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Foods to include in your diet

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Sadia Salman is a certified nutritionist from Tufts University, USA and the CEO of Diet by Design(Int’l). She has over seven years of experience in treating patients with various health issues through food both in Pakistan and in Canada. Most of her work is on managing diseases like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes etc through weight management. She believes in building a healthy community by educating the masses in any capacity that she can. Her new health blog is one the ways to spread awareness about health and nutrition.

 

Can Food Replace Medicine?

Following a healthy diet can increase longevity, improve the overall quality of life and protect against diseases.

Having said that, let’s be clear on one thing though—diet cannot be a substitute for medicines and all diseases cannot be treated by diet alone. Dietary choices can either increase or prevent the risk of diseases so they have utmost importance in our lives.

Here are some foods with powerful medicinal qualities:

Berries:

Nutrients in berries fight various diseases including certain types of cancer.

Fatty Fish:

Omega 3 in its purest form can be found in Salmon, Sardines and other fatty fish. They fight inflammation and protect against heart diseases.

Mushrooms:

There are certain compounds in mushrooms which boost the immune system, heart and brain, especially maitake and reishi mushrooms.

Spices:

Spices like turmeric, ginger and cinnamon help with arthiritis and metabolic syndrome.

Herbs:

Herbs have many health enhancing compounds especially parsley, rosemary, oregano and sage.

Foods such as nuts, avocados, olives, honey, seaweeds and fermented foods are well known for their medicinal properties too.

A nutrient dense diet with wholesome foods can prevent and even treat some chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease but we cannot rely totally on foods to replace medication.

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Is Alkaline Water Good for You?

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About the Author: Sadia Salman is a certified nutritionist from Tufts University, USA and the CEO of Diet by Design(Int’l). She has over seven years of experience in treating patients with various health issues through food both in Pakistan and in Canada. Most of her work is on managing diseases like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes etc through weight management. She believes in building a healthy community by educating the masses in any capacity that she can. Her new health blog is one of the ways to spread awareness about health and nutrition.

Alkaline water is the new buzz word doing the circles in the field of health. So what’s the hype all about?

What is Alkaline Water?

Alkalinity refers to the pH level which is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 1-14, with 7 being neutral. Alkaline water (pH 8 or 9) has a higher pH level than that of regular drinking water (pH 7) which can benefit the body in some ways.

Does it Really Work?

One study has established that drinking alkaline water may help deactivate pepsin which is the enzyme that causes acid reflux. Another study suggested that it may help with hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. A more recent study conducted on 100 people concluded that alkaline water reduced the viscosity of the blood by 6.3% (as compared with 3.3% with regular water) thus helping the blood flow and more efficient delivery of oxygen throughout the body after a workout.

What are the Possible Benefits of Alkaline Water?

  • Anti-aging properties: Liquid antioxidants absorb more quickly into the body.
  • Colon cleansing: Alkaline Blood flows more efficiently and may improve colon health
  • Immune system: Immunity can be boosted by a having more gut friendly bacteria in an alkaline environment.
  • Hydration, skin health and detoxification: Acidity in the body makes it toxic. Alkaline water can help clear the toxins more effectively.
  • Weight Loss: Fat is acidic and it needs to be eliminated through the blood stream. The more alkaline the blood is, it may be removed faster.
  • Cancer resistance: Cancer cells grow in an acidic environment so introducing something alkaline will fight the free radicals.

Should We Switch to Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water is safe to drink and has additional minerals which can only benefit us.

There is still a lot of debate about the benefits of alkaline water but this debate is not about the safety of this water, rather the possible benefits.

Despite the fact that there isn’t enough scientific evidence yet, it is safe to say, in my opinion, that alkaline water can be more beneficial than regular water!

So drink it up and stay hydrated the alkaline way!

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PF Chang’s meets Lahore

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PF Chang’s is a Pan Asian restaurant chain that many Pakistanis are fond of because of the chain having multiple branches in UAE, a place where so much of the population is Pakistani. So naturally, when the restaurant finally opened in Lahore, we went crazy for it. I being one of the Pakistani’s who has been to the Dubai branch countless times decided to go and check it out and see whether it meets my expectations and the international standards in comparison to the Dubai branch.

