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Top 5 Things You Need To Do To Maintain UR Health
Top 5 things you need to do to maintain UR health All of us know the importance of a healthy lifestyle.We all have a busy schedule and find it difficult to maintain a healthy and sound life with exercises and diet. But we cannot afford to ignore our health. It’s the most important thing to carry out our daily activities. They don’t say ‘health is wealth’ for no reason! Here are some healthy tips to follow… Visit UR doctor Men are known to avoid doctors in difficult situations by ignoring unusual symptoms. Don’t let complacency take a toll on UR health. Schedule yearly checkups with UR doctor. UR doctor can help monitor your weight, blood pressure, and the level of cholesterol in your blood. Excess weight, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol are risk factors for various diseases. Adapt to new lifestyle changes that UR doctor is recommending to keep everything in control. Eat natural foods Packaged and processed foods are packed with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, artificial additives and calories. Limit the fake stuff and eat variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, such as brown rice and whole-grain bread, fibre-rich foods, such as beans and leafy greens. When you go out for grocery shopping, avoid the aisles and go in the perimeter of the store. This is where you’ll typically find the freshest foods. Exercise, exercise and exercise Regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease and keep your heart healthy. Exercising also helps to improve UR overall physical and mental well-being. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise, every week. Get UR vitamins A well balanced diet can give you all the important vitamins and minerals needed by UR body. Eating a wide variety of vitamin- and mineral-rich foods, such as fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains also provide heart-healthy fibre and natural antioxidant compounds that can help lower your risk of certain diseases. Quit unhealthy habits Smoking is one of the worst habits you can pick up due to different reasons. But no reason is good enough to smoke! Secondhand smoke is hazardous too. Smoking and secondhand smoke exposure can also cause other health conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and heart disease. They also raise your risk of developing many types of cancer. Other unhealthy habits include excessive alcohol consumption and drug use. They’re both linked to many severe health conditions.
Why Is My Period Late?
A late or missed period may occur for many reasons other than pregnancy. Natural causes can run from lopsided hormonal characteristics to genuine ailments. Similarly, there may be multiple times in a woman's life when it is typical for her periods to be sporadic: when they initially start and when menopause begins. As your body experiences the change, your cycle can end up unpredictable. A woman's menstrual cycle is generally around 28 days. However, this duration can also range from 21-35 days. If you do not get your periods within this period, it could be due to one of the following reasons. Stress. Women with dietary issues like anorexia nervosa or bulimia may miss their periods. Your body capacities and ovulation can be changed even if you weigh 10 percent beneath what is viewed as a healthy range. An increase in your weight can restore your menstrual cycle. Additionally, women who take an interest in outdoor exercises like long-distance races may miss their periods too. Polycystic Ovary Disorder (PCOS) PCOS is a condition that makes your body produce a higher amount of androgen, the male hormone. Blisters structure on the ovaries due to this hormonal imbalance which can make ovulation sporadic or stop it altogether. Insulin too can escape balance. This is because of insulin obstruction, which is related to PCOS. Your doctor may recommend conception prevention or other prescription to help regulate your cycle. Contraception. When you go on or off contraception, your period cycle also changes. This is due to the hormone estrogen and progestin in anti-conception medication pills that prevent your ovaries from discharging eggs. It can take as long as half a year for your cycle to regularise again in the wake of ceasing the pill. Different types of contraceptives that are embedded or infused with these hormones can cause missed periods too. When Pregnancy Is Not The Reason. Serious Ailments. Ailments such as diabetes and celiac infection can further influence your menstrual cycle. Changes in glucose are connected to hormonal changes, so even though it is uncommon, ineffectively controlled diabetes could make your period unpredictable. The celiac illness causes irritation that can harm your small intestines, which may keep your body from absorbing essential nutrients leading to late or missed periods. Early Perimenopause. Most women hit menopause between age 45 and 55. Some women who begin to show side effects around age 40 or before are considered to have early perimenopause. It implies that their egg supply is slowing down. Thyroid Issues. An overactive or underactive thyroid gland could also be the reason for late or missed periods. The thyroid gland controls your body's digestion so that hormone levels can be influenced too. However, thyroid issues can be treated with medication, and your period will probably come back to normal after the treatment.
How To Make Compost At Home With Kitchen Waste ?
