Precautions and Home Remedies to Treat Migraine

August 24, 2017 by  
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MIGRAINE:

Migraine is a primary headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by sensory warning signs such as nausea, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. The pain that migraine brings can last for hours sometimes even for days. Migraine is an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance. Migraine is an instability in the way the brain deals with incoming sensory information and that instability can become influenced by physiological changes like sleep, exercise and hunger.

To Know the causes , symptoms and treatment of Migraine please go through the article

Treatment and Symptoms of Migraine

PRECAUTIONS OF MIGRAINE:

  • Eat meals regularly. Skipping meals may trigger migraines in some people.
  • Learn to cope with stress.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Be careful with regular physical activities and exercise.

TOP 7 HOME REMEDIES FOR MIGRAINE-

  • Ginger: Drink ginger tea a few times throughout the day until you get relief. Simply chewing a piece of ginger root will also help treat the problem.
  • Cinnamon: cinnamon is a miracle spice that will effectively treat migraine. Grind some cinnamon sticks into powder and some water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your forehead and lie down for half an hour. Then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Ice pack: using an ice pack is perhaps the most popular home remedy to get rid of migraine headaches and tension.
  • Peppermint: Simply drink peppermint tea sweetened with honey to get an immediate relief from migraine.
  • Basil: Basil leaves is a strong scented herb which is used for natural headache treatment. Put 3 to 4 fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it simmer. Add a little honey and sip the tea slowly. Also, you can chew basil leaves or inhale steam after boiling basil in a pot of water.
  • Massage : Massaging the head helps ease migraine headaches as it blocks pain signals sent to the brain. It also boosts serotonin activity and stimulates certain serotonin receptors, thereby reducing the symptoms as well as frequency of migraines.
  • Coffee: A cup of strong coffee can help reduce migraine headache symptoms. It contains caffeine that restricts blood vessels and blocks certain receptors that could be causing the migraine.

To increase the effectiveness, add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice as it counteracts the effects of acidic diets that contribute to cyclic headaches.

Warning: Caffeine may trigger migraines in some people. Also, too much caffeine may worsen your headache or cause a rebound headache.

In addition to these remedies, try muscle relaxation exercises and relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation. Plus, get enough sleep, eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein, avoid foods that trigger your migraine attacks and drink plenty of water.

 

 

 

Treatment and Symptoms of Migraine

August 24, 2017 by  
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MIGRAINE:

Migraine is a primary headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by sensory warning signs such as nausea, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. The pain that migraine brings can last for hours sometimes even for days. Migraine is an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance. Migraine is an instability in the way the brain deals with incoming sensory information and that instability can become influenced by physiological changes like sleep, exercise and hunger.

CAUSES OF MIGRAINE:

Migraine is an important public health problem. Few of the causes of migraine are stated as follows:

·         Hyper tension

·         Change in sleep patterns or irregular sleep

·         Allergies ad allergic reactions

·         Physical or emotional stress, anxiety, depression and excitement

·         Dehydration

·         Skipping meals

·         Alcohol and smoking

·         Hormonal triggers

·         Medication such as sleeping pills, contraceptive pills.

SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE:

Symptoms of migraine can start a while before the headache, during headache and after the headache. As all migraines are not the same the symptoms may vary. Typical symptoms of migraine include:

·         Loss of sensation

·         Inability to perform regular activities due to pain

·         Visual disturbance

·         Stiffness in shoulders, neck or limbs

·         Difficulty in speaking

·         Unpleasant smells

·         Physically vomiting

·         Increasing pain during physical activity

·         Sweating, temperature change, stomach ache and diarrhoea

TREATMENT FOR MIGRAINE:

There is no single cure for migraine. The only thing you can do is alter your lifestyle a little which will help you reduce migraine frequently.

