Shortcut to a Great Body & Mind

Given below is the sought-after Suryanamaskar, which is often also, considered the shortcut to great body and mind. Dedicate around 10 seconds daily to each pose, and you would be done with the complete sequence in 2 minutes, giving your entire body and mind, both a good workout.  It is preferable to do suryanamaskar early mornings in the open while facing the sun to absorb the immense energy this source provides. Pregnant women must avoid though.


1. Stand straight facing the sun with both hands folded

2. Raise your hands over the head. Bend backwards with the hands too going backwards. Remember to bend from the lower back and not strain the neck too much.

3. Now along with your hands, get your upper body to bend forward towards your knees. Attempt at making your hands go down to your feet, touching them and head being closest to your knees. Again, bend from the lower back to avoid overstretching any of your muscles.

4. Bring the right leg backwards with the knee touching the ground. Left foot to be bent at the knee between the hands. Hands to be in front of the body with the palms on the ground. Look up.

5. Now arch up your body completely from the hips. Keep the feet together and palms on the ground. Head to be between the hands looking downwards.

6. Bring the body on the ground with the feet, knees, palms, chest and forehead touching.

7. Raise your upper body with the lower firmly on the ground. Bend the upper body backwards as much as comfortable with the back forming a curve.

8. Repeat step 5

9. Repeat step 4 with the left leg going backwards.

10. Repeat step 3

11. Repeat step 2

12. Repeat step 1

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    Yoga for Well Toned Arms

    Well toned arms can really send out a lot of messages. One that you might be some karate or taekwondo champ, or into weight lifting or rather even better, that you're totally toned and fit, which shows even on your arms. To get that no-bulge-hanging-loosely look, try these at home. These are a bit tricky, so I suggest you get yourself some professional supervision to help you with them.

    1. Plank Pose: Lie on the floor with your head facing down and hands bent by the elbow, kept by the chest sides. Now lift your torso up to make your hands be straight and perpendicular to the floor, back and legs straight and the palms right below the shoulders. Now raise your legs to rest only on feet fingers. The neck to be straight in line with the back. Stay for at least 30-60 counts, come down slowly and relax. Repeat once more.

    2. Four Limb Staff Pose: Lie on the floor facing down. Hands bent at the elbow kept by your waist side. Now raise your torso and legs to make the entire body parallel to the ground. Your legs to rest on the feet fingers and the body on the feet fingers and palms. Do not let your hips get raised upwards or lower back sway towards the floor. Body to be straight Neck also straight, look downwards at the floor. Stay for 20-30 counts, then slowly come down and relax, repeat once more.

    3. Upward facing dog: Lie on the floor with face down and the top of your feet touching the ground. Arms to be bent at the elbow by the side of your waist. Now raise your torso upwards to make it parallel to the wall in front of you and make your arms get straight and perpendicular to the floor. Palms to be below the shoulders. Don't let your thighs or legs even touch the floor, which makes your entire body above the ground. You rest only on the top of your feet and the palms. Neck to be straight and looking in front. Count till 30, come down and relax. Repeat twice

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    Now is all there is

    On the surface, the present moment is "what happens." Since what happens changes continuously, it seems that every day of our life consists of thousands of moments in which different things happen. Time is seen as the endless succession of moments, some "good," some "bad." Yet if we look more closely, that is to say, through our own immediate experience, you find that there are not many moments at all. You discover that there is only ever this moment. Life is always now. Our entire life unfolds in this constant now. Even past or future moments only exist when we remember or anticipate them, and we do so by  thinking about them in the only moment there is; this one.

    Why does it appear then as if there were many moments? Because the present moment is confused with what happens, confused with content. The space of now is confused with what happens in that space. The confusion of the present moment with content gives rise not only to the illusion of ego.

    There is a paradox here. On the one hand, how can we deny the reality of time? We need it to go from here to there, to prepare a meal, build a house, read this book. You need time to grow up, to learn new things. Whatever you do seems to take time. Everything is subject to it and eventually " this bloody tyrant time," as Shakespeare calls it, is going to kill you. we could compare it to a raging river that drags you along with it, or a fire in which everything is consumed.

