Are You Walking The Right Way! What we do on a regular basis is something we don't pay much attention to. But those are the same things which tend to be critical for our healthy living. Like we keep breathing to survive, but we hardly pay any attention to the way we do it. The right technique of breathing helps you have a healthy mind and body. Likewise did you ever notice the way you walk and the impact it has on you on a daily basis. Most of the times we don't do it. Did you know that walking can improve your balance, lift your mood and prevent serious illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Walking burns anywhere between 120 and 178 calories in half an hour, if you are walking at about 3.5 mph. Walking is a great way to stay healthy, with studies indicating its effectiveness in lowering the risk of stroke and heart disease by as much as 54 and 35 percent. But as you grow older, you can form bad walking habits such as slouching, dragging your feet and twisting your body, all of which can lead to back pain, discomfort and injury. It may seem simple, but a majority of people forget to practice this proper stepping method. The right way of walking will mean that you push off with your toes and land on your heels. Use this “heel to toe” walk rather than an “all-at-once” flat-footed walk and you should see an increase in how fast you can walk too. This will prevent injury to your foot and ankle, and help you keep your balance and stability. The posture also makes a lot of difference. For this make sure your head is up and looking forward. Keep your back straight by slightly tightening your stomach muscles. Your neck, shoulders and back should be relaxed. Swing your arms naturally with a slight bend. Your hips should shift slightly when you walk, but never fully rotate to the side. It is tempting to look down as you walk, watching your feet as they stride forward. If you look up and forward, with your chin held parallel to the ground, your body will follow with the right posture.4 If you are walking on uneven ground, this can be difficult and even dangerous. Walking right does not mean you have to keep those arms hinged to your sides. Feel free to let them swing as you walk that is the natural motion your body makes as you walk. Allow them to bend a bit at the elbow, making a 90-degree angle to your body. Your hands should be nice and relaxed. Your legs should be doing most of the work, your arms are simply helping. So, don’t swing so vigorously that your arms are swinging from side to side and up to your head. It’s okay to let your arms swing slightly across your body if that is where they naturally want to go. ..Divya
Foods that fight flu Garlic, Ginger and Onions: Allicin, the major active component found in garlic, is responsible for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Garlic also helps promote healthy gut flora, which rids the body of toxins, bacteria and viruses. More recent research has shown that garlic's anti-bacterial and anti-viral activity against infections comes from allicin. Allicin is found in garlic when the plant is crushed or chopped. Onion is the most versatile culinary plant can provide a real health boost to anyone and to reduce the odds of catching a cold of flu. Onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has shown promising potential for suppressing the rhinoviruses which are the underlying cause of the common cold. has been used both as a culinary plant and as a medicine for thousands of years. It is particularly famous for its cold and flu treating powers. It stimulates circulation and helps keep the sinuses and lungs clear of mucus. Chicken Soup: The most unusual remedy you'd think. But this is as much effective as the rest of the superfoods.This age-old elixir combines many elements that help speed your recovery. The warm broth not only soothes your throat but helps you stay hydrated, too. hot chicken soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes. Also, when you cook chicken, it releases the amino acid cysteine, which resembles a drug that is used to treat bronchitis. Sweet Potato: They're one of the best sources of beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A), which your body needs to make enough white blood cells to fight off infection. Eat them mashed or baked. While sweet potatoes may not be considered a traditional cold-fighting food, they’re a great source of Vitamin A, which plays a key role in maintaining the health of your mucosal surfaces. Keeping your mucus membranes healthy is key to keeping infections at bay. Grapefruit: Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C. nlike oranges and many other citrus fruit, grapefruit is relatively low in sugar. Sugar is known to deteriorate the functioning of the immune system: when white blood cells, the defenders of the immune system, are exposed to high levels of sugar, their ability to fight bacteria decrease significantly, making the body more prone to all infections. In addition, sugar depletes the body of some very important cold-fighting vitamins, including vitamins C, E and B. Spices: Any kind of spicy food will do a whole lot of good to you when you are suffering from cold. Spicy sauces to help ease congestion. Cook Indian or other ethnic foods that contain these ingredients, or simply add a spicy sauce to foods for extra zing. Spicy foods, whether it is some spicy cayenne or black pepper in your tomato soup will stimulate your body to release the watery fluids in your mouth and nasal cavity, throat, lungs, sweat glands, helping expel the excess fluids that starting flooding out. The piperine in black-pepper is said to help reduce fever and pain. ..Divya
