Friday, October 30, 2009

Health Tip : How can One Benefit From Wheat Germ & Seafood.

Benefits of Wheat Germ :
Wheat Gern is an excellent source of Vitamin E and folic acid. It also is a sodium and cholestrol free food. Try to use it on most of your foods, sprinkle some on fruits, cereal and use it as a coating for poultry, fish or chicken. Mix it into your very best baking recipes. It is great in meatloaf and poultry stuffing. A two teaspoon serving with added Vitamin E and folic acid may help to imrpove your vitality and promote a healthy heart. It also adds a nutritional boos and nutty crunch to all your favourite foods.

Benefits of Sea-Food :
Seafood contains a specific type of oil that is made up of long chains of molecules called Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help suppress the activity of prostaglandins and leukotrienes which can activate various diseases, including blood clots and joint inflammation. Omega-3s also helps protect the immune system. Not only is fish oil an anti-inflammatory agent, it also helps to protect the heart against arrhythmias (irregular heart beats). Arrhythmias are recognised as one of the most common triggers of heart attacks.

Source : The Tip, TOI

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some Junk Foods can actually be good - Part 2

Yesterday we saw 4 junk foods, that were good for health. We see some more such junk foods today.

Baked Snacks :
The latest in the snack category are the baked snacks. They are better then fried chips as they contain no oil. usually made of whole wheat with a dash of spice entertains the tastebuds and proves to be healthy for your body.

Processed Cheese :
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found in many meat, milk and cheese products. But a recent study concentrates specifically on processed cheese, revealing that CLA contains anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as a possible effective antioxidant. The study says processed cheese contains more CLA then natural cheese, such as cheddar.

Dry Stout Beer :
Experts say that one pint of this thick and creamy dark beer may be as effective as a low dose of aspirin ti imrpoce blood circulation, hence lowering the risk of blood clots and heart attacks. It's proven to be better than aerated drinks and other type of beer.

Red Wine :
Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, effectively decreases life-threatening inflammation. The antioxidantsin red wine can also  help with preventing heart disease and cancer. For non-drinkers grape juice or even red grapes can be as effective.

Source : Body & Soul, TOI

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Some Junk Foods Can Actually Be Good - Part 1

A recent study, proved that certain junk foods contain good amounts of anti-oxidants that can in fact be good amounts of anti-oxidants that can in fact be good for the heart. While it isn't recommended that one must thrive on these foods, but indulging in some of them in limit, of course may do you a whole lot of good.

Some examplesof these junk foods are given below :

Popcorn :
It may be the best accompaniment for movies but popcorn also helps curb the evening snack-craving. A bowl of home-made popcorn is even better as it is low on calories and high on anti-oxidants.

Dark chocolate brownies :
Yes, it is indeed good news especially for people with a sweet tooth. Dark choclate is proven to be good for the heart and if it is paired with a hole wheat brownie and some buts, it becomes rich in fibre as well.

Dark chocolate bars :
Due to the high amounts of antioxidants in dark chocolate, it has health benefits such as lowering blood pressure as well as decreasing the risk of herat disease if you eat around a 100 grams a day.

Crackers :
There are many kinds of whole wheat crackers available, which can be a good and healthy evening munch without the side-effects that other junk foods bring.

Source : Body & Soul, TOI

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Healthy Tips : The Real Meals To Stay Healthy - 2


1 Fruit (carbohydrate, fibre) + 5 almonds + 1 walnut (proteins and good fats) + 2 slices of whole wheat toast with lettuce, tomato (carbohydrate and fibre) and curd spread (cource of vitamin B12 and proteins for vegetarians)
Oats (excellant source of fibre, vitamin B, thiamin, manganese) + 1/2 cup skimmed milk + 1 chopped apple (an antioxidant and low in glycemic index) + 2 teaspoons raisins (natural sugar and rich in iron) + 1 tablespoon chopped walnut + 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds (essential omega 3 fatt acids)

1 cup green tea ( as it is an antioxidant )
Ginger Tea + 1 banana (An excellant source of potassium, vitamin b12, folate & fibre)

Unlimited veggeis + salads (anti-oxidants, fibre) + 1 bowl of sprout (rich in proteins) + 1 cup low-fat curd + multi-grain roti or rice (carbohydrates),
Pulses are a good source of protein and combined with rice, they give a complete meal comprising of all the eight amino acids which the body needs. Curd has Vitamin B which gives energy.

15-18 nuts (Walnuts, almods and pistachios). Nuts are power snacks as they are rich in proteins, vitamins and fatty acids.

