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LATEST NEWS: Latest Trend and common factor among COVID-related hospitalization

According to Texas DHS we average 1200 new cases and ~25 deaths daily from Covid, today.

We currently have ~80,000 covid cases in our healthcare system that splits according to this classification:

And the surprise of all surprise, the most common age of covid sufferers is not the elderly but young parents.

More alarmingly, in the last six months, the share of 18 to 49-year-olds being hospitalized for COVID-19 has doubled.

Takeaway:

What is the most important takeaway from recent study by CDC and DHS?

GET VACCINATED!


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Good Indoor plants

Our home’s microclimate is especially important for those homes with young children or allergy sufferers.

Some plants are actually better than others at cleaning the atmosphere, filling a room with oxygen and maintaining good humidity.

Plants to grow in home

1. Spathiphyllum

Otherwise known as ‘women’s happiness’, thanks to the traditional belief that this plant brings love and joy to a house, spathiphyllum is great at removing moisture from your home. By doing so it normalizes the house’s microclimate and banishes mold spores. To keep this plant healthy, we recommend a temperature of 18°C.

2. Coffea

Coffea plants include around 100 different varieties, of which the most common are the Arabic or Congolese coffee shrubs. These coffee plants only bear fruit after 5 or 6 years, therefore, to gain the terrific fruit and flower scents, purchase an adult one. Coffea shrubs are excellent at absorbing excess moisture in the air.

3. Myrtus

Myrtus has long been seen as a sacred symbol of joy and peace. It’s said to be able to restore youth and fill a room with energy and helpful spirits. Scientifically, myrtus also has a wealth of benefits to offer your home. It can restore a healthy microclimate to any room, and care for your health thanks to its production of phytoncides that kill airborne microbes.

4. Laurus Nobilis

Laurus was associated in classical times with majesty, victory, and glory, and this plant can certainly do a good job of normalizing your home’s microclimate. Because it hails from subtropical climes, it is used to absorbing moist, humid air. Just make sure to give it plenty of warm water.

5. Citrus limon

There is hardly any plant fresher smelling than a lemon tree. It fills your home with a wonderful citrus scent, while absorbing the excess moisture that ruins a room’s atmosphere. The leaves are full of curative properties, which help to sterilize the regions the plant occupies. Give the tree lots of warm sunlight, water, and soil.

6. Chamaecyparis

The Chamaecyparis is sacred to the Japanese, who have long held that the souls of their ancestors and kami gods live in these trees. It does need lots of shade and water, but in return, it will rid the air of dirty impurities and reduce headaches and migraines.

7. Sansevieria

This plant doesn’t need nearly as much watering as many of the others, as its leaves retain an awful lot of water naturally. You can keep it anywhere in your house and watch it freshen the air, filling it with oxygen. This will also have the effect of neutralizing the fumes that are caused by synthetic materials which our homes tend to be full of.

8. Ficus

You will need lots of room and shade to house this most popular of trees. The ficus will moisturize and oxygenate the room, fighting viruses and harmful toxins, while scooping away floating dust with its large leaves. You needn’t water it too much, so it doesn’t require much care.

9. Cissus

The cissus quadrangularis resembles ivy, in that it grows towards the light, enveloping the structures around it. This plant is suitable for moisturizing rooms with dry air. You will need to provide it plenty of shade while showering it regularly with moisture.

10. Kalanchoe

The kalanchoe requires a lot of sunlight but not much water to help provide moisture to a dry environment. This plant will regulate the climate of your home, or at least help to do so. It’s such a gorgeous plant too, isn’t it?

Other Plants

Plants to avoid:

  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • English Ivy
  • Easter Lily
  • Oleander
  • Daffodils
  • Mistletoe
  • Leopard Lily / Dumb cane
  • Peace Lily
  • Holly
  • Caladium
  • Azalea
  • Morning Glory
  • Foxglove

If you think your child has come in contact with or eaten any of the following poisonous plants, check if she’s experiencing any difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or swelling of the mouth or throat.

  • If it is a life-threatening emergency – call 911.
  • If the child develops a skin reaction or upset stomach, call your child’s doctor and have him/her evaluated.
  • You can also call the poison control hotline (800.222.1222).

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Be Careful of These Home Items Around the children

While raising children can be one of the most joyous times in our lives, we have a primal urge to keep them safe and happy. However, there are a number of products that have been proven to increase the incidence of childhood injuries, and in some more dangerous cases, fatalities. So, in order to help raise awareness and keep our children safe, here’s a list of products that require an increased level of caution.

1. Laundry detergent pods

If swallowed, laundry pods can cause poisoning and burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach. Other than ingestion, if the liquid leaks or is squeezed from the pod, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation and burns. It can also damage the lungs if your child breathes it in. If you suspect that your child has ingested or had some form of contact with an open detergent pod, call a doctor immediately.

2. Balloons and other small objects

Balloons are a great way to brighten up a party. But, they cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. Balloons, especially those made of latex, conform to the shape of the narrow windpipe in children. This leads to choking. Other small objects like batteries, magnets, marbles and bottle caps can also lead to occlusions of the windpipe. If you notice your child choking, give them several firm blows to the upper back while they are in a forward position. Be sure to call an ambulance.

3. Pet food

Pet food, though not poisonous to humans can cause children to become sick after ingesting dry cat or dog food. The most dangerous is dry food pellets, usually given to large dogs. This can result in a choking hazard for kids.

4. Toys with propellers

Small, hand-operated drones cause an increased risk of injury. In one situation, a child had his eye cut out by a drone propellor. While they can indeed be fun toys to play with, do follow the safety precautions.

5. Trampolines

While trampolines can be a fun addition to the backyard, they do come with a number of risks. According to the EU Injury Database, approximately 51,000 children aged 0-14 require an emergency department visit every year due to injuries sustained from using a trampoline. In the United States, that number is closer to 250,000

6. Toy Chests

If you keep your child’s toys in a chest with a heavy lid, it’s probably best to remove the lid or to use open storage boxes. Heavy lids pose an injury risk if the toddler were to have a body part reaching into the open lid and it wasn’t secured. Reported incidents have also noted cases of suffocation when a child has become trapped within the box. Most modern toy chests have added safety elements to help prevent injury. Alternatively, open boxes and play areas can be a safer alternative.

7. Certain houseplants

While houseplants can be aesthetically pleasing for your home and garden, some can be quite toxic and lethal if eaten. Philodendron, oleander, and peace lilies are three common examples. Should an incident occur, call an ambulance.

8. Candy

Candy can be a real choking hazard, depending on the age of the child. Be especially aware of sour hard candies, like Warheads, which have been reported to have caused burns and erosion to children’s mouths. So either proceed with caution or avoid them altogether.

9. Carpets and Rugs

Carpets or rugs may make a room look wonderful, prevent kids from slipping, and reduce noise. But research on the toxins in carpets has shown that carpet materials can be hazardous to our health. In fact, carpets impair the indoor air quality, according to a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) study. It is also particularly harmful to kids, especially toddlers, who might find and swallow small items that are overlooked in carpets.

10. Open Handbag

A bag is an essential, especially for mothers of small kids who need bigger bags to carry around their children’s needs. However, if let unzipped, these bags can be dangerous for kids who might want to reach for something inside the bag and the contents of the bag, like medication, perfume, or makeup can still be dangerous for kids.

11. Paint chips

Care should also be taken to ensure that the paint on the walls and doors in your home is not worn and chipped since children might swallow old paint chips, causing lead poisoning. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, lead poisoning in children may damage their brain, slow their development, and cause hearing and speech problems.

