Arrest the Asthma with these 6 Breathing exercises

 

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Life on earth thrives on oxygen. Imagine a person gasping and panting for breath. Our heart reaches out to that person as they struggle to swallow gulps of air which we effortlessly inhale. 235 million people in the world suffer like this due to Asthma, according to the WHO. Nearly 1000 deaths from asthma can be prevented every year with timely medical treatments.

Facts about Asthma-Causes and symptoms

  • Asthma is a recurrent lung inflammatory disease that causes difficulty in breathing.

  • Asthma can only be controlled and not completely cured.

  • Deep Breathing exercises help to prevent and control asthma attacks by improving the lung function.

Causes of Asthma

  • Environmental allergens like dust, mites, mold or pollen.

  • Medications like Aspirin or Beta – blockers.

  • Irritant factors like extreme heat, cold or radiation

  • Psychological factors like stress.

Symptoms of asthma

  • Wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and a tightening of the chest.

  • Severe asthma symptoms include breathlessness, inability to speak or breathe even while lying down, bluish lips, tight chest, hunched shoulders etc.

Breathing Exercises to Control Asthma

1. Diaphragmatic Breathing

Here you use the diaphragm which is a dome-shaped muscle below your chest to breathe.

  • Sit straight in a chair or lie down on your back with bent knees supporting a pillow under them.

  • Inhale slowly through your nose by moving your abdomen up without moving your chest.

  • Now exhale very slowly through pursed lips by moving your abdomen down.

  • Practise daily for 10-15 minutes.

2. Buteyko Breathing

This famous Breathing technique focuses on regulating the breathing rate or volume and is highly effective in controlling asthma.

  • Sit up with chest and belly relaxed and eyes closed with face up.

  • Exhale all the air from your lungs with a whoosh sound.

  • Now inhale slowly through your nose with your mouth closed to a count of 4.

  • Hold your breath for as long as you can until a count of 7.

  • Exhale very slowly through your mouth till the count of 8.

  • Repeat this 3-4 times for 4 breaths.

3. Physical movement Breathing

Here the exercise involves physical movements to relax tense muscles.

  • Close your eyes, relax and concentrate on breathing.

  • Focus on your breathing while doing forward curls.

  • Rotate your shoulders while focussing on breathing.

  • Raise your arms while focussing on your breathing.

  • Repeat this twice before opening your eyes.

4. Reduced breathing

This increases air distribution in lungs through slow breathing.

  • Sit with your legs crossed on the floor, face upwards and eye closed.

  • Relax your chest and belly and inhale slowly through your nose with mouth closed.

  • Take shallow breaths slowly.

  • Exhale through your mouth completely till there is no air left.

  • Hold your breath for a long time and get back to normal breathing.

5. Pursed Lip Breathing

Best for an asthma attack, this technique traps the air within the lungs making breathing easier.

  • Inhale slowly with nose and diaphragm keeping your mouth closed.

  • Purse your lips as if you are about to whistle.

  • Now exhale through pursed lips to a count of four.

6. Progressive relaxation Breathing

  • Lie on a bed or sit relaxed

  • Inhale slowly using diaphragmatic breathing

  • Tighten the muscles of the left foot, hold for 20 secs. and relax.

  • Repeat for right foot, upper legs, forearms, shoulders etc.

  • Focus on your breathing throughout.

Proper breathing techniques can definitely diminish the frequency of asthma attacks. These should be taught by a respiratory physiotherapist or trained physician for best results.

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3 Amazing Health Benefits of Squash

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Squash is a universal term used for the vegetables such as zucchini, courgettes, pumpkin and marrows etc. Squash is a vegetable with health and medicinal punch and availed throughout the world as the most versatile and sumptuous vegetable.

Squash is available even from the ancient days with the archaeological data taking back to around 9000 years ago. They can be your reliable acquaintances in your steps towards a perfect health. The multiple varieties in squash have the capability in improving your eye sight, maintaining skin health as you age and protecting the immune system, if consumed on a regular basis.

Different types of edible oils with multiple health benefits can be extracted from the seeds of squash.