Dal (proteins) or fish (excellant source of complete protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids and mineral) + veggies + steamed rice or roti + salad.
Avoid sprouts at night as they can gause gas. Also avoid read meat as it is high in fat and very heavy to digest.

Source : Times Network

Monday, October 26, 2009

Healthy Tips : The Real Meals To Stay Healthy - 1

Real Meals

When you're on your toes 24x7, the last thing on your diet should be incorrect food consumption. Extract maximum energy by going for 'real' meals

A greasy cheese burger, fries, coffee from the fast food joint down the street robs you off energy! You should ideally eat with care and be aware of what your body requires. The virtues of water are oft-praised. One must have lots of water! Atleast 8-12 glasses each day is an absolute must as it hydrates your body. Lots of time, most of us mistake our thirst to be hunger and overeat adding the extra calories to our diet.
Some high water content foods are cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms, strawberreis, broccoli, carrots, oranges, peaches and apricots. make sure you have enough of these.

Often we avoid carbohydrates thinking it makes us gain weight. In fact, they are major fuel sources and provide energy and help the body to function properly. Carbohydrate rich foods are fruits, vegertables, beans, and whole grains. Milk and milk products also contain a significant amount of carbohydrates.

Also avoid skipping meals as it tends to lower the blood sugar levels and make one feel weak and dizzy.

Some top foods to keep in your desk or locker whilst you are at work are nuts and seeds, especially, almonds and walnuts, apricots, any fresh fruit, whole wheat crackers, herbal infusion packets, a small bag of popcorn and carrot sticks.

Next Topic will talk about the REAL MEALS you should have....

Source : Times Network

Friday, October 23, 2009

Health Tips : Worried of Dandruff, Here's Some Treatment

Dandruff Treatments :

* If you have only a mild case of dandruff, shampooing your hair with a regular shampoo daily or twice a day will usually do the trick.

* Start out by trying a mild shampoo, stronger shampoos can irritate and dry out your hair making dandruff flaking worst.

* If your standard shampoo doesn't get rid of your dandruff, buy an anti dandruff shampoo and your dandruff condition should improve signifigantly in a couple of weeks.

* Once you have found an anti dandruff shampoo that works for you, keep on using it or your dandruff will most likely reoccur.

* Lather and rinse twice when using anti dandruff shampoos, the first time cycle will clean your scalp, the second cycle will medicate it.

* If you think you may have a severe case of dandruff, it is advised that you set up an appointment with a dermatologist.

* Poor health may be the cause of your dandruff, so be sure to get enough sleep, eat nutritiously, and avoid stress inducing activities.

* If you have to scratch your head, avoid using your fingernails to scratch (you'll risk an infection if you do) instead use the pads of your fingers.

* Wear a hat outside on days that are extremely cold, windy, and when you're going to be out in the sun for a lengthy period.

* Limit the use of hair coloring and hair styling products with alcohol which dries out hair.

* Make sure that you get an adequate ammount of B6 in your diet, which will help prevent dandruff.

* Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion to increase circulation.


Source : DSD Email Group. The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions of this article. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the Writer/Sender.
This EMAIL is provided as general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Health Tips : Tips For Your Feet !!

Feet Up !!

Smelly feet are one of the most embarrassing body features. Feet usually start smelling because of the sweat trapped in your footwear. Feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, so they sweat profusely and the sweat can’t evaporate due to being enclosed in footwear. However, it is relatively easy to control most cases of smelly feet by taking number of preventative steps :

 Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.

 Change your socks at least once a day ( change your shoes as well if you do sweat a lot).

 Dust your feet frequently with a foot powder ( always wipe between the toes to remove excess moisture, so that it does not clog between the toes). Applying antibacterial ointment also may help.

 Wear thick, soft socks to help absorb the moisture. Natural fibre socks such as wool or cotton and other absorbent materials are better.

 Avoid the use of nylon socks or plastic shoes. Wear shoes that are made of leather, canvas, mesh or other materials that let the feet breathe.

Source : DSD Group Email

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Health Tip - Seasonal Asthma - Breathe light and Easy !

A change in weather can trigger seasonal asthma. Hers how to keep breathing free..

All it takes is damp, musty weather to trigger a seasonal asthma attack. The monsoon results in rising humidity levels, frequent changes in temperature, dust storms. These factors increase chances of an asthma attack, which is often misdiagnosed as a cough or cold. You could miss out on proper treatment that prevents an attack.

