Tips for Health

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Tips for cutting off sugar from your diet

By on July 22, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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The following tricks may come in handy in eliminating sugar from your daily diet:

Keep yourself well hydrated. This is because dehydration has the potential to leave you crave for sugar and sweets.

Cut off caffeine gradually. What caffeine is capable of doing is swing blood sugar and leaving you feel dehydrated. Both of these may make you crave for sugar.

Consume more protein and more omega 3 fatty acids which are also known as good fats. Keep a balance between your protein intakes for it may lead to sugar craving when taken more or when taken less than normal amount. Proper good fat and proteins help maintain blood sugar levels and also satiety.

A strong urge for sugar may arise when you skip a meal or two. So don’t miss a meal.

Take in natural sweet that is fruits and veggies for they not only nurture your craving for sweet but are also rich in phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins, and micronutrients.

Stay away from those artificial sweeteners and chemical which claim to taste sweet. These are harmful for health. You should rather use little quantity of gentle sweeteners such as barley malt, rice syrup, honey, and dried fruit etc.

Get proper sleep. Being sleepless would call for extra energy and hence extra urge for sugar and sweets.

Be physically active and smart.

These tips may look small but these can bring a big change in your life. Remember that you can only enjoy life at the fullest if you take care of yourself.

Is your child at risk for kidney disease?

By on July 22, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

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Parents always wish good health and prosperity for their children. Health is also one of the most sensitive issues when it comes to children. You must be very concerned if you child is at risk of kidney disease and you wish to be sure that he or she is not.

 

Kidney diseases are not only common in adults but also in children. It may be due to the many different reasons such as low intake of fluid, holding urine for long, or many other reasons. To find if your child has kidney disease, you should go for a urine test. This will ensure if there is any problem in the kidney because usually, in early stages of kidney disease, there are no visible symptoms that the child would show.

 

In this urine test, your child would be said to collect the urine in a small sample bottle. In this test, what is checked is the albumin levels. Healthy kidneys do not let albumin pass through them. If the kidneys of your child are healthy, the re would be no albumin found on test. But if the kidney is damaged, some albumin may appear in kidney and thus would be detected by the test.

 

If the urine test shows high albumin in the urine of your child, this means you need to see a healthcare provider to get your child’s kidneys checked.

 

If your child is obese, diabetic, has pain in the back, feels burning sensations while urinating, gets swelling on the eyelids after getting up in the morning or has family history of kidney disease, your child maybe at risk of kidney disease.

 

Make sure you get your child checked up.

Blood disorders

By on July 22, 2013 in Diseases with 0 Comments

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They say blood is life. If you have any abnormality in your blood, that would affect all the systems of the body and also your over all health. Knowing the types and kinds of blood disorders is quite essential for us.

Before going into the types of blood disorders, let me very briefly tell you the components of blood cells. There are three types of blood cells found in our blood which reside in the plasma which is 70% of blood.

  1. Red Blood Cells that is responsible for gaseous exchange.
  2. White Blood Cells that is responsible for the defense mechanisms of the body. That is how the body combats with foreign agents that can harm it.
  3. Platelets, that is responsible for clotting of blood if there is some kind of injury. Platelets are not however, actual cells.

Coming back to the blood disorders let me tell list them up for you:

Anemia: Anemia is lack of sufficient amount or red blood cells, or the presence of abnormal red blood cells that cannot function properly. Types of anemia include:

  • Iron deficiency anemia (insufficient iron which is required for RBC synthesis)
  • Pernicious anemia (mal-absorption of Vit B12 and folic acid required for RBC synthesis)
  • Aplastic anemia (body fail to make RBCs)
  • Hemolytic anemia (more cells degraded than made. For example, sickle cell anemia, malaria)
  • Anemia may also be caused due to other reasons such as kidney diseases.

Bleeding disorders: these include diseases in which clotting of blood fails to occur.

  • Hemophilia (lack of clotting factors)
  • Von Willebrand Disease (lack of von Willebrand factor)

Blood cancers: When there is abnormally fast multiplication of cells.

