Category Archives: Health Tips

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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24Sep/16

Health Tips by Kaizen Hospital

Health Tips – by Kaizen Hospitals

Today we come across with a useful collection of health tips provided by Kaizen hospitals for public health.

Few tips for you:

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24Sep/16

Health Tips by Care Hospitals

Health Tips – by Care Hospitals

Today we come across with a wonderful and useful collection of health tips provided by Care hospitals for public health. Thanks to the management for such an initiative.

We couldn’t resist to make these tips reachable to more audience, so we are trying to increase the awareness to the public from our side by providing publicity for the tips provided by our Care Hospitals.

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24Sep/16

Health Benefits of Lemon

Health Benefits of Lemon :

  1. Drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body.
  2. Lemons contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.
  3. Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  4. It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
  5. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.
  6. Lemon water benefits the enzyme functions in your body, stimulating the liver and flushing out toxins.
  7. Lemon water has a high potassium content – depression and anxiety are often linked to not having enough potassium in your blood.
  8. Daily one lemon is estimated to reduce high blood pressure.
  9. Drinking lemon water can help dissolve not only those but gallstones, pancreatic stones and calcium deposits as well means fights against kidney stones.
  10. Lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.