Earthen Pot Water – Still be Safe to Drink

People love to consume water with lots of ice in the summer season, because the cold water helps in quenching the thirst. On consuming this type of chilled water can only provide temporary relief from thirst and its consumption is not good for health. Whereas, water stored in the earthen pot is one of the most beneficial ways of consuming water during summer season with huge health benefits, but, the modern generation tends to ignore it and like to consume only refrigerated chilled water which negatively affect the human health. Water stored in earthen pot is healthier than the water store in any other vessel made up of steel, glass and plastic. These earthen pots contain small pores through which water seeps and gets evaporated and ultimately cool down the water stored in it.  It is highly dangerous to consume packaged drinking water after being exposed to the sun because we all are unaware of the fact that how long the water bottles are set in the packaged form. Dioxin and BPA (Bisphenol A) are the most common chemicals which are found in plastics that leach from the plastic bottle into the water and make the stored water unfit for consumption and these are the toxic chemicals which are found in cancerous tissues. On the other hand earthen pot does not release any harmful chemicals, whereas, water stored in it helps to boost our metabolism without any side effects. Earthen pots are cheap, cost effective and easily affordable by the common man thus; this raises the potter’s income as selling potteries are the only source of income for them.

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Benefits of Earthen Pot Water-

  1. Due to the alkaline nature of clay it interacts with the acidity of water, thereby provides relief from gastronomic pains by maintaining the proper pH.
  2. It helps to maintain the level of testosterone hormone in the human body.
  3. It is pleasant and gentle on the throat thus, reduces sickness.
  4. It balances the hormone level in the body.

Harmful Effects of Refrigerated/Chilled Water-

  1. Drinking ice cold water can slow down the digesting process.
  2. It shrinks the blood vessels and reduces the heart rate.
  3. It slows down the nutritional capacity.
  4. It is responsible for increasing body weight.

Therefore, stop consuming ice cold water and consume only normal water to stay healthy.

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Life is Precious – Strictly Avoid Hidden MSG in the Food Stuffs

Monosodium Glutamate is generally known as Ajinomoto. It is a white crystalline sodium salt and is the main ingredient for enhancing flavour in the Chinese cuisine and finally, it has been moved from Chinese food to the Indian kitchen. No doubt its addition increases the taste in many foods, but, its regular consumption can be very harmful for human health, especially for growing children and pregnant women as they are more prone to this chemical ingredient.  MSG-rich food items increase the glutamate levels in the blood by 8-10 times on consumption. It is an excitatory neurotransmitter that over stimulates the nerve cells. Further, high and regular intake of this chemical disturbs the balance of the neurotransmitter which is responsible for adverse effects on the body. People use this in making several recipes for enhancing taste and getting higher profits because it is a cheaper ingredient and also it is easily available in the market. MSG stimulates the pancreas gland that produces insulin even when the sugar level is in range. This extra insulin content causes a decrease in the blood sugar level due to which one can feel hungry and leads to overeating and obesity. That is why MSG is a known silent killer because it shows its effects with the expense of time. It is used in processing of several food items like ready to eat food packets, dehydrated soup packets, dehydrated gravy packets, instant noodles and cup noodles, preserved fish, all types of sausages, tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, potato wafers, soya sauce, all canned and preserved food items along with all fast food items, mainly Chinese. So, ultimately such types of food stuffs should be completely avoided and it is suggested to prepare these dishes at home without using dangerous MSG and say no to Ajinomoto.

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Harmful side effects caused by consuming Ajinomoto rich food stuffs-

  1. Headache is a common side effect due to MSG which can be turned into a migraine and that can be severe.
  2. It causes shortage of water in the body due to which oedema (swelling in the body) and skin irritation may occur.
  3. It also affects the functioning of the heart and respiratory tract. It increases the problems like acidity and burning sensation of stomach.
  4. It is also triggered the onset of stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  5. It weakens the muscles of knee and leg by reducing the calcium levels in the body.
  6. Burning sensation is quite normal by its regular consumption.
  7. MSG is a neurotransmitter which stimulates the nerves and leads to an unhealthy body.
  8. Due to regular consumption of MSG in the diet, it causes irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrest, chest pain and much more.
  9. MSG should be strictly avoided in the pregnancy because it causes miscarriage and finally infertility.
  10. It is also responsible for several health problems such as blood pressure, thyroid, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and obesity.
  11. This ingredient can also be the reason for causing excessive sweating, nausea, dizziness, weakness, damage to the retina of eye and ultimately leads to cancer.

