Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hair Straightening Health Risks

Who doesn't love to straighten their hair in no time. In this busy busy world very few people have time to do blow drying hair for 30 minutes. These people then have none other option than hair straighteners. However when we save our time using hair straighteners, are we aware of the hair straightening health risks? Yes, every comfort comes at a cost and we will decide today if hair straightening health risks are worth using the straighteners!

Hair Straightening Risks
1) Hair Split Ends. A lot of people who used hair straighteners have reported split ends.
2) Burnt Hair. Sometimes it happens that people get burn their hair accidentally and believe me the smell of burnt hair is not very pleasant. One can use ceramic straighteners to avoid burnt hair.
3) Fragile Hair.: People are also reported to have fragile hair from hair straightening.
4) Cancer: Yes! You heard it write. There are some treatments in Brazil which use formaldehyde to smooth and straighten the hair. However many health and safety agencies consider formaldehyde to be a cause of cancer. However recent studies say that the chemicals used for hair straightening therapies are safe.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Health Effects of Smoking

Every one, even the smoker's know that cigarette smoking is injurious to health and the health effects of smoking are not really pleasant. But very few people know how exactly smoking has can affect health. I am a smoker too, but was unaware of the facts that I am going to mention below.

Health Effects of Smoking
1) Smoking a cigarette and having a mouth fresher. Is this the way you try and get rid of the cigarette smell? well then there is a bad news, you can't really get rid of the smell totally. Because it also sticks to your clothes and you can get rid of it only when you wash your clothes. Also if you are smoking in a car, keep a room freshener to get rid of the smoke from the car. Doesn't it sound too much of work for smoking a cigarette.
2) Do you have yellow colored fingernails, tooth or skin? They can very well be because of cigarette smoking. Some of you might think that it is pleasant color!
3) Have you seen someone coughing all day long and the doctors has refused to diagnose it as a viral infection? Yes then he definitely will be a smoker.
4) Excessive smoke can sometime result in headaches and even migraines.
5) After the excessive smoking session during a party or any other time can make you feel dizzy, make your throat burn like anything.
6) Smoking can also result into hypertension,nausea,bronchitis.
7) People who smoke are not sensitive to smell or taste compared to non-smokers.
8) Feeling of anxiety and that of substance dependency will never go till you quit smoking.
9) Last point in the list but the most important one. Cigarette smoking can cause cancer.

Non Health Effects of Smoking
1) I am a smoker myself! Yes I am trying to quit. But there are so many of my shirts which are my real favorites but due to the holes caused cigarette, I miss wearing them.
2) After all its a hard earned money which one smokes away.
3) Some of my clothes have holes in them. Once I bought a pair of sport shoe and the very first day it had a small little hole on the net because of the burning end of cigarettes which fell on my shoe and stayed there for a while.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Abs Abs Abs 6 pack 8 pack

Hello Everyone!!! Yes isn't this an unusual start for my blog. Yes it is. Actually I was thinking of writing about abs six pack eight pack whatever you call since a long time. But the time never was right and I came to know that it never will. The purpose of this post is somewhat selfish. I want to keep track and spirit going on to get those six little babies on my round belly.

Here is how I will keep track of things.
1) Firstly I will tell you guys something about my exercise routine.
2) I will post some of my pictures on the blog so that you people can see the round world around me.
3) I will keep regular posts at least once/twice a week on developments.

So to get into the details what can I write about myself? I will brief you guys about the exercise and time duration for which I have been following the exercise routine. My eating habits, and lifestyle.

The pictures are very important thing I think. As it is great to see the positive changes happening in your body which you have always wanted. I have been through the changes when I used to work out regularly so I know the proud feeling that delves within.

The last thing which will be a long process is keeping track of things that will be happening. I will keep on posting about my exercise routines. As I will be experimenting with a lot of exercises.

So lets see how long it will take for me to get six pack abs. Keep on following this post. for updates. I know will take a long time for me to get into shape.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Importance and Sources of Fibre

Importance of Fibre
  1. A recent study published its finding saying that for ladies it is important to get 5 grams of fibre for every 1,000 calories they consume. You can find how to get those calories here. This can reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in ladies by approximately 20%.
  2. Fibre plays a important role in controlling blood sugar level and cholesterol.
  3. 25-30 Grams of fibre can avoid strokes.
  4. Another study says that 27 grams of fibre can make your lungs more stronger in terms of capacity than people who doesn't consume sufficient amount of fibre.
  5. Fibre controls blood pressure.
  6. Fibre is very much essentials to keep you regular in term of bowel.

Sources that are rich in fibre

  • Wholemeal, granary, softgrain varieties of bread.
  • potatoes
  • Cereals like weetabix, branflakes, unsweetened muesli, Shreddies and porridge oats
  • Wholemeal pasta and brown rice
  • Beans, lentils and peas
  • Fresh and dried fruits with skin
  • Vegetables with skin
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wholemeal flour

Friday, December 12, 2008

Health Tips December

I am starting this new series of posting one liner health tips. What does it mean? Well I will make a post at the start of the month titled like Health Tips In December. I will keep this post updated throughout the month for whatever health tips I come across. Lets do it from today.

Health Tips December:
  • Keeping a bunch of fresh fragrant flowers in your bedroom can help you in getting sound sleep and pleasant dreams.
  • The paste that one applies face made of almonds berries and yogurt would benefit more if eaten.
  • A couple of tablespoons with honey can help in getting a nice sleep. Try to take it with water.
  • Want to beat cold. Eat garlic.
  • Get rid of burning eyes by putting 3 drops of pure rose water into it.
  • To relax your eyes after a long day in front of computer, take place a tea bag onto your eyes after dipping it into cold water.
  • Cracked heels are softened by rubbing olive oil.
  • Stomach ache and stomach ulcers can be cured by combination of honey and cinnamon powder.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Healthy Resolutions 2009

Everyone is waiting for the new year. So are the resolutions being made about career, personnel and fitness. I have also made some health related resolutions for coming and would like to list them down. Let me know your resolutions as well. I am also planning to keep a post per month follow up for this resolutions to keep me going.

Loosing at least 10 pounds ( 5 kg approx)
I was about 114 pound ( 57 kg ) when I joined gym in 2005. Now I feel like I am growing overweight with 142 pound ( 71 kg ) of mass, which is couple of pound higher to what is ideal for my height ( 5'7"). I am planning to get in shape as well.

Avoid eating outside
I will try and avoid eating outside. Even if I do, I will skip the oily food and fast food. Only things which I have decided to eat if I am on a tour, holiday are
1) Fruits, fruit juices.
2) Idli's which are made of fermented rice and legume flour.

