10 Powerful Food Pairing that can help you gain Incredible Health

10 Powerful Food Pairing : Food synergy

When we speak about the benefits of any food item, we normally speak about it in isolation. But truth is food like any other thing in life, works the best, when they team up with right partner or combination. Taking food as pair is so beneficial that it can work like 1 + 1 giving 4. According to Elaine Magee, author of the book food synergy, “By eating foods that have a synergistic effect, you can absorb more nutrients, gain control of your appetite, and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and weight-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes.”

So let’s explore some incredible “Food pair”

Tomato and Beans

Beans serves as a great source of non-heme iron. Body but is not very capable to absorb the non-heme form of iron. This can change, if beans is taken along with a food rich in vitamin C like tomatoes. Vitamin C  present in tomato can significantly increase absorption of non-heme iron. So next time you take some beans, add some tomatoes too.

Green tea and Lemon juice

Green tea is loaded with health benefits.  Based on Harvard Health data,  green tea may help lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Study carried out by Purdue university points out that benefits of green tea can be further increased, if it is taken with a dash of lemon juice. According to this team, lemon juice makes green tea’s antioxidants more readily available for absorption. Body can absorb as much as six times more catechins in presence of lemon juice. Lemon juice also can reduce the effect of certain compounds in green tea that can restrict ability to absorb iron from foods.

10 Powerful Food Pairing : Food synergy
Food like any other thing in life, works the best, when they team up with right partner or combination

Egg and Green salad

Next time when you are making green salad, add some cooked egg. Study says that adding egg to veggies can increase the absorption of carotenoids – beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene and that also up to  three to nine times more. It’s no fad. Carotenoids are fat soluble and the fat in eggs make them more available for absorption. The study used scrambled eggs.

Spinach and Walnut

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What is IQ and Which are the most commonly used tests to measure IQ ?

What is IQ

The moment you hear about IQ, the name that comes to your mind is Albert Ensitein. His IQ was around 160 and 190. But it is William James Sidis who holds the record with an IQ score between 250-300. At the age of 11 he presented his study on 4-dimensional physics at Harvard !.

What is IQ

Intelligence Quotient is a measure of a person’s ability to solve complex problems and absorb and memorize new things quickly. It measure’s individual’s intelligence relative to peers of similar age. IQ tests came into existence  in France in the 1900s to identify students who required special assistance in schools. Sir Alfred Binet devised the test initially, which was later modified by David Weschler from US. He included 4 areas of intelligence namely verbal Comprehension Index, a Perceptual Reasoning Index, a Working Memory Index, and a Processing Speed Index.  According to research studies ,modern IQ test is a good predictor of many life outcomes, including educational and career success, health and longevity.

Most commonly used tests for IQ 

  • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: Stanford-Binet test measure intelligence by assessing five factors including fluid reasoning, knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing and working memory.  Stanford-Binet test is among the most reliable standardized tests currently used in education.

 

  • Universal Nonverbal Intelligence: This test is designed for children and adolescents (5-17 years). This test measures nonverbal intelligence. This test includes 5 subtests namely Symbolic Memory, Spatial Memory, Object Memory, Cube Design, Analogic Reasoning, and Mazes.

Which are the most commonly used tests to measure IQ

 

  • Differential Ability Scales: Differential Ability Scales measure cognitive and achievement levels in children for classification and diagnostic purposes.  It consists of 20 subtests, 17 cognitive and 3 achievement subtests yielding an overall cognitive ability score and achievement scores.

 

  • Peabody Individual Achievement Test: The test is useful in screening children for learning disabilities. It assess the children in following areas namely General Information, Reading Recognition, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Spelling .

 

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test: This tool is good to determine child’s performance in reading, maths, written language and oral language. It helps in determining specific learning disability like Dyslexia. The test takes about 30 to 90 minutes and is used for ages 4 years and above.

 

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale : This test is in use from 1955. The test mainly measures Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed. WAIS is the most frequently administered psychological test.

 

  • Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Disabilities: It is useful in assessing cognitive abilities and achievement among children and adults. It is devised based on Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory. It is a valuable diagnostic tool to identify exceptional children and high incidence disabilities like head injury, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD.

