All posts by Ancy Abraham

Worked as Magazine and Educational Books Editor, Developed industrial websites, brochures and profiles. Writes about lifestyle topics related to health, food, shopping, etc. Presently writing for lifestyletodaynews.com. Many other life-changing projects are in the pipeline, keep reading, Enjoy!

Spare just 30 minutes a week for complete health and fitness

In order to remain fit and healthy one needs to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. In India, 90% of the population do not follow any health and fitness regime or a healthy diet.

In India, we are aware of the benefits of exercise and diet. But we are unable to follow a health and fitness regime for a long time. There are many reasons to why we cannot  follow a fitness regime:

  • India is not a sporting nation.
  • Health and fitness come last our list of priorities of our daily routine.
  • Most people leave early in the morning for office and come late in the evening, so there is the time constraint.
  • Exercise and walks make you feel tired, thereby making you cut short some other daily routines.
  • There is no time to exercise after the daily chores.

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Benefits of EMS fitness training

EMS technology, used at ZYNK Fitness Studio, gives you fitness and health by just working out for 30 minutes, every week, in their fitness studio.

How the EMS technology works

Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology stimulates the muscles in the body just as in workouts. The movement of the muscles is called the contraction. The fitness achieved from exercise depends on the number of contractions of the muscles. The EMS technology used at Zink produces 3600 contractions in 30 minutes which is not achieved even by two hours of Gym exercise.

In a normal gym routine, every time a contraction is done by the muscle the message is sent to the brain.  Thus the process becomes tiring. In the EMS technology, every contraction produced by the electrode is effective as 10 contractions in a normal gym workout. When the information of one contraction is sent to the brain, the muscle has already done 10 contractions with the EMS. Therefore we feel relaxed while doing an EMS fitness routine.

The Zynk fitness trainers say that during a normal gym routine some of the muscles do not get exercise. But in EMS training, 90% of the body muscles are activated.

The person is made to wear a specially made jacket with EMS electrodes. The size of the jacket varies from person to person. The EMS used at Zynk fitness is wireless.

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Who can do the workout using EMS

Athletes

This technology has been used by professional athletes like Usain Bolt, Karim Benzema, and many others. Athletes do EMS training for more strength, more endurance, more speed and more flexibility. EMS shot into prominence when YohanKots, a Soviet Scientist, revealed that EMS could boost strength by up to 40% in elite athletes.

Weight loss

According to Vani Trivedi, of Zynk Fitness, “For 48hours after workout body in on a weight loss mode.” With a proper diet and EMS training, you can lose weight in 90 days.

Sitting job complications

For those who suffer from neck and back pain due to continuous sitting jobs, EMS therapy is very effective. EMS technology used in rehabilitation and training for people under physiotherapy.

Post pregnancy

EMS helps to tone the body and helps achieve the original weight and tone. It supports the regeneration of deep muscle fibres and connective tissues affected by pregnancy.

Benefits of using EMS

All areas of the muscles are covered

In the gym, all areas are not covered. But with EMS 90% of the muscles are covered. Electrode works all over the body.

Improves skin tone

EMS is very effective for skin. The skin glows after undergoing the training. As one gets older skin gets sagging, and it not toned and tight. Your skin tone improves with EMS training.

Keeps you young for longer

Growth hormones are responsible for our looking younger. Celebrities do botox to look younger. By EMS training you can boost growth hormones well. It will keep you younger for longer.

Keeps you fit and healthier

When you age, size of bone gets weaker and smaller. EMS does systematic work of bones and muscles and not joints. You feel oiling happened in every bone. Every bone feels fresh and light. Therefore your confidence increases.

There is an overall improvement in health and fitness because of deep tissue strengthening, improvement in the cardiovascular system and improvement in blood circulation.

Why at zynk Fitness?

There are over 1000 similar centres around the world, this is the first  EMS fitness studio in India. You can workout without being tired. Even after having a long day’s works you feel rejuvenated after the Zynk fitness training.

Besides if you come for the Zynk fitness session before going to the office, you can have a shower and look fresh. As there is negligible sweating you feel relaxed after the workout.