6 pack abs is something, I am planning since a long time. Now this coming year I will be executing the task. I will start with photographs sometime in january and lets see how long it takes me to get those 6 pack abs.

Average 1 post per day on this blog
As this blog helps me gain healthy knowledge, as I read and post. But due to blogging, I read even minute details so that our readers can get the best out of the post. '

What are your health resolutions the coming New Year?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Do You Think Your Routine Life Is Healthy.

We will be talking more about what exactly is going wrong in our routine life, off course it will be related to health. I felt the need to write this post after observing my daily routine closely.

Where was Gym in the past?
These days we know the place to do our workout for physical fitness and good health. It's Gym. But this was not the case in the past. There was no Gym but still if we observe our parents or grand parents, they have led a much healthier life than us. Sometime's I wonder how these people might have managed to maintain themselves. Our previous generation are far better than us in terms of physical health and fitness. All their organs are functioning correctly.

Why we need doctors for cold and flu?
When the climate ( season ) changes, it natural for some people to get cold and flu. Do we really need a doctor for it? No we don't. Once our body gets adjusted to the changed weather. But these
days no one is ready to waste there 48 hours. they run to a doctor to get well. No doubt, you should see a doctor if the malfunctioning continues but can't we wait for some time to get adjusted.

What can we do to improve?
There are a lot of things one can do to improve fitness, there is no need to get going to gym. Following are some of the exercises which you can include in your routine to stay fit.
1) Dips, PushUps
2) Squats
3) Skipping
4) Walking
5) Cycling

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
In simple words it's the after effects of a tragedy. PTSD is something where a person is not able to forget his/her past. The bad memories of past keep on haunting a person.

What are the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
  • People suffering from PTSD are not able to live a normal life.
  • Some might even turn to alcohol or drugs to get rid of the memories of past.
What are the Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

A person suffering from PTSD shows the following symptoms
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Prone to nightmares and sleepless
  • feeling shocked
  • feeling Edgy
Do you personally know anyone who has/is suffering from PTSD. A friend of mine was at
CST station when the terror attack in Bombay took place on 29 Nov 2008. And I know its not easy for him.

8 Hours of Sleep

Why do I sleep for 8 hours a day?
When I was in school, my language teacher used to tell us, sleep well through 8 hours a night. The reason was unknown then. Now I know why he used to say that. I observed that when I sleep for 8 hours,
  1. I usually feel very much fresh.
  2. I can concentrate on my work more.
  3. I feel energetic through out the day.
  4. No yawning through the day, helps my colleagues as well. Everyone knows that how much you yawn if you see another person yawning.
  5. I feel more confident with 8 hours of sleep.
What are the health benefits of 8 hours of sleep?
Sleeping for 8 hours a day has many health benefits associated. As everyone knows though a person is sleeping, his body doesn't stop working. His heart, kidney and every part of the body doesn't just go to sleep. But by sleeping you rest your body, you actually give a break to your body by not doing any physical activity. Thus the body doesn't have to do any expense for energy levels. Beside these facts about 8 hour sleep following are some important health benefits

  • Cell Healing Process: When one sleeps his/hers body works on repairing the damages cells.
  • Inflammation: 8 hour Sleep can keep the NF-KB protein level low, which otherwise would result in inflammation related disorders.

How much time do you sleep?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Teeth Cavity Has Grown Deeper

I will post about cavities in the teeth and how it will get bigger and bigger if you don't really pay attention to it in early stages. Last year I went to a renowned dentist DR. Nanda in my city, as my gums had swelled and I was unable to eat. Hell he charges a lot than others, but then again he is the best.

I did an x-ray of my teeth and the Doc. suggested that I better get my teeth cleaned up. He also let me know that there is cavity in my middle teeth and that I have approached him at the right time. I wish If only I would have taken him seriously. Anyways he gave me another appointment after a couple of days to get my teeth cleaned and told me to apply a cream, I don't remember the name of the cream for consecutive 4 days so that the swelling will go down and he can work my teeth to fill the cavity.

I ignored his idea about applying the cream and went directly there to clean the teeth and as you can imagine he was mad at me and told me not come till my swelling gets down. I took him seriously this time and within 2 days my swelling went down and I was lying on the dentist's chair to get my teeth cleaned by one of the doctor's associate.

This was my first time on that chair and the lady just took a moment after my mouth went open to put that weapon in my mouth and let the blood flow like a river in there. I was feeling the taste of blood all over my mouth. It was such a pain. After cleaning them to certain extent she asked me it is not possible to clean all the teeth today and let me give you another appointment.
Another appointment means, more money more pain. When I walked out of the Hospital, I never returned back there.

And now it has been more than a year, my cavity has grown bigger and I think it has started to decay. I feel bad for it and eventually would have to surrender one of the teeth to some external element like cement, silver or gold. I could have avoided all this only if I would have taken the things seriously at the initial stage.

My suggestion to all those guys who love there teeth, please visit your dentist on regular basis, respect their decisions and follow their advice.

Tuna Fish, A Source of Selenium

I mentioned that I was on a break couple of weeks ago and had made somewhat small descriptive post about my holiday in goa here. Well I had a tuna sandwich at a shack( a beach side hotel) for breakfast and I loved it so much that I had to order another one. But it was 14 days after that, when I ran into an article which said that tuna is a rich source of selenium which fights against the advanced prostate cancer. So I wondered how it does it, what can be other sources of selenium and what selenium is basically.

What is selenium?
Selenium is one of those minerals which are needed by our body in small quantity. To be specific 200 micro grams per day is more than enough for a person.

What are benefits of Selenium?
As I described earlier, studies show that adequate selenium intake has lowered the risk of prostate cancer.

What are the Sources of Selenium?
Other than fish, brazil nuts, wheat flour, part skim ricotta cheese, pork and turkey are some of the sources of selenium.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Calories Consumed In The Form Of Food

Everyone wonders how many calories are they taking in, while having a breakfast, meal or dinner. I too am of the same league and have kept wondering about the calorie count which I might be consuming while having my food. Well, today's post will answer at least some of your questions regarding the consumption of calories through food. I will try to built up a chart of calories in different foods that we consume, so that you guys can refer it when you think like.
I would mostly concentrate on our day to day diet ingredients.