·         Get enough sleep

·         Reducing stress

·         Drinking plenty of water

·        Eat a lot of almonds

·        Regular Physical exercise

Migraines are mostly undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly experience signs and symptoms of migraine attacks, do keep a record of your migraine attacks and how you treated them. Then make an appointment and visit the doctor to discuss about your migraine attacks.

 

How to Remove Earwax Naturally at Home

August 8, 2017 by  
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METHODS TO REMOVE EARWAX NATURALLY AT HOME:

                      Earwax is also known as cerumen, a wax like substance produced by sweat glands. Earwax is a yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and other mammals. Earwax is made up of different substances that help stop the skin that lines your ear canal from drying and cracking. Earwax protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi, insects and water. Earwax ranges in color from light to dark brown or orange. Earwax is released constantly to prevent dirt from entering the inner parts of the ear. Earwax cleans and lubricates the inner lining of the ear. So, without earwax, your ear can be easily become dirt infested, infected, sore and dry. Earwax usually doesn’t cause problems as long as its produces in sufficient amounts.

SYMPTOMS OF EARWAX:

Symptoms of earwax include:

  • Ringing in the ear
  • Noises in the ear(tinnitus)
  • Decreased hearing
  • Ear ache
  • Discharge or odor coming from the  ear
  • Temporary hearing loss
  • Itching or drainage from the ear canal
  • Dizziness

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR TREATING EARWAX:

While excessive earwax may be irritating, the good news is that there are many natural home remedies to tackle this problem. There are many simple natural remedies to unblock and remove hardened earwax from your ears. With any of these home remedies, you may need to repeat them several times depending on the extent of the wax accumulation.

These are the top 6 natural home remedies to treat earwax:

  • WARM WATER: Flushing your ear with warm water will also help get rid of excess earwax. Fill a rubber- bulb syringe with slightly warm water. Tilt your head upright and pull the outer ear to straighten the ear canal. Use the syringe to put a small amount of water into the ear canal. Leave it for a minute and then drain it out by tilting your head to the opposite side. Clean away the water and earwax that has come out of the ear with a clean cloth. Be sure to use only clean and filtered water.
  • BAKING SODA: It is an excellent home remedy for removing hard and excess wax. Mix baking soda with water and pour inside your ear, it will help you soften the wax. Use a dropper to put many drops of solution in the affected area. Relax for 10 minutes and then flush water gently into the ear. Clean your outer ear with a soft and clean cloth. Repeat this several times for better and effective results.
  • OLIVE OIL: One of the best ways to remove the ear wax is olive oil as it softens the earwax, thus making it easier to come out from the ear. Olive oil has antibacterial properties which will protect you from ear infections. Slightly warm some olive oil. Put 2-3 drops of olive oil into the ear, affected by excessive blockage. Allow it to settle for about 10 minutes so that the earwax becomes soft. Tilt your head sideways and remove the oil and the wax with ear buds. Repeat it continuously for 3-4 days. Earwax removal through olive oil is an effective way as it softens the earwax, thereby making it easier to remove.
  • BABY OIL: To soften earwax and facilitate its removal, you can also use baby oil. Fill an ear dropper with baby oil. Tilt the affected ear toward the sky and put 2-5 drops of the bay oil into the ear. Place a cotton ball at the ear opening to prevent oil from oozing out. Leave it for several minutes. Remove the cotton ball and tilt your head the opposite direction to drain out the extra oil. Clean the ear opening with a soft cloth.
  • SALINE SOLUTION: Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in around half cup of warm water until it dissolves completely. Then soak a cotton ball in the saline solution and squeeze few drops of the solution into the affected ear by slightly tilting your head upwards. Maintain the same position for a few minutes so that the saline solution properly gets inside your ear and dislodges the earwax. Then tilt your head in the opposite direction so that you can drain out the solution from your ear. This is one of the best earwax removal solutions that you can use to get rid of this problem at home.
  • COCONUT OIL: Coconut oil helps remove hardened ax inside the ear. It contains natural anti microbial agent, which is harmless thus reducing the risk of your ear getting infected. It is used to kill several harmful microorganisms that cause wax buildup. Fill a dropper with coconut oil, tilt your head to one side and put a few drops of coconut oil into your ear. Stay in this position for several minutes. Finally tilt your head towards the other side to let the earwax and coconut oil to drain off.