    I recently met some old friends, a family I had not seen in a long time, and I was shocked when I saw them. I almost asked, "Are you ill? What happened? Who did this to you?" The mother. Who walked with a cane, seemed to have shrunk in size, her face shrivelled like an old apple. The daughter, who had been full of energy, enthusiasm, and the expectations of youth when I last saw her, seemed worn out, tired after bringing up three children. Then I remembered: Almost thirty years had passed since we last met. Time had done this to them. And I'm sure they were just as shocked when they saw me.

    Everything seems to be subject to time, yet it all happens in the now. That is the paradox. Wherever we look, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence for the reality of time - a rotting apple, our face in the bathroom mirror compared to our face in a photo taken thirty years ago - yet we never find any direct evidence, we never experience time itself. We only ever experience the present moment, or rather what happens in it. If we go by direct evidence only, then there is no time, and the now is all there ever is.

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  • Diligence

    A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside.

    One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old.

    "Hold it, hold it," the fellow said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?"

    "Well, we work for the county government," one of the men said.

    "But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"

    "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us, me, Joe and Mike. I dig the hole, Joe sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back."

    "Yea," piped up Mike. "Now just because Joe is sick, that doesn't mean we can't work, does it?"

    Contributed by: bsundaran @ yahoo.com

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  • The Power of Faith - What God can do with 57 cents

    A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was "too crowded." "I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.

    Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.

    Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements. As her poor little body was being moved, a crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.

    Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School."

    For two years she had saved for this offering of love.

    When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion.

    He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building. But the story does not end there....

    A newspaper learned of the story and published it. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.

    Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide. Within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,000.00- -a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.

    When you are in the city of Philadelphia , look up Temple Baptist Church , with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit Temple University, where thousands of students are educated.

    Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.

    In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of Diamonds".

    This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

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    Why not Today?

    The time will come when you'll have no use for anger or envy, when you will see no need to hold a grudge or harbor resentment. The time will become when nothing will frustrate or annoy you, when everything will simply give you more energy to move positively forward.

    The time will come when you'll let go of all bitterness and regret. You'll understand that such negative thoughts have no useful purpose, and that they only serve to hold you back.

    There will come a time when you realize that the best way to gain value is to provide value. There will come a time when you stop fighting against life and start living it fully.

    In your life, there will come a time when you start living true to your highest vision. The question for you is -- when? The best answer to that question is another question. Why not today?

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    Burning Fat with Food


    I'm not sure if it has magical fat-burning properties, but research suggests that this sweet 'n' sour citrus fruit can aid in weight loss. One Scripps Clinic study found that eating half of a grapefruit or drinking four ounces of grapefruit juice with meals (without making any other changes in eating habits) resulted in an average weight loss of more than three pounds in 12 weeks. Scientists speculate the weight loss happens because grapefruit lowers insulin levels, which curbs your urge to snack. And, of course, the less you snack, the easier it is to lose weight.

    Tip: If grapefruit is a little too tart for you, try sprinkling some Splenda on top.

    Green Tea

    Green tea is one ambitious beverage. Not only does it help prevent cancer and heart disease, but numerous research studies have also found that drinking green tea, or taking green tea supplements, can also rev up your metabolism. Just how big of a difference can this fat-burning brew make? Some researchers claim if you drink five cups of green tea a day, you'll burn 70 to 80 extra calories. That's not bad, and definitely worth a shot!

    Spicy Foods

    Like it hot? Good news: Eating spicy foods can help you burn more fat. Hot foods make you sweat and raise your heart rate, which temporarily increases your metabolism. So grab some cayenne, your favorite bottle of hot sauce, hot chilies or red pepper flakes, and give your food - and your metabolism - a kick.

    Low-Fat/Nonfat Dairy

    In addition to building strong bones, calcium also inhibits the production of calcitriol, a hormone that tells cells to generate more fat. Woohoo! Several studies have concluded that incorporating low-fat or nonfat dairy products into your diet can help you lose more weight. My favorite forms of low-fat dairy are Dannon Light 'n' Fit Smoothies, Yoplait Light Yogurt and Dreyer's Grand Light Ice Cream.


    Skimp on water, and it'll be harder to lose weight. Dehydration slows down your metabolism, and it can also lead to sugar cravings and fatigue (which might make you less likely to exercise). Yikes! Some experts recommend guzzling eight cups of H2O a day. I have at least 10 to 12 glasses daily.


    Research shows that a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, eaten with food, helps metabolize sugars more effectively and lower the body's blood sugar levels. This is helpful because high blood sugar levels and excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage. Cinnamon also brings out natural sweetness in food and, well, tastes good. So sprinkle away! My favorite way to use the stuff? Mixed with Splenda and some fat-free cottage cheese or on baked apples. Mmm!

