Heartbeat

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Loud Laughter

Tender Touch

Wise Words

Guarded Steps

Harmonised breathing

Infinite staring

Her eyes to his

Before they blink

And turn away

While still connected

In a heartbeat

Pounding in their chests

Thump thump thump…

xxx

Ass like that!

Women are obsessed with great butts. A beautiful behind to serve as a hunk-magnet! When I was young, I always prayed for a small and flat ass  so that I could wear jeans without attracting much attention from males around, especially in a conservative country like Pakistan. Even in this day and age, in many parts of the country where a woman’s behind is not covered she is either the subject of judgmental ‘what-a-whore’ looks or desperate wide-eyed and drooling males staring like a hungry wolf.

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Thank God! Nobody in London has ever done that. Its a place where I can celebrate my natural ass-ET and as the Beatles put it ‘Let it Be!’ Happy, swinging, care-free and voluptuously exposed in figure hugging skirts,bodycons, peplum dresses, maxis and the best cut jeans!

JOY!!! 😉

Asses come in all shapes and sizes. And trust me as much as I believe in being naturally endowed, there is always room for improvement! No shortcuts for hard work bro! 😛

No matter, what your ass shape and size is, exercising is the best thing for your butt. Yes, BEST 🙂 Above everything else!

Take the 30 day squat challenge and let me know about the results! DO it religiously because HIPS DONT LIE!!!

This challenge seems to work amazing if complemented with a healthy in take of fruits and vegetables in our every day meals.

30-day-squat-challengeWe all want a firm butt! Firm, taut and spank-able. Too much 50 shades of Grey! Just kidding 😉

Best of luck in getting a step closer to being wooed in Eminem Style!

The way you shake it, I can’t believe it
I ain’t never seen an ass like that
The way you move it, you make my pee pee go
Doing, doing, doing

xxx

Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan – A Health Perspective

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Fasting is one of the ‘five pillars’ of Islam which lay the foundation of the Muslim faith. It is a form of worship and an act of willing abstention from food, drinks and sexual intercourse.  From sunrise to sunset a believer is in a state of constant test, physical and moral. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for 29 or 30 days depending upon the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths (sayings of the Last Prophet, Muhammad P.B.U.H).

Fasting aims to develop and build self-control, restraint and patience in believers.

This post is going to explore the various health benefits of fasting. So let’s get the ball rolling! 🙂

Dates 

A fast is opened with a date for spiritual and religious reasons in Islam. It comes with many health benefits. It is pertinent to get the right amount of boost after an entire day of fasting. A date has 31 grams of carbohydrates which makes it a great source of energy! Dates also provide fibre which aids digestion throughout the month of Ramadan. In addition to this, dates are one of the most nutritious fruits with high levels of potassium, magnesium and B vitamins.

 5:2 diet

Dr. Michael Mosley, a BBC journalist with a medical degree researched the impact of continuous fasting in his Horizon Investigation (2012). He fasted for 2 days every week and lived on 600 calories during the days he was fasting. The findings of this study provided evidence for the life-extending and life-improving benefits of fasting on the human body. This also led to the popularity of 5:2 diet. In the diet: 5 days of the week, eat as you normally do, but twice a week, limit your food to 500 calories (for women) or 600 (for men).

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Fasting for intermittent periods can help shield the brain again degenerative illness. Researchers at National Institute on Ageing in Baltimore suggested that a reduction in calorie intake or a day or two a week is extremely beneficial for brain. Evidence was found that it helped protect against severe effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Keeping the balance

Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anesthetist from Oxford, says there’s a strong and intricate relationship between diet and health. “Ramadan isn’t always thought of as being an opportunity to lose weight because the spiritual aspect is emphasized more generally than the health aspect,” he says. “However, it’s a great chance to get the physical benefits as well’’.

When we are fasting, our body is starved. As a result, it starts to burn fat so that it can get energy. Weight loss is a result of this. On the other hand, taking fasting as a diet regime is not right at all. If we skip eating before sunrise or control our appetite while breaking the fast then it can have detrimental effects on our body. Our body will start breaking down muscle protein for energy.

Boost your brain

Fasting has positive effect on our mental and spiritual health.  As per a research by scientists in USA, it was revealed that mental focus achieved during Ramadan increases level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which causes the body to produce more brain cells, thus improving brain function. Moreover, there is also a marked reduction in the amount of hormone cortisol, produced by the adrenal gland, meaning that stress levels are greatly reduced both during and after Ramadan when an individual is observing a fast.