TIPS TO KEEP EARWAX BLOCKAGE AWAY:

  • Use baby oil at home time to time if your body has the tendency to build up wax on your ears.
  • Do always clean your ear after applying a remedy.
  • Do not use hot water to wash your ears.
  • Don’t use sharp objects to clean out the wax.
  • Do not use hairpins, matchsticks or safety pins to get rid of the earwax.
  • You must never use cotton swabs in the ears.
  • Don’t use Q-tips for cleaning ears; they only push wax in further.
  • Do not spray anything in the ear.
  • Don’t overuse earphones and earplugs.
  • Never use ear candles. They do not work.

Apart from this you can do consult a physician for some tips on how to take care of and maintain the health of your ears. Seek immediate medical help if you feel that your ears are getting stuffy by day.

 

 

 

Foods that Increase Your EyeSight

July 11, 2017 by  
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FOODS THAT INCREASE YOUR EYESIGHT!!!!

Your vision quality is determined by several different factors, but you may not be aware that your overall health and diet can either help or hurt your eyesight. Tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses? Well most of the people who are cursed with weak eyesight experience the same frustration. Well, certain foods containing specific vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids can stave off eye damage. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins A , C and E, zinc and carotenoids are all credited with protecting the eyes. Most of the vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat and fish all naturally contain some of these powerful nutrients. Having a healthy diet will not necessarily change your vision quality but eating whole foods can help you uphold healthy vision and fend off health problems

DIET: Even if you have a 20-20 vision, there are certain foods that maintain your eye health.

LEAFY GREENS: Leafy green vegetables are packed with lutein and zeaxanthin which are anti oxidants that helps lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

CARROT: Carrot and other orange colored vegetables and fruits promote eye health and protect vision. Beta- carotene a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function properly.

ACAI: Acai berries are full of vitamins and anti oxidants. Acai is loaded with vitamins A and C. This antioxidant rich food protects the retina from free radical damage.

EGGS: The yolk is a primary source of lutein and zeaxanthin and zinc which helps reduce your macular degeneration risk and hence increase your eyesight.

GRAPEFRUIT: Grape fruit is a popular citrus fruit that is a terrific source of vitamins, fiber and other nutrients. Grape fruit is known for its anti oxidant and immunity boosting capabilities. Grape fruit helps increase your eye sight vision.

BLUEBERRIES: Blueberries may help to reduce your risk of cataracts, glaucoma, heart disease, cancer and other conditions. Anthocyanin- rich blueberries, grapes have anti- oxidant and anti- inflammatory properties that can help improve your vision. Eating blueberries regularly improves vision and strengthens blood vessels in the back of the eye.

 HOMEREMEDY:

ALOEVERA, LEMON and WALNUT: The mixture of aloe juice, lime juice, walnuts and honey is known to work wonders on your eyesight by nourishing the optic nerves to a great extent. This mixture provides the necessary required to keep your optic system healthy, thereby improving your eyesight.

Dos:

  • Take enough rest, since sleep allows overworked muscles to relax completely. So shoot for 8 hours of sound sleep at night.
  • Drink a lot of water if your eyes are often dry, blurry or tired.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin A, C, lutein and beta carotene as they help repair the eyes.
  • Try resting your eyes for at least ten minutes for every fifty minute you spend in front on any electronic device.
  • Take a mini nap. Put your head back, close your eyes and relax for 3 minutes.
  • Give a short break to your eyes once an hour at least during your working day.
  • Avoid sugary foods as they are bad for eyes.