The is no pain of exercise and you do ten times more of fitness training. The trainers at Zynk say that EMS works on the muscles and bones, and not on the joints. Injuries happen when there is overload on the joints.

According to the Zynk fitness trainer, the EMS workouts produce long-lasting results using simpler workouts.

 

4 reasons why you must join fashion and lifestyle community of Sheroes

Fashion and lifestyle are fast evolving. We are influenced by the fashion and lifestyle of various parts of the world. If we look at our food habits – we have western food for breakfast like cereals and bread. We have Indian food for lunch like roti or rice. We have Italian or Chinese for dinners like pizza or noodles.

Our dressing is a mix of the traditional and the western. We wear the casual Indian tops and western trousers or jeans for work. We wear traditional wears for weddings or family function. For parties, we wear the fashionable western gowns.fashion and lifestyle community

Inevitably, every aspect of our fashion and lifestyle is being influenced by the global trends. We need to look and behave in a certain manner so that we are accepted in our workplace and social circuits. There are certain unwritten fashion and lifestyle rules which are followed by the people of all age groups. We need to remain updated on what is the latest fashion and lifestyle quotient around the world.

Gone are the days when we could stay in the comfort zone of our friends and family.  Now we have to make presence felt in the outer world. We need to be comfortable interacting with people other than our family and friends.

We need a style guru, we need a consultant for our various needs like psychological, fashion, family matter. We need an expert to give us an opinion, if possible from more than one person, for our queries on anything and everything under the sun. Our friends may be unable to give answers to all our doubts. And we cannot fix paid appointments to get answers to all our doubts.

For all your fashion and lifestyle requirements you can join the fashion and lifestyle community of Sheroes. The fashion and lifestyle community is for every woman whether she is a creator, an entrepreneur or a homemaker. By becoming a member of the community you can share information about your business. You share pictures of the beautiful products you make. And you can do a lot of networking.

If you are more comfortable on your mobile, then you can download the Sheroes fashion and lifestyle community app.

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Some of the benefits of joining the fashion and lifestyle community are as follows

Peer to peer interaction

You can interact with women of your age group and experience online camaraderie.

Answers from fashion experts

There are fashion Experts in the fashion and lifestyle community to answer all your queries related to fashion and beauty.

Meeting people with a common interest

There is a saying that birds of same feather folk together. To be connected with people of similar interest is a matter of enhancing and nurturing our stream of activity. For instance, if you love fashion designing, here you can find people to give you ideas to create beautiful designs and also prospective buyers.

An everyday dose of beauty tips

Standing out in a crowd is very essential today. No matter in which field you are your appearance speaks a lot about you. In the fashion and lifestyle community get tips on how to dress up beautifully on a daily basis.

She became a journalist at 40, and completes more than 40 years of Journalism

Leela Menon is the Mamooty and Mohanlal of Journalism in Kerala. Even after forty years in the field of journalism, her position as the most dynamic Journalist in Kerala remains unrivalled. Twenty years back when I joined Indian Express, Kochi, for an internship, Leela Menon was working there. She was one of my inspirations to join journalism.

Leela Menon, 83, has got enthusiasm and tremendous memory that people half her age do not have. Some of her investigative reports paved the way for social changes, especially for the women. One such story she always narrates is about reporting of the prostitution happening at a village called Aruvacode. The villagers who were potters turned to prostitution when pottery business became unprofitable.

Leela Menon went to the village with photographer Jeevan Jose and made a report that gained national attention. Finally, the potters were taught to make terracotta pots. And thus the village was back to a normal village.

She wielded her pen to bring changes to the society, especially to the women. At Indian Express, the senior journalists used to advise me to write like Leela Menon. She was the yardstick.

Her wording, whether about humans or animals, was so powerful that when she wrote a report steps were taken on a war footing. Once she reported about how using elephants at a certain function was cruelty to the animal. Immediate steps were taken to ban the parading of elephants at the function again.

