Have You Got Plans For A Body Tattoo? You May Lose The Eligibility To…

Tattoo Meaning “To Write”

Tattoos are Awesome. Undoubtedly, a tattoo on few people just grabs our attention without a second thought.

Some personalities ink themselves on many parts of their body. And each of those tattoos narrates a story behind. For example, our own Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli. The one who has got a good number of tattoos all over his arms and shoulders. Notably, the text Scorpion inked on his right bicep, Lord Shiva, and a Samurai warrior with a raised sword on his shoulder and arms.

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Tattoos are very common to see on sports personalities, especially in Football, Basketball, and Cricket. Have you anytime seen a FIFA, NBA, or a Cricket sportsperson without an ink on their body?

It may take some more time for us to come up with a list. There is one other person too whom I can refer here. Remember the body inking on “Michael Scofield”, a structural engineer from the television series “Prison Break”?

Tattoos Are Trendy:

A few years back, body inking among the adults of age group between 20 to 35 was not very common. But now, that is the trend. Starting from the teens who are in their final year of college to the adults working in Information Technology based companies have got body Tattoos nowadays. The increased number of body writing studios which we see around us in the recent times is the best example I can quote to confirm the inking is a trend among youngsters in India.

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The Eligibility:

Please do not think that I am against body inking based on the title of this post. I was interested too to have one on me. But, a bit hesitant now as I got to know about this.

A tattoo on our body might cost us our eligibility to save a life when needed.

Let me be more specific, a person who has got their body inked cannot donate blood for a period of six months to a year. This is not only applicable for the body tattoos but also applicable for Body Piercing.

This above-mentioned fact had pulled me back from getting a tattoo for myself. Please note that the suspension duration mentioned above also depends on the salon and the country from where the person got their body inking done.

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In India, the duration of suspension from donating blood after getting inked is six months. Similarly, every country has got their own restrictions on the duration of the suspension. I had jotted down the suspension duration in some of the countries below for better awareness.

In case of the United States of America, there is no waiting period to donate blood even after a tattoo. But, this is applicable only if you are living in the cities of the USA where a tattoo facility is regulated.

If you have got your tattoo done from the cities like New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, D.C and few more cities where the tattoo facilities are not yet regulated then a person needs to wait for a year before opting to donate blood.

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Why Do Blood Banks/Hospitals Deny Blood wrt A Tattoo?

Infection is the one main reason for the denial.

Once after having a skin puncturing tattoo or body piercing using a needle, an individual’s body is injected with heavy traces of antibody elements from the inks leading to a reaction. The person who gets a tattoo is also prone to diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B, and C especially when an unclean needle is used in the process.

The above mentioned is also applicable for the women who undergo Microblading and Permanent Makeup. Remember, they do fall under the category of cosmetic tattoos as they involve pigmentation and ink implants in the skin.

Maybe you are a potential blood donor but a small tattoo on your wrist may place you in a fix. You may be pushed to a spot where you could not help someone who is fighting for their life after a road accident. I felt that it is not worthy to get my body inked when compared to saving ones life if a situation arises.

Still, Couldn’t Resist?

Go on, but…

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  1. Think one more time before hitting the doorstep of the Tattoo parlor or a studio.
  2. Ensure that the tattoo studio you had chosen has got a tattooist with good experience.
  3. It is a must that you see a fresh needle that is going to be used on you. It is also mandatory that you ask the tattooist open the needle in front of you.
  4. Ensure that the tattooist wears clean gloves while inking your body. All the items used in the process need to be properly sterilized.
  5. The professional should not be using an already used ink bottle. The ink he/she use should be from a fresh unopened bottle.
  6. Do not take a risk and compromise your health just to save some extra money.
  7. Ensure that the studio you choose is clean and it is run by a professional.
  8. Not all Tattoo studios might have got trained professionals, Beware.
  9. Do not forget to ask about the care instructions.
  10. It is better to avoid inking your body when you are on a tour. You do not know whether the studio is good or bad.