Here we go.
  • 1 Mixed Fruit Cup will give you 60 calories.
  • 1 Cup of Oatmeal Cereal will give you 240 calories.
  • 1 boiled egg is equivalent to 77 calories.
  • 1 banana 75 calories.
  • 6 almonds 45 calories.
  • 1 walnut 20 calories.
  • 10 - 20 raisin will provide 60 calories.
  • 1 serving of vegetable gives 80 calories.
  • 1 serving of vegetable proteins like beans is worthy of 145 calories.
  • 1 serving of non veg protein like fish or chicken has 200 calories.
  • 1 apple/orange/gauva has 60 calories.
  • Orange juice or Apple juice 140 calories.
  • 35 gms of granola bar can lend you 140 calories.
  • 1 bowl veg soup 110 calories.
  • 1 cup salad 150 calories.
  • 1 cup gelato 178 calories.
  • 1 cup of low fat milk 100-160 calories.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Activities That Burn Calories

Everyone around us these days seem to have become calorie conscious. They tend to eat less calorie diet. However one must remember that it is also necessary that you burn your calories through day to day activities as well to stay in balance. This post will concentrate on activities by which a person can burn calories. In my last post, I have already described how physical acitivity can help reduce calorie. Here are some actual figures, I have extracted from the internet.

1) Jogging for 30 minutes can burn 200 calories.
2) Walking for 30 minutes can burn 120 calories.
3) Strolling/Loose walk for 15 - 20 minutes can burn around 30 calories.
4) Going up and down the stairs 120 steps will burn approximately 50 caloriess.
5) In Gym you can burn approximately 400 calories.

Some daily activities and tips to burn Calories.
a) Take the stairs instead of lift, this way you can stay active as well as burn calories.
b) Take a walk if you are talking on phone and it is going to take a while for you to talk.
c) If you like to think, or plan, why not take a walk. This way you can burn your calories and it definitely is one form of exercise for your body.

How do you burn your calories?

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Why you need breaks?

It has been a week, I have returned from my two day holiday in Goa, a land of beaches in India. For me I take regular breaks from my hectic schedule for a number of reasons. The life today is so much stress full, that we unknowingly fall in hands of all work and no play lifestyle. Not only that the jobs are not worthy enough for health, they require your mental ability to the fullest extent. All this is happening but no one notices the need of the body. The need to relax your mind. Everyone's body need some rest, some time out!

I have been to Goa and I am so glad I went there. I was having some stress at work last week with almost 12 hours of work daily. My body was desperately asking for a break. And finally I went there with my cousine sister and here husband. The things that I did there included body massage on the beach. I have never known the power of massage as I had never done it before. I experienced how relaxed your body feels after the massage. I am planning to visit some more massage parlours in pune.

Other than this, it was warming experience when I think of food. I had a lot of it. Kingfish, prawns, fish curry rice, tunna toasted sandwitch, scrambled egg . Wow... here is some sneak peak into those things. I was not able to stop myself from eating all the fish. There was no time when I ate something and it was not fish. Goa is good for fish. You can't deny after seeing this somewhat badly composed pic.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Teenage Hair Loss

Male Pattern Thinning considered as the cause of hair loss in teenagers is the process of hair follicles shrinking day by day , which further reduces the hair on the top of the head to get a U shaped formation on the head.

The time when hair loss starts is generally late teens and early 20s. The boys and girls who are affected by this MPT are all set to grow bald by the age of 30. Thus the saying goes “If you have a head full of hair at the age of 30. You will have it for the rest of life.”

We have already discussed hair loss due to anaemia here. Here is some more insight into the reason of hair loss.

Causes of hair loss in teenage girls:

2)Taking steroids.
4)There is a 50% chance that if a father has got Male Thinning Pattern genes, the son is going to get bald. That does not mean, if both the parents have head full of hear then the son won’t get it. It goes like the mother can still possess the genes, which she might have inherited from her mother or father.

How to prevent hair loss

Hair loss prevention will involve a person in interfering with the inherited genes. There are certain male hormones which influence the genes leading to hair loss . The other way to prevent hair loss is, prevent those from doing so.

Other tips to prevent hair loss

* Eight hours of sleep.
* Proper diet.
* Relaxation of mind.

Related Post:
Hair Loss due to Anaemia.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Health Benefits of Black Tea

We all drink tea but we drink it as if we are addicted? Is it really an addiction or is it healthier for our body? Well there are a lot of advantages or health benefits of drinking black tea. All the following health benefits are inherited from various articles and are based on study of pro advice.

Health Benefits of Black Tea
1) Almost everyone thinks of tea when they first wake up in the morning. This is because black tea has rejuvenating and stimulating effect.
2) Lessens the risk of heart attack.
3) A study showed 20 % increase in cortisol ( Body's stress fighting hormone).

Effects of Milk on Tea:
It is found in India and some other countries that milk is added to the tea. Though milk has it's own health benefits, it spoils or nullifies the health benefits of black tea. The proper way to prepare tea is to boil the tea first and if someone wants milk with it can pour it externally.
However nutritionist's suggest that plain black tea without adding milk to it is good for health.

It has been found that relaxing effect of the black tea was completely vanished when milk was added to it.

Bottom line: Have a black tea without milk.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

No Red Meat

Why is Red Meat a big No these days. Well readon to get all your answers.

According to a study conducted, continous intake of red meat makes a human body more susceptible to a virulent bug in intestines. This bug may cause diarrhhoea or even death. To be specific Escherichia coli is the name of th bug. So why not follow the no red meat diet and protect your body.

One of the study also suggests that red meat eating will allow the toxins into your blood stream, as it hampers the lining of the cells of intestines and blood vessels and provide a easy environment for the toxins to delve in. So are you still in for the Red Meat or are you going to say a Bye Or a strict no to red meat?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Health Benefits of Green Tea

So tea as in my previous post here has its own advantages. Today we will concentrate on Green tea which has its own health benefits. Before we go into health benefits of green tea, let me run you through some of the ill effects of green tea and then we can discuss if they are worth ignoring the positive effects of green tea on health.

Less Amount of Caffeine and Tannin : Tea has a couple of harmful ingredients caffeine which is considered to be a addictive drug and Tannin which is considered as a risk for oesophagal and nasal cancer. Now when it comes to green tea. Green tea actually reduces the quantity of caffeine as well as tannin present in it. In comparison to a normal tea, green tea has 50% less amount of caffeine and tannin. To be specific and statistical, every 150 ml of green tea will have just12 to 60 mg of caffeine and tannin. Green tea helps in bringing down cholesterol levels and maintain desired ratio between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels.

Green tea is also a very good source of quercetin which helps body in boosting the immune system and fighting against flu, Alzheimer's, pancreatic cancer and other cardiovascular diseases.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Health Benefits of Honey

Honey the loving word! Has anyone imagined why we call our loved ones by the name honey? Because honey is the sweetest of all known products that one can get. But one should know honey is far much better than being sweet, as it has its own health benefits.