Leela Menon, might be a rare achiever in India, who has been working from the age of 18 in 1948 to the present date. She started her career at the Post Office and went on to become the first woman telegraphist in the post office. When a Journalist, from Indian Express, published story about the telegraphist, ‘sitting pretty at the post office’ she became interested in Journalism. After getting trained in Journalism, she became a journalist with Indian Express.

Her journalist instinct, nose for news, was so strong that sometimes she could bring out powerful, life-changing stories by just sitting in her office. She tells when she was at the desk in Delhi, Indian Express, her air hostess roommate told her that they were not allowed to marry when in service. Leela Menon interviewed some air hostesses and wrote a story that not allowing them to marry was against their fundamental right. Her story paved the way to change the law that prevented air hostess from marrying.

She was born in an aristocratic family, in a pristine village in Eranakulam district of Kerala. She was surrounded by book and the beautiful landscapes in her childhood. She married Bhaskara Menon who was very supportive of all her works.

Leela Menon is a fighter, who survived second stage cancer in the 1990’s. When I met her she was so jovial and energetic that little did I know that, at that time, she was actually a cancer survivor. She now gives counselling to cancer patients. A heart attack and facial palsy could not dampen her spirit.

She is now the Editor in Chief at Janmabhoomi.

When I tried to contact her I came to know that she is under treatment at a hospital in Kochi. Wish you, Mam, a speedy recovery.

And Happy Women’s Day.

After 50 years of 300 films in 5 Languages, Sridevi bids adieu to this world

Sridevi, who was 54 years old died of a massive heart attack in Dubai on Saturday Night. We have seen her in movies for decades so we thought that she is older than what she looked. She was so young and active until her last breath that we never realized that she a going to celebrate her Golden Jubilee (50 Years) in the Indian Film Industry.

Sridevi, Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan was born in 1963, to Ayyapan and Rajeswari in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She began her acting career, at the age of 4, in the Tamil movie Thunivan. From then on she acted in a number of movies in South India. She made her Hindi debut as a child actress, at the age of 12, in the famous movie ‘Julie’. And her first Hindi movie as a heroine was ‘Solva Savan’ in 1979.

 

In the 1980’s Sridevi became the sensation of Hindi cinema, where her fans adored her for her acting prowess, dance, beauty and timely comedy. She is known as the first Indian superheroine because of her pan Indian presence. Throughout her career, she has given a number of blockbuster films not only in Hindi but also in the South India Languages Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.

In 2013, she was honoured with by the Government of India with Padma Shri, the fourth highest state award. She has won a number of awards both in India and abroad. She has won at least six Filmfare awards.

In a poll conducted by CNN-IBN, Sridevi was selected as the greatest Indian actress in the 100 years of Indian Cinema. She has been described as the ‘Empress of Indian Cinema’, ‘Queen of Indian Cinema’ and ‘Meryl Streep of Indian Cinema’, and so on.

Sridevi was literally a born actress, with natural acting and dancing talents. Even after taking a sabbatical of 15 years, she made her entry with the blockbuster movie ‘English-Vinglish’ – a movie which is going to remember the outstanding performance of Sridevi.

On the final day of her life, she was in Dubai for the wedding celebration of her husband’s nephew Mohit Marwah. Her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Kushi, were with her. The elder daughter was in Mumbai as shooting of her debut film, with Karan Johar was going on. Like a true professional Sridevi did what she was good at until the last moments of her life. She was dancing, posing for a picture and entertaining the guest by meeting and greeting them. Her death reminds of the final moments of Dr Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. He collapsed while addressed students in a college.

Sridevi was at her elegant best even at the last few hours of her life. She has left behind a number of beautiful pictures and dancing videos at the wedding ceremony, as a parting gift. The videos and pictures will be cherished by the fans of the Heroine of the hearts throughout the Length and Breadth of India.

5 Best Washing Machines in India in 2018

Nowadays Washing Machine is the most fundamental and vital household product. In India, one tends to get attracted towards flashy advertisements and select the overpriced Washing Machines rather than the good for value feature loaded one. So, we have comprised a list of top Washing machines based on Capacity, Maximum spin speed, predefined wash programs, and consumer reviews.

