Cystic Fibrosis – Prevention at Home

Lifestyle and home remedies
You can manage your condition and minimalize complications in quite a few ways. Always having a conversation with your doctor before taking up home remedies is essential.

Pay Heed to Nutrition and Fluid Intake
Cystic fibrosis can cause malnourishment because the enzymes needed for digestion can’t reach your small intestine and thus preventing food from being absorbed. People with cystic fibrosis may need a significantly higher number of calories daily than do people without the condition. Maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water. In addition to this make sure you take your prescribed supplements if any. Consultation with a nutritionist is the best option.

Regular Exercise
Daily exercise can help in strengthening your heart as well as loosening mucus in your airways. Participation in sports can help increase confidence levels and self-esteem. Anything that gets you moving like walking or biking can help.

Give up Smoke
Never be a victim of passive smoking. It is very harmful for everyone and especially for people with cystic fibrosis. Avoid smoking or smokers in your car, home or anywhere near you.

Hand-washing Habit
Hand washing is the best habit that ought to be followed to keep away from infection. Make it a practice that all the members of your family wash their hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, when returning from home, work or school, and after being around a sick person.

Never Miss your Medical Appointments
Make sure not to miss your regular follow-up appointments. Take your medications as recommended and follow therapies as taught. If you experience any signs or symptoms like severe constipation, more mucus than usual, blood in your mucus or reduced energy, contact your doctor.

Coping and Support
People with cystic fibrosis often experience strong emotions like fear or anger. This is usually common in teens. Getting support from groups who have the same issue and talking out your emotions can really help. Even psychological consultations prove to give better results. Educate your children if they are having this problem. Consult with a doctor on how to care about when your children grow older.

Prevention
If any of your family members exhibit cystic fibrosis, it is better to test whether you or your partner may want to undergo genetic testing before having children. The test is performed on a sample of blood which can help determine your risk of having a child with cystic fibrosis.

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Quick and Handy First Aid Tips for Common Accidents

Stumbles are not only frequent with business men but also with toddlers from the moment they take their first step. It may not be possible to keep them away from falling but follow these below tips to make them feel better.

Cut or Scrape
Press firmly over the area where there is bleeding with a clean cloth until it stops.Show the wound under lukewarm running water and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment preferably Neosporin or Bacitracin if the wound has peeled off some skin, then cover with a bandage or gauze and adhesive tape. Repeat the same until the cut heals, so your child can’t pick at it.

Burn
Hold the burn affected area immediately under cool running water or place a cold, wet towel until the pain declines. Cover any small blisters with a loose bandage or gauze and tape; call a doctor as soon as possible if burns are on the face, hands, or genitals, or if they’re larger than 1/4 inch anywhere on the body. Don’t pop any blisters, apply an anti-biotic cream and cover the area if the skin is broken. Look out for any redness, swelling, tenderness, or discharge — all signs of infection.

Nosebleed
Make your child sit upright, but don’t tilt her head back. Loosen any tight clothing around her neck. Pinch the lower end of her nose close and hold for 10-12 minutes. If it is due to trauma, hold an ice pack to slow down the bleeding. If condition persists rush to the doctor.

Splinter or Glass

Use soap and water to wash around the splinter. Clean a pair of tweezers with rubbing alcohol and slowly pull the splinter out. Wash the skin again. If the kid has stepped on shards of glass, cover the area with clean cloth and seek medical attention.

Eye Trauma
If your child has been hit or poked in the eye and eventually faces severe pain, constant tearing, light sensitivity, or blurry, hold a cool, wet cloth over the area and head to the E.R. Minor scratch on the eye’s surface can be treated with prescription drops or ointment and usually heals within 48 hours. If a chemical has been splashed in his eye, hold the lid open and flush with lukewarm water and rush to the hospital.

Insect Bite or Sting
Gently scrape the skin with a credit card to remove the insect stinger without breaking it. (Using tweezers can squeeze out more venom.) Call emergency if your child has trouble breathing, is coughing, or develops a hoarse voice, swollen lips or tongue.For itching, hold a cold compress over the affected area for a minute, or apply calamine lotion or a 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical antihistamine. Connect to your doc if you suspect a tick bite.

Keep Prehypertension in Control

Prevent Prehypertension from Progressing into High Blood Pressure.

What Is Prehypertension?
When the blood pressure is between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg, it’s called prehypertension. Prehypertension is a condition in which your blood pressure is not high enough to be considered high blood pressure, or hypertension, but it is high enough to put you at increased risk of developing high blood pressure in the future.