There are so many things that we buy and have no clue how to dispose them properly. Taking the pandemic into account, so many people are buying masks right now, but do they know how to dispose a mask properly? Unfortunately no, and all of this is going to end up in our landfills polluting our precious environment. But, what if I told you that you could make a positive impact on the planet simply by learning how to manage waste properly. From making compost from UR kitchen waste to learning how to manage waste, we have it all covered for you. So, let's work together to stop this endless cycle of garbage! The components of waste could be many things starting from dry waste, packaging, bottles, kitchen waste, hazardous waste (like broken bottles) and other plastics. These components of waste are so vast that when all these various forms of unwanted waste/garbage are combined and picked up by the municipality. With the unavailability of waste management facilities or proper protocols, this waste ends up being dumped in a landfill or in water bodies. The way I look at it is that, until we understand what these landfills can do to our environment, we will not take action to contribute to a better future for our planet. How Landfills Affect Our Environment? Compressed garbage mountains in the landfills are considered to be more harmful than carbon dioxide. It was life-changing when I visited a landfill and saw the impact myself. 60 per cent of biodegradable waste is from our kitchen. It is broken down anaerobically in the landfills, as it is constantly being compressed and this process emits methane. This is one of the deadliest gases, and is considered to be 20x worse than carbon dioxide. We contribute to the greenhouse gases once we discharge kitchen waste out of our homes. It could be in a lake, river, ocean or it's in a plastic cover and a cow could be eating it. So, we really don't know where our garbage ends up! Did you know that Bengaluru produces 4,500 tonnes of garbage/waste everyday? My waste is my responsibility. This is why I chose to live sustainably and not be a burden on the planet. I do my bit by making compost, disinfectant, stashing milk packets and much more. And it just doesn't stop here. There is a dark liquid called leachate which runs out of the landfills, contaminates our groundwater and the soil. The three things which we need to sustain on this planet are air to breath, water to drink and soil to grow our food. We have unfortunately contaminated it all by discharging biodegradable waste out of our homes unnecessarily. If you say no to a landfill, what do you do with the waste ? You can first start by understanding the categories of waste your home or household may generate. All the waste from UR kitchen is organic matter, which should essentially go back to the soil by making compost. If you have a composting facility available in your neighbourhood or city, so you can drop off your organic waste for it to be processed. Did you know that 60 per cent of biodegradable waste is from our kitchen? All the waste from your kitchen is organic matter, which should essentially go back into the soil in the form of compost. For example, the USA has many facilities for recycling and managing waste. India, is yet to introduce waste management centres and reduce its carbon footprint. We have a long way to go. Meanwhile, why don't we take the responsibility of learning the categories of waste and making compost at home? Categories Of Waste 1st category Dry waste(recyclable): Packaging, cardboard, newspapers, cinema tickets, plastic, metal cans, bus tickets and every bit of paper that can be recycled. 2nd category Kitchen/food waste: Vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee or tea powder. 3rd category Sanitary waste: Medical waste, band-aids, sanitary pads, anything which is body contaminated. Hazardous waste: Broken items like bottles etc. In Bangalore, we have a system called 2 bin 1 bag. The green bin is for your kitchen waste and the red bin is for rejects (things which can't be recycled or composted) goes into that bin. And, the third is your bag which you can hang and collect milk sachets without the ends being snipped fully. Every bit of packaging can be collected, sent to the recycling centre or given to your kabadiwala. In Bangalore, we have recycling centres. 198 wards in total and each ward has a DWCC (Dry waste collection centre). This is one of the ways you can dispose UR dry waste correctly. By not mixing dry waste with other types of waste helps us all contribute to a better world that mitigates climate change together. Another way of making a positive impact on the planet is by making compost. Here is how I make my compost from my kitchen waste at home. How To Make Compost At Home With Kitchen Waste Ingredients Greens: Vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee or tea powder and leftover food bits (organic matter only) - 1 large bowl Browns: Dried leaves, cardboard or sawdust - 2-3 bowls Microbes: Sour buttermilk- 1 tbsp or cow dung - 2-3 tbsp Container: Terracotta pot, a red mud pot with a lid, or a small bucket with holes (for air circulation) and a lid. Preparation Step 1: Drain out excess moisture from the vegetables and fruit peels in a colander. For example; watermelon or papaya need to be drained of moisture. Use a kitchen towel or a paper napkin to remove the moisture. Cut the large pieces of leftover veggies or fruits for them to break down easily. Step 2: Add the dried leaves in a small container or bowl. Crush the leaves and add the vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee or tea powder. Mix everything. Now, add the buttermilk or cow dung using the mentioned quantities and mix everything well. Step 3: Transfer everything into a bucket, a pot, or a container with small holes and a lid. Repeat the same action every day. Once in 4 to 5 days turn the ingredients in the container to introduce oxygen, as this is anaerobic composting. Add vegetable peels, fruit peels and Brown's until UR container is completely full. It takes 45 days for the ingredients to break down and become compost. You can repeat the same process in another container for your next batch of compost. Note: Always keep the composter (container) away from the rain. You can use this to fertilise your soil to grow veggies at home. This is how I do my bit and so can you to break the cycle of mismanaging waste and being more mindful. For more information on waste management, log onto these websites Swachagraha or 2bin1bag to find out how you can start managing and making the most out of waste.
Caring For UR Eyes & UR Contact Lenses
Wearing glasses can pose to be a hindrance for certain physical activities, especially sports and athletics. Therefore, the use of contact lenses has significantly grown around the world and it is here to stay, as it is very easy to use them. However, a majority of individuals use contact lenses for cosmetic reasons. These thin lens that are placed directly on the eye has come a long way since its introduction, in terms of the material that is used in manufacturing (hard, semisoft or gas permeable and soft), wearability, oxygen permeability and more importantly, comfort. Types Of Contact Lenses And How To Use Them Nowadays, about 90 to 95 per cent people use soft contact lenses worldwide, due to their comfort and availability Contact lenses are available in many varieties depending on usage time and replacement: Daily disposable lenses – popular, good but expensive – discard after a single use. Weekly disposable lenses – change them every week. Biweekly, monthly or three-month disposables. Yearly lenses – though it can be used approximately for one year, if you have discomfort and if you notice deposits on the lens or if the lens is damaged, replace it immediately. Spherical lenses are the most prevalent variety used. Toric lenses are for those who have high cylinder power. Bifocals or multifocal contacts for those who need distant and near vision. Coloured contact lenses to alter the appearance of your natural eye colour. Extended