3 Ways to Support a Partner with a Chronic Illness

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Relationships are built on communication, patience, and mutual support. And when chronic pain and fatigue are part of everyday life, these factors are especially crucial to keep your relationship with your partner healthy.
If you want to be supportive and encouraging but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Here are a few practical ways to better support someone with a chronic illness – so you can help those you love.


Have patience.


When you’re in a relationship with someone that struggles with any one of these conditions, the most important thing you can do is to be patient.


Have patience because there will be times when your partner will have what you might consider a few “normal” days. But remember that these days of normalcy are not “normal.” Use these days to your advantage, but don’t pressure your partner to over-exert themselves.

Make life comfortable.


Do your best to make your partner feel as comfortable as possible. Sit down and figure out what they can and feel comfortable being responsible for. Discuss how you can split responsibilities and have a plan “B” ready for when they don’t feel well and are unable to help you.

Be understanding.


Know that when your loved ones complain, it’s not because they’re whining, but because their pain level is probably through the roof.


People generally suck up the minor to moderate pain so that their partner doesn’t have to go through any trouble. So when your partner finally starts to complain, pay attention and offer a helping hand.


Keep in mind that chronic illness affects everyone differently, and it is important for you to be mindful of that. Adjust to each situation accordingly to decide how to best support them.


Now that you’ve read our tips, do you have questions? Any words of advice to add? Comment below and let’s talk about it.



5 Kitchen Ingredients to Help Get Rid of Constipation

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Extremely common and frustrating, constipation is something that affects everyone. Often caused by constant lifestyle changes and the binge eating that sometimes follow, there are also times that people suffer from chronic constipation.
A few symptoms include passing stools less than three times per week, straining, lumpy or hard stools, a sensation of incomplete evacuation, feeling blocked or being unable to pass a stool.
Next time you experience constipation, try these tested home remedies before rushing to find the perfect medicine.


  1. Olive Oil
    Oils are essential for a proper balanced diet. Olive oil and castor oil are incredibly good for your body and so are the oil-rich nuts. Acting as a laxative, these oils will help regulate your bowel movements.
  2. Ginger Mint Tea
    When nothing works, try tea! Mint and ginger contain powerful enzymes which are very good for the digestive system. Ginger, especially is considered a warm food which can calm an upset stomach. Drink a concoction of mint or ginger tea before or after meals to detoxify the body and ease up body troubles.
  3. Baking Soda
    Stomach acids play an important part in balancing the body function. When sodium carbonate reacts with the essential acids present in the body, carbon dioxide and water are released. This helps your body maintain a clean colon and regulate bowel movements.
  4. Lemon Soda
    Citrus foods contain a good amount of vitamins and nutrients which maintain body balance. Vitamin-C-rich water aids proper digestion which further improves the digestive tract in your body. So drink a glass full of fresh lemon juice everyday to avoid any kind of trouble.
    Homemade lemonade with fresh lemon and mint
  5. Prunes
    An effective answer to constipation lies in nature’s lap. Prunes contain a good amount of sugar alcohol in them which acts as an effective laxative and can help relieve an upset stomach.

In addition to these, it’s vital to drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.


So the next time you feel constipated, gradually introduce some of these foods into your diet, drink plenty of water and stay physically active. This will help improve your stool consistency, regularity and overall comfort naturally.


Lung Cancer: 5 things you need to know!

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Lung cancer is continuing to affect the lives of so many people. It’s important that we understand the disease and what we can do to improve our chances of beating it.

What are the different kinds of lung cancer?

Lung cancer develops in the tissue of the lung – usually in the cells that line the air passages. There are several types of lung cancer:


  1. Non-small cell lung cancer — When epithelial cells inside the lining of the lungs grow rapidly or uncontrollably, often forming a tumour.
  2. Small cell lung cancer — This typically starts in the bronchial passages and affects approximately 15 percent of lung cancer patients.
  3. Mesothelioma — Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which cancer cells form in the linings of the organs, most often the pleura and sometimes the peritoneum.