Unmissable Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice Aloe vera is famous for its properties to smoothen dry skin, reduce sunburn, and other skin irritations, but not many know of the many health benefits the plant offers when it’s consumed. More and more products are being created to help people consume aloe vera. One of the most popular is aloe vera juice. Drinking aloe vera juice will also enhances your immune system overall helping to protect you against all forms of illness. Some nutritionists recommend drinking aloe juice because it contains an enzyme called bradykinase, which helps the body to rid itself of harmful waste products. Aloe vera juice is an amazing home remedy for reducing pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The plant sterols, which are the anti-inflammatory compounds in the herb, are responsible for easing the pain to a great extent.This amazing plant also offers support for those who suffer from diabetes by naturally supporting insulin levels. Aloe vera juice also helps bolster your immune system. Due to the fact that the juice has a number of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and K, amino acids and polysaccharides, aloe vera juice helps strengthen your body’s immune system and boosts its ability to fight off infections. Aloe vera also aids in digestive health by balancing stomach acids, thereby helping your body to absorb the nutrients you consume. It also has laxative qualities, so if you ever have trouble with constipation, drinking a little juice from the aloe plant will help to get things moving again. In addition to its many internal health benefits, drinking aloe vera juice is great because it enables you to ingest the plant’s nutrients without dealing with the unpleasant taste of fresh aloe. If making the juice is too much work for you, then you can choose to buy it from your regular grocery or drug store. But make sure you buy organic aloe vera juice, as this is the healthiest type. Aloe Vera is rich in proteolytic enzymes which help to remove the dead skin which clogs the pores of the scalp, which hinders the growth of new hair follicles. Accumulation of excessive sebum on the scalp can lead to hair problems like partial baldness. So the Aloe gel removes the sebum making the scalp squeaky clean and promoting hair growth. ..Divya
Tricks to Speed up your Metabolism Many a times we tend to come across this term metabolism. And fail to recognise how much of an important role it plays in losing weight and staying fit as well. There are people who eat less and still are obese and others who gorge on food but still end up having a slender physique. Though there might be various other reasons related to the health and genes of the person which defines their physical state, one of the main differentiating factor is the metabolism rate of the person. Metabolism could basically be defined as the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Nutrition and metabolism are inextricably linked; often feeding off one another, and playing key roles in our overall health. You consume a food or drink, metabolic processes mix the calories derived from the food/beverage with oxygen, and the byproduct is deliverable energy to your body’s cells. There could be various reasons behind the rate at which the body's metabolism functions. One of the most important aspect is sound sleep. Not sleeping enough, less than seven hours of sleep per night can reduce or even undo the benefits of health eating habits. When their bodies received adequate rest, half of the weight they lost was from fat. However when they cut back on sleep, the amount of fat lost was cut in half even though they were on the same diet. A study said adults who slept for five hours or less per night tested for higher amounts of ghrelin – a hormone that stimulates feelings of hunger. Additionally, these individuals tested for lower levels of the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin. Sleep professionals recommend adults get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Along with sound sleep, waking up early also makes a lot of difference. Waking up too late may not give you enough time to kick start the day in the right manner. It might also result in you skipping your breakfast, which intact is the most important meal of the day. Make sure you eat breakfast. Eating a nutrient-rich morning meal shortly after getting out of bed literally wakes up your metabolism. Drinking as much of water as possible is the key. Water really is a magic elixir; it contains no calories, yet it is invaluable to health. experiencing untimely hunger pangs, drink around 4-5 glasses of water and wait 20-30 minutes. If you’re still hungry, by all means eat something, but try and make it something healthy. Eating healthy foods five or more times per day boosts metabolism by providing a steady influx of energy. Compare this method to three large meals, where we often feel stagnant and fatigued afterwards. Nourishing your body with healthy food throughout the day is a proven strategy to help you curb hunger and eat fewer calories overall. The most vital of all is to keep moving and staying active through the day. Physical activity plays a direct role in how well your metabolism functions. This is mind, you should make it a priority to get daily exercise. The next time you run, swim, or even walk, ramp up the intensity for 30-second intervals, returning to your normal speed afterward. Using this strategy will help you consume more oxygen and make your cell powerhouses, the mitochondria, work harder to burn energy. All these should be practiced in order to become healthy and fit. ..Divya
Are you suffering from Insomnia! Insomnia is a sleep disorder which a lot of people both young and old are suffering these days. People suffering from insomnia find it difficult to fall and/or stay asleep. Occasional episodes of insomnia may come and go without causing any serious problems, but for some people it can last for months or even years at a time.There are two types of insomnia: primary insomnia and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia is when the sufferer has sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia is when the sufferer has sleep problems because of something else, such as a health condition like asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer or heartburn, pain, medicine being taken, or a substance being used, like alcohol and nicotine. There are no official guidelines about how much sleep you should get each night because everyone is different. On average, a "normal" amount of sleep for an adult is considered to be around seven to nine hours a night. Children and babies may sleep for much longer than this, whereas older adults may sleep less. But no sound sleep may lead to a person suffering from various other health issues. There are a number of symptoms which suggest that a person is suffering from Insomnia. Like significant life stress such as losing or changing your job, death of a loved one, divorce, moving home. Chronic Pain like in the case of arthritis, low back pain, acid reflux, fibromyalgia - these and many more painful conditions can keep you up at night. It could also be a poor sleeping environment – such as an uncomfortable bed, or a bedroom that's too light, noisy, hot or cold. Lifestyle factors such as jet lag, shift work, or drinking alcohol or caffeine before going to bed could also lead to insomnia. Daily ups and downs in our lives can certainly keep us awake now and then, but an underlying anxiety disorder or clinical depression or schizophrenia could be to blame if worries and concerns are consistently upsetting your sleep. To make matters worse, with anxiety disorders, worrying about sleep can make it additionally difficult to drift off. As many as 80 percent of people with depression have trouble falling or staying asleep. Also physical health conditions such as heart problems, other sleep disorders and long-term pain certain medicines such as some antidepressants, epilepsy medicines and steroid medication could make things worst while trying to fall asleep. ..Divya