  • Leukemia: (abnormal and rapid WBC production)
  • Lymphoma (cancerous cell growth in lymphatic)
  • Myeloma (attacks plasma cells to weaken immunity.)

Urinary Incontinence in children

By on July 22, 2013 in Diseases, Health with 0 Comments

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Do you know that your urinary system comprises of kidneys on either side of the vertebral column, ureters opening their way out into the bladder and before the urine finds its way out of the body, it passes through the urethra? Do you also know that there are sphincters present around the bladder so as to not let the urine leak out? Well, babies’ bladder empties automatically. But as the baby grow in age, up to 3yr; they get control over their bladder.

Children with urinary incontinence don’t keep dry for a long time. The term urinary incontinence, also known as enuresis refers to the loss of bladder control thus consequently urination occurs accidentally. Generally, the cause of urinary incontinence may be any of the following or a many together.

  • It may be due to infection in the urinary tract
  • Due to kidney issues,
  • Due to damage to concerned nerve damage
  • Due to structural anomalies of the urinary tract
  • Other reasons include problem during breathing and constipation etc.

In children, urinary incontinence disappears gradually as the child age. It is true that if urinary incontinence persists even after the age of 3, it is quite an embarrassment for the mother and the child. Very small babies have no control over their bladder but this isn’t considered Urinary incontinence (UI). Daytime UI is identified usually at the 5 or 6 and that during night time at the age 7.

Normally the urinary incontinence fades away with age. If it does, certain other strategies such as bladder training, moisture alarms, medicines etc are used.

The link between diet and developing kidney stones

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, Diseases, Health, Health with 0 Comments

 

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Healthy diet is emphasized due to a reason. That reason is to keep you away from the awful affects of different diseases that are particularly influenced by what you eat. You must’ve heard much about kidney stones, right? But do you know that apart from the fluid intake, your diet has a lot to do with formation of it? Well, this article may help you combat kidney stones making some dietary changes in your life.

Types of Kidney Stones:

Before going into detail about the dietary recommendations, let me first very quickly mention the types of kidney stones. These include the following:

Calcium stones: The prevalence of calcium stones is pretty high and they may be of calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate type.

Uric acid stones: Persistently high pH of urine results in uric acid stones.

Struvite stones: These are precisely formed when in state of infection.

Cystine stones: These are formed due to a rare metabolic disorder in which cystine, an amino acid, leaves the kidney and into the urine. High concentration of cystine results in cyctine stones.

How dietary changes can help:

Relying on the type of kidney stone a person is suffering from, they need to make changes in their animal protein, their calcium and their oxalate intake.

Ideal fluid intake should be 2 to 3 liters per day.

Because calcium stones are common, patients with this type of stones should:

  • Minimize their sodium intake, intake of fish, egg and meat
  • Consume sufficient calcium in diet or through supplements
  • Avoid spinach, wheat bran, nuts and other oxalate-rich food

Patients with uric acid stones should keep a check on their protein intake.

 

 

 

Foods that can aggravate your diarrhea

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, Diseases, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Diarrhea is precisely classified as an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which involves the frequent bowel movement causing inability to reabsorb water. Eating something unhygienic may be one of the reasons of regular visits to the bathroom. Diarrhea may leave you deficient of nutrients and lack of water in the body. Special care is required for a person who is suffering from diarrhea especially when it comes to diet.

Take note of the following things that should not be eaten in case of diarrhea for they can make things worse. This is because some food has the potential to promote peristalsis, the movement within the gastrointestinal tract in order to move food forward.

Foods to forget when suffering from diarrhea:

Do you know that the kind of food that enters the stomach has an influence on the bowel movement? Diet that is rich in fat speeds up the contractions in the GIT. The worse things you can eat in diarrhea are those that are greasy, creamy and fried.

Avoid consuming dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, ice creams and other milk derivatives. One of the reasons for this is the fact that lactose present in milk demands lactase for digestion. If the digestion doesn’t occur, it may cause bloating, flatulence and nausea.

