5 Things Your Eyes Are Saying About Your Health

Eyes are said to be the windows to the soul, but could they also be a mini-preview of your health? Short answer—yes. Some medical conditions such as liver disease and high cholesterol can be seen by simply looking in a mirror. So, we tapped Largo, FL, oculoplastic surgeon Jasmine Mohadjer, MD, for the signs your eyes might be sending you about your health—and when to know it’s time to hit the doctor’s office.

Bulging Eyes

“Hyperthyroidism may first be diagnosed because of eye changes,” Dr. Mohadjer warns. “Patients may notice swelling of their eyelids, bulging of the eyeball, and their eye lids may open too widely,” she explains. Also, according to Dr. Mohadjer, many types of cancers can metastasize to the orbit of the eyeball and present itself as bulging eyes, so this isn’t a symptom that should ever go overlooked.

Deposits That Look Like Skin Tags on the Eyelid

“Some patients will have deposits of cholesterol on the upper, lower and inner corners of their eyelids called Xanthelasma, which can indicate high cholesterol,” says D. Mohadjer. “The only cure is excision, but they can recur.”

Yellow Eyes

“You can have jaundice or yellowing of the eyes, which is usually a very late sign of liver disease,” explains Dr. Mohadjer, reiterating that this symptom should be brought to the attention of both your eye doctor and your general practitioner.

Prominent Blood Vessels

“Any person with a history of diabetes should have an eye exam to look for abnormal blood vessels or bleeding in the back of the eye. If gone untreated, this can lead to blindness—it’s actually one of the leading causes of blindness in America,” exclaims Dr. Mohadjer. While you can’t necessarily see this on your own, a simple eye exam can detect the symptoms so  your eye doctor can refer you to a specialist.

Red, Painful Eyes

“Contacts are the leading cause of corneal ulcers, which can lead to scarring, loss of vision and ultimately, loss of eyesight if left untreated,” says Dr. Mohadjer. “To avoid this, good hygiene habits are important, contacts are not generally recommended for overnight wear and if the eye becomes red, painful or irritated (which indicates corneal ulcers), the contact should be removed and you should have an eye examination.” To avoid something like this happening to you, invest in contacts that maintain optimum levels of hydration at all times. A good option is would be the Acuvue Vita Contact Lenses, which provide maximum comfort for one full month.

5 Mithaiwalas in Delhi That Make The Best Ghewar

A traditional Rajasthani delicacy, ghewar offers all the reasons to make it one of the most divine Indian sweets. Prepared with pure desi ghee, milk and maida (all-purpose flour), this perforated round dessert looks like a honeycomb or a spongy cake soaked in sugar syrup. It is decorated with silver varq, slivers of pistasand almonds and strands of saffron. It has an attractive light yellowish-orange hue that comes from the use of saffron. It is popularly prepared to celebrate the festival of Teej and is usually enjoyed during the monsoon season because the degree of moisture it requires for its preparation is perfect at this time. If you’re craving for this sweet treat, here are five mithaiwalas in Delhi that make the best ghewar in town.

5 Mithaiwalas in Delhi That Make The Best Ghewar

1. Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners

Located near the Fatehpuri Masjid in the busy lanes of Chandni Chowk, Chaina Ram is one of the iconic establishments of Old Delhi. You can find this place just by the strong aroma of desi ghee. It is known for its Karachi Halwa and Ghewar. The texture of their ghewar is smooth and as soon as you take a bite, it melts in your mouth. They also have other rich sweets like Sohan Halwa, Saeo Paak and Dhodha.

Address:  6499, Fathepuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Time:  8 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Contact:  011-23927585
Cost: INR 620 per kilogram (khoya ghewar)

2. Kaleva 

If you’re looking for the best ghewar in Delhi, you must try it at Kaleva. The shop offers many varieties of ghewar including Mawa-Khoya Ghewar and Malai Ghewar. The plain traditional ghewar is nice and crunchy but the ones with a thick layer of rabri add a creamy top and that makes a delicious combination. While you’re at it, you must also try their Badam ka halwa, Kesariya Jalebi and Raj Kachori.

