Sanitary napkins, New age Pollutant

Even though number of women who use hygienic means to manage menstruation in India is pegged at just 12-15%, this has already opened up a new challenge….How to handle the staggering amount of Sanitary waste.

Sanitary waste disposal has become an increasing problem in India. The plastic used in disposable sanitary napkins are not bio-degradable and lead to health and environmental hazards.

The total amount of menstrual hygiene waste that is generated per month nationwide comes to around 9000 tons….. 

What’s inside Sanitary Pad?

Have you ever checked what’s in your pads. Even if you check you won’t find  ingredients in sanitary pad as manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients because feminine hygiene products are considered medical devices.

Have you ever checked what’s in your pads ?

Sanitary pads are mostly plastic and are made of different layers. The thin top layer on napkins, known as the dri-weave top sheet, is made of polypropylene (a plastic polymer). The padding is mostly wood pulp mixed with super absorbent polymers and the leak-proof layer is made from an impermeable polyethylene.  Super absorbent polymer is the magic ingredient that helps to hold water up to 30 times its weight.

Too much plastic means, sanitary pads too carry health hazards. Would like to enlist few….

  • Some chemicals present in plastic like BPA and BPS can complicate embryonic development
  • The cellulose present in pads can cause cervical cancer
  • Rayon which is used to increase the absorbing capacity of pads, contains dioxin. Dioxin is a known human carcinogen.
  • Deodorants used in pads can cause infertility and birth defects

What happens to all those soiled napkins ?

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Do you need Selenium supplements ?

Selenium deficiency can impair immune function, increase incidence of cancer, cardiovascular and other degenerative diseases as well as overall mortality.

Selenium in human Health and Disease

Selenium is an essential micronutrient found in Brazil nuts, chicken, fish, turkey, crab, nuts, cereal and eggs. Selenium is an “essential nutrient”, meaning our bodies cannot make it, and so we have to get it from our diet. Without it the heart, joints, eyes, immune system and reproductive system can suffer.  We require 55 micrograms of selenium to maintain proper health and this selenium we must obtain through dietary sources.

What is Selenium

Selenium is a non-metal element that occurs in the earth’s crust. Selenium is necessary in the body’s production of selenoproteins.  There are around 25 selenoproteins in humans and many of these are enzymes that act to protect the body against oxidative damage. Since the ageing process, as well as certain diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, is associated with an increase in oxidative damage, maintaining adequate selenium intakes may provide some protection against these processes.

Where is Selenium found

Seafood and organ meats are rich in selenium.

Plants pick up selenium from soil. The selenium content in plant foods depends on the concentration of selenium in the soil where the plants grow.  Seafood and organ meats are rich in selenium. Other foods that have selenium include muscle meats, grains and dairy products. It can also be found in drinking water in some places.

Why selenium levels are low in some people

People living in places where the soil is selenium deficient have low selenium levels. People who smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol often are more likely to have selenium deficiency. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or other conditions that interfere with how the body absorbs selenium can lead to low selenium levels. Kidney dialysis patients may also become low in selenium. The chemotherapy drug cisplatin can lower selenium levels in the blood, but it is not known if cisplatin can lead to a significant deficiencies.

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10 Nightmares New age Mom faces

Our minds are filled with images of happy pregnant and new moms we see on billboards, ads and pinterest. But truth may not be always this…..

Becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live –  Sarah Walker

Are you pregnant, Are you going to start this journey or are you already a new mom. This post is for you all. The true fact is however well you prepare mentally and physically and how much ever you read about motherhood, the moment the little one is born, a mother feels as if she is on a roller coaster ride.

The lifestyle and parenting magazines have created a false image that journey of being pregnant and motherhood is something one should for sure enjoy and it only has happiness. Our minds are filled with images of happy pregnant and new moms we see on billboards, ads and pinterest. But truth may not be always this…..

1.For most new moms, breast-feeding doesn’t come easily

Though breastfeeding is a natural process, it need not be easy. Less than 50% moms manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby’s health. The moms who quit mostly are those who have faced trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby.

  • Sore or Burning nipples
  • Poor or Excess milk supply
  • Plugged milk ducts
  • Flat or inverted nipples
  • Breast infection
  • Breast engorgement
  • Latching problem

2.Hate every minute of pregnancy

Half the female population hate being pregnant. Many a times people around and society are only happy about the pregnancy news and mother to be is left to bear all the pain and trauma associated with pregnancy by themselves. The process of carrying fetus for 40+ weeks is a tough job and for large number of women the journey becomes tougher with accounts of morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, body ache, swollen ankles and sore breasts.