Learn to Play an Instrument to Get Rid Of Stress Did you know that playing a musical instrument and music in general has some stunning health benefits? Playing an instrument seems to improve your health in a variety of ways. The major benefit being that it relieves stress to a large extent. As stress can be bad for both your mental and physical health, it is good to inculcate habits which help you get rid of stress. Music and creativity in general helps people release a part of themselves that gets locked up in everyday work and the stress of life. But music particularly has a relaxing quality that helps stimulate the immune system because it helps people feel better and lowers stress. Music naturally can soothe not only others but the musician as well. The sound combined with the release of creativity and emotion, as well as the simple vibration of an instrument against a player’s body can significantly lower a musician’s stress level. Playing any instrument can actually help release the endorphins in your body, which will also result in reduced levels of stress. Music is healthy for the mind. People are not only living longer these days, they want to remain healthy and active for as long as possible. Playing music acts as a form of therapy, having calming effects on the mind and body. In particular, music has been found to reduce blood-pressure levels while other studies suggest that music therapy helps children and teens with Attention Deficit Disorder, insomnia, and depression. Oh and it can also be exercise occasionally: 90 minutes of drumming burns as many as 500 calories. Piano especially can be one amazing instrument which could lower your stress levels. Playing piano allows you to get away from the stresses of daily life and focus your mind on your technique and the music. One study revealed that those that chose to play the keyboard to relax had a significantly higher reversal of stress genes at the end of the study than those that chose other techniques. It was concluded that playing music such as the piano could become a rational stress reducing therapy recognized by health and fitness professionals. According to a study, playing piano adds to neural connections. Neural firings happen when music is being played, suggesting that playing instruments like the piano may hold the key to higher brain function. ..Divya
All The Goodness Of Soy Milk You Need To Know Soy Milk is one of the most nutritious dairy alternatives. In addition to its general benefits, soy milk contains a number of compounds that are particularly important to women's health. Some people opt to drink soy milk because they are lactose intolerant or lactose sensitive, while others drink it for ethical reasons such as an interest in animal welfare or in reducing your environmental footprint by eating lower on the food chain or health reasons such as wanting to reduce cholesterol intake or eat lower on the food chain. Unlike cow's milk, soy milk is naturally low in fat. Regular-fat soy milk contains slightly more fat per cup than 2% milk, but it is naturally free from saturated fat which is considered to be more unhealthy than unsaturated fat. Two phyto-serms (selective estrogen receptor modulators) in soy, the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, have estrogen-like qualities, which can aid with the symptoms of menopause. The high vitamin D content in soy milk may also help to prevent and treat seasonal affective disorder, a depressive condition that affects people living at high latitudes during the winter months. A number of research studies indicate that soy foods may help with diabetes and kidney disease. Soybeans and soy milk have a very low glycemic index, making them an important component of a healthy diabetic diet. The fiber in soy apparently helps to slow absorption of sugars so that it is easier for the body to handle. Soy milk's antioxidants, which help to eliminate cancer-causing free radicals from your body. Report suggested that women consuming moderate amounts of soy throughout their life have lower breast cancer risk than women who do not consume soy. Soy Milk contains levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as in conjunction with strong phyto-antioxidants. These compounds help your blood vessels from being exposed to lesions and hemorrhaging by attaching themselves onto the lining of your blood vessels and effectively defend the lining of your cells from free radicals and cholesterol deposits. ..Divya
Why this winter fruits is good for you! Custard Apple is one of those very few seasonal fruits which are liked by many, from kids to elderly people. Custard apple, known as sitaphal, is high in nutrients and delicious in taste. Custard apples are used as dessert, nutritious snack, smoothies, shakes or natural ice-cream. Custards contains minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, iron (9% of RDI per 100 g) and manganese. Custards compose of more vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free-radicals from the body. Custard apple is moderate source of B-complex vitamins, especially vitamin B-6. High B-6 levels in the blood helps calm down nervous irritability, tension, and headache ailments. It is one of the right kinds of fruit to stay healthy. Custard Apple or Seethaphal is high in calorie content but contains minerals like iron, phosphorous, calcium and riboflavin. Custard apples are a well-balanced food containing protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, energy and little fat. A single custard apple contains approximately 237 calories but has a low