Monthly Archives: September 2016

25Sep/16

Health Benefits of Apples

Health Benefits of Apples :

An apple a day keeps the doctor away…

Yes, it’s true in many ways. Check out the benefits of having Apples:

  1. Apples contain a very essential antioxidant known as ‘Quercetin’ which protects the brain cells from suffering any kind of damage and enhances Brain power.
  2. An Apple to your daily diet and preserve mental as well as physical health.
  3. Apple skin contains large amounts of ‘Pectin’ which is extremely effective in reducing the physical discomfort associated with Diarrhea.
  4. The consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  5. The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
  6. Eating apples have been proven has very healthy for the heart as they contain anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the inflamed artery walls.
  7. it helps fight off oxygen-free radicals that actually cause diabetes.
  8. Apples contain pectin, which helps control food odors. Pectin also promotes saliva, which cleanses breath.
  9. Apples are high in vitamin C and flavonoids (beneficial, water-soluble plant pigments), both are antioxidants and protects against exercise-induced asthma.
  10. It helps eliminate unwanted heavy metals, excessive cholesterol and other toxins present in the body during the digestion process in the intestine.This process reduces the workload of the liver and helps restore optimal digestive, cell and circulatory functioning. A detoxified liver also prevents headaches, bloated stomach, allergies, indigestion and insomnia, all of which can be caused by toxins in the liver.
24Sep/16

Benefits of Cucumbers

Benefits of Cucumbers

  1. Reduces cholesterol
  2. Rlieves joint pain(arthiritis/gout)
  3. Promotes difestion
  4. Aids in weightloss
  5. Prevents headache
  6. Controls blood pressure
  7. Cures diadetes
  8. Flights cancer
  9. High silica content for silky hair
  10. Rehydrates and remineralizes the body

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24Sep/16

HOW TO HANDLE COMMON COLD IN BABIES

Your baby’s first cold is always heart-breaking with the baby struggling hard to breathe with a blocked and running nose. The baby will cry due to the discomfort and have difficulty while being breastfed.

Let’s understand what causes colds. These are upper respiratory tract infections of the mouth, nose and throat caused by viruses. Babies will be quite susceptible to colds as their immune systems are still developing and finding strength.

The easiest way to catch a cold is by being in the company of another person with a cold who sneezes and coughs viruses in the same air and through hand-to-hand contact with an afflicted person. It is always advised to cover one’s mouth when coughing and sneezing due to cold and maintaining strict hand-hygiene after blowing and clearing the nose.

It is likely that your baby has a common cold if you notice fever, cough, reddened eyes, sore throat, stuffy nose, runny nose, and difficulty in breastfeeding, loss of appetite, is easily irritable and restless, has trouble breathing through the nose and has swollen lymph nodes under the armpits, neck and back of the head.

As parents and caregivers, you should do your best to soothe and comfort your baby at such a time.

  • Be aware that babies can’t blow their own noses. So from time to time, we should help clear the mucus that gets collected or anything stuck in the nose .Be ready to stay awake during the night to clear the stuffy nose, dab some moisturiser or petroleum jelly to reduce skin irritation and comfort them back to sleep.
  • Make sure the baby gets plenty of rest and feed to stay hydrated and beat the fever if there is one. Breastfed babies recover faster thanks to the antibodies from the milk. Medications to relieve fever [on medical advice only] and nasal saline drops can be used to clear the blocked noses.
  • Vapour rubs and steam may ease and relieve the process of breathing.
  • No over-the-counter medicines should be given without the doctor’s permission.
  • See the doctor immediately at the first sign of illness, if the baby is less than 3 months old, or the cold has not improved beyond 5 days, fever is constant and lingering, baby has trouble breathing, has a nagging cough, irritable and rubs ears which could be an ear infection or has a running nose or cough with green, yellow or brown mucus.
  • Extra strict hand-hygiene of washing hands with disinfectant soap/liquid after contact with anyone with a cold is essential.
  • Avoid smokers and smoking zones. Babies exposed to smoke have colds lasting longer than usual.

Worry not, it is called the common cold for a reason – the baby can have up to 8 colds by the first birthday. It is not a serious condition except for the number of tissues and sleepless nights. It is indeed a part of growing up.

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24Sep/16

12 TIPS TO PREVENT COMMON COLD

Common cold is a disease that develops as a result of viral infection. While there are over 200 types of viruses that can lead to common cold, it is possible to keep the disease at bay by taking few simple precautions.