Health Benefits of Squash:

  • Not just the seeds and flesh of squash vegetables but the peel of it also has many health benefits that befits to all age groups and genders.
  • It is low in calories and high on Vitamins and minerals such as A and C, and potassium and folate.
  • Few vegetable types also consist of dietary fibre that is essential for fibre needs of the body.
  • It also contains protein, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients that your body requires on a regular basis.
  • Squash is not just a key resource of multiple nutrients but also protects from serious health issues such as cancer and diabetes.
  • It is an excellent source of antioxidants, carotenoids and anti-inflammatory compounds that aid you in fighting various health conditions.

With all the goodness of a healthy life, here are the 3 important reasons why Squash should be a part of your regular diet.

Squash for Vision:

The introduction of digital screens taking a bit toll on eye health, causing various serious health complications. Protecting the eye health, squash provides all the nutrients and Vitamins the eye needs for a better health.

  • It contains excess amount of Vitamin A which is imperative for eye health. However, body will convert only the quantity it requires.
  • The rich amounts of beta-carotene and lutien in Squash vegetables, prevent the muscular degeneration that is part of age-related health issues.
  • It also prevents the onset cataracts, another serious eye health condition that may lead to blindness if not treated.
  • High levels of beta-carotene are connected to reduced muscle degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
  • In simple words, Squash provides the body with stocks Vitamin A that help the body in yielding beta-carotene in more than sufficient quantities.

Squash for Skin Health:

Squash is one of those vegetables that do more than good for the skin health. However, you have to ensure it is part of your diet for a long-term.

  • Free radicals cause more harm to the skin cells but not in the presence of antioxidants, provided by Squash.
  • Squash is rich in Vitamins, nutrients and other minerals that help in maintaining the skin health.
  • It also protects the skin from getting damaged due to the sun exposure.

Squash for Powerful Immune System:

Our body requires all the nutrients and protein to fight various health conditions, and Squash is a rich source of various nutrients and protein. It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium and other important antioxidant compounds. All these Vitamins and nutrients are essential for body to neutralise the free radicals, protecting the body from health issues.

  • Neutralising the free radicals that are mixed in the blood as the byproducts of cellular metabolism.
  • These free radicals are the reason for ageing and other health complications such as cancer, various heart diseases and premature ageing.
  • The rich presence of lutein and zeaxanthin help the body in boosting up the responsive immune system.

Squash, being a combination of healthy vegetables’ combination, gives you every reason to be in the list of foods for healthy living. There are various varieties you have to dish out deliciousness out of Squash. Make this amazing vegetable basket your favourite for a better vision, skin and immune health.

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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Pears

Green, juicy, succulent and fibrous, Pears are a welcome respite from the summer heat. A delicious pome that can just be plucked off the tree and eaten raw, the Pear is a tasty fruit full of juiciness, goodness and health. Energy-rich and cooling, this summer-fruit is the ideal choice for people of all ages. Available in 3000 varieties all over the world, this fruit belonging to the Rosaceae family is what we recommend for you as your dietary constituent this summer. And here are the benefits of eating pears along with the necessity for pear nutrition.

Pear Nutritional facts

The Pear is an “energy super-store” as it is full of flavonoids, antioxidants, dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals etc. Pears are rich in

1. Vitamins like Vitamin C, E, K and the whole Vitamin “B” Bundle with B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B12, Choline etc.

2. Minerals like Iron, Sodium, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese and Zinc

3. Phytonutrients or Flavonoids which help in fighting diseases like Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin

4. Carbohydrates- 15%

5. Water – 84%

Being the “no-fat” fruit, Pear has a negligible amount of fat (0.14g) and protein (0.36g) respectively and is rich in carbs(15.23g). The overall energy derived from a normal pear is 57 cal. which is amazing.

Benefits of eating pears

1. Pear- the super coolant

Pears have been synonymous with water for a long time. Yes, with 84% of water in them, pears are literally “watery fruits”. This is why they are the best for summers as they hydrate, cool and

refresh the body. They prevent the shortness of breath or dryness of throat due to excessive heat and revive the tired cells. This super-coolant fruit called “Pear” is truly a “dear” for your skin and throat.

