that the annual cost of treatment for toxoplasmosis, for the pyrimethamine component alone, will be $336000 for patients who weigh less than 60 kilograms and $634500 for patients who weigh more than 60 kilograms," the letter reads. "This cost is unjustifiable for the medically vulnerable patient population in need of this medication and unsustainable for the health-care system."

    Notwithstanding this appeal, came the whopping 50-fold rise in Daraprim's price!

    Doctors treating patients with Toxoplasmosis explained Turing's move would now make patients opt for less effective medications that could actually delay the recovery.

    Dr Aberg of Mount Sinai told the New York Times that some hospitals could now find Daraprim too expensive to keep in stock, possibly resulting in treatment delays. She said that Mount Sinai was continuing to use the drug, but each use now required a special review.

    "This seems to be all profit-driven for somebody," Dr Aberg told the paper, "and I just think it's a very dangerous process."

    Hillary Clinton, the possible Democrat nominee for US President, was among those outraged. She tweeted that "Price gouging like this in the specialty drug market is outrageous" and vowed to lay out a plan for combating high drug prices.

    It is estimated that up to half of the world's population is infected with toxoplasmosis, a rare disease which comes without symptoms and is generally transmitted orally.

    In the United States about 23% are affected and in some areas of the world this is up to 95%.

    However, treatment is often only recommended for people with serious health problems, such as people with HIV whose CD4 counts are under 200 cells per every cubic millimetre, because the disease is most serious when one's immune system is weak.

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    Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    Seven super foods that help reduce stress!

    Munch on cashews, berries and chocolate to counter the ill-effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, says an expert.
    Suvro Ghosh, founder of online healthcare portal Helpmedoc, suggests a list of stress-busting food items:

    * Avocados: Avocado is loaded with nutrients including vitamin E, vitamin B and potassium. By controlling hunger and regulating the sugar levels in the blood, avocado helps in reducing stress immensely.

    * Cashews: They are rich in zinc and the substance has a major role to play in tackling depression and anxiety.

    * Berries: Berries are a good source of vitamin C that is a great stress-buster in itself.

    * Chocolate: It imparts a feel-good-factor and reduces stress as well.


    * Green tea: It also helps in improving mental performance and activating the brain cells.

    * Banana: Bananas are rich in potassium that is a natural source of vital mineral, which helps to normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    * Walnuts: Having walnuts helps one to combat stress and stay calmer and happier even on a hectic day.

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    Five goals in 9 minutes: Lewandowski shoots to history!

    Substitute Robert Lewandowski made Bundesliga history on Tuesday after scoring five goals in the space of nine minutes as Bayern Munich came from behind to rout Wolfsburg 5-1 and move top of the standings. 

    'I'm very satisfied. It was a crazy few minutes,' said Lewandowski, who scored the league's quickest ever hat trick and five goals. 'Five goals is incredible. I'm very happy.'

    His feelings of amazement were shared by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola. 'I don't think I'll see it again,' Guardiola said. 'Football is crazy sometimes.'

    Daniel Caligiuri fired the visitors ahead in the 27th, controlling Julian Draxler's cross with his first touch and then blasting the ball into the corner of the net with his next.

    Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer almost paid the price for a midfield foray in the 39th, when he lost the ball to Caligiuri and Josuha Guilavogui tried his luck from distance. The stranded keeper was relieved to see Guilavogui's punt saved by the left post.

    Bayern was 1-0 down at the break for the third time in six games this season.

    Lewandowski came on for the second half and changed everything. He equalized in the 51st, put Bayern ahead a minute later, and completed his hat trick when he hit the post, then the goalkeeper and kept going till he scored.

    Three goals in three minutes, 22 seconds. It was the Bundesliga's fastest hat trick ever, bettering Michael Toennies' five-minute feat against Karlsruher SC goalkeeper Oliver Kahn on Aug. 27, 1991 for Duisburg.