Address:   109, Bangla Saheb Marg, Gole Market, New Delhi
Time: 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.
Contact: 011-28844002
Cost:  INR 460- 600 per kilogram

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3. Kishan Lal Halwai

Kishan Lal’s sweet shop has been around for half a century. Located in an old Haveli in Chandni Chowk, the shop is now run by Kishan Lal’s son. Their plain ghewar is smothered with khoya and dry fruits. Be it their Karachi Halwa, Sev ki Barfi (made with vermicelli), Pateesa or the all-time favourite Ghewar, each one is better than the other. They make small quantities that are sold off daily so that their customers can get fresh sweets.

Address: Nai Sarak, Katra Rathi, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Time: 10 A.M to 8 P.M
Contact: 91  098712 08160

4. Gulab

Originally a Gajjak -Rewari shop in Rohtak, the Delhi-outlet is located in Pitampura. They display a huge variety of desi ghee sweets with the assurance of both taste and quality. Adding to it, is the crisp and crunchy

ghewar which will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Along with sweets, Gulab is also famous for their unique and wide range of Rewri, Gajaks and Chikkis.

Address: 5, Main Road, Pitampura, New Delhi
Time:  8:30 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Contact: 91 9313220467
Cost: INR 660 per kilogram

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5. Nathu Sweets

During Teej and Raksha Bandhan, Nathu Sweets offers Khoya Ghewar and Malai Ghewar that are just so addictive. The disc-shaped sweet cake soaked in sugar syrup and topped with rabri deftly delivers the true and authentic  flavours of Rajasthan. Along with traditional sweets the shop is also famous for its chole bhature and chaat.

Address: 23-25, Bengali Market, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Time: 8 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Contact: 011-23717313
Cost: INR 600 per kilogram

So now, you don’t have to worry about travelling to Rajasthan to get ghewar. These sweet shops in Delhi will not disappoint you in any way.

5 Surprising Benefits of Custard Apple Leaves

The custard apple fruit which is available for a short season (August to October) is one of the most sought after fruits in India. It is made up of a hard green exterior which is non-edible and the main sweet and fleshy fruit is revealed upon cutting open the exterior. While the custard apple has countless health benefits like being rich in antioxidants and minerals like calciumand potassium, its leaves are equally nutritious. They are prized for their health benefits especially in Ayurveda.

The leaves are often used for medicinal purposes due to their quick healing capability. They could be applied directly on to the skin or could be used as a combination with other ingredients. Boiling the leaves and consuming them is believed to be quite beneficial. Ayurvedic expert, Dr. BN Sinha suggests the following benefits of custard apple leaves.

5 Surprising Benefits of Custard Apple Leaves

1. Regulates sugar in the body 

Packed with fibers, the leaves are known to slow down the absorption of sugar in our body and thus, they help in keeping the blood sugar levels in check. Since fiber is digested slowly, over a period of time, it does not cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels and thus, helps in keeping your digestive tract working well. 2-3 leaves can be boiled in water and then the mixture can be consumed every morning for best results.

2. Prevents aging of the skin

The leaves are rich in antioxidants that protect your skin from sun damage and delay the aging of cells. A herbal tea made with simmering custard apple leaves in water can be consumed once a day to ensure optimum benefits for the skin.

3. Keeps the heart healthy

Potassium and magnesium, present in high quantities in these leaves, are known to relax the muscles of the heart  and thus, help in preventing the risk of strokes and heart disease.

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4.Gives the body overall strength and power

Boiling the leaves in half a cup of water and consuming the mixture every morning keeps your metabolism rate and energy levels up through the day. It helps in flushing out the toxins from your body and you feel more energetic and powerful.

5.Heals wounds

The juice of the leaves can be applied to heal wounds as it has anti-inflammatory properties and a soothing effect.

These leaves are a storehouse of benefits. When applied or consumed correctly, they can do wonders to your health. So, don’t throw them away!

IIT-Kanpur adopts 5 villages to promote tech, solar energy use, solve water crisis

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) has adopted five villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

The scheme has been introduced by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to uplift rural India.