2. Pear- the skin doctor

Loaded with dietary fibres and antioxidants, Pears are the best elixirs for anti-ageing. The dietary fibre in the pear slows down the discharge of sugar into the blood. They also keep the skin hydrated with their humectants and water, thereby reducing the secretion of sebum and avoid formation of acne. Rich in Vitamin C, Pears banish wrinkles away and reduce the damage of skin collagen, keeping your skin soft, smooth and supple.

3. Pear- the hair expert

The “C” rich Pear is ideal for curing your hair! Yes, with its sorbitol and glucitol, the Pear nourishes your hair roots and strengthens them, preventing hair fall. The anti-oxidants and water in pears keep the hair from drying or frizzing up. Hair masks made of pears act as good hair revitalizers restoring their lost shine.

4. Pear- for pregnancy and weaning

The Pear is a perfect protector for your Pregnancy. Yes, its high content of Folic Acid keeps your baby safe from birth -defects. Even after childbirth, Pears are used for weaning the children from milk.

Health Benefits of Pears

With their reservoir of vitamins and minerals, Pears have enormous health benefits like these –

1. Fight Cancer – The Vitamin C and Flavonoids present in Pears fight the formation of Free Radicals which cause cancer by mutating the healthy ones to cancerous tissues. Colon, Breast, Rectum and Lung cancer can be prevented by regular intake of pears.

2. Boost immunity- The Vitamins and Minerals present in Pears help to boost immunity and combat diseases like cold, flu, fever etc.

3. Heal the Heart- The Potassium in Pears is a great vasodilator. This lowers the blood pressure and relieves the strain on the heart.

4. Best for Digestion- The Pear is a hydrated fruit with tons of fibre. It is best for digestion as it relieves constipation and also corrects diarrhea.

5. Speedy Circulation- The Iron in Pears increases haemoglobin and improves circulation.

6. Builds the Bones- The calcium in pears builds the bones preventing osteoporosis.

From China to Chennai, Pears are the best for one and all, for their healthy and happy living.

Fibroids and Polyps: And, Everything You Should Know about Them

One of the most common health concerns of women is Fibroids and Polyps. Surprisingly, most women develop either of them at some point their life or the related health issues. Research shows that typically seventy to eighty percent of women will develop them by the age of fifty. So, it is significant to understand the underlying meaning, symptoms and treatment roadmap of this feminine health disorder.

What are fibroids and polyps?

Fibroids and polyps are the collection of tissues that outgrow in a woman’s uterus or ovaries. Polyps are actually small finger-like overgrowths with endometrial tissue on the cervix that can easily be removed. However, fibroids are masses of muscular tissue normally embedded in the uterine wall muscles. They are bigger and vary in type and size.  Fibroids originate in the uterine muscle and then grow into the uterine cavity, within the wall. Subsequently, they grow towards the uterus.

Usually both polyps and fibroids are non-cancerous but malignancy may be reported in some cases. Infertility issues, recurring miscarriages and causes of heavy periods may be attributed to their presence in the body.

Symptoms of Occurrence of Polyps and Fibroids

Many women never experience any signs of the existence of fibroids or polyps in their body. However, if symptoms do occur, it could be characterised as –

Ovarian Polyp Symptoms

  • Pain or pressure in pelvic area
  • Normally it does not affect menstrual bleeding

Signs of Uterine Polyps

  • Irregularity in menstrual flow with bleeding at unpredictable intervals
  • Occurrences of bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Abnormal heavy menstrual periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Post-Menopausal symptoms of vaginal bleeding

 Signs of Uterine Fibroids

  • Heavy menstrual flow and/or long menstrual durations(exceeding a week or more)
  • Pressure or pain in pelvic region
  • Higher frequency of urination
  • Difficulties in completely emptying urine from the bladder
  • Constipation issues
  • Pain in the legs or lower back

Diagnosis of Polyps and Fibroids

Both polyps and fibroids are often discovered during a pelvic exam. In the context of polyps, other diagnostic tests include sonohysterogram, hysterosalpingogram or hysteroscopy. For confirming the existence of fibroids, you may have to undergo a trans-vaginal or pelvic ultrasound scan, an MRI, or an endometrial biopsy, as suggested by the gynaecologist.