    'I had this record for 24 years,' Toennies, now a Duisburg official, was quoted as saying on the club's Facebook page. 'Of course it's a bit of a pity it's gone now. But what Robert Lewandowski conjured was simply sensational. You deserve it Robert! Congratulations!'

    Still Lewandowski wasn't done. The Poland striker scored again in the 57th and claimed another goal three minutes after that, when he met Mario Goetze's cross with a scissor kick into the top corner.

    He might have claimed a sixth - only for Ricardo Rodriguez to block his effort on the line in the 69th.  

    'When we all look at each other and see how stunned we are, there's no need for words,' Wolfsburg substitute Maximilian Arnold said.​

    Lewandowski is the first substitute in the history of the Bundesliga to score five goals in one game and they were the quickest scored by anybody.  

    'I had a little knock last week but I'm OK now,' Lewandowski said. 'It was a great evening for me. But it was the sixth game. There are many more to come. I know it won't be so easy.'

    Bayern moved three points ahead of Borussia Dortmund with its sixth win from six games. Dortmund can reclaim the lead if it wins by three goals or more at Hoffenheim on Wednesday.  

    ​'I am very happy for Robert,' Guardiola told reporters. 'For his confidence and our future this was extremely important. 

    ​'I can't really understand it. Five goals. Neither as a coach nor as a player did I ever experience something like this and I can't really explain it. Five goals against Wolfsburg are never easy,' said the Spaniard.

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    Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    How to swap sugar with healthier options!

    A sugar-heavy diet can have a dramatic impact on our health and well being. So, swap food items of high sugar content with lower ones.

    To help reduce your sugar intake, Sally Norton, weight loss consultant at Spire The Glen Hospital Bristol and founder of Vavista.com, offers a list of lower sugar food swaps, reports femalefirst.co.uk:

    * Fresh fruit instead of fruit juice: Fruit juice is very high on sugar and provides little nutritional value. A fresh apple contains around 2.6 teaspoons of sugar and around 50 calories whereas a 250 ml glass of apple juice contains around 6 teaspoons of sugar and 123 calories. The whole fruit contains fibre too which fills you up and is good for you in many other ways.


    * Homemade soup instead of tinned: A can of soup bought from a shop contains the equivalent of four teaspoons of sugar and 171 calories, whereas if you make it yourself using fresh vegetables it will be far lower in sugar and higher in nutrients. You can also avoid adding much salt which is a leading cause of heart disease.

    * Fruit flavoured yogurt for plain yoghurt and berries: Fruit yogurts can contain a huge amount of sugar so it’s important that you read the Nutrition Facts panel. Don’t be fooled into thinking that low-fat varieties are healthy either as they are often higher in sugar. You are best off with plain yoghurt and some lower sugar fruit such as raspberries and blueberries.

    * Swap a hot chocolate for a cup of tea: A hot chocolate contains around 4.5 teaspoons of sugar and 200 calories even before you add cream and marshmallows, whereas a cup of tea contains very little sugar and around 20 calories if you drink it with milk.

    * Swap an ice cream for a frozen banana: One scoop of ice cream contains around three teaspoons of sugar and around 180 calories, whereas a banana contains fewer calories and the sugar is bound up with fibre and nutrients.

    * Choose cherries over chocolate: If you fancy something sweet, try swapping a milk chocolate (260 calories and six teaspoons of sugar) for a bowl of cherries which contains just 50 calories and two teaspoons of sugar.

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    How to burn calories by Power Walking!

    You have been walking for years, but chances are, you haven’t been utilising all of your muscles. Power walking, also known as speed walking, is a cross between regular walking and jogging. An extreme form of power walking—also called race walking—involves rigorous rules and requirements during timed events. Research suggests that power walking or brisk walking can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and depression. Although it is a very basic form of exercise, it does require some amount of preparation. Here are a few effective ways to maximise the potential of your power walk.


    Tone your abs
    For power walking to be effective, you need to take stronger strides, and sucking in your abdominal muscles will help you do that. Imagine zipping up a pair of tight jeans. Doing this will also tone your abs and improve your posture by supporting your spine while you walk.


