Healthcare

All that you need to know about breast cancer!

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Studies suggest that one in eight women will face breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s why it’s important to distinguish the facts from fiction.

 

In this article, you’ll learn about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, along with it’s known causes and how to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer.

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The Burden of Breast Cancer

 

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect women worldwide, and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in its late stages.

 

What causes breast cancer?

 

Breast cancer is thought to be caused by a combination of our genetic factors, lifestyle choices and the surrounding environment.

 

There are many factors that influence the risk of developing breast cancer. One of the biggest risk factors is age, as four out of five breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.

Sometimes, breast cancer runs in the family but most of the time women with breast cancer do not have a family history or the faulty genes linked to breast cancer.

Risk of developing breast cancer can be lowered by making lifestyle changes such as drinking less alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and being regularly physically active.

How to be breast-aware

Being breast aware simply means knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your family doctor

 

It’s as simple as TLC…

Touch

your breasts. Can

you feel anything unusual?

Look

for changes. Is there any

change in shape or texture?

Check

anything unusual with

your doctor.

 

No one knows your body better than you do and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking out for the changes – there’s no special technique and no training is required.

 

Early detection

 

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

 

All women should be breast aware regardless of age as most breast cancers are found by women noticing unusual changes, taking the initiative and visiting their doctor.

 

How is it treated?

 

Most women with breast cancer will have to undergo more than one treatment. The choice of treatments – and the order in which they are given – may vary on the particular circumstances of the patient and the cancer. Women usually have surgery to remove cancerous tissue from the breast, and also from the armpit if affected.

Afterwards, they often receive additional treatments to reduce the risk of the cancer returning or spreading. These may include radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other drugs.

 

Key message

           

Early detection is essential in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. Risk of developing breast cancer can be reduced by making changes such as drinking less alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and being regularly physically active.

Is India Getting Fatter by the Day?

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By 2025, India will have over 17 million obese children and this number will continue to rise. Children have lower health-related or medical problems compared to adults. However, obese children are at a much higher risk of developing chronic diseases later in their lifetime.

 

What causes obesity in children?

There are many factors that contribute to obesity in children. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these.

 

A child’s diet and their level of physical activity determines their weight. These days, most kids are inactive. They live a sedentary life,  the pressure at school to do well in exams is more intense than ever, and whatever little spare time they get is spent on video games, mobile phones or social media.

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What diseases are obese children at risk for?

 

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Early heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Bone problems

 

Obesity leads to a host of other health problems including hypertension and diabetes. India is on track to get the unenviable title of the diabetic capital of the world as soon as 2025 with more than 65 million Indians already suffering from the disease.

 

How Do I Know if My Child Is Overweight?

 

To determine whether or not your child is overweight, consult your child’s. He or she will determine whether or not your child is overweight by measuring their ”BMI,” or body mass index.

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How Can I Help My Overweight Child?

 

If your child is overweight, it is very important that you allow him or her to know that you will be supportive. What a child feels about themselves is mostly based on their parents’ feelings about them, and if you accept your child the way they are, they are more likely to feel good about themselves. It is also important to talk to your children about their weight, allowing them to share their concerns with you.

How Can I Indulge My Family in Healthful Habits?

 

  • Be a role model-  If your children see you being physically active and having fun, they are more likely to adapt fitness into their lifestyle
  • Plan family activities that include physical exercises such as walking, biking, or swimming.
  • Try to reduce the amount of time you and your family spend in sedentary activities, such as watching TV or in video gaming.

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Whatever approach parents choose to take regarding an overweight child, the purpose is not to make physical activity and following a healthy diet a chore, but to make the most of the opportunities you and your family have to be active and healthy.

 

 

References:

http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2017/10/health/i-on-india-childhood-obesity/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-obesity/symptoms-causes/syc-20354827

4 Ways to help our Elderly Loved-Ones age Independently!

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Many of us would definitely prefer that our elderly loved-ones stay in our homes to ensure they are well taken care of and properly cared for. Nevertheless, this situation can become very stressful for the family as leaving an aging parent home alone can pose a major issue if anything goes wrong. With that said, we all know some elderly people would want to live independently and today’s technology is striving to make that choice easier by providing families peace of mind so their elderly loved ones can age independently.