Journey becomes tougher with accounts of morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, body ache, swollen ankles and sore breasts

Many people assume that if you hate being pregnant, you’ll hate being a mother.The fact is to hate ‘pregnancy’ is normal. Not liking pregnancy has no correlation with not liking the ‘Baby’.

3.Some moms don’t bond with their baby instantly

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Did you know that blue light from ‘Digital Screens’ negatively affects health

We all take special care to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays; but what about the harmful effects of blue light rays?
Usage of blue light emitting gadgets before bedtime prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep, delays the circadian clock, suppresses levels of the “darkness hormone” melatonin.

Sources of blue light include the sun, digital screens (TVs, computers, laptops, smart phones and tablets), electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lighting.

As the day progresses, we actually move closer to the back lit devices

 

Impact on Sleep:

Digital Screens emit blue light which are so bright that at night, brain gets confused by that light.  Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives body the “time to sleep” commands. Because of this, digital screen light can disrupt sleep cycle, making it harder to fall and stay asleep.

Changes in sleep patterns can in turn shift the body’s natural clock, known as its circadian rhythm. Studies have shown that shifts in this clock can have devastating health effects because it controls not only our wakefulness but also individual clocks that dictate function in the body’s organs. Research also shows that it may contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and even obesity. 

Eyes and Blue Light:

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Fad diets which you have never heard off

‘Quick Fix Diet Plans’ promises weight loss in few weeks or even few days

Half the world’s population is overweight and among them a large number is always working towards losing weight. Most of us would have engaged in weight loss program, but then lack of persistence, continuity and willingness would have made us to leave the program half way. So it’s quiet natural that we get attracted towards ‘Quick Fix Diet Plans’ which promises weight loss in few weeks or even few days. The trick works when celebrity like Kim Kardashian endorses it.

Here are some popular ‘Quick Fix Diet Plans’, in case you have not heard off

Clean Eating Diet:

Clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods that are minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.

That means corns are in, popcorns are out.

Foods allowed include a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nonfat dairy, and healthy fats. This diet recommends avoiding all saturated fat, trans fats, overprocessed, refined foods — especially white flour, sugar, sugar-loaded colas, juices, and alcohol.

Loss of water weight is the sole reason for rapid results in the beginning of any crash diet

The 6:1 Diet:

6:1 diet involves eating normally for six days and completely fasting on final day. On seventh day drink water alone or combine with herbal or fruit teas.

Sounds great ! fast for one day a week and see your weight crashing!

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Probiotic, Prebiotic and Synbiotics. Do we know what exactly are they?

Try out Probiotic, Prebiotic  and Synbiotics for good Gut Health

My previous post was all about ‘Good Bacteria‘ and the role they play in maintaining a healthy life. Some researchers believe that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome. Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer.
So it’s understood that good health begins in the gut while poor gut function, due to an imbalance of gut bacteria, can lay us open to digestive disorders and a host of other health problems.

So how can we make our Gut to stay healthy ?

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates

Answer is Try out Probiotic, Prebiotic  and Synbiotics

The health benefits imparted by probiotics and prebiotics as well as synbiotics have been the subject of extensive research in the past few decades. These food supplements termed as functional foods have been demonstrated to alter, modify and reinstate the pre-existing intestinal flora. Functional foods also provide the body with required amount of vitamins, fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

Probiotics:

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates

The term Probiotics is derived from a Greek word meaning “for life”. Probiotics have been defined as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host. The concept of probiotics evolved at the turn of the 20th century from a hypothesis first proposed by Nobel Prize winning Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff.

Benefits of Probiotics:

  • Provide a natural defense or immune system for body
  • Prevent growth of harmful bacteria
  • Strengthen immune system towards allergies and other autoimmune diseases
  • Help body to produce vitamins
  • Support healthy digestion
  • Increase defecation and reduce constipation
  • Help control the illness-causing bacteria in intestinal tract
  • Reduce cholesterol level
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improve body’s absorption of minerals, especially calcium
  • Decrease dental-caries-causing microbes in mouth
  • Prevent diarrhea after having treatment with certain antibiotics
  • Prevent diarrhea caused by virus or Salmonella
  • Manage the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Reduce amounts of cancer-causing substances in your intestine

Probiotics food

Yogurt is the most common source of probiotics

Miso, Cheese, Kefir , Sauerkraut, Pickles, Chocolate, Tofu, Tempeh

Prebiotics:

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