Ocular (nutrition that is required for preservation of vision) nutrition is essential for maintaining eye health and vision. Proper diet routine can help prevent a number of eye diseases and vision problems. Instead of using powerful glasses and lenses which can never cure your bad eyesight you should try the above easy and simple exercises regularly to care your eyes naturally.

“EYES ARE THE WINDOWS OF THE SOUL”

Eye Exercises that Improve your EyeSight

July 11, 2017 by  
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Eye Exercises that Improve your EYESIGHT!!!!

Your vision quality is determined by several different factors, but you may not be aware that your overall health and diet can either help or hurt your eyesight. Tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses? Well most of the people who are cursed with weak eyesight experience the same frustration.

EXERCISES: Instead of powerful glasses one should practice eye exercise regularly for a few minutes for the normal functioning of eyes.

BLINK YOUR EYES: Sit comfortably and blink your eyes for around 10- 15 times rapidly. Then close your eyes and relax for about 20- 25 seconds. Repeat this exercise for about 5-6 times a day.

VIEW SIDEWAYS: Sit comfortably at look at a point straight in front of you. Then keep your head straight and look at your extreme left then to your extreme right. Repeat this exercise 10-20 times. Close your eyes and rest.

ROTATIONAL VIEWING: Sit comfortably and keep your head still. Then look at the four corners of your room. Repeat this clockwise and anti clockwise direction. Close your eyes and relax.

NEAR AND FAR VIEW: Hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eye on it, and slowly bring the pen closer until it’s about 6 inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen, 10 times in all.

WARMING: Rub your palms together for heat and then place them against your eyes for 5- 10 minutes. Repeat the same procedure three times to keep your eyes warm.

FIGURE 8: Imagine a giant figure 8 on the floor, about 10 feet in front of you. Trace the figure 8 with your eyes slowly. Trace it one way for a few minutes and then trace it the other way for a few minutes.

MASSAGE: this will help improve blood circulation around your eyes. Apply a hot or cold compress; soak a towel in warm water and a towel in cold water. Place the warm towel on your face and drape it around your face. After 3 minutes remove the wram towel and place the cold towel on your face. Alternate it making sure you end up the massage with the cold compress.

Dos:

  • Take enough rest, since sleep allows overworked muscles to relax completely. So shoot for 8 hours of sound sleep at night.
  • Drink a lot of water if your eyes are often dry, blurry or tired.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin A, C, lutein and beta carotene as they help repair the eyes.
  • Try resting your eyes for at least ten minutes for every fifty minute you spend in front on any electronic device.
  • Take a mini nap. Put your head back, close your eyes and relax for 3 minutes.
  • Give a short break to your eyes once an hour at least during your working day.
  • Avoid sugary foods as they are bad for eyes.

Ocular (nutrition that is required for preservation of vision) nutrition is essential for maintaining eye health and vision. Proper diet routine can help prevent a number of eye diseases and vision problems. Instead of using powerful glasses and lenses which can never cure your bad eyesight you should try the above easy and simple exercises regularly to care your eyes naturally.

HOW TO REMOVE PESTICIDES FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

May 4, 2017 by  
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It is a proven fact that pesticides are present in all the fruits and vegetables we eat. They primarily used during cultivation of crops and in some cases may remain as residues. Wash all your fruits with 2% of salt water will remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of the fruits. Almost 75% to 80% of pesticide residues are removed by cold water washing. Most of the fruits that are likely to have pesticides are mango, apple, grapes, plums, guava, peers and peaches and vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal and okra .

The following are few simple natural and cheap tricks that can help you get rid of those nasty chemicals.