12. keys, coins, kitchen magnets and

They’re shiny and able to make a great jingling sound. Kids are easily attracted to playing with keys. But metal may be hazardous when swallowed and on top of that, dust and grease could be stuck on the keys and their sharp edges are dangerous around kids’ eyes. Children younger than 6 years old tend to swallow a lot of small items, but coins are the highest when it comes to foreign body ingestions among young children at 61.7%, according to a new AAP study. Across all age groups, the most frequently ingested coin was a penny (65.9%).

13. Gates

Baby gates are used to guard children from home hazards. Unfortunately, a study by Academic Pediatrics shows that children younger than 2 years of age were most often injured by falls involving stairs after the collapse of the gate. Patients between the ages of 2 and 6 were most often injured by contact with the gate, resulting in open wounds (55.4%) and soft-tissue injuries (24.2%).

14. Glass coffee table

The height of coffee tables makes them irresistible for toddlers to hold on to as they walk. But coffee tables made from non-tempered glass are a risk to children. A study by Pediatric Emergency Care found that facial injuries was most commonly involved, at 45.6%.

15. Blind cord

Blinds are a normal installation in a home but blind cord entanglement could cause hospitalization or death. In a study by AAP, 98.9% of entanglement injuries involved blind cords, and 80.7% were to the neck.

16.Button Battery

Shiny and candy-like, button batteries are ingested by children more 2,500 times a year in the United States. Certain types of button batteries, if swallowed, require an urgent endoscopic removal, according to a study by NCBI. This is to avoid sudden death by the button battery. As an immediate protection after swallowing, honey can used as it has been found to have protective effects against button battery injury according to researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

17. Unsecured book case

Bookcases are an example of the top-heavy furniture that many people often have in their home that can be dangerous to children. The same is true for shelving and other heavy furniture that is prone to falling

18. Uncovered plugs

Outlets are like a magnet, attracting children to these dangerous and potential sources of electrocution. Sadly, an estimated 100 children die due to electrocution from wall outlets. Exposed outlets should be covered with either plastic cap plugs or screw-on covers.

19. bathtub with water

From 2005 to 2009, an estimated 660 bathtub submersion accidents occurred with 431 estimated fatalities. An estimated 92 percent of drowning incidents took place in the home.

20. Plastic bags

Plastic baggies are a popular household item for parents because they are perfect for packing lunches. However, plastic baggies can be very hazardous for children. Plastic bags present a choking hazard for babies.

21. Humidifiers

If the humidifier is not properly cleaned, the humidifier can harbor all sorts of unwanted items, including mold spores, bacteria, and fungus. The humidifier should be cleaned and fully dried regularly.

Source: Internet and others


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Cracked Skin: Causes, Treatments

While we typically associate dry skin with the winter, transitional weather is actually often even worse for the skin than extreme cold, as during this time, our skin is trying to adjust to weather changes, and this often results in flareups of skin dryness, dandruff, eczema, and other bothersome skin conditions. With frequent hand-washing and mask-wearing added to the mix, dry and cracked skin on the hands and lips has become even more common than usual these days.

The Causes of Cracked Skin

  • Dry and cracked skin can occur anywhere on the body, and most people experience these symptoms several times throughout their lives, especially in the most susceptible areas, such as the lips, hands, feet, and ankles. Older adults are more likely to get cracked skin than younger people because age and hormonal changes decrease the amount of skin oils called sebum our skin produces, which makes the skin more likely to be dry.
  • Cracked skin is actually one of the symptoms of severely dry skin, which can be caused by various health conditions and environmental factors. Cracked skin can be quite uncomfortable and even painful, as untreated cracks can become itchy, inflamed, or can start to bleed.
  • Temperature and air humidity influence how dry your skin is, so things like changes in seasons, traveling abroad, and extremely cold and dry weather can all contribute to cracked skin. Health conditions and treatments can likewise cause dry and cracked skin. The most common causes of dry and cracked skin are eczema, psoriasis, and fungal skin infections (e.g. athlete’s foot), but cracked skin can also be one of the symptoms of an allergic reaction, diabetes, and thyroid issues.
  • If you suspect that your symptoms are caused by any of those conditions or a side effect to a medication, you should contact your doctor and seek medical treatment, as the problem won’t go away on its own.

Treatments and Tips

Depending on the cause of the condition and its severity, dermatologists can choose several different treatment tactics. For example, if someone is experiencing cracked skin on the hands after cleaning the house without gloves and getting a skin allergy called contact dermatitis, they will require allergy medication and possibly even topical steroids. However, a person with an infected cracked heel may require antibiotics.

Because of the multitude of potential causes of the condition, it’s important to discuss the issue with a doctor and not relying on self-treatment, especially if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • You’re diabetic.
  • The cracked skin starts bleeding.
  • The cracked skin exhibits signs of infection: the skin gets red, inflamed, painful, or hot to the touch.

That being said, there are a number of universal tips that will help you treat and prevent dry and cracked skin no matter the cause of the condition, the best of which we list below:

1. The water temperature in the shower matters a lot

A hot shower or bath may feel magnificent, but it can be extremely harmful to those who have dry or cracked skin because hot water exacerbates these issues and can actually be one of the reasons why your skin is so dry. This is because long hot showers disrupt your skin barrier. The longer you stay in a hot shower, the more it will dry out your skin.

If you’re already experiencing cracked skin on any part of your body, exposing it to hot water will further worsen the issue. Lukewarm or slightly warmer water is the best for your skin and hair health, so try to dial down the temperature if you’re suffering from cracked or dry skin.

2. Moisturize the Areas That Tend to Crack Daily

Thick body moisturizers and ointments are key at treating and preventing cracked skin, as they will create a seal in the area of concern and promote the process of skin healing and will prevent the issue in the future. Dermatologists recommend applying a body moisturizer immediately after the shower, you can even do so on damp skin for best results. You can also apply a thick or oily balm or salve on areas that are the driest or cracked.

For even better results, you can reapply the moisturizer several times a day on the most bothersome areas. When it comes to the best choice of moisturizer, choosing a cream that’s coloring and fragrance-free is optimal. Look for ANY or a FEW of the following beneficial moisturizing ingredients in your body cream that can help soother cracked and dry skin:

  • Plant oils, such as shea butter or jojoba oil
  • Urea
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Dimethicone
  • Glycerin
  • Lanolin
  • Artificial oils, such as mineral oil or petroleum jelly.

3. Wear Socks or Slippers at Home

For cracked heels in particular, it’s very helpful to get in the habit of wearing socks or slippers at home at all times. Walking at home barefoot is actually quite likely to cause calluses, dry and cracked heels, or even foot infections, such as athlete’s foot. Simultaneously, wearing shoes that don’t fit you well or a pair that makes your feet sweat can cause the same issues.

If you already have cracked heels, putting on a clean pair of socks immediately after taking a shower and moisturizing is especially important, as it will help prevent the cracked area from getting infected.

4. Get an Air Humidifier

Not only those who live in a dry climate should consider investing in an air humidifier, as the majority of people today spend most of their time in a climate-controlled environment indoors, and air conditioners and heating systems alike are notorious for drying out the air. Low air humidity, in turn, can dry out both your skin and the mucous membranes in your nose and mouth, and even your eyes, which can worsen your already dry and cracked skin and contribute to nasal congestion, dry eye syndrome, and other health issues.