What are the risk factors?

Smoking is THE BIGGEST risk factor for lung cancer. Smoking any kind of tobacco- cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can contribute to the risk factors.Tobacco products contain thousands of toxic substances and undoubtedly cigarette smokers are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer than nonsmokers. Hence, the longer you smoke, the greater the risk.


Other risk factors include:

1.Exposure to second-hand smoking

2.Being treated with radiation therapy
3.Exposure to polluted air

4.A family history of lung cancer


Symptoms of lung cancer

Some of the more common symptoms include a cough that does not go away, trouble breathing, chest discomfort, wheezing, hoarseness, and streaks of blood in mucus. Other symptoms can include loss of appetite, weight loss for no reason, and unusual tiredness.

Patients with mesothelioma may notice lumps, pain or swelling in their abdomen or pain under the rib cage.

How do doctors diagnose lung cancer?

When lung cancer is suspected, patients are advised to take up a CT scan, MRI, or PET/CT scan to produce a detailed image of their lungs. If a mass is detected, either a fine needle biopsy, core needle biopsy, bronchoscopy, or endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is carried out to remove a piece of tissue from a node or tumor. Then a pathologist examines the tissue to determine whether cancer is present and, if so, the type and stage of the cancer.


Diet recommendations for people with lung cancer
It is necessary that the body gets all the nutrients it needs. If you’re deficient in certain vitamins or minerals, your doctor can advise you on which foods can provide them. Otherwise, you’ll need a dietary supplement. We advise you not to take supplements without talking to your doctor because some can interfere with treatment.

ginger-tea-honey-mint-lemon-and-cinnamon_12395-276Here are a few dietary tips:


  • If you don’t have a major appetite, try eating smaller meals throughout the day.
  • If you have been asked to gain weight, supplement your diet with low sugar, high-calorie foods and drinks.
  • Drink mint and ginger tea as it soothes your digestive system.
  • If your stomach is easily upset or you have mouth sores, avoid spices and stick to bland food.
  • If constipation is a problem, add more high-fiber foods.
  • Eat whenever you have an appetite



There’s no sure way to prevent lung cancer, but you can reduce your risk if you:

            1. Don’t smoke- If you’ve never smoked, don’t start.

  1. Stop smoking- Stop smoking now. Quitting reduces your risk of lung cancer.
    3. Avoid secondhand smoke- If you live or work with a smoker, urge him or her to quit.
    4. Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables- Choose a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Exercise most days of the week- If you don’t exercise regularly, start out slowly.



What Exactly Is a Hormone Imbalance — and What’s a Girl to Do About It?

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From the time we’re born, our hormones are responsible for our appetite, sleep patterns, how we respond to stress, our moods- whether we’re happy or anxious, and everything in between.


The word “hormones,”  brings up images of menopause, mood swings and what not!  Hormones have a direct effect on our thyroid, ovaries, and sleep patterns. They regulate how hormones like, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and melatonin function in the body.


Cortisol and insulin — “stress” and “blood sugar” hormones are the ones that first get imbalanced. How do we even know which hormones are imbalanced, much less what symptoms we should be looking for to figure out if our hormones are out of whack?


Here are some of the first symptoms of  hormone imbalance to look out for:

  • If you have trouble falling asleep at night.
  • You are tired even after seven to nine hours of sleep.
  • If you need caffeine just to get going in the morning.
  • You need more caffeine or sugar during the day to keep you going.
  • You notice emotional PMS symptoms, like mood swings, angry outbursts, or energy crashes.
  • You get “hungry” more often than you care to admit!


If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may have dysregulated cortisol, insulin, or both. So, what’s a hormonally imbalanced girl to do?


  1. Make eating into a mindful practice
    When and how you eat is just as important as what you eat. So, sit down while eating, chew your food at least for about 20 to 30 times and focus on something positive while doing the same because when you’re stressed out, your can’t easily absorb the nutrients you’re consuming. Hence, it  doesn’t matter how healthy you eat!