  • To discuss in brief honey is known for being antioxidant, antiseptic, moisturiser and age fighting capabilities.
  • Honey gets its germ killing power from its sweetness. So is also know for being able to heal the wounds on the body.
  • The sticky and thick property of honey makes an idle condition to keep the infection on the outer side and creating a moist and healing condition within. The most accepted approach to get rid of blisters.
  • Honey has the capability of bringing the free water that lies within the tissues to the surface of the skin. Thus creating a plump effect to the skin. Who doesn't want to give a morning presentation with plumpy glow on the face. Besides it also get rid of the wrinkles for temperory purpose.
If you want to experience a soothing effect. Try the following facial which I read in a local newspaper. Get a mixture of 2 tablespoons of honey and milk each. Warm it in a microwave. Apply it to the face for 10 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water. And Wow!!! see the effect yourself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Health Benefits of Herbs - Part 2

I know, I know it is quite a hectic to read all the herbs and their benefits in one go. So I have divided the post in two parts. In the last post, I covered health benefits of Bitter Melon, Babool, Garlic, Amla and Bael Fruit. Today I shall cover the health benefits of Haritaki, Ginger, Neem, Tulsi and Chyavanprash.

Health Benefits of Neem
  • Neem is mostly known to fight diabetes, viral and bacterial infections.
  • Neem is a wonderfull catalyst for detoxification of body and a good blood purifier.
  • Strengthens the immune system and helps in maintaining a healthy skin.

Health Benefits of Tulsi
  • Tulsi is used during following condition common cold and fever, anxiety, stress, heart dosorder an, respiratory tract infections.
  • Tulsi is widely known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Health Benefits of Ginger
  • Provides mangesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium.
  • Remedy for digestive problems and food poisoning.
  • Helps in bone formation and benefits the heart.
  • A good antioxidant.

Health Benefits of Chyavanprash
  • Made from more than 40 herbs, with gooseberry being one of the main content. Some other contents are ghee, sugar, oil, sesame and honey.
  • Known to be a anti stess and anti aging tonic.
  • Strengthens the immune system and provides energy to the body.

Health Benefits of Haritaki
  • Some properties of Haritaki are laxative, stomachic, aleterative and tonic.
  • Nourishes the tissues of the body.
  • Good for hair, skin, eyes and liver.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Health Benefits of Herbs - Part 1

Health Benefits of Bitter Melon
  • Rich in 'quinine' which is famous for its anti malarial properties.
  • Abundant in vitamins
  • Gaurds the body against diabetes bringing down blood sugar level and insulin.

Health Benefits of Babool
  • Babool leaves are very much beneficial for headaches, eye complaints, throat and urinary problems.
  • Babool is famous for its stem which is used as a toothbrush and for its gum which proves to be healer of burns.
  • Other diseases which are also cured using Babool are diabetes, bronchitis, dysentry, diarhhoea and skin diseases.

Health Benefits of Amla
  • Abundant Vitamin C
  • Other ingrediants are calcium, iron, protein, garlic, tannic acids, sugar, phosphorus and carbohydrates, etc.
  • Improves eyesight.
  • Strengthens immune system.
  • Good for skin and hair glow.

Health Benefits of Garlic
  • Garlic has a powerful antibiotic called allicin and phytoncide which is a anti-fungal compound.
  • Minerals and Vitamin B is found in abundance.
  • Garlic helps prevent diseases such as heart diseases, cancer and high blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Bael Fruit
  • Source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C
  • Cures digestive and urinary problems.
  • Used a lot during respiratory disorders, diseases like gonorrhea, leucorrhea and menstruation disturbances.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Whole Grains and Healthy Eating

You've probably heard a lot about how whole grain can be good for you. But do you really know what whole grains are or why they are so beneficial for health? This post will answer this question in detail and explain why whole grain is a great food choice.Add Image
What are whole grains?
A grain is considered whole when all three parts Bran, Germ and Endosperm are present. Whole grains are a good source of B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Iron and Fiber, as well as other valuable antioxidants. Following are the whole grains, Whole Wheat, Rice, Corn, Oats, Sorghum, Pearl Millet and Finger Millet. Some other whole grains are Barley, Whole Rye, Maxseed and Qulnoa.

What are the health benefits of whole grains?
Whole grains form an important part of healthy diet and may lead to following health benefits
Whole grains reduces heart diseases, keeps a person away from diabetes type 2 , asthma won't be able to find the person who eats whole grains. Same can be hold true for colorectal cancer and diseases which might result in inflammation of certain organs.
Recent studies show that whole grains prove to be of benefit in avoiding any tooth loss or infected gums and restricts the weight of human body to desired value along with maintaining the blood pressure to the correct levels.

If you want to gaze more into whole grain health benefits here is the link http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/files/ASNsummary2010.pdf

When you whole grain look for a note on the food package which says "100% Whole Grain

Monday, August 11, 2008

Health Benefit of Pumpkin

There was a article in paper and has been a long time since, I posted something healthy. Lets talk about Pumpkin and its health benefits. After reading the article maybe you might start thinking of pumpkin to to be a king of fruits.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin Benefit 1.
Pumpkin boosts your immune system by delivering the beta carotene and alpha carotene, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A. These immune boosting nutrients and vitamins are sufficient for 3 days if taken in 1/2 cup servings of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Benefit 2.
20% of the daily fiber intake required by the body can be served in the same 1/2 cup of pumpkin serving with only 40 calories compared to 70 calories in a whole wheat bread.

Pumpkin Benefit 3.
Pumpkin increase the sight life of humans as it delivers a duo of carotenoid antioxidants, absolutely essential for overcoming age related cataracts and sight stealing macular degenaration.

Pumpkin Benefit 4.
Pumpkin delivers a lot of potassium, which is a absolute must for healthy being. Potassium helps smooth functioning of cells, nerves and muscles. The chances of stroke and heart diseases are lowered as potassium can keep the blood pressure maintained.

Pumpkin Benefit 5.
Pumpkin also serves a good amount of calcium, which helps build your bones.

Pumpkin Benefit 6.
Cancers, especially breast cancer risk is reduced to a large extent with the high amount of carotenoids in pumpkin. Beta cryptoxanthin present in pumpkin aids fighting lung cancer.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Effects of Second Hand Smoke and Stroke

A recent study that was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and a US study had said strokes are closely associated with second hand smoke. The study says non smokers married to smokers hold a greater chance of getting a stroke than others. Below is the statistical findings of the stroke-smoke association.