Try to distance yourself from artificial sweeteners for they may have laxative effect which can further aggravate the condition.

Other food stuff to avoid includes sodas, caffeine and alcohol etc. There are many foods that promote production of gases. These include cruciferous family, beans, onions and peas etc.

What to eat in Diarrhea?

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Diarrhea is basically an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that affects many people irrespective of age and sex. You eat something wrong; you have to rush to the washroom many times a day. You may become weak, awful and dehydrated by these frequent bowel movements. To make life a little easy when you have diarrhea, let us discuss some foods that you should have to make your diarrhea better.

The BRAT Diet:

If you didn’t know about the BRAT diet, today is a good day to know about it. BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast) is a diet that helps overcome diarrhea.

Banana contains the following ingredients that help your digestive system and your body:

Pectin: Soluble form of fiber that absorbs water content and expands so that the food moves slowly and gradually through the intestine.

Potassium: Works for the lost about of electrolytes in stool.

Inulin: Fiber content that not only helps in movement of the food but also has pre-biotic property.

Rice can help you feel better. Due to the fact that it is low in fiber content, the carbohydrate in rice gets digested in the small intestine before reaching the end of the GIT. You can also go for mashed or boiled potatoes.

Applesauce is yet another comforter in your condition. Raw apple rich in pectin may be too rough, but cooked apple has the goodness in a more easily digestible form.

Toast and other processed whole grains should be consumed because they are easily digestible. You can eat crackers which have added salt which will help you maintain electrolyte balance.

 

Know the bumps called blackheads

By on July 20, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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Blackheads or comedos are pimples that do not have skin over them; the air oxidizes the top layer of gunk in the pores and turns it dark black. Dead skin cells and sebum accumulate in the opening to the hair follicle producing a bump, which if covered by the skin is known as a whitehead or otherwise turns into a blackhead. This widely common skin disorder is basically a mild type of acne. They can appear anywhere on the body; nose, ears, back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders. Hormonal changes in the body and excessive use of cosmetics can cause the problem to occur in teenage and adolescence.

Blackheads can be treated by over -the-counter products by medication available in cream, gel, and pad form which contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol. Stronger medications that are recommended by doctors contain vitamin A, benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics.

Dermatologists use round loop extractor to remove clogs or microdermabrasion removes the top layer of skin, which can also be done using chemical peels in which a strong chemical solution is applied to the skin. Laser and light therapies on the other hand, treat acnes and blackheads without affecting the top layer of skin.

You can prevent blackheads by making sure you wash your face when you wake up and before you go to bed and also after eating oily foods. Also wash your hair daily especially if it is oily. Opt for oil-free make-ups, lotion, sunscreen and exfoliating scrubs and masks to remove dead skin cells.

Smoking hazards

By on July 20, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health, Health, Lifestyle, Prevention with 0 Comments

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All are aware of the health problems caused by smoking, such as emphysema, cancer and heart diseases. It also has permanent effect on the lungs, the heart, the eyes, the throat, the urinary tract, the digestive organs, the bones and joints, and the skin. Other diseases may include chronic bronchitis, coronary heart diseases, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, pneumonia, periodontitis, and bladder, laryngeal, esophageal, lung, oral, throat, cervical, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. Smoking also brings about infertility, peptic ulcer diseases and slows healing of wounds. Chronic lung diseases make up 73 percent of smoking-related conditions and 53 percent for those who have quit.

Pregnant women who smoke give birth to premature babies.  20 to 30 percent of the babies have low-birth weight, 10 percent fail to survive and 40 percent of the deliveries are preterm. The babies who may seem to be healthy are found to have narrowed airways and reduced lung function.  Health care cost for maternal smoking is estimated to be $ 366 million per year $ 704 per maternal smoker. Smoking women also have a higher risk of lower bone density and hip fracture than women who never smoked.

Each year 440,000 or nearly one in five people die each year in the United States due to the adverse health effects of smoking, which is higher than the deaths that are caused by HIV aids, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.

Avoid smoking, it may kill you someday!