Are Tattoos Permanent Or Removable?

Yes is the answer for both.

They are permanent, but the color of the ink used is expected to fade. If you are planning to ink on your wrist or at the front space of the fingers, then you may need to consider going for a color touch-up once in fifteen months.

With modern technologies like laser treatment, yes a tattoo can be removed from the skin.

Good To Know:

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Not all countries in the world are tattoo friendly. There are countries who do not encourage people wearing a tattoo on some part of the body and also got a right to not to allow a person into their country if that person wore a tattoo that criticizes their belief. For example,

  • Denmark – No tattoos on Face, Neck, Hands, and Head.
  • Srilanka – No tattoos of Buddha or similar.
  • UAE, Japan- No tattoos are encouraged.

Alrighty then.

Hope you find this post useful and informative. See you all around soon.

Give Blood. Give Life.

References:

http://negaraku.astro.com.my/articles/en/can-i-donate-blood.aspx

http://www.bloodcenters.org/people-receiving-tattoos-in-ca-can-donate-blood-without-waiting-period-2/

http://www.donateblood.com.au/faq/tattoo

https://blood.ca/en/blood/abcs-eligibility

http://www.theweek.co.uk/63895/giving-blood-who-is-and-who-isnt-allowed-to-donate

http://blooddonors.ae/donor/en/article/10-Who-can-donate-Blood.html

Cycling For Weight Loss – Part 2

The Continuation – Cycling For Weight Loss

As I said in the parent article “Cycling For Weight Loss” there is a lot more than what most of us know about the outdoor cycles. When it comes to Outdoor cycles, there are a lot of factors which need to be considered due to its wide ranges. So, here they are for you.

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Types Of Outdoor Cycles:

CyclingStandard Bikes

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The ones which are not in use much nowadays at least in India. These bikes are single speed bikes with coaster brakes where there will not be any brakes near the handlebar. The brakes are applied by pedaling backward.

Best suited for leisure rides focused on flat roads. Rarely found in India, but can be purchased online from Amazon.

BMX ( Bicycle Motocross ) Bikes

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These are the bikes which people use when racing on off-roads and while performing stunts.

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Best suited for stunt riding and for the rough roads with constructed obstacles.

Road Bikes

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These are the ones that are used by professional cyclists during bike races. These are also the ones which are widely used by people who wanted to maintain their body weight. It can be used for covering longer distances as they are ergonomically designed and they are mostly geared bikes.

Road Bikes falls under two categories.

  1. Performance and Speed
  2. Touring

These high-speed bikes come with slim tires for greatest speed and they are of lightweight. The cost of this bike varies mainly based on the material used to build the bike. The rate of a very good performance plus comfort bike is expected to be greater than 20000 Indian Rupees. For example, brands like Firefox, Cannondale, Btwin, Montra and rock rider bikes fall into this category. But these brands have got Mountain and Hybrid bikes too.

Best suited for people who need a high-speed bike and wanted to cover more than 50 kilometers in a day.

Touring bikes are designed for more comfort and for carrying loads. They are heavier as they come with mounts for rack and fender attachments.

Mountain Bikes

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The MTB (Mountain Bike) bikes are used for off-road cycling that covers landscapes that are not flat. These bikes come with broad and rugged tires and with suspensions to make the rider feel comfortable.

Best suited for people who do adventure trips on regular basis.

Hybrid Bikes

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These are the ones which most of us had used and still using. As the name implies it is a combination of both road and terrain bikes. These are widely used and can be found among the school and college going teens in India. These bikes are suited for both flat and reasonable off-road rides. Just like road bikes, these bikes also come with various levels of Gears and Friction on the left and right handles, Double discs, and Double valve rims.

Best suited if your usage is just occasional rides and for lesser distances few times in a week.

Tandem Bikes

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This kind of bike can be found in western countries more. In India, maybe in a circus. These bikes come with an extra seat and set of pedals for two people to ride together.

