Maximize your Child Potentials with Right Diet and Nutrition

When it comes to the food diet of the children, mothers have to face huge problems as the children have immense likes and dislikes. Even though tasty foods are eaten rapidly by children and are in huge demand amongst the younger generation, in growing years the need will be to eat more nutritious and enriched food. This is the most difficult part of all which troubles all the mothers of young children round the world. So how do you make the junk food addicted children of today eat home cooked, fresh nutritious diet daily? After all, for overall healthy development good diet is the main key.

Although it takes a bit of patience and creativity, this is possible. Check out some steps here and try implementing them on your children to make then eat right diet and nutrition.

  • Make a glass of milk every morning mandatory drink for your children. Milk contains lot of calcium which is must for their growth and for strengthening their bones and teeth. Make the children understand the importance of milk by giving examples of various images which are usually present in their school book. If the milk is accompanied by few dry nuts, then it becomes all the more enriched.
  • All the children have some dislike towards leafy vegetables and soups. So, instead of using it as a regular vegetable make it a part of exotic cuisines like pastas and pizzas. But make sure that your child eats all the vegetables in it. Make it a condition with him that you will give his favorite dish to him only if he will complete his regular meal. Leafy and other vegetables contain high amount of nutrients and vitamins and minerals in varying amount which are very essential for the body growth of young children.
  • Fruits are liked by almost every child. Although the choice may differ but general fruits like grapes, apple, mango, orange and banana are eaten by almost all children. Apart from these fruits make them eat pomegranate or papaya once in a while as these fruits have lots of therapeutic and health benefits.
  • Use of particular herbs like cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, ginger, tamarind or garlic in the diet is must. These are very good as antiseptic and help in the healing and repairing process of our organs. Children are more prone to fall and injury while learning various physical activities. Regular use of these herbs helps in building the immunity of children against bacterial infections and help in rapid healing of wound or injury.
  • Junk foods although are liked by one and all if eaten regularly can make one fall ill due to abdominal problems. Organs of children in their developmental stage are more prone to get infected easily. Good dietary habits help the children to stay away from such infections and keep them healthy and fit.

 

Just as we say ’sound mind in sound body’, similarly good diets keep your child’s health sound and help him/her progress in all the fields of education, sports and arts with confidence.

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Lifestyle-related infertility on the rise

Infertility is affecting more and more couples nowadays due to lifestyle-related causes.

Though many people still think of infertility as a woman’s problem, close to half of all cases of infertility involve problems with the men. In fact, about 20% to 30% of the time, a man’s low fertility is the main obstacle to conception, say experts.

In the past, female infertility was accounted for approximately 60% cases, male infertility for 25%, while combined factors were responsible in remaining cases. However, today the male factor is prevalent in 50% cases. One in every five healthy men between 18 to 25 years of age group suffers from abnormal sperm count. In every 100 couples, 40% males suffer from infertility, compared to 50% women. In the remaining 5%, the causes are common in both men and women according to researchers.

Infertility is growing at an alarming rate, especially in metros. It has been estimated that, globally, of the 60-80 million couples suffering from infertility, about 15-20 million are in India alone.

Highlighting the causes of infertility among men, the most common reason is low sperm count and motility of sperm. Other medical reasons are problems with ejaculation of semen, cancer of the genital system or exposure to chemotherapy or radiation therapy, diabetes, mumps in adolescence or immunological infertility where antibodies are formed against the sperms.

Treatment options for male infertility are: medical hormones, multivitamins and antioxidants for a period of three months; surgical treatment selected cases, Intrauterine insemination (IUI), and IVF (in vitro fertilization)/ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection of eggs).

Similarly, experts point out an alarming growth of infertility among young Indian women from the past few years. The rising statistics is due to social changes that have been taking place.

More women are focusing on their careers and are marrying late. The very process of planning a baby is delayed. Even today, most women are unaware of the exponential decline of fertility after the age of 35.

Elaborating further, latest research indicates that 10% urban Indian couples in their reproductive age are infertile. However, among women of 35 years of age and above, it is as high as 30-40%, because women are born with a fixed pool of eggs: one to two million at birth, 3, 00,000-5,00,000 at puberty, which reduces to about 25,000 when a woman turn 37, and further goes down to 1,000 by the time she hits menopause.

From the age of 32, the ability to conceive per monthly cycle decreases gradually but significantly, and goes down rapidly after 37. This shows a decrease in the egg quality. Lack of sexual activity is also a contributing factor. So it’s very important that both men and women go for a check-up at the right age to enjoy parenthood.