The study states if a non smoker is married to a smoker , then the chance of a stroke is increased by 42% compared to that of a non smoker married to a non smoker.
Similarly if a formal smoker is married to a current smoker, the chances of stroke elevates to 72%.
Thus to all the smoker's around the world, "You are increasing the stroke risk of your spouse/husband by 42%. Quit Smoking!!! "

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reasons for Itching

For past two days, I have been itching myself throughout the body. I wonder why and took the web route for flourishing some facts about the reasons of itching. I suppose the reason of my itching to be the soap I use for bathing is changed for last couple of days. So have anyone of you been through the same situation and think the reason to be same as mine. Haha. Well I guess no and here are some of the reasons which can cause you Itch all around.

Reasons for Itching
1) Dry skin. Yes I do have a dry skin.
2) Contact with irritants such as soaps or synthetic substance like wool. (Yes, I guess I am write about the soap thing).
3) Hives
4) Insect Bites
5) Sunburn
6) Rashes
7) Aging skin
and some more are mentioned here.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Hookah Smoking Health Risks

Hookah these days is a little on the higher side these days, with people thinking of it to be fruit flavoured and nicotine free and thereby under estimating the hookah smoking health risks. Consider the following points to get more insight into what are the health risks involved in Hookah Smoking.

1) Many youths thinking of it being nicotine free. Recently it was tested in the Indian laboratories and nicotine was found to be one of the elements of hookah risking the health to the same hazards from cigarrate.

2) Hookah smoking is just like 50 times more injurious to health, as one sits for hours smoking hookah which indirectly has the effect of approximately 50 cigarettes smoked, says one of the social worker and activist against Hookah parlours.

3) Also smoking a hookah one inhales 100 times more smoke than in one puff of cigarette.

4) Besides nicotine, Hookah also contains high amounts of carbon and tar, which risks you further to various diseases.

5) If anyone is not aware of it, then just to mention hookah smoking releases many toxins from the water pipe and are a major of cause of heart diseases, lung cancer and many other diseases.

6) Hookah smokers risk other's as the smoke released is the way for people around to be prone to passive smoking and so to the hazards of same.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

High Blood Pressure In Children

How is High Blood Pressure measured?
First let me make aware of what exactly is hight blood pressure? In an normal adult human being, the systolic blood pressure is 140 and while diastolic blood pressure is 90. Anything above the mentioned two values is termed as high blood pressure. In children there are no such upper and lower limits. Instead the blood pressure in children is termed high or low by comparing them with the children of same age, sex and height and is measured in percentiles.

High Blood Pressure in Children Stays Through Adulthood
High blood pressure in childhood can hunt you through the adulthood. Some American researchers are of the opinion, it's better to control the high blood pressure in children at an early stage. Some experts have evaluated results of more than 50 researches ( conducted after 1970 ) to conclude if the high blood pressure stays through out the adulthood! And it was found that the children who had high blood pressure as compared to age, sex and height of others, did continued with having high blood pressure in adulthood. As a result a circular was passed to detect the high blood pressure in children at an early stage and treat it.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Waist Exercie - Side Bending

Waist Exercise is very much important in long run of life. Here we are going to see stepwise breakup of doing side bending, one of the waist exercise.

Step 1. Take a gap of one should between your feet and stand erect.
Step 2. Pull your stomach inside and hold your left hand loosely behind your head.
Step 3. Then try to bend from the right side trying to take the right hand as down as possible.
Step 4. Stay in the maximum bend position for 2 seconds and then come back to the normal position following the steps in the reverse order.

Tips for Waist Exercise - Side Bending

Tip 1. While bending to the right side try and concentrate on the left side and vice-versa.
Tip 2. If you want to increase the intensity of this exercise, one can always take a dumbbell in the bending side hand.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Secondary Health Benefits of Walking

Today we will discuss some health benefits of walking. Now you might consider what I mean by secondary health benefits. It's true that walking has proved beneficial to health by physically improving the person. But there is also another part to it. It also helps a person to arrange himself. It supports your emotional and spiritual being. A person walking regularly feels more happy and relaxed. Walking provides you with the required inner peace. Walking is a way for you to slow down, relax yourself and your life as well. What walking can do is make you breathe deeply, it can calm your thoughts and let you wonder about the natural world and to love yourself.

How can one plan a walk.

Mark your calendar for the date that you have decided to walk for the above reasons and to relax yourself. Just decide on the place which is close to you. If you are a nature lover, you can choose some park close to your house or some hill or mountain. The reason to stay close to your house is to spend minimum time in driving and maximum while walking. One can set his own walking target, say if one can walk 2 miles a day he can walk at a slow pace for 4 miles. So target those 4 miles. Walking will help you to get away from the demands at work, home and family. Get ready to walk with the suitable clothes, if it's warm wear a hat and your sunglasses for the privacy you need.

Get up early on the day of walking and try some stretching and relaxing exercise, which will help your body to become more flexible and less achy. To get yourself in different frame of mind try out reading something relaxing. After taking a health breakfast and drinking sufficient water head towards your goal of walking. The walk of life.

Some extra tips to consider about walking
  1. Choose some green zones to walk into. As you will be able to get sufficient amount of fresh oxygen into your system.
  2. Enjoy the cool breeze around and you will start loving it and unknowingly you are gonna get addicted to it.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Weight Loss In Children

Is your child overweight? Do you want your child to loose weight? You will get straightforward and simple answers to all these questions in this post. A child is overweight and is the reason for him being inactive. However a lot of us try to interpret it the other way round. We tend to think that a child's inactivity or lack of physical activity results in the the child becoming overweight.

A child's weight should be controlled through balanced diet. Give your child a healthy diet. Make sure there is no excessive calorie intake. See that they don't eat the junk food. There are some steps which must be taken by government as well like the France has taken up. eg.
1) Stop showing junk food advertisements during children programmers on TV.
2) Schools must ban the chocolate bars in Tiffin.
3) Remove the vending machines from the school.

Final advice is one should keep a close watch so as the child does not get fats through any other means. A healthy diet is the most efficient and cost effect way to get the weight of the child under control for lifelong.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Health Benefit of Pomegranate

Every natural fruit benefits our health and pomegranate is not an exception. Pomegranate is not just used for food decor but it is one of the healthy fruits and has some unique health benefits. Health benefits of pomegranates are listed in this post.

1) A clinical study in Israel on clinical nutrition has revealed that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice for approximately a year benefits the health in reducing the systolic blood pressure and slow down the cholesterol oxidation.

2) Another research has stated that pomegranate juice for 3 months increases the amount of oxygen getting the heart muscles, which aids to the healthy heart.

3) Pomegranate aids to health by providing abundant vitamin C and vitamin B5.