5. Don’t Scrub the Cracked Areas

You might be tempted to use a scrub, a scrubbing brush, or a foot scrubber in areas that are dry or cracked in an attempt to reduce the appearance of dry and flaky skin, but this can actually be very harmful in the long run, make the cracked area more painful, and worsen an already existing issue.

Instead, be very gentle with your skin and avoid any scrubbing and rubbing. Dermatologists even recommend being mindful of the way you dry your skin with a towel after showering – instead of rubbing the towel to dry the skin in the dry areas, gently pat-dry the skin to reduce any friction to a minimum.

6. Foot Soaks For Dry Heels

If you’re suffering from persistently dry and cracked heels, one of the things you can do to soften up and soothe the skin is a pampering foot soak and follow up with applying a moisturizing cream.

Just one last tip: if your heels are bleeding or you have any wounds on the feet, don’t add any salts or essential oil to the water, as it might sting or irritate the area. Instead, opt for moisturizing ingredients like oils to soothe the skin.

7. Use Gauze or Liquid Bandage to Seal the Skin

If you need an express method to soothe and moisturize dry and cracked skin, here it is. Dermatologists suggest that applying a gauze bandage on freshly-moisturized skin can really help boost the effects of a moisturizer and speed up the healing of a cracked area, be it your feet, ankles, or hands. Doing this method a few days in a row ought to really help with both the appearance and the healing of dry and cracked areas.

For deeply cracked areas, in particular, you can also use a liquid bandage to fill and hold the skin together and promote faster healing. A liquid bandage is an over-the-counter treatment available in most pharmacies, and it works by essentially gluing the cracked skin together. Do keep in mind that you won’t be able to use a moisturizer and apply a liquid bandage at the same time, since the bandage won’t stick to an oily surface.

8. Use Exfoliating Creams for Dry and Cracked Skin

If you have chronically dry skin, you might also find that the skin in troublesome areas is flaky, which means that your skin isn’t renewing itself as it should, and layers upon layers of dry skin cells start piling up on your skin, which could ultimately cause it to crack. If that is the case, you might benefit from an exfoliating cream (NOT a scrub) containing ingredients like salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, AHA, or BHA labeled on the packaging. These creams help you get rid of these dead skin cells and will soften your skin, but without the irritation and pain a scrub can cause.

Do keep in mind that there are dedicated exfoliating creams for different areas on the skin, such as your feet, hands, or the face, and these products contain different quantities of exfoliating acids, so make sure not to use them on different areas or all over the skin because they might cause skin irritation.

9. Apply a Lip Balm Onto Dry Lips

Dry, cracked, and even bleeding lips are extremely common, even more so lately due to constant mask-wearing. If you find that your lips get chapped or cracked, the best thing you can do is apply a thick lip balm several times a day. Do keep in mind, however, that many lip balms contain irritating ingredients, such as coloring, coconut oil, and fragrance, which can make your lips burn and worsen the issue instead of helping it, so we recommend to go for plain flavorless lip balms.

Another habit to be wary of if you have dry or chapped lips is licking your lips. This habit can make your lips even drier and could even contribute to a skin rash around the lips known as lip licker’s dermatitis, so try not to do it.

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Message from Dr. Lata Shridharan

Dear Parents,

Your health is our first priority.

Although Texas has made great strides in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Natural Pediatrics will continue to follow health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and other leading medical authorities. Therefore,

· Masks are mandatory at Natural Pediatrics. We do not want to the cause for virus spread in our community. All staff, patients, and visitors are required to wear masks while in any of our clinics. Those community members who are unwilling or unable to wear a face mask or covering will not be permitted into our clinics and will be encouraged to reschedule their appointment.

· Even if you have been vaccinated for coronavirus, we shall require you to wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines.

We will continue to assess our safety measures and will keep patients informed of any future changes. Thank you for your continued diligence in helping us keep everyone healthy.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at 972-618-3547 to speak with a member of our staff.

Best regards,

Lata Shridharan MD

Natural Pediatrics


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Guide to washing your food

If you place a high value on your health, you know how important it is to wash your food well.

While the process is simple – turning on a faucet and rinsing your food, there are a few nuances that are essential for you to remember.

Below are products we wash incorrectly:

1. Frozen fruits and veggies

While frozen fruits and vegetables tend to save us more time in the kitchen – no chopping required – before freezing, vegetables are washed with water. However, most people do not wash frozen products before using them, which is fine if they are being cooked at a high temperature. But for al dente vegetables, they should be washed thoroughly to get rid of the dirt and bacteria.

2. Rice

Rice, particularly long grain rice, should be rinsed 3 to 4 times before cooking. The main danger lies not in the dust but in the starch covering rice. The starch is what causes the rice to clump together, making it look unappetizing. Other starchy grains like corn or wheat grains should be rinsed until the water runs clear.

3. Mussels and oysters

All seafood in shells, including mussels and oysters, should be thoroughly rinsed – even if you buy the frozen packet, as they are full of sand and grit.

4. Milk and dairy products

The packaging of milk, yogurt, and other liquids should all be washed before opening. Thousands of customers touch these items, pick them up and read the information on the labels. As soon as we open a bottle, the bacteria from people who have previously handled the container can easily be passed on.

5. Fish

Unless you are going to eat fish raw, there is no need to wash it as high temperatures all bacteria. Furthermore, if you rinse raw fish, there is a risk of spreading the bacteria all around your kitchen. Bear in mind that after handling the fish, you should wash your hands, the cutting board and the knife.

6. Cabbage

Cabbage must be washed thoroughly no matter what type of cabbage it is. Cauliflower, which comes from the same family as the cabbage should be cleaned well, in all its nooks. To cook red or white cabbage, remove the upper two layers as they tend to hide dirt and dust. To get rid of bugs and bacteria put the cabbage in the sink and fill with water, adding some vinegar and leave for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with clean water.

7. Canned beverages

Don’t gulp a can of soda without washing it or wiping it down first. Cans travel in dusty trucks and are handled by many people. In fact, it’s all the better if you pour the contents from the can into a glass.

8. Lettuce

Greens are extremely tasty and healthy. But when preparing lettuce, don’t forget to rinse it first. To get rid of sand or dirt in the leaves, you need to tear the lettuce and leave it to soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. Once you take the lettuce out, place in a colander or on a clean kitchen towel and let it dry.

9. Apples

Apples, like most fruits, need to be thoroughly rinsed & scrubbed to remove the wax coating. Studies show that if you soak fruits in water and baking soda for 12 minutes, the majority of the chemicals will be washed away.


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LATEST NEWS: COVID VACCINE FOR KIDS

Covid-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States are only available for adults, except Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine, which is authorized for people ages 16 and older. Last week, the first children were vaccinated in Moderna’s Phase 2/3 KidCOVE pediatric trial, which includes children ages 6 months to 11 years. Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials are overseen by a Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), comprised of independent experts who have access to trial data and can recommend studies be halted if there are safety concerns.

Takeaway:

Children are much less likely to get seriously ill or die from Covid-19 than adults. Based on current trend, parents and teachers should be vaccinated by this fall, but many kids, especially those under the age of 12, will likely not be.

Source: Internet & CNN & Others


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Home Remedies from Home Ingredients!

Parents: Don’t be in a rush to get pharmaceutical pills and medicines that may cause various negative effects.

Try these wonderful, natural and proven home remedies to help those aches and pains, without the side effects, instead.

They will also provide your digestive system with a healthy boost!

This is for non-acute conditions. Seek doctor’s help if in doubt.