glycemic index and load. The fruits are also rich in copper and dietary fibre, both of which are essential to keep your digestive tract healthy. The presence of fibre aids in digestion by making stools softer and helping in peristalsis which is the movement of food. Also, magnesium present in custard apples help in curing indigestion problems and prevent constipation. Custard apple does wonders during pregnancy as well. Custard apples are regarded as wonder-fruits for pregnant women as they help them to cope with mood swings, morning sickness and numbness. It helps develop the brain, nervous system and immune system of a fetus effectively. Regular consumption of custard apple also reduces the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy and minimizes the extent of labor pain during childbirth. Custard apples also act as coolants, stimulants and expectorants. These fruits are good for treating anaemia. The presence of a high amount of magnesium in custard apples helps in maintaining the normal fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. This enhances the removal of fluids and acids in the joints and the resulting inflammation thereby lowering the risk of arthritis and rheumatism. ...Divya
Simple Habits Which Boost Our Immunity With the ever changing climate, we are getting to see a lot of people feeling under the weather quite often. A better immune system would help the cells, tissues, and organs work together all through your body to coordinate attacks against invading pathogens. You can help to keep this system running smoothly and efficiently when responding to threats. Certain foods and environmental influences can keep the immune system army from doing a good job. There are numerous kinds of foods that we can include in our everyday diet to boost our immune system likewise there are also some everyday habits, if inculcated would result in a better immune system. Exercise is one such habit which is a solution to a lot of health problems. Our immune system certainly benefits from physical activity. Also, our body temperature spikes when we workout, which, like a fever, could help fight infection, too. Research has managed to show that moderate exercise can help to prevent colds in postmenopausal women. Since immunity improves gradually over time, we must be consistent with our work outs. Don't go overboard, though: really heavy-duty exercise actually weakens the immune system. A positive attitude and a proactive approach to dealing with stress can protect you more than you might think. Numerous studies show the link between a positive outlook on life and increased immunity. Positive thoughts and laughter actually increase the function of two powerful immune components, which means the body’s ability to fight off offending bacteria and viruses increases. Find ways to deal with negative emotions like anger and frustration, so your body can stay focused on combating contagions. Relaxation, massage, meditation, tai chi, prayer or other religious practices, laughter, spending time with friends, all of these pleasurable, proactive, stress-relieving remedies support your immune system's efforts. So the next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, make the best out of it, laugh it off if you can Staying hydrated is very essential to keep our body running. We need water to properly digest food, and to make sure that food makes it from the blood stream into our cells. Our bodies are 80 percent or more made of water, and when we get into even slight dehydration, that will cause a stress response that will suppress our immune response. Drinking herbal teas will keep you hydrated while also bringing additional immune boosting benefits. Sleep is a one stop solution for a lot of stress related health issues. Whether it’s quality or quantity, getting enough sleep is probably the most important part of making sure your immune system is in tip-top shape. Without sleep, inflammation in the body increases and our ability to manage the inflammation and fight off infection is reduced. Immunity and sleep are intricately linked. When you don't get enough sleep, you become more vulnerable to illnesses like the common cold. And once you become sick and your immune response kicks into gear, you will tend to doze off as your body seeks the restorative benefits of sleep. ..Divya
సెలబ్రెటీలను చూసి మోసపోవద్దు స్త్రీ జీవితంలో మాతృత్వం ఒక అందమైన మలుపు. ఒక మర్చిపోలేని అనుభవం. కానీ సోషల్ మీడియా పుణ్యమా అని అలాంటి అనుభవం ఒక విషాదంగా మారిపోతోందంటున్నారు విశ్లేషకులు. కారణం ఏమిటంటే.... సెలబ్రెటీల ఫొటోలు ఈ మధ్యకాలంలో పెళ్లైన సెలబ్రెటీలు తమ వైవాహిక జీవితం గురించి కూడా, తరచూ ఫొటోలను జనాలతో పంచుకుంటున్నారు. ట్విట్టర్, ఇన్స్టాగ్రాం వంటి మాధ్యమాలలో ఎప్పటికప్పుడు వీరి ఫొటోలు దర్శనమిస్తున్నాయి. తాము గర్భం దాల్చినప్పటి నుంచి పండంటి బిడ్డను కనేవరకూ ప్రతి అధ్యాయాన్నీ రకరకాల ఫొటోల రూపంలో ప్రజల ముందు ఉంచుతున్నారు. ఒకప్పుడు పాశ్చాత్య దేశాలకే పరిమితమైన ఈ పోకడ ఇప్పుడు మన దేశంలో కూడా కనిపిస్తోంది. అయితే ఏంటట! సెలబ్రెటీల ఫొటోలు అంటే ఆషామాషీగా ఉండవు కదా! కావల్సినంత డబ్బులు ఖర్చుపెట్టి ఫొటోషూట్లను ఏర్పాటు చేసుకుంటారు. ఒకటికి వంద ఫొటోలు తీసి చూసుకుంటారు. ఆపైన అవసరం అయితే ఫొటోషాప్ వంటి సాంకేతిక సాయంతో తాము మరింత అందంగా కనిపించేలా శ్రద్ధ తీసుకుంటారు. ‘బిడ్డ పుట్టిన తరువాత కూడా ఈ అమ్మాయి ఎంత నాజూకుగా ఉందో కదా!’ అన్న భావన కలిగేలా అన్ని చర్యలూ తీసుకుంటారు. ఈ ఫొటోల ప్రభావం అప్పుడే తల్లిగా మారిన స్త్రీల మీద పడుతోందంటున్నారు. ‘తాము అలా ఎందుకు ఉండలేకపోతున్నాము! అలా ఉండాలంటే వ్యాయామాలు ఏమన్నా చేయాలేమో!’ అన్న సందిగ్ధత సాధారణ ప్రజలలో కలగడం సహజమే కదా! అది ఒకోసారి ఆత్మన్యూనతకు కూడా దారితీస్తోంది. మార్పు సహజం బిడ్డ పుట్టిన తరువాత ఎవరి శరీరంలోనైనా కొంత మార్పు చోటు చేసుకోవడం సహజం. నెలల తరబడి నిదానంగా ఏర్పడిన ఈ మార్పు... మళ్లీ నెలల తరబడి జాగ్రత్తలు తీసుకుంటే కానీ తగ్గేది కాదు. ఇందుకోసం ఆహారంలో తగిన జాగ్రత్తలు తీసుకోవాలి. వైద్యుల సలహా మేరకు తగిన శారీరిక శ్రమ లేదా వ్యాయామాలను చేయాలి. అలా కాకుండా ఒక్కసారిగా తాము మునుపటి శరీరాకృతిని పొందాలనే తపనలో లేనిపోని మందులు, కఠినమైన వ్యాయామాల జోలికి వెళ్తే ఆరోగ్యం మీద అవి తీవ్రమైన ప్రభావం చూపే అవకాశం ఉంది. ఆ జీవితాలు వేరు బిడ్డల్ని కన్న సెలబ్రెటీలను చూసి తాము కూడా అలా నాజూకుగా మారిపోవాలన్న ఈ తపన పాశ్చాత్య దేశాలలో విపరీత ధోరణులకు కారణం అవుతోందట. అందుకనే ఈ వారం లండన్లో జరగనున్న ఒక సమావేశంలో ఈ సమస్య గురించి మహిళలను హెచ్చరించేందుకు నిర్వాహకులు సిద్ధపడుతున్నారు. పైగా సెలబ్రెటీల జీవన విధానం వేరుగా ఉంటుంది. వారు మొదటి నుంచి వ్యాయామం చేసేందుకు అలవాటుపడి ఉంటారు. ఆహారం విషయంలోనూ రాజీపడాల్సిన అవసరం ఉండదు. కాబట్టి వారిని అనుకరించే దిశలో లేనిపోని సమస్యలను తెచ్చిపెట్టుకోవద్దని హెచ్చరిస్తున్నారు. - నిర్జర.