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Gemstones- Provides Strength, Peace, Health and Prosperity

Diamonds, emeralds, aquamarine, ruby, sapphire, amber, opal, jade, topaz, garnet and many more are the gemstones also known as lucky stones as well as birthstones. People love to wear these priceless and powerful stones as they have healed medicinal powers that protect us from the negative powers of the concerned planets and also they are familiar for enhancing the spiritual power of our body and keep us happy, healthy and wealthy. In other words, they are known for energizing and healing the health of people, suffering from dangerous illnesses, which makes them so precious and important in our lives. Gemstones are mostly made up of minerals whereas, pearls are made by a living sea organism, named oyster. Gemstones with various colours and powers are worn by the people that should be very close to the skin in order to ward off evil from their lives with a trust that, precious and powerful stone energize us by stimulating positive energy and dispels negativity that bring peace, love, happiness and prosperity. Gemstones have always been considered as precious for bringing peace, prosperity and happiness in the life. According to astrology there is a relationship between nine gems and nine planets in the solar system  because the human body is an island of nine gems, known as nav-ratnas and human body is composed of nine dhatus. That is why it is helpful in the interpretation the relation of gem with the humans. By wearing favourable gemstone related to the moon sign/rashi, which brings name, fame, prosperity, positivity, happiness, power, make life easier and flushes the negative energy which is a major cause of illness.

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Ruby- Its energetic red colour enhances self-confidence, circulation of blood, provides vitamin B12 and reduces anemia.

Coral- Yellow colour energy, improves the power of wisdom, ambition, confidence, and helps to enhance overall health and stimulate the proper functioning of the brain, eyes, liver, spleen and kidney.

Emerald- Its natural green colour energy is to provide freshness, peace, happiness, reduce restlessness and control the functioning of the pituitary gland. It is beneficial scientists, lawyer, business and salesman.

Yellow Sapphire- It has the greatest healing power which controls the brain activities and also gives strength to the body.

Pearl- Helps to get rid of depression, loneliness and is the best stimulant for boredom.

Blue Sapphire- It provides vitamin D and gives positive energy towards encouragement, swiftness, and affection.

Diamond- It boosts the pituitary gland, nervous and lymphatic system of the body. It also helps in improving the health of stomach, eyes, ears and migraine.

Navratna- It is the mixture of all colours, denotes peace, simplicity and soft nature. It protects against mental disorders and high blood pressure.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for conducting accurate and reliable testing. It ensures safety and authenticity in jewellery products including precious metals, gemstones, diamond and also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Ultrasonic Pest Chasers – Best way to repel mosquitoes

Ultrasonic pest repellers are the devices used as a substitute for avoiding inhaling toxic chemicals and fumes of mosquito killers and repellents. It is the non poisonous method of repelling pests responds to the ultrasound. Ultrasound is the highest frequency and powerful waves and is not sensitive to the human ear because a human ear can respond only in a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. But, animals such as dogs, cats responds to 22-25 kHz, rats to 60-72 kHz and insects such as mosquitoes and flies responds to 38-44 kHz. Ultrasound can travel along a straight path when it hits an object; it bends and spread in all possible directions. Animals can produce ultrasounds as well as respond to ultrasound because they have sensory structures like tympanic membrane for detection and they also communicate each other by using ultrasound waves. Mosquitoes have sense organs to produce and receive high-frequency ultrasound waves. Spiders, wasps, beetles, flies, spiders, lizards have the capacity to detect ultrasound. These detectors are found in the antennae of mosquitoes and genitalia of cockroaches. Ultrasonic pest repellers emitted these sound waves will create pressure on the nervous system of the insects and animals and this will confuse them and finally they escape from the source of high-frequency wave device. These devices are greatly used for to repel various disease causing insects, rodents from a particular area. Ultrasonic high-frequency waves are also widely used for scanning in hospitals. Moreover, these sound waves will not pass through the walls like the sound waves. According to the literature and scientific research it is considered as safe and will not cause any damage to the human health, however, ultrasonic frequency near to 30 kHz can be detected by the kids up to a certain level, so it is advised not to use these ultrasonic chasers continuously near the children under the age of 5 years.