    Walk on an inclined level
    Choosing where to walk is very important. If weather permits, you can always head outdoors, but if it doesn’t, you can dial up the incline on your treadmill. Power walking on an incline helps you strengthen your legs.


    Let your arms be in full swing
    While walking, vigorously swing your bent arms. This will provide you with extra speed, which in turn will burn more calories and strengthen your upper body.


    Take breaks in between
    Power walking can be strenuous if you push too hard. Take short breaks every 10-15 minutes, and give your body some rest. Our muscles are prone to wear and tear; taking a break helps restore them and elevate your energy levels before you speed up again.


    Work on your glutes
    Your glutes provide power to your strides, so tighten your butt when you’re walking. This helps your butt get firmer faster and burns fat too.

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    Monday, 21 September 2015

    Twitter to 'market' Coke through emoji branding!

    In a bid to cash in on the growing popularity for emojis, Twitter is testing the effectiveness of the freakish pictograms in helping to advertise brands.

    The social network has teamed up with soft drink giant Coca-Cola for it, Wall Street Journal reported.


    In the form of paid ad placement, an emoji of a pair of Coke bottles clinking has been appearing on Twitter for the last few days when users post a tweet with the hashtag #ShareaCoke.

    Twitter will only be offering the feature to Coke and others as part of a package deal to its biggest clients that have already committed a certain amount of their ad budgets to Twitter.

    Twitter worked with Coke for six months on the project and is currently talking to 10 of its biggest brand clients about cashing in on the craze for weird faces and love-struck cats.

    Although custom-built emojis have appeared on Twitter earlier too, but its alliance with Coke marks the first time a brand has paid Twitter to have an emoji made for a specific marketing campaign.

    As part of its "Share a Coke" marketing campaign, Coke over the past few years has replaced periodically its brand name on bottles and cans with people's names.

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    Eight oils that heal your body!

    Using an adequate amount of the right kinds of fats and oils can play a pivotal role in slowing down the ageing of your body.

    Good fats provide the body with fuel alongside the feeling of fullness. These can also stimulate fat burning.
    Studies show the value of supplementing our diet with additional essential fats to prevent and treat a broad spectrum of diseases.

    Distinguishing good fats from bad fats can be tricky, so here are the top eight healthy fats and oils, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

    * Coconut Oil: It has rightly earned the title of a ‘superfood’ and it is consumed in large amounts by some of the healthiest populations around the world. It is also brilliant for those looking to lose or maintain their weight. The fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to speed up overall metabolism, helping people expend more energy compared with long-chain fats.


    It can also help with neurological disorders and can significantly benefit common skin issues. It also helps in reducing scars and marks on the body.

    * Borage Oil: Borage seed oil has one of the highest amounts of linolenic acid and is widely used as an anti-inflammatory support for a number of conditions including eczema, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can be hard to track down, so try taking it in supplement format.

    * Hemp Seed Oil: Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. It is named to be nature’s perfect food due to its balanced concentrations of Omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9. Studies have shown it can help support heart health and promote proper cardiovascular function. It has a beneficial effect on hair, skin and nails, with people who regularly use and consume hemp oil reporting thicker and shinier hair, softer skin and stronger nails.

    * Flax Seed Oil: This oil contains the highest concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids and the right amount of consumption has been shown to improve cardiovascular health as well as exhibiting chemo-preventative effects against colon tumour developments.

    * Pumpkin Seed Oil: A great one for both men and women, research has found that it can significantly help improve prostate health due to its richness in zinc, and also help women with menopause as it can decrease blood pressure, hot flushes, headaches and other menopausal symptoms.

    * Avocado Oil: This is known for its skin-boosting effects. In addition to its nourishing, moisturising and protective fats, it also contains significant levels of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, which help keep skin supple and smooth.

    * Omega 3 Fish Oil: Arguably the best type of fat, the fats produced by oily fish contain the highest concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids which is proven to make a positive difference to heart and brain health as well as improving the skeletal system.