Anise

For congestion resulting from allergies, colds or flu, as well as relief for upset stomach and gas, prepare some tea by soaking 1 teaspoon of anise seeds, in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. In addition, chewing anise seeds is effective for treating bad breath.

Allspice (Also known as: Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta)

To relieve muscle aches, ground the allspice to powder form, then add a little water to get a thick paste texture. Apply to a strip of clean cloth and put it on the painful area.

Bay Leaves

To treat dandruff, soak a handful of bay leaves in 1 liter of water – bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Cover the water for 20 minutes until the liquid cools. Pour on your hair and let it sit for 45 to 60 minutes. Rinse the hair well.

Basil

For relief from a cough, prepare an infusion of dried basil leaves: 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of boiling water. Soak the leaves and then add honey.

Black Pepper

To stop bleeding, sprinkle a generous amount of black pepper over the cut and it will neutralize the bleeding and the pain.

Cayenne Pepper

To clear the sinuses, sprinkle some red pepper on food or gargle with water to relieve a sore throat. In addition, cayenne pepper suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush or add a cup of water and gargle to rinse your mouth, prevent gum disease, accelerate the healing of gingivitis and treat toothaches. You can also prepare a solution of 1 teaspoon of pepper with 1 cup of water and apply it to the affected area.

Caraway Seeds

Chewing caraway seeds helps relieve gas. An infusion can also be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking.

Cinnamon

To raise the amount of good cholesterol in your body, mix 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon in coffee or tea. For treating joint pain, you should try 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey.

Cinnamon may also be used to alleviate menstrual cramps. Just add a little cinnamon to your coffee and tea or sprinkle on food.

Cloves

Chew 1 clove root to remove bad breath or to treat dental pain. Place on the tooth until the pain is gone. You can also chew 3-4 cloves roots to relieve nausea or a sore throat.

Cardamom

To aid digestion, prepare an infusion of one teaspoon of cardamom with 1 cup boiling water. Once soaked, drink with a meal.

Celery Seeds

To relieve fluid retention, prepare a diuretic infusion by crushing 1.5 teaspoons of celery seeds in 1 cup of boiling water, then soak for 20 minutes.

Coriander

Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds in 1 cup boiling water, it will help you deal with high cholesterol levels.

Cumin

Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of cumin and let it cook for a few seconds. Cool and drink in one sip to relieve your cold symptoms.

Dill Seed

Try to swallow a teaspoon of dill seeds to stop hiccups. In addition,chewing on this herb’s seeds will reduce bad breath.

Fennel Seeds

Chewing fennel seeds can alleviate bad breath and relieve stomach cramps. An infusion can be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking. Crush the seeds a little before the brew. This will help to treat gas.

Ginger

For relief from nausea, prepare an infusion of 1/2 teaspoon ginger in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Alternatively, chewing fresh ginger can be all the more efficient.

To alleviate headaches, make a paste by mixing ground ginger with water and smear it over the painful area. For alleviating cough and heartburn mix 1/2 a teaspoon of ground ginger with one teaspoon of honey.

Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is a natural mosquito repellent. Make a paste of garlic powder and water, which can be applied to your pulse points, behind the knees, the ankles, a drop or two on the cheeks, face and neck. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.

Mustard Powder

To relieve congestion, mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder with 1 liter of hot water and then soak your feet. Please note that mustard plasters have been used traditionally to treat coughs, colds and the flu.

Salt

Salt is an effective cure for pain and acts as a great disinfectant too. Prepare a solution of salt and water and rub it on the insect bite area or rinse your mouth with salt-water several times a day to disinfect the mouth and throat.

Turmeric

To bring your temperature down, stir 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of honey.

Thyme

Get relief from a cough and a sore throat with an infusion of thyme. Mix 1 tablespoon of dried thyme with 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink. To ease a gassy situation, mix 1 teaspoon of thyme with 1 cup of boiling water and strain before drinking.

Source: Internet & Other sources

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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LATEST NEWS: New Unknown Chemicals in Babies and Mothers

This study was published on March 16, 2021, in Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists at University of California San Francisco have detected 109 chemicals in a study of pregnant women, including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 “mystery chemicals,” whose sources and uses are unknown.

The chemicals most likely come from consumer products or other industrial sources. They were found both in the blood of pregnant women, as well as their newborn children, suggesting they are traveling through the mother’s placenta.

For example, 40 are used as plasticizers, 28 in cosmetics, 25 in consumer products, 29 as pharmaceuticals, 23 as pesticides, three as flame retardants, and seven are PFAS compounds, which are used in carpeting, upholstery and other applications. The researchers say it’s possible there are also other uses for all of these chemicals.

The researchers report that 55 of the 109 chemicals they tentatively identified appear not to have been previously reported in people:

  • 1 is used as a pesticide (bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidini-4-y) decanedioate)
  • 2 are PFASs (methyl perfluoroundecanoate, most likely used in the manufacturing of non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics; 2-perfluorodecyl ethanoic acid)
  • 10 are used as plasticizers (e.g. Sumilizer GA 80 – used in food packaging, paper plates, small appliances)
  • 2 are used in cosmetics
  • 4 are high production volume (HPV) chemicals
  • 37 have little to no information about their sources or uses (e.g., 1-(1-Acetyl-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-4-yl)-3-dodecylpyrrolidine-2,5-dione, used in manufacturing fragrances and paints—this chemical is so little known that there is currently no acronym—and (2R0-7-hydroxy-8-(2-hydroxyethyl)-5-methoxy-2-,3-dihydrochromen-4-one (Acronym: LL-D-253alpha), for which there is limited to no information about its uses or sources

Source: https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-detect-55-chemicals-never-before-reported-in-people-42-mystery-chemicals-whose-sources-are-unknown/


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Sleep Statistics

Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics

Below is a compilation of interesting statistics that relate to sleep and sleep disorders. From this list, it will be apparent that there is significant amount of sleep issues and sleepiness in our society. The public health consequences from sleep disorders and sleepiness are staggering.

Sleep Disorder Statistics:

50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.

48.0% report snoring.

37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.

4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.

Drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the United States.

Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short term issues reported by about 30% of adults and chronic insomnia by 10%

25 Million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea

9-21% of women have obstructive sleep apnea

24-31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea

3–5% of the overall proportion of obesity in adults could be attributable to short sleep

Percentage of CPAP users who are adherent to therapy: 66%

Percentage of adults using melatonin : 1.3%

Percentage of bacteria that CPAP cleaners claim to kill: 99%

Incidence of narcolepsy: 50 per 100,000 people

Percentage who reported that snoring improved in bed partner with a mandibular advancing snoring device: 70%

Sleep Deprivation Statistics:

37% of 20-39 year-olds report short sleep duration

40% of 40-59 year-olds report short sleep duration

35.3% adults report <7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period.

100,000 deaths occur each year in US hospitals due to medical errors and sleep deprivation have been shown to make a significant contribution.

Sleep Needs by Age Group:

Adult: 7 – 9 hours

Teenager: 8 – 10 hours

Child 6 – 12 years: 9- 12 hours

Child 3 – 5 years: 10 – 13 hours (including naps)

Child 1 – 2 years: 11 – 14 hours (including naps)

Infants 4 -12 months: 12 – 16 hours (including naps)

Source: https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/sleep-statistics/


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Strengthening Hair and Nails

Biotin, which is a B vitamin, plays a vital role in cellular respiration. It is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others.

Biotin is essential for maintaining healthy hair and nails, and it’s important that adults get their recommended daily intake of 30 mcg per day to keep them looking their best.