DIFFERENT METHODS TO CLEAN YOUR FRUITS :

  1. Vinegar:Removing pesticides using vinegar is a natural, simple and cheap method. Natural vinegar wash not only removes pesticides but removes bacteria from the produce. Fill a large bowl with 4 parts water to 1 part plain white vinegar. Soak the fruits and vegetables you would like to clean in the mixture for about 20 minutes. Rinse it well with warm water.
  1. Make Your Own Spray:This pesticide removing natural spray is super simple and easy to make with the ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen.   PROCESS: Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda and a cup of water until the baking soda is completely dissolved. Pour this into a clean spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto your fruits or vegetables and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse the mixture off and enjoy the pesticide free produce.
  1. Soda Salt:Soda salt can be used as a universal cleaning solution to remove pesticide residues.You can wash the fruits and vegetables with 5% soda salt. Studies have proven that using soda salt solution is effective than washing with tap water. Soda salt can therefore be treated as a general cleaning solution to remove mixed pesticides in fruits and veggies.
  1. Mix1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and a cup of warm water.Pour this into a new spray bottle. The spray produce is ready. Spray it on the fruits and let sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly to wash away the residue.
  1. Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar, 20 drops grapefruit seed extract available at food stores and a cup of water. Mix properly to produce the natural spray.. Let sit for around 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

NOTE: The baking soda and white vinegar will foam when mixed together. Make sure you use a deep pitcher and pour slowly and steadily.

What is the Right time for taking Thyroid medication

May 3, 2017 by  
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ideal-time-for-thyroid-medicationMost of the thyroid patients do have this query in their minds as to what is the right time to take thyroid medication. The query is if the medication has to be taken early in the morning or just before bedtime. Still further few more have asked if thyroid medication can be taken on an empty stomach or if the medication can be accompanied with coffee / breakfast.

The fact is that most of the thyroid patients are already going through a stage of high stress and low confidence what with several problems surface associated with the imbalance of hormone level.

For best results the right time to take thyroid medication is early in the morning. The thyroid medication has to be taken on an empty stomach so that it can absorb properly. Coffee and breakfast will stop the absorption from happening to its full potential. You need to wait for at least 30 minutes before you consume coffee and an hour before breakfast.

Remember you need to wait for at least 4 hours before taking calcium or iron tablets, which can interfere with thyroid hormone absorption.

Medication normally prescribed for thyroid hormone replacement are thyroxine/ thyronorm/ eltroxin/levoxyl tablets etc. The dosage will depend upon the last medical reports and diagnosis by the Endocrinologist.

What Should Thyroid Patients Do?

To ensure you take your thyroid medication religiously, place the bottle in the kitchen or in a prominent place such that you start the day by gulping the tablet with a glass of water. I place the thyroid medication bottle beside the bed such that as soon as I wake up I take the tablet and then proceed for my daily schedules.

  • Avoid eating for at least 60 minutes after taking medication. Preferably avoid high-fiber foods that can interfere with thyroid medication absorption. Several studies have indicated that having coffee or expresso at the same time or shortly after taking thyroid medication can significantly lower the absorption of the thyroid medication.
  • One study published in the journal Thyroid mentions, the reduction of absorption of the medication typically ranged from 23% to as much as 55%.
  • Follow consistency for medical examination. Quarterly tests are recommended. Check TSH levels in your blood and consult the physician for any change in dosage of thyroid medication.
  • Ideally thyroid patients should periodically test for Sugar levels too if the thyroid problem has been diagnosed for more than 5 years. There is a correlation and high chances of becoming diabetic patients especially if it runs in the family. Be cautious about your diet and check periodically. 

Suggestions for Thyroid Patients

  • The recommendations by researchers are clear, you need to wait at least sixty minutes after taking thyroid medication prior to drinking coffee or tea.
  • And if that is not possible, then the thyroid patient may discuss with the Endocrinologist if the medication can be taken before bed time. Some studies have shown that taking thyroid medication at bedtime may improve absorption. This change in time will also allow a thyroid patient to have a morning cup of coffee without concern for interference with thyroid medication.

