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The program includes complete health and dietary assessment, dietary evaluation, correction of dietary habits, diet recalls and an expert to guide you through your weight correction journey. The meal plans will be changed according to progress once every 15 days. The meal plans are planned and designed based on your weight loss needs, diet preference and dietary requirements. The HealthNext eWellness team has combined the best of global practices, latest research and created a healthy mix and localization to the Indian content to bring this service – a healthy effective weight loss program, designed to cater to your personal weight management needs, so everyone can lose and manage weight in a healthy, effective way. eWellness brings you an effective weight loss program build on a holistic approach towards achieving target weight through dietary correction and smart eating habits. No starving or crash dieting; just good nutrition and well-designed meal plans by experts. The program isn’t just a meal plan but a complete lifestyle modification achieved through good eating habits . The program advocates the principles of “eating’ and not “starving”. It is a fact that 70 per cent diet and 30 per cent exercise helps you achieve the ideal weight you have always been dreaming about. The program isn’t another low calorie meal plan but rather a ‘Diet Makeover. It has been designed to cater to your specific weight management needs. While you are just a meal program away from achieving your dream weight, our panel of wellness experts are dedicated towards ensuring you get the best out of the program, a healthy happy and sustainable weight management and a great experience of joy while making this transformation.
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- Weight Management ProgramHow it works? Our weight management program works on principles of healthy eating and lifestyle, without any diet fads. It is just pure nutrition personalized and designed for your needs. The program combines effective and well-designed meal plans, and experts, under one roof to give you an overall healthy weight management program. It includes four scheduled appointments with a dietician. Every 15 days, your dietician assesses your diet profile and advices you, changing your meal plans keeping in view your actual and targeted progress. Who can join? Any healthy adult looking for a healthy weight loss and management can join. What is the program about? The program comprises of meal plans, designed by experts catering to your specific weight loss needs. It is about healthy eating , correction of faulty dietary habits and ensuring a better lifestyle. Every meal plan is customized according to your individual preferences, medical profile and body type.Master Wellness ProgramHere aim is to improve your overall well-being. Changing your diet and lifestyle can effectively help in curing a number of diseases, even chronic in nature. Wellness program provides you a path to avoid ailments like hyper acidity, asthma, constipation, diabetes, gastritis, hypertension, heartburns, liver ailments and cholesterol problems. Detox: Through detoxification this program cleanses toxins, results to weight loss, improves appetite, provides purification of body and mind, strengthens physiology etc. Rejuvenation: Bringing the feel of youth back this program rejuvenates all 11 systems in the body, minimizes relapse of diseases, heals body & mind, increases vital life force of the body, reduces cholesterol and improves immunity. Stress management: Stress management being a core part of whole program provides positive energy, relaxation of mind and body, increased alertness, improved work-life balance, boosts confidence, eliminates stress, insomnia, fear, worry, anxiety and depression. Weight management: By removing retention of fluids and toxins along with reducing belly fat, complete wellness program helps to correct common GIT problems like acidity, gas and bloating. Diabetes prevention: This program corrects hormonal imbalances and calms the mind so it helps to prevent and control diabetes as well.Full Body Detox & Rejuvenation ProgramWhat is Full body detox and rejuvenation? Elimination of toxins from the body (or) Removing toxins from the bloodstream, liver, kidneys and intestines. it is about cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. During cleansing some cellular damage can result from the build-up of free radicals and released toxins in your body, so Rejuvenation helps with supplying antioxidants which would boost your immune system by neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals. How it works? Detoxification includes the ways our bodies identify, neutralize, and eliminate things that are unhealthy for us. These include physical substances such as toxins (poisons) from our environment or by-products from the chemical processes that keep us alive. It also includes emotions or behaviours that are unhealthy. Detoxification is achieved by removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding one’s body with healthy nutrients.Pregnancy Wellness ProgramWhen you are pregnant, it is more important than ever to stay healthy. Your baby is relying on you for its health and wellness. This program is intended to help expectant mothers to have healthier babies. Under this program, expectant mothers are provided with virtual assistance to encourage a healthy lifestyle, including a wholesome diet program includes monthly diet charts, weekly fitness and exercise guidelines, nutritional tips, healthy lifestyle tips, stress management guidance. So…Detox-and-Deaddiction-ProgramDetoxification is a necessary first step for many addicts. Drug or Alcohol Detox is designed to rid the addict’s body from the abused substance. A detoxification program minimizes the withdrawal symptoms through various methods while the addict recovers. Proper care at a qualified detox facility is crucial to the well-being and safety of the addict. These specially designed programs provide the necessary care. Patient’s medical histories are examined in order to provide best treatment. After Care and Relapse, prevention is important too. After finishing the customized program, patients are helped in their transition back to life so as not to relapse.Emotional Wellness ProgramBeing emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, whether positive or negative. Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations. Researchers define stress as a physical, mental, or emotional response to events that causes bodily or mental tension. Simply, stress is any outside force or event that has an effect on our body or mind. Ideally, stress management needs to begin when we’re young so that we don’t have battered, scarred trunks when we reach midlife and beyond. But, the reality is, most of us never consider stress as damaging …until we’ve been reacting to it for a long time. The good news about our amazing bodies is that once we identify the stressors and make some definite life style changes, we can often reverse a lot of the damage. Sort of like being able to get some wood filler, apply it to the nicks on the tree trunk, then sand it down to recreate a smooth finish on your trunk. Stress management can really promote better health.Women Wellness ProgramDesigned with a woman’s specific health needs in mind, this signature program offers all the benefits of a Deluxe Physical, plus personalized solutions to maintain optimal health. Dieticians help assess your current eating habits and work with you to craft a nutritious and delicious eating plan to help you achieve your best level of health and longevity. Physical assessment incorporates the state-of-the-art (body mass evaluation) and Resting Metabolic Rate to accurately define your recommended caloric intake. Our fitness experts will design a realistic, efficient exercise plan for you in comfort of your home.
- Emotional WellnessThe essence to be happy lies in having emotional wellness, a priceless commodity. We spend countless hours doing things we believe will make us feel happy. Some look outwardly, filling the “black hole” with drugs, alcohol, food, relationships, or material possessions. Some develop rich spiritual lives and inwardly seek happiness. The loss of a loved one, or physical pain, or a natural disaster… there are so many things in life that affect our well-being but are not in our control. The good news is this: we can greatly influence our own mental and emotional health by learning to adopt habits and attitudes that foster wellness. 1. Keep expectations of yourself and others realistic. Unrealistic expectations lead to disappointment and feelings of failure. 2. Develop realistic goals and set out to achieve them, one day at a time. Good self-esteem doesn’t come from others telling you how wonderful you are. It comes from trusting yourself and your ability to accomplish what you set out to do. It comes from doing the next right thing in front of you to do that will lead you to where you want to be. Feeling good about yourself requires action on your part. 3. Learn to accept the changes in your life. Change is inevitable and provides invaluable opportunities for growth. Resisting change takes a lot of energy and can leave you feeling frustrated and sad. 4. Release anger and resentments. This doesn’t mean you are saying that it is okay that people hurt you; it simply means you are willing to acknowledge that you are not in charge of others’ behaviors, that you are willing to love yourself enough to let go of toxic waste of anger and resentment that is poisoning your mind, spirit, and probably your body, as well. 5. Surround yourself with positive thoughts and positive people. Gravitate toward people who are uplifting and supportive, and away from those who operate in negativity. Resist seeing people and situations in the worst possible light. Distinguish reality and negativity. 6. Take responsibility for yourself. People and things can be enjoyable, but resist relinquishing responsibility for your happiness to them. Likewise, resist blaming others for your unhappiness. Background and circumstances may influence who you are, but you are responsible for who you become. 7. Choose to be a good friend to yourself. It is self-defeating to dwell on your mistakes and imperfections. Be as kind, comforting, understanding, and forgiving with yourself as you would be with the people you love the very most. 8. Learn to laugh, especially at yourself. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body, and reduce stress. 9. Take good care of your body. We cannot separate the health of the mind from the health of the body. Just as emotional difficulty can contribute to physical illness, many physical problems contribute to emotional distress and can be avoided by a healthy diet, exercise, and good sleeping habits. 