wear contact lenses – this type of contact lens is designed to be worn overnight, and they need to be removed for cleaning and disinfection once a week. It is strongly recommended that contact lenses should be removed before sleeping. The eyes need oxygen. So while awake, during constant movements of the eye, sufficient oxygen reaches the eyes. But when you sleep with your contact lenses in, the amount of oxygen is reduced to your eyes, making your eyes vulnerable to infection and the development of corneal ulcers. Corneal infections (ulcers) are very serious, difficult to treat and may lead to corneal blindness, especially if neglected and delayed. Problems With Using Contact Lenses For Too Long Blurred vision – dryness Irritation of eyes – due to allergy Pain Sensitivity to light Excessive watering Overgrowth of surrounding blood vessels near the cornea Red eyes What Not To Do Don’t use your lenses for beyond eight to ten hours a day. Avoid lenses on weekends and as soon as you reach home. Don’t overuse lenses and stick to the stipulated duration as suggested by the ophthalmologist. Quote Change the solution in the contact lens case every day to avoid any eye infections. Overtime the comfort comes down and wearable time gets reduced. This is known as contact lens intolerance. So if you experience any of the above mentioned problems discontinue using your lenses and meet your eye care practitioner for advice. Contact Lenses Hygeine Dos & Don’ts Of Using Contact Lenses A regular eye check-up as suggested by your eye care specialist Change the solution in the contact lens case every day Clean your hands while inserting and removing contact lenses Clear your contact lens case every week Check the contact lens daily before use Look for dust and deposits on the lens Look for cracks and tears, especially at the edges Discard damaged lenses
PCOD – A Battle
Affecting almost seven per cent women, Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD) or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most frequent endocrine abnormality. Although the exact cause of this syndrome is unknown, some experts believe that it is a bunch of medical ailments put together and can be traced back towards a common etiopathology. It usually starts with some lifestyle issues, which then cause a disturbance in insulin resistance and an imbalance of hormones. PCOD might also lead to stimulation of the thecal cells in the ovaries which then produces hormones in an unusual way which in turn makes a woman get certain androgenic (male) features due to higher levels of androgen (male hormones). The male features include excessive hair on the face, hair fall from the scalp, acne along the jawline, increased body hair and coarser and thicker hair. This disorder may also make it difficult for a woman to lose weight. Early Signs • Irregular periods • Red, painful acne on the jawline • Increased hair fall • Unable to lose/gain weight • Physical Changes • Weight gain • Skin gets darker; especially the underarms, the groin area, all-around the neck, the face and around the nose • Dandruff-like infection around the nose and eyes • Insulin resistance, which is a part of PCOS • Acanthosis nigricans • Small skin growths especially on the neck and face What Can Help • Make sure the acne is under control. Consult a doctor for medication to reduce androgen, which causes issues like acne and hair fall • Some lifestyle modifications and exercising regularly can go a long way • Completely cut down the consumption of sugar and dairy products • Lead a stress-free life • Ensure good sleeping habits • Make sure you have your vitamins and antioxidants • Calm down and take it easy How To Make Your Hair And Skin Healthy • Maintain a healthy diet • Try to replace missing nutrients • Be aware of specific food cravings Dietary Restrictions • Processed foods • Sugary foods • Dairy products • Foods with a high glycemic index What Happens When You Have PCOD? Treatments for PCOD There is no cure for PCOD. But you can manage the symptoms that affect an individual. Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD) exhibits a variety of symptoms due to which your health care providers may consider different treatment options for treating this condition and its symptoms. The treatment options suggested by your healthcare provider depending on: • Your symptoms • Other health concerns • Looking to start a family Understand your treatment options at their fullest before deciding on a course of treatment along with their effects on pregnancy. Don’t hesitate to discuss the risks involved in the procedures with your doctor. There is no clear cause for PCOD. However, early detection or diagnosis of PCOD will be constructive in relieving the symptoms as well as to reduce the complications involved. PCOD treatment helps you to manage your concerns, including infertility, hirsutism, acne or obesity. However, specific treatment might involve lifestyle changes or medication. Preventive Measures • Maintain a good lifestyle • Eat healthy (include dark leafy vegetables) • Sleep well • Do some stress-busting exercises Though PCOD cannot be cured completely, the symptoms can be reduced and kept under control.
Shakespeare, COVID And The Plague
Social isolation gives us time to examine our lives in a new light, suddenly faced with economic collapse, empty streets, current panic and future uncertainty, and death appearing out of nowhere—in other words, the conditions that confronted every person on a daily basis during the lifetime of Shakespeare. What feels horribly abnormal to us was routinely normal for him and every member of the human race in the 16th century. In statistical terms, Shakespeare is just another survivor. Unlike his son, Hamnet, who died at 11, Shakespeare didn’t die as a child, nor did his mother die giving birth to him. He also escaped the plague. Ever since the Black Death swept across the globe in the 14th century, bubonic plague remained a threat, killing on average one to three people in every house where it struck. In Shakespeare’s lifetime, there were four plague years, 1582, 1592, 1603, and 1607, when London, including its theaters, shut down because of the disease. Syphilis had arrived in Europe from the New World in 1495, first appearing in a French garrison outside Naples, and it quickly infected every level of society. But Shakespeare didn’t die of it, either, or of smallpox. He wasn’t murdered in the street even though there was no London police force. He couldn’t have been executed as a witch, not being a woman, although the practice was not only current but growing. Finally, unlike his father, John Shakespeare, Will’s life and reputation weren’t ruined overnight due to charges brought against him by Queen Elizabeth’s huge network of internal spies. As a survivor, Shakespeare stands out because of his genius, but the horrible conditions surrounding him persisted more or less unchanged until the middle of the 19th century. The causes of plague syphilis, and deaths in childbirth started to emerge, and more mundane but equally life-saving advances occurred in public health, like the first sewer system in America, which was built in Chicago in the late 1850s. If humans were simply higher primates with very big brains, survival would be the beginning and end of our story. The Darwinian model for survival requires only getting enough food and finding a willing mate so that you didn’t starve before you were able to pass on your genes to the next generation. Nothing much mattered after that momentous event. Evolutionists persist in seeing Homo sapiens through the lens of basic survival, but we do all kinds of things to deliberately imperil our survival, from taking care of our weak and sick instead of abandoning them, to stockpiling nuclear warheads, just to make sure that total war can erupt if we feel like it. War, crime, and violence do nothing to improve human genes and in fact work against simple survival. But if you put Shakespeare and the plague together, something mysterious emerges. Despite every threat of disease and