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that your body doesn’t store it. As a result, you need to consume it regularly to maintain adequate levels

Low Biotin Level

There isn’t a good laboratory test for detecting low biotin levels, so this condition is usually identified by its symptoms, which include thinning of the hair (frequently with loss of hair color) and red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Other symptoms include depression, tiredness, hallucinations, and tingling of the arms and legs.

The following foods are rich in biotin:

1. Almonds

A quarter-cup of almonds has 15 mcg of biotin, which is half the recommended daily amount, so adding them to your breakfast or eating them as an afternoon snack will mean that you’re halfway there!

2. Sweet potatoes

This wonderful vegetable can serve as a base for various soups and dishes. It’s also increasingly being used as a low-fat replacement for traditional potato fries. In addition, one cup of sweet potato contains about 8 mcg of biotin, which is about one-third of the recommended daily intake of this vitamin. Sweet potatoes also contain significant amounts of vitamin C, copper and fiber, which enhance the strength of hair and nails.

3. Oats

Oatmeal can be consumed in a range of different ways, such soaked or cooked fresh in the morning, or preparing homemade energy bars. In addition to tasting wonderful, oatmeal also contains quite a bit of biotin. A quarter of an ounce contains some 8 grams of it – about 25% of the recommended daily intake. If you don’t eat oatmeal regularly, then you should definitely consider adding it to your diet.

4. Eggs

Eggs are a favorite ingredient for breakfast and lunch around the world, and are an excellent source of biotin. Just ensure that you cook egg whites through properly, as this helps biotin absorption in the body. This One cooked egg will supply you with 25 mcg of biotin, which will definitely give you strong, long and healthy nails.

5. Onions

One cup of freshly-chopped onions contains 8 mcg of biotin, so you could easily contribute to your recommended daily biotin intake just by adding onions to your evening meal.

6. Tomatoes

There is nothing the taste of fresh tomatoes in a salad, or the aroma they add to sauces and a wide variety of different and loved dishes. In addition to their unique look and wonderful taste, tomatoes can provide you with a good amount of biotin, with one cup containing 24% of the recommended daily intake, regardless of whether you consume them raw or cooked.

7. Peanuts

If you enjoy snacking on peanuts, you’ll be pleased to know that a quarter-cup of them contains 6.4 mcg of biotin.

Peanuts can be added to a variety of foods from salads to desserts. It can also be spread on bread. Try using a natural peanut butter spread if you want to eat peanuts in this manner because it will be free from additives and sugar. It will also provide you with a more concentrated form of biotin.

8. Carrots

Carrots, beyond being healthy for our skin, also have an amazing effect on our hair and nails. The beta-carotene in the carrots is responsible for improving and restoring the skin and hair. One cup of the popular orange vegetable contains 6 mcg of biotin – some 20% of the recommended daily intake – so try and incorporate a few carrots into your diet where you can.

9. Spinach

Spinach has become one of the most popular leafy vegetables in recent years, especially after people have discovered its many health benefits. One serving (about 30 grams) of frozen spinach leaves contains 7 mcg of biotin. Add spinach to your daily diet by making pies, salads and healthy shakes. Go on – your hair and nails will thank you.

10. Halibut

White halibut, which can be purchased frozen or fresh, is one of the best sources of biotin, regardless of how you cook it. A serving of 30-50 grams of halibut (depending on the quality of the fish) contains an impressive 10.2 mcg of biotin, which means that a 100g serving of halibut will provide you with the recommended daily intake of biotin, as well as a hefty amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. These ingredients further serve to strengthen your hair and nails, ensuring that they remain healthy regardless of your age.

11. Avocado

The avocado fruit, which many refer to as a vegetable, is often enjoyed in sandwiches and salads. In addition to tasting great, a medium-sized avocado contains up to 6 mcg of biotin. Thanks to the biotin content of avocado, you can strengthen your hair and nails naturally and enjoy a variety of health benefits, such as improved skin appearance and better digestion.

12. Legumes

Legumes like peas, beans, and lentils are high in protein, fiber, and numerous micronutrients. Some of the richest sources of biotin in this category are peanuts and soybeans. A 1-ounce (28-gram) serving of roasted peanuts contains just under 5 mcg of biotin, or 17% of the DV. One study on the biotin content of popular Japanese foods found 19.3 mcg of biotin — 64% of the DV — in a 3/4-cup (100-gram) serving of whole soybeans.

13. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a good source of fiber, unsaturated fat, and protein. A 1/4-cup (20-gram) serving of roasted sunflower seeds offers 2.6 mcg of biotin, or 10% of the DV, while 1/4 cup (30 grams) of roasted almonds contains 1.5 mcg, or 5% of the DV

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15 March, 2021 11:36

Finding: It’s long been known that too much salt intake is linked to an increase in blood pressure leading to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, but now there’s another reason why it is recommended to stay away from salt as much as possible. In a study conducted at the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute in New York, high salt consumption was associated with memory and learning difficulties, and the surprising thing is that this problem is due to the brain’s connection to the intestines.

When researchers examined the reason behind their study results, which showed that the brain suffered damage after consuming a lot of salt, they found that there was a connection between the small intestine and the brain. The high amount of salt consumed stimulated immune changes in the small intestine, which led to poor blood flow to the brain, thereby impairing cognitive functioning. However, when you stop consuming a lot of salt the brain returns to normal function.

Takeaway: The American Heart Association recommends consuming 2,300 mg of sodium per day or less, which is about a teaspoon of salt, but most people consume more, not necessarily because they add salt to their food, but because a lot of processed food comes packed with sodium.

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Use of Black Peppers

Black Pepper’s alternative uses

Black pepper has long been a part of our cooking culture. But up until recently, that’s been the extent of our use of black pepper. It adds a spicy dimension to every dish, and offsets salt nicely.

Black pepper contains a chemical called piperine. This chemical seems to have many effects in the body. It seems to kill bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Piperine might also help with absorption of some medications and protect against cancer.

1. Keep colors bright

After your favorite bright-red top has been worn and washed a couple of times, its color will start to fade. However, pepper can be used to help your fabrics retain their bright color and prevent them from running too. Just add a teaspoon of pepper to the wash load.

2. Keep your plants bug free

Pepper can also be used as a natural pest control in the garden – after all, there’s nothing more frustrating than a swarm of bugs nibbling at your plants. To keep bugs at bay, mix black pepper with flour and sprinkle around the soil.

3. It will keep deer away too

While deer may enjoy dining on a freshly budding garden, spraying your plants and bushes with a cayenne pepper and water mixture will have them dining elsewhere.

4. Keep ants out of the kitchen

Though pepper’s uses in the garden are bountiful, this powerful ingredient can be used to keep ants away inside the home as well. The ants in your kitchen are actually looking for sugar, so keep them at bay by sprinkling cayenne pepper in spots along the backs of your counter tops and on your baseboards.

5. Keep rodents from chewing on cable wires

Keep rodents away from your cable wires by spreading some black pepper on them.

6. Seal a leaking radiator in your car

Buy yourself some time before taking your car to the repair shop. Pour a spice-rack sized container of black pepper into the radiator. This will flow into the split or pinhole, plugging the leak.

7. Stop a minor cut from bleeding

Pepper may be applied to the body too. Prior to doing so, thoroughly rinse the cut and dab the bleeding area with a clean, sterile cloth or paper towel. Then, sprinkle some ground black pepper on the cut and secure it with a bandage. This remedy will only work on small cuts. For deep cuts, with heavy bleeding, seek professional medical attention.