“As part of the initiative, we will ensure the overall development of Hridayapur, Baikanthpur, Ishwariganj, Pratappur Hari and Saxupurva villages, situated on the outskirts,” said IIT-K professor Sandeep Sangal.

Senior professors and IIT-K students will assist villagers in solving the potable water crisis and teach them the recycling process for treating waste water.

Senior professors and IIT-K students will assist villagers in solving the potable water crisis and teach them the recycling process for treating waste water and using solar energy

Besides, the farmers would be educated about the use of solar energy, cleanliness and use of latest technologies for farming.

Chief development officer (CDO) Arun Kumar said the IIT-K has agreed to provide all assistance for the development of these villages.

Dr Reeta Singh of IIT-K said most of the problems of these villages would be solved by introducing new technologies.

The IIT-K professors led by the district magistrate Surendra Singh would hold Chaupal in Baikanthpur and Saxupurva villages on Thursday to understand the problems of villagers and to frame the strategy for their development.

“Other educational institutes would also be associated with the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan to ensure the development of the villages they decide to adopt,” said the DM.

 

 

Elliptical Workout: 5 Exercises to Try With It

Elliptical workout consists of those exercises that are done on a cross-trainer or an elliptical trainer. Physical activities like running, walking or climbing stairs are done on these machines without harming or putting any pressure on our knee joints. It is great for cardioand total-body workout. It focuses on your hamstrings, calves, glutes, quadriceps, triceps and biceps. As your feet never leave the pedals, they don’t get repeatedly pounded by each footfall. Regular cardio workouts help relieve stress and boost your immune system

. Combining this workout with a healthy diet can do wonders to your body. Elliptical trainers are often misused and not utilized to their optimum potential. They need to be performed under proper guidance and should be done only after a 4-5 minute warm up. Here are a few elliptical workouts to help yourself get into shape.

 

Elliptical Workout: 5 Exercises to Try With It

1. Core Workout

While working on your core, you shouldn’t use your hands to hold the machine as this puts an added pressure on all the muscles to stay balanced which causes the core to tighten and strengthen. The faster you go, the stronger your core gets. Don’t forget to take regular intervals during the workout.

2.  The Ladder

This workout should be done for 60 minutes and its intensity should be gradually increased. While walking on the treadmill, the height of the ramp should be adjusted within every 5 minutes. During the first 5 minutes, the ramp should be low and the resistance should be low. But during the last 5 minutes, the ramp should be high and the resistance should be high. You take a break every 15 minutes of the workout. This works on your lower body and strengthens your calves and thighs.

3.  High Intensity Workout

This workout should be done after a three-minute warm up. In the beginning, set the ramp and the resistance low and gradually increase the resistance. Follow this workout for 27 minutes with intervals every 2 minutes. To increase the intensity of the workout, keep pushing and pulling the arm’s handles. After every third interval, pedal backwards. This will give you an intense full-body workout and will benefit both your upper body and lower body.

4. Lunch Time Calorie Crunch Workout

This total-body workout lasts for 15 minutes and helps you make the most of your time. It burns calories quickly and gets your heart rate up. The ramp and intensity are quickly changed and increased, without wasting any time. It helps tone all your leg muscles as it alternates between pedaling forward and backward. It doesn’t involve any intervals and has immediate results. It is very helpful for those who have tight schedules and don’t have much time.

5. Rear-End Workout

This workout helps tone your backside and also gives you a good cardio workout. It works on your glutes and hamstrings while increasing your heart rate. The exercise lasts for 35 minutes with 8 intervals in the middle which should be taken after 2 minutes. With every interval both the ramp and the resistance should be gradually increased.

OnePlus 5 Speed Test Shows 6GB RAM Variant Holds Its Own Against 8GB Model

The OnePlus 5, which was recently launched in India, boasted of some top-of-the line specs that looked to challenge flagship smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung. Apart from the dual rear camera setup, the OnePlus 5 also highlights an 8GB RAM variant. While many feel that 8GB of RAM in a smartphone is a bit of an overkill, OnePlus clearly felt differently. But just how much of performance difference does is there in comparison to the 6GB of RAM variant? A YouTube channel tries to find out.