Recumbent Bikes

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These are not regular bikes and not for city roads. These bikes come with a reclining seat and with pedals forward. Suited only for flat roads.

Unicycle

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These are mainly used by performers and can also be found in a circus. Needs the skill to handle this kind of bike as they come with only one wheel. This bike is used in the unicycle hockey and in some of the other sports as well nowadays.

Points To Consider While Buying a Cycle To Maintain Weight Loss:

  • Do you know cycling?
  • What would be the frequency of you and the bike hitting the road or off-road?
  • Your intention to buy a bike? Is it just for Fun rides or you are also planning to use it as your commute.
  • What is your Budget?
The below-shown chart should help you get an idea in deciding on what bike to buy.
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Things To Consider:

If you would like to have a physical view of any bikes, hit the doors of Decathalon stores or similar to see it directly.

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  • Consider assembling the bike with a help of a professional especially if you are buying the product online.
  • Do not stick to the Brand name. Discuss with friends and local bike store before you zero in on the bike. There are people who custom build their bikes with the help of professionals.
  • Choose the bikes for which the spare parts availability is good. Btwin and Firefox users can be found in good numbers in India.
  • Test drive the bikes to find the one which makes you feel very comfortable. Spending time on this now will help you not to feel bad later. Ensure that the distance between the handlebar, brakes are reachable easily while choosing the bike.
  • Consider taking the finalized bike for rent from the nearby shop to experience the bike for more hours before you buy. You can hire the cycle for a certain number of hours for 500 rupees. Trust me, it’s worth to opt for.
  • Do not buy expensive bikes if your intended purpose is just casual and occasional cycling. Going for an EMI is not a good choice instead check whether you can avail corporate discounts.
  • Consider buying important accessories like stop lights, helmets, and other required gears. Some of them might not be required always but you are the best judge here.
  • Buy well-fitted clothing for cycling. Uncomfortable clothes specifically the cycling shorts will make you hesitate to touch the bike later. There are people who had experienced worse scenarios due to improper clothing.
  • Do not go for long distance cycling if you are not feeling well and if you had not slept properly.

My Cents:

– If you want to maintain your weight at a lower cost, you can also consider buying a used bike.

– The bike need not be a professional cycling bike instead it can just be a most commonly used hybrid bike.

– Save money and time by maintaining the bike well. Filling air once a week should do the trick besides other activities. A well-maintained bikes service cost should not exceed more than 500 rupees.

– Cycling can be Fun. Maintain your weight by doing the activity as a part of a group. Search for the cycling groups on Facebook and get yourself registered.

Remember this African proverb which is also relevant in this context.

If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.

Cycling For Weight Loss?

Is Cycling Your Weight Loss Strategy?

This is an outcome of the study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine. Overweight and obesity affect more than 66 percent of the adult population. It never comes alone, instead connected with a variety of chronic diseases. 

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An another study done by UCLA researchers concludes saying – While on diet a sustained weight loss is achieved only by a lesser number of people. People who had lost their weights initially by few pounds or kilograms had regained more weight than they were earlier.

As per the statistics from Google Adwords, 2240000 is the number of searches made by people around the world using the term Weight Loss in their browsers search bar.

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According to me, the only fastest way by which one can reduce their weight in a span of two weeks or less is via lesser intake of food than normal. Do not forget to check it out next time once you are down with fever for few days. You would be able to see that your body weight had got reduced slightly, which is not permanent.

The Hardest Part?

From the above studies, we can confirm that to achieve weight loss is easy. The hardest part is to maintain it for a period of time or continue to sustain down the line. I use to hit my apartment gym at least five days in a week in the past few months but took a break now for time being.

Ah! okay, I admit that I am a bit occupied on to some other tasks lately due to which my gym routine had taken a backseat. It is not really fair from my end. But, here is what I had managed to learn from those few months.

  • Dieting Alone does not help.
  • It is not recommended to hit the gym if you had not got enough sleep.
  • Do not indulge in lifting heavy weights without a person for help.
  • Hitting a gym or doing physical activities like Cycling, Walking, Jogging every day keeps us fresh and active throughout the day.