4) Anit-oxidants like Polyphenols, Tannins and Anthocyanins are present in pomegranate and the quantity is more than can be found in any other health recipe.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mosquito Bite Intense Itch

People who get red bump and intense itching after a mosquito bite are most likely suffering from a condition known as papular urticaria. This condition is common and often annoying disorder manifested by chronic or recurrent papules caused by a hypersensitive reaction to the bites of mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, and other insects. Being difficult to resist scratching these itchy crusted bumps, the possibility of infection is high and caution should be taken. The body should be as fully covered as possible. Use an insect repellent to exposed skin to prevent insect bites. Homeopathic medicine Apis Mellifica 6c, five pills twice daily will help a lot. If the symptoms still persists, please consult a doctor.

Sea Sickness

Have you ever heard of the term sea sickness? I never had! unless I read it in a column for homeopathy treatment in Times of India from Dr. Batra, a renowned homeopathic from India, Pune. It is found that sea sickness might result into a feeling of nausea or sensation of whirling or turning. An remedy for the sea sickness is one can put ear plugs in ear and thereby stopping the whirling signals to brain. Occulus 30, five pills thrice daily can be given to such people who suffer from sea sickness before a day and during the day of journey.

Allergic to Sunlight

Allergic to sunlight i.e photo sensitivity is found in many human beings. Sunscreen of SPF 15 applied daily before you venture out into the sun is a best remedy. If a person is already on medication and want to continue with the treatment for photo sensitivity, he or she should consult a doctor before starting with any type of medications. Belladonna 30, five pills twice daily will serve the purpose and if the symptoms still persists consult your doctor.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Physical Activity Reduce Calorie

Are you people willing to burn your calorie. Then there are certain tips one can always follow to reduce the calorie and getting active.

Tip 1. Don't just walk get running. Hop, skip, jog. There are so many ways you can get active. Half an hour of any of the above form of activity is sufficient to keep one fit. My schedule is jogging for 20 minutes twice a week.

Tip 2. Our household activities need water. e.g. In a week atleast twice, I try and take atleast 50 buckets of water to fill the water tank on the second floor from the Ground Floor water tank. On second floor which is an open terrace, I have tied three ropes so that I always have to pass from below then with the bucket. This way I exert my stomach and abs as well.

Tip 3 : Any form of physical activity is sufficient to burn calories, not necessarily it has to be jogging. There are so many things, start cleaning your floor, wash your car, take out your gardening tools and start shaping your lawns and still there are so many things like washing your clothes, cleaning utensils... No I am not joking.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Summer Tips: Reduce the heat of of your body

Today we will see into what is good as a diet in Summer and also how to stay fit in Summer. Everyone tries to cool off there body during summer by reducing the heat of body. There are a number of ways to reduce the heat of body and we will concentrate on it. Here are some tips to reduce the heat.

1) Chilled Water, Cold drinks, beer : Summer time is up and the fridge are on in every house to get there chilled doses of water, beverages, beer. So is it healthy to consume chilled stuff? It is not advisable to take chilled liquid forms of water, cold drink or beer in summer. The reason behind this is the thermal energy that is used in giving the liquid the chilled property. Since energy is transferred from one form to another, the thermal energy is stored in the chilled liquids which eventually will increase the heat of your body.

2) What to eat : One should eat a lot of fruits. Natural fruits are always cold in nature and has a great capability to reduce the heat of body. Rice, spinach, bottle gourd or calabash cucumber,

3) How much water to drink: Water has to be taken as per human physique and individual capacity. But speaking in general terms 10 to 12 glasses of water or 2 liters of water is sufficient for a human body. Those who feel like urinating after drinking water should not drink a lot of water and should reduce the amount of intake. Instead of drinking cold drinks or beer one should try drinking fruit juice. Bel Leaf in water is also a great cooling technique for body.

4) AC : Effect of air conditioning on the body to cool off is good but one should always use it If one stays in AC for the whole time. It should not happen that one is in AC for a while and without AC after some time. If this happens on a consistent basis, might lead to cold, fever and other diseases.

5) Loose Fat: Summertime is a good time to start with the fat loosing exercise as you loose a lot of sweat in these days and you don't feel a lot hungry these days. Also the appetite for oily and spicy food is less, as a result summer time sounds like a optimal period to loose fat.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

How To Avoid a Cold

  1. Keep you hands clean by washing them. Cold being a contagious disease, can be transmitted through handshakes as well as if your hands touch some contaminated objects. So keep your hands clean. Why only hands,? because this part of body is used by your body often and is much in action as well as capable of getting you infected while eating or while rubbing your nose, ears, etc.
  2. Try to be away from people who are coughing sneezing. If he/she is infected, then there are chances that people in close vicinity may get infected.
  3. Get Rest and Exercise. Rest helps to strengthen your immune system, so get plenty of it. Get a walk every often, it will boost your immune system.
  4. 500mg tablet of vitamin c. Get a 500mg tablet of vitamin c once in a while to keep cold at bay.
  5. Get relieved of stress. A study has shown that people who suffer from stress are more prone to catching the cold virus.
  6. Wrap yourself. It has been found that cold virus breeds faster in cold conditions. So wrap your nose and body when its cold.

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Avoid Strokes with 25-30 Grams of Fibre.

A study says that stroke is the third leading reason to kill people in United States. Can we avoid stroke? Yes off course! Knows reasons of strokes are smoking, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. A study says, if one takes 25 to 30 grams of fibre in your diet, it can keep the strokes away from a person. The results of the study were concluded when people who received strokes where asked about the food they had withing 24 hours of receiving the stoke and there lifestyle was studied. It was also found that fish oil doesn't reduce the risk of the stroke directly. However it improves the cardiovascular condition of a person, thus indirectly reducing the risk of stroke.

Health Tip : Get 25-30 grams of fibre through your daily diet

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tips to Avoid Cracked Feet

1) Don't put pressure (weight) on your feet. i.e don't stand on your feets for a long time.

2) Avoid walking on a hard surface.

3) Use proper shoes.
  • Don't use the hard and thin soled shoes, go for soft soles.
  • Don't wear open backed shoes.
  • Use a heel cup when wearing shoes.
4) Apply moisturizer twice a day.

5) Use a pumice stone to remove the flaky skin.

6) Diet

Friday, April 18, 2008

Free Heart Surgery

Is your child in need of heart surgery? Are you out of money to perform a heart surgery on your child? Well here is one good news mostly to the residents of India. It has been observed that it has been difficult for the parents of children who require heart surgery to collect the operation or hospital expenses. But an institute in Bangalore (INDIA) with the name Shri Satya Sai Institute Medical Sciences performs any type of heart surgery free of cost.

Following are the details of the Insititute.