We already know that the 8GB variant of the OnePlus 5 is blazing fast after seeing a speed test videowhere it beat the iPhone 7 Plus. But for those curious to know just how much faster the OnePlus 5 with 8GB of RAM is compared to the 6GB model, a YouTube video recently posted by Timmers EM1 pitted the two against each other in a real life benchmark, launching the apps first and then reopening them from memory.

OnePlus 5 Speed Test Shows 6GB RAM Variant Holds Its Own Against 8GB Model

From the video, one can conclude that both the 8GB + 128GB Midnight Black variant of the OnePlus 5 and the 6GB + 64GB Slate Grey model are pretty similar when it comes to load times. Both are extremely fast and fluid when freshly opening the apps and it’s mostly hard to tell them apart from a few instances when the 6GB model doesn’t quite keep up.

When testing multitasking or loading the apps once again from memory, both responded snappily, although with apps like Amazon and eBay, the 6GB variant had to refresh the page a bit. On a second try (and with one additional game), the 6GB variant started reloading a number of apps all over again while the 8GB model had all the apps intact in memory. Despite that, both the models managed to keep a large number of apps in memory which is pretty impressive.

In our review of the 6GB model, we found that switching between the apps to be extremely smooth and the smartphone excels at gaming and media playback. Our review also pegged the OnePlus 5 6GB RAM variant versus the 8GB RAM variant in synthetic benchmarks like AnTuTu, GeekBench, and 3DMark, and the results were neck to neck, with 6GB RAM variant sometimes even trouncing its better endowed counterpart.

In conclusion, both the OnePlus 5 variants do extremely well at loading apps and a slight lag with the 6GB OnePlus 5 should not be a cause for concern and will likely be the more popular choice when considering that it’s Rs. 5,000 cheaper than the 8GB model.

10 things to do after Mumbai’s FYJC merit list is announced at 5 pm today

or more than 2.4 lakh Mumbai students vying for seats in the first-year junior college (FYJC), the first admission merit list will be declared today at 5 pm. This list, however, is only for those who applied in the general category.

Here are 10 things you need to do after the list is declared:

1. Log in into the admissions portal, where you can check whether you have been allotted a seat in this round.

2. You may receive an SMS from the education department, informing you about your admission status.

3. If you are​ allotted a seat in the college of your choice, then it is mandatory for you to accept. If you don’t, you will be disqualified from the admission process.

4. From July 11 to 13, you can finalise your seat by paying the full fee between 10am and 5pm at the college allotted to you.

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5. If you’re​ assigned a college that wasn’t your first preference, then you can either confirm your admission or wait for the next round. But, there is no guarantee that you will be assigned a better college in the next list.

6. From July 15 to 18, you can make changes to the colleges or streams you listed in your application form, from 10 am to 5 pm. You can also complete your application form.

7. On July 20, the second merit list will be declared at 5pm. You can pay fees from July 21 to July 24.

8. If you are still unhappy with the college allotted to you, or have not been listed, you have another chance to change your college preferences or streams on July 26 and July 27.

9. A third merit list will be released on July 29 at 5 pm. Pay your fees between July 31 and August 1. Changes to application form can be made on August 3 and 4.

10. On August 6, the fourth and final merit list will be declared at 5pm. You can pay full fees between August 7 and 8. FYJC classes will begin on August 9.

Higher Childhood IQ Linked to Longer Life: Top 5 Foods to Boost Brain Power

While a range of lifestyle factors have been linked to triggering ailments like cancer, diabetes, hypertension among others, experts have now established an unusual link between IQ level and a range of diseases. Experts at the University of Edinburgh in the UK have found that kids with higher intelligence have a lower risk of major causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, and smoking related cancers. The findings also suggested lifestyle factors, especially tobacco smoking, as an important component in the effect of intelligence on differences in mortality.