10. If you are experiencing emotional difficulty, talk to someone. Feeling depressed or anxious is not shameful, but it is a shame to refuse help. Treatment is effective. People can recover from mental disorders and lead full, productive lives.Physical WellnessReasons why physical wellness gets ignored: Giving lesser value to body because you see it as something less important than the mind and spirit; and thinking it therefore requires minimal attention. Ignorance about how deeply physical wellness affects your spiritual and mental wellness. Too much faith in self-correcting or self-healing powers of nature and expecting the body to adapt to any environment and situation. Not finding time to pay attention to body because of hectic work and family schedules. Getting into a self-sacrificing mode and giving priority to other obligations that one to keeping your physical self in good condition. Your self- esteem may unfortunately be resting on this role of martyr. The ways to physical wellness are obvious and known to us through enormous amount of information and awareness available today. We know we need to eat clean, wholesome food and in right amounts, exercise regularly, detoxify ourselves periodically, keeping ourselves active, avoid substances that abuse our body, manage stress through relaxation and practice yoga, or meditate, etc. It may also be useful for us to consider these tips: Value your body as a precious gift and give it due respect. The body need to be seen not as a gross self in flesh but as a temple to mind and spirit. Accept aesthetics of your body and not torture it to look the way others wish to see it. Excessive dieting or use of cosmetics to fall in line with others’ prescriptions may not contribute to physical wellness. Understand the uniqueness of your body and choose advice given to you with discretion. Avoid unnecessary risks to one’s health with fad diets and exotic medications and practices that have counter effects. Be in denial of ill-health and giving yourself excuses for being in that state. Respecting body involves attending to its health needs in a timely manner. Acknowledge effect of mind and spirit on the body and not allow mental and emotional aspects to weaken the body. Acknowledge that age brings about change and be prepared to accept and manage them. You have every right to explore age-defying practices and push limits of an active life to as long as you do so to please yourself and not others. You have one life and one body to live it to the fullest. Take care of it. It is all you truly have on this earth.Social WellnessThe absence of people with whom we can share ideas, laugh, communicate our anxieties, seek and give help can drain life of its meaning and purposefulness. The popularity of social media like Facebook vouches for the acute need to connect that human beings have. Even those who have a preference for aloneness and who can spend long periods of time in their own company, need times of companionship, on and off. How does one achieve social wellness in a world that seems to have little time for anything but individual freedom and accomplishment and which tries to make do with non- committal, superficial relationships? First, you will need to acknowledge the value of human relationships, and the happiness, security and meaning that they can bring to your life. Wanting friendships, both short-term and long-term is not a deficiency but a natural need of life. Socializing is not to be frowned upon as long as you are not manipulative or you do not limit yourself to superficial interactions all the time. Networking need not be seen purely as a business activity but as collaboration with others towards social goals. Secondly, you need to accept diversity of human personalities. Relationships and friendships are not smooth-sailing. Other people may have preferences and opinions of their own, and vastly different from your own. To build long lasting friendships, you need to be willing to accept difference. Inflexibility of belief and unwillingness to see others points of view can unnecessarily isolate you. Thirdly, you need to see yourself as part of a community of people however accomplished you are as an individual. The communities around you and the various people in your life have contributed indirectly, if not directly to your success. Seeing yourself as exclusive may not help others connect with you. You may need to take the initiative to meet with and connect with people and not expect the world to come to your doorstep. You need to be open to asking for and receiving help just as you are open to giving it. Friendships are based on reciprocity Next, you need to avoid being over-demanding of relationships. All relationships have their boundaries which should not be overstepped. Finally, you need to set aside time to nurture friendships. All this said, social wellness is not about setting aside discretion and allowing anybody into your life. You need to give yourself the freedom to choose right kind of friendships for yourself without giving in to external compulsions and unnecessary obligations. You need to respect your privacy and not allow it to be compromised by vexatious people. Social wellness is not about friendships for the sake of friendships but for your own fulfilment and growth. You are the society you choose, and in this balance, lies, your social health.Environmental WellnessYou can create a pro-nature, sustainable lifestyle for yourself and others, by: Minimizing use of plastic and paper Segregating waste, making it easy for those who manage it Avoiding dumping garbage Turning of electrical equipment and lights when not needed Adopting water conservation methods Cooking and consuming only as much food as is needed Limiting use of petrol and other organic fuels Participating in initiatives to keep the environment clean Strengthen awareness about right of all living beings and of the earth to flourish in mutually sustaining ways Environmental wellness derives from cleanliness and beauty of our immediate living spaces. An uncluttered and tidy home, which allows for free movement , is visually pleasing and free of noise, unpleasant odor, dust and smoke and vexatious people is necessary for a life of positive energy, creativity and poise. Your home is a little nest away from the madding crowd. Activities like dusting, cleaning and tidying can become daily rituals that help you take control of living space and shape it into an oasis where you can rest and revitalize yourself. Our state of being is immediately and deeply influenced by our physical surroundings and we should not compromise on their quality. While each of us may have our preferences for decor, we need to check if the aesthetics of our living space truly relaxes and revitalizes us. We need to acknowledge that nature – with its incomparable creativity and its many unraveled mysteries – offers a space for creative exploration in a world slowly and steadily moving towards a stultifying sameness. A trek in the forests, a walk along a seaside or a climb up a hill can rekindle curiosity and imagination; and help you rediscover the creativity that you came with into the world. Environmental wellness is critical to wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Your inner and overall health is impacted by the health of all things and beings around you – to be truly healthy and lead a happy life, make everything around you healthier.Financial WellnessWays to ensuring financial wellness are: Developing a healthy attitude to monetary wealth – neither dismissing it nor giving it undue importance. Being prepared for changes that are bound to happen in life. You need to be prepared to handle the lean periods of your life, when financial sources dry up and you need to fall back on savings. To reap financial benefits you need to sow right. You need to invest judiciously with advice from those who are financially-adept. Making it a principle to live within your means. Culturally, our elders have always held that we must not spend money before we have earned it. Too much and needless credit is a sure way to a bad life. Nurturing only those relationships that are based on mutual respect, liking and trust and not just material reciprocity or steering all your relationships towards this. Often we keep relationships alive only through exchange of gifts, unaffordable ones at that. We try to earn affection from and develop loyalty in others, even close family, through financial largesse – a trap that we set for ourselves. Basing your self-esteem on virtues, talents and skills and not just on material things you possess is a good way to have an emotional foundation to creating financial well-being. We oftentimes acquire things for which we have neither actual need nor any real liking. We get them only because we may seem more acceptable to others and risk financial risks for it. Avoiding quick fixes and unethical ways of getting to financial security. It is important that you start working towards financial wellness from early years of adulthood and use all the productive years of life well to earn enough to secure later retirement years of life. Encouraging those around you to respect financial wellness and help each other secure financial resources.Occupational WellnessBesides being at the centre of our lives, work also defines us. We live in a world where cultural boundaries are becoming less distinct and our cultural identities fuzzy. We draw much of our identity from the work that we do, not just from our national and linguistic background. It becomes important therefore that our career or work identity is integrated strongly with our personal identity. Our occupation needs to be one which does not clash with our life values and which does not force us to be what we aren’t or do what we are against doing. Well-integrated career and personal identities will help us not only enjoy our work but also help us handle the stresses that are part of work-life successfully. Occupational wellness comes from doing work that nurtures your talent and develops intelligences and skills in you that increase your value as a human being. Some of the ways of achieving occupational wellness are: Choosing an occupation that you find purposeful and rewarding. If life circumstances force you to do work that you do not wish to, you will have to find meaning in it to the extent possible until you find something better that reflects the real self that is you. Understanding demands of modern workplaces and responding to them maturely, without losing self- esteem or getting emotionally stuck. Being prepared for job instability and having something to fall back on when you face unemployment. Some experts recommend you have two jobs instead of one, so you have an alternative at hand at all times. Working empathically and collaboratively with co- workers but not becoming unrealistically dependent on them for your emotional needs. Work relationships can offer you only that much and no more. Saying no to work that you cannot do. Giving false commitments can erode your credibility and threaten your job stability. Managing time efficiently so you get things done on time and do not miss deadlines and create stress for yourself and others. Maintaining work-life balance and not allowing work to become an all consuming passion. Work is a part of your identity but not all of it. You need to engage with life outside of work and develop other talent and skills that can keep you occupied in the later years of your life. You need to nurture personal relationships outside work as these have much to offer in the spiritual journeying that is ongoing in your life.Intellectual WellnessIntellectual wellness is achieved in many ways. Firstly, value learning. Constantly learning new things is as indispensable to a meaningful and enriched life. Learning is a life-long process, and a way of living well. It does not mean acquiring degrees through formal education. We need to be open to unlearn old ways of looking at the world and be willing to explore new ones. Life can always throw open newer windows through which to see the world and we should be willing to look through them. Intellectual wellness goes with giving oneself the freedom to explore ideas and developing the courage to challenge ideas – so we can have a meaningful and sustained experience of life. A great way of expanding knowledge is through reading. However, today, information and ideas are available in various forms and you can choose to learn the way that best suits your mind. Intellectual wellness also comes with avoiding pretensions about knowing things that you do not know and which do not interest you. You need not burden yourself by playing the Know-It-All to be seen as intelligent and accepted by others. There are many things about the world that we may not know and cannot be expected to master. Secondly, think critically. You need to be open to thinking critically which includes you examining your own thought processes for biases and prejudices. Cognitive dissonance or contradictions in your thinking can be a source of great stress. Thirdly, retain curiosity. You need to retain curiosity about things and allow yourself to explore and discover knowledge. You need to discerningly use information available in plenty in books, and Internet. Avoid cluttering your mind with trivia, unnecessary detail and incorrect information. Just as we need to keep our physical space uncluttered, so too do we need to keep our mental space uncluttered by being careful about what we allow into our heads. This helps to keep the memory in a good condition. Another practice that can help ensures a fit mind is solving puzzles and doing mentally stimulating exercises. Lastly, avoid using any substances that will damage your brain now or in the long run. Think about yourself. Think about your thinking. And don’t forget – you think, therefore, you are.Spiritual-WellnessSpirituality is what allows us to discover and live according to our beliefs and values. Spiritual wellness involves developing an awareness of right and wrong, living with compassion toward others, giving to our community, and learning to appreciate the depth of life. A healthy spirituality allows us to find inner peace throughout all the events of life, whether good or bad. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, here are some important questions to consider: Do you actively seek to develop your relationship with God and others? Do you take time alone to reflect on your life? Do you have a clear sense of right and wrong and act accordingly? Are you able to explain what you believe and why? Do you show care for the welfare of others and the environment? Are you able to practice forgiveness and compassion in life?