  1. Wash your hands
    Common cold spreads through contact. Someone who has a cold may sneeze onto their hands, and then touch their keyboard, their desk, the doorknob, and other things in the office. The germs will then be picked up by the next person who touches the same object. Washing your hands frequently will help mitigate the spread of the virus.
  2. Don’t cover your sneezes or coughs with your hands
    Don’t allow the germs to cling to your hands by muffling your sneezes and coughs with your bare hands. You will only end up passing on the germs to others through your hands.  Use a tissue to sneeze or cough into and then throw it away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, turn your head away from people near you and cough into the air. It’s still better than allowing the germs to deposit on surfaces that others can come into contact with.
  3. Don’t touch your face
    Cold and flu viruses enter the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching your face is a major way you catch a cold. So don’t do it.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids
    Drinking water when you have a cold is tough. But water flushes your system, washes out toxins and rehydrates. Drink up your daily quota of 8 glasses of water without fail. Anything hot – like soup, tea and coffee – would be helpful.
  5. Get fresh air
    Staying indoors in cold weather seems the wisest thing to do. But imagine a cold, moist room at the office, with air conditioning, and full of people busily working away. Germs can easily circulate in closed, dry, crowded environments. You must aim to get yourself your regular quota of fresh air.
  6. Exercise regularly
    Exercise makes you sweat once your body heats up. It helps increase the body’s natural mechanism to kill viruses.
  7. Eat raw vegetable containing phytochemicals
    Eating dark green, red and yellow vegetables and fruits containing phytochemicals is good for you body’s immune system. Also ensure that they are properly cleaned.
  8. Be active
    Avoid being sedentary. Be active at all times. This boosts your body’s immunity.
  9. Don’t smoke
    Smoking or being around smoke makes you more prone to colds because this dries your nasal passages and paralyses cilia. Cilia are the delicate hairs lining your mucous membranes that sweep away cold viruses. Cigarette smoke is known to paralyze cilia for about 30 to 40 minutes.
  10. Limit alcohol consumption
    Heavy drinking also suppresses the immune system and makes you prone to infections. Alcohol also has a drying effect on the body, which makes it easier for germs to be attracted.
  11. Gargle
    Gargling with warm salt water would give relief.
  12. Take regular hot water baths and inhale steam to relieve stuffiness
    Taking a hot water bath helps make you feel better instantly. The hot water makes it difficult for cold viruses to survive. Inhaling steam also works to relieve stuffy noses and prevent colds from developing. Put some eucalyptus oil or any cold relief balm in the water, or rub it on your nose before inhaling – the astringent properties in them help our body take in the steam better.

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24Sep/16

12 TIPS FOR CANCER PREVENTION

Here are 12 diet and activity recommendations that may reduce the risk of cancer.

  1. Avoid smoking and limit drinking:
    Refraining from tobacco use provides other health benefits besides lowering cancer risk. Limit your daily intake of alcohol to two drinks for men and one drink for women.
  2. Exercise regularly:
    Exercise helps combat obesity, a risk factor for cancer. Aim to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day, and aim to be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  3. Eat a low fat diet:
    Try to limit your total fat intake to less than 30 percent of daily calories. Avoid saturated fats, and try to consume Omega-3 fats.
  4. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables:
    Aim to eat at least one-third of your food raw. Balance your intake of red, green, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables to cover the full range of phytochemicals. Besides being high in fibre, fruits and vegetables are natural sources of antioxidants that protect cells from potential damage caused by carcinogens.
  5. Increase your daily fibre intake:
    35 grams of fibre a day is recommended in the daily diet. Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes.
  6. Avoid red meat:
    Avoid consumption of red meats, including beef, pork and lamb, and avoid processed meats.
  7. Avoid processed, sugary and salty foods:
    Avoid sugary snacks or drinks. Sugary foods and beverages tend to be high in calories and low in fibre.
  8. Cook healthy:
    Avoid microwaving or frying your food. Boil, poach or steam your foods instead. As far as possible, aim to eat freshly cooked food, and avoid reheating frozen or refrigerated food.
  9. Optimize your vitamin D levels:
    Studies suggest that exposure to high levels of vitamin D during childhood and early adulthood is associated with a reduced incidence of breast cancer. Exposure to sunlight is the most efficient way of generating vitamin D, but there must be enough awareness of the risk of over exposure to the harmful effects of sun’s rays. Dietary intake of vitamin D could be improved through fortification of foods.
  10. Breastfeeding:
    It is best for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for at least six months. This lowers breast cancer risk.
  11. Self-examination and diagnostic screening:
    Early detection and treatment is your best bet to beat cancer. Women above 20 years should start with breast self-examination, and women above 40 should also have an annual mammogram. Other annual checks for women include the Pap smear.

Watch out for signs and symptoms of cancer

Though cancer does not exhibit any obvious signs, it is worthwhile checking out some symptoms with your doctor. These include:

  • Persistent cough or blood-tinged saliva.
  • A change in bowel habits.
  • Blood in your stool.
  • Unexplained anaemia/weight loss.
  • Breast lump or discharge.
  • Enlarged testicles and painless testicles.
  • A change in urination or voiding.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Hoarseness of voice.
  • Persistent ulcer or swollen glands.
  • Obvious change in wart or mole.
  • Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.
  • Unexpected night sweats or fever.
  • Continued itching in the anus or genitals.
  • Noticeable change in skin colour.
  • Sores that don’t heal.
  • Headaches.
  • Persistent back pain, pelvic pain, bloating or indigestion.

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