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A senior Indian couple sharing a laugh together

Even with a good retirement plan, two-thirds of older adults still need some form of assistance to go about their daily lives. If you want to ensure that they live comfortably, here are four things to consider when elderly parents choose to live home alone:

 

  1. Essential Needs Delivered to the Door

 

To make things a bit simpler, efficient and work-from-home friendly, consider online grocery shopping to help your loved-ones reduce the physical stress of standing in line at the local market store.

 

Consider showing them how to grocery shop online so they feel more independent, or if they are not comfortable with this, place the order yourself and simply request that it be delivered to their door.

 

  1. Prepare their home

 

To properly prepare a home for aging parents,we recommend you recognize when and where common needs or hazards may arise. These include key areas like the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Some simple changes you can make are: Installing bathroom rails which will help them walk through the house and avoid unexpected slips and falls, lowering shelves in the pantry so they can easily access items, adding more lighting and removing floor hazards.

  1. Ensuring Health Care Measures

 

Stay in touch with the doctor, pharmacist and/or nurse of an elderly loved one. You can provide an extra hand in encouraging them to be proactive in the maintenance of their health. It is very important for you to understand their medical needs, including how frequently doctors’ appointments should occur. Mobile health tools that remind patients to take their medicine can be used or  calendar apps to track and anticipate upcoming doctors’ appointments are very helpful.

 

             4. Addressing emotional needs

 

Meaningful emotional contact is important for an aging parent — even simple gestures, like having others listen and share words of encouragement can positively influence their morale. With the vast popularity of elderly mobile smartphone owners, almost seven out of ten seniors own a mobile. Use video chat to make visual communication possible if you live or travel outside the region. Even if an initial training session is required, using this technology to see each other’s faces will be worth the effort.

 

The Takeaway

Today’s healthy seniors have new resources to make life easier as they continue enjoying the freedom of living independently. With today’s technological innovations to the way we communicate with each other, not only can the elderly can have the confidence they need to live independently, but their caregivers can too.

How Long Does It Take to Digest Food? All About Digestion

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A good meal that looks delightful and tastes amazing  is worth indulging in. But we have a tendency to consume more than what our body can digest easily.

 

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Have you ever thought how long the digestion process can take?

 

In general, food takes twenty four to seventy two hours to move through your gastrointestinal tract. The precise time depends on the amount and kinds of foods you’ve eaten . The digestion speed additionally depends on factors like your gender, metabolism, and whether or not you have got any digestive problems that might  slow down or speed up the method.

 

What happens throughout digestion?

 

As you chew, glands in your mouth secrete saliva. When you swallow, the food moves down your food pipe- oesophagus that connects your mouth to your stomach. When acids in your stomach break down the food even more, then the mixture moves to your small intestine. In your small intestine, your pancreas and liver help break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
The undigested part that remains moves on to your large intestine.

The large intestine absorbs any leftover nutrients from the food. The rest becomes solid waste.

 

Tips for better digestion

 

  • Eat a lot of greens, fruit, and whole grains
  • Limit meat and processed foods
  • Exercise daily
  • Manage stress
  • Get lots of sleep

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The takeaway

 

You might not think much about your digestive system on a daily basis nonetheless you’ll understand once it’s not working optimally if  uncomfortable symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea occur.

Watch what you eat and keep active to keep  your digestion smooth and feel your best.

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/digestive-system/expert-answers/faq-20058340https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-it-take-to-digest-food

How to Calm Night-Time Cough?

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It happens to everyone – that annoying sensation in your throat that starts as a tickle and develops into a hacking cough just as you’re trying to fall asleep, or in the middle of the night.

One of the reasons why this could happen is because coughing is the body’s processes of ridding your lungs and airways of irritants such as mucus, microbes, and pollutants.

Lucky for you, we have some easy remedies that can be tried at home to help you stop your night-time coughs:

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1. Incline the head of your bed

It’s easier for irritants to make their way to your throat and trigger coughing when you’re lying down. Try propping up some pillows to raise your head as this will most likely help reduce your cough.



2. Add honey to a warm drink

Honey in a warm drink can do wonders in clearing your throat. Mix two teaspoons of honey in warm water or herbal tea and drink before going to bed.

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3. Allergy-proof your bedroom

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When your immune system overreacts to an allergen, allergy symptoms such as coughing can occur. Dust allergy is a common cause of cough, especially at night as you’re exposed to dust mites on your bedding.

Here are some strategies to mite-proof your bedroom:

  • Use allergy covers for pillow cases and mattresses to reduce and prevent dust mites
  • Wash bedding in warm water at least once a week
  • Avoid letting pets on your bed or in your bedroom

 

What to do when coughing is severe?