    * Olive Oil: It is an integral part of the traditional ‘Mediterranean Diet’ which is associated with vitality, longevity and low incidence of chronic disease. Olive oil is prized for its health-promoting properties and is particularly helpful in promoting optimal cardiovascular function, maintaining good blood flow and bettering cognitive function.

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    Sunday, 20 September 2015

    Vettel wins, Force India's Perez 7th in Singapore GP!


    Singapore: Formula 1 team Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claimed his third victory of the season after controlling an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix race at Marina Bay on Sunday. It was also Vettel's fourth win here in Singapore.

    Vettel, who clocked 2:01:23 to win, beat team Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo by 1.4 seconds, with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen taking the third spot.

    Championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired for the first time in 2015 after technical problems on his Mercedes car.

    It was also Ferrari's first double podium finish since 2013.

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg finished fourth, ahead of team Williams' Valtteri Bottas and team Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat.

    Force India's Sergio Perez was seventh, followed by team Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz. Team Sauber's Felipe Nasr completed the top 10 list.

    Force India's other driver Nico Hulkenberg retired after a clash in lap 14. Along with Hamilton and Hulkenberg, the other retirements were team McLarens' Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, team Williams' Felipe Massa and team Lotus' Romain Grosjean.

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    Friday, 18 September 2015

    Davis Cup: Somdev Devvarman stuns World No. 40, levels tie 1:1!

    New Delhi: A brilliant win by tennis ace Somdev Devvarman over Jiri Vesely helped India level the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Czech Republic at 1-1 at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) complex on Friday.

    Somdev won the match 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 44 minutes in the second singles rubber.
    Earlier in the day, Yuki Bhambri lost to Lukas Rosol in three straight sets. Rosol blunted Bhambri's challenge in straight sets.

    World number 85 Rosol stamped his class as he thrashed 125th ranked Yuki 6-2 6-1 7-5 in one hour and 55 minutes at R K Khanna Tennis stadium here. 

    The temperature was 31 degree Celsius at the start of the match but neither the conditions nor the game of Yuki proved challenging for the tall Czech, who was ranked as high as 26 last year.

    Rosol served extremely well and hit flat and furious ground-strokes, imposing himself on Yuki. The Czech player played smartly and served in the range of 200km per hour and sometimes more than that, firing as many as 11 aces in the match.

    Yuki put up some resistance in the third set but could not utilize the chances, squandering as many as five break points in the 10th game.

    The Czech, who beat Rafael Nadal in 2012 Wimbledon second round, fired five service winners in that game alone after ebbing down 0-40, showing his cool temperament under pressure.

    Rosol hit 50 winners to 21 of Yuki and made for his six double faults with his huge game.

    The only time Yuki could trouble the Czech was when he engaged his opponent in long rallies but those were very few as Rosol blunted Yuki's challenge with ease.

    India's number two player Somdev Devvarman, ranked 164, plays Czech number one Jiri Vesley, ranked 40, in the second singles. Somdev has not lost a singles match on the Centre Court and the fans who have turned up to watch India fight would hope that he maintains his impeccable record.

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    Thursday, 17 September 2015

    Natural wonder – Carrots!

    Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses? No, right? 

    It is  because carrots are vegetables packed with nature’s goodness. Apart from boosting your eyesight carrots have various nutrients which make it a must-have in your regular diet.