Foods for longer better hair

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

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When my friends see my long healthy hair, they ask me the secret of my beautiful hair. I tell them it is my diet and that there is no other secret at all.

Add the following food to your diet to see your hair get better and thicker. These foods are rich in protein and we all know that hairs are made up of protein called keratin.

Salmon is a good food for hair. You may wonder why. Well, that is because of the fact that it is not only rich in vitamin D but also in proteins and omega 3 fatty acids. All of these are great for your hair growth.

Essential fatty acids are a great way to keep your scalp nourished. Walnuts are a great source of this type of fatty acids. They are also rich in vitamin E and biotin.

You can prevent hair loss by simply adding zinc to your diet. Deficiency of zinc leads to hair loss. Oysters are rich in zinc.

Vitamin A is a must for a healthy dandruff free scalp. Carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkin, mangoes etc are rich in this vitamin.

Egg can be your best friend when it comes to hair health. It has all you need to have healthy hair. Also go for fish, beef and chicken etc.

Other food for better hair include, spinach as it is rich in Vitamin A, C, folate and iron which is promotes circulation of blood within the scalp, protein rich lentils, green yogurt, strawberries and blueberries etc.

Hair Issues in Summer Season

By on July 19, 2013 in General, Health, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

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With the sun shining brightly over you, indicating a pleasant day ahead, you are up from the bed and all ready to head out to start your day. But wait a minute! You notice something over your head, something which is unusually out of its texture, yes, it s your hair! That very important aspect of your persona has gone far away from its normal look.

A number of issues arise with the hair during summer.

The most common problem that we face is sweaty, oily and frizzy hair. Your scalp produces sebum which makes your hair greasy. Now how to fix this? Well, one easy solution to the problem is, wash your hair “not too frequently”. Sounds strange but actually, washing off your scalp everyday can stimulate it to produce more oil so as to replace the lost moisture. One more remedy which you can follow is to rub a small amount of baby powder on the hair roots. Now brush or shake the hair gently to remove any excess of it.

 

Flat hair is yet another summer hair issue. The moisture in the air gets trapped into the hair strands, making them seem lifeless.  A solution for this can be the use of some ‘anti-humidity hair spray’. Also, add more proteins to your diet to boost the volume of your hair.

 

Dried, puffy and coarse hair is the result of use of excessive chemicals. Externally applied strong chemicals can damage the hair cuticles, letting the harsh winds and other factors encounter directly with the hair strands. A simple solution to this problem can be to keep yourselves as well as your hair properly hydrated. Apply some olive oil two hours before you rinse your hair with a shampoo.

Health benefits of Religious Fasting

By on July 18, 2013 in Health with 0 Comments

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Definition:

Fasting is an act of abstinence from not only food and drink but also from evil doings such as telling lies.

The word fasting comes from the Anglo-Saxon word faesten meaning “to hold oneself for food”. Fast starts from dawn(fajr) till sunset(maghrib), which means one should not eat and drink between this limited period of time. A Muslim fasts in the month of Ramadan as an obligation although there are certain days for non-obligatory fasting too.
Suhoor and Al-Iftar: Eating and drinking must be ended before azaan ul Fajr, after that nothing should be swallowed. The fast is broken after azaan ul Maghrib; now one can eat till the Fajr prayers. Intention(Niyyah) should be made on both times by reciting a short verse, different each time.

Benefits:

The desire to help poor;
Balanced nervous system;
Harmonized cellular biochemistry;
Soft and sensitive skin;
Peristalsis movement;
Detoxification;
Normal metabolic and cell oxygenation renovated;
Weight loss.
Fasting proves to be beneficial for certain types of diseases including: colitis, chronic fatigue, lupus, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, neuralgia, spastic colon, irritable bowel, cases of paralysis, neuritis, neuroses, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, tumors, and many types of cancer.

Breaking the fast intentionally: If one breaks a fast intentionally by eating or drinking, then that person should:
Free a slave;
Fast for 60 days;
Feed or clothe 60 people.

Conditions: Diabetic patients, nursing and pregnant women are exempted from fasting.

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