You can find more about my weight loss journey here.

Alrighty then. As you know already from the title, we are going to discuss the positive impacts of cycling towards weight loss.

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Beginners are most likely to get demotivated in the first few months as cycling alone cannot help in achieving weight loss. Irrespective of whatever exercise you do, you just need to give it time.

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Relying only on cycling may not help a lot in achieving weight loss. The reason is that cycling is an endurance activity which does not help burn calories much.

But, cycling can play a major role in helping us maintain our body weight and march towards our weight loss goal. In fact, people who do cycling for 10-15 km about 4-5 times a week had found cycling easier to sustain weights when compared to brisk walking and jogging.

I would say if you are already struggling with weight loss and fatigue then consider indulging in intense exercises. Consider cycling only to help you maintain your weight and to avoid weight regain.

The Secret To Achieve Weight Loss?

Burning more calories than we consume helps in losing body weight.

The below-mentioned combination will help you achieve weight loss better and faster.

  1. Adequate Sleep
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Physical Activities involving cardio exercises
  4. Carrying Weights

What Type Of Cycle Is Good To Maintain Body Weight?

As you might have got an idea now on how cycling helps. The above-mentioned would be the question that is running in your mind now. Choosing between an actual bicycle or an indoor cycling machine depends on the individual’s preference.

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It is simple. One can ride a stationary indoor cycling machine until they get tired. Once the energy level is drained, hop off from the machine and hit the shower. An indoor gym cycle comes with programmable workouts and dynamic speeds besides resistance levels to match an outdoor ride but with the absence of fresh air and nature.

When it comes to an actual cycle, one needs to ensure that they have the energy to ride back home. Riding to a very far distance will have its effects especially when you are a beginner. No doubt that with an actual cycle, we can enjoy nature and that is not the case with a stationary gym cycle. 

Some of the other advantages of indoor cycling are you can read newspapers, listen to music or watch a television while working out. This is not something which you can do in outdoor cycling. So, both the cycle types can support in one’s weight loss program based on how frequently they use it.

Opting For An Outdoor Cycle?

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I am sure that you would have landed on the below questions in your mind by now.

  1. A Geared or Non-Geared cycle?
  2. A professional cycle or the regular bicycle that we had used during our school days?

Trust me, there is a lot more on how to choose an outdoor cycle for weight loss. Will meet you guys again in the upcoming post with few more information about it.

Stay tuned…

Hmm… Am I Missing Something?

Yeah!

Dear Friends, please note that every individual and the nature of their body is different. Some people might have experienced weight loss only by cycling. But, that does not mean that it would be the same with everyone.

Is there a reader here who vouch for cycling towards weight loss?

Dear Pal, kindly ignore what I had said above and stick to your cycling mantra. When it is working for you already then do not stop. Your insights would be helpful for the other readers here. Hence, do not hesitate to use the comments section, please.

References:

http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/19127177

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Dieting-Does-Not-Work-UCLA-Researchers-7832

 

I Kneaded My Eyes Hard

Good To Know –

Healthy Human Eyes can distinguish 17000 different colors.

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I was riding my scooterette with a Helmet half closed so that I get some air. It was already 10 PM last Friday when I was on the road returning back from my workplace. Something came up and got stuck in my left eye leading to an irritation. I had started to rub my eye with my left hand without listening to my mind. I know very well that I need to turn on the indicator and stop the vehicle, make myself comfortable and then start again. But, I failed to do it instead rubbed my eye a bit hard and it made enough damage to the extent where I am writing about it now.

What Is The Impact?

The impact of me rubbing my eye hard is a swollen conjunctiva.

Conjunctiva – It is the layer that covers the white section (sclera) of our eye.