Recommendations by Ayurveda

  • Eating goitrogenic foods such as rapeseed, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, maize, lima beans, soya and pearl millet should be limited. These foods contain natural goitrogens, which are chemicals that cause the enlargement of the thyroid gland by interfering with thyroid hormone synthesis. Cooking is known to make the goitrogens elements less effective, but it would be wise not eat these foods raw. Include foods that contain iodine, such as kelp, beetroot, radish, parsley, potatoes, fish, oatmeal and bananas.
  • Another important factor in the treatment of hypothyroidism is exercise. Exercise increases tissue sensitivity to the thyroid hormone, and stimulates thyroid gland secretion. An exercise regime of between 15-20 minutes per day benefits hypothyroidism. This exercise needs to be strenuous enough to raise the heartbeat, such as walking, swimming, running and cycling, except in the case of who have joint pains and can lead to risk of ligament injury.

It’s important to note, however, that any time you are finding it difficult to regulate your thyroid function while taking any thyroid hormone replacement medication, experts recommend that you take your medication consistently, ideally in the morning, at least an hour before any food or drink besides water, and at least three or more hours apart from any supplements, juices or foods that contain iron, calcium, or fiber.

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Why to move from Oral Medications to Insulin

April 25, 2017 by  
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Oral-medications-to-InsulinThese days we hear a lot of diabetic people moving from Oral Medications (tablets) to Insulin shots/ injections. There is a lot of frustration when the transition is in progress. The diabetics undergoes lot of pressure to digest the fact that a big change has happened. Mind as well as body of the patient needs to get accustomed to the new schedule.

Types of Diabetes

Diabetes comes in two types. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin on its own. To treat type 1, you must restore the proper amount of insulin—either by taking insulin (through injection or inhalation), or by receiving a transplant. Type 1 cannot be treated with oral medications.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body produces enough insulin, but gradually becomes insulin resistant—that is, loses the ability to process insulin. Type 2 is a progressive disease, and it usually requires a progression of treatments to keep it under control.

Recommendations for Type2 diabetics

Type 2 is usually controlled first through diet and exercise, which improve your body’s ability to process its insulin. For most type 2 diabetics, however, diet and exercise changes are not enough. The next step is oral diabetes medication. Moreover, most type 2 diabetics eventually stop producing enough insulin, and often cease insulin production altogether. As a result, many type 2 diabetics will ultimately need insulin therapy in combination with their pills.

Most of Type 2 patients start with oral medications along with diet and exercise. But after a number of years, dosage is gradually increased later, these diabetics have reached the limit of what oral medications can do for them, and need to start injecting insulin to keep their blood glucose at a safe level. Control diabetes naturally ,follow schedule of exercise and monitor diet.

For most of the Type 2 patients a combination of oral medication and insulin therapy is the most effective way to control their diabetes and delay or even prevent the onset of complications. Type 2 is a progressive disease, and it usually requires a progression of treatments to keep it under control.Oral-medications-to-Insulin

Insulin-Fear factor for diabetics

Most of the diabetics fear due to the pain of injections, the temperature control required for insulin injections especially when they are traveling, privacy factors to inject considering hygiene practices.

Insulin pens are convenient, very accurate and not noticeable. With the needles that is available in market today, you cannot feel an injection of insulin into the layer of fat beneath your skin.

Family members of the diabetic patient have to be supportive and patient when the transition is in progress from oral medication to Insulin.

Even people who are very reluctant to start taking insulin quickly learn to make it part of their routine, no more disturbing than brushing their teeth. And when you see how much better you feel, you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated earlier!

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Can you eat Chicken and Eggs during Chicken pox?

April 3, 2017 by  
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Can you eat Chicken during chicken poxChicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Chicken pox is highly contagious disease and generally affects children. When a person is infected with chicken pox you will see a breakout of rashes all over the body which appears in the form of pus filled boils.

The person infected with chicken pox will have low appetite. The first 2 days the child will feel weak and fatigued. He’ll not feel like eating much quantity of food and will rely on liquid diet. After the fourth day the child will improve on food intake.

The number of blisters will keep increasing as days progress. You will see fresh ones near the genitals, palms, feet and sole, mouth and scalp area too.