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Response Behaviour of Animals Towards Ultrasound

  • 22-25 kHz: Dogs, Cats
  • 38-44 kHz: Mosquitoes, Fleas, House Fly, Spiders, Cockroaches
  • 52-60 kHz: Lizards
  • 60-72 kHz: Rats

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This Holi Spread the Colour of Love and Care

Holi is a great festival of Hindus and is celebrated by playing colours in many regions of the country. People celebrate this colourful festival with their friends and family members by spraying coloured water through pichkaris, eat sweets, visit temples and give blessing to the young ones. Holika Dahan or bonfire is an important event on this day. But the toxins and harsh chemicals of colours and smoke released from bonfires are responsible for causing several health issues like allergies to unknown allergens, bronchitis, cough, nasal irritation, allergies related to respiratory tract illness that trigger the onset of asthmatic attack. These colours are responsible for causing serious damage to the overall health which can be temporary or permanent. Synthetic colours are full of toxic heavy metals like mercury sulphide (red colour), lead oxide (black colour), aluminium bromide (silver colour), copper sulphate (green colour). Due to the contact with the harsh chemicals present in the toxic colours destroyed the texture of hair by making them dry, brittle and rough. Further, these colours also cause scalp irritation, dermatitis, eczema and many more. On this day people used to take bhang or cannabis in eatables and drinks, but this should not be taken in excess because it can cause neurological and psychiatric type of disorders. It increased the blood pressure and heart rate, including several neurological problems. To avoid these health related problems we should celebrate safe Holi.

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Points for Celebrating Safe Holi:

  1. Play Holi only in your friend circle and also do care of your friends.
  2. Don’t wear contact lenses while playing Holi.
  3. Only use natural or herbal colours rather than chemical colours.  We cannot say that these colours are safe, but on comparing with the chemical ones these are much safer. These days’ herbal or natural colours are easily available in the market e.g. Turmeric, Heena, arrowroot, kumkum, beetroot, hibiscus flowers, marigold flowers, tea leaves, etc. is used for making natural colours.
  4. Hair oil like coconut, olive, amla and castor should be applied on the scalp before playing Holi and can be immediately washed. This will protect the hair from being damaged.
  5. Before playing Holi applies oils such as sesame, coconut, olive, almond, castor or mustard on all over the body as these oils act as repellents.
  6. Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly for the protection of lips.
  7. For protecting the nails from toxic colours, apply nail paints that must be removed just after playing Holi.
  8. Use a mask during Holika Dahan.
  9. Don’t consume bhang on an empty stomach.
  10. Don’t play with balloons to avoid injuries.

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Conserve the Natural Resources and save the Planet

The world’s population is increasing day by day and that is why each and every human being has added a significant amount of waste to the surroundings. As the natural resources of our planet earth are less so, we must take care about the conservation of these resources so, that we leave this for the next generations. To conserve the resources recycling is the best option and is also good for the environment because in the process of recycling, new products are manufactured by using the old and the products which are of no use and then converting them back to the new products. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans are some examples that are recycled in greater amount.

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Recycling is Important in a Number of ways:

  • To make the atmospheric environment clean
  • Conservation of Materials
  • To save renewable sources of energy
  • Reduce garbage in landfill sites
  • Helps in reducing water and air pollution
  • Reduce the effects of global warming in the atmosphere

Recycling actually starts from our home because if we are using an older product instead of discarding then we are actually doing recycling. It is basically an idea of reduce, reuse and recycle. Conservation of things is an important aspect of recycling, in this process, less production of garbage will help in reducing the landfill sites that helps in cleaning the environment.

Testing As a growing concern for the environment has become an important issue nationally and globally, more efforts have been in place to sustain our resources. Sustainable materials are of increasing industrial importance. One such material is biodegradable polymers.