 Polyps and fibroids treatment

There is no treatment required for smaller polyps that do not pose problems. But patients with polyps should be assessed every six months to check for any further progression.

However, if polyps or fibroids cause heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility issues or are preceded by history of miscarriage, then fibroid/polyp removal may be considered.

Polyps may be removed by hysteroscopy wherein a long, thin telescope-like device with a video camera and light (hysteroscope) is inserted through the vagina and cervical opening.  The polyp is then held and cut with a small pair of scissors. Larger polyps require surgical removal under general anaesthesia.

Fibroids may be treated by Hormone therapy or Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE). But this impacts fertility and is not recommended for women planning to get pregnant. Surgical removal options for fibroids include

  • Hysterectomy in which the complete uterus is removed.
  • Myomectomy which is a procedure that preserves the uterus but removes fibroids growing in the uterine cavity. It can be done in multiple ways depending on type, size and location of fibroids.
    • Laparoscopic Myomectomy – Here the fibroid is removed using key-hole surgery and the uterus is closed with laparoscopic sutures.
    • Open Multiple Myomectomy – This is used for removal of multiple fibroids and is followed by reconstruction of the uterus.

Laparoscopic surgery

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Laparoscopic surgery is a modern and unique way of performing various surgical techniques inside the abdomen and pelvis without cutting them open. This surgery is widely accepted and practiced all over the world. The procedures of the laparoscopic surgery are extremely simple and convenient because it involves no cutting and stitching back. It leaves no or less scar behind and there are no risks of any pain or haemorrhage. Laparoscopic surgery recovery is very quick and the patients never experience any pain or stress in the operated area.

It is also called as minimal invasive surgery. It just needs small incisions to successfully perform the surgery on a patient. The incisions are made far from actual location of the affected area. Surgery is done with the help of an instrument called a laparoscope. It is long tube-like instrument with a high-intensity light and a camera with higher resolution. During laparoscopic surgery procedure, a laparoscope is inserted in one of the incision into the abdomen to monitor and treat different complications inside the gastrointestinal tract of the patient. The camera aids the doctor to get a clear vision of all the parts of gastrointestinal tract inside the abdomen. Using this knowledge, the doctor can observe the problems, take a sample for biopsy and perform surgeries by inserting surgical instruments through other incisions.

Advantages of laparoscopic surgery

  • The surgery is absolutely painless. Local anesthesia is given before making those little incisions on the abdominal areas of surgery. Even smaller incisions leave no scar during the time of post-operational recovery
  • It reduces the risks of having a haemorrhage or blood clot during the surgery. No organs are kept open so there is no chance for air or any other gases to enter the abdomen
  • Laparoscopy aids in monitoring the activities of various organs inside the abdomen and pelvis like stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix, the intestines, and reproductive organs
  • Laparoscopic surgery patients are often treated as outpatients in hospitals around the world. You can go home on the same day after the completion of your surgery
  • It is used to detect and treat various abdominal conditions like liver diseases, leakage of abdominal fluids, cyst or a tumour in any organs inside the abdomen, cancer etc.
  • It is also used to monitor the recovery of every operated parts inside the abdomen after a successful laparoscopic surgery
  • Large and small intestine are easily prone to infection in the event of cutting and opening of the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery procedure never allows cutting and opening of anything, thus keeping the intestines away from infections and any such contaminations
  • Laparoscopy aids the surgeon to carefully inspect the internal organs on a screen. Your surgeon can zoom in, compare and analyze your conditions thoroughly before coming to a conclusion about your health

Risks of Laparoscopic surgery

Though the procedure is completely safe and has absolutely no risk factors of any kind, there are some possible hazards of a laparoscopic surgery.

  • If not professionally handled, the laparoscope can puncture and damage the internal organs leading to internal bleeding, blood clot or haemorrhage
  • Sensitive patients might experience certain degrees of abdominal pain, fever etc.
  • Inflammation, itching, redness, and irritation on the incision areas due to small bacterial infection or improper suture
  • It can permanently damage any internal organ, if not handled properly
  • If the surgery is performed inside a deep abdominal area, it can seriously affect the bowel movement of a person
  • It also affects the urinary tract and the reproductive organs in rare cases

Laparoscopic surgery in India

India is one of the leading pioneers of performing all kinds of laparoscopic surgeries in the world. The quality of this surgery provided in India is exceptional and effective than other countries. People all over the world prefer India for all kinds of laparoscopic surgeries. Indian surgeons and doctors are acclaimed and respected worldwide for their inventions and skills in the areas of laparoscopic surgery.