My first attempt at finding a table was unsuccessful thanks to the long line that spread out to MM Alam Road. My second attempt a few days later was successful. For a day (November 1st) when everyone was scared to leave their houses and most of the roads were blocked, I did not expect such a big turnout. Nonetheless, I got a table in a few seconds, something that takes about 20 minutes in Dubai or any restaurant in Lahore for that matter. The huge building and seating capacity can be thanked for that.

The décor was perfect but the lighting was a lot brighter than a typical PF Chang’s which has a dark vibe to the environment and the atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent apart from the typical aunties screaming , “Ye PF Chang kya cheez hai,” “ye halal hai ke nai?,” The service was remarkably good and when I say this, I’m comparing it to Dubai, where you can’t get your food in under 30 minutes at least. Despite the place being busy, I was served my order in under 10 minutes.

PF Chang’s is famous for two things: the horses installed in the main entrance and the divine Dynamite Shrimp. For starters, I ordered the Chang’s Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl and Dynamite Shrimp. The soup was delicious and fulfilling and exactly like the one I have been having in Dubai for years now. A mishap occurred when the soup was spilled by one of my companions. The staff was super nice and friendly about it and offered us a replacement.

The Shrimp although nearly as good as the one in Dubai, did not have the same quality of shrimp. The quantity was less than what I was expecting which resulted in me ordering two more servings for us. In some PF Chang’s in other places in the world they offer larger servings. What seemed a bit weird to me was that the next two servings were larger in quantity than the first one and had the exact same taste and quality as the Dubai ones.

For my main course, I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken with white rice which again was excellent apart from the quality of the meat which in my opinion was the only downside.

I also ordered 8 pieces of California Rolls as a sushi main course which I have no complaints against. The taste was great and the fish was of amazing quality.

For dessert, I ordered something I had never had before: The Great Wall of Chocolate or in another word ‘heaven’.
Six rich layers of frosted chocolate cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips is just what everyone needs in life.

Overall the food was great, the atmosphere, the décor, the staff everything is up to standard. But on a side note, there was a certain hygiene issue involving one of the drinking glasses smelling of egg and one of my knives being dirty.

On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 4 star rating.

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Top 5 Best Mascaras available locally

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Mascara is a must-have makeup product for women. Mascara always gives a glamorous look to the eyes. It opens them up, makes them look bigger and dramatic. Eye makeup is not even complete without a mascara. It is used to add volume, shine and colour to your lashes. There are so many famous brands providing mascaras. Here is the list of Top 5 best mascaras in Pakistan.

1. CoverGirl Lashblast Luxe Mascara:

Cover Girl lashblast luxe mascara gives your eye lashes a cluster look. Its glossy effect gives your lashes a shimmery effect.

Pros:

Lengthen and Volumize Lashes.
Easy removal.
No smudging or Flaking.
Long Lasting For 12 Hours.
Shimmery look.
Available in four shades.

Cons:

Original Lashblast Luxe Is Better than this product.
Price: Rs 899.

2.  Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara:

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara is famous due to its fine and thin texture. It is light-weighted and gives an incredible look to eye lashes.

Pros:

Gives Instant Longer and Lusher Look.
Long Lasting For 12 Hours.
No Smudging or Flaking.

Cons:

No Volumize Lashes.
Price: Rs 499.

3. Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Mascara:

Maybelline Le Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara gives a polished look to your lashes. This mascara makes your eyes look covered and fluttery. It’s thick and dramatic look make the eyes fuller.

Pros:

Gives 9X Volume.
Light-weight.
Extra Black Color.
Dramatic Pigmentation.

Cons:

Wet.
Thick Texture.
Price: Rs 500.

4. L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara:

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara is the most popular L’Oreal product. This mascara gives your lashes a more dramatic look. It is very safe for eyes and will not give any side effects to your lashes.

Pros:

Volumize and Curl Lashes.
No Flaking or smudging.
Creamy Formula.
Easily Removable.

Cons:

Doesn’t Provide Much Length.
Strong Chemical Smell.
Not Waterproof.
Price: Rs 1200.

5. Diorshow New Look Mascara:

Diorshow New Look Mascara is the most demanding mascara in Pakistan. It always crafts the eye lashes to look attractive and glamorous. It makes the lashes fuller and thick.