Close to 30,000 men and women were examined for the same and it was found that higher childhood intelligence was associated with a lower risk of death until age 79. Previous studies have shown that, on average, individuals with higher IQs tend to live a little longer than those with lower IQs. Cause of death included coronary heart disease, stroke, specific cancers, respiratory disease, digestive disease, external causes (including suicide and death from injury), and dementia.

 

While the Intelligence Quotient of a person rests on genetic predisposition and can be honed by cognitive exercises and brain stimulating activities, experts suggests diet to also play an active role in boosting brain power. Take a look at top 5 food items that can rev up your IQ.

 

Vitamin C

 

Citrus fruits are excellent for boosting brain power. Vitamin C has long been linked to enhancing mental agility.

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Nuts and Seeds

 

Just a handful of seeds may go a long way in boosting brain power. These are also a great source of essential micronutrients and antioxidants.

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Berries

 

Load up on your favourite berries! From blueberries, raspberries to the most loved strawberries, they protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline.

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Green leafy veggies

 

From broccoli, kale, to spinach – green vegetables are full of iron, Vitamin E, K and B9 (folate) which are extremely important for brain cell development, keeping memory related issues at bay.

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Whole grains

 

Regular consumption of whole grains is beneficial for the overall well-being of the body. Grains consumption helps release energy which is used by the brain for proper functioning.

5 Steps To Smarter Student Loan Borrowing

One secret to paying off your student loans faster is to be smarter about how you borrow them.

Yes, you can be more strategic about how you borrow your student loans.

These 5 tips can help you manage your student loans more efficiently and better prepare you for student loan repayment.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Make free money your money

Scholarships and grants should be your first choice to finance your education.

Sites such as Scholarships.com, Cappex.com, Chegg, Scholly and Fastweb include available scholarships that can help fund your college or graduate school education.

You can also check with your school or prospective school’s financial aid office for additional scholarship opportunities.

2. Maximize your federal student loans

Next, you should maximize your federal student loans before borrowing private student loans.

While the cost for undergraduate student loans and graduate student loans increased 18.4% and 13.0%, respectively, on July 1, federal student loans provide several borrower benefits. For example, with federal student loans, you have access to flexible student loan repayment programs as well as options for deferment and forbearance based on your financial situation.

However, some private student lenders now offer undergraduate and graduate student loans, including parent loans, at interest rates that are commensurate with the interest rates offered by the federal government.

3. Weigh your anticipated debt with your anticipated income

When you’re a freshman in college, you may have no idea what you want to do after graduation.

If you do have a career in mind, however, think about the type of career you plan to pursue and what amount of income you think you can reasonably generate.

If you are an MBA, medical, dental or law student, for example, it may be easier to pinpoint a general income road map after graduation.

Why is this important?

It can help guide your student loan borrowing decisions – and perhaps the type of school you decide to attend – if you know what your approximate income and monthly student loan payments will look like after you graduate.

As a result, you may choose to attend a school with lower tuition and borrow less – which means less student loan debt at graduation.

4. Use a student loan calculator

It’s better to understand the true cost of your financial decisions now so there are no surprises later.

That is why it is imperative to estimate the cost of your student loan debt before you borrow.

Make Lemonade’s Student Loan Payment Calculator can help you calculate your monthly and total student loan payment, including interest.

You can enter the total amount of debt that you anticipate at graduation and see how much you can expect to pay each month.

5. Develop a student loan repayment plan before you borrow

If you just borrowed your student loans, thinking about a repayment plan may not be an immediate priority.

However, it’s critical to have an action plan for student loan repayment in place before you borrow.

Borrowing your student loans is the easy part. Understanding the full cost and the monthly financial impact will help you think twice about how much you can afford to borrow.

Become familiar with various student loan options, including student loan refinancing, student loan consolidation, income-driven repayment plans and public service loan forgiveness.

With a repayment action plan in place, you will know what to expect when that first student loan invoice comes due.

These Student Loan Repayment Calculators can help you calculate various student loan repayment options to help you pay off your student loans faster.

When you invest time upfront and reduce some uncertainty with these easy steps, your path to financial freedom can become smoother.