    Health benefits of carrots:
    1. They work wonders on the skin: Carrots contain beta- carotene, a form of vitamin A called retinoic acid, potassium, calcium, zinc, vitamin B, vitamin E, iron and phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals have powerful anti-oxidant properties. Hence carrots are an effective natural remedy for dry skin, chapped lips and dry skin conditions like eczema. A fresh grated carrot makes for a superb beauty face mask.
    2. Help fight cancer: Carrots also have anti-cancer properties. They cut down cancer risk by preventing and helping in treating cancers of the lung, throat, stomach, intestine, breast, bladder and prostate.
    3. Immunity builder: Carrot juice is beneficial as the indigestible fibre is removed by juicing. It is a miracle drink which boosts immunity, provides a daily dose of vitamins and minerals and is naturally sweet as compared to colas and artificially flavoured commercial drinks. The amount of beta carotene available in carrot juice is almost 100% as compared to only 10%  in a raw carrot.
    4. Good for your eyes: Carrots contain a form of vitamin A which prevents night blindness. They also reduce the risk of developing a condition called Age Related Macular degeneration (AMD) due to carotenoids present in them. They don’t improve your eyesight but they keep the eyes healthy. They also fight eye infections like conjunctivitis and blepharitis (inflammation of eyelash follicles).
    5. Prevent and treat lifestyle diseases: Carrots are beneficial in various lifestyle diseases like diabetes mellitus, heart disease, gout and dyspepsia. They are known to reduce blood cholesterol levels, reduce stroke and reduce symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in which the prostate grows in size and causes urinary problems in older men.
    6. Soothes your stomach: Carrots are a wonder cure for gastro-intestinal ailments and have been used for these conditions since ancient times. They relieve gastritis, an upset stomach, peptic ulcers, coeliac disease (seen in children where digestion is affected) and Crohn’s disease (a chronic inflammatory disorder of the entire alimentary tract). Carrot juice combined with spinach juice and lime juice helps in curing constipation. Carrot soup is also used to treat diarrhoea. It has also been used in olden times to remove worms from the body as a vermicide.
    7. Improves fertility and more: Coupled with the fact that carrots have absolutely no fat that make it a dieter’s delight, raw carrots help in improving fertility and stimulate the secretion of milk in breast-feeding mothers. They also help if a woman has excessive bleeding during menses, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and combat vaginal and urinary tract infections due to their antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. They are  considered anti-anaemic and helpful for osteoporosis.

    The above reasons make carrots an elixir of good health, so make sure the entire family gets their nutritional benefits.

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    Simple steps for a healthy heart!

    Think of the mundane things you do in 30 minutes every day. Watching TV? Lazing around? It’s time to make changes in these four areas, for a healthy heart boost.

    Eat smart
    A healthy diet’ does not necessarily mean boring and bland. Just make sure you have enough of each food group, and you’re good to go. Heart patients may need some special changes to their diet; however, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that restrictive.
    • Stick to the proteins – fishes and eggs are a rich source of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids that improve heart function and discourage blood clotting. Make sure you have at least 2 servings a week. Vegetarians can opt for walnuts, lentils and flaxseeds for their requirement of these heart-healthy oils.
    • Include more whole grains and veggies – Fresh fruits and veggies are packed with cholesterol lowering phytosterols, antioxidants and substances that aid the reduction of arterial inflammation. Swapping your refined flour for whole-grain products can cut down your risk of a heart attack by at least 30%.
    • Be smart while eating out – This is where most of us give in. Just a single lunch out with your colleagues can pile up on the cholesterol and sodium. Make sure you stay away from the bread basket and the cheesy dressings and dipping sauce. Choose dishes that are grilled, wholegrain and have loads of veggies. Choose from different lean meats if you’re into non-vegetarian stuff. Soups and starters are a great way to avoid the oil laden mains; they make you feel full instantly.
    • Avoid processed foods – For heart patients, processed foods are a strict no-no. Processed foods are the end products of healthy foods that have their heart healthy content stripped down. They are loaded with sugar and bad fats that instantly impact your heart health.
    Exercise
    Regular exercise works wonders in lowering blood pressure and maintaining heart health. It also makes the heart pumping more efficient and reduces insulin resistance. Twenty minutes of light aerobic exercises and a few stretches and pulls throughout the day is bound to keep your heart happy.

    Laugh out loud
    There’s a reason why laughter therapy is so popular. A fake laughter can trick your brain into thinking you’re happy, thereby reducing stress, relaxing blood vessels and increasing the blood flow to the heart by a whopping 25%.

