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Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Parties

Today, it is customary that the bride’s parents host the party. However, many modern couples are starting to host their own parties in order to celebrate with their friends the exciting news

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No matter how you choose to announce your recent Engagement, make sure you start off on the right foot by celebrating this life-changing news with the people that matter the most. Pixabay

Engagement parties originated as a way of giving the father of the bride-to-be the honor of announcing to his friends and family the engagement of his daughter. This announcement was meant to be a surprise to his guests. In modern times and thanks to the invention of social media, engagement parties have changed just a little. Even though an Engagement party is still traditionally hosted by the bride-to-be parents, it is used to celebrate the news of the couple’s recent engagement and is not to surprise the guests with the announcement as in the past. So with that being said, what do you need to know to throw an engagement party?

Who can host an engagement party?

Today, it is customary that the bride’s parents host the party. However, many modern couples are starting to host their own parties in order to celebrate with their friends the exciting news. So it does not matter if the engagement invites are sent by the couple or the parents of the bride. There is nothing set in stone.

What needs to be included in your engagement invites?

Just like any other party invitations, you will need to put the essential details. These essential details are things such as place, time, and how to RSVP in order to get an accurate guest count.

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Even though an Engagement party is still traditionally hosted by the bride-to-be parents, it is used to celebrate the news of the couple’s recent engagement and is not to surprise the guests with the announcement as in the past.

What are the popular trends in engagement invitations?

  • Themes – Focusing the party around a particular theme has become increasingly popular, as well as it makes planning a party even more effortless. So many couples are choosing themes like a BBQ, nautical, or brunch to get the party on track.
  • Styles – There are a bunch of styles to choose from when you start looking around, such as double sided engagement invitations, photo, or typography themed invitations. In truth, all of these styles are popular, but it will come down to the couple, and what fits their tastes and type of party they are looking to host.

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So no matter how you choose to announce your recent engagement, make sure you start off on the right foot by celebrating this life-changing news with the people that matter the most. In the end, you have found the person you will spend the rest of your life with, so what could be more important than celebrating that!

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Patients With Cardiac Issues Might Follow These Tips to Get through Summer

Coping with cardiac issues can be made easy with some simple tips this summer

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Summer-friendly tips for patients with cardiac issues. Pixabay

Exasperating for many, intense heat and humidity leads to dehydration and salt-loss (Sodium and Potassium) causing a series of health concerns. People with underlying cardiac issues also face a host of health problem during this season. Beyond the escalated heat levels, some of the other contributing factors that might impact heart health include not having a salt-restricted diet, increased alcohol intake, poor blood circulation, consumption of certain medications like sedatives or diuretics in combination with blood pressure medications, points out Dr Vivek Mahajan Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan & Mulund.

For patients with high blood pressure, when temperature and humidity is extreme during the summer, it causes added blood flow to the skin; the heart is then required to beat at a faster rate. This may cause the blood to circulate double the time per minute, Dr Mahajan informs.

“Intense heat and constant sweating lowers the fluid content in the body, resulting in dehydration causing a strain on the Heart. This along with BP medications may result in a drastic fall in blood pressure. The low BP and fast Heart rate are big risk factors for those who are predisposed to or have a history of cardiac issues.”

 

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Cardiac issues can be kept at bay with some simple tips. Pixabay

Patients with the risk of heart-failure should consume up to 1.25 litres of water per day and limit salt intake. Water and salt-loss caused by sweating and intake of medications may lead to dangerously low levels of sodium and potassium, he suggests

Low sodium in blood results in nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, drowsiness, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, muscle weakness, cramps and seizures, or coma in extreme cases. Low potassium levels due to less water consumption may lead to muscle aches, cramps, palpitations and disturbances in heart rhythm leading to death. So drinking optimum amount of water is crucial in summer.

Elderly patients have less water content in the body, so the impact of water and salt-loss are all the more prominent in elderly patients with high BP and heart failure. The risks of heart attacks increase in these individuals during the summers and are hence the most vulnerable group in need of care.