Bosch WAK24268IN Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price                      Rs 28,999

Specification
  • Capacity 7 kg
  • Maximum Spin Speed 1200 rpm
  • Special wash programs
Features

Active Water, Allergy Plus, Pre-activated Speed Perfect, Reload wash

The Washing Machine is embedded with German Technology and is arguably the best Washing machine available. The Anti-vibration Design of Machine can hold up to 7kg and have some notable advance features. The Active Water Technology adjusts the Water Level according to the load and also prevents the bacterial growth. The Tumble Washing Method along with Special Wash programs like Sari, Hygiene, Kids wear etc. make it a hassle-free, effective and user-friendly.

IFB Diva Aqua SX Fully Automatic Front-load Washing Machine

 

Specification
  • Capacity 8 kg
  • Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
  • Special Wash Programs
Features

Air bubble Wash System, Aqua Energy Feature, Foam Control, Auto Imbalance Sensing and Control.

This Front loading Washing machine is an Upgrade on the prominent IFB Senorita SX. The model is loaded with remarkable features and has a seven segment LED display. The predefined Wash care systems for Baby Wear, stains, wool, hand wash and much more had made it an instant hit among the consumers.

LG FH0B8NDL22 Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine

 Price                      Rs 24,999
Specification
  • Capacity 6 kg
  • Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
Features

Smart Problem diagnosis, Tub Clean Function, and Optimized Cleaning

This model may is at present the best budget Washing Machine available in India. It has a six motion Direct Drive Technology that enables optimized washing for every cloth type. The Smart Diagnosis system can recognize the problem itself. The optimum price range and aforementioned features are the reason that this particular model has been one of the best-selling washing machines in India.

LG P9037R3SM Semi-Automatic

Price                      Rs 13,299

Specification
  • Capacity 8 kg
  • Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
Features

3 Wash program, Collar Scrubber, Roller Jet Pulsator

LG has somehow deciphered the code of Indian consumers in terms of pricing and Specifications. This particular model has been the most successful in the Semi-Automatic Segment.  The Higher Spin speed ensures lower drying time. The additional Lint collector, Wind Jet Dry, and Soak Option Technology are icing on the cake.

Samsung WA62M4100HY\TL Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine

Specification
  • Capacity 6.2 kg
  • Maximum Spin Speed 700 rpm
Features

Fully Automatic, Durable Powerful Washing performance.

Samsung is one of the leading brands in India, largely due to the durability of their products. This particular model ensures the same along with imposing characteristics such as powerful performance and beautiful looks.  The machine is equipped with Eco Tub Clean technology, Powerful Filtration, and Stain removal technology.

Washing Machines are an essential part of every Household. A lot of factors such as capacity, Spin Cycle, Wash programs decide the perfect option for you. With The Cutthroat competition and a large number of options, one has to be very careful while selecting the best possible model as per your desires.

Here are a few Exotic Cars from the Auto Expo 2018

There was a huge crowd at the Greater Noida Auto Expo 2018 on the first day for the public. A long and harrowing journey to the venue from Delhi, yet people visited the Auto show with family and Kids.

If you have not yet visited, here is a glimpse of some of the cars at the venue.

Here are some the latest and futuristic Cars displayed by world-renowned brands

BMW

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BMW Convertible Car

TATA

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TATA 45X
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TATA’s Sports Car – Racemo

HONDA

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NewVConcept and SportsEVConcept

TOYOTA

Honda Yaris
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Toyota I-Read, a futuristic gearless car with one seat. Two wheels in front and on in the rear.
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A future car which we use H2 as fuel

KIA

Auto Expo 2018
KIA Stinger

HOTWHEELS

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Two life-size cars depicting the toy cars of Hotwheels

SPORTS CARS

RENAULT

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Renaults Electric Concept Trezor

Meet Thripthi Shetty a transgender businesswoman, model and actress

The story of Thripthi, is a story of resolute willpower and determination. As a young boy, Kiran he lost his parents and he did not have anyone to share his psychological turmoil. He wanted to be a woman.