At this stage it is important to make the lifestyle changes that will decrease your prehypertension from turning into hypertension. And that, in turn, will also decrease your chances of having blood pressure-related health problems such as:
Stroke
Kidney failure
Heart disease
Heart attack

How to Deal With Prehypertension?
Keep up a Healthy Weight
Maintaining ideal weight reduces the risk of blood pressure which eventually keeps you away from tension. Make sure you fall within your Body Mass Index (BMI). A little extra pounds lost can also keep you within the safe barrier.

Exercise Regularly
Besides maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity is also essential to keep your blood pressure in check. 30 minutes spent everyday in brisk walking, running or cycling can help so much.

Eat a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet with necessary fiber, low fat, mineral and vitamin rich food can support you best at beating hypertension and keeping you happy. Consume low fat dairy and whole wheat.

Cut Down Your Sodium Intake
Limiting your sodium intake to 2,400 milligrams or less per daymay help you control your blood pressure. Avoid using table salt, reduce on junk, stay away canned foods, soups and processed foods for dinner.

Lesser Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is a friend to hypertension and blood pressure. Making lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of developing hypertension and related health problems. But the changes you make should be permanent so that you can bask in good health without much worry.

Health Benefits of Orange Juice

The Healthiest Drink for Many Reasons

Vitamin C Hub
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that cannot be synthesized by the human body. It protects us from harmful free radicals and protects against tissue damage which leads to aging. Two glasses of orange increases 40%-60% of Vitamin C concentration in our body

Saves you from Inflammation
High fatty foods may shrink the space in your blood vessels especially the one that leads to your heat. This condition is called atherosclerosis. Also Type 2 Diabetes may also occur due to over secretion of insulin to react on the glucose. This over production leads to inflammation. The best method to reduce this risk is to consume a glass of orange juice after heavy meals. This prevents fat depositions in the walls of blood vessels.

Develops Diastolic Blood Pressure
Orange juice contains hesperidin, which improves the activity of small blood vessels, blood pressure and decrease the cardiovascular risk. Regular intake of orange juice may improve diastolic blood pressure.

Lowers Bad Cholesterol Levels
As mentioned above, this juice is rich in flavonoids which can reduce the risk of heart attack upto 19%. Also it is rich in citrates, which prevent the formation of kidney stones. Natural orange juice without added water or sugar reduces the levels of “bad” cholesterol, blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular problems.

Promotes Weight Loss
Orange juice when consumed on an empty stomach is said to purify the body by eliminating waste and improve intestinal movement. Drink orange juice everyday and the possibilities of suffering from obesity is lowered by at least 14%.It increases gastric juice in the stomach and aids in digestion.

Major Health Benefits
Orange juice can help prevent Deafness, Vision Loss, Cancer, etc. It is best when consumed along with food as it helps in better assimilation and absorption of food.

Keep Your Peepers Healthy

Don’t take your eyes for granted.

Eat Healthy
The food on your plate determines your eye health. Balanced food and lots of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids are most apt for good vision. Green leafy veggies, oily fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, nuts, etc are most suitable and should be added in everyday diet. Lower the chances of obesity lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes which causes blindness.

Leave Smoking
Smoking not only causes cancer and kills, but it also increases the chances of damaging your sensitive eye tissues and nerves. Seek medical attention if you’re already into it.

Practice Wearing Sunglasses
Shades have been proven to safeguard the eyes and reduce the risk of many eye damages. They prevent the harmful ultraviolet rays, UVA & UVB which increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair of sunglasses that gives 99%-100% protection and. Polarized glasses reduce glare and wrap around glasses gives full eye coverage.

Don’t Continuously Look at the Computer Screen
Constant looking at your PC screen may cause eye staring which brings along blurriness, problems with depth perception, dryness, headaches, etc. So as to protect your eyes make you look away from your screen every now and then, focus on things near and far, try wearing computer glasses, sit comfortable, use anti-glare if required and most importantly blink more.

Regular Eye Check Up
Periodical eye test and check-up can help you a lot with your vision health. Detecting any problems at the early stage can reduce the risk of major problems. Eyes are the most valued possessions we have and it is indeed the gateway to the world. Take good care of them.

Feet Does Speak on Your Health

It’s time to note for problems hiding in your sock
Podiatrists say that since our feet are far away from our spine and heart, it is vulnerable for higher range of nerve issues. Any changes in the texture of our feet like colorations, dryness, etc., or with the nails, it could be a symptom of a disease which could be treated if found early.  Here, we have listed out a few major foot concerns which is best to be checked with your physician.

Bald feet and toes
This can mean some serious blood circulation problems. Hair requires blood flow and hence hairlessness can be a sign of insufficient or interrupted blow flow.

Recurrent foot cramping
This means lack of fluids and nutritional scarcities. These cramps occur randomly due to dehydration. So make sure you drink adequate water and also check on your potassium, magnesium and calcium intakes. Simple remedy is to soak your feet in warm water and keeping the toes pointed upwards. If cramps persist check the doctor for circulatory or nervous issues.