The most important question that will come to your mind is with regard to the kind of food your child can and cannot consume. Make sure that his/her diet includes foods that are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Importance is placed on eating fruits and vegetables.

Foods to avoid during Chicken pox

  • In India people avoid eating non-vegetarian foods like chicken, meat, fish and eggs etc. Considered to be hot and aggravate the boils.
  • Quantity of salt is reduced to avoid itching. Ghee addition, oily foods are avoided to ensure proper digestion. Spicy foods are totally avoided to minimize itching and easy digestion.
  • Avoid citric fruits and juices as it may cause itching.
  • Avoid wheat flour, by-products of wheat-All purpose flour (maida), bread as it will increase heat in the body.
  • Do not use dhals -tur dhal, moong dhal, chick pea (chana) etc as it can cause pus in the boils. Usually potato is also avoided along with masalas while cooking vegetable curries.

Foods to eat during Chicken pox

  • Consume fruits and vegetables in plenty. Banana, Water melon, berries, guava are ideal. Avoid citric fruits as it may cause itching.
  • Eat curds, drink butter milk to cool the body.
  • Serve porridge with coconut chutney ( Thenga chammandhi Recipe; Grind ½ cup grated raw coconut, shallots:5 (or) ½ an onion, small piece of tamarind,1/2 tsp of grated ginger, ½ tsp chilli powder, 2-3 curry leaves, salt: to taste, Grind all ingredients with 3 tsp of water).
  • Use non stick pan to make dosa, appam. Puttu is a steam cooked rice recipe, ideal during chicken pox. Mix with yellow color small banana.
  • In South India people consume rice in the form of puffed rice or flattened rice mixed with chopped banana or fruits.

Do’s during Chicken pox

  • Drink lots and lots of water and keep body hydrated.
  • Spread neem leaves on the bed cover such that the patient’s skin will be in contact with the leaves.
  • Use neem leaves to avoid itching sensation. Gently fan the spots with neem fronds (tender leaves) if you feel itchy. The essential oils from neem leaves will provide soothing feeling.
  • If itching is severe, mix 1 tspn of baking soda in 2 glasses of water and then sponge the body with this solution.
  • After the rashes have dried, a lengthy bath can be planned for your child. Heat water in which neem leaves and fresh turmeric has been added I day in advance. The next day heat the same water and then bath. This water has medicinal properties with antibacterial properties as well.
  • Wear loose, light colored cotton clothes. Also recommended to use light colored bed spreads.
  • Doctors advise to apply Calamine lotion over the boils to get relief from itching. Gives cooling affect.

Dont’s during Chicken pox

  • Do not scratch vigorously and break the boils. Water will ooze and infection will spread further. It will also lead to ugly scars.
  • Do not leave the person unattended during the initial 3 days. The weakness will be severe and the patient will faint with exhaustion due to fever and body pains.
  • Do not send the infected person out of the house-school, play school or work as it is contagious.
  • Do not bathe till all the boils and rashes have dried. Skin should not come in contact with water. Avoid medicated soaps.


The Ayurvedic name for chicken pox is Laghu Masurika. Generally speaking, the disease would take between 10 and 15 days to run its course. Ayurveda recommends fanning with neem leaves, application of neem paste, honey on the blisters. Oatmeal soak is another option for sponging the body.

Can you eat Chicken during chicken poxChicken pox is a contagious disease and can spread quite easily from person to person. Doctors too inform that the chicken pox virus spreads when the rashes starts falling. The most contagious time is during the initial 2 to 5 days of the illness. The chicken pox virus may spread through contact with infected droplets that are released into the air while coughing and sneezing.

As chicken pox is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not helpful. Usually treatment for chicken pox involves topical applications in order to reduce discomfort caused by the rash. Medication may also be given to reduce fever and pains.

Can you eat Chicken during chicken poxNeem leaves play a key role in Ayurvedic treatment for chicken pox. Neem has antiviral properties and hence combats the varicella zoster virus. It quickens the drying of the fluid in the blisters, and reduces the itchy and scratchy sensation that the chicken pox blisters cause.