How to manage pain after an Ankle Surgery

Ankle surgery recovery is a long and tedious process that one has to embark in order to gain the full function of their affected ankle or joint. Ankle replacement surgery involves  repairing of broken bones in the ankle or inserting single or multiple artificial implants in case of severe problems. Broken ankle recovery tends to take a long period of time to reattach after the surgery. In case of any artificial implant(s), it will still take a lot of time for your body to accept those implant(s) and make a full recovery.

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During this time, you have to be cautious while doing anything because even a slight disturbance in the operated area might cause serious problems like infection, damage to the suture, etc. So the entire process of recovery is tiresome that you have to be dependent on other people to carry out your day to day activities. The only thing that you should endure on your own is the pain during ankle surgery recovery. Ankles are the junctions that connect the limbs.; it is subjected to take up a lot of pressure, which in turn causes lots of pain while recovering. Just operated, the amount of pain in the operated area will be tremendous. You need to learn to manage the pain with the help of your orthopaedic surgeon or a knee specialist. Your pain will eventually wear off as your ankle repairs. In the meantime, there are certain ways to manage pain after an ankle surgery.

Relaxation

Yes, you are injured. Yes, that is a big bandage. There is no use in freaking out about what has already happened. You need to focus on the healing process and seek proper therapy. You should relax while going through the ankle surgery recovery course.

Relaxation is important for your pain-free recovery. As long as you keep yourselves relaxed, faster the recovery process will be. You have to rest a lot to keep your mind and the operated area relaxed. Proper resting will remove the strain and pressure out the affected ankle area and will trigger the healing process. You have to get a lot of sleep to relax your body and to speed up the recovery. You can also concentrate on other leisure activities like reading books, good music, watching TV or movies to keep your mind away from pain.

Painkiller medicines

You should take painkiller medicines as directed by your knee specialist. This will relieve from your distress for a while. You should strictly follow the dosage and time intervals as per the advice of your physician because the pain medicines are very much soothing that you may get addicted to them. Pain medicines are usually advised just for a few days after the ankle surgery. After a while, you have to adapt managing pain without consuming painkiller medicines.

You have to eat healthy to gain required energy for the healing process. By eating healthy, you get the right vitamins and other essential nutrient supplements that will help with the pain and speed up the whole recovery process.

Ice packs

Applying cold compression with ice packs on the operated area will relieve pain and swelling. You have to gently place the ice pack on the ankle and press it slowly on the wound. Ice packs are advisable after two weeks of the surgery. It should be applied to the closed wound, maybe after the removal of bandages or suture. You could just leave ice packs on the wound for a while to get a relaxed and comfortable feeling.

Consult your knee specialist

Sometimes, pain can be unimaginable that you have to immediately visit your knee specialist. They only can provide a necessary remedy to control your pain rather using your own methods. Broken ankle recovery time is a long tiresome period and you need to face some intolerable pain episodes. During this time, you have to do as advised by your knee specialist to keep your pain at bay.

Here is Everything You Need to Know about Swollen Eyes

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Swollen eyes or eyelids are a most common type of eye affliction. The place above the eyelids will get inflamed due to the accumulation of blood or unwanted fluids in and around the connective tissues of the eyes and eyelids causing swollen eyes. It causes eyelid inflammation or bulge over an eye, which leads to redness and irritation. Swollen eyes usually subside within a day. If not, you need to consider consulting an eye specialist as soon as possible.

Symptoms of swollen eyes

Eye swelling causes the following symptoms which may lead to serious illness if left unattended.

