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Flaxseeds (also known as 'aali vithai’ in Tamil) are tiny, flattened, bronze colored seeds from flax plant, an old fiber crop believed to have come from Egypt and China. They contain a group of nutrients called ‘lignans’ which are a great source of powerful antioxidants and estrogen properties. These seeds contain one of the highest concentration of omega 3 in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) form. Studies show that consuming flaxseeds everyday can reduce the LDL cholesterol also known as ‘bad cholesterol

Nutritional value of Flaxseeds:

3 Tablespoons of Flaxseeds contain:

● Omega- 3  6,338 mg
● Fiber 8g
● Protein 6g
● Vitamin B12 31% RDA
● Manganese 35% RDA
● Magnesium 30% RDA
● Phosphorus 19% RDA
● Selenium 10% RDA

Benefits of Flaxseeds:


1. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes: The high soluble fiber content is good for metabolism and prevention of heart disease and obesity. ALA also plays a significant role in protecting the blood vessels from inflammatory damage. Research shows that daily intake of flaxseeds improves the blood sugar levels.

2. Healthy skin and hair: The essential fats and vitamin B1 in flaxseeds reduce the acne and promotes healthy hair growth. Lignans present in them act as anti-oxidants and slows down the aging process.

3. Digestion: Flaxseed protects the digestive tract lining from injury and inflammation. The fiber present in the seed helps in regular bowel movement. If you are suffering from constipation, flaxseed is a must try for you.

4. Reduces the risk of cancer: The antioxidant and estrogen in flaxseeds reduces the risk of cancer and prevents hormone-related problems.

5. Improves the menstrual cycle: “Do you have irregular period? Well… Stop worrying and try adding flax to your diet!” Eating flaxseed daily helps in regularizing the menstrual cycle. It reduces PMS symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety and headaches. Also acts as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.

6. Weight loss: The healthy fats found in flaxseeds are full of fiber, it ensures that one feels full and satisfied for a longer period. It reduces the hunger and keeps you full for a long duration. This makes flaxseed a perfect evening snack, especially when you are on a weight loss mission. Also read "5 Diet Tips To Kick Start Weight Loss"

7. High-quality protein: Flaxseeds are a rich source of protein which helps in improving immune function. They are free from gluten, hence a wise choice for person who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.



Where to buy Flaxseeds in Chennai? I Got mine for Rs.70/- from Dhanyam organic store.You can purchase it online or from any supermarkets nearby.

How to consume flaxseeds? It can be consumed in raw or roasted form. You can grind them and add them to your smoothies, cakes, bread, pancakes, breakfast cereals and salads. 

How much flaxseeds should I take per day? It is recommended that one can take a maximum of 5 tablespoons (i.e.50 grams) per day.

CC Tips:

● Flaxseeds should not be consumed at the time of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
● It is better to consume flaxseed than flax oil.
● Avoid taking it during periods. Can be resumed once the bleeding stops.

Do You Like Flaxseeds? How do you consume it?


Author: Rithikkaa Sudhahar
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Reading books is proabably the most interesting thing that I can do all day, But for some odd reason, people are actually not into books, but mostly because they don’t have the time to complete an entire book. For those folks, I would recommend web series. They are everything you need. Why do you think that? you might ask. Well, because most of them got an amazing storyline with some acclaimed actors which makes it a must watch for anyone who wants to read a book but does not have enough time.


Of late, all the online streaming services in India have started making original web series, which if you ask me is the best thing since the Cartoon Network. With so many options to choose from, there are few shows that have managed to catch my attention like Sacred Games, Rangbaaz, Mirzapur to name a few. One of them is a ZEE5 Original called Abhay that is all set to hit the platform on 7th Feb. ZEE5 has categorised this series as a crime thriller, and it features one of the most talented upcoming actors of Bollywood, Kunal Kemmu. Though the trailer did not reveal a lot of things, I did manage to get some insights about it, and that is what I’m here to share.


Here are my thoughts about the trailer of Abhay starring Kunal Kemmu’s

Just from watching the trailer one thing is for sure that the web series is going to be a treat for any movie lover with the element of suspense evident from the trailer itself. The trailer starts off by introducing the protagonist of the web series - Abhay, played by talented actor, Kunal Kemmu. Abhay comes across as a cop who is diving into multiple criminal cases in a quest to solve them. He clearly states that, though understanding the criminal mind has its pitfalls, it is the need of the hour and Abhay shall rise upto the challenge.