    HG Protein Tip..!

    Protein is essential for building muscle. And the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn - even when you're at rest. Protein also has the highest thermic effect of all the macronutrients (protein, carbs and fat). So, you burn more calories digesting protein than you do digesting carbs or fats. Your best protein-packed bets are turkey, egg whites, fish, tuna and skinless, boneless chicken breasts

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    Five Sponges

    There are five sponges laying on a kitchen counter top. Each member of your family has been cleaning up different areas of your home. But, all the sponges look the same.

     You are curious as to what was cleaned in your home. But, you can't tell by looking. They all look the same. So, what do you do?

    You squeeze each sponge to see what comes out.

    As you squeeze the first sponge, you see that water coming out. So, you decide that someone cleaned the kitchen with that one.

    Upon squeezing the second sponge, you find tub and tile cleaner. That one was used to clean the bathroom. Next, in the third sponge, you find motor oil. Someone was cleaning the garage! In the fourth sponge, baby powder puffs out when it is squeezed. Yep, the baby's nursery was done with that one!

    And finally, in the last one, is floor wax. That was the one that was used on the hall floor.

    As you lay the last one down, you look, again, at their similarity. They all look the same until they're squeezed.

    We humans  are  the same way.

    As life squeezes us, different things come out: anger from one, a need for revenge from another, tears from one, remorse from yet another ... also greed, untruth, lust.

    Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in. Stay in the

    Word daily and be in continuous prayer so that, when life puts the squeeze on you (and it WILL), GOD , and GOD  ALONE, will shine forth from you!

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  • A Master is a Mother

    A master is a mother, he is not a father. With a father you are related only intellectually, with a mother your relation is total. You have been part of your mother, you belong to her totally. The same is the case with a master in the reverse order. You have come out of the mother, you will go into the master. It is a returning back to the source.

    - A Bird on the Wing, Chapter #4

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    Between the Master and the Disciple

    Yes, only in deep friendliness can something be asked. And only in deep friendliness can something be answered. Between the Master and the disciple there is a deep friendship. It is a love affair. And the disciple has to wait for the right moment and the Master has also to wait for the right moment; when the friendship is flowing, when there is no hindrance, then things can be answered. Or even, sometimes, without answering them, they can be answered; even without using verbalization the message can be delivered.

    - The Art of Dying, Chapter #3

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    The master never does anything. His whole work is somehow to bring you close ...as close as when you bring one candle which is burning with a flame close to another candle which is unlit. There is a certain point when the unlit candle will catch fire from the flame of the lit candle. The lit candle will not lose anything, but the unlit will gain a tremendous treasure. Unlit it was dead, and when the flame started, life came to it. Now it can also dispel darkness in the same way as the first flame was doing.

    - Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master, Chapter #19

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    The Master helps you to reach your own experience

    The Master helps you to reach your own experience. He does not give you the Vedas, the Koran, the Bible; he throws you to yourself. He makes you aware of your inner sources. He makes you aware of your own juice, of your own godliness. He liberates you from the scriptures. He liberates you from the interpretations of others. He liberates you from all belief. He liberates you from all speculation, from all guesswork. He liberates you from philosophy and from religion and from theology. He liberates you, in short, from the world of words -- because the word is the problem.

    Masters don't teach the truth; there is no way to teach it. It is a transmission beyond scriptures, beyond words. It is a transmission. It is energy provoking energy in you. It is a kind of synchronicity.

    The Master has disappeared as an ego; he is pure joy. And the disciple sits by the side of the Master slowly slowly partaking of his joy, of his being, eating and drinking out of that eternal, inexhaustible source: AIS DHAMMO SANANTANO. And one day...and one cannot predict when that day will come; it is unpredictable. One day suddenly it has happened: a process has started in you which reveals the truth of your being to you. You come face to face with yourself. God is not somewhere else: he is now, here.

    The Masters illuminate. They shower great light -- they are light -- they shower great light on your being. They are like a searchlight: they focus their being on your being. You have lived in darkness for centuries, for millions of lives. Suddenly a Master's searchlight starts revealing a few forgotten territories in you. They are within you; the Master is not bringing them -- he is simply bringing his light, he is focusing himself on you. And the Master call focus only when the disciple is open, when the disciple is surrendered, when the disciple is ready to learn, not to argue, when the disciple has come not to accumulate knowledge but to know truth, when the disciple is not only curious but is a seeker and is ready to risk all. Even if life has to be risked and sacrificed the disciple is ready.