Wound that takes time to heal
This can mean Diabetes or skin cancer. Sometimes a cut or sore can occur even without you feeling it which is a danger sign of diabetes. Excess glucose levels are prone to attack your feet tissues initially. This cut may develop infection or even worse it could call for amputation. Also, melanoma can occur in legs too. So it’s best to keep an eye on skin checks.

Cold feet
This is a common symptom of Hypothyroidism. This condition also has other symptoms like hair loss, fatigue and abnormal gain in weight. This is common after 40 years of age. On proper medication, you’ll start warming up.

Swollen big toe
This might mean Gout or any other inflammatory problem. Sudden enlargement of big toe along with pain, redness and joint pains might require immediate medical attention.

Heel ache
This means a condition called Plantar fasciitis. It causes a sharp pricking pain in the heels when you stand or walk. This is due to a strain in the ligament and it is best to check on the type of shoes you wear. Proper stretching exercises are mandatory.

Itchy or peeling skin
This means Fungal infection.  Even if you’re not an athlete you can still be prone to athletes foot. Try to keep your foot from being moist. Treat with anti-fungal cream if itchiness persists.

Yellow toenails
This can either mean Fungus or pedicure overload. Don’t worry if your toenails are yellow. This could be over application of nail polish without breaks. Sometimes age also matters. If your nails are brittle, it could be due to fungal attack and its best to consult your doctor.

Pickle Juice & its Health Benefits

Pickle juice has many health benefits that enhance your overall health.

Delivers Antioxidants and nutrients: It contains vitamin C, E and antioxidants which helps to manage your weight due to the vinegar content in it and also boosts immune system.

Aids in digestion process: Fermented pickle juice is filled with probiotics. This nature encourages growth of good bacteria. This leads to a flatter belly.

Soothes Muscle Cramps: According to a Medicine in science sports & exercise, dehydrated man experiences fast relief from muscle cramps after drinking pickle juice. So the athletes have started to use it for years.

Controls Blood Sugar Levels: A study published in Journal of Diabetes Research states that pickle juice taken prior to meal regulates blood sugar level in people with type 2 diabetes

Heart burn relief: Many of them think that vinegar causes heart burn but it is actually y the opposite reaction, the vinegar will actually soothe the heart burn.
Even if you don’t like the taste, we can decide that drinking pickle juice is worth for health benefits. So let’s add this to our diet from today !

Balanced Diet Chart For Growing Children

These are the important points in tables
A Balanced diet food chart includes-Carbohydrates, Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, Calcium, Iron, Omega-3 and 6 Fatty acids, Amino acids, and Daily calorie needs! From the above, 50% of your calorie needs should be derived from Carbohydrates, 20% from Protein, 30% from Fats.Calcium is important for strong bones. Diary products like cheese; yogurt; vegetables like cauliflower,spinach, broccoli, and celery have high in calcium content.

Iron is a mineral needed by our bodies. Iron also helps our muscles store and use oxygen.Omega 3 fatty acid is found in some vegetable oils, such as soybean, canola, fish oil, salmons, flaxseed and walnuts. It’s also found in some green veggies like spinach and salad greens.Omega 6 fatty acid is found in many nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.This chart below indicates what % from each food group you should provide the children (ages 0-7 years)

Foods Percentage on Daily Intake

Foods appropriate serving size and amount of serving per day.Parents can choose one or two food’s depending with the smaller portion from each food category for their children.

Benefits of Egg

Eggs are an excellent source of Protein. It is also one of the natural food containing Vitamin D, A, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorous. Let us take a look at the amazing health benefits of egg.

Protect our Bones
Egg is a natural source of vitamin D. As we all know that vitamin D acts as a source for bone Health. Egg plays the vital role in preventing osteoporosis along with dairy products.

Prevents Cataracts & Eye Problems
Egg contains anti-oxidants which keeps the eye healthy. It gets accumulated in the eye where the nutrient protects us from the high energy wavelengths of light. A good dietary intake of egg along with spinach and broccoli leads to a significant decrease in cataracts (20%).

Promote Weight Loss

We all know that egg is a protein rich diet. Consuming an egg in the morning makes us feel fuller and keep away from eating more calories which automatically leads us to aid weight loss.

Promotes Brain Health
Choline is one of the best nutrients that promote brain development in foetus and new born as well as memory function. Eggs are an excellent dietary source of choline and consumption of one egg a day will provide 28% of pregnant women choline requirement.

Promotes Healthy Hair
Egg yolks are filled with nutrients which stimulates the growth of hair follicles. Egg consumption stimulates hair growth, shinier, stronger, hair fall, and conditions and moisturizes. The best result can be obtained by applying a egg mask weekly once.