Of all the things I saw in the trailer, one thing that hooked me the most is the cinematography. The proof of that is seen throughout the trailer. My old time readers would know that I’m not a cinephile, but I can not hold my self from appreciating the production value of the web series. Unlike the other web series that I know of, this one actually has some great technical work which got me all curious about the web series.

Overall, I think Abhay would possess all the possible ingredients to make it a favourite among viewers, and I sure am excited to watch this series on ZEE5.

Have you watched the trailer of Abhay yet? What do you think about it? I would love to hear your views in the comment section.
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Want to look your best for a special occasion? If so, it is always better to take cues from our Fashionista Nayanthara. After going through an ample amount of Nayanthara's photos and videos, we think we have finally cracked the code of her fashion mantra. From the choice of accessories to footwear, we are making it easy for you to recreate her look. Read on know more about "9 Secrets To Dress Like Nayanthara."

1. Solid Colors:

Nayanthara is always seen adorning outfits with solid color, including her sarees. She is rarely seen with multi-colors or multi-print dresses. Read "Must Buy Sunglasses For Indian Women"


2. Accessories:

Whether it is western wear or Indian wear, she opts for a heavy necklace or chunky earring and NEVER for both. The Diva knows that little is more when it comes to accessories.


3. Hello Heels:

Nayanthara has been seen wearing wedges in most of her movies and public events rather than high heels. Wedges are comfortable to wear, and they give an instant uplift to the overall look without killing the foot. Top 11 Anarkali Looks by Nayanthara, HERE.


4. Hairstyle:

When it comes to hairstyle, she has been seen with messy braid, messy bun or loose waves and nothing fancy. When done correctly these hairstyles give a stylish look without trying too hard. To know more about her hairstyles read "10 Beautiful Hairstyles of Nayanthara"


5. Saree Blouse:

Most of the saree blouses that she has been adorning to award function are sleeveless and you can also nitice that the blouse is in contrast color to the saree. She is never seen with blouses or sarees loaded with embellishments.


6. Makeup:

Nayan opts for glossy makeup with nude lips and smokey eyes. She also opts for a subtle blush to keep the glow natural. Beginners checkout "Easy Eye Makeup Tutorial"


7. Statement Watch:

A chunky watch is a stylish accessory sported by her in many photo shoots and movies.


8. Highlights:

To spice up the boring hairstyles she has added Blond and pink highlights to the hair. This highlight pattern is an inspiration for many teenagers


9. Outfit Style:

Nayanthara's saree and salwars are usually free from prints and heavy embellishments or embroidery. Even many actresses are following her fashion trend, Ahem! Trisha and more. In short, I feel that her fashion motto is Less is more. Follow this above-mentioned fashion secrets to bring out the Diva in you.


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Instead of waiting for Spring or summer to buy swimsuits, dive into the freshly updated swimsuit trends for 2019 without any second thoughts. According to fashion experts prediction, 2019 is a year of Tankinis, Monokinis, Swimdress and One-piece swimsuit. Switch on the vacay mode and pick up the best clothing tips to sport swimming costumes flawlessly.


Leopard Prints

Leopard prints are sassy, bold and quirky. They carry it all without being too much on the eyes and yet compliment the figure perfectly. If you like donning animal prints, then for the 2019 season, leopard prints are the rage. These prints are complete and do not need any additional accessorizing.


Tankinis

Tankinis are bikinis which combine a tank top and a bikini bottom. These are not the typical two pieced swimsuits but a more comfortable version for the beach fun when you might want to keep your skin-show a little-laid back. Tankinis are playful and convenient to carry around, so one must have it in their collection for the pool and beach outings.


Aztec Prints

Aztec printed bikinis are always a great pick because of the variety in their colours and patterns. They make for a complete beach outfit, without many efforts. Pick appealing like bright pinks, yellows and blues to stand out this season.



Monokinis

Monokinis are one-piece bikinis which work exceptionally well to bring out the best of you. It helps to contour and balance your curves and at the same signify comfort of wearing a bikini at the beach. If you prefer monokini over two pieced bikini, then monikini with cut-out panels is the way to go. Monokinis is the right choice to let fashion and comfort coordinate together.