Watch Out For :

In an asthma attack, there is a temporary narrowing of the airway with spasms. The patient experiences breathlessness, wheezing and tightness in the chest. A few people may experience coughing without breathlessness or wheezing. Some patients may experience breathlessness or other symptoms only when they exercise, while some have these symptoms at night.

Do And Don’ts :

Do continue to take prescribed preventive medication

Avoid exposure to frequent temperature change (going out in sun from an A/C environment or drinking chilled water immediately after returning from the heat).

Avoid exposure to dist, cover your face and nose with a mask, if possible.

Keep your environment clean; house dust can also trigger an attack.

Take a flu vaccine once every year and a pneumonia vaccine once in three years.

Do not try alternative treatments at home. Asthma can be fatal. Always seek medical advice.

Myths & Facts :

Myth : Modern medicines don’t offer a complete cure.

Fact : Diagnosis at the right time, with suitable treatment, can control the condition.

Myth : Inhalers are recommended only for advances cases of asthma.

Fact : Established medical standards advise the use of inhalers as a first line of therapy as its most efficacious and has minimum side-effects. When you show symptoms, take a puff. A nebulizer can also be used at home. If inhalation fails to give relief within half an hour, opt for emergency medical treatment.

Myth : Asthma patients should not use steroids

Fact : Usage is unavoidable in case of potentially life-threatening conditions. In some cases, withholding steroids has proved to be fatal. Therefore, self-care instructions include self-administration of the first dose of steroid even before seeking medical help.

Source : Dr. Mani, Artemis Health Institute.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Health Tip - Improve Body Alignment with Pilates


If you think that the only benefits of pilates is abdominal strength, think again. Although pilates is great for abs, there are several other benefits of Pilates practice, which also improves your alignment and coordination and makes you more flexible.

Pilates has the ability to increase the strength of your stabilizer muscles that may not be usually be worked out in a regular exercise class. Since pilates stresses the use of graceful and fluid movement, you will discover that you can balance yourself much better regardless you are in.

The older you get, the more likely are the chances of arthrities, rheumatism, painful and stiff joints. Pilates is an apt form of working out for it prevents injury.

Conventional workouts tend to create bulky muscles. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility making for a flexible body.

Source : TOI

Friday, October 16, 2009

Health Tips - Do's & Don'ts for Festive Season

How Does One Benefit From Eating TOMATOES ?

The red pigment contained in tomatoes is called lycopene. This compound appears to act as an antioxidant, neutralising free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Only recent, studies have revealed that lycopene may have twice the punch of another well-known antioxidant - betacarotene. Isareli researchers have found that lycopene is a powerful inhibitor of lung, breast and endometrial cancer cells.

Three DO's for a FESTIVE Season -

Eat Fibre
Fibre adds bulk to food and is an important source of roughage. This component in fibre aids digestion, helping the body's elmination process. All fruits and vegetables are high on fibre.

Drink Water
Water regulates body temperature, assists digestion, transports, nutrients and eliminates waste. You need 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.

Exercise Regularly
Discover the benefits of regular exercise. Exercise not only helps maintain a healthy weight, but also revs-up your entire system.

Three DON'Ts for a FESTIVE Season -

Don't Eat When You Are Not Hungry
Not sure? Drink a glass of fresh fruit juice or water, then ask yourself, "Am I still hungry?"

Don't Eat Late
The later you eat, the harder it gets to digest the food. If you have to have a late dinner, eat a small snack in advance, that way you won;t be ravenous at dinner time.

Don't Over Eat If You Are Stressed Out
Avoid eating as an antidote to emotional pain. It can lead to digestive problems and weight gain. Keep chewing fennel (saunf) as it is a digestive.

Source : Namita Jain, weight management expert.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Foods to avoid for a good night’s sleep !