Massive cleaning is to be done in the home after the infected person has had bath and no further symptoms are seen in the other family members.

There is another condition called shingles which is another form of chicken pox affected by the nerves. Read more in upcoming article.

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Foods that must include in your Diet to prevent Heart Attack

February 28, 2017 by  
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Diet can play an important role in reversing and preventing heart diseases. Though there are a lot of things you can eat to keep your heart healthy, here are few simple and natural remedies to give your heart a helping hand:

 GARLIC:  Garlic has a host of medicinal properties that makes it a truly miraculous herb. People who are regular consumers of garlic are more likely to have a batter blood circulation and lesser chances of harmful blood platelet aggregation. Garlic is beneficial for condition like coronary heart disease. Garlic is also used to lower and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as blood pressure.

Eat one or two freshly crushed garlic cloves daily.

GINGER: Ginger is increasingly gaining recognition as a herb that promotes heart health. Ginger is capable of preventing formation of clots, improving blood circulation and lowering cholesterol levels. Ginger is ore effective than the drug aspirin as a blood clot preventer.

TURMERIC: Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin that helps maintain heart health by reducing cholesterol oxidation and clot formation. Turmeric helps lower LDL and provides anti inflammatory benefits.

Use turmeric daily in your cooking.

POTASSIUM AND MAGNESIUM: Dietary intake of potassium improves heart function as well by helping to offset the rise in blood pressure from a high- salt diet. Increase your magnesium intake as it is the most important ignored mineral in existence involving 300 metabolic processes. It directly affects heart health, especially with heart beat regulation. Magnesium supplements may reduce blood pressure and they are good for overall heart function and heart disease.

Substitute your normal salt with magnesium and potassium salts

GREEN TEA: Green tea is used to lower cholesterol level. Green tea is better than black tea as it is rich in an antioxidant substance. This antioxidant improves the health of the cells that form the innermost lining of the blood vessels and the heart. Green tea reduces the formation of bad cholesterol and prevents rise in blood pressure. Having green tea everyday is good for the heart and cuts down the risks of heart diseases.

Have 3 to 4 cups of green tea a day.

POMEGRANATE: Like green tea, pomegranate juice has been consumed for centuries with the belief that the ruby red fruit promotes heart disease and health. Pomegranate juice helps unclog arteries by reducing artery thickness. Powerful antioxidant chemicals in pomegranate fruit and juice help lower blood pressure.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: It is an essential nutrient that helps reduce heart disease. They also lower fatty blood components that block your arteries. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in fish will help lower blood pressure and reduce risk of death from heart disease.

To prevent a heart attack is simpler than what you think. These lifestyle changes can help prevent a heart attack and heart disease.

  • Add plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and food high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Practice yoga, meditation that can help reduce your stress levels.
  • Eat fish at least once a week as it reduces the risk of rapid irregular heartbeat- a major cause of sudden death.
  • Avoid oils that are processed by heat or hydrogenated.
  • Ride a cycle for just 20 minutes a day so as to reduce heart attack.
  • Say no to smoking as you can show an early sign of heart disease.
  • Go to bed an hour earlier. Lack of sleep increase stress hormones, raises blood pressure and affects blood sugar levels. Sleep for at least nine hours a day.
  • Eat a piece of dark chocolate several times a week as it is good for your heart!
  • Check the sugar levels in your body as too much of sugar in your blood can damage your arteries.
  • Have a beer once a day as it will lower the cholesterol level; increase their blood levels of heart- healthy oxidants. Red wine would be better. Either drink a beer or wine but not both.
  • Too much pf cholesterol makes a heart attack more likely. So try and prevent your cholesterol numbers.

Herbs and supplements can help prevent heart diseases and reduce its symptoms by lowering blood pressure, improving breathing; cleaning arteries and helping your heart function better.

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