Pros:

Gives Infinite Volume.
Multiplying Effect.
Doesn’t Clump.
Gives Volume to Every Single Lash.
Thin Texture.
Light-weight.
Gives Fuller Lash Look.

Cons:

Hard To Remove.
Price: Rs 1800.

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Former Super Model Aminah Haque’s Recent Picture Shocked fans

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Aminah Haque is one of those super models whose contributions in the industry of fashion and entertainment definitely played a very important part to make it what it is today.

Aminah was one of the most popular faces of Pakistan gracing the ramps and covers of various national and international shows and magazines. Even today if you think of the models who have ruled the fashion industry of Pakistan, her name would definitely be in top three. We are sure that everyone from 90s remember dancing to Awaz’s Mr Fraudiye and loving Aminah.

After a few years she created her magic yet again along with Faakhir in Mahi Ve, remember?

Aminah has been an inspiration for most of the girls who wanted to enter the fashion industry. She is definitely a role model for most of us out there. Amna decided to quit modelling after tying the knot with the designer Ammar Belal.

Now, a recent click of Aminah has been circulating on the internet in which she looks very different from what people remember her, leaving the social media in a shock.

Here’s how people are commenting on her photo.

We don’t really get why it is so hard for people to understand that people age and they don’t actually look the same forever. And why such negativity? Your mothers, sisters, and daughters are definitely not Katrina Kaif lookalikes then why are people so harsh on our celebs, knowing the fact that have quit the industry as well!

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Sumbul Iqbal as Showstopper In Scotland Pakistan Fashion Week

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The first time we noticed Sumbul Iqbal was when she appeared in the play ‘Ghayal’ where she played the role of a girl who gets raped by her very dear family friend played brilliantly by Gohar Mumtaz. Sumbul then stunned people with her versatility in ‘Neelam Kinaray’ and is now once again stealing everyone’s heart in her current plays ‘Aik Thi Rania’ and ‘Kahan Ho Tum’. This beautiful girl keeps on adding accomplishments to her name and now after conquering hearts in Pakistan, Sumbul Iqbal is all set to go foreign.

Sumbul Iqbal is all set to be a part of the Scotland Pakistan Fashion Week as a showstopper for a local designer.

“I am very excited to be a part of this as this is the first time that a show like this is happening in Scotland where Pakistan is being represented internationally by our own talented designers for the locals there,” shares Sumbul Iqbal.

Adding further Sumbul explains how Scottish designers will also be part of the show. “A number of well-known Scottish designers will be a part of the show. I feel honored to have the invitation extended to me as Miral Luxury Pret is also organizing the Scotland Pakistan Fashion Week.”

But for whom will Sumbul Iqbal be walking the ramp, is something which she did not want to disclose at the moment as she wanted to keep it a surprise.

With 30 designers participating with three fashion catwalk shows, the Scotland Pakistan Fashion Week is all set to happen at Hotel Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. And with Sumbul Iqbal also a part of it, we for one, look forward to seeing the lovely actress spread her magic all over Scotland on the 16th of March this year!

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PEOPLE CAN’T STOP RUINING THIS PERFECT PICTURE OF HOCANE SISTERS

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We all know how beautiful and talented the Hocane sisters are. Their popularity in different areas of media did not happen suddenly. They both have separately worked hard on their careers to reach where they are today. Urwa Hocane started as a VJ by applying in a talent show. On the other hand, Mawra Hocane started her career while performing in theaters, then as a VJ and finally as an actress. The two have fought against many obstacles to become successful and we couldn’t be more proud.

Recently, a debate started between the fans and haters of the Hocane sisters when a Facebook page posted this picture of the two on their page.

They asked the fans if they wanted to see them together in a show. Fans and haters were quick to respond and thus a debate started between the two sides.

Here’s a hater who clearly wants them out of the industry!

This hater even forgot how to spell their surname.

This one clearly has a thing for UrwaHocane.

Now, this is a role we want to see the sisters do as well.

Haters gonna hate… sigh

This one can’t bear the two together, even though they are the sweetest!

Couldn’t agree more with this fan.

 

Meanwhile the sisters are busy being happy with their lives. UrwaHocane was just recently vacationing in Poland and look at how perfect she looks.

And Mawra is busy being perfect in her recent drama Aangan.