Since the interest for using biodegradable plastics has grown exponentially, there have been a number of standards developed for testing the material. ASTM and IS develops various standards that have been used worldwide and provide a foundation for comparisons of data in testing of plastics in various laboratories. Test methods are ASTM D6400 and ASTM D5988-03 for determining compostable plastics and aerobic biodegradation in soil of plastic respectively. This test method was used because it provides clear guidelines to biodegradability and is designed to evaluate aerobic biological reaction. The ASTM D 5998 method used is equivalent to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17556:2003. First process is biodegradability in soil/compost by monitoring CO2 and second by monitoring loss of mass and reduction in physical properties via tensile testing after exposure in UV Light.

We could save our planet by doing a handful of things-

  1. Discard all the waste from the house which is of no use, packaged in an appropriate container such as paper, plastic and glass and send it to the nearest recycling center.
  2. Avoid using plastic bags, plastic papers and plastic container as much as possible.  As these things are non biodegradable in nature will only create pollution in the atmosphere by filling the landfill sites.
  3. Use own reusable bags to buy groceries and purchase only those items having least packaging as a huge amount of money is spent on these packaging materials that ultimately go to the landfill sites.
  4. Limit the use of disposable things like disposable utensils made up of plastic and Styrofoam.

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Mysterious Death – Caused by Litchi Fruit in Bihar

In India, Bihar is the largest producer of Litchi fruit. It is a popular juicy and flavourful fruit during the summer season, but has complex nature. A number of school going children died after eating Litchis in Bihar. Health experts found that Litchi seed consists of certain kinds of amino acids, which negatively affects the blood glucose levels in the body. According to a study the toxic amino acids are generally present in immature fruit that becomes fatal with an outbreak of acute encephalopathy causes convulsions and coma in the Muzaffarpur region in Bihar linked with the toxicity of hypoglycin A and MCPG. This disease mostly affected poor and malnourished children. In order to reduce the illness as well as casualties in the area, experts suggested the minimum consumption of litchi and it is further advised to take the proper meal, particularly the dinner so, that the fruit does not affect the glucose level. This happened because children used to consume litchi fruit all over the day from the nearby orchards and most of them skipped their dinner. The study revealed that after consumption of litchi fruit two-third of the sick children found toxic amino acids in their urine samples. These toxic substances impaired with the synthesis of glucose in the body which is associated with dangerously low blood glucose level and unconscious in the middle of the night or in the early morning. In this situation, effected children, then, immediately rushed to the hospital, they should be treated immediately for correcting their blood glucose level, muscle weakness, nervous system disorder.

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Identify The Real Gold Jewelry at your Door Step

By performing some simple experiments at home one can easily identify the fake and real gold jewelry like checking for stamp markings, attraction towards the magnet, density test, nitric acid test. Further, scratching of gold jewelry against the ceramic surface is another method for testing real jewelry.

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Marking Test Most of the gold jewelers mark their stamps (by denoting the karatage of gold) on the gold jewelry designed by them.

Magnetic Test It is another method for identification of gold purity. If the jewelry sticks to the magnet, then the jewelry is not real because real gold has no magnetic attraction and does not stick to the magnet.

Density Test This test can be performed by placing the jewelry in a beaker of water, if it sinks, then, the jewelry is of real gold because gold has greater density than any other metal.

Acid Test For, performing this test, nitric acid is used. By putting some drops of nitric acid on the gold jewelry shows no reaction as, gold is a non reactive metal whereas, fake jewelry changes its colour.

Scratch Test On scratching the real gold jewelry against a ceramic plate or tiles leaves a golden streak, however, dark or black coloured streak observed in case of fake jewelry. Discoloration occurs in the false jewelry on wearing this.

The most accurate tests for testing the purity of gold are performed by using fluorescence spectrometers (XRF). Such type of instruments sends X-rays through the tested sample. The atoms of the tested material become excited and move into a higher energy state and release energy in the form of radiation while returning into their ground state. XRF detects as well as read the radiation. By observing the radiation, we can easily find out the material by which the jewelry is made of.