8. Use pepper essential oil to alleviate arthritis pain

To soothe the pain, create your own home-made warming massage by combining the following oils together: 1 drop of almond oil, 2 drops pepper, 1 drop ginger and 2 drops lavender.

9. Use pepper to stop a migraine in its tracks

If you feel the beginning of a migraine coming on, add a 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to half a glass of water. If the migraine doesn’t subside 30 minutes later, drink another glass.

10. Use pepper to help your liver detoxify

Combine the following ingredients and drink up each morning: 1 lemon, squeezed, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 cup filtered water, 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

11. Address Toothache

Black pepper can help to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with a toothache. Simply mix together a small amount of clove oil with salt and pepper and use it as a daily mouthwash. Not only will this relieve the discomfort of a toothache, it can also protect your teeth against cavities.

12. Reduce Congestion

Considering the spicy strength of black pepper, it may come as no surprise to learn that pepper is a powerful decongestant. If you’re suffering from a stuffy nose, sore throat or a range of other symptoms associated with the common cold, try black pepper.

13. Skin exfoliate

Black pepper makes an excellent natural exfoliator for your skin. It helps to remove dead skin cells, add more oxygen and stimulate circulation to skin cells. With its gritty texture and nutritional qualities, black pepper makes for an excellent natural exfoliator. Make a homemade face scrub by mixing together a cup of sugar, half a cup of coconut or avocado oil, a few drops or orange essential oil and half a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Massage the mixture into your face and rinse with cool water. You’ll find you face is cleaner, clearer and less likely to break out into acne.

14. Reduces Gas and bloating

Largely on account of its ability to increase hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, eating plenty of black pepper can help to reduce gas and bloating.

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OBESITY MYTHS

Obesity is a complex disease and we still have a lot to learn about it. Due to these gaps in knowledge, people lean towards ideas that simply aren’t correct. Unravelling the facts about obesity from the fiction will help understand and manage the disease better. It is advisable to seek expert opinion from your doctor to address obesity at an early stage.

Below are some of the common myths around Obesity

Myth 1: Obesity is a result of poor lifestyle choices

Fact: Obesity is a complex chronic disease with multiple contributing factors such as genetic variables as well as medical conditions. There is still a common belief that obesity is a lifestyle choice and that people become obese because they eat too much or exercise too little. This is not entirely true! Some people are merely susceptible to gaining weight owing to their genetic disadvantages. Obesity demands a personalized treatment model involving medical therapies and lifestyle interventions, just like other chronic diseases. The interdisciplinary team should consist of health care professionals, (including dietitians and physicians) working together to deliver optimal treatment.

Myth 2: Exercising will fix Obesity

Fact: Exercise has many health benefits. Exercise only helps in losing some weight. Note that some forms of strenuous exercise can even be dangerous for obese patients, particularly if started all of a sudden. But in children, exercise is highly effective.

Myth 3: Obesity is always hereditary

Fact: When it comes to obesity, genetic factors play an important role. However, it doesn’t mean that inheriting some traits makes one obese. Obesity rarely shows a clear inheritance pattern when it occurs in families. It seems that in most cases, obesity is multifactorial, which is the result of complex interactions among many genes and environmental factors.

Myth 4: Obesity does not affect health

Fact: Obesity has an adverse effect on almost every part of the body and can hamper a person’s quality of life. Obese people are at increased risk for many serious illnesses and health conditions when compared to people with healthy and normal weight. These conditions include type 2 diabetes mellitus, arthropathy, arterial hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, cerebral vasculopathy, sleep apnea syndrome, etc.

Myth 5: Eating less will solve the problem of Obesity

Fact: One of the main reasons for obesity is consuming more calories than the body requires, over an extended period of time. The most common steps taken towards controlling obesity are lowering calorie intake, increasing physical activity or both. Though diet and exercise are important aspects, several other factors also play crucial role in obesity. These factors are inadequate sleep, psychological stress, chronic pain, endocrine (hormone) disruptors, and the use of certain medications. It is unfortunate that people often forget about these when thinking of obesity.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOOSEBERRY

Indian gooseberry or Amla is a powerhouse of health benefits. It’s packed full of essential minerals and vitamins that are integral to your well-being. In fact, the word “amla” is derived from the Sanskrit word “amalaki,” which means “the sustainer.”

It enriches life while preventing a host of common and widespread diseases. It’s considered by many to be one of the best fruits when it comes to improving health.

Below you’ll find ten amazing health benefits of this super fruit.

1. Helps Prevent Cancer

Amla fruit can restrict the growth of carcinogenic cells, and hence it has a number of medical applications. It contains superoxide dismutase which reduces cell damages and works as a potent tool in preventing cancer.

2. Improves Bone Health

Due to its high calcium content, amla plays a key role in strengthening bones. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit can reduce various bone pain or discomfort. Therefore, consuming amla on a regular basis can result in stronger bones.

3. Improves Digestive Health

Amla helps to keep the digestive system strong and clean, which improves the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food that is consumed. Amla contains cooling and laxative properties that are beneficial in relieving stomach issues such as constipation and diarrhea.

4. Improves Heart Health

This fruit reduces the build-up of bad cholesterol in the body, prevents the thickening of the blood vessel walls, and boosts the levels of good cholesterol. All this helps to fight heart disease, which is mostly caused by high cholesterol.

5. Helps Enhance Hair

This fruit contains high levels of vitamin C, which helps to prevent hair loss. It strengthens the roots, thus promoting hair growth. Applying amla oil regularly can nourish the scalp as the nutrients penetrate the follicles, making your hair long, healthy, and less likely to break.

6. Helps Boost Immunity

Due to the fact that it’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins, amla can help improve the body’s disease-fighting ability. It has antibacterial properties that help your body fight against viral and fungal infections. Eating amla regularly makes the body more resistant to diseases by strengthening the immune system. It also helps to flush out toxins from the body.

7. Improves Skin Health

As it’s full of vitamin C, amla can help brighten your skin tone. It exfoliates the dead skin cells and makes your skin nice and smooth. Its antibacterial properties can also purify the blood, making your skin supple and glowing.

8. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics

Since it’s low in sugar, amla can reduce the blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. It’s rich in fiber, which is perfect for diabetics as this stimulates the production of insulin. Furthermore, the antioxidants present in amla help to regulate glucose levels, which ultimately reduces blood sugar.

9. A Great Stress Reliever

Amla helps to improve mental health and can be considered to be a potent stress reliever. Regular consumption of this fruit can improve cognitive function, boost, concentration and memory, prevent mental complications, and protect the nerve cells.

10. Aids in Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, consider adding amla to your diet. It helps boost metabolism, which leads to the reduction of fat accumulation in the body. It curbs cravings by keeping the stomach full for a long period. An amla cleanse is one of the best options for a speedy weight loss.

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Hidden Sugar In Foods

Excess sugar consumption being linked to a variety of conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But even if you use little to no added sugar in your cooking, you might be consuming way more of it than the recommended daily amount. One major reason why that might be happening is that companies add a lot of sugar to their products, but they try to conceal it in a variety of ways to be able to pass them off as healthy foods.

Let’s investigate how it is possible for companies to sell you junk food under the premise of healthy food, and how you can use food labels to make smart purchasing decisions that would promote and not harm your health.

1. A Different Word For Sugar

Many companies nowadays use many “alternative” names for sugar in an attempt to deceive a consumer that is used to scan the ingredients list before purchasing a certain product. Here is a list of such alternative names that you should watch out for when it comes to powdered added sugar.