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I had reached home and by that time, my left eye had already turned to red color due to the pressure I had applied. In fact, I had never realized that I had rubbed my eye so hard until I faced the consequences. I rushed to the restroom, washed my face with cold water and turned on the face light. The one located on top of the mirror to get a glimpse of my left eye.

Wow, a red ball with a white extra layer very well visible. I had initially thought it is just the discharge or the mucus which we get normally and I had tried to pull it out. Man, it never came out. Good that I had realized that it is not regular conjunctivitis but a swollen Conjunctiva.

It scared me a bit hence I ran to the room to find that Refresh Tears solution and applied a drop on both my eyes. Besides, I had also googled with the search term “a white layer on my eye after rubbing” and one of the search results had helped me stay calm.

Lessons I Had Learnt:

  • The swollen conjunctiva on my left eye is due to harsh rubbing. The jelly white layer gets swollen and becomes visible when the eye gets irritated. Especially, when an extreme pressure is applied on the eyes.
  • Never rub your eyes hard as it may lead to more issues.
  • An allergen eye drop prescribed by a doctor would help to cure the same. This is applicable only if there are no issues in your vision due to the swollen conjunctiva.

Last year, I had experienced an issue in my right eye where I had found a yellowish boil or bubble again on the sclera portion of my eye. You can find more information about it here. Since the doctor had prescribed an allergen drop at that time, I had bought the same this time and used it.

It worked and I did not find the swollen layer much in the morning but I still have slight irritation as though something is stuck in my eye. I am ensuring that I do not let my eyes dry by using the eye drops “Opticool” which is again prescribed by the doctor. Hope, I will soon feel comfortable.

I strongly feel that I could have avoided the impact a bit if my eyes were not dry and also if I had listened to my mind.

What Next?

The above mentioned is what I had experienced and it does not mean that everyone is gonna experience it. But, it is better that we all consider taking care of our own eyes. Remember, until we lose something we will not realize its value.

This article is not only for the people who are working with computers. It is for everyone irrespective of their job nature as an absence of a computer is compensated well by the presence of tablets and 5.5-inch display cell phones in our lives.

Here Are The Few Things To Do:

  • Take medical help based on the severity.
  • Stop staring at your cell phone when the room light is OFF.
  • A cell phone emits blue light which is harmful to our eyes. If you are using it then try to buy a tempered glass which arrests the blue light if not try app like Twilight.
  • Do not let your eyes dry. Keep the eye drops handy that help to moisturize the eyes. Especially, if you are using a laptop or desktop computers throughout the day at work.
  • Always try to wear a helmet with the front glass fully closed even if you are going to a nearby shop by your two-wheeler. I am still trying to make that as a habit.
  • Ensure that you wink your eyes while staring at your personal computers. The eyeballs will get some moisture that way.
  • Keep your body cool so that your eyes are also cool. Excess heat in the body leads to eye problems.
  • Drink more water.
  • An oil head bath twice or thrice a week should help.
  • Do not ignore the prescribed glasses just because your friends tease. It just invites more power issues and nothing else.
  • Use your contact lenses wisely. If you are using use and throw contacts then use it only for the recommended time. 10 to 12 hours per day is the maximum time recommended.
  • Buy genuine lens solution and keep them safe so that they do not get contaminated.
  • Use branded coolers and avoid non-genuine spectacles. Not all the glasses sold at the clothing store are good for our and our kid’s eyes.
  • A sunglass really helps to protect your eyes from unwanted harmful rays from the sunlight.
  • Eat vegetables like carrot which are known to benefit our eyes.
  • Fix an appointment with an ophthalmologist at least once in six to eight months. It is good to know that ophthalmologists and optometrists are different.

– An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in eye and vision care.

– An optometrist is not a medical doctor. They are professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes.

Consider This:

Our eyes are the doorway to our heart. Take good care of your eyes. It can bring light in someone else life if we donate our eyes once we are done in this world.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjunctiva

https://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/132

The Potato Story

Consuming Potato Will Make Us Look Like A Potato

It is a well-known old story. Below are some more facts for you to know about this power packed vegetable “Potato”.