Fatty, high-protein foods. We all know how important it is for good heart health to ease up on saturated animal fats, but doing so can also help the state of your adrenal glands–important not only for good sleep but also for your overall health. Red meat contains high levels of the amino acid tyrosine, which causes the adrenal glands to pump cortisol through your body. This hormone is part of the fight-or-flight reaction that prepares us to face or run away from danger–and certainly puts us in a heightened state that’s hardly conducive to falling and staying asleep. “Under normal circumstances, your adrenal activity is at its highest when you wake up and then descends throughout the day so it’s at its lowest ebb before you go to sleep,” says Taylor. “To promote good sleep, you need to support this adrenal rhythm with the foods you eat.” And for most that means turning the typical American diet upside down. Because high-protein foods stimulate the body, eat them in the morning and at midday, suggests Taylor. For dinner, steer clear of meats and other high-protein foods that will spike your adrenal glands and opt for vegetables and plant-based sources of protein instead.
Caffeine. While you may think that morning cup of joe or two won’t interfere with your ability to wind down later in the day, think again. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Although most doctors say it takes between four and seven cups of regular coffee a day to hinder sleep, caffeine–like red meat–revs the body up. “Caffeine can overstimulate the adrenals, which actually compounds fatigue as it wears off,” says Kravich. If you must have your morning cup, eat something nutritious with it and add milk or soy milk to dull the negative effects of the caffeine.
High-sugar, empty-calorie sweets. “Think of cakes and cookies as the other end of the spectrum from whole grains,” says Taylor. “Sweets give you quick energy followed by a crash,” she says. “Because the energy you get from sweets isn’t long and sustained, odds are you’ll wake up because you’re hungry.” Instead of typical desserts, opt for fruit or even some healthy fats and whole grains, such as a quarter of an avocado spread on whole grain toast. “Healthy fats are satisfying, and they calm the nervous system,” says Taylor.
Cold foods. Even during the hot summer months when you might be craving cold foods, such as salads, smoothies, and ice cream, do keep in mind that they’re not necessarily the best for promoting sleep, says Taylor. “When you eat cold foods, your body has to work hard to bring the food’s temperature up to your body temp,” she says. “If the food has been cooked, your body doesn’t have to spend as much energy breaking down the food, which is ideal for evening meals when the goal is to help your body unwind and work less.” Instead of a cold salad, for example, steam veggies and eat them at room temperature with a good olive oil drizzled on top.

Source : DSD Group Email
Disclaimer : The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions of this article. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the Writer/Sender.
This EMAIL is provided as general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Health Tips - Remove that Stress & Tension


Stress is evil and can only wreak havoc on our mind, body and spirit. One can learn to cope with the following survival kit:

First, find out what's causing the stress. A relationship issue, financial loss, failure, an accident or a change that's not necessarily negative, like shifting to a new house, a marriage or a long trip can be the source. Some common stressors are a violent parent or spouse, a bullying boss, being trapped in a bad marriage or job, excessive workload or responsibilities, a medical illness or chronic pain, or memories from a trauma, like sexual abuse.

It's equally important to become aware of your individual coping style. Find out what you perceive as the cause of stress and how you're emotionally responding to it.

Once identified, you need to evaluate how many changes you could incorporate in your environment and even in yourself. The assessment has to be honest and realistic. You can seek advice from within the family or friends or take professional help.

Learn to tell the difference between facts and fears.You can only deal with reality and then treat your fears! 

Don't constantly micromanage. Learn to accept uncertainty and your limitations in certain situations.

Know your own limits — don't be too competitive or expect too much of yourself.

Source : DSD Group Email

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Health Tip : Top 5 Cancer-causing Foods !!

The top five cancer-causing foods are:

1.. Hot Dogs

Because they are high in nitrates, the Cancer Prevention Coalition advises that children eat no more than 12 hot dogs a month. If you can ' t live without hot dogs, buy those made without sodium nitrate.

2. Processed meats and Bacon
Also high in the same sodium nitrates found in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats raise the risk of heart disease. The saturated fat in bacon also contributes to cancer.

3. Doughnuts

Doughnuts are cancer-causing double trouble. First, they are made with white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated oils, then fried at high temperatures. Doughnuts, says Adams , may be the worst food you can possibly eat to raise your risk of cancer.

4. French fries

Like doughnuts, French fries are made with hydrogenated oils and then fried at high temperatures. They also contain cancer- causing acryl amides which occur during the frying process. They should be called cancer fries, not French fries, said Adams .

5. Chips, crackers, and cookies

All are usually made with white flour and sugar. Even the ones whose labels claim to be free of trans-fats generally contain small amounts of trans-fats.

Source : DSD Group Email

Monday, October 12, 2009

Health Benefits of Olive Oil..!!

The health benefits of Olive Oil: -- For crispies and health, say 'YES' to olive oil

Spanish olive oil should replace traditional oil in kitchens to fry crispies and curries because of its high smoking point, low 'bad cholesterol or saturated fats' and zero transfat content.

'It can be used as a traditional salad dressing or for shallow cooking, cakes, fried sweetmeats, tartlets, and pastries. It can also be used for deep fat fries like curried meat and veggies.