Added sugar is also often used in syrup form rather than powdered form, in which case they commonly appear as the following ingredients on nutrition labels.

2. Adding Sugar to Things That Aren’t Sweet

Sugar is addictive and it’s a cheap way of making a product tastier for consumers.

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10 Unlikely Foods with High Levels of Sugar

Cheri Cheng

Update Date: Sep 15, 2014 04:35 PM EDT

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Health experts and nutritionists have linked high levels of sugar to adverse health effects. Not only does too much sugar expand the waistline, it can also put you at risk of developing health conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Cutting or reducing your amount of sugar intake could help prevent the development of these conditions. However, in order to properly cut out sugar, people have to be aware of what kinds of foods tend to have high levels of sugar.

Here are 10 unlikely items that contain sugar:

  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Ketchup
  • Dried Fruit
  • Smoothies
  • Meat Sauces
  • Protein Bars
  • Almond Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Bottled teas
  • Wheat Bread
  • Green Juices

Unfortunately, all of the foods we mentioned above can actually contain a lot of sugar, which add up and can be the culprit behind excess sugar consumption. For example, 100 grams of some ketchups can contain as much as 38 grams of sugar, which is higher than the daily allowance for men. That’s why it is always important to always check the sugar content of a product, be it sweet or savory.

3. Adding Health-Related Claims on Product Packaging

You’re better off completely ignoring claims like natural, zero, healthy, low-fat, diet, and light that often appear on the packaging of products. Instead, look directly at the label and analyze the ingredient list.

4. Using So-Called “Healthy” Sugars

Certain products use labels like refined sugar-free or contains no refined sugar. What these labels mean, however, is that a product doesn’t contain white sugar. While it may be true that these so-called “healthy” sugars have a slightly lower glycemic index (GI), they still have little to no additional nutrients compared to whole foods and, at the end of the day, they are still added sugars.

The bottom line is that like white sugar, fructose or corn syrup, these sugars should not exceed the overall amount of 37.5 g for men and 25 g for women. So, it doesn’t matter if you consume 25 g of white sugar, or 10 g of coconut sugar, 10 g of agave syrup and 5 g of honey as a woman, both equal your daily recommended amount. That doesn’t mean that you cannot choose these alternatives, but remember that they are just as damaging to your health as any other sugar.

5. Using a Few Types of Sugar

As we mentioned previously, ingredients appear in any ingredients list according to their amounts in a product, so the first ingredient is usually the most abundant one, whereas there will be very little of the last ingredient on the list. Companies learnt to take advantage of this regulation and often uses several types of sugar in smaller amounts, which makes them appear lower on the ingredients list.

This can trick a consumer into believing that there is very little sugar in the product.

6. Not Distinguishing Between Naturally-Occurring and Added Sugars

There is a difference between eating an orange and drinking a glass of soda, even if both of these products contain a lot of sugar. While products containing added sugars, like a glass of soda, do not contain anything apart from whatever is listed on the packaging, whole foods are packed full with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and essential nutrients that not only mitigate the damage caused by the sugar they contain, but improve your health.

Ingredient labels don’t distinguish between the added and naturally-occurring sugars, but you should keep in mind that choosing whole, unprocessed foods is always better.

7. Changing the Nutritional Facts With Time

If you know that a specific brand makes a great low-sugar product, don’t assume it applies to comparable products by the same brand. It is often the case that a similar product, but with a different flavor or simply one that is sold in a different country will not have the same nutritional content the original did.

It is also often the case that brands change the content of their products when they update the packaging, so always be critical of any changes or variations in the product you know is good, as it may actually turn out to be not so low in sugar.

8. Check the Serving Size

The last, but definitely crucial line in the nutrition facts portion of a product is the serving size. Food companies often manipulate the serving size of a product, making it too small to be realistic, but this makes the product look like it’s not that high in sugar. So, for example 1 small can of soda that even a child can gulp down in a matter of seconds often contains multiple servings, which means that by drinking the whole thing you’re actually consuming double or triple the amount of sugar mentioned on the packaging. Be careful and make smart food purchases.

  • Granola Cereal: Suggested serving: 1/4 cup
  • Chips Suggested serving: About 11 chips
  • Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Suggested serving: 1 ounce
  • Iced Tea Suggested serving: ½ bottle
  • Sliced Bread Suggested serving: 1 slice
  • Crackers Suggested serving: 2 crackers
  • Hummus Suggested serving: 2 tablespoons

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5 Natural Remedies That Help Treat Indigestion

1) Manuka Honey – Manuka honey works by coating the stomach lining and esophagus from damages brought on by acid reflux. It contains hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural healing antibiotic property. Manuka honey helps to treat high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, sinus infections and promotes proper digestion. Apply a dab of the honey topically to the skin surface areas.

2) Oil of Oregano – Oil of Oregano simulates the proper flow of bile, which cleanses out your digestive tract. The carvacrol and thymol antiviral components help treat intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, the common cold, and fatigue. Mix 2 or 3 drops of the oil into a glass of milk or juice to treat mild indigestion. Oil of Oregano is also available in capsule form. Speak with your doctor before taking the oil in supplement form.

3) Colloidal Silver – The powerful anti-fungal and anti-parasitic components found in colloidal silver helps prevent against GERD and acid reflux issues. Colloidal silver defends your immune system from viruses by disabling their oxygen metabolism enzyme, suffocating them before they get the chance to spread. Apply the anti-bacterial cream over wounded areas.

4) Garlic – Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic that fights off infectious diseases and promotes healthy white blood cell regulation. Garlic is considered to be one of the healthiest super foods you can consume. Garlic contains a very powerful antibacterial component known as allicin. You can add a few chopped or crushed garlic cloves to your soup, bake them in with your favorite dishes or eat them raw. Garlic is also available in capsule form, but make sure you consult your physician beforehand.

5) Echinacea – The popular herbal medicine helps alleviate gastrointestinal disorders and acid reflux while strengthening the immune system. It’s natural antibiotic properties help treat peptic ulcers and prevent harmful bacteria from entering your body. Add a few echinacea leaves to your herbal tea, with a tablespoon of natural honey and a squirt of fresh lemon juice to reap the benefits.

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NATURAL REMEDY: COCONUT WATER

· The best thing about this coconut water is that it contains Zero Cholesterol. It contains minerals like Calcium, Manganese, İron, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Potassium. It also contains vitamins like Riboflavin, Thiamine and Vitamin C . All these nutrients make coconut a very potent health drink. It is more nutritious than milk, as it has less fats and no cholesterol.

· Research studies suggest that Cytokinin (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant Anti-Carcinogen ic and Anti-Thrombotic and Anti-Ageing Effects.

· It is used as intravenous saline fluid in many developing countries and has saved many lives. The reason that it’s possible to be used that way is its composition, which is quite identical to Human Blood Plasma.

· Coconut water, by its very nature is an İsotonic Beverage. That is, it has the perfect balance of electrolytes in it, which is good for our body due to its right PH Levels.

· It is an excellent Energy Drink for the old and the sick, who find it difficult to process solid food. It is a Natural Fluid designed to Sustain Life. Note: When my dogs are sick, I give them coconut drink. The dogs get well.

· It is better than many processed baby milk products, as it contains Lauric Acid which is an important ingredient of Mother’s Milk. This natural beverage can effectively treat Disturbance of the İntestine in İnfants.

· Anti-Ulcer Properties: Both coconut milk and coconut water exhibit potent anti-ulcer activity against chemicals such as indomethacin, a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).

