Infertility is on a rise in India. Based on reports from All India Institute of Medical Sciences every year in India, over 12–18 million couples are diagnosed with infertility. Let me break two myths right away, Infertility is not a women’s problem and also it’s not an urban problem. Research says that, in Indian couples seeking treatment for infertility, problem lies with men in 23% cases and within that 23% cases, nearly 50% of infertility is due to anomalies or disorders in male reproductive organ.
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Erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain penis erection during sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction happens because blood flow to penis reduces due to health problems or due to damaged nerves in the penis. Stress and emotional reasons can lead to ED. Heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood sugar can also cause ED.
Serve more beetroots on your table – raw, roasted, steamed, pickled, grated or juiced. Beetroot is rich with iron and naturally occurring folic acid (for pregnant moms). It holds in it nitrates, betaine (betaine gives it red color), magnesium and other antioxidants. They are also loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. Research says that beets can boost energy, help lose weight, fight cancer, reduce pain and enhance immunity. Though its high on glycaemic index, it contains no fat, very few calories and is a great source of fiber. Let’s explore some less known good facts about ‘Humble Beets’.
Beets have aphrodisiac power
Beets are high in Boron, which is directly involved in the production of human sex hormones. Also beets due to its high nitrate content, can increase blood flow. Should be noted that drugs like Viagra and other similar products too act by increasing blood flow to the genital areas.
Gives Athletes Competitive Edge
Beetroot juice is the most popular health supplement among athletes. Study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism suggests that drinking beetroot juice can enhance stamina, strength, and endurance.The whole credit goes to nitrates present in beets. Body converts these nitrates to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide widens, relaxes, and dilates blood vessels. This allow more blood and oxygen to reach muscles.
Detoxify Liver with Beets
The main function of liver is to remove toxins. Hence it is of utmost importance to cleanse this organ of all these toxins at regular intervals. Beets improve liver function mainly by thinning the bile and allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and from there into the small intestine.
Natural product to lower blood pressure
Research says drinking a glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure. The study showed that within hours of drinking it, beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points among a small group of healthy men. Beet root is rich in potassium and magnesium and also have high content of nitrates – together they work to reduce blood pressure.
Fat is no longer the food villain, it’s Sugar. Number of people getting sugar-related disorders like diabetes, obesity and heart disease is sky rocketing. The scary thing about sugar is that, it’s difficult to weed it out from us, It’s addictive and toxic…. like a drug.
How many of you know what all qualifies as ‘Sugar’?
Sugar in general refers to sucrose. Sucrose is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beets. Other sugars include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), crystalline fructose, and glucose. The term “sugar-sweetened” refers to those food to which sucrose or one of the above named sugars is added during manufacture. Please note that sugars that are naturally occurring in foods such as fructose in fruit or lactose in milk are not “added sugars”.Sweeteners are classified mainly into two – nutritive or nonnutritive. Nutritive or caloric sweeteners are naturally occurring ones, made by fruits, sugar cane, and sugar beets and on average they provide 4 calories per gram, whereas Nonnutritive or high-intensity sweeteners obtained from plant sources, such as monk fruit or stevioside, or synthetically made, such as acesulfame K, aspartame, sucralose, or saccharine provide sweetness to food but contribute towards very little or no calories.
Sugar is indeed Deadly…do you know why ?
Sugar is rapidly converted in the blood to fat or triglycerides. This then increases obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. We all know this. But did you know that sugar has much more damaging effects on our body. You will be surprised reading below list.
Sugar is an “empty food”. Sugar is devoid of vitamins, minerals, or fiber
Eating larger portions of sugar can make immune system completely helpless. This effect can last for about 4-5 hours. This would mean weakened defense against diseases and infection.