death, crime, poverty, political oppression, and religious fanaticism (the Puritans in Shakespeare’s day railed against the London theaters as ungodly, but luckily they didn’t shut them down until 1642, 26 years after his death), not to mention widespread illiteracy, no public sanitation, and no police force, these horrendous circumstances didn’t wipe out creativity, discovery, love, compassion, and a vision of a higher ideals. Homo sapiens are the only species that liberated itself from natural evolution, and this unprecedented achievement involved one thing only: going beyond. Not our higher brain but human nature envisioned life independent of physical circumstances. Miraculously, if you peer at the oldest cave paintings in Europe, such as those in Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, France, you don’t see primitive scratching from 30,000 years ago. You see art. The animals depicted are done with confident, artistic lines that are also scientifically accurate, depicting a wide range of Paleolithic creatures precisely enough that they can be identified by species. No one knows why sophisticated cave paintings suddenly appeared. The Chauvet depictions lie deep in the darkest heart of the caves. No sunlight penetrated, so the painters worked by the quavering light of torches. In addition, since the animals were not right before them, they worked from memory of how each one looked. This act of going beyond exemplifies a trait that belongs to the human condition, the trait of creativity for its own sake. In fact, even though the modern world owes everything to discoveries that improved life, the rise of technology and all the practical benefits it has brought, going beyond has always happened “in here” before anything could happen “out there.” Before the first primitive flint blades could be hacked out, the concept of “tool” and “weapon” had to come first. And before a concept can be born, there has to be a mind capable of concepts. My point is that you and I, like our ancestors, are the product not of genetic evolution but the evolution of consciousness. We were liberated from the Darwinian scheme by self-awareness. In other words, we said to ourselves, “I just thought of what I’d like to do,” and with the combination of awareness, vision, and desire, we evolved into the human condition. The Greek word for beyond is meta, and we should apply it to ourselves more often. To be human is an expression of the metahuman. Shakespeare was a meta-genius, but everyday people are just as meta in their own way. Parents sacrifice for their children, even die for them, because they go beyond their own selfish needs. Any creative hobby is meta, because it has nothing to do with surviving. The higher your vision, the more meta you are. Buddha was extraordinarily meta, but his followers, seeing the worth of his vision, had to be meta or Buddha would have preached in the wilderness. Likewise, without metahumans among Jesus’s disciples, Christianity would have perished on the cross. The COVID virus has put everyday life in peril for countless people, but it has actually risen the level of self-sacrifice, service, sharing, cooperating for the common good, laying down political antagonisms, seeking a global solution, and reflecting upon what really matters. Those are all meta qualities; they are perfect examples of going beyond. The fact that we can see a future past the devastation of the pandemic is a meta trait of huge importance. We aren’t human without being metahuman. For me, this is the lasting lesson and the deeper meaning to be taken away form a terrible time. DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 89 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book and national bestseller, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”
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Skin Remedies For Vata
Everyone desires to have beautiful and radiant skin throughout the year, I mean, who doesn’t? But the sad part is that not everyone is born with flawless skin we all yearn for. Self-care takes time, patience and a lot of tests and trials until we find what works for our skin and soul. I’m sure we all can agree that we’ve all exhausted our savings and product trials to the max. But, have you tried something different from what you were doing all along? How about taking an organic and holistic approach to nip UR skin concerns in the bud! The Ayurvedic Approach Well, according to Ayurveda, all the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are involved either solely or work in combination when there are different skin or health conditions at play. What’s the connection between skin and dosha you ask? We find many people saying that their skin is extremely sensitive or oily and they just can’t use any product right off the shelf because it just didn’t work in the past or will in the future. The Ayurvedic Doshas also help define what works for sensitive, dry & oily skin types by using natural remedies. This can work wonders when you know which dosha UR skin belongs to. If you don't know which dosha then you can try taking our dosha quiz and know more about UR Prakriti, it's skin characteristics and much more! Though every person has a unique blueprint, each dosha requires different treatment and attention. So, scroll down to know the ancient royal remedies for UR skin according to UR dosha! What Happens When UR Dosha's Are Imbalanced? When your mind and body are in balance, it is much easier to make both of them feel better, and not just one or the other. There are three primary doshic states: Balanced: All three doshas are present in their natural proportion Aggravated: A particular dosha is in excess Decreased: A particular dosha is depleted Have you ever found that you can instinctively crave something green after a day of consuming too many sweets? That is UR body trying to balance itself naturally. If you find that you now feel sick after eating the same junky foods you used to consume without any issues all the time, then that's a sign that you're body is in balance; and it is trying to subconsciously ignore the foods that will throw you off balance. There are many foods and lifestyle choices, which can easily compromise UR dosha balance. This can affect any individual in many ways starting from skin concerns to serious health concerns, which is why it is even more important to know UR dosha. Anyone who falls under the Vata Prakriti usually has soft & delicate skin with a glow. Vata people may often have dry skin. When Vata dosha goes out of balance, then you may face skin problems like dark spots, tiny pores, premature fine lines & wrinkles. You may also have dark under-eye circles. Here is a remedy to moisture UR skin and to add a natural glow. DIY Facepack For Vata Ingredients Ripe banana: 1 Honey: 1 tsp Fresh lemon juice: 1 tsp Method 1. Place the ripe banana in a small mixing bowl and mash it with a fork until you have a lump-free paste. Then mix in the honey and lemon juice and combine all ingredients thoroughly. 2. Wash UR face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry with a soft towel. Using clean fingers, rub the mask into your face. Apply the mask in a slightly thick layer and keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes so that it can soak in. 3. When the time is up, wash your face with warm water and do not use soap. And voilà! Be amazed at UR glowing and radiant skin. Skin Tips For Vata Use gentle cleansers, so you don’t over-dry or strip UR skin of natural oils. Moisturize UR face immediately after cleansing to keep UR skin hydrated and moisturized. Eat more warm and moist foods like; soups, fruits, sautéed veggies, rice and caffeine-free tea. Improve UR regular sleep patterns/cycle. Try to go to bed at the same time each night, and try a before-bed routine that helps you relax. Lightly cook UR veggies to make them moist. Avoid too many raw veggies, as they contribute to dryness of skin and slow down UR digestion. The Vata Prakriti already tends to have a slow metabolism, so you want to speed it up, rather than slow things down.