All You Need To Know About Sinusitis Sinusitis is infection or inflammation of the sinuses. The sinuses are located in the cheeks, forehead and around the eyes and are air-filled spaces within the bones of the face. Sinusitis is caused by too much mucus, or a swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose, which can block the narrow channels. This can occur during a cold, or may be due to allergy or irritation of the linings of the sinuses Bacteria then grow inside the sinuses, causing pain, headache and sometimes fever. Mucus from infected sinuses can be yellow or green. Some people get sinusitis with most colds, while others get it rarely. smoking, asthma, allergies, conditions that affect the way your body gets rid of mucus, such as cystic fibrosis, sports such as swimming and diving, injuries to your teeth, nose or cheeks could lead to the condition of Sinusitis. Some people are troubled by frequent sinus infections, or continuous infection. Chronic sinusitis can linger for weeks or even months at a time. This can sometimes lead to serious complications, including infections in the bones and tissue near to the sinuses. Very rarely this infection can spread to the brain and the fluid around the brain. The person will be very ill and have swelling around the eyes. Some simple precautions help you to reduce your risk of developing sinusitis, or of getting further bouts of it. The main things you can do are - Wash your hands well using soap and hot water or anti-bacterial hand rubs or gels. This is especially important in you’re in close contact with someone who is unwell. Treat any colds, flu and chest infections quickly. You can usually treat these yourself using medicines from your pharmacist. Don’t smoke and try not to spend too much time in smoky places. If you have allergies that may trigger sinusitis, try to steer clear of them. Home remedies such as saline (salt) washes or sprays are helpful for removing mucus and relieving congestion. Steam inhalation is also beneficial. Patients with sinusitis should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Water, which helps lubricate the mucous membranes, is the best fluid to drink. Steam inhalation, perhaps including a few drops of eucalyptus oil is one of the best options to relieve it. many cases of acute sinusitis resolve within two weeks with non-prescription treatments and home remedies, doctors generally wait at least 7 - 14 days before prescribing an antibiotic.For chronic sinusitis, antibiotics and nasal corticosteroids are the main treatments, but this condition is difficult to treat and does not always respond to these drugs. Other drugs may also be prescribed. If drugs are ineffective, some patients with chronic sinusitis may need surgery. ..Divya
Fruit juices that could help you gain weight Gaining weight is not always a bad thing. For people who are malnourished or are below the weight that they actually should be, there are various options that one could look at to put on weight in a healthy manner. Fruits for one could be your best option. As it is easily available and also there isn't much of cooking time involved in it, you could have it on the go and keep giving your body the required nutrients for a healthier you. You need an energy-packed source that can also provide essential vitamins. The easiest solution to this is orange juice. For starters, you can consume more oranges in the juice form. Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C which ensures better metabolism of nitric oxide. Keep away from sugary, carbonated drinks that can make you look a few months pregnant but does little in terms of helping you gain weight in the right manner. Try to choose energy-dense juices like pomegranates and pineapple juices. Another fruits is Banana. It is one among the wonder fruits for weight gain. Banana is a high-calorie fruit that helps in weight gain. Apart from this, banana will help to improve your haemoglobin production. Banana is a good and effective option for people who want to gain weight with healthy calories. The king of fruits, Mango, has the power to increase weight when consumed regularly. Mango is rich in nutrient content and calories, thereby providing your double