In women, the cause of infertility includes tubal disease, ovulatory dysfunction, endometriosis, immunological factors, congenital abnormalities and sexual dysfunction or unexplained factors. Techniques such as in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) and intracytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI) have superseded older therapies, and in some cases have provided a back-up when all other therapeutic options fail.

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All you need to know about Hypertension

All you need to know about Hypertension

All you need to know about Hypertension

Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases today, with every third person we meet, having suffered from it. And experts say that even kids can be victims of high blood pressure. The fact is that in 90% patients there is no known cause for hypertension and this makes it even more important to be alert. Most are not even aware that they have hypertension, which makes the scenario rather grim.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure, exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg — a systolic pressure above 140 with a diastolic pressure above 90.

Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. High BP can lead to heart disease and stroke leading causes of death.

Factors that are responsible

Late eating, excessive time spent on smart phones by youngsters who seem to be living in a virtual world instead of physically walking around and getting to know people personally, sedentary lifestyles etc contribute majorly to the rise in hypertension. Several factors beyond your control increase the risk for high BP. These include your age, sex, race or ethnicity.

Causes for hypertension

In a majority of the patients there is no known cause for the high blood pressure. The basic reason for high blood pressure is atherosclerosis. There are multiple factors responsible which lead to atherosclerosis resulting in hypertension which include stress, sedentary lifestyle, faulty food habits, lack of exercise etc. A small group of patients with high blood pressure have what is called secondary hypertension, in which the high blood pressure is the result of another condition or illness, such as kidney diseases, disorders of the thyroid, pituitary or adrenal glands, pregnancy, obesity and sleep disorders and adverse effects of medicines.

Preventing hypertension

People should follow an active lifestyle which will help in weight loss. Even small amounts of weight loss can make a big difference in helping to prevent high blood pressure. Regular physical exercise is crucial, as people who are physically active have a lower risk of suffering from blood pressure than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

You can work to reduce your risk for hypertension by following a healthy diet, maintaining healthy weight, not smoking, and being physically active.

In today’s scenario, where everyone is working towards achieving a target to climb up the corporate ladder, strict lifestyle modifications can go a long way in reducing the menacing effects of hypertension.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to

Heart attack or stroke

High blood pressure can cause hardening and thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications.

Aneurysm

Increased blood pressure can cause your blood vessels to weaken and bulge, forming an aneurysm. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can be life-threatening.

Heart failure

To pump blood against the higher pressure in your vessels, your heart muscle thickens. Eventually, the thickened muscle may have a hard time pumping enough blood to meet your body’s needs, which can lead to heart failure.

Organ malfunction

Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in your kidneys. This can prevent these organs from functioning normally.

Vision loss

Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes. This can result in vision loss.

Metabolic syndrome

This syndrome is a cluster of disorders of your body’s metabolism, including increased waist circumference, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or ‘good,’ cholesterol, high blood pressure and high insulin levels. If you have high blood pressure, you’re more likely to have other components of metabolic syndrome. The more components you have, the greater your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

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Ten symptoms that may be warning you of Kidney Disease for Geriatrics

Ten symptoms that may be warning you of Kidney Disease for Geriatrics

Ten symptoms that may be warning you of Kidney Disease for Geriatrics

The initial symptoms of kidney disease are so subtle that one may spend years without finding it out. Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD) does not change into Kidney failure overnight, it usually takes a long course spanning years. With proper management CKD can be successfully stopped from becoming fatal for Geriatrics.

As mentioned earlier one should know that one is suffering from CKD to manage it effectively. For this that one pays attention to the first beginning signs of CKD. We are enumerating below ten possible symptoms of CKD. If you spot any of the following in yourself or your acquaintance, it is best to consult a doctor immediately to find out the best course of action.

Symptom 1: Urine trouble

Kidneys are responsible for the formation of urine, with a weakening kidney the urine is bound to show changes like:

  • Urge to urinate at night
  • Foamy or bubbly urine
  • Increase in frequency of urination or in larger amounts of pale coloured urine OR decrease in frequency of urination and dark coloured urine
  • Presence of blood in the urine
  • Difficulty in the process of urination

Symptom 2: Swelling

A functionally impaired kidney is not able to effectively remove excess fluids from the body, causing accumulation of fluids that lead to swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, hands, and/or face.

Symptom 3: Tiredness

Kidneys are responsible for the formation of hormone erythropoietin. This hormone propels the body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. The production of erythropoietin reduces in a failing kidney thereby decreasing red blood cells which means there are lesser number of red blood cells to transport oxygen, making the muscles and brain tire quickly. This condition is referred to as Anemia medically and is curable with treatment.

