Indoor Activities for Kids at Home to Engage them during COVID Lockdown

Pandemic has truly changed the way the world lived. Nature truly took over during the complete lockdowns during 2020. With the second wave sending a surge in the number of coronavirus cases, the government has imposed complete lockdowns in several states in India. This has been particularly harsh on children who are forced to stay inside their homes without being able to meet their extended family members or go on playdates with their friends. Being a parent, I am sure that we all are aware of the energy levels that children have and how tiring it can be to keep up with them. Apart from that, I am sure that to manage your children, it is essential to find out new and creative indoor activities for kids at home to keep them engaged. Well, to help my fellow mommies and daddies out, I have created a list of family activities that you can enjoy with your kids while staying safe and indoors. 1.Involve them into Baking and Cooking I am sure that you might think that they would create a mess in the kitchen rather than helping, but I am sure you can utilize this time to help them learn this basic life skill. You can give them duties while you make breakfast, lunch or dinner and encourage them to be independent. Instead of giving them any chores that involve any sharp objects or electrical appliances, give them duties like assembling salads, taking out cookies for snack time, helping you prepare a dip to go with their snacks or learning how to make the easiest of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! They can learn so many recipes with bread that does not involve any cooking or usage of electrical equipment. Also Read: How Google is helping kids during corona quarantine 2. Have a Movie Marathon
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4 Easy Yoga Asana for Lungs Cleaning: Detox Your Respiratory System with These Easy Poses

Lungs are the largest organ in the body and they detoxify us with every breath that we take. Yes, this is truly yoga poses. They are tasked with absorbing oxygen from the environment and pass it on to our organs to create energy. They also absorb carbon dioxide from our body and exhale it out into the environment. Talk about live detox! But in doing so, lungs also become susceptible to various harmful elements present in the air. Apart from that, if you are an active or passive smoker, you can accumulate harmful particles in your lungs. Well, these days, you don’t even have to be a smoker to do something about cleansing your lungs. If you are living in a city with low air quality index, you are definitely exposing and gathering harmful particles in your lungs. Though for smokers, the best thing to do is to give up smoking. You on the other hand can still do yoga for lungs cleaning. Also, did you know that on an everyday basis we only use 40% capacity of our lungs? Yes, you read it right! We can increase the capacity of our lungs to absorb oxygen. Here is our list of easy yoga asanas that you can do on daily basis to clean your lungs and increase your breathing capacity. Do these exercises for two minutes each day and notice the difference! Different types of yoga poses 1. Anulom-Vilom Yoga Poses Source: Healthline Practice these yoga postures: One of the easiest exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere; anulom-vilom is a specific controlled breathing exercise with many benefits!
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Top 10 Benefits of Eating Healthy food: Less Processed is More Health Friendly

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of staying fit and eating healthy food. The most important factor that played a key role in getting infected by the novel coronavirus was our body’s immunity to fight the infection. People with higher levels of immunity, even if they got infected, were seen to have only mild symptoms. While several foods can help you boost your immunity, there is a multitude of benefits of healthy food as well. Importance of Eating Healthy Food 1. Weight Loss Obesity was considered one of the diseases which is making millions suffer. Apart from making you lose confidence in your looks, obesity is one of the major causes of many heart-related and other conditions like stroke, hypertension, arthritis, asthma. If you want to lose weight and reach a healthy BMI, eating a healthy food and well-balanced meal boosts your chances of losing weight considerably. Many nutritionists and weight-loss experts believe that a healthy meal contributes towards 70% success rates in the weight loss journey and the rest 30% is contributed by regular exercising sessions. 2. Improves Heart Health Apart from increasing obesity and hypertension, excessive consumption of alcohol or excessive smoking can create blockages in your blood vessels causing your heart to put more efforts into pumping blood. Including a high amount of junk food increase triglycerides and cholesterols can lead to a similar situation – overworking and then ultimately weak heart. Try including fresh and locally sourced fruits and vegetables and plant-based protein in your diet. Reduce or limit the intake of alcohol, tobacco, junk food, carbonated beverages to decrease your chances of getting heart disease.
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COVID-19 Symptoms in Babies & Children and How to Take Care of Them

With the second wave in India has shown an unexpected surge in the number of coronavirus (covid-19) cases, it has made us all the more cautious for ourselves and our family members, especially our kids. Earlier, during the first wave of this global pandemic, adults were at higher risks of getting infected with this virus. But during the second wave, a gene mutation has been noticed in the novel coronavirus (covid-19) which is now affecting children health below 18 years as well. With such a risk to their health, it is essential to understand all the COVID-19 symptoms in babies and children along with the pointers to help them recuperate into healthy lifestyle beings. 1. Are kids at a higher risk of getting coronavirus? With the new strain of coronavirus (covid-19) that is causing the uphaul in the number of cases currently, both kids and adults alike are at risk of getting infected. In 2020, the first strain of coronavirus (covid-19) was more harmful to adults and caused only a few cases, that too asymptomatic, in babies and children. But with the new mutation, COVID-19 symptoms in babies and children are also mimicking the severe corona symptoms that were earlier seen in adults only. 2. Why were children health affected differently earlier? Since most of the symptoms of coronavirus (covid-19) were flu-like and children health get more infected with flu throughout the year rather than the adults, it was assumed by the scientists that their body gave them better protection against the virus. But the new mutation seems to have overridden their immunity and is affecting them severely as well. Also Read: How to talk to your kids about COVID-19?
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Get to Know the Fetal Development Week by Week

So, either you are pregnant or if you are planning to start a family of your own and are curious to know about fetal development week by week, right? First of all, congratulations! The growing healthy baby, or development fetus in medical terms, goes through a gestation period of 9 months, or 36 weeks or so as a little cell develops into a healthy baby. Fetal development chart for the First Trimester of Pregnancy Week 1 & 2 The first two weeks mark the time when you ovulate and when the fertilization of the egg or ovum takes place. After a sperm penetrates an egg/ovum, the fertilization takes place within 12 to 24 hours. Once the egg is fertilized, it leads to a series of complicated processes which finally leads to the birth of a healthy baby. After fertilization, the egg starts to multiply into several cells and moves from the fallopian tube to the uterus to get embedded and start receiving the nutrition for growth. Week 3 The fertilized egg is nestled comfortably in the nutrient-dense lining of the uterus now. It is a ball of multiple rapidly multiplying cells which are required to make a healthy baby. This ball is called a blastocyst and starts producing the pregnancy hormone called HCG. The rise in the levels of pregnancy hormone sends a message to the ovaries that the implantation of the fertilized egg has happened in the uterus, and thus it should stop releasing the eggs. It is the levels of HCG that are measured by various pregnancy tests to confirm the same.
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