What does the score mean:

  • Score of 100 : Average
  • Score above 100: High intelligence
  • Score above 150: Super Intelligence
  • Score below 100: below Average
  • Score below 70: Learning disability

 

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What you need to know to cure skin problems completely

Mind-Brain-Skin Connection:Stress, depression and anxiety which roots from brain can directly influence the overall health of the skin. The fact that stress can damage skin in many a ways and trigger acne and psoriasis is known to many. But it would be of interest to learn that the relationship between brain and skin is two way.  Not only does the hormones triggered by brain affect the skin,  but the appearance of our skin which at times can cause shame, poor self-image, and low self-esteem can significantly impact our mental health and emotional well-being. The relation between brain and skin is not just about stress alone, but this relationship starts from embryonic stage.  The fact is both skin cells and brain cells develop from the same kind of embryonic tissue, called ectoderm.

The relation between these two is so complex and intriguing that it has paved way to a new discipline all together called Psychodermatology. Psychodermatology  is a field of dermatology which studies about link between the mind and skin.  This field brings together two major medical specialties, namely, psychiatry and dermatology. Psychiatry treats mental processes manifested internally, while dermatology treats skin diseases manifested externally.

Psychiatric factors indeed plays a crucial role in the course of skin conditions. Research says emotional triggers can spiral up skin problems from approximately 50% (acne) to greater than 90% (rosacea, alopecia areata, neurotic excoriations, and lichen simplex) to may be 100% for patients with hyperhidrosis. The most common psychiatric symptoms attributed to skin problems include problems with body image and unexpected changes  in social and occupational functioning. To treat these diseases together known as Psychophysiologic disorders, it is essential to evaluate along with the skin manifestation, the social, familial and occupational issues.  Stress management, relaxation techniques, benzodiazepines, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been found useful to treat these problems effectively.

Mind-Brain-Skin Connection:

Primary psychiatric disorders are another class of Psychodermatology disorder. They are encountered less often compared to psychophysiologic disorders. Most of these disorders occur related to somatoform disorder, anxiety disorder, factitious disorder, impulse-control disorder, or eating disorder. Patients may hurt themselves and create wounds by rubbing, scratching, picking, cutting, punching, sucking, or biting. Trichotillomania is common among this disoders. In Trichotillomania, patients continuously pulls out one’s hair, resulting in noticeable hair loss.  The challenge in managing patients with these disease is in introducing the use of an antipsychotic medication without making them feel offended.

The next class of disease that comes under Psychodermatology is Secondary psychiatric disorders.

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5 Ways Fatherhood Changes a Man’s Body

5 Ways Fatherhood Changes a Man's BodyGenerally when we speak about parenting, it’s all about changes that happen in mom. But science says that Man’s body and brain too undergo changes with the arrival of new born baby. Hormonal changes does not just affect women, but it affects men too. Dropping testosterone levels, rising prolactin and oxytocin level transforms a man into a DAD.

Several studies has been carried out in past that indicated of the role fathers play in helping kids grow up as responsible citizens without much behavioral and psychological problems, but its only off late studies have started focusing on the brain level changes associated with fatherhood.

Dads Gain Pregnancy Weight 

Study carried out in 2009 found that men reportedly gain on an average of 6 Kg during their partner’s pregnancy. This is called sympathetic pregnancy symptom and is called as ‘couvade’. Symptoms can include even nausea, headache, irritability, restlessness, backache, colds, and nervousness.

couvade syndrome

The ‘love hormone’ Oxytocin peaks up

In fathers “love hormone” level increases when they engage with their little one or get on with them in plays. That means, more the father gets involved in baby plays, more would be the level of love hormone. Another study revealed that sniffing a dose of the oxytocin makes fathers more engaged with their kids. So soon we will see oxytocin spray among  Father’s Day gift.

5 Ways Fatherhood Changes a Man's Body

Dip in testosterone levels

The level of Testosterone falls by about 40% in the first month of parenthood. Researchers measured the volume of testosterone in new fathers who were responsible towards their kids and who were indifferent. What they found was that new fathers who were responsible had lower testosterone levels compared to men who were indifferent to kids had higher testosterone levels.

Level of Prolactin increases

New dads experience on an average 20% rise in their prolactin levels in the first month and it remains elevated for many more months. While in women this hormone is associated with promoting feeding, in dads it help in promoting the development of paternal behaviors.