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  • Some Mobile Manners

    The mobiles industry wants as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of mobile telecommunications and encourages individuals to use their mobile phones in a responsible manner and to be considerate and aware of situations where using their mobile phone might annoy others.

    1. When in doubt, always go out

    When possible go outside or to another room to make your call if your call might disturb others. Also, features such as text messaging answering services, call diversion and vibration alert can be used to receive important calls without disturbing others.

    2. If you can't turn it off, use silent mode

    If you need to keep your phone on for important calls, then turn it to silent or vibrate mode. It's the ring of a mobile phone in inappropriate places and times such as at the tennis or in restaurants which annoys people the most.

    3. When required turn your phone off and check it's off

    There are some places where people should never talk on a mobile phone or send text messages and where the ringing of a mobile phone or message alert is considered highly unacceptable, such as: movies, stage shows, weddings, funerals, concerts, speeches, classrooms and lectures. In these cases, turn your phone off and remember to check it's off before you enter the venue. You can always check your voicemail, text messages or your answering service afterwards.

    4. Keep your conversations private

    People's sense of personal space varies in each situation. Making a call in a busy pub may be okay, but talking loudly in a confined space like a lift or on a train tends to infringe on others personal space. Be aware of where you are and who you are with and what others are doing before deciding to make or accept a call. In some situations it might be better to send a text message.

    5. Speak softly

    Mobile phones have very sensitive microphones that can pick even the softest voice, so there is no need to shout. If you are having trouble hearing the other caller, check that you have the volume on your phone set high enough.

    6. You don't always have to answer- use your messaging service

    It's a natural reflex to answer your phone if it rings, however, if you forget to put your phone on silent or vibrate mode and it rings at an inappropriate moment, send the call to voice mail or your answering service (usually by pressing the hang-up key).

    7. Talk to the one you're with

    If you receive a call during a conversation, send the call to your voicemail or answering service. Your first priority should be to the person you are with. However, if you are expecting an important call let the person you're with know before the call arrives and excuse yourself before accepting the call.

    8. Don't send inappropriate messages

    Messaging is a great way to communicate, but don't send offensive or threatening text, voice, picture or any other sort of message, because it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace or harass someone. Also receivers can save messages and easily identify you as the sender.

    9. Respect others' privacy when using in-phone cameras

    In-phone cameras shouldn't be used anywhere a normal camera would be considered inappropriate, such as in change rooms or toilets. You should ask for permission before you take someone's picture. Also bear in mind that some venues do not allow the use of cameras and may refuse entry to anyone with one.

    10. Ban the ring: not the phone

    Wherever conversations are normally acceptable, venues can help by asking people to turn their phones to silent or vibrate mode rather than turning it off. This approach will help with compliance, especially for people who need their phone for important calls. Venues can also assist by reminding people to set their phones to silent mode, before they enter..

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  • Basic Eye Care

    ·         To rest the eyes, lift them occasionally from close work and look into the distance.

    ·         Give rest to your tired eyes by applying two thin slices of cucumber as cool compress and relax as you do so.

    ·         Splash cold water occasionally to eyes to relax them and bring back the sparkle to tired eyes.

    ·         Prevent the glare of light which has a fatiguing effect on the eyes. Light fixtures in the bedroom should reflect light upwards as well as outwards and not direct on the eyes.

    ·         Dip gauze. pads in light tea and keep on the tired eye for 15 minutes.

    ·         To fade away -dark circles below the eyes, make paste of three almond kernels and milk. Apply this paste: and leave till it dries.

    ·         When applying cream or make up around the eyes use the ring finger (as it exerts less pressure).

    ·         Dark shadows and tiny lines under the eyes can be disguised by applying a light coloured foundation under them and smoothening them.

    ·         To remove puffiness under the eyes, use raw potato paste sandwiched between two thin pieces, of (for each eye) and keep on the eyes for 20 minute.

    ·         If your eyes are on the smaller side, open the using subtle grey, beige or brown shades of shadow, using a darker shade on the crease of the lid.

    ·         Apply a pale shade of eye shadow on the lid and deeper shade below the brow for deepest eyes.