The world of Mosquitoes
The world of Mosquitoes To an extent, there has been a rise in mosquitoes around us in the last couple of weeks. The blame entirely cannot be put on the nationwide lockdown that India is currently undergoing. Mosquitoes generally thrive during the summer months. The Indian summer begins from late March to May and into June or July in parts of the country. Research has found no relation of transmission of COVID-19 from mosquitoes. Other diseases can be transmitted by mosquitoes, it’s best not let UR guards down during this time. The entire workforce of paramedics and municipal corporations have been busy with sanitization efforts in different parts of the country to prevent COVID-19. The temperature rising above 28 degrees Celsius in April and May, makes it peak breeding season for mosquitoes. Breeding is usually kept under check with fogging and spraying medicines. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, negligible amount of time given to these activities. The mosquito ranks pretty high on the list of the worlds deadliest organisms. We along with Dr Suneetha Narreddy, infectious disease specialist get you the complete lowdown on mosquitoes to help safeguard URlife. Find below diseases causes by the deadly mosquito. Chikungunya majorly affects the Asian and African continents. Symptoms include severe joint pains and fever. Infected patients show signs within a week of the mosquito bite. Post onset, it takes another week to recover with proper medication. People already suffering from joint pains take up to 2 months to recover from the pain. As of last year, there are no associated deaths with Chikungunya. Dengue is most prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions. Symptoms include fever, headache (near the eyes), body pains, vomiting, motions. This disease causes a decrease in platelets levels. Platelets are those that help clot blood to prevent bleeding. If the platelet count is not gradually decreased, it takes two weeks to recover from dengue. Dengue could sometimes be life-threatening. Dengue kills approximately 22,000 people every year. Malaria is present through the African and Indian subcontinent. Symptoms include Chills & evening fever on alternate days. With proper medication and care people affected from malaria can recover within three weeks. 405,000 deaths occur every year due to malaria. Zika virus predominantly hits Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific. Symptoms include Mild fever, Rash, Conjunctivitis, muscle, joint pain and headaches. If a pregnant person gets affected by this virus, it hinders the development of the foetus and complicates the birthing process. There is no treatment to the virus, so prevention is the only method to stay safe. Though cases are confirmed round the globe there is no fatality rate. Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) is one of the common diseases frequented in the tropical and subtropical areas. Symptoms include Permanent swelling of the lymph node. This affects mostly the lower legs and is not treatable. A medicine that can be taken only once a year seems to kill the parasite. It’s not a deadly disease but causes irreversible damage. Japanese Encephalitis is a brain infection prevalent in Asia and the West Pacific. Symptoms include Headache, Fever, Disorientation, swelling of the brain (rarely). A vaccine is available to keep this disease at bay. If affected, it cannot be treated with medicine. More than 24,000 die due to this disease every year. According to Umeå University, Sweden, mosquito larvae can spread infectious diseases like Ockelbo disease similar to Chikungunya alphavirus. Since this can cause a viral infection outbreak, it is best to take precautions to prevent breeding near UR surrounding areas, especially in the stagnant water. Prevention is better than cure! • Try not to be outdoors during the early mornings and early evenings. • Wear loose fitting clothes. • Apply citronella oil as a mosquito repellent while going out. Citronella can also be used as bracelets, stickers or patches. • Use mosquito nets. • Use mosquito screens on windows and doors. • Get rid of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed or grow gambusia fish in stagnant water ponds. • Lemon, eucalyptus or neem oil can also be used to ward off the mosquitoes. The truth behind the mosquito sting A mosquito bites through its proboscis (a long elongated sucking tube) which functions more or less like a needle. As soon as this needle structure pierces our skin, the pain receptors send alarm signals to our brain about the sting. The interesting aspect here is that technically our blood clots as soon as a mosquito bites us, but the chemical compounds in the mosquito saliva dissolves the clot and allows the mosquito to suck blood until we kill it or shoo it away. Mosquito bites don’t leave without a bit of swelling and a burning sensation. Things get worse when these bitten areas turn into a viable path for infectious diseases. Applying heat on the area brings down swelling and numbs the pain. If pus-forms or if you’re having an allergic reaction, paired with high temperature, please consult UR doctor immediately. Think before preferring coils and mosquito repellents Mosquito coils have been in use in most countries of South Asia, Africa and South America. They are generally considered an excellent way to get rid of the insect. Some studies have suggested that coils harmful chemicals and can affect humans when used in closed spaces, same is the case with mosquito repellents. Side effects such as eye irritation, headaches and frequent allergic rhinitis are reported in children and babies. As far as the adults are concerned, the DEET (diethyltoluamide, mosquito repellent) present in the repellents is safe only when used according to the instructions. Unknown facts about mosquitoes • People with fair skin tend to have a stronger reaction to a mosquito bite. The histamine released by our bodies in response to mosquito saliva tends to be stronger in individuals with lighter skin • The Greek name for mosquito is Anopheles, which means ‘Good for nothing’ • Mosquitoes bite people with ‘O’ type blood groups nearly twice as often as those with other blood groups. • Mosquito repellents work by hiding you. They block mosquito sensors, so they don’t know you are there. • Only female mosquito feast on human blood before laying eggs • Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide found in human breath and sweat. They are equipped to sense the heat and humidity that surrounds our bodies. The life cycle of a mosquito The mosquito experiences four particular phases of its life cycle. Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. Every stage can be recognized by its appearance. Eggs are laid on the inner, wet walls of containers with water, over the waterline. Mosquitoes usually lay 100 eggs at a time. The eggs are exceptionally solid; adhere to the walls of a container like glue and can survive severe conditions for up to 8 months. It takes a minimal quantity of water. Bowls, cups, tires, barrels, jars and any vessel storing water makes for an extraordinary “nursery.” Larva rises out of mosquito eggs, only after the water level ascents to cover the eggs. This implies that rainwater or people adding water to containers with eggs will trigger the larvae to develop. Generally, eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hrs. After shedding subsequently 3 times, the larva changes into a pupa. The pupa is a resting stage and the time where it develops into an adult. After development, the pupal skin splits, and the adult flying mosquito emerges. Adult mosquitoes rest on the water surface for a few minutes to harden all its body parts. Female mosquitoes need to feed on humans and animals for blood to produce eggs. After mating, female mosquitoes will look after water sources to lay more eggs. It takes approximately 8-10 days for the entire life cycle, from an egg to death. Considering quarantine, limited movement and budget here is what you can do to prevent mosquitoes at home • Unclogging the rooftop • Emptying any children's pools • Changing the water in any water basins week after week • Ensuring rain water isn't collecting in waste can tops • Put away boxes or unused containers. Store them upside down I recently met Mr.Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the world’s largest privately owned perfume and taste company, Firmenich. He told us how they were working with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight mosquito borne diseases. Malaria is a disease that could be eradicated completely. If I understood right, they were working on releasing a scent into the world that could stop mosquitoes from smelling and getting attracted to human beings. If mosquitoes couldn’t smell or recognize us, the chance of them biting could be very minimal. These organizations are striving to develop data-based, scientific tools to deal with the world wide mosquito outbreak. . Till date, an estimated amount of US$2.9 billion, grants were spent to eradicate malaria around the globe.
Are Birth Control Pills Safe?
Birth control pills or oral contraceptive pills are hormonal medications that prevent pregnancy. These may contain combinations of the hormones estrogen and progestin or progestin alone. They are one of the methods of birth control and spacing between children. How It Works While the pill obstructs the ovaries from releasing eggs every month (ovulation), it also thickens the mucus inside the neck of the womb. It prevents the sperm from penetrating the womb and reach an egg. It also lessens the lining of the womb so that there is less probability of a fertilised egg infusing into the womb and grow. Safe Or Unsafe? A 39-year-old study following 46,000 women showed that the pill does not raise death risk and might even help women live longer. Therefore, the birth control pill is an accepted and highly effective method of birth control, if taken correctly. Moreover, the tablet has less than one per cent failure rate. For women who miss taking their medicines, the lack of success rate elevates roughly to eight per cent. Otherwise, eight out of a hundred women become pregnant unintentionally. Beginning on the first day of your period: If you start the combined pill on the first day of your period (day one of your menstrual cycle), you will be straight away safeguarded from pregnancy and will not need additional contraception. Beginning on the fifth day of your cycle or before: In case you start the pill on the fifth day of your period or earlier, you will need additional contraception, such as barrier methods until the next cycle. Care Instructions On The Combined Pill In case there are no medical reasons involved, you can take the pill until menopause. However, you should avoid the pill if you are pregnant, are a smoker and aged 35 or more, have stopped smoking less than a year ago, are overweight and take certain medications. Additionally, you should also avoid the pill if you have (or have had): • Thrombosis (a blood clot) in your vein, maybe in your leg or lungs • Anyone in your close family below the age group of 45 with a blood clot • Stroke or any other disease that reduces the functioning of the arteries • Severe migraine, especially with aura (warning symptoms) • Breast cancer • Any disease of the gallbladder or liver • A heart irregularity or heart disease, including high blood pressure • Diabetes with complications or diabetic for the past 20 years Advantages & Disadvantages Of Using Birth Control Pills • You will have lighter periods and also less frequent periods • The birth control pill can reduce heavy bleeding, pain and severity of endometriosis and fibroid tumours • The intake of birth control pills may reduce the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer Side Effects • A woman’s general danger of blood clots is approximately one in 10,000. Still, due to the higher risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, estrogen-containing birth control is not advisable if you have the above risk factors • The hormones in the pill can alter the level of your sexual desire • You may also notice spotting or bleeding between periods (this is more common with progestin-only pills) sore breasts, nausea, or headaches • Acne or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) may also get exacerbated due to birth control pills
Lockdown Tips To Take Care of UR Skin Health
We’ve all done a brilliant job so far in trying to beat the coronavirus by following all the rules, eating immunity foods and getting used to this laid-back lifestyle. That being said, a lot of us have gotten a little lazy or bored of following a daily routine. But, that doesn’t mean we completely forget to adhere to the healthy habits of self-care and love. Self-care can mean many things from treating yourself to a relaxing bath, applying a facepack or oiling UR hair. It’s always a good thing to treat yourself and who would beg to differ during this lockdown. Granted, we don’t have the boon of heading to the spa or the salon anymore, but we can still streamline a couple of habits in our daily routine to make it less daunting. Here are a few simple ways you can treat the skin UR in. 1. Follow UR daily skin routine With almost everything closed for four months and not an open salon in sight, our skin care and daily routine has really taken a hit. Our sleeping patterns, eating habits and more are just not the same are just not the same. All of these affect not only our mind, but also our body and our skin too. We can use a few simple tips in our daily routine to avoid the impact on our skin. Gently wash UR face with products which are suitable for UR skin type. Moisturizers must be applied every time you wash UR face, even if UR skin is oily. Ask your dermatologist or skin specialist to suggest the most suitable skin care. Exfoliators are optional and should be used only once or twice or once a week. 2. Circadian rhythm Being isolated during lockdown has brought challenges to almost every household, and many people say that their regular daily routine has been completely disrupted. Not having a daily routine can lead to anxiety and mental health conditions. Eating healthily, sleeping well and staying active are all recommended during the lockdown. Make a list of what you need to achieve the following day. Maintaining a consistent sleep and meal pattern is key to improving your health, which in turn will eventually show positivity on UR skin. 3. Balanced nutrition Healthy Diet tips to improve your skin during lockdown include reducing alcohol intake and eating the rainbow diet. Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine and drink plenty of plain water to hydrate your skin. Vitamin C rich foods provide antioxidants needed for glowing and radiant skin. Eating the right nutritious foods can also boost your immunity, boost immunity and help you lose weight. It can also improve UR digestion and gut health, which directly reflects on UR skin health. 4. End up meeting your doctor at the right time Sometimes, people suffering from skin issues wait for a long time before approaching proper medical care and attention or vice-versa. Using many products to treat the symptoms without knowing the underlying cause also harms a lot. Nipping a problem before you experience the full-blown symptoms does help. It is better for your doctor as well as you to get them and get a professional opinion. 5. Stay Happy Some wrinkles or implacable blemishes can put you in a bitter mood. But it turns out that a bad mood could be the cause of wrinkles and scars, too. This is because negative feelings like stress release cortisol to your body and throw away your intestines. All this ends up playing with your hormones – and showing up on your face. On the other hand, just as negative emotions can wreak havoc on your skin, positive emotions can help improve your skin. It's simple: when you feel relaxed and happy, your skin follows suit and develops a kind of "happy glow." The top reason for the effect is that positive emotion increases your skin's ability to repair and renew itself naturally. Staying happy will definitely keep UR hormones in check, which means that pesky imbalances that may be the major cause of skin problems will no more be a problem. And to top it off, some research also suggests that people who smile or laugh more often tend to look younger, as a result, meaning that a bit of positivity might be able to counteract the typical effects of skin ageing.
How Emotions Affect UR Immunity
Our mind and body are eternally interlinked. Ailments of the body can manifest as psychological problems. Likewise, matters of mind like stress and anxiety can affect the functioning of the body and its responses, including immunity. Emotion is derived from the Latin term 'emovere', which means to stir up, to agitate and to excite. Emotions can be broadly grouped into two categories - positive and negative. Extroverts tend to be more socially active and are better at expressing their feelings. On the other hand, introverts tend to be withdrawn; hence, they conceal their emotions. People with good emotional health are aware of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. They have learned to cope with the stress and problems in a healthy way. It is well established that denial or suppression of emotions is not an effective strategy to deal with emotions. Infact it makes it worse. It is therefore essential that we acknowledge our feelings, reflect on its nature, and if unhelpful then put them aside as much as possible. The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed an epidemic of emotional reactions such as fear, anxiety, sadness and stress. While many will experience transient anxiety, some will be pushed over the cusp, wherein their unremitting concern will turn into an ailment, or medical condition called anxiety disorder. Impact of emotional problems on health During emotional crisis one may ignore self-care, eat unhealthy diet, avoid activities or exercise. They may resort to maladaptive coping with alcohol, tobacco or tranquilising medicine (sleeping/calming pills). This has a negative bearing on general health. And when stress or stressors persist over a prolonged period, our 'fight or flight response' remains activated and that's not good for our health as it releases excessive stress hormones, and can wear us down physically and psychologically. Well established consequences of prolonged or recurring stress include high blood pressure, heart disease, stomach ulcer, as well as psychological problems like anxiety, depression and addiction. Unremitting stress can also over-activate the immune system - worsen arthritis and psoriasis, acne and even trigger asthma attacks. Besides, it can make you vulnerable to infections and allergies. There is evidence that an effectively managed stress and emotions can have a positive impact on the nervous and immune system. For instance, relaxation activities such as massage, humour, listening to music, reading can have a benefit on overall health and reduces stress hormones in the body. Express UR feelings in an appropriate way If feelings of sadness, stress, or anxiety are causing problems, keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. They say "a problem shared is a problem halved", which means when in difficulty it is useful to talk to someone about it. In doing so, you share the burden, move onto solutions and in the process, learn about yourself. It's is essential to deal with negative feelings, but also focus on the positive things in UR life. It will help if you also find ways to let go of things in UR life that are unhelpful while making time for things you enjoy. So, it's okay to let UR loved ones know when something is bothering you. Moreover, keep in mind that UR family and friends may not always be able to help you deal with your feelings appropriately. At these times, try asking someone outside the situation for help. A professional can provide independent, timely and objective advise/support that might help you bounce back as well as improve your emotional health. Other strategies for a balanced life • Even in difficulties, make an effort to resume and maintain a healthy and active routine with balanced diet and exercise (30 - 45 mins of moderate-intensity for 4-5 days per week) • To manage our reactions, we need to acknowledge, understand and accept our emotions. In doing so, we shall cope better and come out of this crisis being more resourceful, rejuvenated and rested. Meditation is an effective and time tested strategy to bring about emotional awareness and mind-body harmony. • Take care of UR body by having enough sleep - ideally 7-8 hours per night. Sleep is essential for rest and recovery from day to day assaults on our body and mind. • Avoid abuse of alcohol