In Children sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity. This is because sugar reduce levels of orexin in the brain, which reduces levels of physical activity. As a result our kids get fat and sleepy simultaneously
Sugar can lead to kidney damage, especially when one has diabetes
Sugar can speed up the aging process, causing more wrinkles and gray hair. Sugar reacts with protein, creating advanced glycation end-products(AGEs). These AGEs cause skin to be wrinkled and cell structures to harden
Sugar can meddle with absorption of calcium and magnesium
Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, gall bladder and rectum
Prevention is always better than getting Chronic Illness
Sugar is cheap, sugar tastes good and sugar sells in the market, so companies are not going to stop adding this unhealthy ingredient. Only option left is to limit sugar intake and bring some corrections to your life to live longer and stay well.
Are you a woman or an elderly person, probably you would be needing Vitamin B6 supplement. Try out Vitamin B6 from Zenith Nutrition
Body needs Vitamin B6 every single day. Vitamin B6 takes part in more than 100 enzyme reactions in our body. This vitamin plays a significant role in immune function, blood cell formation and in brain development during pregnancy and infancy. This vitamin is also required for the synthesis of mood hormones- serotonin and norepinephrine and for myelin formation.
Interesting facts about Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is water soluble
The human body absorbs vitamin B6 in the jejunum part of colon
It is involved in making antibodies, our defense molecules
It is involved in Protein building
Vitamin B6 deficiency
Even though Vitamin B6 is not linked directly with any major disorder, a low level of VitB6 can lead to
Changes in mood, such as irritability
Scaling on the lips and cracks at the corners of the mouth
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Products are developed through intensive research and development process
Products are manufactured at GMP certified plants and all products are 100% natural
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It’s not Delhi alone struggling with air pollution. Based on data published on the World Air Quality Index website, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak too fall in the hazardous range. All these cities have an air quality index of greater than 300. The Air Quality Index is calculated based on PM2.5, PM10, Ozone, NO2, SO2 and CO levels as hourly measurements. This is a continuous monitoring system and values will vary on an hourly basis and in India they collect data from 62 centers. The surprising fact is that out of this 62 centers, Haldia in West Bengal and Saneguruvanahalli in Bangalore alone has good air quality index. Remaining all cities fall within moderate to very unhealthy range.
Indeed scary. You can check data for yourself here.
The Villains in Air
If Urban air pollution is the contribution of combustion of fossil fuels, In rural areas Household air pollution (HAP), is a serious area of concern. The main villains are particulate matter (PM), measured as particles which have an aerodynamic diameter lesser than 10 μm (PM10) and lesser than 2.5 μm (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone. It’s not that others are not harmful, mostly these four are measured as in indicator to determine air quality. The WHO guideline values for particulate matter are 20 μg/m3 for PM10, 10 μg/m3 for PM2.5, 40 μg/m3 for NO2 and 20 μg/m3 for SO2.
Air Pollution Facts at quick glance:
India has higher air pollution levels than China
As per Greenpeace Report, 1.2 million deaths take place every year due to air pollution in India
First place goes to Delhi, Faridabad, Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Agra, Pune and Rohtak
Air Pollutants and Health Impact
NO2 is increasing at an alarming rate in Indian cities, thanks to increase in number of vehicles. NO2 is extremely detrimental to lungs. Exposure to NO2 over a period of one to three years increases incidence of bronchitis, emphysema and also adversely affects lung performance. Exposure to excessive NO2 affects the defense mechanism too.
80-90% of absorbed CO binds with Haemglobin and from Carboxyhaemoglobin. The scary fact is affinity with CO binds to Haemglobin is 200-250 times more strongly than that with oxygen. The symptoms of CO poisoning may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. At next stage vomiting and loss of consciousness is observed. If prolonged exposure continues, it may lead to coma or even death.
Though PM2.5 is too small in size, it can cause an array of health problems, including premature mortality, chronic respiratory disease, asthma and decrease in lung function. Another critical point is that, it contains large proportion of metals and acids, and also it can penetrate into the respiratory tract deeper because of its size.