Dads Brain too changes

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This Monsoon watch out for these 8 Diseases

8 monsoon disease

Rain has hit southern states of India. By this month end or July entire country will get wet. A relief from hot summer, but all worried about monsoon diseases. The state of road and infrastructure in our country has not changed much, so we are going to see clogged roads, over flowing drains and drenched waste piles. Only option available is to know how these diseases spread and combat it from ones on end. Also during monsoon people with lifestyle disease like diabetes must be extra careful.

Water borne diseases:

Harmful bacteria, virus, chemical pollutants and dissolved impurities present in the contaminated water can wreak havoc in our lives. According to UN reports, In India, over one lakh people die of water-borne diseases annually.  With rain water leading to flood and water clogging, access to pure drinking water gets limited. Water-related diseases kills more number of people in monsoon, in both the urban and rural areas.

Cholera:  A person get Cholera by drinking impure water or eating food which is contaminated with bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It can affect children and adults and every year thousands of case gets reported across the country. Main symptoms include vomiting, abdominal cramps, watery diarrhoea, and fever.

Typhoid: It is another disease that gets transmitted by drinking contaminated water. It is caused by Salmonellae typhi bacteria. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, headache, constipation, exhaustion, sleepiness, and nausea. Typhoid fever is confirmed through stool culture. Infected person can transfer disease to people in close contact.

Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is caused by Hepatitis A virus and it affects the liver. It is normally spread through fecal-oral route. Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. This is not life threatening and people come out of it without any long-term damage. Once a person contracts hepatitis A, they develop lifelong immunity, so no much chance for getting it second time.

Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea is one of the major causes of concern in children under the age of 5 . Diarrhoea that lasts for 2-3 days is very common and can affect people of all ages. But if diarrhoea lasts for more than 3-4 weeks, then it is referred as chronic diarrhea and it is fatal.

8 monsoon disease

Mosquito borne diseases:

Monsoon is the time of the year when we see increase in incidence of mosquito born diseases. Water logging and drains makes perfect  breeding place for mosquitoes. It is said “mosquitoes have killed more people than all the wars in history”.

Malaria:

Truth is all of India’s population is at risk for getting malaria except for those living above 1700 m above sea surface.   When Anopheles mosquito carrying Plasmodium parasite bites, the parasite gets released into our bloodstream and we get infected. In about  48 to 72 hours, the parasites inside the red blood cells multiply and finally lyses of the red blood cells. Malaria if not attended at right time can become deadly.

Dengue:

The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years across globe. You would be amazed to know that  Aedes mosquitoes prefer artificial water containers like tanks to lay their eggs . The viruses enters human body through the bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito. Patient experiences symptoms like headache, high fever, rashes, and pain in the muscles and the joints. In severe cases, one may experience severe bleeding and shocks, which can be life threatening.

Chikangunya:

Chikungunya is caused by Alphavirus and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. They are a cause of great concern to public health in India. Symptoms generally start 4–7 days after the mosquito bite. The acute phase is characterized by painful polyarthralgia, high fever, asthenia, headache, vomiting, rash and myalgia. In the chronic phase, incapacitating arthralgia persists for months.

Food borne diseases:

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Beating plastic pollution in India is easier than you Think

Beating plastic pollution in India is easier than you Think
We will have to give away packaging including milk covers, food wrappers and even sanitary napkins

Every yea in India about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated  and of which only 60 per cent is recycled. Delhi tops the chart with with 689.52 tonnes followed by Chennai (429.39 tonnes), Mumbai (408.27 tonnes), Bengaluru (313.87 tonnes) and Hyderabad (199.33 tonnes). Thus says our union environment minister. In a recent clean up drive that happened across 12 states lying close to Himalayan ecosystem, volunteers picked up about four lakh pieces of plastic waste in a two-hour operation.

Another World environment day has gone by. We made great promises and shared information on plastic menace. Right now in India we are battling plastic pollution with all its strength, but the menace is deep rooted. Truth is Plastic pollution is one of the biggest reasons behind the decline we see in marinelife and increase in land waste and waterways.

If we just look at how big this plastic industry is in India, we can understand we are nowhere near solving this menace.