Most coughs gradually go away on their own, but severe nighttime coughing may be a sign of a serious condition. Get medical help if you cough is severe and is you experience

  • Trouble breathing
  • Choking sensations
  • Swelling in your legs or abdomen
  • Wheezing
  • A cough that has lasted more than 3 weeks
  • A fever of 100˚F (38˚C) or above

 

There are different methods and lifestyle changes you can try to relieve or prevent nighttime coughing. Hope these remedies will help you soothe your ticklish throat.

References:

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/nighttime-relief#1

Cupping Therapy | Everything you need to know

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According to Chinese tradition, cupping therapy is believed to restore the “qi” (pronounced “chi”) or life energy, and therefore, help the body heal. Cupping has also been practised for thousands of years among cultures throughout the Middle East and many other parts of the world.

In the recent past, this form of therapy has been popularised by athletes and celebrities who seem to swear by this method. So, let’s dig in and find out how much of it is factual.
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What is Cupping Therapy?

A therapeutic method involving the application of suction by placing a vacuumized cup or a jar onto the affected or any part of the body surface”

This is the official definition of cupping therapy, which falls under the traditional medicine bracket, as per the World Health Organization.

What are the principles of Cupping Therapy?

During cupping therapy, hot cups are placed on the skin to concentrate blood in certain areas of the body to suck out impurities with a vacuum.

How it works is the increased blood circulation relieves muscle tension and improves overall blood flow, which promotes cell repair. It also helps form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. People use cupping to complement their care for a host of ailments and conditions.

What are the Benefits of Cupping?

The widely known and agreed upon benefits of cupping are:

  • Deep tissue work
  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids
  • Relieves inflammation
  • Nervous system sedation
  • Breaks up and expels congestion
  • Stretches muscle and connective tissue
  • Pulls bloody supply to the skin
  • Loosens adhesions

Talk to your doctor before you start cupping or any other type of alternative or complementary medicine. And talk to your cupping therapist, too, before you try it.

 

References:
https://www.healthambition.com/cupping-therapy/#more-7923

Tired all the time? It’s likely adrenal fatigue

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Do you wake up feeling tired? Do you feel that you need your morning cuppa to help you keep going? You could be suffering from adrenal fatigue that affects millions of people.

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What is adrenal fatigue?

 

Adrenals are walnut sized glands located on top of the kidneys. Don’t go by their size; they look small but they have a big job. They are responsible for secreting hormones necessary for life, including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, DHEA, estrogen and testosterone.

 

Adrenal fatigue is a stress- related condition that results in symptoms like  exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings.

 

How would you identify adrenal fatigue?

 

Take a look at the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue, and check how many of them apply to you.

 

After you have read them, you can learn how to treat this condition.

 

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue

 

  • If you have difficulty waking up in the morning; even after a long sleep
  • If you experience high levels of fatigue -almost everyday
  • If the slightest amount of stress leaves you feeling overwhelmed
  • If you crave salty foods
  • If you feel energetic at the end of the day
  • If you tend to overuse sugar and caffeine
  • A weakened immune system
  • If you develop dark circles under the eyes
  • If you experience frequent urination
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low sex drive
  • Joint pain and lower back pain

 

How to treat or prevent adrenal fatigue?

 

  • Follow a balanced diet

An adequate supply of nutrients are essential to keep your mind and body healthy. Eat at right times and include proteins, low GI foods and healthy fats in your diet. Include seafoods, organic meats, eggs, olive oil, and nuts and seeds in your diet.

 

  • Try some mind-body exercises like meditation

Regular practice improves your ability to respond to stress in the future

 

  • Get better sleep

De-stress before bed and follow your natural sleeping pattern. Avoid taking caffeine before bed. Make sure you have good sleep (at least 7-8 hours) to keep you going the next day.

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Healing adrenal fatigue may take months depending upon its severity.  By tending to the adrenals through diet, supplementation, lifestyle adjustments, and stress reduction, adrenal health can be restored. It is advised to get it treated by an expert if the condition is severe.

References:

https://www.healthambition.com/tired-all-the-time-adrenal-fatigue/

Shea Butter- An all-star superfood for skin and hair!

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We’ve all heard of using coconut oil to keep our skin and hair moisturized. Another commonly-found natural moisturizer you can use is shea butter! Something about the name just sounds luxurious, doesn’t it?

What is shea butter?