We can also clean the gold jewelry at home by adopting simple and small process of cleaning with the household articles like dish detergent, water and tooth brush. Take small amount of dishwashing detergent or soap into a bowl containing water; soak the gold jewelry into the solution for at least 15 minutes. Now, take out the jewelry from the soap solution and gently clean the surface of jewelry with the help of a soft bristled tooth brush. Finally, rinsing is done with warm water and then, dries it with a muslin cloth. The gold jewelry leads to shinier as well as brighter.

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Things you need to know about Carcinogenic Nickel Jewelry

Nickel is a heavy metal generally used for making magnets, buttons, zippers, watches, keys, jewelry, coins, stainless steel, electronics, and tools for various machines. An attractive appearance and beautiful mirror finish can be obtained by nickel plating. Nickel metal is greatly used in refining, electroplating and welding industries. Further, things having a shining appearance may contain nickel that is why most of the jewelry articles such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, chains, bangles, etc. consist of nickel, but people should avoid such jewelry and only choose nickel free jewelry. This is due to the release of nickel ions from the metals and easily reacts with the skin to cause skin allergy and eczema. Media should step forward in order to create public awareness and drawing attention of government towards reducing the metal toxicity and various health issues.

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But, nickel is a toxic and carcinogenic metal and its exposure has a significant health issues as well as it create environmental pollution. Exposure to this metal leads to risk of several diseases like lung cancer, breast cancer, heart troubles, and neurological disorders, depression, hormonal imbalance, infertility, birth defects, miscarriage, fibrosis, skin irritation, dysfunctions of the liver and kidneys, high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol. Moreover, workers who are supposed to inhale dust and fumes loaded with nickel are more prone to these above-mentioned disorders.

On the basis of the metal toxicity Government should take strict and necessary action for the safety of the common people and the environment-

  1. The Government should ban all the import and manufacturing of the jewelry which consist of toxic metals.
  2. Concerned departments should take immediate and strict action against towards the shopkeepers and jewelers who are involved in selling such toxic accessories.
  3. General awareness should be encouraged by the media, NGO’s and other government organizations, among the common people, shopkeepers, retailers, wholesalers and importers for not selling and purchasing the jewelries loaded with heavy and toxic metal.
  4. Government should establish the facilities of testing laboratories.

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What is Organic Food- Let’s take a Look

Now a days organic food is gaining popularity among the consumers. The term organic means the agricultural crops should grow without using chemical pesticides, bioengineered genes, and petroleum and sewage sludge waste fertilizers. Organic produce grown with the natural fertilizers such as manure and compost, crop rotation method is used for controlling weeds or unwanted plants and moreover, pests, insects and rodents are controlled using natural methods like birds, insects, traps and naturally produced pesticides. On the contrary, to those conventionally grown agricultural produce only grown with chemical fertilizers, weeds and pests are controlled by chemical herbicides and insecticides.

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Further, organic animal products mean, animals should only feed organic, i.e. animals may not be provided antibiotics, growth hormones or any other animal by-products. The disease can be prevented by using natural methods like cleaning the surrounding atmosphere, healthy and balanced diet. Whereas, for conventionally produced animal produces, growth hormones are given to the livestock for fast growth and antibiotics and medicines are used to given for treating the animal.

Besides, these differences there are several health benefits of organic food.

  1. Organic food consists of fewer pesticides and much more nutrients than conventionally grown food.
  2. Organic food has long shelf-life, fresh and full of organic flavours as this type of food contains no preservatives that accelerate its shelf-life.
  3. Organic farming is good for atmosphere because the agricultural practices used in the farming decrease pollution, conserve water, soil, increase fertility of soil, and consume less energy.
  4. Organic farming is also good for nearby animal, birds and humans.

As far as monetary benefits are concerned organic food is more expensive than the conventional grown food because as the farmers are not using the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that is why more man power is required at the farm level and also the organic feed used for the animals is also expensive. On regular consumption of conventionally grown food, pesticide residues accumulated into the human body and exposed people are prone to several health issues like headache, autism, behavioural disorders, hormonal imbalance, birth defects, weak immunity, and different kinds of cancers.

We cannot get rid of the traces of pesticides because washing of the agricultural produce only reduces the pesticide residue but does not eliminate. The best solution is to buy and consume organic food when possible as its cost falls within the budget.

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