  • Redness, itching and heat sensation over the affected eye
  • Blurred vision or partial vision or restricted vision
  • Excessive flow of tears and other unwanted fluids out of the eye, resulting in reddish and watery eyes
  • Conjunctiva or pink eye syndrome
  • Increased sensitivity towards external factors like light (photosensitivity), air, cold or hot water etc.
  • Extreme pain in and around the eye

Causes of swollen eyes

There are certain reasons that cause your eyes to swell, this may range from small problems to life-threatening complexity

  • Eye trauma – Injuries or trauma to the eye usually causes swollen eye combined with discoloured eye
  • Contact Lens – Wearing contact lenses irregularly, dirty contact lenses, uncleaned contact lenses, damaged contact lenses causes irritation of the eye and inflammation
  • Conjunctivitis – It causes infection and inflammation of the external lining of the eye. Usually, an allergic reaction towards a bacteria or any other foreign bodies leads to conjunctivitis
  • Allergy – Allergies are caused by various factors like dust, impure water, polluted air, harmful microbes, etc. Eye allergies are also caused by other things like cosmetic products applied near the eye or contact lens or contact lens solutions
  • Bug bite – Insect bites usually implants foreign particles into our system for which the inflammation or swelling is caused as a defense mechanism
  • Cyst – It is also called as a chalazion, a block inside the Meibomian gland, an oil gland located onthe rim of the eyes. This block causes the eyes to swell
  • Stye – Small reddish bump like structure on the eyelid caused due to inflammation of the Meibomian gland. The bump is so delicate and may cover the entire eye
  • Cellulites – Inflammation of the skin portions around the eyes. It is usually caused by bacterial infections

Treatments for swollen eyes

Swollen eyelid treatment includes,

  • At the times of infection, clean the eyes with a warm cloth or cotton. This may subside the inflammation caused by an infection
  • Consult a professional eye doctor in case of small swelling or irritation in the eye, the doctor will recommend using antibiotic eye drops to eradicate the infection or in case of an allergic reaction, the doctor will medicate with antihistamine eye drops that will induce artificial tears to remove all unwanted particles from the eye
  • Avoid using contact lens and eye make-up
  • Apply cold compress on the swollen part of the eye
  • If nothing works, see an eye specialist and take proper tests and treatments

Preventive measures of swollen eye

  • Medical treatment in India is highly advanced for all types of eye treatments. You have to consider seeing a professional eye doctor in case of any discomfort in your eyes
  • Clean your eyes with cold water every day to remove dirt and other particles from your eye
  • If you are using contact lens, clean it with the proper cleaning solution regularly
  • Take up preventive health checkup every year to stay away from such problems
  • Avoid specific allergens that cause repeated allergy in your eyes. Avoid heavy makeups near the eye.
  • Clean your eyes with proper make up removal solutions while removing heavy make-ups

Diet that Improves Recovery after a Kidney Transplant

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Having a balanced diet and correct selection of food is very crucial in recovering and maintaining a good health after a kidney transplant.

How to cope with the feeling of nausea and vomiting?

Immediately after the kidney transplant, nausea or feeling of sickness and vomiting are common. This is a side effect of the anti-rejection medicines prescribed for the surgery. Following strategies can help in overcoming the feeling of nausea:

  • Do not skip meal as an empty stomach can worsen the feeling of nausea. You can eat small amounts multiple times a day.
  • Try eating food such as salads, sandwiches, yoghurt which are cold and have no smell.
  • Eat dry items like biscuits and bread toast.

What to eat immediately after a kidney transplant?

Within first 6 weeks after the new kidney is transplanted in the body, there are certain dietary restrictions as recommended by the doctor. The following are the important nutritional concerns:

  1. Extra protein is required to facilitate wound healing and prevent muscle loss associated with the immunosuppressive or the anti-rejection medicine. Doctor’s advice is important for right amount to be taken. Below is the list of food rich in protein:
  • Fish and Meats (beef, pork, poultry, turkey, seafood)
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Nuts and dried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Soy products
  • Tofu
  1. The glucose level increases subsequent to the immunosuppressant drug, to keep the glucose level optimal, have food at regular interval and avoid food laden with carbohydrate such as wheat preparations. Instead eat food rich in fibres like fruits and vegetables.
  2. Immediately after the transplant, the mineral level in the body gets disturbed, as confirmed by the blood test; the body may require more of minerals like magnesium, phosphate and potassium.
  • The food rich in magnesium include whole grains, green vegetables like spinach, cabbages, broccoli, asparagus, and other leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Phosphate is found high in protein rich foods such as meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds. Examples of good sources of phosphate are milk, cheese, yoghurt, soymilk, wholegrain bread and cereals.
  • Good sources of potassium include dry fruits, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
  1. The water and fluid requirement of the body also increases post kidney transplant .You need to drink more of fluid to filter the toxins and waste out of the body.