Time to Quit!

Ramadan is often termed to be cleanser. Many vices such as sugary foods, smoking are refrained from during the holy month. As one abstains from them our body will gradually acclimatize to their absence, until our addictions are kicked for good.

It’s also much easier to quit habits when you do so in a group, which should be easy to find during Ramadan.Ramadan and fastings ability to facilitate the ‘ditching bad habits’ is so noteworthy that the UK’s National Health Service recommends it as the ideal time to quit smoking.

Lower levels of cholesterol

It is an eminent fact that weight loss is one of the many physical outcomes of fasting but there are healthy changes taking place in our body. A team of Cardiologists in UAE found that people fasting enjoy a positive effect on their lipid profile. In simple terms, it means there is a reduction in cholesterol in blood stream thereby reducing risks of heart diseases and strokes.

Lasting appetite reduction

One of the main problems with extreme fad diets is that any weight lost is often quickly put back on quickly, even with a little added extra. For those observing fasts, it is completely different. The reduction in food consumed throughout fasting causes your stomach to gradually shrink, meaning you’ll need to eat less food to feel full. Ramadan is great time to start if we want to build the habit of eating healthy. At the end of Ramadan, our appetite will be lower than it was before, and we’ll be far less likely to overindulge with our eating.

Detoxification

Apart from spiritually cleansing our souls, Ramadan provides a fabulous detox for our body. By controlling food intake throughout the day, our body will have a chance to detoxify our digestive system throughout the month.When our body starts utilizing  fat reserves to create energy, it will also burn away any harmful toxins that might be existing in fat deposits. This body cleanse will leave a healthy blank slate behind, and is the perfect stepping stone to a consistently healthy lifestyle which needs to be maintained! Obviously 😉

 

Ramadan is a period of fasting. It teaches us reflection, patience, humbleness, devotion, generosity and sacrifice along with nourishing a feeling of unity and brotherhood. While major religious holidays have largely become commercialized events, Ramadan retains its intense spiritual meaning.

Lets promise ourselves to be better humans this Ramadan! Let this month cleanse our mind, body and soul…

Ramadan Mubarak!!! 🙂

xxx

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What does ‘SHE’ want?

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Intense stare and parted lips

All gawking at me, with undivided attention

Fidgeting fingers and intermittent sighs

All targeted at me, to be comprehended

She feels like a helpless child

Lost in a carnival, impatiently looking for a familiar face

Frustrated, like a frequent failure

Wanting to speak but choking

Wanting to reach out but tied

Her eyes turn ruby

Swelled up with her feelings

Longing to pour onto her grim face

Disobeying all her guards of self-control

Streams of tears gush down her bronze cheeks

Messengers of her desperation and vulnerability

I feel the dampness of her tears on my face

I reach out to comfort her

She mimics my actions

My heart skips a beat at the realization

Alienated from my agony for so long

I finally recognize what she wants.

I finally comprehend what I want.

She is, after all my reflection.

Waiting to be understood….

GM Diet Plan

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I love food. Some people eat to live and some LIVE to eat. Clearly, I have always found myself in the latter category. Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Desi….yes! It’s a never-ending list but you follow the point? 🙂

 Food is my life.

Recently, I gained around 5 kgs and since then I have been on my toes training at the gym, squats at home, running outdoors…you name it!

I feel much stronger and healthier owing to 3 months of a religiously active routine. However, I have not lost any weight and this is getting frustrating. Extremely!

My colleague at work mentioned GM diet plan where you lose 5 – 8 kgs at the end of first week.  GM diet plan was developed for the employees of General Motors Inc. This plan was first tried at John Hopkins Research Center and was later approved for distribution by Board of Directors of General Motors in 1995. The diet plan is formulated to cleanse the system and is also referred to as a complete ‘detox’ diet plan. GM improves attitudes and emotional health as well owing to its systematic cleaning effects. It is formulated to flush out impurities from our system and provide us with an abundance of energy and rejuvenation at the end of the 7 days.

