Hypothryoidism – Do not suffer in silence..!!

I am not sure whether I have shared with you before, that I have Hypothyroidism for last 12 years, and been on medication since.

Now, an underactive thyroid has a host of unappealing symptoms: brittle nails, hair loss, fatigue, lethargy, brain fog, hoarseness, depression, joint stiffness, muscles aches and pain, sensitivity to cold, constipation, slow metabolism, unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight, complications in conceiving/carrying it full term.

So, this small gland secrets hormones vital for your body functions, Now, medicines help but they do not repair your gland. Even after taking medicines, I still suffer from all these symptoms, their intensity might be low, but they still plague me one way or the other. People close to me know my constant struggle with fuzzy memory and weight loss.

So what option you have other than taking medicines for your whole life?

Yoga, of course helps. Yoga has specific asanas namely:

  • Sarvangasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Naukasana
  • Ushtrasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Simhasana
  • Surya Namaskara and many more.

Recently, I came across this video by Luke Coutinho, a well known nutritionist from Mumbai/India who has shared great tips to manage your hypothyroidism. And, one of them is consuming Coconut Oil. So here it is. My bottle of cold pressed virgin Coconut Oil. A spoonful daily, doesn’t have any taste. But, can work wonders.

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So let me get back to you after a few months on my hypothyroidism status.

For all ladies suffering from hypothryoidism, do not suffer in silence. Act today!

Check out this link –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64eVj9hwRm0&feature=youtu.be

Disclaimer – This is not a product review. This was the cheapest bottle of cold pressed virgin coconut oil available on Amazon.

When my mother rubbed mustard oil on me post bath and I hated it…!!

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When I was a little girl, I remember my mom rubbing mustard oil on my body post bath in the winter months. Come winter, and she would keep a bottle of mustard oil in all the bathrooms. Post bath, everyone applied mustard oil to keep the skin hydrated. I know virgin mustard oil is better than chemically loaded winter creams and lotions, but somehow that smell. That smell that lingered in the bathrooms. That smell that stayed on my body and attached itself to my clothes all day long. I just hated that smell. Even thinking and writing about it made me conjure up that strong bitter smell. I would ask my mother to change the oil. But she would say – “Nothing doing. My mother has used the same oil since I was a kid. See, how my skin glows even in the winters.”

It was hopeless arguing with her. So, without a word, I kept on using mustard oil winter after winter. However, I vowed never to bring that bitter smelling, dark golden liquid into my house when I got married. My nani used it, my mother used it, but I would never use it. This tradition had to stop with me.

When I got married and moved to Mumbai, I stayed true to my promise. We never got mustard oil in our house. Mumbai’s mild winters helped too. But, then what to use? We didn’t want mustard oil and a particular brand of coconut oil, which is famous for hair, I just could not come around to use it on my skin (it has a very strong coconut-y smell too). So, with no option left, we switched to numerous body lotions and creams. But, somewhere it always pinched me that I was not using oils, something that I had grown up using. I was against chemicals, but was still using them. So, when a certain Yoga guru came up with his range of products, without a thought, I switched to them, in particular coconut oil. I used it for my daughter too, along with other baby lotion. However, deep down I knew it was not a baby product. I know coconut oil is a coconut oil, but still I wanted something that I could apply it on my daughter’s skin without a moment’s worry.

And, so when I came across Baby First’s range of baby products that included baby oil that had the base of coconut milk, I knew I had found what I had been looking for. I got Baby First’s baby oil, and started using it on myself. It’s my policy to first use any baby product on myself as a test. I used it for a good 10-day period. The skin on my hands and legs are a bit dry compared to my face. But, I never felt itchy or developed a white dry patch on my skin since I have been using it. It’s ideal for mild winters that we experience it in Mumbai.

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What works for me:

  • It is a non-sticky oil, with a mild and pleasant smell of coconut. There is something pure about the smell. I love it.
  • This oil does not contain any mineral oil or paraffin.
  • It neither contains preservatives nor added colours.
  • It contains lauric acid that is found in mother’s breast milk and vitamin E.
  • It’s affordable at Rs. 99 per 100 ml.