Atul Mathur, director of interventional cardiology at the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, said his hospital has been advising heart patients to use olive oil as a cooking medium for at least three to four days a week.

'There was no awareness about olive oil. Since it has low bad cholesterol or saturated fats, it prevents accumulation of fats in the arteries.

'The best part is that olive oil makes fries more crispy than other oil. At very high temperatures, the proteins in olive oil coagulate and the natural sugar caramelises forming a protective layer on the surface of fries. It prevents the oil from penetrating the soft core, making the surfaces more munchy.

The high Vitamin E content makes olive oil anti-allergic. Studies cite that the high-level of anti-oxidants like Vitamin A and E in olive neutralises cancer-causing radicals. When used with fresh lemon juice, it flushes out toxins from the liver. Doctors also recommend it as a dental cleanser.

Olive oil, was available in four varieties - extra virgin, virgin, pure and extra light.

'Olive oil, like wine, is produced by pressing and crushing the fruits. The first presses yield the best oil - the extra virgin variety or Pomace olive oil which is good for deep fat frying,'

Source : DSD Group Email

Friday, October 9, 2009

Health Tips - What is Cholestrol, Causes & Tips To Bring it Down ?

Cholesterol is a type of fat made in the liver and found in animal foods.


* Building cell walls
* Protecting nerves
* Making hormones.


* THE GOOD. (HDL or High Density Lipid)
* THE BAD and the UGLY!! (LDL or Low Density Lipid.)

A higher level of HDL is needed to carry LDL from the BLOOD back to the LIVER to be ELIMINATED from the body.

If there is a higher level of LDL cholesterol in the BLOOD this may:

* Cause high blood pressure!
* Raise your risk of heart attack!
* Raise your risk of stroke!
* Cause the kidneys to fail!

HOW ??

Cholesterol is broken down into LDL which is needed by the body cells. Once The cells are satisfied the unused LDL remains to become what is known as Blood cholesterol.

The main danger of high blood cholesterol is that fatty plaques may form Which will decrease the diameter of blood vessels. This leads to a Restriction of the flow of blood and oxygen to the tissues of the body.

* If an artery supplying blood to the HEART becomes blocked you may have a Heart attack!

* If an artery supplying blood to the BRAIN becomes blocked you may have a Stroke!

* If an artery supplying blood to the kidney becomes blocked you may suffer Kidney failure.


The main causes are:

* Eating too much high saturated fat. I.e. Fat found in butter and dairy Products, cakes biscuits and take away foods.

* Being overweight..

* Not exercising.


YOU CAN more:

* Fruits and vegetables.

* Oily fish (tuna, mackeral and herring).

* Skinless chicken.

* Fibre rich foods, e.g. Oats and wholemeal bread.

YOU CAN.... Eat less

* Fried take away fast foods.

* High fat dairy products and eggs.

* Saturated fats and oils.

* Biscuits, cakes and pastries.


* Unsaturated margarine instead of butter.

* Unsaturated oils (olive oil) instead of lard.

* Low fat cooking methods: steaming, grilling and microwaving..


* Make exercise a part of your day. (Walking is good).

* Not smoke

* Drink more water.


Start NOW to make the changes because.....YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND TO US....!!

Disclaimer : The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions of this article. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the Writer/Sender.

The service is provided as general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Self Help Life - Good Sleep !!

Good rest and sound sleep is very Important...

If u don't sleep well, the toxic in your body will accumulate, affecting your health and your mood.

The main causes of liver damage are :

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are the main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial weetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit..
8. Consuming overly done foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our body to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to 'schedule.'

Because: Evening at 9 - 11pm : is the time for eliminating unnecessary/ toxic chemicals (de-toxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes). This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time a housewife is still in an unrelaxed state such as washing the dishes or monitoring children doing their homework, this will have a negative impact on her health.

Evening at 11pm - 1am : The de-toxification process in the liver, and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state. Early morning 1 - 3am : de-toxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 3 - 5am : de-toxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the de-toxification process had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process.

Morning 5 - 7am : de-toxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel.

Morning 7 - 9am : Absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 -10am rather than no meal at all. Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals. Aside from that, midnight to 4am is the time when the bone marrow produces blood.


Source : DSD Group

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Health Tips - Bladder Control Problems


In midafternoon comes the call from your daughter's school: She says she doesn't feel well and you must come get her. Worried, you rush to the school. Only when you get your ashen-faced daughter in the car does she admit that she's not ill at all--she just wet her pants.