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Before I make a deep dive, Today 19th of August 2017 is celebrated as National Potato Day! at the United States Of America. There is a day for Potato in the countries like United Kingdom, Ireland too.

I got what you are thinking. Sorry, Pal, I am yet to hear from someone on this practice in India. It would be great if you can share it if you are aware.

Alrighty then, let’s dive.

Is there any one who turn their face and keep their hands controlled even after seeing a fried potato chips?

Maybe around 30-40% of the population does that considering other factors like age and medical conditions. Most of us know that consumption of deep-fried items made of potato leads to obesity and will make us look plump. So, I am not here to convey any information about its effects on obesity etc. But, I am going to share something interesting which few of us do not know.

I go to buy vegetables every weekend. Sometimes, I did notice that some of the potatoes in the tray with a green colored patch on them.

All those times, I use to tell myself that they are still raw. It is funny if I think about it now. How can it be raw when it is never gonna become a fruit :).

It took me 33 years to get to know the real fact about the green patch on top of the potatoes which I had come across.

Interesting Fact Number – 1

Ever Imagined A Potato As A Weapon?

Irrespective of whether you had imagined or not, it can be used as a weapon. Here is how.

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The green patch on the potatoes are not because they are raw but because they are old. The green color is nothing but the chlorophyll. A chlorophyll on the potatoes confirms the presence of Solanine.

What Is A Solanine?

Solanine – A glycoalkaloid poison which can be found in the vegetables like Tomatoes, Egg Plants, and Potatoes. The presence of this chemical compound in the vegetables and fruits like berries protects them from bugs, insects, and diseases. Good for them but not for humans.

The Possible Effects:

Consumption of the green colored potatoes might lead to neurological and gastrointestinal disorders. Some of the other symptoms are as follows,

Above mentioned is not all. In critical cases, Paralysis, Hypothermia, Jaundice and even deaths have been recorded.

What Not To Do & To Do:

  • Look for green patches, spots while buying potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants and do not buy them.

– Yes, the potatoes are screened for solanine levels before it hits the market. But, do we know what happens and how long it stays at the shop.

  • Storing potatoes at home for more number of days is not recommended.

– Longer duration can lead to solanine content build up to dangerous levels. Hence, buy them as per the need.

  • Cut the green part before cooking. Keep them away from sunlight.

– Storing potatoes in dark controls the production of toxins.

  • A rotten potato in a closed room emits poisonous gas. A gas which is capable of taking a life of someone who enters that room. Maybe we can come across similar sequence in a thriller movie shortly.

Interesting Fact Number – 2

Can we consume potatoes which have got sprouts on top of it?

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It is best not to consume those potatoes without removing the extra growths. Especially, restrict yourself from giving this to little children as the octopus like sprouts contain glycoalkaloid.

Interesting Fact Number – 3

Potatoes + Baking Soda – can help us to clean kitchen utensils like pans and objects made of metal to remove rust.

Interesting Fact Number – 4

A slice of potato is good to clean a foggy mirror or glass at home.

Interesting Fact Number – 5

Ha Ha! Here is the beauty tip. Placing sliced potatoes can make the dark circles around the eyes to fade.

Interesting Fact Number – 6

Too salty curries? Introducing potatoes in the salty curries absorb the salt without any changes in the taste. I have tried it in the year 2011.

Interesting Fact Number – 7

Have you heard about Potato Parcel?

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If you are living in the United States of America, you can now send great messages or a potato photo postcard to someone via potato parcel. A creative and memorable parcel it would be to someone special. You can also get them shipped without any hassle to Canada, Australia, Europe, and United Kingdom.

Interesting Fact Number – 8

Potatoes due to their richness in complex carbohydrates can elevate your mood by motivating because of their effect on your brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Interesting Fact Number – 9,10…

Will share if I come across any. If you know something, please do use the comments section to share so that I can find a spot for them too in this article.

Reference Link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanine

https://potatoparcel.com/