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You are required to drink 10- 12 glasses of water each day for it to work. Lets have a look at the diet plan below:

Day One  All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consists of all fruits you want. It is suggested you consume lots of watermelon and cantaloupe.
Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the new and cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the account or type. Avoid oil and coconut while cooking vegetables. Have large boiled potato for breakfast.
Day Three Any mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet and no potatoes today.
Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. You can also have one bowl of vegetables soup.
Day Five Today is a feast day. You will eat 1 (one) cup of rice. You also have to eat 6 (six) whole tomatoes and drink 12 (twelve) glasses of water today to cleanse your system of the excess uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six Today is another all vegetables day. You must eat 1 cup of rice today and eat all the vegetables you want cooked and uncooked to your heart’s content.
Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of 1 cup rice, fruit juice and all the vegetables you care to consume. Tomorrow morning you will be five to eight kilograms lighter than 1 week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. Repeat the program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you rest for three days before every repetition.

I am going to start it from Monday! Who is joining me? xxx

p.s: I did laugh at Day 5 when they call it ‘feast day’ because we can have 6 tomatoes and 1 cup boiled rice! hehe 😀

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Rain

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I hear the clouds roar
They are yearning to pour

Hauling thousand of secrets in themselves
Consenting to let them spill and not keeping them in shelves

Liberated, with the flow
Anticipating a better future, a glow

The drops descend
With each other they blend

The azure sky alters
Leaving no signs of any falters

Passion swells
Oomph dwells

Effects, sounds and faces
Presenting contrasting traces

The laughter, the crackle, the bubble
As the rain cleanses away the trouble

Despondently, I open my eyes and find myself in a flood
Which reminds me of a stream, of colorless blood

I look up and watch as the sky bellows to be
In its ordeal, it tells the tale of no-one but me…

Pregnancy Market

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When I was 13, I had big dreams. Every time I looked at my Doll’s House, I would think of myself getting married by the time I was 21 and a mother of 2 blue eyes babies before I was 25. I held onto this thought for a while and then I grew up.

Now, I am 26 and looking back I wonder…what the hell were you thinking woman?! Enjoy life as a single jingle for as long as possible! Lately, I have felt I have turned 13 again…perhaps its a woman thing. No matter how perfect and smooth your life is, there is one thing that always tries to derail you, piss you off and frustrate you beyond any reasonable and rational comprehension. Again, a woman thing I guess…

I am getting a bit carried away in the flow of my thoughts.

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Snapping back, I cant help but notice the growing amount of pregnant women out there. I often wonder is it the K syndrome? Ever since Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian have announced they are expecting, pregnancy seems to be in ‘fashion’. The next big thing, just like neon colors this summer, chunky necklaces or fishtail braids.

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Personally, I do not approve at all. I believe being pregnant is the most amazing thing that can happen to a woman and no lesser than a miracle. A blessing where you are facilitating and giving birth to new life – giving a part of you to this world. It is the best thing in this world for me after travelling of course 😉

Pregnancy needs to be celebrated and not excessively commercialized. From expecting celebrities to marketing companies targeting mothers-to-be, everything involves making money. Increasing revenues. Earning profits.

Be it mama blogs,  specially packaged holidays for couples, specific magazines, celebrity endorsements – they all heavily try to target mothers-to-be in an attempt to flourish their businesses.

Companies are going to all ends to exploit the pregnancy market. Many brands hand-out free samples to mothers in maternity wards. Hospitals around the world give out formula milk samples which have attracted fierce criticism from Breastfeeding advocates as it indirectly encourages bottle-feeding.

Pregnant women consciously and subconsciously are looking for products to take care of themselves and the baby. In my opinion, they are a soft target for big companies and strategies are devised to lure them into excessive buying by doing the following:

Showing Beautiful Images

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A woman wants to feel beautiful. Always! And if you make her believe she is beautiful or could be then BINGO! The trophy is yours. Companies selling maternity clothes, workout DVDs for pregnant women fully use this to their advantage. Maternity clothes are up-to date, in line with latest trends and what celebrity mummies-to-be are wearing, conveying an image that a pregnant body needs to be enhanced by specific cuts and styles.Fitness DVDs on the other hand are designed to make a pregnant woman feel fit and in shape when she is gaining kilos every month.

Selling  Comfort

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Pregnancy takes its toll on a woman’s body. Many women complain about tiredness, swollen and achy hands and feet and sometimes even back and tummy aches. This is what many wellness and spa brands exploit – Imagine selling comfort to a woman and communicating physical relief when she is going through these draining pregnancy pains.

Playing with the Nesting Instinct

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Women by nature like to see things arranged in a nice order (most of them ;)). During pregnancy (as depicted by studies), this urge reaches a higher level to get everything perfect before the baby’s arrival…

House needs to be baby friendly, nursery needs to be set and everything that the baby would need, has to be present! AT ALL COST!

