With 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.
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.
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.
No offence…I know we all are particular in keeping our house clean. But then how many times it has happened that one member falls sick and remaining all family members follow the suit or after being down with illness your child fall sick again immediately…. It happens right. The truth is, though these germs are too small, they are contagious, can spread fast and can stay alive for quite some time…waiting to pounce on next victim.
You need to follow strict cleaning practice, especially when a family member falls sick. You have to continue this practice for few more days even after the person recovers from illness. This is to wipe out all germs from your house completely.
Did you know the fact that bacteria doubles in 20-30 minutes. So even a single cell of bacteria is left, it can grow into millions in a single day !
Start of puberty is occurring earlier than in the past. Acne is no longer viewed as a teen phenomenon. Dermatologists are seeing patients as young 7 and 8 years reaching out to them for acne treatment. Also early acne is a little more common in girls than boys. Indeed a matter of concern for me as I am mother to two daughters.
Acne includes everything from whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules to cysts. It leave behind blemishes and scars which can lead to emotional distress. Pre-adolescent acne can progress from whiteheads to inflamed bumps. It occurs mostly on the forehead, nose and chin. The worst is, according to doctors kids with pre-teen acne will have more severe acne in adolescence.
Let me kick of this Mother’s day post by giving a big salute to my Mom.
I am sure we all agree that mom has played a key role in transforming us into what we are today… even if we are like two peas in a pod or totally chalk and cheese. You would be surprised to know that it’s just not at behavior level moms influence us, but she influences our genetic makeup too !
Intelligence comes from our mom
How intelligent a child is depends on mom, and not on Dad….science says so. Genes for intelligence is present on X chromosome and women have two of these. But then things are not just that simple. Mothers do have two X chromosomes, but they aren’t identical chromosomes, and of course, they get one of them from their fathers.
Apple Cider Vinegar is nature’s magic potion. I am sure you would have already heard about some of its benefits. You will be surprised to know that, It is in use way back from 1958, from the time doctor D.C. Jarvis wrote a book praising Apple Cider Vinegar’s benefits in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes to weight gain.
What’s in it ?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like many types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains a substance called acetic acid. Apple cider vinegar also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.
Is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Better than Clear Vinegar?
Raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegar with floating stuff inside alone can be used as a health tonic. The floating matter is not dirt, but a substance called as “mother” which is formed from pectin and apple residue. The minerals, amino acids and vitamins present in it, gives it a brown tinge. Healthkart’s Apple Cider Vinegar comes with the ‘mother’ culture in it which contains beneficial bacteria and acids that helps you keep fit and healthy.
What’s Good About Apple Cider Vinegar?
Aid in Weight loss
Research studies suggests that drinking apple cider vinegar can help to burn fat and lose weight. Acetic acid, key ingredient found in apple cider vinegar, helps with weight loss. A study carried out in 175 Japanese people in 2009, showed that continuous vinegar intake reduces body weight, BMI, and body fat mass. Apple Cider Vinegar also gives a feeling of fullness, because of which food intake reduces.
Lowers Blood Sugar
Research suggest that intake of small amount of apple cider vinegar can help to reduce blood sugar levels after a peak following a meal high in carbohydrates. Apple Cider Vinegar is very much beneficial for Type II Diabetes patients in managing their blood sugar level. Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar slows down the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar in the bloodstream.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Apple cider vinegar, or ACV can lower even blood pressure when consumed daily. It brings about better blood circulation by breaking down fat and phlegm deposits in the body and lowers pressure against the arterial walls.
Reduce Bad Cholesterol
Apple cider vinegar increases good cholesterol levels and decreases bad cholesterol. ACV reduces LDLs also known as “bad” cholesterol, which oxidizes in the blood stream and lead to the formation of plaque. Flavonoids in ACV scavenges free radicals and prevent cell damage and oxidative stress, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
Good medication for Gout
Many people with gout found instant relief after consuming apple cider vinegar, while others have reported relief after a few days. Apple cider vinegar breaks down uric acid crystals and prevents them from reforming in the joints. It also reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints giving it more flexibility.