Exposure to Ozone again can lead to bronchitis, emphysema and also adversely affects lung performance. The impact of ozone is all the more high on sunny days. Children are at high risk as their lungs are still developing. Also people with reduced intake of nutrients like vitamins C and E, are at greater risk from ozone exposure.
SO2 is hygroscopic in nature. SO2 reacts with humidity and forms sulphuric and sulphurous aerosol acid. These acids are extremely hazardous as these compounds enter the circulatory system directly through the airways. SO2 can also irritate the skin and mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Ways to Purify Air at Home
Get your Air Purifier
Market is crowded with Air purifiers. From Philips to Kent, everyone has come to market with new air purifiers. But before you go ahead and buy one for your home, just understand the technology that drives the purifier. One could find four types of air purifiers
Wouldn’t it have been good if we had ‘Magic Scissors’ that could eliminate disease, solve world hunger problem, create unlimited clean energy…..it’s no longer a future technology…..the technology is already among us. Discovery of this technology has been hailed as ‘monumental moments in the history of biomedical research’ by David Baltimore a Nobel laureate.
This post is all about this ‘Magic Scissors’, a new gene editing technology, known as CRISPR-Cas9 and what it can do to science and how it can impact common man’s life. This Scissors promises myriad of wonderful opportunities as well as frightening ethical challenges .
What is this ‘Magic Scissors’
What we are, what we look like or how healthy we are , all are dependent on genetic material DNA. DNA is like a record of instructions which tells the cell what its job is going to be. In simple way, DNA is to human cells, as codes are to computers. As codes control the functioning of computer, Genes present within interwined DNA regulates the functions of the cell. So if there is an error in these codes or some external organism like virus attacks cells, the normal programming of cells gets affected and the cells won’t function normally. This is what leads to diseases. The best option to make the cell up and running, would be to erase or alter the corrupted codes from Genes. This is what CRISPR-Cas9 does with high precision.
Little deep into CRISPR CAS9…for curious minds
CRISPR or “Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats” was isolated from bacterial system. The CRISPR-CAS9 system comprises of two components – Guide RNA and CAS9 endonuclease. Guide RNA can be tailor-made to perfectly match a sequence of DNA (the mutated or corrupted DNA) and CAS9 will do slicing act with precision. So one end binds to the target gene or wrong gene, and the other end delivers a DNA-cutting enzyme, which will remove with accuracy the wrong gene.
Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in German demonstrated for the first time the full potential of CRISPR in 2012.
CRISPR, ‘The Magic Scissors’, is worth the hype. This technology will help to fight cancer, treat Alzheimer’s and eradicate Malaria. It’s an exciting development and scientists from across the globe from different fields are gung ho about this ‘new editor’.
What could CRISPR Do ?
Time for Super Plants
Imagine we can get mangoes all around the year or can make strawberries to grow in deserts. Researchers are currently experimenting with ways to improve crop disease resistance and environmental stress tolerance using CRISPR. CRISPR would steer an era of super plants with yields higher than ever.
Let’s Treat HIV
HIV has been eluding scientists for a long time. But no longer. In 2015, scientists used CRISPR to cut HIV cells out of living cells of patients in a laboratory – proving that it is possible. By injecting CRISPR into the rats with HIV, they were able to remove 48 per cent of the virus from the DNA of their body cells. Although the experiments are still in their infancy, it looks like CRISPR could be the ultimate solution to cure HIV and ultimately AIDS.
Add to your food plate some purple, they are good for health. Purple foods include grapes, eggplant, blackberries to the not so popular purple cauliflower and cabbage. The purple color in itself is the healthy component — the pigment that give food their purple color are a family of potent antioxidants known as anthocyanins. It is also said, darker the color, higher the anthocyanin concentration, and greater its nutrition benefit.
They are ‘Super Healthy’
Research have found that anthocyanins can lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. They can also help to control obesity and diabetes. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and hence also linked to most chronic diseases.