- Control Cholesterol – Better Your LifeJust as the good is always accompanied by bad, dark chocolate high in saturated fat and sugar also contains flavonoids – antioxidants that help lower LDL levels. So a moderate consumption of chocolate or using dark, unsweetened cocoa powder in cooking will ensure heart-healthy effects. Change your regular Tea to Black or green tea. They contain powerful antioxidants that reduce cholesterol levels. Green tea contains more antioxidants, as it is made from unfermented leaves and is less processed. Dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios can help reduce your LDL levels as they are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Sprinkle them on your salad, or eat them just like that as a snack. Ensure that you don’t overdo these high calorie nuts and also avoid the salted versions. Barley, oatmeal and brown rice have lots of soluble fiber and lower LDL cholesterol by reducing the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Switch to brown rice instead of white and also top your oatmeal with high-fiber fruits like bananas or apples. Consumption of salmon, tuna and sardine fishes are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce triglycerides in the blood, albeit without frying it. Olive oil is another good choice to lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol, so too are soy milk and tofu, which are high in protein and enable reduce cholesterol. Like-wise black beans, kidney beans, lentils are all rich in soluble fiber, which binds to cholesterol in the blood and moves it out of the body. Among the fruits pears and apples have a lot of pectin, a type of fiber that lowers cholesterol, also citrus fruits like oranges and lemons and berries, which are also high in fiber. Most vegetables are high in fiber and low in calories. Brinjal and bhindi (okra) contain high amounts of soluble fiber. high in antioxidants. Almost all vegetables will have fiber and nutrients that are good lowering LDL levels.Diabetes Diet – Myths ExplodedGet this straight; eating too much sugar is not likely to cause diabetes, actually diabetes manifests when something interrupts your body’s ability to turn the food you eat into energy. To understand what happens when you have diabetes, understand the two important inter-related body functions: The body breaks down much of the food you eat into glucose, a type of sugar needed to power your cells. The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which helps the cells in the body use glucose for fuel. Firstly, let’s try to know the common types of diabetes and what causes them: Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot make insulin. Without insulin, sugar piles up in your blood. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin to help get the sugar into the cells. This type of diabetes often starts in younger people or in children. Mostly this is triggered when something goes wrong with the human immune system. Type 2 diabetes happens when the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not function properly, or may be both. While this can be prevalent in people of any age, it is most likely in people who are overweight. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy in some women. Hormone changes during pregnancy prevent insulin from working properly. Women with gestational diabetes usually need to take insulin. The condition may usually cease to exist after childbirth. Another myth is that Diabetes cannot have normal food or like normal people, but the fact is diabetics can have all the foods like normal people except few food items and need to know their portion and serving sizes. However, contrary to the general belief the principle is quite simple. Simply choose foods that will work along with the activities and medications to keep the blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Carbohydrates aren’t really bad for diabetes as it is made out to be. In fact carbohydrates are good for diabetes as they form the foundation of a healthy diet. Nutrients such as whole-grain breads and high-fiber fruits and vegetables have the biggest effect on the blood sugar levels, and they also contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Because carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels so quickly, you may be tempted to eat less of them and substitute more protein. But it is also to be noted that too much protein may lead to problems for people with diabetes. Foods rich in protein, such as meat, are rich in saturated fat and eating too much of these fats increases the risk of heart disease. It is important to the check with the dietician or doctor about how much protein is right for you.Go Green, Make Earth a Better Place TomorrowEach year, millions of tons of toxic pollutants are released into the air from both natural and man-made sources. Although environmental awareness of the general public has increased significantly in recent times, the willingness to actively participate in waste reduction still needs to be enhanced. Many of us do want to protect the environment and believe that almost all of us have a responsibility to it. Let us discuss a few small ways to work for this goal. Plastic Bags: Count how many new plastic bags are brought into your household each week. Plastic bags cost a lot to make and they do not breakdown in soil. Maybe, a specific data tracking will inspire each one of us to make a real change. And act with the realization that no step to change is too small. For example, we can bring our own bag to the supermarket. The global demand for plastic bags will go down by your need. It is a good step ahead. Paper: The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat over five million hoes homes for two decades. To produce each week’s newspaper globally, over half five lakh trees are cut down. If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save over 25,00,00,000 trees each year. We throw away enough office paper annually to build a wall 15 feet high, stretching from Mumbai to Kolkata. We can reuse old newspapers for moving or repackaging. Old newspaper can be used to wrap items. This is better than buying wrapping material, which we discard later. Both plastic bags and old newspapers can be sent to a recycling centre, where they will be broken down and made into raw materials for different industries. Generating electricity requires burning fossil fuels. The waste that is produced is harmful to atmosphere and the air that we breathe. Close your eyes again. Re-imagine the scenario of the start of this piece. Let us seriously question ourselves if we can afford sustainability in such an environment? The earth will be inherited by our next generations and we owe it to them to make sure it is safe. And green. And living. We expect the planet to support us… but we must support the planet too!Hair Loss in WomenHair loss in women is triggered by several medical conditions and lifestyle factors. Many a times no specific cause is found. Thyroid problems and hormone imbalances are known primary causes for hair loss and in many cases hair is likely to grow back once it is addressed. Thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate many processes in the body. If there is an increase or fall in the secretion of the thyroid hormone, the hair growth cycle may waver. The body’s immune system attacks healthy hair follicles in a health condition called Alopecia areata. In most such cases, the damage is not permanent and the missing patches usually grow back in six months to a year. Ringworm are also known to affect the scalp, in such situations the fungus triggers a distinct pattern of hair loss. Ringworm of the scalp is treated with antifungal medication. The high levels of hormones during pregnancy prevents the resting hairs from falling off, however after childbirth, when hormone levels return to normal, those strands fall out quickly. While this may seem like an unusual amount of hair loss at one time, it will sometimes take up to two years for hair to return to normal. One of the lesser known side effects of birth control pills is hair loss, the hormones that suppress ovulation might cause hair to thin in some women and sometimes hair loss begins when taking the pill is stopped. Certain medicines linked to hair loss include blood thinners and ones that treat high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. Crash diets not only cause weight loss but also loss of hair, but hair would grow back on its own with a return to healthy diet. This is because the diet is very low in protein or too high in vitamin A. Hair styling with tight knitting or tight ponytails can harm the scalp and cause hair to fall out. It is always better to let the hair down once in a while that helps in hair growing back normally. Remember long-term use of these styles can cause damage to the scalp and even permanent hair loss. Hair loss is seen as a side effect of cancer treatments like chemo and radiation therapy. These treatments harm hair follicles, while they do kill cancer cells, causing hair loss. Usually it is short-lived and hair grows back once the therapy is completed. There are lots of internet sites that display remedies and products for stopping hair loss but it is always sensible to check with a qualified dermatologist before embarking on such medications. Changing the hair style is a sure shot way to reduce hair loss – a hair stylist may help in suggesting the ideal ones.How to Prevent Heart DiseaseIt is also important to limit the fats one eats, especially the saturated fat and trans fat are to be limited or avoided. Ideally saturated fats contained in red meat, dairy products, coconut and palm oils needs to be not more than 10 percent of the daily calories. Using a combination of oils provide right ratio of essential fatty acids that helps in building a healthy heart. Other plant based food items like walnuts, almonds, olives, and avocado have beneficial effect on heart. Eating more fruits and vegetables not only helps prevent heart disease but also helps in controlling diabetes. Similarly eating fishes such as salmon and mackerel, may decrease your risk of heart attack. Excess weight, especially weight around the middle, can lead to conditions that increase the chances of heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. The body mass index (BMI) is an indication of a healthy person. BMI of 25 and above indicate higher blood fats, higher blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. One of the key factors that determine a healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart is the amount of sleep one gets. Lack of proper sleep leads to higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. Ideally adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Sleep needs to be prioritized in life by setting a schedule and sticking to it by going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. Obstructive sleep apnea blocks the airflow through your windpipe and causes you to stop breathing temporarily indicated by loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep; waking up several times during the night; waking up with a headache, sore throat or dry mouth; and memory or learning problems. High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage the heart and blood vessels. It is imperative to get regular screening and the need to take appropriate action. Regular blood pressure screenings for an optimal blood pressure to ensure it is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury is mandated. Cholesterol levels too should be measured regularly to gauge the risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity or high blood pressure. Equally important is screening for diabetes, as it is a risk factor for developing heart disease Depending on the risk factors, such as being overweight or having a family history of diabetes, it is advised to consult the doctor about when to have a fasting blood sugar test to check for diabetes.Important Things To Know About Vitamin DIt is a known fact that we get some vitamin D from sunlight. The human body makes its own vitamin D when the sun shines on the bare skin. But one needs more than that and it may not be sufficient to go by the constant exposure to the sun, which at other times is counter-productive with susceptibility to skin hazards. It is also important to to rely on food and supplements. Vitamin D in the food we intake Fish such as salmon, swordfish, or mackerel are known to provide a healthy amount of vitamin D, while other fish such as tuna and sardines have some “D,” in much lower amounts. There are also small amounts in omelet yolk and foods like cereal and milk. Most soy milks, orange juices, bread and yogurt commonly have added vitamin D. Eating vitamin D-rich foods is the best way to get vitamin D. For further need doctors prescribe two kinds of supplements: D2 – Ergocalciferol, which is the type found in food, and D3 -Cholecalciferol, which is the type made from sunlight, which enable enhancing vitamin D levels in the blood. Common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency People with low blood levels of vitamin D mostly don’t notice any visible symptoms. Severe deficiencies in adults can cause soft bones, called Osteomalacia and the symptoms include bone pain and muscle weakness. In children, acute deficiency can lead to rickets and symptoms of soft bones. Some drugs cause the body to absorb less vitamin D, like laxatives, steroids and anti-cholesterol medicines. It is always important to discuss the use of vitamin D supplements with a doctor. Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease. While it is not clear whether enhancing vitamin D will reduce heart risks, high levels of vitamin D in the blood is known to harm blood vessels and the heart by increasing the amount of calcium in the bloodstream. One of the key findings of research is that older people with vitamin D deficiency have poor memory, attention, and reasoning compared to people with enough vitamin D in their blood.Losing Weight to Stay HealthyRemember the key to successful weight loss is a firm commitment to making long-time changes in your diet and exercise habits. Diet plans When it comes to weight loss, there are many diet plans. Check any online website or journal and you are likely to see the latest and best diet plans. But how do you know if a diet plan fits your requirement and lifestyle or consult a doctor or a professional dietician to know more about healthy dietary habits. Consider the following about any diet plan before making a decision: Is it inclusive of the various fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources and nuts? Is it inclusive of foods you like and that you would enjoy eating – not just for several weeks or months, but much longer – years maybe? Are these foods easily found in your neighborhood grocery stores? Will you be able to eat your favorite foods, or better yet, all foods in moderation? Does it fit your lifestyle and budget? Is it inclusive of proper amounts of nutrients and calories to help you lose weight safely and effectively? Is regular physical activity part of the plan? If the answer to any of these questions is no, keep looking. There are better diet plans out that can make a difference to you. Diet and exercise There are no two thoughts on the fact that the key to successful weight loss is developing healthy diet and exercise habits. Don’t be bothered much – Diet just means eating healthy, low calorie meals and exercise means being more active. While most people focus more on the diet when they are trying to lose weight, being active also is an equally essential component of a weight-loss program. Being active makes your body use energy (calories) to work, helping to burn the calories you take in with the food you eat. Everyday household chores like cleaning the house, washing clothes, shopping and gardening are all forms of physical activity. Exercise, on the other hand, is a more structured and repetitive form of physical activity that you do on a regular basis. Any activity you choose, do it regularly and aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week – ideally spread throughout the week. Bear in mind that you may need more physical activity to lose weight and keep it off. While the modern day diet pills and surgery are gaining popularity in helping with weight loss, combined with a healthy diet and physical activity, none have been proved effective on the contrary some have proved to be dangerous. Consult a qualified doctor before taking any diet pills or supplements, for diet pills aren’t suitable for everyone, neither is surgery. Follow these simple steps: Control your consumption of food – reduced portions increases the chances of successful weight loss. Avoid liquid calories like sodas, fruit juices/drinks, sport drinks, etc. These liquids contain sugars that are fattening, instead – drink zero-calorie, 100% healthy water. Eat more high fibre beans for they are cheap, readily available, super-healthy and fantastic for weight-loss. Brisk walking provides the complete range of health benefits credited to exercise and is proven weight-loss mantra. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, a simple and tested means to hasten weight loss. To successfully manage your weight, balance physical activity with diet to maintain the desired weight. Over a period of time adjust your eating habits to form a permanent lifestyle change. Avoid alcohol, or drink in moderation.Migraine – Managing That Pulsating HeadacheMost migraine attacks are triggered with no real cause. Some people have a relatively common reason for migraine attacks like: Dieting, irregular food habits, foods containing tyramine like cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits and cola drinks. Smoking and smoky rooms, glaring light, video display screens or flickering TV sets, loud noises and even strong smells. Depression, anxiety, anger, tiredness, stress, etc. Some people are known to have migraine attacks as side effects to using certain medicines too, typically the contraceptive pills. Some other causes of migraine include menstruation in women, irregular work shifts and differing sleep patterns. Migraine attacks may cause a feeling of nausea which can cause poor absorption of tablets into the body. Thus on taking painkillers, they may remain in the stomach and not work well, in such a scenario using dissolvable painkillers, which are absorbed more quickly from the stomach and are likely to work better. Taking an anti-sickness medicine with painkillers, as prescribed by the doctor, work best when taken immediately after the symptoms begin. A medicine to prevent migraine attacks is an option if you have frequent or severe attacks. It may not stop all attacks, but their number and severity are often reduced. Medicines to prevent migraine are taken every day. They are not necessarily painkillers, and are different to those used to treat each migraine attack. A doctor can advise on the various medicines available. Migraines are tough, but there are ways to help manage them. From medications, to alternative treatments, to new methods to ease stress and relax, A few tips to ward off the pain: Follow the migraine treatment plan, take only medications your doctor ordered. Relieve emotional stress by taking time to unwind and step away from stressful situations. Learn skills that can calm you, like deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Proper rest and sleep will help you relax and face a new day. If you sit for prolonged time, get up and stretch often. Relax your jaw, neck, and shoulders. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. Eat meals and snacks at about the same times during the day. Go to bed and wake up at the same times. Quit smoking, It can bring on migraines and make any headache, especially cluster headaches, worse. Ask your doctor how to stop. Know what triggers migraine in you and avoid these things when possible. Practice prevention: If you get headaches around you menstrual period, take preventive medication when your time of the month is near. Your doctor may also prescribe it if your headaches are frequent or severe.Quit Smoking…. NOW!It may be tempting to throw away your cigarettes and declare that you have, straight and simple. But it isn’t as easy to do that. About 95% of people who try to stop smoking without any medication end up relapsing. The reason is simple – nicotine is very addictive. The human brain once used to having nicotine craves for it constantly. Thus in its absence, the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal occur. When you stop smoking, nicotine withdrawal is likely to make you feel restless or irritable and at most times frustrated or depressed too. The deep craving for ‘just that one drag’ is going to be overwhelming. The market is flooded with nicotine replacement alternatives that can help reduce these feelings, but the nicotine gum, lozenges, and patches help double the chances of quitting successfully only when used in concerted effort of abstinence. However the usage of these products while continuing to smoke doesn’t have any positive effect and is not recommended either. There are a few medicines that doctors prescribe to ward off the nicotine withdrawal without using products that contain nicotine. There are also pills that help reduce the cravings which make smoking less satisfying if you do pick up a cigarette. There is a cardinal mantra for quitting smoking – don’t do it secretly. Tell your friends, family, and colleagues that you’re trying to quit. Their involvement and encouragement could make a huge difference. Most people who smoke confirm that nicotine helps them relax and once they quit, they need alternate ways to cope with the stress. While getting regular massage, listening to music, or learning yoga could relax a lot it is also required to avoid stressful situations, especially in the first few weeks after stopping smoking. Alcohol is one of the most common triggers that boost the urge to smoke, try to drink less when you first quit. Ii it has been coffee that is a trigger, then it is advised to switch to tea for a few weeks. Most people usually smoke after meals, for such people it is good to find alternatives like brushing teeth or chewing gum. The smell of smoke is also a known trigger for most in the early days of quitting smoking. The best thing to do after the last cigarette is to discard all ashtrays and lighters, wash all clothes that smell of smoke and use air fresheners to rid the home or car of the all-too familiar smell. Avoid seeing or smelling anything that reminds you of smoking. Many smokers have tried several times before giving up cigarettes for good, it is not uncommon to have a relapse. Analyse the circumstances that lead to relapse and use it as an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to quitting. Physical activity is known to reduce nicotine cravings and largely ease withdrawal symptoms, If not exercising in a gym or skating walking the dog or pulling a few weeds in the garden will also be helpful. The usual extra calories gained from quitting smoking will also burnt in the process. But then it is not advisable to try dieting while giving up cigarettes, for too much deprivation is likely to backfire. Alternatively eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. While most of us love to be rewarded for the good work we do, apart from the health benefits, giving up smoking keeps your purse healthy too, so why not reward yourself with something special. Frankly, the monetary gain apart, stopping smoking has immediate health benefits. It lowers the blood pressure and reduces the pulse after just 20 minutes. Within a day, the carbon monoxide level in the blood returns to normal. Within two weeks to three months, the risk of a heart attack decreases and the most refreshing change will be seen in the lungs functioning better. Long-term benefits include a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, lung and other cancers .Reduce Stress and Sleep BetterThe usual signs of stress include tension, anxiety, poor concentration and sleep problems. If stress is not properly managed health can suffer. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage stress. The first and most important step in getting to know stress is to figure out what is causing it. Assess your physical condition and your daily activities. Identify your stressors and take steps to reduce them. Spending time with family and friends is an important buffer against stress. It is helpful to share your problems with people who care for you. An involuntary stressor is our mind, what we think, how we think, what we expect, and what we tell ourselves often determine how we feel and how well we manage increasing stress levels. Thoughts to watch out for include those concerning how things should be and those that generalize sets of circumstances Exercise can help you reducing stress, for flexible, loose muscles are less likely to become tight and painful in response to stress. It is advisable to exercise at least 2 hours before bedtime so that the body temperature returns to normal. If you have a medical condition or are over age 50, it’s best to consult the doctor before embarking on an exercise regimen. Junk food and refined sugars low in nutritional value and high in calories cause a feeling of low energy and sluggishness, a healthy diet, low in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, can promote health and reduce stress. When you are tired, you are less patient and more easily agitated, which can increase stress. A good night’s sleep makes you able to tackle the day’s stress more easily. Practicing good sleep hygiene along with stress-lowering tactics can help improve quality of sleep. Doing too many things at a time, taking up too many responsibilities can lead to stress. Ensure you have enough time on hand by delegating responsibilities and thus decrease stress. If you continue to have frequent sleep problems, in spite of taking necessary steps, consult your doctor, who will assess your problem and recommend safe and effective sleep medicine.Risks of ObesityThere is a history of obesity that runs in the family, it is inherited from obese family members and there is tendency to gain weight as the family forms the eating and lifestyle habits. Eating unhealthy foods and overeating influenced by emotions, habits, and the availability of food is a major concern. The influx of modern conveniences such as elevators, cars, and the remote control for the television has drastically cut the day to day physical activities like walking, running and climbing stairs. Being overweight or obese may lower your self-esteem leading to eating as a way to comfort oneself, this also causes failure at dieting making it even harder to lose weight. Emotional stress, anxiety, or illnesses such as depression or chronic pain can lead to overeating. Some people eat to calm themselves, to avoid dealing with unpleasant tasks or situations, or to dampen negative emotions. Modern day living and busy lives has made it harder to plan and cook healthy meals, many people reach for prepared foods or go out to eat. These foods are often high in saturated fat, calories and portions also too large. The work schedules and long commutes have also cut into the time for physical activity. So what is the remedy? Focusing on lifestyle changes will improve health and achieve the right balance of energy and calories. One needs to burn more calories and also eat healthy foods in reasonable amounts and becoming more physically active every day to lose weight. Make a plan for change. Ideally work with a doctor to create a plan and ask family members and friends for help in keeping with your plan. Most people have more success when they make small changes, one step at a time, for example, you might eat an extra piece of fruit, walk 10 minutes more, or add more vegetables to your meals. Studies show that people who keep track of what they eat are better at losing weight. Ensure you keep a notebook where you write down everything you eat and drink each day. You may be surprised to see the pattern of your eating. Use a calorie counter, which are available online and at bookstores, to add up your calories. While you keep track of calories, also look at how often you eat out, and how many fruits and vegetables you eat. Keep an eye on when you eat beyond feeling full and if you eat for reasons other than being hungry. This will help you see patterns that you may want to change. It is suggested that you also write down the amount of physical activity you have had each day and compare the calories you burned to those you took in. Fighting obesity is not a huge challenge as long as you put in concerted effort to win and balance the amount of food intake and calories burnt.Walk, Stretch, Jump, Run, Breathe…Aerobics are the answer. Aerobic exercise, also variously known as aerobics, cardiovascular exercises, or cardio, are sustained, rhythmic activity that primarily uses larger muscles like quadriceps and hamstrings and challenges the heart and lungs. During aerobic activities, the heart beats faster and makes you breathe harder. Aerobics can be done at home or at gym, on the machines or on floor like aerobic dancing. DVDs and exercise videos are a good option to do aerobics at home. Benefits of Aerobic Exercises Help lose weight and maintain it, provided healthy diet is followed. Aerobic exercise strengthens heart and lowers risk of a heart attack. Improves cholesterol levels, which helps lowers risk of coronary artery disease. In people who have coronary artery disease, aerobic exercise may help manage the condition. Aerobic exercise increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as ‘good’ cholesterol, and lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL), known as ‘bad’ cholesterol. Helps maintain or increase bone strength. Improves mood, reduces tension and anxiety and help relax. Increases stamina and reduces fatigue. Helps lower blood pressure and control blood sugar. Improves blood flow to limbs and organs. Reduces body fat. Activates immune system. Reduces rates of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease among elders. Keeps mind sharp. Release endorphins, natural painkillers that promote an increased sense of well-being. Helps relieve stress and prevents or reduces depression. Aerobic Activities Walking Gardening Hiking Bicycling Swimming Jogging Tennis Basketball Rowing Stair climbing kickboxing Aerobic dancing Aerobics on machines: treadmill, stationary bike, stair stepper, elliptical machine or rowing machine. If you are a beginner, or have been thinking of exercise for the last 20 years without actually doing it, you should aim for 10 to 20 minutes aerobic exercise per session. Gradually increase your exercise time until you can exercise continuously for 60 minutes. It is advisable to add no more than 20 percent per week as it gives the body time to adapt. For example, if you exercise 20 minutes per session this week, plan to exercise 24 minutes per session next week. Stick with low-impact exercises if you are concerned about low back problems, knee arthritis, or other joint injuries. If you have arthritis, aquatic exercises may give you benefits of aerobic activity without stressing your joints. An effective way of improving aerobic fitness is mixing very intense bouts of cardiovascular exercise with periods of recovery. This is called as Interval Training. One of the ways to do this is to exercise intensely for one minute (85 percent of maximum heart rate) followed by two minutes of active recovery (55 to 60 percent of maximum heart rate). Repeat this for the entire workout but act cautiously. For example, if you are walking leisurely, incorporate periods of brisk walking. If you usually brisk walk, add short bursts of jogging. Always consult your doctor before starting. Start with short bouts of intense exercise and longer recovery periods and gradually build up from there. Interval training helps in burning more calories, prevents boredom, and increases exercise capacity. Aerobic activities can be moderate or vigorous in their intensity levels, and range from 60-85% of your maximum heart rate. Calculate Maximum Heart Rate / Target Heart Rate Zone Maximum Heart Rate: Subtract your age in years from 220 to find your maximum heart rate. For example, if you are 30 years old, your maximum heart rate is 190 beats per minute. For Target Heart Rate Zone: Multiply by 0.5 to 0.8. For a 30-year-old, this would be a heart rate of 95 to 152 beats per minute. Talk Test: If it is difficult to carry a conversation or counting out loud to yourself, you have reached a level of overexertion and are working beyond 85 percent of your maximal level. That is a sign to slow down. Alternate Method Discontinue exercising for a moment. Take your pulse at your wrist or neck – carotid artery – for 10 seconds. Multiply the number you get by six to figure out beats per minute. Aerobics Dancing Aerobics dancing is an interesting and fun way to lose weight. It is essentially an hour’s workout set to music. Generally aerobics program begins with 5-10 minutes of warm-ups and stretching. It peaks with 20 to 30 minutes of target heart range dance, and can include 20 minutes of a muscle stretching floor program known as body sculpting. It ends with 5 to 10 minutes of cool down and more stretching. Before enrolling in an aerobics class make sure that the instructor is qualified and certified. Aerobics dancing can sometimes cause injuries to ankle, foot, lower leg, knee and back. Most of the injuries during aerobics dancing occur because of improper shoes, overuse of muscles as a result of too vigorous regimen. Choose shoes that provide stability for sideways motion, twisting and turning. Running shoes are not recommended as they lack the lateral stability and lift the heel too high. Shoes should be tied properly but not too tightly. There should be enough place for the toes. Loosely tied laces can cause accident slippage in the middle of the workout so double tie the laces. If you are doing aerobics from a home video, make sure the video is produced by certified aerobics instructors and whether you can handle the degree of impact. Living room carpet is suitable to do low-to-moderate impact aerobics but that’s not a proper surface for high-impact workout. Always pace yourself, and stop if you feel pain. Don’t try to exercise through pain as it may aggravate an acute injury into a chronic or even permanent one. If pain persists more than 24 hours after exercising, see a doctor. There should be a proper warm-up period and no rapid, violent movements. Keep your knees loose during warm-up. To avoid overstretching injuries perform a static stretch which is held for at least 10 seconds. Drink adequate water to avoid dehydration during workouts which can cause nausea, dizziness, muscle