benefit. Other fruits like plums, kiwis, cherries, figs, prunes and pomegranates are also good examples of fruits for weight gain. These fruits are high in sugars and also contain vital vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibers which are important to the body. Fruits like cantaloupes, melons, peaches, guavas and all types of berries are comparatively lower in sugar and may not be very effective in helping you gain weight. Include grape juice in your daily diet if you are looking for tips to increase weight. Also, raisins are calorie-dense than its fresh fruit version. A cup of raisins has 493 calories when compared to the 104 calories provided by fresh grapes. Dried apples, raisins, apricots and figs are some of the effective dry fruits for weight gain. Dried fruits especially mangoes, blueberries, cranberries and cherries have additional sugar syrup added to make them tastier. Therefore eating these dried fruits regularly is a good way of adding to body weight. Dried fruits are calorie dense and are therefore very effective for underweight people who are trying to gain weight. Always prefer organic fruits because most of the commercially available ones contain harmful pesticides. ..Divya
గర్భనిరోధక మాత్రలతో ఫ్లూ మాయం సాధారణంగా ఏదన్నా మాత్రలు వాడితే వాటి వల్ల దుష్పలితాల గురించే వార్తలు వస్తూ ఉంటాయి. కానీ ఈసారి మాత్రం ఒక మాత్ర తీసుకోవడం వల్ల ఇనఫ్లూయెంజా మాయమవుతుందంటూ ఒక పరిశోధన వెలుగులోకి వచ్చింది. ఇంతకీ ఆ పరిశోధన ఏమిటంటే... Progesterone పని స్త్రీలలో ఎక్కువగా కనిపించే ఒక హార్మోను పేరే ప్రొగెస్టెరోన్. ఆడవారి రుతుచక్రంలోనూ, గర్భం దాల్చడంలోనూ ఈ హార్మోనుది ముఖ్య పాత్ర. ఈ హార్మోను ఆధారితంగా ఉన్న కొన్న మాత్రలను తీసుకోవడం వల్ల రుతుచక్రం స్థిరంగా ఉండిపోయి, గర్భం దాల్చే అవకాశాలు తగ్గిపోతాయి. ప్రపంచవ్యాప్తంగా దాదాపు పదికోట్ల మంది ఈ ప్రొగెస్టరాన్ ఆధారిత గర్భనిరోధక మాత్రలను వాడుతున్నారని అంచనా. ఇతర రకాలైన గర్భనిరోధక మాత్రలతో పోలిస్తే ఇవి చాలా తక్కువ దుష్ప్రభావాన్ని కలిగిస్తాయి కాబట్టి, వీటి వాడకం నానాటికీ పెరిగిపోతోంది. Progesterone ప్రభావం ప్రొగెస్టెరోన్ ఉన్న గర్భనిరోధక మాత్రలను వాడటం వల్ల ఇతరత్రా ఉపయోగాలు ఏమన్నా ఉన్నాయేమో తెలుసుకొనేందుకు ‘సాబ్రా క్లెయిన్’ అనే ప్రొఫెసర్ నేతృత్వంలో ఒక పరిశోధనను నిర్వహించారు. ఇందులో భాగంగా కొన్ని ఎలుకలలో ఇన్ఫ్లూయెంజా కలిగించే వైరస్ను చొప్పించారు. ఈ వైరస్ వల్ల సహజంగానే ఆ ఎలుకన్నీ ఫ్లూ బారిన పడ్డాయి. వీటిలో కొన్ని ఎలుకలకి ప్రొగెస్టెరోన్ హార్మోనుని అందించినప్పుడు, ఫ్లూకి సంబంధించిన లక్షణాలు మాయం కావడాన్ని గమనించారు. వీటిలోని ఊపిరితిత్తులు బలాన్ని పుంజుకోవడమే కాకుండా, అప్పటివరకూ దెబ్బతిన్న ఊపిరితిత్తుల భాగం శుభ్రంగా నయమైపోయిందట. చాలా విషయాలే తెలిశాయి ప్రొగెస్టెరోన్ను ఎలుకలకు అందించినప్పుడు, వాటిల్లో యాంఫిరెగ్యులిన్ అనే ప్రొటీన్ ఉత్పత్తి అయ్యిందనీ... ఆ ప్రొటీన్ కారణంగా అవి ఫ్లూని ఎదుర్కోగలిగాయని తేలింది. ప్రొగెస్టెరోన్ వంటి హార్మోనులు కేవలం స్త్రీలలో సంతానోత్పత్తికి మాత్రమే ఉపయోగపడతాయని ఇప్పటివరకూ నమ్మేవారు. కానీ అవి శరీరంలోని రోగాలను పోరాడేందుకు కూడా తోడ్పడతాయని తాజా పరిశోధనతో తేలిపోయింది. దీంతో మన శరీరంలో హార్మోనుల పనితీరు గురించి మరిన్ని పరిశోధనలకు ఈ నివేదిక దారితీసినట్లయ్యింది. ఒకవేళ రకరకాల హార్మోనులు రకరకాల వ్యాధులను ఎదుర్కోవడంలో ముఖ్య పాత్రని వహిస్తాయని తేలితే, మన చికిత్సలను, ఆ చికిత్సలలో ఉపయోగించే మందులను తిరగరాయవలసి ఉంటుందేమో! - నిర్జర.
Avoid Dangerous Toxins During Pregnancy Pregnant Women Avoid, Avoid Toxins During Pregnancy, Harmful Toxins: A healthy pregnancy entails proper nutritional supplements, avoiding environmental toxins, avoiding stress during pregnancy. Tips for Avoiding Toxins During Pregnancy * Let someone else do your painting and renovations. Consider living elsewhere until they are finished. * Assess and determine if there are any lead paint hazards present in your environment. * Wash floors regularly to reduce exposure to dust. * Avoid purchasing a lot of new products during pregnancy. * Do not use pesticides in your home, or on your lawn and garden. * Use environmentally friendly dry cleaners or avoid clothes that need to be dry cleaned. * Do not use nail polish, artificial nails, hair colouring, hair spray and perfumes that contain solvents. * Only use low VOC paint * Use non-toxic cleaning and personal care products. It can be very hard to avoid all toxins in today’s world, but as long as you keep it at the forefront of your mind you will be able to do whatever is reasonably possible during your pregnancy.