Anthocyanins are generally found in the skin of the vegetable, so don’t peel it off
Like vitamin C, these nutrients are water soluble, hence don’t boil it
It’s ideal to eat it by roasting or steaming
8 unusual ‘Purple Foods’
Can your bread be purple ?
Purple bread is hailed as ‘First Superfood from the world of baking. According to inventor of purple bread, Professor Zhou Weibiao, purple bread is rich in cancer fighting antioxidants and is digested 20% slower than regular white bread.
Try some Black Rice from China
The kernel of black rice is black in color due to a pigment known as anthocyanin. Black rice is also known as purple rice, forbidden rice, heaven rice and prized rice. This rice is also known as long life rice as it can increase the longevity of life. China cultivates the most black rice followed by Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Philippines. This rice does not contain gluten, free of cholesterol, low in sugar, salt and fat. Black rice can be prepared with ease like any other rice and do not need any sophisticated ingredients.
As humans, we prefer to sleep at night and feel fresh during the day. But this is not due to habit we inculcate or based on any work schedules or convenience. It is driven by our own body clock.Circadian rhythm is just not about sleep, it regulates many physiological functions including Blood pressure, Body temperature, Hormone secretion, Sleep-wake cycle, Heart beat, Metabolism, Cell cycle, Response to drugs and many more.
Where is the clock?
The clock was first identified in Fruit flies. No doubt why Nobel prize winner Michael Rosbash said “I am very pleased for the fruit fly”.
Biological clocks are not made of cogs and wheels, but the area of the brain known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus is body’s master clock
A group of nerve cells in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN, situated right above the point in the brain where the optic nerve fibers cross, controls circadian rhythm. The SCN controls the body’s temperature, and small fluctuations in temperature throughout the day trigger various cells in different organ systems in the body to be sleepy or active. This is how the SCN controls the release of melatonin, the hormone that makes one sleepy. Genes are also involved in regulating body’s clock and circadian rhythms.
What Melatonin does
Durinh night more melatonin gets secreted. This hormone signals the brain to go into sleep mode. When the sun rises, melatonin secretion hits low, and the brain’s awake circuits restarts.
Is light important for Body clock?
Light is the signal based on which body clock functions. When the eye senses light, it sends signals to the SCN. This resets the clock every day. Our body does this to make sure rhythms do not drift out of line with the environment. Although our rhythms cycle happens about once every 24 hours, if we opt for total blindness, humans actually tick a little more slowly ie, about 24.1 hours. Thus, if we didn’t have daylight we would get out of synchrony with night and day. Precisely the reason because of which people in captive lose on day and night.
Things you did not know about Circadian rhythm
Do you feel sleepy post lunch. Blame it on circadian rhythm. Every day between 2 and 4 PM, the majority of the human race feels sudden sleepiness and a lack of focus. That’s because circadian rhythm goes down about 8 hours after wake up time. Some experts suggest taking a short power nap to get over this lull.
Teenager son or daughter suddenly behave like owls. Do not scream at them. Blame it again on circadian rhythm. As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise.
It’s Circadian Rhythm that make you gain weight if you Snack at Midnight.
Every women wants full, plump and sensual lips like Angelina Jolie. The lips are in trend from the time of Marilyn Monroe. As lips give the face the youthful look, plumper lips are one of the most sought after facial assets. Some women are gifted with fuller lips, but majority are not.
Scientists in Scotland have given credibility to the long-held belief that a woman’s lips are a highly visible expression of her fertility and sexuality.
Above all, the properties of the lips change with age, resulting in lengthening of the cutaneous portion of the upper lip. The upper lip vermillion gradually lose volume and become thinner. Aging, sun exposure, smoking, and exposure to air pollutants adds to lip woes.
So…what’s the solution ?
Many products are available in market to correct the shape of the lips. This includes permanent and nonpermanent dermal fillers, implants, neurotoxins, lasers, and micropigmentation.