It's a humiliating experience for a child who's past the toilet-training years. But accidents do happen. Sometimes a child will wet her pants during a fit of shrieking laughter; sometimes she's so engrossed in an activity that she puts off going to the bathroom until it's too late. Even constipation can lead to daytime wetting accidents.

It may not happen again, if your child and you can work out ways to prevent it. But before you attempt a home remedy, see your pediatrician or family physician to rule out physical causes or health problems, such as urinary tract infections and bladder abnormalities. Then try these approaches.

Treat constipation. Constipation can indirectly cause daytime wetting, says Joseph Hagan, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington and a pediatrician in South Burlington.

A constipated child who has had a painful bowel movement wants to avoid the pain she associates with going to the bathroom, says Dr. Hagan, so she tries to ''hold it in.'' This is where the problem starts. ''Some kids who are plugged up with stool develop sphincter confusion. They think they're holding onto stool, but they're also holding onto urine,'' explains Dr. Hagan. When the child just can't hold the urine any longer, accidents occur.

If your child is constipated, encourage her to drink plenty of fluids and serve her fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If the problem persists, ask your pediatrician for advice.

Source : DSD Email

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

General Health Tips - Reduce Blood Pressure

Get Active : Its Good For Your Blood Pressure

Finding from a new study using 24-hour blood pressure monitoring confirm that physical activity reduces blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure, even when they are taking medications to address this problem.

After a exercise program, the average systolic & diastolic blood pressure falls down.

Some ways to reduce Blood Pressure's are :

1.   Healthy eating can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower blood pressure that is already elevated.

2.    Reduce the sodium (salt) in your diet.

3.    Achieve a healthy body weight.

4.    Increase foods that are high in potassium, magnesium and fibre.

5.    Increase foods that are high in calcium.

6.    Reduce caffeine and quit smoking.

Source : Times Network

Monday, October 5, 2009

Self Help Doctor - Are Nightfalls a Disease ?

Are Nightfalls a Disease ?

Nightfalls are commonly known as ‘WetDreams’ or ‘Nocturnal emission of semen’. At the age of 12-13, the testes in boys start producing sperms. At this age, boys start developing sexual attraction towards girls and start discharging semen during sleep. This discharge is invariably accompanied by sexual dreams. This is a normal natural, involuntary and uncontrollable response to sexual tension that gets built up within the body due to sex hormones.

There is no reason to be worried, frightened or feel guilty about a wet dream. It happens with all men and is not a disease. It is completely harmless and has no ill effect on one’s health or manhood.

If you do not masturbate, then nightfall is inevitable.

Source : Times Network

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tips For Girls To Remain Slim

* First of all we must be determined to remain slim and work towards it. Develop a mind set towards it.

* Set realistic goals.

* Make lifestyle changes like giving up alcohol, smoking, avoiding fatty food, refined food,...

* Include fresh foods as far as possible as processed foods tend to contain high level of salt and sugar

* Do not expect immediate results.

* Never go for crash diets instead reduce weight gradually and slowly.

* Never skip meals as you tend to eat more, the next meal. Do not skip breakfast in particular.

* Include lot of fiber in your diet as it gives a feeling of fullness, thereby preventing you from gorging spicy and fatty food.

* Nuts contain lot of fiber .They are satisfying and cause people to eat less at meal time.

* Take warm lime juice mixed with honey the first thing in the morning.

* Go for skimmed milk.

* As far as possible avoid weight loss supplements.

* When you have cravings for sweets, take a fruit instead.

* When you have cravings for certain type of food like chocolates or ice cream, once in a while, you can take in small quantities .

* Take fruits and vegetables which has lot of water content like watermelons, cucumbers and white pumpkin..

* Keep yourself engaged as boredom leads to overeating.

* Drink lot of water, at least 8 glasses per day.

* Use the stairs instead of lift. Park the car a little far away and walk to your office. Use every opportunity to be physically active.

* Walk, Walk and Walk as much as possible .Even if you are busy, go for walk at least 5 days a week.

* Aerobic exercise like jogging, swimming, cycling, running accelerates weight loss. Consult a physician before starting any weight loss program.. Aerobic exercise combined with healthy eating will certainly help in weight reduction.

* Make your exercise session enjoyable.

* Keep yourself free of stress

* Finally, weight loss is a slow process, so do not get disappointed and give up


Source : DSD Email Group
Disclaimer : The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions of this article. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the Writer/Sender.

This EMAIL is provided as general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.