Glitter All The Way

Everything works out with a bit of glitter! Metallic glitter swimsuits push the trend notches up. A pool party soon? Or travelling near the sea for a memorable weekend? Get yourself a glittery swimming costume with a metallic finish to let your mood do the talking. Colours like ocean blue, soft pink, pastel lime or such colours can enhance your look in a jiffy. Don’t forget to select the swimsuit according to your body shape to bring out the best in you.


Embellishments

Swimsuits with a high neck? Yes, put high necks, embellishments and swimsuit all together to get this trendy style work its magic. Not just comfortable to wear, it requires lesser or no accessories, because the elegance is achievable with just one piece in one go. Darker colours like black and maroon are suited better in this style. 


Floral Print

Florals can never be enough! Jazz up your vacay mood. Floral patterned swimsuits upgrade your chic factor in no time. Leave your hair loose and don a pastel shaded kaftan over it, and you’re sorted for the beach-day. What are you waiting for buy now a floral print swimsuit and bring out the DIVA in you?


Buckle Up the Belt

Belts over one piece bathing suits turn the tables of the trend. 2019 is all about experimenting and doing it right. Pick out the best belts in your collection and pair them up with your one piece swimsuits. Mono-coloured belts can match up perfectly with dual coloured or heavily patterned bikinis. Belts are an additional accessory, but definitely can be used seamlessly.


Skirtinis

Skirtinis help keep the quirky vibe alive and going. The best part about swimsuit skirtinis is that they are flowy and yet very structured. Pool parties are where this trend can be tried and turn the eyeballs to you. Do it different and stunning with skirtinis.


Ruffled Swimdress

Ruffles are playful and fancy, and when combined with swim dress there’s no denying this trend this year. Play it convenient and modish, ruffled swim dresses are impressive in its cuts and colours. They are dresses made especially for the sea outing, never feel a hint of dull in a ruffled swimming costume.


Author: Pratistha

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Dubai has been designed to bring out the romantic in everyone. The incredibly lush and romantic Dubai Miracle Gardens will make you feel closer as a couple. The Dubai Glow Garden will take you straight into fantasy land together. The Dubai Desert will put you in touch with ancient romance that has stood the test of time. There’s romance everywhere in Dubai – in the seas, the pristine views, and the richness of the gold souqs, the narrow cobbled streets of the Historic Neighbourhood and along the Dubai Creek. Pack your bags today and head over to these incredible romantic places to visit in Dubai for your honeymoon.


Romantic Places to Visit in Dubai for Your Honeymoon


1. Afternoon Tea At The Burj Al Arab

Experience the grandeur of the city’s most iconic hotel with a decadent afternoon tea at the Sahn Eddar restaurant. You’ll dine on excellent scones and sandwiches in a restaurant located at the base of the world's tallest atrium. For 2 hours, you’ll bask in the very lap of luxury with your honey, enjoying Arabic, Turkish, and Moroccan flavours in a range of seasonal cakes and local produce. Admire the incredible golden atrium as you dig into the richest saffron, spices, pistachio, and dates. A symphony of classical music surrounds you, as you feast your eyes on rich marble and mosaics and soft lighting.


2. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy an incredible private hot air balloon safari over the Dubai desert with your love. See the whole of the desert from above while suspended from a basket. Be sure to take long-view shots of an incredible sunrise, as the sun peeks boldly over the dunes in the east. After you land, enjoy an amazing gourmet breakfast and a blissful drive over the dunes. For several hours, you can forget the rest of the world, except the spectacular hot air balloon flight, which culminates with a falcon-show on board. Imagine this – it’s just you and your honey at 4,000 feet above ground, gazing down at the gazelles, Arabian Oryx and camels galloping in their natural habitat.


3. Romantic Sunset Cruise 

A 2 hour dhow cruise along Dubai Marina Canal, JBR and Palm Lagoon is incredibly romantic. Watch the sun set over Dubai’s incredible skyline. As the city lights up with multi-coloured LED lights that reflect on the waters of the Persian Gulf, enjoy a scintillating belly dance show while henna artists tattoo your hands and feet. It’ll be the most romantic date ever for both of you, the perfect place to propose marriage and create unforgettable moments together.