Understand little bit about Lip anatomy
Three aspects of the lips vary in men and women and by geographic population:
Size (full or thin)
Curvature (sinuous or straight)
Eversion (turning out or in)
All three can be modified through lip enhancement surgery.
Lips are made up of skin, muscle and mucosa. The most cosmetically apparent portion of the lip is the vermilion border. This colored border between the lips and the surrounding skin exists only in humans. The skin of the lip is very thin compared to the skin on the rest of the face, which typically runs up to 16 layers deep.
Temporary Lip Fillers
Many substances are used to temporarily enlarge the lips. They are made up of either natural or synthetic materials. They are also known as soft tissue fillers.Hyaluronic acid fillers are most frequently used for this procedure. They come in prepackaged vials that are ready to inject and are approved by the FDA for lip augmentation in adults 21 years old and older. The effect can last upto six months. Collagen is also used at times, but can cause allergic reaction. Fat transfer is another option and may last longer than hyaluronic acid or collagen, but requires the surgeon to take a small amount of fat from another area of own body.
Lip implants last longer than fillers and can give perfect look. Implants are normally performed under local anesthesia. Widely used lip implant is made from a substance called ‘expanded polytetrafluoroethylene’ (ePTFE) a sterile, rubber-like material. Silicone lip implants are also available. They are like small silicone tubes and are inserted into the lip with the help of a minor surgical procedure. Silicone lip implants offer a long term solution to lip enhancement, but throws up side effects.
Lip Plumper Pump
Lip Plumper is an ingenious, hand-operated lip enhancer. It is powered by an ancient Chinese Cupping suction technique . Without using chemicals or needles it enlarges the lips . The stunning shaping and contouring of the lips are made possible by a Lip-Shaper system. It’s easy to use anytime and anywhere. Reports prove that lip volume increased by 36% from their original sizes after using lip plumper for just two minutes twice daily over a period of 60 days. One can easily buy this product from online portals like Amazon.
Bee Venom based Lip enhancer creams
Bee Venom based Lip Plumper works by tricking the lip area into thinking it’s been lightly stung by a bee. As a result collagen production and blood circulation increases. This leave the lips plumper. These Lip enhancer creams are cheap and give instant fuller lips. This product is touted as “natural Botox” by many brands.
The natural way
Many women won’t have the money or inclination to go for costly procedures. Don’t worry…you can go the natural way
The brain is the crown gem of the human body. It is the seat of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of body movement, and controller of behavior. The human brain is the most complex organ of the body, and arguably the most complex thing on earth. But how much do we know about our own BRAIN
How many brain cells are in your brain?
The average adult human brain has about 100 billion cells. It’s still a mystery exactly how these connections work together to create all the marvels of our brains.
Longest living cells in the body
The longest living cells in the body prize goes to brain cells. Most of our brain cells stay from birth to death. The wiring of these cells changes constantly through our lives.
Water, Water everywhere
Brain is made up of 73% water. 2% dehydration is enough to affect attention, memory and other cognitive skills
Brain feels no PAIN
Brain do not have any pain receptors. Hence surgeons can perform brain surgery while you are awake. The pain experienced with headache/migraine is because of the pain receptors present in layers of coverings, blood vessels, the scalp and some muscles that surrounds the brain.
Brain Loves Cholesterol
Twenty-five percent of the body’s cholesterol resides within the brain. Without proper supply of cholesterol, brain cells die.
Brain is always THINKING
The brain on an average is believed to generate around 50,000 thoughts per day. Sad part is that, in most people 70% of these thoughts are negative.
Human brain is not SOLID
The human brain is neither solid, nor liquid. It’s soft and squishy similar to the consistency of soft tofu or soft gelatin. And it’s very fragile.
We have a second brain too
The brain in your head is not the only brain. There’s a “second brain” that lies in intestines that contains around 100 million neurons
Brain generates enough electricity to power a 25-watt light bulb