Long-term diet strategy

  • Having a regular meal with a small amount of carbohydrate is a good idea. Never skip food.
  • Take a balanced diet with each of these components: cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat.
  • Increase the quantity of fibre in the meal;eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. This will also help in keeping the cholesterol level regulated.
  • Reduce the quantity of salt in the food, low salt level helps in keeping the blood pressure and fluid balance regulated.
  • Have food rich in protein, but keep it in an adequate amount.
  • Having food rich in calcium is important to maintain the bone mineral density, after the kidney transplant. Products prepared out of milk are a good source.
  • Limit the consumption of alcohol and consult with the doctor to set the safe limits.

 

Common Causes of Breast Cancer You Need To Avoid

Breast cancer a devastating disease threatening women especially above 35 years has several causes such as hereditary, lifestyle, nutrition and some times due to unexplained reasons. Consistent measures are being taken by the government to curb and prevent breast cancer. Many awareness campaigns are also conducted especially in rural India to help women understand the common causes for breast cancer and measures to prevent breast cancer.

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Let us discuss some common causes of breast cancer and certain associated risks with breast cancer that would ignite the minds of several novice women to seek measures preventing breast cancer:

  1. Two fundamental causes of breast cancer are age and family history. Though the causes are unclear in most cases, women above the age of 50 and those women who had a family history of breast cancer are most significantly prone to breast cancer.
  2. Breast cancer is a condition when a women’s own cell in the breast multiplies and sometimes spreads to other parts of the body. Early detection is always advisable to curb this disease to avoid incurable situations affecting other parts of the body. Breast lumps which are usually benign should be diagnosed to rule out breast cancer. Sometimes, benign tissues transform into cancerous tissues at a later stage resulting in breast cancer.
  3. Breast cancer is also tuned with the levels of oestrogen and progesterone. These levels rise and fall in a women’s lifetime. Elderly women above the age of 50 who are not exposed to these hormones after menopause are prone to breast cancer. However, even young age women who attain puberty before the age of 12 or have periods for nearly 26 to 29 days are also susceptible to this life threatening disease.
  4. Alcohol is also a prime cause for breast cancer.
  5. Women who have been already affected by ovarian cancers and endometrial cancers are prone to breast cancer.
  6. If a woman does not breast feed, then she is likely to develop breast cancer. Risk factors are high in such women. It is a boon to become a mother and it is the nature created by the almighty that a mother needs to breast feed her child offering mutual benefits to the mother and child. The infant gets us substitutable nourishments from mother’s milk and a mother by breast feeding can prevent breast cancer. So, women should never violate this nature’s law and get mutually benefited by breast feeding. Earlier several myths associated with breast feeding prevailed but due to the awareness campaign initiatives and advice from doctors, all these myths have been broken.
  7. Obesity is another cause for breast cancer in women and it’s the underlying cause for almost all disorders and diseases today irrespective of gender. Hence, women should ensure measures to control obesity through proper diet plans,exercises, yoga and meditation, a healthy diet rich in carotenoidssuch as tomato, leafy vegetables, whole grains are some of the nutritious diets that help to prevent breast cancer.
  8. Birth control pills are also a shocking cause for breast cancer. Women subject to birth control pills for many years are at high risk for breast cancer.
  9. Exposure to certain radiation also leads to breast cancer. Hence, less radiation mammography are availabletoday to diagnose breast cancer.
  10. Women who have already suffered from breast cancer are likely to be prone to the risk of being affected again.

Breast cancer medications and treatment:

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Breast cancer treatment varies with the stages of breast and type of breast cancer. Usually two types of treatment are practiced – local treatments and systematic treatments. Local treatments involve surgery and radiation therapies. Surgical treatments involve mastectomy (removing the whole breast) and lumpectomy (removing only that portion affected by cancerous cells).