    Purge the poisons
    Tobacco consumption and dental plaque are among the two most dangerous risk factors of heart disease. Tobacco smoking literally damages your arteries and decreases the oxygen content of the blood, thereby causing arrhythmias. Thickening of arteries has been strongly linked to inflammation of the gums. Make sure you brush twice a day, and floss whenever necessary.

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    Wednesday, 16 September 2015

    Why slow jogging is good for you?

    Jogging fast could do more harm than good, researchers have found, adding that just an hour of slow running per week could bolster your chances of living long.

    “If your goal is to decrease risk of death and improve life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a moderate pace is a good strategy. Anything more is not just unnecessary, it may be harmful,” said Peter Schnohr, researcher at the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Jogging from one to 2.4 hours per week was associated with the lowest mortality rates and the optimal frequency of jogging was no more than three times per week.

    The researchers looked at 5,048 participants in the Copenhagen City Heart Study and questioned them about their activity.


    They identified and tracked 1,098 healthy joggers and 413 healthy but sedentary non-joggers for 12 years.
    While strenuous joggers were as likely to die as sedentary non-joggers, light joggers had the lowest rates of death, the findings showed.

    “It is important to emphasize that the pace of the slow joggers corresponds to vigorous exercise and strenuous jogging corresponds to very vigorous exercise,” Schnohr said.

    “When performed for decades, this activity level could pose health risks, especially to the cardiovascular system,” Schnohr added.

    The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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    7 Easy-to-follow tips for healthy skin!


    If you’ve resolved to take care of your skin in 2015, adapt some easy-to-follow tips for achieving wonders.

    Sangeeta Velaskar, vice president and head (Medical Services and Research and Development) at Kaya Skin Clinic, lays emphasis on proper sleep and drinking water regularly to stay fit and glowing, read a statement.

    Here’s what Velaskar suggests:

    * Sleep like you mean it: When you are asleep, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite. Besides, sleeping is the easiest way to reduce those dark circles that take away from your beauty. Become best friends with your pillow in 2015.

    * Load up on healthy foods: While it’s going to be nothing short of painful to turn your back on those delicious pizzas and sumptuous burgers, you’re going to have to do it for the sake of attaining that coveted complexion. Stock up on leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits and other red, green and yellow items for a maximum antioxidant and nutrient boost.


    * Love your skin like it was your last day on Earth: You can never love your skin enough.
    While it might not be feasible to indulge in a facial every second day, there are a few remedies you can follow to pamper your skin within the confines of your house. Honey is known as a natural cleanser which exfoliates your skin to bring out a radiant complexion.

    The citric acid present in lemon helps keep the skin clear by removing dead cells. Turmeric has excellent antiseptic and skin-lightening properties that help reduce scars.

    * There is a reason 60 percent of your body is made up of water: There’s nothing better than water to improve your skin overnight. Come morning, your wrinkles will feel less pronounced and your body will work most effectively as the waste and toxins of the previous night are washed away. It will also help keep your weight in check, as dehydration triggers a false feeling of hunger making it easy to confuse thirst with hunger. Your daily intake of water should be no less than eight glasses every day.

    * Go natural: The year 2015 is going to be all about going back to your roots. Women have started to embrace the makeup-free look and we are absolutely lapping it up. While it is alright to deck up once in a while for special occasions, avoid using too much makeup on your skin as it causes the skin to get oily and break out. It also causes blemishes which might end up giving you sleepless nights.

    * Step into your happy bubble more often: We underestimate the effect of positivity on our skin. Being inwardly happy reflects beautifully on your skin and is the most inexpensive way to look beautiful. Surround yourself with like-minded people, indulge in your favourite hobbies and strike a healthy work-life balance. Try to travel at least once in six months as meeting people from different cultures will open you up to broader opinions giving you a more optimistic view on life.

    * Do your fair bit of experimenting: Listen to your skin and learn what it likes. Opt for new facials, but don’t get too adventurous or it might backfire. Instead, to minimise the risk, go for facials with natural peels. They will bring out the freshness in your skin.

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