Dr Mahajan shares some summer-friendly tips for patients with cardiac issues:

Avoid vigorous physical activity in high heat (not even in balconies & terraces) – exercise indoors

Avoid consumption of Caffeine and alcohol

Wear light-coloured, lightweight clothing (preferably Cotton)

Stay in a cool environment with air-conditioning or fans

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Cardiac issues can be dealt with ease through some simple tips to follow this summer. Pixabay

Monitor your BP regularly

Consult your doctor if your BP is high or low

Depending on symptoms Sodium & Potassium in blood should be checked regularly

Medication dosages may need reductions in elderly patients with history of heart failure and BP

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Patients with history of Heart failure consuming very low water and salt, may increase water intake (by 250-500ml/day) and salt intake should be tweaked after seeking your doctors’ advice (IANS)

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Some Simple Tips For A Fine Bikini Line

Getting a smooth bikini line at home is no big task with these easy steps

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Here are some Do's and dont's for a smooth bikini line. Pixabay

With summers setting in, there is a longing to have a clear and smooth bikini line even though we can’t get into the swimsuits anytime soon. With parlours and salons closed how do we achieve this? We have some simple beauty tips to keep you in a fine shape.

You can wax, bleach or shave the bikini line and area based on your preference but there is always a fear of getting razor bumps, blemishes, rashes or ingrown hair. The Bikini line is one of the most sensitive skin areas of our body. Maintaining hygiene is of utmost importance.

Pooja Nagdev, Co-Founder, Inatur shares some simple tricks to stay away from ingrown hair, redness and itchiness. Cleaning the area twice daily and applying a moisturising body gel is important

If you choose to shave the bikini area, ensure your razor is meant for sensitive skin. Powerful razors are not needed for the area as they make the hair growth hard and dense. Always remember to prepare your skin with a shaving cream or oil. This will make the area soft, making it an ideal surface for your razor to run across for a speedy, effective shave.

Make shaving oil at home by mixing Jojoba Oil- 3ml, Coconut Oil – 3ml, Olive Oil – 3ml, Lavender Oil – 0.3ml, Vitamin E Oil – O.5ml, Lemon Oil – 0.2ml. Always remember to apply some after shave lotion, toner or astringent to close the open pores after shave. A cold compress also is wonderful after any depilatory treatment. It helps close the open pores.

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Smooth bikini line just some steps away. Pixabay

It is essential to hydrate our bikini area regularly. Moisturising gels like alovera or light lotions with minerals are a good buy. It is better to use fragrance free products that are meant for sensitive skin.

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In case you opt to bleach the bikini area, do not apply it for a very long duration as it can cause redness or allergy. Clean and moisturise the area after bleach, followed with a cold compress. (IANS)

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Hydration is The Key, Even When Indoors in Summer

Staying hydrated essential even when staying indoors

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Hydration is imperative even when staying indoors during pandemic. Pixabay

Fluid intake is achieved through the food we eat and the beverages we drink.

On average, we get about 1 litre water through the food we eat. This number varies from the food selection. For example: fruit and vegetables in the raw form have the highest percentage of water, carbohydrates like cooked whole grains and lentils have a fair amount and foods high in fat have a very low water content like nuts and seeds.

It is imperative to be well hydrated throughout the day considering the negative effects of dehydration.

Talking about how hydration aids the immune system, Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator Karishma Chawla says: “Hydration has a major effect on energy levels. Good hydration is a key factor to help improve blood circulation and energy levels and maintain good health. Helps to strengthen our immune system defences and better resistance to stress and infections. Supports optimal brain function, good digestion and has anti-aging properties.”

Considering the current pandemic, Chawla suggests different ways to increase the liquid intake:

Start the day with lukewarm water with half lime + pinch cinnamon water.

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Hydration is essential in summer even during pandemic. Pixabay

Remember: consuming more than 500 ml water at one time in the morning does not go into the hydration status. Hence it is important to drink throughout the day.

Mid-morning, you can have a glass of coconut water.

Apple cider vinegar in lukewarm water before lunch helps to aid in immunity and keeps you hydrated.

Add buttermilk in lunch and dinner.

Sip on water infused with mint, basil or a citrus fruit throughout the day.

You can sip on ajwain or saunf water to aid digestion or help with bloating once a day

Have a cup of soup/ veg smoothie

Home-made herbal tea consisting of ginger, pepper and some tea leaves

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Plain water is the best form of water intake, even if you aren’t thirsty and indoors all the time. (IANS)