Carbohydrate is very much a necessity for our body, but in excess leads to weight gain. The challenge lies in taking it in just the right amount, at right times. Carb cycling helps in losing weight by manipulating carbohydrate consumption by minimizing negative effects. Carb cycling is a way of dieting that involves planned increases and decreases in carbohydrate intake. This diet format which started with athletes and fitness models is now a favorite among common people to lose weight.
How Carb Cycling Works
In carb cycling, the week gets divided into: no carb days, low-carb days and high-carb days
NO CARB DAYS: Include vegetables in diet like leafy greens, onions, peppers and mushrooms along with good source of protein and fat in moderation. Total carb intake must be less than 25 grams per day.
LOW CARB DAYS: Total carb intake that comes from food intake must be less than 75 grams per day. Add in along with veggies small portions of any carbohydrate food like rice, rotis, potatoes and fruit.
HIGH CARB DAYS: Women can consume between 150 and 200 grams whereas men can have up to 300 grams. But this also depends on physical activity level. This day can be made into a day for cheat meal too, but do not binge eat.
This alternate cycle of No carb, Low carb and High carb will help to balance out energy requirement without making body to gain excess fat.
Mangoes are in !….. They are just not juicy and yummy, but can can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality, and can promote healthy complexion and hair, and increase energy. It is the national fruit of India and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.
The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume beta-carotene, found in mangoes
Mangoes, help to prevent constipation because of their fiber and water content and promote healthy digestive tract
Did you know that hormone or endocrine disruptors present in personal care products, cleaning products, non-stick cookware, plastics can disrupt growth, development and reproduction, and may even cause serious neurological and immune-system failures.
Endocrine disruptors are those chemicals that mimic or look like hormones in our body, including the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen, and thyroid hormones. They block or alter hormonal signals within our body and wreak havoc.
Children and Pregnant Women are at high risk, But it can affect anybody
Who would want a synthetic chemical to get inside the body and disrupt body’s normal functions?
But truth is, eliminating them from our system is way too difficult. Endocrine disruptors are present everywhere, secretly present inside thousands of products which we use every day, such as food, personal care products, sunscreen, perfume, antibacterial washes, household cleaners, laundry products, vinyl shower curtains, plastic toys, electronics, household dust and germ sprays.
Let’s have a close look at top 5 Endocrine disruptors. Also let me help you with tips to avoid them.
Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more durable and flexible. Phthalates are also used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are also found in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, food packaging, and plastic wrap. Phthalates find their way inside our body by even consuming food that comes wrapped in containers made of phthalates or even breathing in air from room with wallpaper or phthalate containing flooring tiles.
How to avoid it:
Avoid plastic food containers
Opt for phthalate free cosmetic products
Say no to plastic toys for kids
Read the product labels clearly when you buy personal care products
BPA or bisphenol A
BPA is present in water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic items, mobile devices and sports equipment. They are also used to coat the inside of food and drinks cans.
How to avoid it:
Say no to plastic water bottles
Look for BPA free containers and bottles in case you need to use plastic ones
Better skip the receipts, since thermal paper is often coated with BPA
Avoid plastics marked with “PC,” for polycarbonate
Perfluorinated compoundsperfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are the most prevalent PFCs. It is this PFOA we find in non-stick cookware’s. They are also found in fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, disposable paper plates, stain-resistant carpets, carpet cleaning solutions, windshield washing fluid and fire-fighting foam, as well as in some adhesives, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, electronics and cleaning products. PFCs have been linked to a wide range of health effects, including weight gain, liver toxicity, increased neonatal mortality, abnormal mammary gland development, altered thyroid hormones etc.
How to avoid it:
Say no to Non-stick pans and pots
If you prefer using non-stick cookware, do not allow it to cross 232degreeC
Do not opt for clothing, furniture and carpets with water-resistant coatings
Say no to microwave popcorns
Say no to furniture and carpets that are marketed as “stain-resistant”
Avoid personal products that include the words ”fluoro” or ”perfluoro”, especially look for them in eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer, and blush