Systematic therapies involve oral drugs such as:

  1. Chemotherapy treatment–in this treatment several medicines are involved such as capecitabine, carboplatin, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, gemcitabine, paclitaxel, vinorelbine.
  2. Hormone therapy treatment reduces the rate of the disease being spread. Breast cancer medications used in hormone therapy treatment include evista, nolvadex and fareston which referred to as selective oestrogen receptive modulators (SERM), anti-oestrogenmodulators such as faslodex, aromatase inhibitors such asarimidex, aromasin and femara, LH-RH agonists such as zoladex and lupron. This breast cancer treatment has less side effects unlike chemotherapy where the side effects are a bit more comparatively.
  3. Targeted therapies are another form of breast cancer treatment that directly impact the cancer cells causing breast cancer. Breast cancer medications in this treatment include Herceptin and perjeta which are monoclonal antibodies, lapatinib which are tyrosine kinase inhibitors and parp inhibitor therapy which is also a kind of targeted therapies. The side effects of targeted therapies are nausea and vomiting.

The percentage of 5 year survival rate for women affected by breast cancer varies with stages of breast cancer – 99% survival rate for stage 0 and 1, 93% survival rate for stage 2 and 72% survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer.

Women need not panic about breast cancer today as effective advanced medications and treatment are available to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Thanks to the medical advancement. Medications can prevent breast cancer only to a certain extent. But women have a greater responsibility to prevent breast cancer enlightening themselves to detect breast cancer at an early stage and ensure ways to prevent breast cancer proactively and curb this disease.

To Be or Not to Be a Smart Eater

We all love our carbs, don’t we? But, isn’t it a good idea to love your body as much as you love the red velvet cake that seems to be calling to you from afar? I mean, red velvet cakes come and go, but your body? That’s here to stay. So, here are some guidelines on how to keep that wonderful body of yours as healthy as ever!

1) GREEN VEGETABLES, GREEN VEGETABLES, GREEN VEGETABLES

Among the healthy foods to eat, to keep your body happy, green vegetables rank first. There is a wide range of veggies to choose from, starting with spinach, cabbage, broccoli to peas, bok choy, kale amongst others. Now before the names frighten you away, let me remind you, these vegetables are great sources of phytonutrients, capable of revitalizing your health in a jiffy. With low sugar levels, low glucose levels and being packed with water and fibre, they protect you against the big bad guys like cancer and heart disease too!

2) SAY NO TO LAZINESS AND A BIG YES TO EXERCISING

Physical exercising improves your health drastically. It starts with reducing your risk of a cardiac arrest to managing your weight. Not just physically, even mentally you will feel at peace for it clears your mind and blocks negative thoughts and daily worries from it. The basic physical activity guidelines recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical exercise. Try and be active on a daily basis. Participating in any kind of activity is an improvement from none at all. If you’re just beginning to exercise, you need to build your way up slowly. An approximation of 2 ½ to 5 hours of physical activity each week along with muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week leads to a good and healthy lifestyle. Try it!

3) BALANCED DIET

We’ve all had to memorize the definition of this phrase in grade 4 Biology classes, but how many of us apply it in our daily lives? Surely, a well-balanced diet that gives your body the nutrients it desperately needs isn’t that bad a scheme- is it? After all, it does provide you with proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fruits, whole grains, vegetables to name a few! In the task of grooming your body, you must follow a balanced diet, eat at proper mealtimes and ensure that whichever food item you choose to eat is good for your body!

4) HEALTHY MEALS

In the age of millennials, where we all look to the internet whenever we need anything, here’s a tip for all those who belch at the sight of anything traditionally healthy. There are other ways you can achieve your body goals! The magic words are healthy meal ideas. Yes, in today’s day and age, you have at your disposal quick and easy to make recipes under whichever topic (i.e. diabetes friendly dishes, gluten-free dishes, cholesterol-friendly dishes, diary-free dishes etc.) suits you best.

At the end of the day, the body you are being asked to take good care of, is yours. You’re merely doing yourself a favour by following though the idea of it which may not sound very appealing but can work wonders! Try it.

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