4. Dubai Private Night Safari 

Sign up for an Overnight desert safari in Dubai and explore the secret world of nocturnal animals using night vision binoculars. Lounge back on silk cushions and nurse your drinks as you take in a pristine desert sky filled with stars. Smoke an aromatic shisha pipe, as you watch a beautiful dancer belly dance for your pleasure. Let henna artists tattoo your hands and feet with the fragrant herb. Take in the quiet desert atmosphere and fresh desert air as you enjoy an incredible dinner to the accompaniment of lovely music and the company of your true love.


5. Dubai Garden Glow 

Dubai Garden Glow is a magnificent theme park that’s open from November to April of next year. This year, Dubai Garden Glow has come up with several fantastic themes – there’s an animatronic Dino Park, with such realistic dinosaurs that you’ll be taken back. Then there’s this beautiful fairyland created out of yards and yards of luminous fabric, and thousands of CDs and bottles. The Ice Park is an unbelievable collection of amazing ice sculptures of global land marks, fantasy beasts, and many eye-catching constructions. It’s a romantic fairy land, one of the perfect romantic places to visit in Dubai with your love. Read "Guide To Visit Dubai in 5 days"


6. Couples Spa Date 

Sign up for a couple’s spa date at the Talise Ottoman Spa in Palm Jumeirah for a blissful afternoon full of decadence and luxury. Indulge in some sheer Arabian luxury with massages, saunas, snow rooms, and calm thalassotherapy pools. Rejuvenate yourselves with gold facials and a decadent soak in aromatic oils. Take a break to sip some delicious Arabian coffee and nibble on the richest of dates. A couple’s spa date at the Talise Ottoman Spa is just what you need to refresh your bodies and souls. Are you a South Indian Bride "10 Best Hairstyle for South Indian Bride" is a must read for you.


7. Dubai Miracle Garden

Enjoy the incredible sight, feel and smells of 45 million flowers in full bloom in the Dubai Miracle Garden. It’s the world’s largest garden of natural flowers, where each flower spells romance. It’s a garden with a difference –flowering plants are manipulated to grow into fantastic shapes such as circular arches, heart arches, and great global landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, an airbus, cartoon characters and famous people. Each of these creations is actually an amalgamation of plants that are trimmed regularly to maintain the design. It’s an incredibly romantic place just meant for lovers.



8. Picnic At The Hatta Mountains

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and trek to the Hatta Mountains. Pack a picnic lunch and find the perfect spot to lay down your picnic blanket. Enjoy a relaxing day with your love, enjoying the fantastic views from the Hatta Dam. Take a tour of the historical Hatta heritage village and pick up some souvenirs to take back home. Be sure to check out the natural pools of the mountains and enjoy the mouth-watering authentic Hatta cuisine with your better half by your side. Couple at Hatta Mountains, Dubai. Are you in to nature? check out the Hidden gem of Kerala- Vagamon



9. Kite Beach

The Kite Beach is pristine and beautiful and offers scintillating views of the great Burj Al Arab from every corner. Kite beach is a great place for love birds who are water junkies at heart. Immerse your feet in the smooth sands and stroll together hand-in-hand. Enjoy banana boat rides and try your hand at kite surfing. Rent a kayak and go kayaking together. Join a game of beach volleyball and enjoy being outdoors under the warm sun on a lovely beach with your honey.


10. Dubai Fountain 

The Dubai Fountain is simply phenomenal. Located at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is a beautifully choreographed to dance to thousands of modern songs, old Arabian tunes and classical music scores. 22,000 gallons of water move lyrically through the air, rising 150 metres in the air. The vibrant and illuminated jets dance mesmerizingly, shining with a million colours. You can watch the fountains from a boat on the Burj Lake, or from the Burj Khalifa Boulevard, or from the Burj’s observatory deck.


As you can see, Dubai throbs in tune with romantic vibes in every corner. For lovers, Dubai is a godsend. Adventure lovers can sky dive together, or play virtual games at VR Park. Romantic lovers can take picnics and explore the city’s incredible sights. There’s something here for every kind of lover. Wedding ahead, Read "10 Beautiful Blouse Sleeve Designs for Wedding"

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Looking for a perfect facial mask to brighten up your day? Well! Here it is…..‘Ginseng’ has been used in traditional medicines for centuries for its biological effects and treatment. The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask is a creamy, face exfoliating mask that brightens and refreshes your skin from dullness. Works well on both acne and dry skin. The rice extract in the mask is known for its moisturising properties and sesame oil makes the skin feel soft.

Price: Got this for Rs.1895/- from Nykaa. You can also purchase it from any online store.