Address :
Shri Satya Sai Institute Medical Sciences, E.P.I.P Area, Whitefield, Bangalore 560066, Karnataka, India.

Telephone : +91 - 080 - 28411500
Fax : +91 - 080 - 28411502
Email : adminblr@sssihms.org.in

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Diabetes Mellitus - Basics you need to know regarding Diabetes

Diabetes is a common disease nowadays. It has the medical name of Diabetes Mellitus. It is a disorder which involves the pancreas specially the beta cells situated in the islets of Langerhans. It has two types or two major groups. Type I (IDDM) Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus is the most common childhood disease. Thus it is called as Juvenile Diabetes. The other type is Type II (NIDDM) Non- insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus.

The primary problem with these disorders is by the act that the body cannot regulate further the blood sugar of the body. In controlling type I diabetes you need the continuous shots of insulin due to the damaged beta cells of the body. Thus, body cannot secret insulin. For Type II, diet modification and a healthier lifestyle is a key to get rid of diabetes.

The Type II Diabetes has the following triad to know whether a person is diabetic. Poylphagia – is excessive hunger, polydipsia is excessive thirst and polyuria frequent urination. Diabetes in general is a serious disease and has very fatal complications. This might involve the heart, the kidneys, eyes and the blood vessels as well as the heart. The growing global concern to address diabetes is so alarming. The social and economical impact of the disease has crippled several families and the society gets unfit for employment.

The first and primary way to address the disease is to accept it that diabetes is in you. It takes a lot of lifestyle changes to be able to manage it. Thus before deciding to fight diabetes, check how you go about the course of treatment. It does matter a lot.

For more information, visit Diabetes Blog

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Goji Juice and Other Powerful Superfoods

While indeed some of the aptly named "superfoods" like alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, ginger, spirulina, almonds, hazelnuts and many leafy green vegetables have been fairly successfull at making the news and are therefore well known by many observent people, there also happen to be a few other key superfoods which are likewise very important. Some of these may assist in reducing bad cholesterol levels, reducing the possibility for heart disease & stroke, limititing high blood pressure and even improving one's overall mental state. One superfood in particular that you may be glad to hear about is ever-popular chocolate. Made from the cacao bean, it is really chock full of antioxidant power and can even lower blood pressure in some specific instances. It is important that you search for for chocolate that has at least a 60% cocoa content. Broadly speaking, the darker the better. You may have noticed a pattern of the darker colored foods such blueberries being particularly rich in the free radical destroying antioxidants. On top of all that, the darker the chocolate is, the lower the fat and sugar ratio is. Salmon, and especially wild salmon is another superlative superfood which has many amino acids and other nutrients.

But the apsect of salmon that sets it apart from many other nutricious foods is it's fatty acids. Salmon, like some other fish but better than most, is extremely high in the long chain omega-3 fatty acids known as dha and epa. Studies in greenland during the 70's showed that native greenlanders had a remarkably low incidence of various forms of hear disease despite a diet that was quite high in fat. The researchers attributed this low incidence to a diet which was rich in marine oils. Additional, Icelanders were rated as having the longest life span of any people on earth in the latest recorded statistics. Iceland is famous for having a diet that is very high in fish. Another superlative superfood happens to be the modest little red goji berry, from which goji juice is actually made from in general.

Goji juice may actually be the best possible option for getting the most benefit from this unique food item, since it is wholly active with a high concentration of essential polysaccharides, which are basically the "master molecules" your system requires to rejuvenate each day for optimal health. In addition, these particular polysaccharides are only found in goji You can find all the relevant information about goji juice at goji juice and they have a movie on this juice, telling about all the wellness benefits. You don’t need to search for Goji juice in the market, it is online available for you at Goji-planet.com.

Information wrote by primeryder of goji-planet.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tea After A Meal

We will take care of what is the effect of drinking a cup of tea after a meal. Does a cup of tea after meal benefits us or affects us. Many people have the habit of having a cup of tea after a meal.
However I received an email not to do so, because tea leaves contain a acid in high quantity.The acids hardens the proteins contained in the food, which eventually makes it difficult for digestion. So I thought to give it a closer look and I ran into an article on hystersisters.com which adds te following benefits to drinking tea after or with meal.
  1. A study has shown that black tea taken with heavy meals help to reduce the heart attack by increasing the antioxidant levels and blood flow.
  2. It was found to prevent spinal fractures in women with Osteoporosis.
  3. The tea contains some environmental substances depending on the region where it is grown such as fluoride and aluminum, which can be beneficial and vice versa as well.

For detailed article see Drinking Tea after a heavy meal.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Cold and Alcohol

IF you think drinking can cure cold then it is time to reconsdier your thoughts. Be it brandy or a whisky taken along with hot water and lemon, which most of the world thinks is what doctor orders.Now we can think it over how can a inebriation(mild) can relieve you of the cold, flu symptoms. But it is not yet medically proved if alcohol is able to kill the germs of
flu and cold. Instead alcohol is said to increase dehydration.

There were two studies conducted on how resistant are people who drink moderately to cold. Following are the results
First study was conducted on 391 adults. The result said that those who drink moderately were more resistant to cold, the only exception to this being the smokers.
Second study was conducted on 4300 adults. It was found that those who drink 8 to 14 glasses of wine per week were at 60% less prone to developing a cold.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Middle Age Woman Fitness

Today we will see some information on exercise of a women who are in age group 30, 40 and 50 and want to follow the exercise routine according to age. Age is an important factor in women's because with age there are changes in a female body and needs a suitable fitness exercise.

Exercise for women of all age groups.

1) Dancing
2) Yoga
3) Simple and meditative exercises
4) Swimming
5) Regular Walking

To Stay Fit at Age less than 30
Consider the age of a women to be around 28. At this point BMR ( Basic Metabolic Rate ) of a women is high. No fat is deposited in the body and joints too are not stressed. In such a condition any type of exercise is great for the body.

To Stay Fit at Age from 30 to 40
This is the age when BMR drops and the bones need calcium intake from a women. Weight training and cardio also serve more benefits at this time.

To Stay Fit at Age from 40 to 50
At this age fat starts to deposit in the lower region of the body. Bones are weakening. There is change in hormones dur to the perimenopausal stage. The best exercise during this time is weight training and cardio. One must also increase the intake of vitamins and mineral supplements in the diet.

To Stay Fit at Age from 50 onwards
Basic metabolic rate falls down further and menopause sets in. Exercises that can benefit at this stage are a lot of cardio, light weight training and circuit training with Yoga.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Heart Attack at the Age of 32.