Beating plastic pollution in India is easier than you Think

A research study carried out stated that 87% Indians are worried about non recyclable waste, but are not actively taking any steps to curb it. Plastic ban does not mean just polythene bags or water  bottles. Many of us are not even aware of the fact that microbeads, used in detergents and cosmetics, are a major environmental problem, as they can leach into oceans and are eaten by fish.  We will have to give away packaging including milk covers, food wrappers and even sanitary napkins.

Dia Mirza
Bollywood actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza announced a few days ago that she was switching to biodegradable sanitary napkins. image

Bollywood actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza announced a few days ago that she was switching to biodegradable sanitary napkins. Hope many more joins her.

Ray of Hope

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Ready to try sunscreen pills?

Ready to try sunscreen pills?You would be surprised to know that a new kind of pill has entered the market that can replace sunscreen cream and lotion. Yay !

This is how one product page describes this product “protect the skin from the sun with anti-oxidant, cancer prevention and photo prevention activities. The tablets help the people to leave the idea of adding the heavy layer of cream or lotion over the skin. ” It says one need to just pop one tablet a day. Would that mean no more need to apply liters of sunscreen lotion every half an hour, especially when out in hot summer. Let’s Explore…

What is Sunscreen Pills made of

Most of these pills are based on antioxidant-rich extract from the tropical fern Polypodium leucotomos. It is a fern plant found in Central America.  It contains polyphenolic compounds, mainly benzoate and cinnamates,  4-hydroxycinnamic acid (caffeic acid) which can inhibit UV induced peroxidation and production of nitric oxide (NO). Polypodium leucotomos extracts have various beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory action, DNA photoprotection, immunoregulation, and anticarcinogenic potential. Compound extracted from symbiotic algae found in coral too is used in making ingestible sunscreen pills. This pill not only protect human skin, but also can protect eyes from harmful UV rays.

Can Sunscreen Pills really Protect Skin?

These pills for sure contain antioxidants and can benefit everyone, regardless of skin type or age, but we are now too far away from completely ditching sunscreen lotion. According to dermatologists these pills need to be used along with good quality sunscreen lotion to see desired effect. At this time point they only function as mild adjuvant to topical sunscreens and reduces sunburns in fair-skinned people. It can also enhance repigmentation and reduce phototoxicity of UVA or UVB therapy in vitiligo patients. Sunscreen pills must be treated as vitamins by skin care lovers.

Ready to try sunscreen pills?

Word of Caution from FDA 

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How to speak to your daughter about Menstruation with ease

speak to your daughter about Menstruation with easeDo you have a daughter ? Are you ready to explain to your daughter about Periods or Menstrual Cycle ? Are you thinking how to explain her about menstruation without her feeling scared ?

Puberty and Menstruation is not an easy subject to discuss, but as a mother you need to explain your little one all about it, so that she should  feel  positive about her developmental  changes.

First and foremost thing….you stay calm and then follow the points listed here

Be Proactive

With so much change in lifestyle and eating habits, on average, most girls start their periods when they are around ten to thirteen. Periods normally starts 2 to 2.5 years after a girl’s breasts begin to develop. It’s better to speak to them about menstruation when they are around nine or ten. If you think it’s too early, you might be in for surprise when kids share with you half knowledge regarding this from their friends. As a loving parent you must take time and explain all about biological changes that will transform them into a healthy women. This will nourish their self-esteem.

Just you and your little one

This talk need to be happening between just you and your little one. No third person need to be there. This will help her from feeling awkward or uncomfortable.

Do not plan for a lecture

Do not plan for a long talk. Since it is the first talk, keep it brief. Do not try to explain her everything in a single conversation. Explain her facts about puberty and menstruation over many such mini talks. Emphasize to them that these changes are part of natural process of growing up.

speak to your daughter about Menstruation with ease

Do not sound boring

Do not pour out all science information you picked up in high school. Otherwise she will feel it to be a class from biology teacher. Pep the talk with some cookies and snacks.

Limit the talk to Menstruation and Periods

Explain to them why the monthly cycle happens and how it happens. You need not step into ‘sex’ aspect. You must also speak to them about body weight increase, development of breast, under arm and pubic hair growth and  skin problems. It is also essential to brief them about menstrual hygiene.  As she grows up introduce to her about how pregnancy happens and how babies take shape in uterus.