Why You Should Eat More Of Broccoli Broccoli is one vegetable which is filled with numerous health benefits for people of all ages. Broccoli basically belongs to the family of green leafy vegetables like cabbage, spinach and Brussels sprouts whose stalks and large flower heads are edible. When you start to see all the great benefits of broccoli, you’ll now look to it as a go-to meal choice. Broccoli is one of those staple vegetables we were force-fed as children but continue to eat as adults. But the chemicals that produce that taste have health benefits that include protectingagainst several kinds of cancer - making this vegetable something of a wonder food. Broccoli has a lot of benefits for flawless skin. It is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production, thus keeping your skin healthy whereas vitamin A protects your skin cell membranes and prevents ultraviolet radiation damage. According to research quercetin found in broccoli is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, able to fight against aging. Vitamins B and E are also found in this delicious vegetable, and both are proven to give your skin a healthy glow. Broccoli contains a substance called glucoraphanin which gets converted into sulforaphane resulting in healthy skin and repairing of skin damage. Thus, eating broccoli renews your skin more quickly and gives your complexion a beautiful natural glow. It helps in detoxification of the body and straitening the immune system. Broccoli contains an unusual combination of three phytonutrients, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin. Together these nutrients have a strong impact on our body’s detoxification system. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals such as selenium, copper, zinc, and phosphorus present in dark green vegetables like broccoli can greatly improve your immune system, thus protecting you from various infections. Vitamins A and K, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids and folate, on the other hand, add glamour and shine to your skin as well. Besides that, broccoli is also rich with ascorbic acid which helps detoxify the liver and is helpful for anyone in need of an immunity boost. Helps you stay away from a lot of health concerns. Studies have found that sulforaphane, a chemical compound found in broccoli, may be able to stop enzymes linked to joint deterioration and hinder inflammation. High amounts of vitamin K, also found in broccoli, can slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. there are a plenty of benefits to those who eat broccoli when battling a kidney disease. To patients with kidney disease, broccoli is especially helpful in preventing cardiovascular issues.Broccoli is filled with flavonoids, which are known for being the best cleaning agents of blood vessels. Eating broccoli is helpful in preventing infection being that it’s also abundant with vitamin C. It’s absolutely necessary for those suffering from any kidney issues to be wary of infection, and this super-vegetable can be one step closer to ensuring that. Researchers have proven that broccoli can prevent cancer. Broccoli has certain properties that can remove estrogens that cause cancer from the body. It has anti carcinogenic properties that prevents cancer. Broccoli is highly suitable to prevent breast and uterus cancer. It also fight cholesterol too. Broccoli’s amount of fiber may be great for our bowel movements, but it can be celebrated for more than that. Because broccoli is an invaluable source of soluble fiber, the vegetable can help lower cholesterol, especially when prepared by steaming it. So with all these amazing health benefits, there are more reasons for you to start including this magical vegetable in your diet for a healthier you! ..Divya
Small Changes In Bedtime Habits Could Help You Lose Weight A lot of people will be of the opinion that a late-night meal can lead to overeating and lead to you putting on more weight than normal. The opinion is that when people eat later at night, they tend to consume more calories. Late-night eating is associated with obesity because if you’re waiting to eat until very late, you may wind up overeating. It may be that you’re a late-night snacker and your snack choices and quantities get out of control, or you eat a really late dinner and wind up splurging on a super filled desserts. Yet remember, it’s the food that is making you fat in this case, not the fact that you’re eating before bed. If you must eat later at night, plan your meals out ahead of time and don’t eat more than you intended. Also there are some foods which help in the process of weight loss when taken before bedtime. So here are some of those super foods which not only help you kill your hunger pangs but are also the perfect weight loss aiding food too. Diary Products: Did you know that a glass of milk, or a small cup of curd, or buttermilk or even a protein smoothie before bed can do more than fight the pre-bedtime hunger pangs. They also help you build more muscle while you sleep. The tryptophan in protein-rich foods like milk are beneficial for sleep. According to research which was recently published a slow-to-digest form of protein that keeps exercisers’ muscles fueled with amino acids, so they can build lean mass all night long. Also you could take cottage cheese, as it is very slow digesting and coats the stomach to be assimilated by the body over many hours. As a protein, it also stimulates glucagon release; a solid pre-bedtime choice. Just make sure you’re using plain cottage cheese, not the flavored varieties with added sugars. Milk is best consumed with carbohydrates because it makes the amino acid more readily available to your brain for absorption. You can also drink it with other foods that contain tryptophan to increase your chances of falling asleep faster. It would be much better if you had warm milk because it relaxes the senses. Examples of the best bedtime snacks you can pair with milk are banana Green Vegetables: While these aren’t considered a protein, they contain virtually no calories, are high in fiber, and they’re very filling. Often times when you get a late night craving, eat a big bowl of green veggies and it will completely kill your cravings. Its a perfect diet saviour. Oatmeal: Although oatmeal is admittedly a much better alternative to breakfast cereals. Apart from being low on fat, oatmeal is also packed with protein. If you’re feeling extra hungry, a bowl of oatmeal can fill you up without being hard on your digestion. You are also less likely to go hungry throughout the night if you consume oatmeal instead of ready-made oat-based breakfast cereals. In a recent study, researchers found that participants who ate oatmeal felt more satiated than those fed with breakfast cereals. Both groups received the same amount of calories. Tea: There are lots of delicious and natural teas you can enjoy before bedtime. They’ll help you burn more fat, provide