    ·         When applying mascara, brush with an outward sweep to the underside of the top lashes and allow it to dry before giving a second coat. After this, use a small comb or a small brush to separate them.

    ·         Remove mascara from the eyes by rubbing a little moisturizer on the lashes or by dipping a bit of cotton wool in hot water and wiping them. Or place a roll of cotton wool under the top lashes and wipe from above with another piece of damp cotton wool.

    ·         If your brows are thick, pluck hair from inner corners with a pair of clean tweezers and pluck from the middle to make an upward arch and let the brow end in a thin line.

    ·         Before you start plucking the hair from the brows, draw the sort of eyebrows you have in mind with an eyebrow pencil and pluck from beneath.

    ·         When tweezing hair from the eyebrow, pull in the direction of the hair growth with a quick flick of the hand.

    ·         Never pluck from above the brow or the re-growth will give a greenish appearance.

    ·         For a long face, give the brows a shape by extending them past the outer corners of the eyes to give the illusion of width.

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    ·         For a square face, pluck above the inner eye-corners curving gently out.

    ·         For a round face pluck hair giving a straightest arch.

    ·         If the eyes are deepest, pluck the hair from under the brows to give the illusion of large eyes.

    ·         Check eye wrinkle cream

    Simple everyday eye exercises

    ·         After every hour before a computer screen, close your eyes gently for 30 seconds to relax them.

    ·         Yoga experts recommend you to rotate your eyes often to relax muscles. Move your eyeballs from extreme left corner to the right corner.

    ·         Hold a pencil at arm's length and slowly bring it towards your nose, keeping eyes focused at all times. This helps prevent blurred vision.

    When to see a doctor

    ·         If you have persisting headaches see a doctor and well light your work area and correct your reading/writing posture. · If you have sties often, they may indicate refractive error.

    ·         If you squint every time you read a book or watch television.

    ·         If you have dryness of the eyes, check out if it's due to antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers that you may have taken.

    ·         If you plan to take oral contraceptives they may decrease tolerance of the eye.

    ·         Even if you have no complaints it's important to see a doctor and have a routine eye check up.

    Don'ts of eye care

    ·         Don't wear contact lenses for extended periods of time or overnight as this leads to complication.

    ·         Don't rub eyes frequently as this can cause an eye infection as few of us bother to wash our hands before touching our eyes.

    ·         When you splash water do not do this furiously believing doing this will take away tiredness instead wash gently as splashing may hurtle the smallest dust particles or an allergen which may minutely damage the cornea.

    ·         Use disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs to wipe eyes, as they are more hygienic.

    ·         Don't sit near than 15 feet from the television and keep your book at least two feet away for stronger eye muscles.

    ·         Use cream based eye makeup as powdery eye shadows can enter eyes and, cause irritation. Be very gentle in case you wear lenses.

    ·         Avoid using aerosol products like hairspray if you wear lenses.

    ·         Don't use your mascara for more than a year.

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  • Fragrance and Perfume Tips for Women

    The appeal of fragrance goes back centuries, with the use of plants, animal sources and incense in religious ceremonies. Each civilization had their own use and opinions of fragrance as time passed. Scents emit beauty and allure.

    Modern fragrances and perfumes evolved and have become a multi-billion dollar industry. Different types come with various price tags. Perfumes provide the best value but are the costliest of all fragrances.

    ·               Parfum - The most expensive with the longest staying power.

    ·               Eau de Parfum - Less oil and staying power.

    ·               Eau de Toilette - Suitable for office and work environment provided there's no allergies or complaints. :-)

    ·               Eau de Cologne - The most inexpensive and weakest scent.

    The most popular scent categories include:

    ·               Fresh, natural, green and floral scents

    ·               Fruity, citrus and spicy

    ·               Musk and pheromones

    ·               Oriental

    ·               Classic woodsy scent

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    ·               Sporty scents

    Choosing Fragrance and Perfume:

    Women often choose their fragrance according to their personality and chemistry without even realizing it. What appeals to them often reflects their personal self.

    Fragrances smell different on everybody, so it's best not to test a scent on a friend. When shopping, stick to no more than three or four perfumes so you don't confuse them. A fragrance will smell different several minutes after you apply it, so give it some time before making any decisions.