fatigue, and cramping. Zumba Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines include interval training and resistance training. When certain movement or position hurts, it is advisable to modify the workout. Remember that proper technique is important. You should not get so caught up in dancing that you forget proper form.Ways to Reduce WrinklesEssential fatty acids nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping minimize wrinkles. One of the building blocks of great skin is protein, and consuming protein rich food like salmon fish is good for the skin. Like most of our regular habits being put in place due to repetition of the same pattern of doing things, our skin too gets to form wrinkles based on the repetitive facial expressions that we put in place. Squinting overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin’s surface and eventually the groove becomes a wrinkle. It is necessary that the eyes are kept wide rather than squinting, if required wear reading glasses. Facial creams rich in natural Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs), help lift the top layer of dead skin cells thus reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines and surface wrinkles, especially around the eyes. A few strong forms of AHAs may help boost collagen production, using them is likely to make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is advised to wear plenty of sunscreen every day. Washing the face too many times a day is also not advisable, water strips skin of moisture and natural oils that protect against wrinkles. Washing the face too often means washing away the protection, unless your soap contains moisturizers, use a gel or cream facial cleanser instead. Some studies have found that creams with vitamin C can raise collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, help reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone, and reduce redness. Soy may improve the appearance of your skin and may even protect it. Soy applied to the skin or taken as a supplement may help protect against and even heal some of the sun’s damage. It has also been shown to improve skin’s structure, firmness and skin tone. Consume wrinkle-reducing beverages like cocoa, which with its high levels of antioxidants (epicatechin and catechin) protects the skin from sun damage, improves blood flow to skin cells, helps hydration, and makes the skin look and feel smoother. For young healthy looking skin it is important adhere to a few basic conventions like using moisturizers, avoiding the sun, and if that is not avoidable then wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen along with sun protective clothing. Like all other ills caused in the body, the skin too warrants that smoking is strictly to be avoided.
- BackacheAvoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Periodically walk around the office or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension. Put a pillow or rolled-up towel behind the small of your back for some support. If you must sit for a long period of time, rest your feet on a low stool. If you use a keyboard, make sure that your forearms are horizontal, elbows are at right angles and wrists are straight. Computer screen should be directly in front of you, at about an arm’s length away, with the top of the screen roughly at eye level. While driving long distances, take regular breaks for stretching. Lifting Objects Be careful while lifting objects. Avoid lifting very heavy objects. While lifting, feet should be slightly apart. Bend at knee or hips instead of back. Place the weight close to your body. Keep your back as straight as possible. Avoid twisting your back or leaning sideways. It is better to push rather than pull if you have to move a heavy object across the floor. While carrying shopping bags or luggage, distribute weight evenly on both sides of body. Exercise Strengthen your back by incorporating exercise in your daily routine and to increase muscle strength and flexibility. Start with low-impact exercises like brisk walking, swimming, or stationary bike riding for 30 minutes a day. It is advisable to always stretch before and after exercise or other strenuous physical activity. Yoga can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Avoid sudden movements which can cause muscle strain. Simple exercises that can be done at home to help prevent or relieve back pain. Wall slides – stand with your back against a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Slide down so that your knees are bent to about 90 degrees. Count to five and then slide back up the wall. Repeat five times. Leg raises – lie flat on your back on the floor. Lift each heel in turn just off the floor while keeping your legs straight. Repeat five times. Bottom lifts – lie flat on your back on the floor. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Lift your bottom in the air by tightening your stomach muscles while keeping your back straight. Repeat five times. Lifestyle Maintain ideal weight, as weight around the waistline strains lower back muscles. Maintain good posture. Don’t slouch when standing or sitting. Take a diet with sufficient daily intake of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D to promote new bone growth. If you smoke, quit smoking as it reduces blood flow to the lower spine and causes the spinal discs to degenerate. Wear comfortable shoes. It is beneficial to wear soft soled shoes with heels that are less than one-and-a-half inches high. Choose a firm mattress that supports your body while supporting the weight of your shoulders and buttocks, keeping your spine straight. If your mattress is too soft, place a firm board about 2cm thick under the mattress. Don’t use a very high pillow. Try to reduce stress, anxiety and tension as it contributes to back pain. To help prevent osteoporosis, meet the daily dietary requirements of calcium and vitamin D recommended for your age group. If you are a woman who has entered menopause, speak with your doctor about testing for osteoporosis and medications that can help to prevent or reverse it. For relieving back pain use hot or cold compresses. If you think that your back pain is a result of a sprain or a tear then try a hot pack first. Wrap the hot / cold pack in a thin piece of cloth and apply. It is not advisable to apply hot / cold pack directly to the area. Take bed rest (recommended for only 1–2 days at most). While taking rest, lie on one side, with a pillow between the knees, or on the back with a pillow beneath your knees. People with back pain are encouraged to return to their normal activities gradually. This will prevent the joints from becoming stiff and the muscles that support the spine becoming weak. Temporarily avoid heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, or sudden bending or twisting. Avoid high impact exercises like running jumping and twisting till the pain subsides. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor If severe back pain makes it impossible for you to do your normal daily activities. If your back pain follows significant injury. Back pain accompanied with swelling. Get immediate help if back pain occurs in 60 years old person with arthritis, accompanied with severe pain on any movement (Probably fractured spine) If mild back pain gets worse after a few days or persists more than a week or two. If back pain is accompanied by weight loss, fever, chills or urinary symptoms. If you develop sudden weakness, numbness or tingling in a leg. If you develop numbness in the groin or rectum or have difficulty controlling bladder or bowel function or inability to pass urine If you have had cancer previously and you develop persistent back pain. Pain in your chest or high up in your back Pain down your legs and below the knees Pain that worsens at nightChest PainChest pain may feel like a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull ache. While it may seem to be a sign of a serious heart-related problem, in some cases, chest pain is caused by non-heart-related conditions. It could be heartburn and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastritis, stomach ulcer, anxiety, a pulled muscle, chest wall pain, pneumonia, pleurisy, shingles, gall stones and costochondritis (an inflammation of joints in the chest). The signs and symptoms of a heart attack can develop suddenly. However, they also can develop slowly, sometimes within hours, days, or weeks of a heart attack. Women are more likely than men to experience the following symptoms (with or without chest pain) when having a heart attack: abdominal pain, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, back or jaw pain, and unexplained fatigue. People who have diabetes may have no symptoms or very mild ones during a heart attack. Some heart attacks are asymptomatic i.e. no symptoms at all. Heart attacks that occur without any symptoms or with very mild symptoms are called silent heart attacks. It is always better to get a detailed health checkup to know your numbers i.e. Blood cholesterol count, Blood pressure values and Blood glucose level. Some of the risk factors of heart attack include an abnormally high level of blood cholesterol an abnormally low level of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), commonly called “good cholesterol”, High blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, family history of coronary artery disease at an early age, cigarette smoking, obesity, lack of adequate physical activity. Some important steps to reduce your risk of heart disease are eating healthy, regular physical activity, avoiding exposure to active and passive smoke, maintaining cholesterol and blood pressure in ideal range. It is best to avoid drinking alcohol, but if you drink do it in moderation. Take steps to prevent Diabetes (Type 2) and manage your stress. As it is difficult to determine the cause of chest pain, it is always recommended to seek immediate medical help. Prompt medical attention in case of heart attack can save your heart muscle and your life. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor Pressure, fullness or tightness in your chest. Crushing or searing pain that radiates to your back, neck, jaw, shoulders and arms – particularly your left arm. Pain that lasts more than a few minutes, gets worse with activity, goes away and comes back or varies in intensity. Shortness of breath. Cold sweats. Dizziness or weakness. Nausea or vomiting. You know you have angina and your chest discomfort is suddenly more intense, brought on by lighter activity or lasts longer than usual. You have sudden, sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long trip, a stretch of bed rest (for example, following an operation), or other lack of movement, especially if one leg is swollen or more swollen than the other.CoughA “dry cough” means it’s tickly and doesn’t produce any phlegm (thick mucus). A “chesty cough” or “wet cough” means phlegm is produced to help clear your airways. Cough is also a symptom of diseases and conditions like anaphylactic shock (a severe, sometimes life-threatening, allergic reaction that occurs within minutes of exposure an allergy-causing substance – allergen), tuberculosis and lung cancer which needs detailed evaluation from your doctor and specific self care and prevention. According to WHO, 2.2 million TB cases are detected every year in India. A single patient can infect 10 or more people in a year. Present anti-TB treatment can cure virtually all patients. Early detection and treatment is essential. It is also very important that treatment be taken for the prescribed duration, which in every case is a minimum of 6 months. Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer mainly affecting men and associated directly to cigarette smoking. The risk increases with the amount and duration of smoking. According to National Cancer Institute (NIH), after a person has quit smoking for 10 years, the risk of lung cancer decreases 30% to 50%. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of the preventable risk factors and make necessary changes in your lifestyle. Chronic Cough is also related to stress and anxiety. A cough that disappears during sleep can be caused by stress. Chronic stress can also make cold lasts long and thereby increasing duration of cough. It is always best to get it evaluated by a doctor. When affected with cough it is beneficial to drink lots of fluids as it thins the mucous, preferably hot tea with honey/ginger or honey with lemon. (It is not safe to give honey to babies who are less than 1 year old). Taking a hot shower can soothe cough due to cold, asthma and allergies. Avoid exposure to irritants in air like cigarette smoke, perfumes and scented bathroom sprays. Try over the counter cough lozenges to sooth your cough. Gargle with warm salt water regularly to remove mucus and soothe the throat. Eat fruit. According to an article published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, diet high in fruit fibre and flavonoids may prevent chronic productive cough. If you are aware of the allergen causing your cough, avoid exposure to it. Maintain hand hygiene to prevent viral infections like Flu. If you are a smoker, it is essential to quit smoking. People with smoking-related diseases who continue to smoke tend to suffer from coughing and breathlessness. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor Seek emergency care if you or your child is: Choking Having difficulty breathing or swallowing Coughing up bloody or pink-tinged phlegm Call your doctor if your cough doesn’t go away after several weeks or if you or your child is: Coughing up thick, greenish-yellow phlegm Wheezing Have a fever more than 100 F (38 C) Experiencing shortness of breathDiarrhoeaDiarrhoea is a condition that is associated with the appearance of loose, watery stools and / or a frequent need to go to the bathroom. Diarrhoea may be related to a viral or bacterial infection and is sometimes the result of food poisoning. Other causes can be anxiety, overuse of laxatives and as a side effects of some antibiotics. Chronic diarrhoea stays for a longer period of time (at least four weeks) and is usually the result of an intestinal disease or disorder. If you are experiencing frequent severe diarrhoea, consult a doctor right away as you may be at risk of developing an intestinal disease or functional bowel disorder. Diarrhoea in infants, young children and elderly can be dangerous and life threatening due to the risk of severe dehydration, therefore it is essential to identify the symptoms and get prompt medical care. Diarrhoea can be prevented by practicing good hygiene. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using a public washroom, it is best using warm water and soap. Rub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds; remember to wash around cuticles, beneath fingernails and in the creases of the hands, then rinse thoroughly. Use wet wipes or hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available. Teach your kids how to maintain hand hygiene and properly wash their hands. Avoid self medication especially with antibiotics. Only take them on a doctor’s prescription. It is ideal to consume curd while taking antibiotics to avoid Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhoea. Avoid consuming undercooked food especially meat and omelets. Consumption of freshly cut salads and fruit immediately is advised. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. During summer, make sure to have lots of fluids so as to keep your body well hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and make sure to drink filtered water. It is also very important to stay hydrated when suffering with Diarrhoea. Drink more water, but it is better to drink fluids that maintain the electrolyte balance in our body as essential salts are lost during diarrhoea. ORS – Oral Rehydration Solution can be home made and are also readily available in the pharmacy. General hygiene should be maintained while mixing the ORS solution. Coconut water and clear soups are also a good choice. Other choices can be rice water, rice kanji, buttermilk or lassi and weak tea. It is advisable to avoid spicy, high fat foods. It is better to consume banana, soft rice (Khichdi), bread, curd and homemade food. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor Persistent abdominal pain If you are vomiting a lot If you have blood in your diarrhoea or vomit. If you have severe abdominal pain. If you have severe symptoms or if you feel that your condition is getting worse. If you have a persisting high fever. If your symptoms are not settling – for example, vomiting for more than 1-2 days, or diarrhoea that does not start to settle after 3-4 days. Infections and are travelling to a another country If you are elderly or have an underlying health problem such as diabetes, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease. If you have a weakened immune system because of, for example, chemotherapy treatment, long-term steroid treatment, HIV infection. If you are pregnant. If you suspect that you are becoming dehydrated. Look for the following symptoms of dehydration: Symptoms of dehydration in adults: tiredness, dizziness or light-headedness, headache, muscular cramps, sunken eyes, passing little urine, a dry mouth and tongue, weakness, and becoming irritable. Symptoms of severe dehydration in adults: weakness, confusion, rapid heart rate, coma, and a greatly reduced amount of urine that you make. This is a medical emergency and immediate medical attention is needed. For Children If diarrhoea occurs in a child who is under six months old. If diarrhoea occurs in a child with underlying medical condition (for example, heart or kidney problems, diabetes, history of premature birth). If your child appears drowsy or confused. If your child is vomiting and unable to keep fluids down. If there is blood in their diarrhoea or vomit. If your child has severe abdominal pain. Infections caught abroad. If your child has severe symptoms, or if you feel that their condition is getting worse. If your child’s symptoms are not settling (for example, vomiting for more than 1-2 days, or diarrhoea that does not start to settle after 3-4 days). Symptoms of dehydration in children: passing little urine, a dry mouth, a dry tongue and lips, fewer tears when crying, sunken eyes, weakness, being irritable or lethargic. Symptoms of severedehydration in children: drowsiness, pale or mottled skin, cold hands or feet, very few wet nappies, fast (but often shallow) breathing. This is a medical emergency and immediate medical attention is needed.Ear PainEar infections also occur in adults, however they are less common. If you notice any pus oozing from ears, cover the outside of the ear with a sterile dressing shaped to the contour of the ear, and tape it loosely in place. Lie down on the side with the affected ear down so that it can drain. However, do not move if a neck or back injury is suspected. See a doctor right away. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, it is not advisable to clean ear with ear buds as there is a possibility that wax can be pushed further into the ear canal leading to blockage and temporary hearing loss. Children are more prone to earaches if they have had ear infections before their first birthday, are frequently exposed to cigarette smoke, have a family history of ear infections, stay in day care, were born premature or at low birth weight. Young children can put things in their ear while playing. Calm and reassure your child. If the object is sticking out and easy to remove, gently remove it by hand or with tweezers. Then, get medical help to make sure the entire object was removed. Try using gravity to get the object out by tilting the head to the affected side. Do not strike the head. Shake it gently in the direction of the ground to try to dislodge the object. If the object does not come out, get medical help. Sometimes there is a possibility that an insect may enter your ear. If that is the case refrain from putting finger in your ear. Turn your head so that the affected side is up, and wait to see if the insect flies or crawls out. If this does not help, try pouring mineral oil, olive oil, or baby oil into the affected ear. For an adult, pull the ear lobe gently backward and upward as you pour the oil. For a child, pull the ear lobe backward and downward as you pour. The insect should suffocate and may float out in the oil. Avoid using oil to remove any object other than an insect, since oil can cause other types of foreign objects to swell. Even if an insect appears to come out, see a doctor. Small insect parts can irritate the sensitive skin of the ear canal. In case of cuts on the outer ear, apply direct pressure until the bleeding stops. Cover the injury with a sterile dressing shaped to the contour of the ear, and tape it loosely in place. Apply cold compresses over the dressing to reduce pain and swelling. If part of the ear has been cut off, keep the part. See a doctor immediately. Place the part in a clean cloth and keep it on ice. Few precautions should be taken in ear pain or infection to prevent further complications. Never try to clean or wash the inside of the ear canal. Do not block any drainage coming from the ear. Do not put any liquid into the ear. Don’t attempt to remove the object by probing with a cotton swab, a pin, or any other tool. Never reach inside the ear canal with tweezers. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor If new symptoms such as dizziness, headache, swelling around the ear, or weakness in the face muscles develop. Discharge of pus or bloody fluid from ears Pain in the ear with ringing sounds, dizziness (vertigo), hearing loss Recent blow to your ear or head If a child has a high fever (higher than 100.4 F, severe pain, or seems sicker than is usual for an ear infection. Severe pain suddenly stops Symptoms (pain, fever, or irritability) get worse or do not improve within 24 to 48 hours.FeverThere are plethora of reasons for fever, it can be seen in heat stroke, as a side effect of certain medications, due to blood clots and even in hyperthyroidism. Fever can result in response to many infections. It ranges from common cold to diseases like Bone infections (osteomyelitis), appendicitis, skin infections, meningitis, ear infections, Urinary Tract infections and bacterial gastroenteritis. Sustained body temperatures of 106° F or above can cause brain damage. The first symptom of a cancer may be a fever. In pregnancy a body temperature of at least 101°F (38.3°C) or higher can be of concern and should be considered as a warning signal, if you are pregnant and have fever, see a doctor right away. Besides other reasons, children sometimes get fever at the time of teething or after immunizations. If your kid is having fever it is important to keep them hydrated. Give plenty of fluids. For infants feed breast milk or formula milk. Look out for signs of dehydration. Offer bland low fibre foods to your child and don’t force feed them. Don’t overdress your child as it can cause increase in temperature. Febrile seizures can occur in some children, and this doesn’t indicate that child is having epilepsy. Call a doctor immediately if an infant younger than 3 months develops any fever. Are fevers preventable? Yes, to some extent. We can prevent some infections like common cold thereby reducing occurrence of fever. Maintain hand hygiene by washing hands thoroughly for at least 20 sec with soap and water. Avoid touching your face if you are exposed to anyone who has cold, throw away used tissues, control stress as research shows that chronic stress reduces one’s immunity. Make sure to clean your child toys regularly as children are four times more likely to get cold than adults. Improve your immunity by eating a balanced diet containing plenty to fruits and vegetables, adequate physical activity and getting enough sleep. It is essential to seek treatment for the underlying cause of the fever. Many of the infections that can cause fever can lead to severe complications if untreated. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor Adults and children should seek immediate medical attention for any fever of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or for any fever accompanied by one or more of the following: Seizure/Convulsion Loss of consciousness Confusion Stiff neck Difficulty breathing Severe pain anywhere in the body (especially the head, chest or abdomen) Swelling or inflammation of any part of the body Vaginal discharge that is discoloured or foul-smelling Pain on urination, foul-smelling urine In addition to the above symptoms, call a doctor immediately if Your infant does not have wet diapers or has not passed urine in the past 8 hours Has blue lips, tongue, or nails Refuses to move an arm or leg Has a new rash Repeated vomiting and diarrhoea Call your doctor if a low fever of unexplained origin does not improve after two to three days. Call sooner if you develop additional symptoms.HeadacheHeadaches may appear gradually or suddenly, and they may last less than an hour or for several days. Common types of headache include Migraine, Tension Headache, Cluster Headache, and Sinus Headache. You may have a headache with a cold, flu, or other viral illnesses along with low fever. Not all headaches require a doctor’s attention. But sometimes headaches are warning of a more serious disorder and needs prompt medical attention. Stress is the most common headache trigger. If you usually grind your teeth, stiffen your shoulders, or tense your muscles when you are stressed, it will worsen your headache. It is essential to manage your stress. Try relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing. Exercise has been associated with prevention of migraine headaches. Exercise was found to be just as good as preventative drugs for migraine. One study found that migraine attack can also be prevented by Meditation. School-age children occasionally complain of headache, one of the most common causes of occasional headaches in children is inadequate hydration. Make sure that your child drinks enough water, especially in summers. Skipping one meal, like breakfast, can start a headache. School-age children typically need at least 10-12 hours of sleep. Not sleeping enough at night can cause a headache. Get your child’s eye checkup done as vision problems can also result in a headache. Fortunately the majority of headaches in children are not a cause for alarm. However, it requires a medical evaluation if your child’s headaches have become more frequent or severe, if he wakes up in the morning of the middle of the night from it, or if the headache causes vomiting, it’s best to have your child examined by your pediatrician. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor Severe headache, stiff neck and vomiting, and light sensitivity Headaches after a blow to the head An unusually severe “worst headache ever” Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and leg A major change in the pattern of headaches Pain that increases with coughing or movement Headaches that get steadily worse Changes in personality or mental function Headaches that are accompanied by fever, stiff neck, confusion, decreased alertness or memory, or neurological symptoms such as visual disturbances, slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or seizures Headaches that are accompanied by a painful red eye Headaches that first develop after age 50 Headaches that prevent normal daily activities Headaches that come on abruptly, especially if they wake you up Headaches in patients with cancer or impaired immune systemsLeg PainSince the leg contains a number of different structures and tissue types, a wide variety of conditions and injuries can cause leg pain. Pain in the legs can occur as a result of conditions that affect bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, or skin. Most common causes of leg pain are injuries, overuse and wear and tear. Leg pain can also be caused by blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation. Often preschool and school-age children complain of leg pain that is unrelated to injury or sprain. They might be going through what is called as Growing Pains. Contrary to its name, growing pains don’t generally happen where growth is occurring or during times of rapid growth. They don’t even have any effect on growth. It could be because of overuse of muscles in activities like running, climbing, jumping during the day. Pain often occurs in the front of the thighs, the calves or behind the knees. Growing pains are likely to affect both legs and occur at night, and may even wake a child from sleep. You can give relief to your child by putting warm heating pad and massaging sore muscles. But it is advisable to consult a paediatrician if the pain is persistent, severe enough to interfere with your child’s regular activities, and is accompanied by other signs or symptoms, such as swelling, redness, tenderness, fever, limping, rash, loss of appetite, weakness or fatigue. Diabetic Neuropathy can also cause pain, numbness and tingling in feet and lower legs. It is caused by damage to nerves as a result of prolonged elevated levels of blood glucose. To keep this complication at bay, it is essential for diabetics to maintain blood sugar levels in the normal range through proper diet and medication. For leg pain that is due to cramps or overuse and to relieve mild pain and swelling you can take rest, elevate your leg, and apply ice four times a day. To prevent leg pain some basic measures: always stretch before and after doing exercise. It is always advisable to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control, avoid smoking and drink only in moderation. Never ignore persisting and recurring leg pain and get a doctor’s consultation, as it can be dangerous because number of serious conditions and injuries may cause leg pain. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor The painful leg is swollen or red. Fever Pain gets worse on walking or exercising and improves with rest. Leg becomes black and blue. Leg becomes cold and pale. Pain persists even after self-care measures.Neck PainIt’s commonly seen that we go to bed feeling fine but wake up suddenly in morning with neck pain and stiffness. Pain is usually felt in one side of the neck and any attempt to straighten is very painful. This type of pain usually subsides in 24-48 hours, apply hot packs for pain relief. Aim to keep your neck moving as normally as possible. Gradually try to increase the range of the neck movements. Slowly and gently try to move your neck sideways and up-down movement. Muscle strains are usually related to poor posture, prolonged physical activity such as sitting at computer terminals for extended periods of time, jerking your head during exercise. Acute strain also may occur after sleeping in an awkward position. It is always good to do perform neck stretching and neck strengthening exercises for enhancing strength of neck muscles. Maintaining proper posture is of extreme importance. Make conscious effort to rectify your posture while standing, sitting, especially when sitting for prolonged hours in front of computer, and driving. Take several breaks, never sit or stand in one position for too long. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it over extends your neck. Too soft pillows or bed are not good for your back and neck. It is not advisable to use too many pillows, however, don’t avoid them totally. Try yoga, as it can help in improving neck posture. Anxiety and stress can also trigger neck pain. Try relaxation techniques to de-stress. Neck pain can also be a symptom of a heart attack, when associated with any of the other symptoms like sweating, nausea, shortness of breath and pain in arm or jaw. If neck pain continues more than a week, is severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms, call for doctor’s consultation immediately. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor Neck Pain associated with Traumatic injury. Examples include car collisions, diving accidents or falls. Muscle weakness. Weakness in an arm or leg or trouble walking High fever Headache Inability to move your hands or arms Numbness and tingling Trouble in breathing Lump in your neck Neck pain that is getting worse in spite of self-care Neck pain that persists after several weeks of self-care Neck pain that radiates down your arms or legs A loss of control of your bowels or bladderStomach AcheAbdomen consists of intestines, kidneys, appendix, spleen, stomach, gallbladder, liver, and pancreas, any inflammation or disease affecting these organs can cause abdomen pain. Viral and bacterial infections of stomach and intestines can also cause stomach-ache. There are around 175 possible conditions of stomach-ache. Self-care and prevention of each depends on its specific cause. However, consume healthy diet, keep yourself hydrated, eat smaller meals and engage in physical activity regularly. Don’t lie down immediately after having meals. Limit intake of spicy, greasy and outside food. In women menstrual cramps is a common cause of pain in lower abdomen. Other causes are dysmenorrhea, ovarian cysts, miscarriage, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb) Generalized pain is seen in injury, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection, flu and Crohn’s disease. However, pain that is concentrated in lower abdomen is more likely because of appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, ectopic pregnancy. Sudden abdominal pain which gets worse with time, and usually starting just above the belly button and then moving to the right lower side of the abdomen is typical of appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix). It can be associated with nausea, vomiting, abdominal swelling or/and constipation. Anyone can get appendicitis, but it is more common among people 10 to 30 years old. Appendicitis is an emergency, and it requires immediate attention. Colic is a very common reason why new-born cry. It usually lasts from birth to 3 months. Baby seems normal but start crying at a particular time of day, every day, mostly as the evening sets in. It may seem like they are crying for no reason: with absence of fever or hunger. Babies with colic often cry more than three hours a day, three days a week for three weeks or longer. Nothing you do to try to help your baby during these episodes seems to bring any relief. Softly rub your baby’s belly. Sometimes cuddling your baby helps. Also try gently rocking your baby in your arms or in an infant swing. Lay your baby tummy-down across your knees and gently rub her back. The pressure against her belly may help comfort her. A warm bath can also soothe the crying baby. Never shake your baby in an attempt to shush her. Another reason for diabetics to keep their sugar levels in control is to avoid Diabetic Ketoacidosis which causes severe abdominal pain. To prevent this condition take your diabetes medication as directed and monitor your blood glucose. Stress can cause temporary abdominal cramps. Try relaxation techniques to calm your body and mind. Meditation, light exercise such as walking and stretching too helps. Warning Signals: If you experience any of the following, consult a doctor See a doctor immediately if you are or might be pregnant and having abdominal pain that is severe, constant and dull, severe and knife-like, or severe cramping. See a doctor if your stomach very tender to touch, or you are having bloody diarrhoea or stools that are black or tarry or vomiting blood with a fever See a doctor immediately if your abdominal pain is severe and is associated with trauma, such as an accident or injury and/or pressure or pain in your chest. See a doctor immediately if pain is so severe that you can’t sit still or need to curl into a ball to find relief and/or pain is accompanied by bloody stools, persistent nausea and vomiting, skin that appears yellow, severe tenderness when you touch your abdomen, or swelling of the abdomen See a doctor if vomiting and diarrhoea persist for more than two days, or if you see any blood or mucus in the diarrhoea. Call your doctor if your child shows signs of dehydration: lethargy, dry mouth, decreased urination.
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