vitamins your body needs, and all the while help you relax. A cup of tea barely has any calories in it that you can drink more than one serving before sleeping. It won’t be as tasty as a bowl of cereal or a lean turkey sandwich but it provides more weight loss benefits than other bedtime snacks. Depending on the type of tea of you consume, you can enjoy fewer calories and different ways of losing weight. Green tea and oolong tea are recommended to shed off excess pounds. Both have been credited to encourage weight loss in several studies. And the most important of all get a good night's sleep to boost the chances of you losing weight. During the night your lymphatic system performs the important task of detoxifying your body. If it didn’t do this, you’d retain harmful elements that cause inflammation and prevent you from losing weight the healthy way. To get better sleep, it’s always best to sleep in cooler temperatures. When those limits are exceeded, you don’t sleep as well. And remember to stop using any electronic devices like your laptop or cell phone at least two hours before going to bed. That helps relax your brain waves. Choose a good book instead, and wrap up in blankets to keep warm. ...Divya
Are You Suffering From These Signs Of Zinc Deficiency! Zinc is vital for healthy growth; dwarfism, stunted growth and being underweight for their age may occur in children if there diet is deficient in zinc. Zinc is an important chemical essential for human functioning. Zinc nutrition deficiency is insufficient availability of zinc in the diet or can be caused due to the malabsorption of zinc by the body. This condition is prevalent in young children, pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, and the elderly. Zinc plays a vital role in many aspects of the immune system. It helps in cell division, clotting, healing wounds, DNA synthesis, growth and development of the fetus, and protein synthesis. The deficiency of zinc has an effect on circulation; it has been linked to cold hands and feet and high blood pressure. Cholesterol in the blood has a tendency to rise if there is a deficiency of zinc in the body. Zinc helps in the way the body regulates the high and lows of blood sugar level and it has been linked to help people who have hypoglycaemia. Your zinc deficiency could be a symptom of a bigger problem, such as a major illness. That's why it's vital that you seek a medical professional to evaluate if you do indeed have a deficiency and be able to rule out any underlying cause such as a chronic illness. A zinc deficiency can be a two-edged sword since many times the deficiency may cause or at least contribute to an illness. Some of the symptoms of Zinc deficiency are: Diarrhea Hair loss and skin lesions Anorexia Chronic Renal Disease Diabetes Liver Disease Malignancy Pneumonia Sickle Cell Anemia Wilson's Syndrome Zinc nutritional deficiency can be treated by taking zinc supplements and increasing intake of zinc through the diet. Foods rich in zinc are wheat, oats, pumpkin seeds, eggs, milk, oysters, nuts, meat, and peas. Zinc supplements are generally included in complete supplements. These zinc supplements are taken orally. If diagnosed with zinc deficiency, one needs to consult a physician for the correct dosage and type of zinc supplements to be taken. Good stomach acid, vitamin A, E and B6, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus will all help with the absorption of zinc. Wheat, alcohol, oxalates such as rhubarb and spinach, stress, high calcium, high sugar intake, copper and low protein intake will all hamper the absorption of zinc. Zinc supplements will also help with zinc deficiency. Hence zinc is an essential mineral with over 300 enzymes reliant on it to help heal wounds, maintain fertility in adults, protect against free radicals, promote healthy growth in children, boost immunity, synthesise protein, preserve good vision and help cells reproduce. ...Divya
All You Need To Know About Varicose Veins Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins that you can see under the skin. They are often red or blue in color. They usually appear in the legs, but can occur in other parts of the body. For those of us who do have an underlying venous condition, varicose veins occur when valves in our leg veins stop working properly, allowing the blood to fall backwards down the veins the wrong way. In their simplest form, varicose veins can be identified as the bulging veins which protrude from the legs. However, recent researched suggest that shockingly, up to half of all varicose veins sufferers will show no overt signs of the condition until they cause a complication, as the troublesome veins remain hidden deeper under the skin. In reality up to 30% of all adults will be affected by them and, contrary to popular belief, the condition is hereditary and can strike at any time of life. Varicose veins are common, and affect more women than men. They don't cause problems for most people. However, in some people, they can lead to serious conditions, such as leg swelling and pain, blood clots, and skin changes. Common factors contributing to varicose veins are Older age, hormonal changes from puberty, pregnancy, and menopause in females can lead to varicose veins, and taking birth control pills or hormone replacement can increase the risk, being born with defective valves, obesity, pregnancy, history of blood clots in your legs,standing or sitting for long periods of time and the major one being family history of varicose veins. Symptoms for varicose veins include fullness, heaviness, aching, and sometimes pain in the legs, visible, swollen veins, mild swelling of feet or ankles, itching, leg swelling, leg or calf pain after sitting or standing for long periods, skin color changes of the legs or ankles, dry, irritated, scaly skin that can crack easily, skin sores (ulcers) that don't heal easily, thickening and hardening of the skin in the legs and ankles (this can happen over time). There are various myths about varicose veins such as “Women get varicose veins more often than men”, “Pregnancy causes varicose veins”, “Crossing your legs causes varicose veins”, “Varicose veins are a sign of poor circulation”. There is no scientific backing for these myths and hence should not be taken seriously. Experts suggest that lifestyle changes will not stop you from developing varicose veins, but there are a few measures that can be taken to help you to suppress their development. For example, when you sit for extended periods, the muscles in your legs that normally help pump blood aren’t used very much. As a result, in patients with varicose veins or hidden varicose veins, the blood falls backwards down the leg veins. The blood can then pool in the lower leg, increasing swelling and the risk of making the veins even worse. To keep your leg muscles in working form, try not to sit in the same position for long periods and go for walks regularly. ..Divya