He left his home and wandered in various cities. Doing menial jobs and all the while contemplating ways to have a surgery for a sex change.

Surgery for Sex Change

Finally, three years back, he had enough money to get the surgery done. And then Kiran changed to Thripthi Shetty.

The story of Thripthi Shetty is the story of a transformation. It is the story of successful women entrepreneur, model, and actor who is being constantly interviewed by media. As a transgender she has got many firsts to her credit:

  • She is the first transgender to get employment in Kerala.
  • She is the first person to apply for mudra loan under the transgender category.
  • She is aspiring to be the first transgender businesswoman in Kerala.
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Thripthi Shetty at a beauty pageant

Story behind the transformation

Thripthi came in contact with Dr Annie, who took her to an old lady, who taught how to make handmade jewellery and showpieces. Since then, at her rented home, she creates beautiful jewellery in stones and black metal. She participates in a number of exhibition and there is a long queue to buy her attractive jewellery.

She also creates beautiful show pieces from used liquor bottles.

She is a creative person and talented. She got an opportunity to act in a movie. She is looking forward to acting in more movies.

Recently a beauty pageant, Queen of Dhwayah, 2017, was held for the transgenders in Kerala. In which she was selected in the final fifteen.

Her Dreams

Thripthi is a bundle of ideas, and she doesn’t want to rest on the laurel. She has many plans for the future. A roof over the head and delivering the schemes for transgenders without any obstacle is all that Thripthi Shetty wants right now.

Her dream is to open a handicraft shop in a tourist destination. For which she hopes to get the support of the government.

Obstacles for transgenders

Thripthi feels that there are many people who want to help the transgender. But they are reluctant. If one person shows the way by helping the transgenders then others will truly follow.

Thripthi says that there are a number of schemes for the transgenders in Kerala. But due to some obstacles, the schemes are reaching the deserving persons. She hopes that steps will be taken to ensure that the schemes would rightfully benefit the transgenders.

One noteworthy fact that Thripthy said is that because the transgenders are not given voter ID card, the government is losing many valuable votes. In another interview, with a channel, she said that there are 25,000 people who declared themselves as transgenders. Those who hide their identity may be many times more.

People like Thripthi want to live a normal life like any human being. They do not want to stir upon, teased or abused. And they should receive jobs like anyone else.

Thripthi’s jewellery is going on today also (December 24th) at Marine Drive, Kochi. If anyone is at Kochi please visit her stall.  A glimpse of the products made my Thripthis are here:

Celebrate this Christmas with Meetha Paan Cake

During the Christmas season, there is one more day, other than 25th December, which is very anxiously awaited. That is the day of baking cakes.

Since the baking has to be done on a large scale we get the cakes baked in a bakery.

There will be a long queue waiting for their turn to bake their cakes. So we have to book the date and token number in advance. This year our token number was 3, on last Saturday.

When we wait our turn inside the bakery we can learn a lot of tips on how others mix ingredients for their cake.

First, the workers mix the eggs, butter and sugar with a huge whipper. Then the mix is poured into a large wok. And the flour is mixed.

Now it is the turn of the customer to add his or her ingredients that give the customized, specialized or homemade flavour, taste and texture to the cakes.

Some add orange juice. Others add sugar syrup. Others add lemon rinds and so on.

When you see the ingredients, you feel like “oh my God! why didn’t I think of these ingredients. This would have given a special taste to my cakes. No problem, I will add next time”.

When we reached, the bakery, this time, the mixing process of token no. 1 was going on. The customer was coolly monitoring the mixing of the ingredients. When the Baker asked him to finally add his secret flavours the entire scenario changed.

He politely ordered them to divide the batter into three parts. And each part was put a different wok. Now he added pineapple essence in one part. In another, he added cocoa flavour and cocoa chips. The way he administered the measurement of ingredients, I was sure he was not an amateur. Someone whispered that he is a Chef at Hotel Siddharth.

When I talked to him, his name is Hansi Gomes, he said that the third flavour he prepared today was Meetha Paan Cake.