    Applying Fragrance:

    Apply fragrance to your skin and pulse points only. Allow it to dry naturally. Do not rub your wrists together, this will alter and diminish the scent. Avoid using it near your face or behind your ears. There is no staying power in those locations and this will only dry out your skin.

    To avoid any stains and discoloration, do not get any on your clothing or jewelry. Let your fragrance dry before getting dressed. Some perfumes are darker and have more of a tendency to stain, so take special care with "dry clean only" clothing that can't be washed after every wear. Follow proper storage rules, fragrance will darken with age and improper storage.

    For a longer staying aroma, apply the same scent in layers. Many fragrances also come in bath soap, gel, and body lotion. Top off with perfume of the same scent for the long run. This will probably last you six to eight hours.

    Keep strong fragrances out of the office and workplace. Some people genuinely have an allergy to perfumes and don't appreciate the irritation. They can produce headaches and bring on an asthma attack, so apply sparingly.

    Storing Fragrance and Perfumes:

    Avoid extreme temperatures when storing fragrances. Keep your bottle tightly capped, upright and out of direct sunlight. It's not necessary to store them in the refrigerator, however, a cool, dark place should prolong the life of your scent.

    A tip to remember... Don't stockpile your perfumes for a special day. Over time, the scent will alter and diminish and you won't get what you paid for. Enjoy your fragrance today, while it's in it's prime.

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    A Study of Vitamins and minerals - Part II



    Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body  and the fifth most abundant substance. About 99% is deposited in the  bones and teeth. The remaining 1% is involved in the soft tissues,  intracellular fluids and blood. The major function of Calcium is to act in  cooperation with phosphorus to build and maintain bones and teeth. Another  important function is the storage of the mineral in the bones for use  by the body. The Calcium state of the bones is constantly fluctuating  according to the diet and to the body's needs. The 1% of ionized  Calcium that circulates in the fluids of the body is small, but vital,  to life. It is essential for healthy blood and eases insomnia and its  delicate messenger ions help regulate the heartbeat. Along with  Calcium, magnesium is needed to properly maintain the cardiovascular  system. In addition, Calcium assists in the process of blood  clotting  and helps prevent the accumulation of too much acid or too much  alkali in the blood. It also plays a part in secretion of hormones. It  affects neurotransmitters (serotonin, acetylcholine andnorepinephrine), nerve transmission, muscle growth and muscle contraction. The mineral  acts as a messenger from the cell surface to the inside of the cell and helps  regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of the cell walls.

    Calcium may be beneficial for the following ailments: Anemia, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Pernicious anemia, Backache, Fracture,  Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis, Rickets, Colitis, Diarrhea, Dizziness,  Epilepsy, Finger tremors, Insomnia, Irritability, Mental illness,  Nervousness, Parkinson's Disease, Meniere's Syndrome, Cataracts,  Headache, Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, High LDL  levels, Cancer of the large intestine, Celiac Disease, Constipation,  Hemorrhoids, Worms, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Nephritis, Muscle cramps, Allergies, Common cold, Tuberculosis, Tetany, Nail problems, Acne, Bee  and Spider bites, Sunburn, Stomach ulcers, Brittle teeth, Cavities,  Pyorrhea, Tooth and Gum disorders, Aging Fever, Overweight, Obesity, andToxicity.


    Magnesium is an essential mineral that accounts  for about 0.05% of the body's total weight. Magnesium is involved  in many essential metabolic processes. Most is found inside the  cell, where it activates enzymes necessary for the metabolism of  carbohydrates and amino acids. By countering the stimulative effect of  calcium, magnesium plays an important role in neuromuscular contractions. It  also helps regulate the acid-alkaline balance in the body. Magnesium  helps promote absorption and metabolism of other minerals such as  calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. It also helps utilize the B Complex  and Vitamins C and E in the body. It aids during bone growth and  is necessary for proper functioning of the muscles including those of the heart.

    Magnesium may be beneficial for the following ailments:

    Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerois, High cholesterol level,  Diabetes, Hypertension, High LDL cholesterol, Fracture, Osteoporosis,  Rickets, Colitis, Diarrhea, Depression, Epilepsy, Mental illness,  Multiple Sclerosis, Nervousness, Neuritis, Neuromuscular Disorders,  Noise Sensitivity, Parkinson's Disease, Tantrums, Hand Tremors, Coronary  thrombosis, Ischemic heart disease, Celiac Disease, Arthritis, KidneyStones,  Oxalate stones, Leg cramps, Muscle weakness, Muscular excitability,  Neuromuscular disorders, Weakness, Psoriasis, Decay,  Vomiting, Alcoholism, Backache, Convulsions, Delirium,  Epilepsy, Kwashiorkor, Overweight, Obesity, PMS, and Polio.


    Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral  in the body and is found in every cell. The balance of calcium and  phosphorus is needed for them to be effectively used by the body.  Phosphorus plays a part in almost every chemical reaction within the body  because it is present in every cell. It is important in the utilization of  carbohydrates, fats and protein for growth, maintenance and  repair an mediation, both within and without the cells, and for the  production of energy. It stimulates muscle contractions, including the  regular contractions of the heart muscle. Niacin and riboflavin  cannot be digested unless phosphorus is present. Phosphorus is an essential part  of nucleoproteins, which are responsible for cell division and reproduction. Phosphorus helps prevent the accumulation of too much acid or too much alkali in the blood, assist in the passage of substances through the cell walls and promote the secretion of glandular hormones. It's also needed for healthy nerves and efficient  mental activity. B-Complex Vitamins and many enzymes require phosphorus to function.

    Phosphorus may be beneficial for the following ailments:

    Fractures, Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis, Rickets, Stunted growth, Colitis, Mental illness, Mental stress, Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis,  Arthritis, Stone arthritic conditions, Leg cramps, Tooth and gum  disorders, Alcoholism, Backache, Cancer prevention, Pregnancy and Stress.


    Potassium is an essential mineral found mainly in the intracellular fluid (98%), where it is the primary positive  ion force. Potassium constitutes 5% of the total mineral content of  the body. Potassium and sodium help regulate water balance within the  body, that is, they help regulate the distribution of fluids on either  side of the cell walls and preserve proper alkalinity of the body  fluids. Potassium also regulates the transfer of nutrients to the cells.  Potassium unites with phosphorus to send oxygen to the brain and also  functions with calcium in the regulation of neuromuscular activity. The  synthesis of muscle protein and protein from the amino acids in the  blood requires potassium. Protein and carbohydrate metabolism are  dependent upon potassium. It stimulates the kidneys to eliminate poisonous  body wastes. Potassium works with sodium to help normalize the  heartbeat.

    Potassium may be beneficial for the following ailments:

    Angina, Pectoris, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Hypoglycemia, Mononucleosis, Stroke, Fracture, Colitis, Diarrhea,  Alcoholism, Insomnia, Poor reflexes, Polio, Fever, Headache, Congestive  heart failure, Myocardial infarction, Constipation, Worms,  Arthritis, Gout, Allergies, Impaired muscle activity, Muscular Dystrophy,  Rheumatism, Sterility, Acne, Burns, Dermatitis, Colic Gastroenteritis,  Tooth and Gum disorders, Cancer, Impaired growth and Stress.

    Trace Minerals:

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    Boron: Reduces Calcium loss from bones.

    Cesium: Enters cancel cells and produces alkaline condition, causing cancer cells to die.

    Chloride: Is an essential mineral occurring in the body  mainly in compound form with sodium or potassium.

    Chromium: This mineral is now being recognized as important in carbohydrate metabolism. Organic chromium is an active  ingredient of a substance called GTF (glucose tolerance factor); niacin and  amino acids complete the formula. Chromium stimulates the activity of  enzymes involved in the metabolism of glucose for energy and the  synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It appears to increase the  effectiveness of insulin and its ability to handle glucose, preventing  hypoglycemia or diabetes.

    Cobalt: Is an essential mineral and is an integral part of  Vitamin B12. Cobalt acts as a substitute for manganese in activating a  number of enzymes in the body. It replaces zinc in some enzymes and  activates others as well. It is necessary for normal functioning and  maintenance of red blood cells, as well as all other body cells. It is  present in ocean and sea vegetation, but is lacking in almost all land  grown, green foods.

    Copper: Is found in all body tissues. During growth, the  largest concentrations occur in the developing tissues. It is also  one of the most important blood antioxidants and prevents the  rancidity of polyunsaturated fatty acids and helps the cell membranes  remain healthy.

    Fluorine: In its active form, fluoride, it is present in the soil,  water, plants and all animal tissue. Minute amounts are  found in nearly every human tissue, especially in the skeleton and teeth.

    Gallium: May reduce brain cancers.