Symptom 4: Un-easiness and itching

Kidneys filter the waste from the body a weak kidney is unable to effectively remove wastes from the blood, causing a build up of waste that can cause skin rashes, itchiness or uneasiness.

Symptom 5: Ammonia breath or metallic residue in the mouth

As mentioned earlier a failing kidney can cause a collection of waste in the blood, called uremia. This uremia can cause bad breath and metallic taste in the mouth. The suffering individual might also feel a loss of appetite because of this condition.

Symptom 6: Vomiting and nausea

The build up of waste in the blood can also cause sensation of vomiting and nausea in the patient, leading to a consequent loss of appetite and losing weight.

Symptom 7: Short breath

The water build up in the body can collect in the lungs making breathing difficult or shortage of oxygen carrying red blood cells can also make a person short on breath.

Symptom 8: Cold sensation

Anemia will make the person feel the cold severely, to the extent that the person may be cold even in a warm room.

Symptom 9: Shorter concentration levels and dizziness

A failing kidney means the body is not getting adequate amounts of oxygen carrying red blood cells; this can lead to trouble remembering things, lower levels of concentration and feeling of dizziness.

Symptom 10: Pain in the legs/flank

The back side of the affected kidney at times becomes painful in certain patients.

If you spot any of the above mentioned symptoms, take care to consult a doctor immediately, lest it becomes a fatal problem for geriatric years later.

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Old Age Walking Problems

Old Age Walking Problems

Old Age Walking Problems

Walking is said to be the best form of exercise in any age and especially in advanced years but unfortunately twenty percent of the seniors complain of walking problems. This percentage goes up to fifty percent or more as we take the instance of those above 85. The reason behind this has been usually seen to be an underlying disease.

Common causes of walking problems

Walking problem suffered with old age are generally not the consequence of old age but a result of other co-morbidities due to old age. These underlying acute illnesses are the basic reasons that are behind walking problems in old age. Some of them are-

  • Joint diseases like Arthritis
  • Muscles or bones disease
  • Stroke
  • Complications caused by Orthopedic surgery
  • Suffering from Low blood pressure on standing
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Vision problems
  • Falls due to old age
  • Symptoms like stiffness, numbness, dizziness, pain or any other abnormal     movement

Poor fitness levels, heart diseases, etc can also make older people to face walking problems. These underlying conditions need attention and improvement for a problem free walking experience.

 Evaluating walking problems

The health care provider usually begins assessing the walking problem with a careful medical history in order to find out the exact cause of factors causing trouble with mobility. Indirect factors like Thyroid problems, heart disease, acute illness, vision problem or other diseases that can affect coordination, stability, posture or strength will also be enquired about by the healthcare practitioner. It is also important that you provide the practitioner details about the medications you are on. This will help him/her to check if the drug interactions or reactions are not the ones playing truant and causing walking problems.

In short the medical practitioner will undertake a complete physical examination to unearth any problem related to vision, blood pressure, joints, limbs, neck or spine. The healthcare provider may even recommend diagnostic tests and laboratory tests if your physical condition so required.

The medical practitioner may also conduct a couple of tests to evaluate balance, walking speed and motion that might contribute to the risk of falls.

Treatment of walking problems

Mostly the walking problem, one diagnosed correctly is only partially treatable, that is you might not be able to walk as earlier. The treatment focuses on improvement of the walking function. The result also depends on the severity and type of the condition causing the walking problem.

If the walking problem is caused by thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease, B12 or Folic acid deficiency, or nerve inflammation medical therapy can help improve the walking problem. The practitioner may suggest a number of balance, leg resistance training and flexibility exercises to improve the condition.

Practitioners often recommend surgery for old age people suffering from Arthritis of the hip or knee or spinal disc problems. A number of older adults who have compressed discs in the lower back have shown considerable improvement in walking after surgery.

Use of additional support in the form of orthoses like “lifts” (corrective measure for different leg lengths) has also seen to help. It is also advisable for the seniors to wear well fitting walking shoes that have low heels and thin firm soles to ward away walking problems. A number of other mobility aids like canes or walkers can also help the seniors walk better.

Relieve Your Menstrual Cramps, Naturally

Relieve Your Menstrual Cramps, Naturally

Relieve Your Menstrual Cramps, Naturally

The time of the month is approaching and you are becoming apprehensive, simply due to the menstrual cramps. Women all across the world experience the menstrual cramps in different degrees and it affects approximately 60 to 80 percent of the teenage girls and 50 percent of the women of the reproductive age.  Menstrual cramps results due to the contraction of the uterus. Normally like all the muscles, the uterus too contract and relax. But, during the monthly cycle, the contractions of the uterus are stronger.