Many cleaning products can be marketed with tag lines ‘safe for use when pregnant’ complemented by showing images of houses and rooms that are safe for a baby.

The Hubby Card

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Woman are notorious for their mood swings. And sometimes even a genuine reaction is said to be a PMS symptom. Sigh 😀

During pregnancy, women are exhausted and physically drained. They often feel annoyed and grumpy and yes rightfully so 😉

Husbands are  willing to spend a bit more to facilitate darling wifey. Companies often market to men falling in the 25-40 age range with key words such as ‘comfort’, ‘stress-free’, ‘peaceful’, ‘relaxing’ to trigger and influence a man to buy something extra for his pregnant wife.

Everybody around me is pregnant or getting married. I had been wanting to write about the pregnancy market for a while, hope you enjoyed. Wishing you a blessed motherhood! Lots of love and prayers! xxx

Angels and Demons

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Bittersweet
Never accepting defeat

Until the sand of grievances puffed into the air
And claimed its pertinent fare

Blue sky turned to grey
The passion went astray

He said he would never hurt me
He read like he would never desert me

The tables turned
A life burnt

From lashes to bashes
From bashes to ashes

Angels became Demons
Demons became Angels

Integrating, amalgamating, mixing
As it was all laid down by God while fixing

I become cold and turn still
As memories unfold and rain drops descend my hill

I wrestle with my clipped wings and yearn to fly
But in flashes, I watch my life go by!

Cannes Film Festival 2013 – Fashion Roundup!

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Cannes Film Festival is held in Cannes, France every year. As the name signifies, it is a festival of movies of all genres from all across the world including Hollywood, Bollywood, Documentaries etc. The Festival is extremely popular and is considered to be one of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed in the fantastic world of films. 2013 Cannes Film Festival is currently going on, May 15th to May 26th 2013. I would have gone but its an invitation only event and I still haven’t made that many contacts…not yet 🙂

Celebrities on the Cannes Red Carpet and movie screenings are an absolute delight to watch and drool over. Not because they are celebrities but because of the attention to minute details of their red carpet look.

I have compiled a list of my fav, not so fav and worth mentioning fashion statements from Cannes 2013.

Sonam Kapoor (bollywood actress)

I cannot remember the last time, I fell in love with an outfit instantly. At first glance. The dress by Dolce & Gabanna complements her style beautifully. This is my most favorite look so far!

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Sonam also  wore a vintage white and gold creation by designer Anamika Khanna, complimented by a trailing baroque-effect jacket. Loving the look Sonam! 🙂

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Irina Shayk (model) looked gorgeous  in pink as she stepped out in a beaded Elie Saab gown with a plunging neckline.

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Izabel Goulart (model) looked like an absolute delight to watch as she swayed in an embroidered green gown with full sleeves. I am drooling over this dress by Emilio Pucci.

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55 year old Sharon Stone looked lovely in her white gown with a small trail by Cavalli. The dress had a gold snake detail on the back which gave a very striking look to the entire outfit and in a very good way! 🙂

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I have never understood Paris Hilton’s style or the lack of it 😛 (no offence intended). The hotel heiress had the Barbie doll look as she walked the red carpet in a pink sequined mermaid gown.

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Karolina Kurkova (model) was looked super hot in a black cut-out gown Roberto Cavalli fitted gown.

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Chunky nose-rings were quite the fad especially with the Bollywood Ladies. I love nose-rings and these traditional naths (nose-rings) look great but somehow Sonam (on right) pulls them off better than Vidya Balan (on left). What do you think?

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Julianne Moore looked ravishing in a  showstopping Dior gown. The black bustier top and the satin lilac skirt were the perfect red carpet look. The photographers caught her feet and since then they have bashing the 52 year for having one of her toes out of the shoes. Take it easy guys! She must have been in pain so give her a break. Next time, please Julianne check your shoes before donning them to such a high profile event

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Cheryl Cole looked splendid in a Zuhair Murad maroon gown but but but what I loved the most was her hair!

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Eva Longoria looked lovely in a pastel green Atelier Versace gown. However, she suffered from a wardrobe malfunction or deliberately  begged for some attention with her no-underwear show! And she ensured that the world knew she wasn’t wearing any…oh boy!