Main Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Kaolin, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-100 Stearate, Alcohol Denat., Decyl Glucoside, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Perlite, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Menthol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Citral, Citronellol, Linalool, Menthoxypropanediol, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Eugenol, Dextrin, Oryza Sativa Extract/Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide.

Directions for use:

1. After the removal of makeup, use a facial brush to evenly spread the mask onto the face. Apply in the neck, if needed.
2. Avoid lips and eyes.
3. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse it off with water.
4. Use 2 to 3 times a week.
5. If irritation occurs, discontinue the product.

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My personal experience:

I am really not a person who is addicted to face masks and scrubs, but this one tops my list now! The mask is a thick, creamy white paste with some granules present inside it. The scent of the mask is light and mild. These granules help to exfoliate the skin to remove the dirt. Upon the application of the mask, there is a mild cooling sensation which refreshes the face immediately. I keep it nearly for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse it off with water. After drying out completely with the help of a clean towel, my skin looks brighter and smoother with even skin tone. I use it regularly (i.e.) 2 – 3 times a week. Having an oily skin, I didn’t face any breakouts or irritation after usage. The Body Shop, tea tree mask review HERE

Pros of The Body Shop- Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask :

• Brightens up your skin
• Removes dullness
• Leaves skin smooth and soft
• No breakouts!!!!!

Cons of The Body Shop- Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask:

• Expensive

CC Rating

4.5/5

Overall, The Body Shop- Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask works like magic. Absolutely recommended for those who struggle with acne skin. Do try out and let us know your comments!

Author: Rithikkaa Sudhahar


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Split is Croatia's second-largest city, and it's a great place to see Dalmatian history through palaces, sea, sand, beaches, and mountains. I will take you to the Fairy tale town- Split, where people are so friendly, helpful and understanding and so is this city.



This city is as calm as Meditation and as young as Tomorrowland. Split is a mixture of Mountains, Beaches, Caves and an Amazing, breathtaking Islands. It is truly a out of the world travel experience.

Best time to go- April-Aug.

Attractions-  Ancient Walls, Monuments, Tower bell (Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius), Beaches, water falls and fantastic food.

Nature and crowd- Split is gifted with ultimate breathtaking nature. It has it all, Sea-Sand-Waves-Wind-Forest-Mountains-Rainbows-Weather and now that's called complete natural beauty. The young crowd of Croatia as young as it can get. Their sunset cruise tour is a must. Read "Top Must Visit Beautiful Places In Beijing"





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Diocletian’s Palace- One of the ancient Roman ruins. There are lot of bars, restaurants, cafes, street shopping, street food, and live music near this place.  All Game of thrones fans this where Daenerys kept her dragons.


Bell Tower-  It is located near Diocletian’s Palace. Bell tower  is one of the tallest tower in Split with the giant bell. Once you climb up the tower you will get a panoramic view of the city. It is build in 15th-century tower and is a must visit. If you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights it is better to avoid climbing the tower.





Gregory of Nin-A giant statue, the legend says if you touch it, you will come back to split again. Who wouldn't dare to do it? It's lovely and it is just outside a garden, vibrant place to be.


Bačvice Beach-  If you want to meet people, this is the place. It's in the city center, favorite not only for tourist but among locals too. It's a sandy beach, with sunbeds.Sea water is amazingly clear. There are some excellent restaurants to grab a beer or coffee.



Papalićeva Street in Split became famous after Slave Rebellion Scene from Game of thrones.


Krka falls- One of my favorite place in Split, It is 30 mins drive from the city split. You can go there by bus or boat, but I prefer AC bus. It is more comfortable and it will take you in less time. It is unbelievable dreamy and magical. The water is crystal clear, and everything is well-organized tour companies.


Are you on a budget, Don't fret checkout the post about "Scotland Of Asia Vagamon- Kerala"
Author: Nandini Soni
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Are you a nature lover or a person who loves to travel the world? If so, have a look at this incredible place which I visited recently. Vagamon (also known as ‘Scotland of Asia’) is a small hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala.  It is situated 1,100 metres above the sea level. The spectacular view of the green hills attract the tourists from all over the world. The temperature lies between 10 degrees to 23 degrees during summer and below 10 degrees during winter. Vagamon is well known for its tea plantations and trekking to the nearby places.