When I was fully satisfied, then only I started using it on my 5-year old daughter. She has eczema, so I have to be particular about what product I use on her skin. Once she takes her bath, I rub some oil into her skin. Every weekend, I massage her too with this oil. Her skin looks hydrated and I have never seen dry skin or her scratching. Her eczema has not flared up even since I have started using it. So, I think this product is for keeps, and I will continue using it on my daughter.

So, if you are using mustard, sesame, coconut or olive oil to massage your baby, move over and try this product. It’s good – non sticky and non overpowering. You and your baby will love it!

Baby First has a range of products including baby bar soap, body lotion, body cream and baby powder. Try them out!

Dos And Don’ts For A Beautiful Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. Though it is often marred by complications, big or small, we still remember it fondly. To help you make more such happy memories, here are some awesome tips:

Dos And Don’ts For A Beautiful Pregnancy

Dos:

  • Exercise. During pregnancy, you cannot undertake strenuous exercise but walking is something you can do any time of the day before or after eating. As a rule, walk for at least 45 minutes a day on the beach, hills or in the park. You can even take up mild forms of exercise like Yoga, Kegel, birthing ball etc. But seek your doctor’s advice before that.
  • Drink, drink and drink. Hey I don’t mean you sit with a bottle of wine or beer. Drink a lot of water throughout the day. It will help in digestion and reduce heartburn. Also, nimbu paani, coconut water, fennel water, buttermilk help you.
  • Eat. Pregnancy gives you the license to binge. You needn’t worry about the extra kilos that you pile up; after all it’s for the baby. A little reserve of fat helps you to recuperate faster post-delivery. Just take care not to go heavy on the junk, fried, spicy and processed food.
  • Go on a vacay. Now is the time to take that dream holidays of yours. Believe me, you will benefit from the change of scene. A holiday always lifts you up. And if you are into a depression, nothing will work better. I had visited Goa during my sixth month; those 3 days were the only ones when I didn’t puke once during my entire pregnancy.
  • Be happy. Listen to good music, read books or watch TV that will perk you up. A happy mind and soul will benefit the baby too. Make it a point to talk to people who make you laugh and feel good about yourself. I would visit my family physician every month during my pregnancy. His encouraging conversation would soothe my fears.
  • Take up a hobby like painting, sewing, knitting, etc. I regret till date for not taking up one. I wasted those precious nine months. Sigh!
  • Sleep like a baby because you can’t once you have one of your own. A good sleep will keep you fresh, healthy and beautiful. Buy a maternity pillow if you need to in order to catch those forty winks.
  • Apply a generous amount of Cocoa butter or coconut oil on your stomach. They will keep the area moisturized and prevent stretch marks from ruining your skin.

DONTS:

  • Listen to any pregnancy horror story. It will put doubts in your mind and end up depressing you. If you happen to listen to one, run, run away as fast as your wobbly legs can take you. If the person feels bad; let her be. You deserve better. In my ninth month, somebody told me how her close friend just a few days before her due date didn’t feel her baby’s movement and then later delivered a still born baby. I lived in this constant fear till the time I delivered a crying baby.
  • Read or inquire extensively. The Internet is a mine of information. You can find anything that you need and even what you don’t need. Don’t dig up too much information related to pregnancy. Understand that each case is different. What happens to other person might not happen to you. So no use getting all worked up for nothing.
  • Feel sorry for yourself even in the worst bouts of morning sickness. Think of your little baby whenever you are in one of your deepest self-doubting moods. Always remember, you are Pregnant, NOT Sick! That will sail you through your toughest moments.
  • Wear flimsy flip-flops or high heels for your and your baby’s safety. Give some thought to your poor feet too. As such they are supporting your extra kilos. Don’t kill them with your insensitivity.

I guess I have covered everything that needs mentioning. Don’t you feel so? Write to me what else should be included.