I was on the lookout for a Christmas special article. I knew Meetha Paan Cake would be the best Christmas gift for the readers of lifestyletodaynews.com.

I requested him to share the recipe for the website. He not only agreed to share the recipe but also gifted me one Meetha Paan Cake.

The cake was yummy and refreshing.

For those who were born and brought up in north India, meetha paan brings childhood memories. Meetha Paan, which was the served at the weddings in the past, has a nostalgic feeling.

If you had enjoyed chewing meetha pan, in your childhood, at wedding functions, you are surely going to like this cake.

Meetha Paan Cake

Ingredients

Butter -1 Kg

Maida – 1 Kg

Sugar Powder – 700g

Vegetable Oil – 50g

Vanilla Essence

Eggs – 21 No.s

Baking Powder – 1 tbsp

Gulkand (Rose petal) – 1/2 Kg

Food Colour Yellow

Paan Petta (fine Julienne Cut)- 5

Dry Fruit (Tutti Frutti, Badam, Kajun) -150g each

Peppermint – One pinch

Meetha Paan Cake

Preparation

Take the butter in a bowl and add sugar powder.

Mix it well until the butter is foamy. Now add the eggs one by one.

Whip well for a while. Let the mixture become soft.

Now add vanilla essence, food colour and baking powder. Mix well.

Add the flour little by little and make a lump-free batter.

Add gulkand, peppermint and paan petta and mix well.

Bake it is a tin mould with a butter paper placed at the bottom.

The baking takes at least 45 minutes. In order to know if the cake is properly cooked poke a toothpick at the centre of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake has been perfectly baked.

Meetha Paan Cake

Happy Baking for Christmas!

Hansi Gomes is a Chef at Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, New Delhi.

He was kind enough to share his recipe for Meetha Paan Cake. A novel recipe for aspiring cooks and passionate bakers.

Thank you Mr Gomes for sharing the recipe.

Dengue symptoms and ways to prevent it

[featured_post limit="10"] Dengue is one disease that afflicts the rich and the famous also. Which means that the cause of the disease is not just maintaining cleanliness in our homes or stay in a plush area.

Then how can we prevent dengue?

Dengue is spread by the bite of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito. When the mosquito bites, the virus multiplies in the human being; and the disease can be transmitted to others also.

Remove clogged water

Dengue mosquitoes breed in water clogged areas. In the homes, there are a number of sources of water clogging areas. The water in the flower pots, cooler trays, refrigerator trays and used tyres can serve as breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

In addition to maintaining hygiene in our homes, we must ensure that water is not stored openly in any container in and around our homes.

Cover your body to prevent mosquito bites

The dengue vector bites in the two hours after sunrise and for few hours before sunset. So we must ensure that we are well covered. Children, when they go out of the house, should be made to cover their hand and legs properly.

Most of the dengue mosquito bites happen outside the house. So we need to take necessary precaution to prevent the bite of the mosquitoes.

Use effective mosquito repellants inside and outside the homes

Good knight Active+, liquid mosquito repellant, is a common household name when it comes to preventing mosquito bites. When dengue virus becomes widespread, especially during cool weather, people start using more of Good knight Mosquito repellants.

Mosquito repellants are used in the daytime also to keep away the dangerous vectors. Most people use one repellant each for every room in the house.

The Good Knight repellent has a strong odour which prevents the mosquitoes from coming near the place where the repellent is in use.dengue symptoms

Every product of Good knight works has the property of repelling the mosquitoes from coming near the object which the repellent is applied on. So there are products of GoodKnight like the GoodKnight Fabric Roll-on, where four dots of the roll-on is applied on the fabric and not on the skin. And in this way, the mosquito is prevented from the person.

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Dengue Fever symptoms and treatment

A person can be doubted to have dengue symptoms if there is high fever, combined with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting.

The same mosquitoes that spread the dengue also spread the Zika Virus. But Zika is less dangerous and usually, the virus is found in those who travel to different countries.

Dengue, a disease that was found only in a few countries has spread to over 120 countries. To repel the dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquito bites, secure your family, your body, home and surrounding by using mosquito repellant Good Knight products.