Some of the ‘Must visit places’ in Vagamon are:
1. Barren hills
2. Thangal Para
3. Murugan hill
4. Kurisumala
5. Vagamon lake
6. Pine forest

Barren hills: Fresh air and breath taking view of mountain scenery with a pond and a lake! Takes about 5 minutes to reach the spot. This is indeed one of the ‘best tourist attractions’ in Vagamon.
“Capture the moment and enjoy the silence of nature!”

• Distance: Situated 10 km away from the town
• Best time to visit: March – June (daytime)
• Time required: 2 to 3 hours approx.
• Activities for children and adults: Trekking, rock climbing, bird watching and paragliding.


Thangal Para: Thangal para is often referred as a place for pilgrims. It was considered as a resting place of Hasrath Sheikh Fariduddin Baba, a revered Sufi Saint. As the name goes by, a huge rock sits at the edge of the mountain.

• Best time to visit: March to June (Avoid during winter and monsoon).
• Time required: Takes about 10 minutes to reach the top. Overall the entire spot could be covered in 1 hour.
• Not safe for children


Murugan hills: Situated in the eastern side of kurisumala. Here, the temple for Lord Muruga is built on a single rock. You could also find a peacock statue while going to the top of the hill.

• Distance: Situated 8km away from the town
• Best time to visit: Daytime (avoid during winter and monsoon)
• Time required: 1 hour



Kurisumala: This place is often considered as a silent valley. Best known for ashram and Catholic Church.

• Distance: Situated 5.4km away from the town
• Best time to visit: Morning and afternoon (avoid during winter and monsoon)
• Time taken to complete the visit: 2 to 3 hours max 


Vagamon Lake: A small lake surrounded by hills, mountains and valleys. Peddle boating is opted by many tourists to explore the beauty of the nature.

• Distance: It is situated 6.3km away from Kurisumala
• Best time to visit: One can visit anytime between 8:30am to 5pm
• Time taken to complete the visit: 1.5 hours to 2 hours



Pine forest: Enjoy the charming nature of this place surrounded by pine trees everywhere.

• Distance: It is situated 6.2km away from Vagamon lake
• Best time to visit: Morning could be a little foggy! Good to visit during noon time.
• Time taken to complete the visit: 1 hour 


Accommodation: Cottages and hotels are available at Vagamon for reasonable cost.

Last but not the least, though there are many hill stations in and around Kerala, I would personally recommend this place to enjoy with your family and dear one’s.

Author: Rithikkaa Sudhahar
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 Whether you lost your weight through exercise, diet, or any other method, loose skin is always a concern. You would have an ideal body weight but the body shape still needs some attention. The problem is that your weight loss plan just helps you to get rid of the extra body fat and usually does not include training for the muscles and skin(unless you focus on it). If you are looking for a way to tighten your loose skin, you are in the right place. In this article, we shall look into the facts that support and/or reject the claim that exercise tightens skin while losing weight. First, let us see why the body deposits fats and the types of fats that are present in the body.

History of Fats- Centuries and centuries ago when modern humans still had not evolved, the man had to find and gather his own food. He also had to survive when he could not find food for days.
Fats are the storehouses of energy. So, the body had to store energy in the form of fats so that there is a steady supply of energy. You should note that here, the body would use the stored fat sometime or the other.

But in the modern day with the modern lifestyle, we eat more fat-rich foods and exercise less. So, the body basically hoards up the fat and that fat is never used. This is how fat storage in the body has become a big problem today.

Types of Fat- There are two kinds of body fat that are present in the human body namely, subcutaneous fat and Visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat formation occurs right under the skin in the Hypodermis layer. This helps in temperature regulation and protection of the organs. Visceral fat formation happens around the internal organs of the body like the stomach, liver, etc. This kind of fat is particularly dangerous when in excess amount in the body because visceral fat is an important factor for detecting heart diseases, type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Ways to Lose Extra Fat

Natural Way: One of the natural and safest ways to lose weight is to put on your gym apparel and hit the gym. Exercise more and eat reasonably. This will also help you to gradually lose weight so that your body gets time to adjust to the decreasing body mass.

Artificial Way: There are many types of cosmetic surgeries available that surgically remove the extra fat from your body.  In addition, using fat burners supplements to lose weight is also an effective and speedier way of losing extra fat.However, proper care should be taken while using artificial ways as these might cause loose dangling skin after weight loss if you don’t give equal importance to your skin while losing weight.