    Germanium: Highly efficient electrical initiator; aids in  oxygen utilization; enhances immune system function.

    Gold: May reduce active joint inflammation.

    Iodine: Is a trace mineral, most of which is converted into  iodide in the body. It aids in the  development and functioning of the  thyroid gland and is an integral part of the thyroxine, a principal  hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Iodine plays an important  role in regulating the body's production of energy, promotes  growth and development and stimulates the rate of metabolism, helping  the body burn excess fat. Mentality, speech and the condition of hair,  nails, skin and teeth are dependent upon a well functioning thyroid gland.

    Iron: Is a mineral concentrate in the blood, which ispresent in every living cell. It is the mineral that is found in the largest amounts in  the blood. It is involved in respiration by being the main carrier  vehicle for getting oxygen to all the cells in the body. It is essential  to the oxidation of fatty acids.

    Lanthanum: May reduce chronic fatigue diseases.

    Lithium: Plays a key role in eliminating clinical depression.

    Manganese: Plays an important role, as an antioxidant, in  the prevention of toxic oxygen forms. It may play a part in the  degenerative process called aging. It also plays a role in activating numerous  enzymes that are necessary for utilization of choline, biotin, thiamine  and Vitamin C complex. It is a catalyst in the synthesis of fatty acids,  cholesterol and mucopolysaccharides.

    Molybdenum: It is found in practically all plant and animal  tissues, but very scarcely in the earth itself. The final stages of  making urine are aided by molybdenum, which also helps promote  normal cell function.

    Nickel: Is an essential trace mineral found in the body.  Human and animal tests show that nickel may be a factor in hormone,  lipid and membrane metabolism and cell membrane integrity.  Significant amounts are found in DNA and RNA and nickel may act  as a stabilizer of these nucleic acids.

    Selenium: Is an essential mineral found in minute amounts  in the body. It is one of the essential body substances that can be used  in a preventive manner for many diseases, including cancer,  arteriosclerosis, stroke, cirrhosis, arthritis and emphysema. Selenium  functions either alone or with enzymes. It is a natural antioxidant that  protects against free radicals and appears to preserve elasticity of tissue  that becomes less elastic with aging. All diseases that are associated  with aging are affected by the workings of Selenium.

    Silicon: Present in the tissues of skin, fingernails,bones, lungs,  trachea, lymph nodes, tendons and aorta. The lungs have  highest concentration because of their exposure to the air.  

    Silver: Kills over 650 disease causing organisms; systemic  disinfectant and immune support; subdues inflammation and promotes  healing; anti-bacterial; anti-viral; anti-fungal.

    Sodium: Is an essential mineral that is found in every cell  in the body, but predominantly in the extracellular fluids, the vascular  fluids (blood pH) within the blood vessels, arteries, veins and  capillaries, and the intestinal fluids surrounding the cells. It  functions with  Potassium to equalize the acid-alkali factor in the blood.  Along with potassium, it helps regulate water balance within the body and it helps  regulate the distribution of fluids on either side of thecell walls.

    Strontium: Can replace Calcium in many organisms including man;  essential trace element.

    Sulfur: Important mineral used in several amino acids with the body;  involved in functions of hemoglobin, insulin hormone, adrenal hormones,  enzymes and antibodies.

    Tin: Animal studies show deficiencies cause poor growth and  poor feeding, hearing loss and male pattern baldness. May have  cancer prevention properties.

    Vanadium: Aids in glucose (blood sugar) oxidation and  transport. Enhances insulin effectiveness (aids with blood sugar problems),  decreases cholesterol production, increases effectiveness of heart  muscle contraction, and has Anti-Cancer properties.

    Zinc: Is an essential trace mineral occurring in the body  in larger amounts than any other trace element except iron. It is  present in all tissues. Zinc is known for its ability to fight disease and  to protect the immune system. It is involved in the Krebs cycle and  energy production. More recently, blindness in the elderly has been found to be  arrested by zinc. It is also credited with increasing male sex drive and  potency because of its ability to regulate testosterone in the prostate.

    Currently there are no known functions in the human body utilizing these minerals: Barium, Bismuth, Bromine, Cadmium, Cerium,  Indium, Iridium, Niobium, Osmium, Palladium, Platinum, Rhodium, Rubidium,  Tellurium, Titanium, Tungsten, Uranium, Zirconium.

    Contributed by: asharaj53 @ gmail.com

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