Archive for March, 2016

Health Hazards of Excessive TV Viewing

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

People blame a hectic work schedule for missing out on their daily workout but somehow make time to watch the television every day without fail.

With hundreds of channels featuring a variety of entertainment programs, it has become next to impossible for people to maintain a safe distance from Television. Anything in excess is bad for health and this saying is also applicable to an individual’s TV viewing time.

Did you know…?

Experts believe that every hour spent watching television cuts down the viewer’s life by 22 minutes. What’s more…some researchers are also of the view that watching too much TV is as dangerous as smoking

In addition to causing vision-related problems, spending several hours in front of the idiot box makes a person highly vulnerable to cardio-vascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and hypertension – all of which are linked to lack of exercise. With every 2 hours of TV viewed each day, the risk of Diabetes and Obesity is increased by 14% and 23% respectively

Sitting in a certain position for a long time also paves way for spine related problems that often result in acute back ache. While watching television, a person often remains inactive at a stretch for several hours. This puts the body’s metabolic functions on hold. Lack of physical activity causes the lungs & heart to work slowly resulting in very little blood being pumped through the system. This allows fats and cholesterol to build up in the arteries. When this happens, an individual becomes highly susceptible to heart attacks and strokes.

Chronic TV watchers often end up missing out on a lot of sleep and experience extreme fatigue throughout the day.

Television viewing has turned out to be a major sedentary behavior that is threatening the lives of many. Studies conducted on this subject have revealed that watching television in excess can change the structure of a child’s brain in a way that it tends to lower their verbal intelligence

Another study has further insinuated that watching television for 5 or more hours a day could increase the risk of developing a blockage within the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs – a condition also known as ‘Pulmonary embolism’

With these findings and Cricket Matches in full swing, it is highly crucial to keep a close watch on the amount of time you and your loved ones spend in front of the Idiot box.

Holi Special – Tips to Prevent Skin & Hair Damage

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

It’s that time of the year when watery splashes and powdered colors seem to be a common sighting across the country.

Did you know…?

In olden days, Holi was played with vegetable colors but these days most kinds of water colors & pastes contain toxic compounds (used in the base of engine oils) that can easily trigger acute skin allergies as well as temporary blindness.

Lack of knowledge and information about synthetic colors is one of the prime reasons that trigger hair & skin problems post Holi celebrations. Chemical and metallic colors are health hazards and highly capable of causing skin and hair allergies. Instead of using colors that contain harmful chemicals, you can opt for natural colors such as henna, turmeric, marigold flowers, tomatoes and tea leaves for a safe and skin-friendly Holi.

Soak in the colors of Holi, but before you do that, spare a few minutes to think about the effect of colors on your skin and hair.

Safe colors are duly certified by relevant authorities and carry all product information clearly on the product packaging. Red & Pink colors come off easily as compared to Green, Orange or Purple which are gaudy colors and contain harsh chemicals.

Chemical colors can cause severe damage to the skin. Apply a generous proportion of Vaseline or Mustard/Olive/Coconut oil to the exposed areas of your skin before and after Holi celebrations. It acts as a protective shield and guards the skin to some extent from the damaging effects of synthetic colors. Do not forget to apply a good quality moisturizer to your face before stepping out. If you are planning to go for a short haircut, a few days before Holi could be the best time to get that perfect makeover

Drink plenty of water to replenish the skin which tends to become dry after coming in contact with the toxins used in artificial colors. Wear long sleeved tops and full length bottoms to protect your skin.

Get a relaxing head massage with a good quality hair oil. Oiling the hair prevents Holi colors from sticking on to the strands thereby reducing hair damage. Apart from this precautionary measure, it would also be a good idea to cover up your hair with a scarf, cap, hat or bandana just to offer extra protection from colors that contain hard-to-rinse dyes. Avoid keeping your hair open while playing with colors.

For removing these colors it is best to use a mild cleanser as compared to soaps which can trigger dryness or skin irritation

Do not apply make up while playing Holi as the colors can easily stick with cosmetics and cause subsequent skin damage.

Try not to undergo any cosmetic procedure for atleast 7-10 days after Holi if the color remains on the skin.

Every year, Holi gives us colorful memories to cherish for a lifetime. These precautionary measures will ensure that your hair and skin remain unharmed during & after the celebrations.

These Habits could be Depleting your Energy

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Do you feel lethargic all day?

Is it difficult to concentrate on your daily chores?

Ever thought what could be draining your energy?

Healthy sleeping habits can make a big difference in the quality of your life. Lack of sleep at night can prevent the immune system from rebuilding itself, resulting in decreased number of T cells in the body. People who do not get enough sleep end up with a weak immune system due to which they constantly feel exhausted and fall ill frequently

A healthy bedtime routine plays an important role in making you feel fresh to face but did you know that certain lifestyle practices could be making you feel sluggish and tired all the time

Let’s discuss these factors in brief

  • Skipping breakfast – After a good night’s sleep, your body has to be fuelled to go through the rest of the day. This fuel can be provided in the form of a wholesome breakfast like cereal and fresh fruits. Never skip your breakfast as doing so slows down the metabolic process and keeps your energy levels low
  • Not drinking enough water – Approximately 60 to 75% of our body mass is water. There is no better health drink than Water because it is fat-free with zero cholesterol and no calories. When your body is dehydrated, it causes reduced blood volume which decelerates the speed at which oxygen and essential nutrients reach your body.
    Make it a daily habit to drink 500ml of water before breakfast. If you are sufficiently hydrated, you will have more energy, mental clarity and an improved digestive system
  • Missing out on exercise – It is essential to strike a perfect balance between food and physical activity. In order to keep your immune system active and functioning properly, it is essential to 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.
    If you exercise daily in moderation, it will not only boost your blood circulation and energy levels but also help you shed those extra kilos
  • Going overboard with caffeinated drinks – In addition to keeping you awake caffeinated drinks can also disrupt a person’s sleeping cycle. What’s more…Caffeine has a diuretic effect that draws water out of the body thus making you feel less active throughout the day
  • Worrying too much – Don’t let Stress get the best of you. People with chronic stress and elevated Cortisol (stress hormone) levels are much likely to skip work and gradually end up losing their productivity. When stress becomes a part of your daily life, your body is bogged down with toxins and anxiety that affects your energy and performance levels.
  • Smoking & drinking excessively – Both, alcohol and nicotine are known to cause severe damage to the blood vessels which automatically doubles the risk of atherosclerosis and blood clotting. What’s more…Experts believe that having an alcoholic beverage before bedtime creates a sudden surge in your adrenaline system thus interfering with your natural sleep cycle. If you are awake at night, you’ll certainly feel tired during the day.
  • Gadget Addiction – Do you spend most part of your waking hours checking your mobile phone and emails for new messages?
    Too much screen time throws your system off track and interferes with your sleep, making you feel lethargic.
  • Reduced Iron intake – In addition to anemia, insufficient iron intake can also cause fatigue and depression. Inadequate iron in the body results in less oxygen supply to the muscles and cells. Keep your energy levels high by chowing down on iron rich foods like cereals, eggs, green vegetables, nuts, legumes, citrus fruits, broccoli, dry fruits, tofu etc.