· Blood-Pressuring Lowering Properties: When human subjects consumed coconut water for two weeks, it was found to lower blood pressure in 74% of the experimental group, reducing it by up to 24 points (mmHg) systolic and 15 points (mmHq) diastolic.

· Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties: in an animal model of ovariectomy-induced menopausal changes, coconut water appeared to prevent the decline of brain estrogen (estradiol) levels, as well as the associated accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease associated β-amyloid (Aβ) plaque in their brains.

· Anti-Bacterial Properties: Three novel antimicrobial peptides have been identified in coconut water which exhibited inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

· Anti-Gastroenteritis Agent: When sodium is added (ideally sea salt) coconut water has been determined to be an ideal rehydrating agent in countries where medical supplies are not freely available, and where, say, cholera and other severe forms of gastroenteritis persist.

· Ultimately, coconut makes for an excellent alternative to Sports Drinks, which are increasingly comprised of synthetic ingredients.

· Its water is also a very good source of B-Complex Vitamins such as Riboflavin, Niacin, Thiamin, Pyridoxine, and Folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.

· A few friends and colleagues’ wives who are cancer sufferers testify that they take coconut drink to COOL their bodies after their chemotherapy sessions.

· NOTE: IF you buy Coconut water, please look at the ingredients… should be 100% pure coconut water… nothing else… no sugar, not anything else.

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NATURAL REMEDIES: CHRONIC COUGH

A chronic and persistent cough can cause a whole host of health issues. Here is how it affects your health:

1. Muscle Pain

Persistent coughing often leads to chronic muscular pain. This is because coughing fits generate a good deal of pressure, which can end up causing pain due to muscle strain.

2. Blood Vessel Damage

When you experience a severe coughing fit, certain fine blood vessels, such as the ones found in the nose or anus, can end up bursting, which may even lead to a hemorrhage.

3. Cracked Ribs

A chronic cough may cause the middle ribs along the side to become cracked or fractured.

4. Throat Damage

An unyielding cough can cause your throat to get infected, which may then move on to infect other parts of your body. Such coughs can also make the tissues of the throat inflamed, further escalating any existing issues.

5. Diaphragm Rupture

While you’re coughing, your diaphragm contracts and retracts. During forced respiratory movements, the ribs are pushed inward and downward while the diaphragm is pushed upward. When the force is too rapid or heavy, a diaphragm rupture may occur.

6. Abdominal Hernia

Although this is quite a rare occurrence, there is still a chance that a chronic cough can cause an abdominal hernia. You are at a higher risk of this happening if you already suffer from chronic bronchitis, and it will require surgical intervention to put right.

7. Coughing Up Blood

If a chronic cough goes on for long enough, there’s a chance that you could experience heamoptysis, which is the medical term for coughing up blood. Such blood would usually appear as bright red droplets of blood or as frothy blood-streaked phlegm or saliva. It’s very important to visit a doctor immediately if you ever start coughing up blood.

How to Reduce a Cough

• Start breathing from your nose only. This will keep both your lungs and the mucus in your throat from drying up and causing irritation.

• Drink plenty of fluids to thin out and moisten any mucus present in your throat.

• Use a humidifier to add some moisture to the air in your home, since dry air can worsen symptoms.

• Stop drinking cow’s milk and consuming other dairy products until your cough subsides, since these can make it worse.

• Take regular steamy showers, since they are able to help a cough by loosening nasal secretions.

• Enjoy more hot drinks, since they numb the back of your throat, easing the cough reflex.

Some Natural Remedies to try: These are some remedies used by our ancestors when having to fight off a cough.

1. Create your own cough syrup

Studies show that honey is an effective remedy in treating coughs and sore throats. A teaspoonful should suffice, or for a stronger remedy, combine some honey with coconut oil and lemon juice. Though not recommended nowadays, our grandmothers often combined a shot of bourbon with honey before bedtime, to soothe a cough.

2. Sip on Thyme tea

Thyme is an excellent treatment for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and whopping coughs, so much so that in Germany, it has officially been approved as an effective treatment. Thyme works to relax the trachea (the windpipe) and reduce inflammation. To make thyme tea, steep two teaspoons of crushed leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain. For a more potent fix, add honey and lemon.

3. Take a hot shower

Close the windows, turn off the fan and crank up the heat. Steam can be a cough’s worst enemy. It works to soothe the airways and loosen sinus congestion and phlegm in your throat and lungs. On the downside though, steam may worsen coughs that are caused by asthma – in which case, be sure to practice caution.

4. Sip on black pepper and honey tea

Black pepper and honey are said to work on ‘wet’ coughs. The pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow, while the honey works as a natural cough reliever. To make the tea, combine one teaspoon of freshly ground pepper with two tablespoons of honey in a mug and fill with boiling water. Cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Then strain and sip.

5. Turmeric milk

Consuming a lot of liquids, whether teas or water, may help fight off a cough. This natural remedy tends to work because fluids help thin out the mucus in postnasal drip, keeping the membranes moist.

Another common remedy that works well is mixing turmeric, black pepper and honey in warm water and consuming it to coat the throat.

6. Suck on cough drops or lemon

Menthol cough drops work especially well, as they tend to numb the throat, which can help tame the cough reflex.

You could also sprinkle the lemon with a pinch of salt and pepper and suck on it to get the best effect.

7. Make a cup of licorice root tea

Licorice root has long been used to treat coughs. And one of the reasons why this natural remedy works so well is because it can help soothe an inflamed and irritated throat. Slice one ounce of licorice candy (opt for candy that contains real licorice – alternatively, you may opt for licorice root) and steep it in a quart of boiling water for 24 hours. Sip as much as you need.

8. Have some ginger

Ginger has a wealth of health benefits, and has long been used for its medicinal properties. In Eastern medicine, ginger is often prescribed to treat symptoms of colds and flu due to its antihistamine and decongestant properties. To get the most from its beneficial properties, make ginger tea by adding 12 slices of fresh ginger to a pot with three cups of water. Let it simmer for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Strain and add one tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. If it tastes too spicy, add more water.

9. Ayurvedic Tulsi Tea

As per Ayurveda, Tulsi tea (holy basil tea) may be of great help in providing relief from dry cough. This is how you make Tulsi tea…

Ingredients:

  • 7-10 tulsi leaves (holy basil leaves)
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2-3 pods of cardamom
  • 300-500 ml of water
  • Honey (optional)

Recipe:

Add water in a pan and put it on high flame. Now add the holy basil leaves, cloves and cardamom pods in it and let it boil for 5-7 minutes.

Now remove the pan from the flame and strain the tea in a cup. You may add honey to this tea for flavor.

If you’ve adopted the tips above and your cough is still showing no signs of going away, then make sure you speak to a medical professional to guide you further.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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LATEST NEWS: STAY WARM

It is cold outside. And many of the locations are facing rolling black-outs. Here are some tips to stay warm.

Tips to stay warm:

  • Close any blinds/curtains or put blankets or towels up to cover windows and provide insulation
  • Close off rooms to avoid losing heat
  • Stuff towels in cracks under doors, esp. exterior ones
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, warm clothing, especially warm socks and gloves if you have them
  • Eat and drink food to provide energy to warm the body but avoid alcohol or caffeine
  • If you have candles, lighting them can help act as a heat source, especially in an enclosed space. But do not rely on them, and remember to practice good fire safety.

Do not:

  • Under no circumstances should you bring a generator inside. They should remain 30 feet away from your home
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