  1. Cut back on alcoholic beverages
    Alcohol raises your  estrogen levels. Excess estrogen can trigger heavier- longer periods , cause breast pain and headaches, and raging PMS.

Now do you see the connection between what we eat and drink and our period problems?


  1. Consider how caffeine is affecting you
    Most of us need caffeine just to get by. Though you experience anxiety or feel like you can’t get out of bed in the morning, have energy crashes in the day, or have trouble falling asleep at night. Caffeine may just add on to your health issues by disrupting your hormonal imbalance


Hormonal imbalances may increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems..  Hormones seem to be talking to each other all day long, so once you work on one hormone, the rest will start to fall in line.
Consuming nutritious foods, exercising on a regular basis and engaging in other healthy behaviors can go a long way toward improving your hormonal health.

Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

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Through their own journeys dealing with breast cancer, these stars have shared their experiences in an effort to raise awareness about the disease. Read about the stories of 5 prominent women who have experienced and overcome breast cancer, and how they have been active in promoting cancer awareness.


#1 Angelina Jolie

After finding out she has an 87% risk of developing breast cancer, Angelina Jolie, one of Hollywood’s leading actors, underwent a double mastectomy as a preventive measure. This disease that took her mother’s life, inspired her to spread 2 strong messages on awareness. – first that breast cancer must be detected at an early stage, and second that health should be everyone’s first priority.



#2 Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue, an Australian singer and television actress, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She underwent a surgery followed by chemotherapy and recovered successfully. Since then, she has been working actively for spreading breast cancer awareness all over the world. She has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Health Sciences in recognition of her work.



#3 Mumtaz
Very few know that yesteryear Bollywood diva, Mumtaz is a breast cancer survivor as well. The legendary actress who started her Bollywood acting career as a child artist with ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’ was diagnosed with a malignant lump in her breasts in early 2000. Despite having breast cancer, she decided to fight and underwent several chemo sessions before overcoming it at the age of 54. A few years later the actress quoted in an interview saying, “I don’t give up easily. Even death will have to fight me.”



#4 Barbara Mori
She created quite a stir in Bollywood with her first debut movie, Kites, and a rumoured affair with co-actor, Hrithik Roshan. Mori, a cancer survivor as well, was diagnosed with cancer when she was 29 years old. Barbara has openly expressed her support for various breast cancer causes and empowers women to dig deeper into their health.



#5 Cynthia Nixon
Sex and the City’s gorgeous actress, Cynthia Nixon, was diagnosed with breast cancer during her routine mammogram in 2006. Her mother was a breast cancer survivor too. Cynthia battled this disease after undergoing nearly 7 weeks of radiation therapy. She also underwent a lumpectomy. After recovering, she became the ambassador for Susan.G. Komen’s The Cure (a breast cancer foundation)


Sometimes we think stars are immune to the various problems everyday people have to fight. But as we’ve seen, it can happen to anyone, and the only step we can take toward prevention is to raise awareness, and get regular checkups.

What could your sudden weight gain mean?

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You’re religious about your diet & exercise, but notice your weighing scale going up. What could possibly explain this?!


First things first. In order to make sure you aren’t overreacting, keep a log of everything you eat, as well as your exercise habits (including outside-the-gym activity) for about a week or two.


Once you rule out diet or exercise, you can start thinking about what other potential health issues may be messing with your waistline.


Here we give you 4 conditions that could explain your sudden weight gain!


Putting off sleep to watch just one more episode on Netflix? That hour could be contributing to weight gain. A study has found that people that sleep for 7-8 hours do not experience sudden weight gain. Sleep deprivation can also affect your decision making. Let’s say you have a choice between an apple or a cookie. When you’re tired, you become more impulsive, leading you to reach over for that cookie without a second thought!

A man with sleeping issue


Adequate hydration increases mitochondrial function—what that basically means is that it increases your metabolism rate. Without sufficient water, your cells can’t function well (namely, convert your food into energy) quickly and efficiently.