Some women have little to mild cramping, whereas some are forced to be bedridden for one or two days due to menstrual cramp. The cramps are generally experienced in the lower abdomen and sometimes the menstrual cramps occur in the lower back area or in the thigh. In the medical term, menstrual cramps are known as dysmenorrhea.

Some of the women use birth control pills or ibuprofen to eliminate the pain and also the various discomforts associated with the menstrual cramps. But the health experts state that there are some major and minor risks associated with the usage of birth control pills for cramps. The major risks can even be life threatening and includes heart attacks, stroke, blood clot and the risk enhances if you smoke cigarettes.

There are also certain side effects associated with the usage of ibuprofen which include diarrhea, fever, bruising, nausea, headache, blurred vision, chest pain and allergic reaction.

Therefore, it’s better to go for natural ways to eradicate the pain and discomforts of menstrual cramps. Some of the ways to instantly reduce the cramps or the pain and are follows:

  • Stretch your arms and legs; this will reduce the menstrual cramps to a great extent.
  • Increase your liquid intake as they prevent dehydration. Dehydration increases menstrual pain.
  • The menstruation makes the pelvic area more congested. Therefore, increase the intake of the hot liquids which will enhance the blood flow and make the pelvic muscles to relax. Drinking herbal tea and green tea throughout the day can be a great help.
  • Aerated drinks and caffeine, like coffee should be avoided as they can cause irritation in the intestine.
  • Dip a towel in the hot water and place it in the stomach or keep hot water bags in the stomach to relieve the menstrual pain.
  • The women or girls having weak bodies have to suffer more from the brunt of the menstrual cramps. Therefore, these women should take the vitamins and mineral supplements which are readily available in the market. But, they must always consult a doctor first before consuming any medicine.
  • Drink a glass of the juice of cucumber, beetroot or carrot along with parsley.
  • Ginger has various medicinal benefits and is also a great help in menstrual cramps. Boil some ginger slices in water and sip it all the day round.

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Non breast fed baby hassles and struggles

Non breast fed baby hassles and struggles

Non breast fed baby hassles and struggles

It is a common saying that a baby comes along with its food provision in this world. Breast milk is the natural right of every infant and should be compulsorily given to all newborns. All the child specialists educate the new mother regarding the importance and benefits of breast feeding so that both the mother and the baby enjoy good health. But sometimes the mother does not have enough milk, has to go for work or even if she can breast fed she is hesitant to do so for her own luxury and absurd reasons which is certainly not acceptable. If you are a mother of an infant or would be one in near future then some disadvantages and health conditions occurring in non breast fed baby discussed here can help you to take the right decision for sure.

Illnesses in non breast fed baby

When a mother starts top feeding for the baby, the first thing she is advised is about cleanliness of the utensils and the quality of milk substitute being used. Usually tinned milk powder is preferred by the health practitioners that are supplemented with all the needed nutrients and vitamins necessary for the infant of that age or month. But even after taking lot of precautions like using boiled utensils or feeding bottle, making use of clean boiled water for diluting the milk powder or formula food, there are chances that the baby can get infected. Some of the most common illnesses seen in non breast fed baby are:

Diarrhea

This is a very common illness seen in non breast fed baby. Diarrhea is caused due to use of utensils or bottle that is not cleaned or boiled properly. Sometimes the milk prepared is left as it is for some time and afterwards is given to the baby. Infection starts building within the powdered milk causing the stomach to upset. If proper precautions are not taken, it can lead to dehydration as well.

Gastrointestinal infections

Colon and gastrointestinal infections are frequent in non breast fed babies. Due to flatulence and colon problem many times the non breast fed baby cries in pain and never looks happy and healthy like the breast fed baby. A non breast fed infant is always uneasy, at least initially till the top feeding gets adjusted to immature body system.

Obesity

Many babies feeding on top milk have been found to be obese and are very slow in activity. This is so because nothing can replace the balance of vitamins, fats and nutrients that is present in the breast milk. The milk powder can contain certain carbohydrates and fats in excess which can lead to obesity in babies but sure not in good terms. Your chubby healthy looking baby may be indeed quite unhealthy when compared to a slim, active and breast fed one in vicinity.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

The infants who do not get breast milk are comparatively more prone to fall ill due to various infections. Such babies also are vulnerable to various bacterial and viral infections and are also known to die because of choking or respiratory problem. Less immunity leads to fatal incidences owing to which the number of infant deaths are rising in developed countries where mother refrain from breast feeding. This is termed as SIDS.

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