Shea butter is a superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It’s Vitamin E content makes this butter a good anti-ageing agent.It offers UV protection (it is SPF -6) and keeps your skin in optimal health.

Check out the benefits shea butter has on your skin and hair below!

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Benefits of Shea Butter for the Skin

 

  • Moisturizes Dry Skin
  • Treats Acne And Blemishes
  • Reduces Skin Inflammation
  • Is an Anti-Aging And Anti-Free Radical Agent
  • Provides Relief To Itchy And Peeling Skin
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Helps Soothe Skin And Baby Diaper Rash
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Benefits of Shea Butter for Hair

 

  • Repairs Damaged Hair
  • Prevents Hair Loss
  • Treats Split Ends And Breakage
  • Effective Natural Conditioner
  • Keep Rebel Curls In Place
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Additional Benefits of Shea Butter

 

  • Soothes Muscle aches
  • Wound healing
  • Treats Insect bites
  • UV Protection

Ask your dermatologist or a skin specialist before using shea butter – especially if you suffer from skin conditions. Store it out of direct light or heat, because shea butter normally expires within 12-24 months.

 

Have you ever used shea butter? Did it work for you? Let us know in the comments below!

 

References:

https://wellnessmama.com/27324/shea-butter-benefits/

Does stress cause grey hair?

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Have you ever looked at photos of a president? Any president?

 

At the beginning and the end of their terms, have you noticed something common in all of them? — They have gone grey, haven’t they?


Part of this could be due to ageing. But could it also be due to stress? Are the two related? Let’s find out!

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What causes grey hair?

 

As hair grows, a group of cells called melanocytes creates melanin that comes in two colors — dark brown or black (eumelanin), and yellow or red (pheomelanin) — and combines to create our hair colors.

If melanin does not get delivered to your hair, it triggers the growth of grey hair.

 

Does stress also cause grey hair?

Greying of hair normally happens due to ageing. The rate of this progression is largely influenced by genetics and inheritance.

 

However, another major cause for the onset of grey hair is due to stress. Stress hormones can impact melanocytes and as a result melanin will not deliver pigment to your hair. Stress is likely to cause hair fall and hair damage as well. Any stressful event in the body is perceived as a burden that includes physical, mental and emotional stress. Anything that interrupts your well-being or causes mental and emotional stress can cause non-pigmentation of your hair shaft.

 

In addition, a recent study has found that a lack of Vitamin B and the presence of grey hair is correlated. Lack of Vitamin B can be influenced by stress.

 

How can you prevent the premature growth of grey hair?

 

  • Stop stressing, start living
  • Oil your hair frequently
  • Follow a healthy balanced diet
  • Quit harsh shampoos
  • Check your thyroid levels

 

Try these tips to control the premature growth of grey hair and let us know if they worked for you. If you have any tips that you have used to fight grey hair, let us know by commenting below!

 

References:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5688021/Stress-really-DOES-turn-hair-grey.html

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/what-leads-to-premature-greying-of-hair-and-how-to-prevent-it/#gref

How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks Easily

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Do you have stretch marks on your body? Don’t worry, everyone gets them – models, celebrities, even Kim Kardashian posted on Snapchat about having her stretch marks removed!

 

So let’s have a look at what stretch marks actually are, how they are caused and how we can get rid of them.

 

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks, or striae, develop when your skin suddenly needs to stretch beyond the limits of its natural growth rate. They initially appear as pink, red or reddish-brown lines on the skin. They may be raised or flat, and their appearance can vary depending on your skin tone.

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What causes stretch marks?

 

  • Sudden weight loss/ weight gain
  • Genetics
  • Puberty
  • Certain medications

 

Where do stretch marks appear?

 

  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Breasts

 

How can you get rid of them?

 

1. Aloevera

Apply aloevera gel onto your stretch marks twice a day and massage.
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2.Egg Whites

Whip up the egg white alone and apply to your stretch marks. Wash it off with cold water after it dries.

 

3.Lemon Juice

Apply lemon juice. Let it dry for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

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4.Olive Oil

Olive oil is a great hydrator to massage onto your stretch marks.

 

5.Shea butter or Cocoa Butter

Commonly found these days at regular stores, buy a lotion and apply it on your stretch marks daily, twice a day.

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As with anything, consistency is key! Make sure you incorporate a good moisturizing regimen into your daily routine to stay one step of those hard-to-beat stretch marks – always!

 

References:

https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Stretch-Marks-Fast

https://www.healthambition.com/get-rid-stretch-marks/#more-10879

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