What Causes Loose Skin While Losing Weight?
Skin is very much like a rubber band. It can be stretched and also has elastic properties. As fat deposits under the skin, the skin gets stretched and it remains so till that fat is used up or removed. You should know that losing weight also means losing muscles, so the skin basically has nothing beneath it to support. Just like a rubber band held in a stretched position for a long time. It loses its elastic properties. Now that we know how loose skin happens, let us look deeper into the factors on which loose skin formation takes place. Here are some of the factors that cause loose skin.

#1 The Amount of Excess Fat You Had -More the fat, more the skin is stretched and more loose skin will be present after weight loss. This is because the skin is more “stuffed” with fats and muscles. After they are lost, the skin loses its stuffing and becomes limp.

#2 Methods to Lose Fat- Definitely, the methods you used to lose the extra fat also matters. If you went with a more natural and spontaneous method like exercising and regulating diet along with reasonable goal-oriented weight loss loose skin will be slightly less.
If you lost fat using, quick weight loss dietary programme or liposuction surgery, there will be more loose skin as the body did not get sufficient time and means to make the skin come back to its original state.

#3 Age- It is not a secret that the elastic property of the skin reduces as the age advances. So, the younger you are, there are more chances of getting lesser loose skin or recovery of the original shape after weight loss.

#4 Water Content in Your Body- Studies show that water helps the skin to stay healthy and retain its elasticity. So, more the water, the skin stays hydrated and also it retains its elastic properties.


How to Get Rid of Loose Skin?
#1 Losing Weight Steadily- As we have discussed above, a sudden loss in weight causes loose skin. So, you need to be extra careful while working out to lose weight. Lose weight slowly and steadily so that your skin gets time to adapt itself to the decreasing fat in your body. Aim for around one or two pounds per week. Also, include fewer lifting exercises so that you don’t lose the lean muscles which may cause extra loose skin after weight loss.

#2 Hydration- At least two liters of water per day is necessary both from drinks and food. This helps the skin retain its elasticity and also purifies the skin and gives it a more radiant glow by keeping it healthy.

#3 Healthy Diet- Collagen and Elastin are the two of the important ingredients that help keep the skin elastic and plump. The basic components that form collagen and elastin come from proteins. So, protein-rich foods like cottage cheese, milk, and other dairy products, legumes, tofu, etc all contribute to the skin’s elasticity. So, don’t leave them aside while designing your diet. For easy and optimum absorption, eat around 200 calories of these protein-rich foods immediately after a workout session.

#4 Taking Good Care of the Skin- Nourishing the skin is as important as nourishing the body. So, exfoliate your skin regularly. This helps the skin to get rid of the dead cells. Use skin tightening formula containing vitamins E, A and C, aloe vera, yeast extract, soy protein, etc. They help both in hydrating the body and in elastin and collagen formation. Also, refrain from using detergents with harmful and harsh ingredients. Have lesser exposure to the sun and avoid chlorinated water. These measures of nourishing the skin will also help in tightening it.

#5 Working on Body composition- We all know that in addition to losing body fat, we also tend to lose or at least disfigure our muscles while on a weight loss plan. This means you will anyways get loose skin, no matter what you do. Instead of getting rid of the extra dangling skin, you can work on building the muscles so that they fit into the dangling skin. This involves something called resistance training. This helps to replace the extra fat with healthy fit muscles through the workout. If you have already lost weight, you need to start with the resistance training. This involves all the gym-based muscle building exercises like lifting. If you have just started, make it a part of your weight loss routine.

#6 Surgery- If you can afford and want an immediate loss of loose skin, cosmetic surgical procedures are available to help you with it. The surgeon will cut the extra skin and lifts the skin to tighten it.

#7 For Immediate Appearance-To look your best in your casual dresses after weight loss, consider wearing tight inner clothing like corsets. This just hides your extra skin and does not get rid of it. Consider other steps for a long time effect.

These were some tips to tighten loose skin through exercise. You have already passed half the way by losing weight and are just a few steps away from getting that perfect figure. Follow these steps and get the perfect figure that you desire. Wish you all the very best!!

Author Bio: 

Harold Camaya- She is a blogger who loves to write in different verticals. She co-authored Supercharge Organic Traffic: A popular course focusing on Organic Traffic for Ecommerce.. Her hobbies are traveling and reading.
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