or drugs as they can worsen UR health, UR anxiety and relationship problems. • Remember, to be grateful for what you have, think positive, curb negative thoughts where possible, smile more often, and do things to keep yourself positive and happy. • A consistently balanced life is a healthier life. Developing resilience Resilience is the ability to face stress and challenges and to bounce back and recover. To develop resilience, one ought to take up and face challenges and reflect on the difficulties while finding solutions. In doing so, one learns to improvise and move from problems to a solution orientation. Other methods include mobilising social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change, and keeping things in perspective. An emotionally stable person is thus at a much better position to develop resilience. Emotional awareness is not just crucial for a peaceful, calm and healthy life and healthy relationships, but it also has a positive impact on UR immunity. As a lack of it can contribute to building up of stress, which compromises immunity and makes one susceptible to infection and other ailments. Dr Roshan Jain, 16 May 2020
Seed Cycling: A Natural Way To Balance UR Hormones
Do you or someone you may know have irregular periods frequently and is looking for a natural remedy rather than turning to allopathy? Then, I have some news for you. A nutrition practice named seed cycling has been rediscovered and is working its wonders in helping women help balance their hormone levels, manage and cure their hormonal side-effects. Seed cycling is a naturopathic method to maintain a healthy menstrual cycle. It is believed to balance hormones, boost fertility, and ease symptoms of menopause using the nutrients found in seeds. Seed cycling can help to alleviate present-day problems like PMS, fertility issues, reduce pain from conditions like ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PCOS, and regulate irregular cycles. It can be useful for women who are menstruating, pre-menopause, postpartum, and post-menopause. Due to the lifestyle changes, women across the globe are suffering from conditions like PCOD, PCOS or infertility. Seed cycling is rediscovered as it provides nutrition to the body and has negligent side effects, all while aiding menstrual health. It is becoming a popular method as it is delivering promising results. It is working wonders under the wings of a certified nutritionist in the health, wellness and fitness industry. The thought behind seed cycling is that particular type of seeds, for example; pumpkin, flax, and chia can help manage estrogen levels, progesterone and different essential hormones in UR body. Synchronizing your utilization of mixed seeds with your menstrual cycle can purportedly alleviate hormone-related symptoms, for example, PMS, PCOS, irregular periods, hot flashes, and by and significant increment your level of prosperity. Some even claim that seed cycling can help you solve problems related to pregnancy. Seed cycling helps balance hormones. It is done in two stages. Stage 1: The first 13-14 days of your menstrual cycle is all about regulating the estrogen hormone. It is termed as the follicular phase. Stage 2: In the second half of the menstrual cycle, the seeds tend to regulate the progesterone hormone. This phase is termed as the luteal stage. The most common method for seed cycling is to eat 1 tablespoon each of freshly grounded flaxseed and pumpkin seeds per day during the follicular phase. For the luteal phase, seed cyclers eat 1 tablespoon each of ground sunflower and sesame seeds every day until the first day of their next period. Health Benefits • Though science is unable to prove its effects as they are taken in two stages, seed cyclers share their testimony that it provides many health benefits. • Regulates menstrual cycle by establishing a hormonal rhythm between estrogen and progesterone. • Reduces skin acne, and improves the health of the skin. • Stunts and suppress the growth of cysts resulting in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). • Apart from the above, it is proven beneficial to people dealing with infertility, menopause, hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and mood swings • It also helps you to improve thyroid hormone levels, hair health, weight loss, and water retention. • Taking flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds as a part of your diet is a really fantastic way to achieve good health as all four seeds are rich in fibre, manganese, magnesium, copper, thiamine, vitamin E, and healthy fats. These nutrients are vital to maintaining good health. • These seeds may help you to reduce heart disease risk factors, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure levels. • The Combination of flax, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds seem to protect against breast cancer. Seed cycling takes a few cycles (3-4 months) to start feeling changes. Seed cycling isn't a short-term fix or meant to cure severe health or hormonal conditions. However, it is an incredible yet delicate and healthy approach to help your hormones and control your cycle. We recommend keeping a track your symptoms through the cycle so you can look back to see impacts over time. Precautions • Always grind your seeds as whole seeds are not digestible by the body. Grinding them ensure the maximum absorption of nutrients. • Keep track of your symptoms before and after seed cycling for comparison. • If any of the ingredients are causing you discomfort, do consult your physician. • Take a balanced and healthy diet • Exercise regularly Willing to get on board with seed cycling? We suggest the recipe of "Bliss Balls" for phase one and "Bliss Ladoos" for phase two of seed cycling. Pumpkin Seeds: • Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants that fight inflammation like carotenoids and vitamin E. • Pumpkin seeds may help to a reduced risk of stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers • Improve Prostate and Bladder Health • High source of magnesium • Improve Heart Health • Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc mineral, so they can boost the quality of sperms. • Might to make your sleep better. Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds have an exceptionally high concentration of vitamin E and selenium. These compounds protect the cells of your body from free radical damage and protect you from several chronic diseases. Vitamin B1 (thiamine extract) and electrolytes in sunflower seeds can provide vast quantities of energy in the body to keep it agile and active. The magnesium content in the seeds helps push toxins out of our body and detox naturally. Sesame seeds Contain high methionine and cysteine compounds that help with muscle and tissue growth in the body. Compounds like lignans, vitamin E and other antioxidants in sesame seeds can prevent plaque build-up in the arteries and protect you from fluctuating blood pressure.