Archive for January, 2015

Tips to prevent lifestyle diseases

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Not many are familiar with the term ‘Lifestyle disease’. The simplest description of this term would be – a disease that is caused due to the health-damaging choices that we make in our day-to-day life.

It is estimated that worldwide, approximately 14.2 million people between the age of 30 to 70 die every year due to Lifestyle diseases. Cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, sleep -disorders, stress obesity and some forms of cancers can be listed under the section of Lifestyle diseases. These tips will help you cut down the risk:

Tip 1 – A wholesome diet is absolutely essential for your health & wellbeing. You have to acknowledge the fact that good health is all about taking charge and doing what’s right for your body.

  • Eat more of green veggies, fresh fruits, calcium & fiber rich foods
  • Switch to whole grain/multi grain flour.
  • Reduce your portion size and eat at regular intervals (every 2 hours)
  • Eliminate or at least try to limit the consumption of oily food
  • Replace junk food with healthy snacks
  • Drink plenty of water

Tip 2 – It is essential to strike a perfect balance between food and physical activity. In order to keep your immune system active and functioning properly, an adult should participate in some or the other form of physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes – 5 days a week. Walking is considered as the best and safest form of exercise for people of all ages. It not only helps you burn calories but also improves your strength, stamina and endurance. Besides this, there are many more ways through which you can incorporate exercise in your daily routine

  • Take the stairs instead of lift & elevators
  • Walk from the bus stop to your home/office
  • Take your dog out for a walk daily
  • Do household chores for at least 30 minutes daily
  • If you have kids at home, play with them and burn some calories
  • Always take a short walk after your meals

Tip 3 – Any kind of addiction, whether it is of alcohol, nicotine or any other form of drug, can ruin your health in the worst way possible.

Did you know…?

1/3rd of deaths caused by heart diseases can be avoided merely by staying away from cigarettes & alcohol. Both, alcohol and nicotine are known to cause severe damage to the blood vessels which automatically doubles the risk of atherosclerosis and blood clotting. By giving up these health damaging habits, you will not only be able to keep lifestyle diseases at bay but also develop higher energy levels, younger looking skin and improved lung capacity.

Tip 4 – Make sure you keep a close watch on your body weight. Extra weight especially near the tummy has been linked with cardiovascular deaths. People who are obese & overweight are also at risk for many more serious health conditions like sleep apnea, diabetes and cancer. Manage your weight by eating low-calorie, fat-free food and incorporate some form of workout in your daily routine.

Tip 5 – Anything in excess is bad for health. High intake of Sugar, Salt, & Oil can lead to serious repercussions in the form of diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems (due to high cholesterol). Cut down the usage of these 3 ingredients in your food

Tip 6 –Take good care of your body – it’s the only place you live in. Periodic health check-ups can offer a thorough analysis of your current health status. Moreover, it also helps in early diagnosis and timely treatment of any kind of illness. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive health check-up once in every 6 months.

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Keeping Winter Allergies at bay

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Amongst all seasons, winter is the most awaited & enjoyable period of the year but this is also the time when illnesses, infections & allergies are at their peak. Fever, runny nose, itchy/red/ watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing and sore throat are very common during misty weather. If you think that you’ll be safe by staying indoors, then you are sadly mistaken. Many indoor allergens like mould, house dust mites, animal dander and perfumes are known to trigger allergies that can easily have a negative impact on your health. Seasonal pollens that permeate the air (when temperature drops) are largely responsible for most people falling sick in winter. It’s absolutely impossible to protect ourselves from coming in contact with these pollens. What we can do is, build a strong immune system by making the right food choices (seasonal fruits &vegetables, milk and protein rich food) in winter. Apart from this, there are a few precautionary measures that could also protect you from winter allergies:

  • During winter, most people keep their doors & windows shut in order to avoid cold winds but doing so allows the indoor air pollutants to swirl around our homes and become twice as concentrated. We hear a lot of coughing & sneezing in many households and a chilly weather is not the only one to be blamed for it – allergens are too.
  • Keep your home clean, hygienic & dirt-free. Wash all bed sheets, pillow covers, table cloths etc. at least once a week in order to keep dust mites away. If you are allergic to dust, wear a mask or cover your nose with a clean cloth while dusting, cleaning and/or vacuuming. This will decrease your exposure to dust and other airborne pollutants. Sufficient ventilation within your home can also prevent growth of moulds
  • If you have pets at home, vacuum the furniture, carpet and floor on a daily basis. Give them a bath at least once a week. It is best not to allow them to climb on the bed.
  • If you are using a room heater, make sure to replace its furnace filter so as to In order to improve the indoor air quality
  • Do not smoke indoors especially if there is no ventilation within the room. Remember, being in close proximity of smokers can easily aggravate coughing and breathing problems in those who are sensitive to winter allergies. Sometimes, Agarbatti smoke can also act as a trigger. It is best to maintain a minimum level of humidity in your home. You can prevent growth of dust mites with the help of a humidifier and dehumidifier
  • Get rid of mold spores. They are basically fungus that normally dwells in damp and humid places like bathrooms and kitchen sink. Keep a close watch to check if there is any kind of mold breeding in different spots within your home
  • Regardless of the season, extreme exposure to sun rays is always harmful to your skin. Rashes and skin allergies are common during winter too. Ward off the harmful effects of UV rays by using a good quality sunscreen before stepping outdoors.
  • Eat the right food. Green tea is known to have an excellent impact on health when consumed in winter. Similarly, certain foods like cucumber, ice-cream, bananas, cheese, yoghurt etc. have a reputation of causing an allergic reaction in many, especially for those suffering from asthma problem. Food items that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants protect your immune system and keep you away from allergies. Also keep yourself adequately hydrated and take plenty of rest.

No matter what season it is, you must never ignore allergies. If you have suddenly developed dark circles under the eyes, runny nose, constant sneezing, itchy & watery eyes, it could be an allergic reaction. Schedule at check-up at your nearest medical facility and start the treatment at the earliest.

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Healthy Planet – An essential pre-requisite to a Healthy life

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi commenced the Clean India Campaign and stressed on the importance of cleanliness in our surroundings. Although this campaign has successfully made a positive impact on people and created awareness about the topic, it is still surprising that this particular initiative never got as much attention earlier. It’s a well-known fact that a healthy environment and hygienic surrounding has a positive impact on our health. Dumping garbage and leaving toxic waste openly in public places not only damages our own health but also creates an unbearable living condition for other living organisms. A clean environment is one that is completely devoid of filth.

Water is the primary source of life for all life forms. There can be no life without water. It is because of this reason that, water pollution and litter, both are considered to be two of the main causes of the environment being dirty. Here are a few tips that could certainly help in reducing the damage and keeping the environment safe & hygienic for all:

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse – If you follow these 3 rules with everything you use on a daily basis, then it will definitely bring a positive change to the planet. Reduce water consumption and minimize the use of products that contain harmful chemicals, recycle items such as paper & glass and try to utilize disposable items to the fullest before discarding them.

Plant trees – The more trees you plant, the more oxygen there is in the atmosphere. Thus the air we breathe will be safer & cleaner. There are many health benefits of growing a plant at home too.

Do not litter – If there is less trash coming out of your home there will be lesser garbage on the roads and much less pollution in the environment. Do not throw waste materials on the roads, drains, gutters and society compounds as doing so attracts mosquitoes and bacteria that double the risk of diseases and infection. Install garbage cans wherever possible and always throw all refuse in these cans. Cut back carbon footprints causing excess air pollution

Simplify your life – Buying goods and other items that you do not use on a daily basis only adds to the waste items that ultimately goes into our already full landfills. Instead of throwing away unused items, donate them to those who actually have some use for it.

Try to use eco-friendly & bio degradable goods – Use recyclable goods. Avoid using plastic bags for your shopping needs. Conserve energy with minimal usage of electrical appliances. Buy appliances that are not only eco- friendly but energy efficient too.

Illnesses like Cholera, Dengue fever, Malaria, Leptospirosis etc. are all caused due to unclean surroundings. It is easy to put up laws for keeping the surroundings clean, what’s difficult is getting people to follow these laws. By making a few small changes in our habits & lifestyle we can not only keep our environment hygienic but also build a foundation for the next generation to lead a disease-free life.