Tips for Health


Is your child at risk for kidney disease?

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


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.

The link between diet and developing kidney stones

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Tips for longer eyelashes

By on July 16, 2013 in General, Health, Health with 0 Comments


Beauty is like a cherry on top of your mesmerizing personality. Your face is the first thing that gets noticed about you. Each and every part of your face is important. Eyelashes not only protect your eyes but also give you a sharper and a more attractive look.

Following are the tips that will help you ensure longer and thicker lashes:

Deal with your eyelashes with love. Rubbing your eyes carelessly may break your lashes. Because the roots of the eye lashes are very delicate, you may break them if you tug them.

Eyelash curler makes your eye lashes beautiful. Make sure you use it carefully and not pull your eyelids.

To add more beauty to our wonder eye lashes, we put mascara. Make sure that you have taken it off before you go to bed. This is because mascara makes your lashes stiff and this may cause them to break.

Another tip to keep lashes as well as your eyes healthy is toss your mascara before use. A new and better mascara every six months may help your eye lashes stay germ free and healthy.

If in case you have conjunctivitis (eye infection) you should make sure you don’t apply makeup very near to your eyes.

Take care of your lashes for they protect your delicate eyes from dusts and other foreign particles.

If you wish for longer and thicker lashes, you should apply olive oil or castor oil before you go to bed. You can also apply petroleum jelly and egg white for the same purpose.

Help Your Hair Grow Healthy

By on July 16, 2013 in Health, Health with 0 Comments


Just like any other part of your body, your hair needs proper nutrition and good care to grow healthily and shine greatly. No doubt, many amongst the readers may be in the pursuit of treating their hair naturally as we all believe that too much exposure to chemical destroys the smoothness and shine of our hair.

We can notice even the slightest change in the texture and volume of our hair, for the reason that we tend to be more conscious about this aspect of our persona that any other thing.

Putting aside the eternal care we provide, a well balanced diet is the biggest secret behind a stack of healthy hair strands on the scalp. Let s see what kind of nutrition in our diet helps us achieve our goal.

Salmon: now this kind of fish in your diet is going to promote the health of your hair greatly as it contains omega-3-fatty acids, vitamin B 12 and iron. It is also highly loaded with proteins, which your hair actually requires to build up. Its mineral component, iron, aids in increasing blood circulation of scalp which in turn adds to the health of hair.

Beans: beans in your diet can provide your body with enough proteins which would also help your hair grow. Not only this, but the food also contains zinc, iron and biotin. Studies suggest that not enough stores of zinc for hair can make them thin, dull, grey, and they ultimately break off.

Nuts: another source of zinc and omega-3 fatty acids in diet is through walnuts, cashew nuts and pea nuts.

What Causes Back Pain?

By on July 16, 2013 in Diseases, General, Health, Health with 0 Comments

Hello readers! I believe that the title of this post might have grasped your attention because you have suffered, or maybe still suffering from this annoying pain. Well, you aren’t alone if you are a bearer of back aches.


So what causes back pain? Is it something really serious?

The back part of our body is formed by many muscles, innervated by different nerves, and so, the pain arising here gets difficult to locate and to pinpoint the exact cause is not easy. However, mostly, this ache arises due to flaws in posture of our body while carrying out our day to day activities. Such as, you might have rarely or not at all given attention to the way you sit on the chair or sofa for long, the way you lay on your bed, your posture when you are standing for too long, etc.

All these factors contribute to the development of strain in the back as well as shoulder muscles.

When we pick something up from the floor, we usually tend to bend down from standing position itself, not realising what amount of stretch would our back muscles have to bear.

So these were some of our day to day activities which contribute highly to an aching back.

And the texting addicts, many of them do suffer from this annoying ache for sure, as for hunching over cell phone for hours is perhaps another contributor of back strain.

Other reasons for back pain also include being overweight, during pregnancy, being in the state of depression since long, and also long term stress.

Blackcurrants are healthy

By on June 29, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, Health, Health with 0 Comments


Do you know the health benefits of blackcurrants? Do you know a cup of blackcurrants contains?

Calories 71

Protein 1.57 grams

Minerals in blackcurrants:

Following is a list of minerals that are found in blackcurrants while some are present in very low amount:

Potassium – 361 mg

Phosphorus – 66 mg

Magnesium – 27 mg

Calcium – 62 mg

Sodium – 2 mg

Iron – 1.72 mg

Manganese – 0.287 mg

Copper – 0.096 mg

Zinc – 0.3 mg

Vitamins in blackcurrants:

Following is a list of vitamins that are found in blackcurrants while some are present in very low amount:

Vitamin A – 258 IU

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.056 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.056 mg

Niacin – 0.336 mg

Pantothenic Acid – 0.446 mg

Vitamin B6 – 0.074 mg

Vitamin C – 202.7 mg

Vitamin E – 1.12 mg

Health benefits that blackcurrants have to offer:

It is great for treatment for cardiovascular diseases and over all heart health.

It is good for women who have had their menopause.  It improves their blood flow and also removes unwanted wastes and toxins acting as a detoxifier.

It is interesting to note that black currants are good for inflammatory conditions such as in the treatment of gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

It has anti-cancer properties due to high quantity of vitamin C that it has in stored for you.

It acts as a diuretic.

It contains astringent properties and is referred to patients with diarrhea and dysentery.

It is used as a natural remedy for treating dermal conditions such as eczemas, abcess, dermatosis and insect stings etc.

These are helpful in promoting overall immunity of an individual.

It is a natural remedy for kidney related problems