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Shah Rukh Khan playing a dwarf in his upcoming movie

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has a perfect gift for his fans at the beginning of this year. King Khan’s upcoming release is Anand R Lai’s dream project, Zero which stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in titular roles.

Looking at the teaser, we can say that the film looks quite promising. Zero will see Shah Rukh Khan portray the role of a dwarf, or as the makers like to call it – vertically challenged.

It is speculated that SRK will have a double role in the film and Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma will be seen playing the love interests.

In one of her interviews, Katrina Kaif had earlier said, “It wasn’t about the space or the VFX. Honestly, Anand sir has been discussing this film with me for the last two years. It was originally titled Katrina Meri Jaan, which is probably why people keep asking me if I’m playing myself in the film.”

King Khan had a sweet Twitter conversation with Anushka and Aanand before revealing the title.

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Oats Skin Packs- homemade solutions to a flawless skin

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Oats help moisturize and exfoliate face naturally. It is a great ingredient for facial scrubs and packs to reduce a host of skin problems. Oats not only have nutritional value but also offer skincare benefits. They possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which is why they help exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize the skin well.

For dry skin

Oats contain vitamin E and polysaccharides which soothe the skin and form a soft layer that protects it. This helps keep the skin soft and supple. Oats, when used with milk and honey, seep in the right amount of moisture and clear out dead skin cells, as well.

You will need two tablespoons each of oats and raw milk, with a tablespoon of honey. Ensure the oats used are finely powdered. Blend all the three ingredients well and apply all over the face and neck, leaving the eyes and lips. Wash it off once dry, or you could mix some crushed oats powder with warm water and apply in areas with itchy skin. After 15-10 minutes, wash this off well with water.

For skin lightening

Oats work on evening out skin tone along with lemon juice and milk which possesses skin lightning effects. It scrubs out all the impurities and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Lemons are natural astringents and bleaching agents which makes them effective in lightening your skin tone while milk controls pigmentation due to the lactic acid present in it, hence giving a clear complexion.

Boil two tablespoons of oats and let it cool. Then, mix it with two tablespoons of milk and four tablespoons of lemon juice. Blend these well and apply all over the affected area. Leave the paste on for at least 20-25 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water.

To moisturize skin

Oats make for a great moisturizing face pack with naturally beneficial ingredients, like rosewater and honey. Rosewater is used as a natural astringent along with honey which keeps the skin well-hydrated and fresh. Take two tablespoons each of oats and a tablespoon of honey and rosewater, each, and mix well. Apply this all over your face and neck, and leave it for not more than 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

To clear acne and open pores

Cooked oats are an easy and natural remedy to relieve the skin from acne. It also cleanses clogged pores efficiently. The anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and antioxidants in oats act as an ideal acne cleanser. Cook some oats and leave to cool till it can be applied on your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes after application and rinse once dry.

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Noor Bukhari to Get Married for the Fifth Time

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Lollywood’s model and actress Noor Bukhari has been the subject of quite a lot of controversies. She has had many divorces. The actress has now once more been surrounded by the rumors of a fifth marriage.

All of us found out when the actress married for the first time in April 2008. She married Vikram when they had been in Dubai and everybody thought about it as a blissful marriage at first. Then rumors had it, that she filed a divorce after a couple of months of marriage when she realized that he had lied about his conversion to Islam. She made efforts to have him convert, but failed and they separated.

The actress decided to marry a second time in 2010 with a movie producer/director Farooq Mengal.

Sadly, the second marriage was also not fortunate for her as there were reported incidents of bodily abuse and the couple got divorced after four months.

Noor Bukhari made another effort for the third time when she tied the knot with Awn Chaudhry in 2012.

Alas, the actress is simply not very fortunate with males in her life and as a result of an unhappy life, the couple parted ways, this time attributable to unknown causes.

But it seems Noor was unwilling to quit her quest to find true love: She gave it one more shot. In 2015, she secretly tied the knot with Wali Hamid Khan.

Again the divorce happened. After her divorce with the singer, she embraced the hijab and decided to become a good practicing Muslim.

Now there are rumors of her fifth marriage which have been going around and the media can’t seem to leave the actress alone for considering another marriage. A video clip report by a channel went viral on social media, claiming that Noor Bukhari is all set to tie the knot with her third husband, Awn Chaudhry once more.