Recently my brother in law was unfortunate to get a heart attack. Can you imagine what is age is? Just 32. Can you guess why this happened to him? He says its a result of not having food on time.

Else he is perfect. He eats a lot but with at no fixed time. He is not a drinker nor a smoker, neither does he do drugs. So does not eating on time can lead to a heart attack. Well let me give you a brief picture of his last 7 years.

He was working as an insurance agent and used to work 24*7 to sell the policies. He did pretty descent there and after 3 years he got into another business and then back into the Finance with mutual funds and technical analysis. But the stress and race for money and get to the top remains the same. He used to travel on bike and usually used to skip the food. Last friday he consulted a doctor for chest pain and did the ECG work. Doctor advised him to get admitted but this hero left the hospital for home. The next day which was saturday he experienced severe chest pain but again ignored it as he had done the ECG later that day he also started to getting it harder to breathe and this was the time when everyone rushed him to the hospital. The doctor said he has suffered severe heart attack. There is diabetese in his medical history and yeah these people are more suspected to diseases.

We are to do Angiography and Angioplasty on him. Will keep you updated about his status, and write some article about Angiography and Angioplasty in further posts.

Suggestions : Take care of your lifestyle. Plan your schedule. Eat on Time. Sleep Well. Stay Healthy.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Earth Hour 2008

The Entire world is celebrating Earth Hour Tomorrow. Let us also be a part of the same.

What is Earth Hour? It's an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions.

What is Earth Hour about? - It is about everyone and every organization, from individuals to global companies, joining together to own a shared problem - “Global Warming"

How could we help? – By switching off the lights at home & office Tomorrow-29.03.08, between 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm (IST)

It is that simple that will collectively make a lot of difference…
Let’s put our hands together to contribute as much as possible to reduce Global Worming and save our Planet.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Blood Donors

Are you from India and looking for blood transfer but not getting the required blood type? Or are you not able to track the donor within your city? Well it all just got as simple than you could have ever imagined. A website http://www.friendstosupport.org/index.aspx provides the cell numbers and other information about the donors who are willing to save lifes by donating the blood.

All you have to do is select the blood type, state, district and city from which you prefer to get the blood.

Do visit the above site and let others know. Forward the link to as many people as possible. If you know of any such sites, feel free to comment on this post and leave the link. I would be pleased to update this post for international viewers as well.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

It's summer time in India and everyone looking for juicy and watery fruits, watermelon stands first when it comes to watery. We would discuss some health benefits of watermelon in this post based on there nutritional value and the functionality of nutrients as well.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Rich source of Vitamin C, Beta Carotine, Potassium, Lycopene, Vitamin A, Fiber.

Potassium is recognized to maintain blood pressure, heart beat and also helps in preventing strokes. Vitamin C and Beta Carotine are said to be the fighting arms of the disease fighting system and helps in reducing the chances of heart disease and cancer. Lycopene helps in reducing the chances of breast, endometrial, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

Health benefit of watermelon which all would love to hear is it's a fat free fruit (practically calorie free) and yet delivers 100 percent energy equivalent to the energy found in functional foods. It keeps one hydrated as well.

Watermelon is also good for skin. One of the key compound of watermelon helps with skin's healing and regenerative process.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Causes of Diabetes

Almost everyone from my family is suffering from diabetes except me. Yesterday while talking, a person told me he love sweet so much that he has been eating so much sweet right from his childhood but has managed to keep away from diabetes. When I argued about physical work being a contribution factor in his good health, the person responded that he had never worked on physical level. I was surprised to hear this and started hunting the real caused of Diabetes.

Causes of Diabetes

There is no such thing which can be reasoned to cause diabetes. Scientists are still hunting for the causes. However there has been certain observations when it comes to diabetes

a) Inheritance : People who have a family history of diabetics are 25% more prone to being diabetic.
b) Diet : Diet plays a major role in diabetes. One should never take nutrients like carbohydrates, fats and proteins in excess as they hamper the secretion of insulin, the hormone which maintains the blood sugar level.
c) Obesity : Excess fats in a person's body deprecates the functionality of Insulin to allow the sugar in the blood to enter the muscles and tissues of the body. This can lead to diabetes.
d) Virus : Cocksakie B Virus affects the pancreases, indirectly affecting the insulin levels and thus increasing the blood sugar levels.
e) Age : Age can be a factor because a person according to the age grows less active and grows overweight.

Other factors leading to diabetes are stress, grief, anxiety, worry, death etc.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Health Qoutes

I would like to mention some good quotes about health which will always keep us going in search of a good health and constantly inspire us to stay fit. This is what some great people have quoted about health.

There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
~Josh Billings

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
~World Health Organization, 1948

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

If you have any health quotes to share please let know. I would like to update this post with some quotes from the viewers as well.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Medical Insurance Is a Must

It has been quite a long time since, I have written anything on this blog. Let me dedicate this blog post for why one should be having a mediclaim policy. I would like to describe this with a short story as well.

My friend Rohit works as a clerk at a office and earns around 5k rs per month ( approximately 125$). He is the sole earner in a family of three and as you might have guessed no need for me to say he is poor. They stay in a rented apartment with 1500 rs rent. Now just imagine what he must be doing with the remaining 3500 rs. Should he pay the milkman, for food items, for his personal expenses including travelling, for events that are cultural part of Indians, and still there is lot more. It happened that I had explained to him what if some health problem pops up in this tight schedule. But he rightly said what was he supposed to do. He cant bare the existing expenses, so how was he supposed to cope with the mediclaim which does not even has money back facility, if nothing happens.

Unfortunately last friday it happened that his dad met with an accident and lost sense for approximately an hour. He was admited to an hospital and the total expenses were more than 10000 rs. Which my friends is 2 times his monthly salary and he will need atleast one whole year to recover from it, if nothing like this comes up ( I wish nothing comes up ). Yesterday he came up to me and explained that he is facing a hard time and told me how it will take him 1 year to recover financially.

What if he had taken a mediclaim policy of 1000 rs per year which covers mediclaim for parent for 10000 rs. Wudn't he had recovered it in 2 months. This doesn't mean that this policy applies only to poor people. What if you have money in your bank but you can't access your bank account. If you have the cashless mediclaim facility you can avail it without waiting to access the bank account in emergency situations. There are other benefits to mediclaim policy as well. It is exempted in the income tax, it gives you a secure feeling, if you have a policy you can get treatment at a better hospital at expenses which will be much less than what you would be paying at a general hospital. Say for example you have a 5k policy which covers you for 1 lakh rupees. If unfortunately you meet with an accident you can always go to a much better or the best hospital in town and could be treated in 5k rs which you already have paid.

So my dear friends get health insurance as soon as possible.