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Research shows that as many as one in five women have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—an endocrine disorder that throws off the balance of reproductive hormones estrogen and testosterone, and can trigger a number of unpleasant symptoms like irregular periods, facial hair growth, migraines and weight gain

Mood Disorders

Depression and anxiety can both can lead to fatigue, irritability, and a lack of focus. It is quite possible that all the three can throw you off your game when you work out or lead you to ditch the gym altogether…and pretty soon your kilos will start packing on.


Carrying extra kilos isn’t necessarily a problem, of course. But sudden gain in weight could signal an underlying health issue you’ll want to address. It could be a hormone condition, a mood disorder, or another factor altering your physiology without you realizing it. The only way to be 100% sure is to consult your doctor.


5 DIY Natural Period Cramp Cures

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Raise your hand if you’re popping pain meds basically every day of your period.

If you’re looking to stop this  habit, we got your back! There are actually tons of natural period cures for cramps that can ease your pain (and save you some cash at the drugstore).

Try these tactics the next time your periods roll in.


Take a hot bath or shower

Draw yourself a steamy, hot  bath or take a window-fogging long shower— the heat reduce the intensity of your cramps. Heat regulates the blood flow to your pelvic area,  which, in turn, helps relax the muscles causing cramps in the first place.

Make sure to stay hydrated
Drinking more water can actually help lessen bloating by keeping your digestive system running smoothly. Make sure to add enough water in your diet by adding in water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber and watermelon. Warm beverages too can have a relaxing effect on the pelvic muscles and ease the pain.

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Stick to a healthy diet

Following a low-carb, low-sugar diet, along with consuming more fiber before and during your period, can help stop discomfort that comes this time of month.

Take a self-care day
Booking a massage to relax or getting an acupuncture appointment can help ease aches all over – so why not try it when you’re cramping? Plus, you’ll likely leave feeling zen enough not to worry about anything else.

Unwind with a little yoga

Regular yoga practice can help with symptoms associated with menstruation. Different types of yoga, from asana practice to pranayama and other relaxation and meditation techniques can reduce the menstrual pain.

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So with these new natural remedies, maybe it’s time for you to finally put those pain meds away! Try them out, and let us know what worked for you!



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5 Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

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You would have probably heard at least a few myths about the causes of breast cancer or what increases the risks of it.  A little myth-busting here can help you get your facts straight.

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#1  If you have a Family History, you are prone to get cancer
Sometimes women who don’t have a family history of breast cancer are surprised when they get breast cancer.  A family history is one of the many risk factors. But a risk factor is not a cause for cancer, rather an indication that you should be on the lookout. Other risk factors for breast cancer include ageing, late pregnancy, unhealthy/sedentary lifestyle or consuming alcohol.


#2  Breast Cancer Occurs Only in Older Women
Increasing age is a risk factor for breast cancer, so the older you are the more likely you are to get breast cancer, but however, that doesn’t mean younger women aren’t vulnerable. Breast cancer can be diagnosed at any age. Experts say that it tends to be more aggressive in younger women.


#3  Self exams aren’t necessary

There’s no downside to doing self exams – it’s cheap and easy to do. It’s all about being familiar with the shape of your own breasts, so you can be aware of any abnormalities at the earliest.


#4  Abortion and Miscarriage Increases your Risk of getting Breast Cancer

Though it is proven that having children before the age of 30 can reduce the risk of breast cancer, there is no research to support the idea that  miscarriage or abortion could increase breast cancer risk.


#5  Radiation From Screening Tests Causes Cancer

Although mammograms do give off a small amount of radiation, the radiation dose in a mammogram is less than in a standard chest X-ray. It is such a low level that it will not increase your risk of getting breast cancer.  Women should also know that MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and ultrasounds, which may also be used to screen for breast cancer in some women, contain no radiation at all.


Armed with these facts — not myths — we hope you’re better able to reduce your risk and plan your treatment if you develop breast cancer. So, be on the lookout and stay healthy!



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.



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…


your breasts. Can

you feel anything unusual?


for changes. Is there any

change in shape or texture?


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.



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.



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.


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.




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