Explain with the help of visual media

We are living in the age of youtube. If you search you will find many explainer videos on menstruation that can help you in explaining this concept with ease.

Let me include some links for you

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Nipah Virus: What Is It and How to stop It

Nipah virusWith toll from Nipah virus rising  and fear psychosis gripping people across Kerala and rest of South India, it’s necessary to understand this deadly virus and its spread pattern and symptoms in detail.

Origin of Nipah

This RNA virus  was first identified in 1998 at Kampung Sungai Nipah, in Malaysia. At that time, pigs were the intermediate hosts. But, in subsequent NiV outbreaks, there were no intermediate hosts. In 2004 in Bangladesh, humans got this virus by consuming date palm sap that had been contaminated by infected fruit bats.  Two outbreaks of Nipah happened prior in India  in West Bengal in 2001 and 2007 killing 50. 

The matter of concern comes from the fact that no drugs are available in market that can kill this emerging zoonotic virus.

Nipah virus

Facts known about Nipah Virus

  • Nipah Infection will spread from person to person only if there is close contact with body fluids of the infected person
  • This virus is truly deadly. It can kill between 40 to 100% of those affected
  • The virus has an incubation period of 4 to 14 days. The trouble point is early symptoms matches with that of with common cold or general viral infection
  • Symptom includes acute respiratory infection (mild, severe), and fatal encephalitis
  • In the current outbreak the lungs seems to be more affected. Patients experience severe breathlessness
  • Encephalitis and seizures occur in only severe cases, progressing to coma within 24 to 48 hours
  • In the absence of drugs and vaccine, the only option available is to provide support care and if needed provide respiratory support
  • Nipah virus is on the WHO list of Blueprint priority diseases

Precautionary measures

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How to raise a child with Down Syndrome ?

How to raise a child with Down Syndrome ?Are you a parent of a child with Down Syndrome. Are you engulfed with feelings of loss, guilt, and fear.

 Do understand, you are not alone in this battle. You will find lot many like minded parents, resources and support around which will help you to raise your child in the best possible way. 

Meet Miss Devanshi Joshi. She won 2017 Helen Keller award. She did her early education at regular school and cleared class X and XII through NIOS. She is a great dancer and photographer too.

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Miss Devanshi Joshi

Now she works as a store manager at Gram Bharat and she is leading an independent life. She has even won  President’s National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disability for best employee. Looking at her life one can understand that children with Down syndrome can lead a normal life.

What is Down Syndrome

Down syndrome

 

Disease Statistics says that every year in India between 23,000 and 29,000 children are born with Down Syndrome. Down syndrome is one of the  most commonly observed chromosomal disorder in India. In Down syndrome, each cell in the body possess three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two copies, as a result in place of 46 chromosomes a person with Down Syndrome has 47 chromosomes. Children born with this syndrome will have learning disabilities, developmental delays, unique facial features including  flat facial profile, an upward slant to the eyes, small ears, and a protruding tongue, and low muscle tone in early infancy.

Support for Parents in India

You indeed are having at home a special child and to raise the baby as a confident child first you need to be informed and trained. In India you have many organizations which works for kids with Down syndrome. These organizations offer programs and trainings which can help both parents and kids.

Down Syndrome Federation of India

“Down Syndrome Federation of India” offers support to individuals with Down’s Syndrome and their families through various Down’s Syndrome Institutions across India. They arrange for children with down syndrome early intervention program to vocational training. This place is the brain child of Dr. Surekha Ramachandran (mother to a wonderful child named Babli, who too has triumphed over Down syndrome).

Parents of Down’s Syndrome

Parents of Down’s Syndrome or PODS is based out of Mumbai. They organize camps, provide training for kids and work relentlessly towards “inclusion” of mentally challenged in the mainstream of society.

Amrit Foundation of India

Amrit Foundation of India work towards the development and well-being of disabled children. Their  flagship programme, The Little Peepul Tree, focuses on children with intellectual and developmental challenges.

Latika Roy Memorial Foundation

This organization is run by Ravi and Jo Chopra. They have various programs for special kids. The Early Intervention Centre (EIC) is for very young children with developmental delays. They have Karuna vihar development centre to cater the needs of special kids in the growing years. They educate parents and help mentally challenged children to lead normal life.

 

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