She lifted her dress to avoid tripping while climbing the stairs and ‘accidentally’ showed her crotch to the world, however, some claim it could be a skin coloured underwear and all this was a desperate publicity gimmick by the 38 year old ‘Desperate Housewives’ star…


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Ashwariya Rai is a usual face at Cannes since the past couple of years as Loreal’s ambassador. She has been panned by fashion critics over the years for her disastrous Cannes looks. She has managed to come up with great looks so far and some really what-were-you-thinking-when-you-picked-this-design remarks by fashion pundits

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I fell in love with the white Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla floor-length anarkali with colourful heavy embroidery. Loving the clutch and nail polish as well! WOW!
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She looks lovely in the black and grey Elie Saab couture gown below. Yummy Mummy!

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Gucci Premiere gown looks out of this world!

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And here’s the look that I didnt like at alllllllllll! The embroidererd Sabyasachi lehenga-sari

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Biscuit tray dress – Yes! I am not joking. A model wore a  flowing gown made exclusively of biscuit trays. I wonder who ate the biscuits? 😉
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Short or long dress? or both? haha Paz Vega couldn’t decide between a short or long dress, so she figured out a way to wear both. Or maybe her best part is her upper thighs? 😀

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Last but not the least, my all time Cannes favourite look is Princess Di’s Dress that she wore to the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. It was designed by Catherine Walker, taking its inspiration from the style of Grace Kelly.This dress was auctioned for £81,000 in 2011.

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That’s it folks! Hope you enjoyed! be happy, be fashionable! xxx

Bananas are NOT just for Monkeys!

Monkey bananaI had boycotted bananas for a long time before I began training. On the strict orders of my instructor I started having a banana between lunch and training. Frankly speaking, I love them now owing to their numerous health benefits and NO! I am not even a monkey. Not yet…

Here is quick look at how beneficial bananas are for the human body and otherwise:

Source of Fibre

A single banana has about 3 grams of fibre. Dietary fibre helps in feeling fuller longer and also keep digestive processes running efficiently.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

An average banana has 110 calories and can fulfill your sweet tooth cravings without ruining your diet and training.

 Potassium

As per a research by Colorado State University, potassium is essential for a smooth nerve and muscle function. It also facilitates the balance of fluids in the body along with preventing painful cramps after rigorous exercise.

An average banana has approximately 400 mg potassium packed in it!

Fat & Cholesterol

 Bananas are completely free from any fat and cholesterol and are a great natural and healthy diet!

Digestibility

Mashed bananas are one of the most widely used baby foods especially when they are introduced to solid foods. They are easy to digest and a source of important nutrients when suffering from indigestion or a virus without straining the stomach too much.

 Manganese

 Manganese aids in bone health and speedy metabolism. Bananas are a great source of manganese, as one medium banana provides about 3 mg. Adults on average need 1.8 and 2.3 mg of manganese daily.

Carbohydrates

Carbs are instant energy. Eating a bananas before  or after a workout is the best way to feel energized!

 Vitamin C & Vitamin B-6

 An average banana has 10 mg of vitamin C which boosts immune system, cell health and improves and facilitates the absorption of other nutrients.

Our body needs vitamin B-6 to grow new cells. An average banana supplies 35% of daily B-6 requirement

Overcomes Depression & helps in reducing PMS symptoms

Bananas help combat depression due high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin ( the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter).

Moreover, it not only lifts  your mood but also  reduce PMS symptoms, as it regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation. You listening ladies? 😉

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Other benefits

  • Banana skin relieves against itching as a result of insect bites.
  • Bananas aid in lowering body temperature and can be eaten when running a fever or just to cool down on a hot day! 😉
  • It helps in quitting smoking as it contains high levels of potassium and magnesium which helps in quitting.
  • Helps in removing a wart by putting the inside of a banana peel on the wart and tapping it.
  • Rubbing the inside of banana peel on leather shoes and handbags makes them shine instantly!

 

Bananas can be eaten and used in multiple forms! A banana on its own, mixed in a fruit salad, as an ingredient in muffins (when you are not watching your calories as such), frozen yogurt, smoothies and the list is never ending!!! 🙂

They makes a great, healthy and a nutritious snack. Apart from this, from alleviating the mood to making your handbags/shoes shine! Bananas are awesome! And oh! who doesn’t like witnessing banana peel falls? 😛 Its been a while since I have been a spectator to one..

That’s it folks! Hope you are now looking at bananas in a different light!

 Remember! a banana day is surely enough to keep the doctor away…xxx

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