5 ways to get relief from backache


Here is a list of 5 things you can do to get relief from backache:

  1. Have some broccoli, spinach and other green leaves: It’s believed that the vitamin K found in broccoli, spinach, and other dark leafy greens, helps calcium deposit in the bones, making them denser. The stronger your bones, the stronger your whole body—and the lower your chances of an injury that could cause back pain.
    And did you know?
    a. Broccoli fight diabetes

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    Broccoli Juice

    b. Broccoli juice boosts health
    c. Broccoli with some lifestyle changes also fights diabetes

  2. Lighten your load: If your purse or briefcase tips the scales at more than 10% of your weight, it’s too heavy. And you need to carry it right. Your best bet is a model with a long strap that lets you position it across your chest like a messenger bag. 
  3. Sleep tight, sleep right!A harder bed may not be better for your back. A recent study in Spine found that people who slept on softer beds reported less lower-back pain than those who snoozed on harder ones.
    Pillows? Yours shouldn’t raise your head out of alignment with your spine. How to tell: If you’re a back sleeper, your chin shouldn’t press into your chest. If you’re a side sleeper, it shouldn’t curve up toward your shoulder.

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    Which sleep posture might be hurting you?
  4. Having abs is also good: Having strong core muscles (we’re talking abs here) can help protect your back from injury. Do this core-strengthening pelvic tilt 2 to 3 times per week: Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and lower back flattened. Pull in your belly button toward your spine, contracting your abs; your pelvis should lift slightly off the floor.
    Do 2 to 3 sets of 12 reps.
  5. Good posture is importantSitting at a desk for eight (or more) hours a day can really do a number on your back. Make sure to sit with your back against your chair (get a lumbar pillow if you chair doesn’t allow this) and both feet flat on the floor. Another option: Try using a stability ball as your desk chair like many Health staffers do—good posture is a must just to stay on the thing. Start off slow (20 minutes at a time), and if it feels good, stick with it.

 

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Posture to maintain at your workstation

 

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Symptoms of Food Poisoning and Common Food Contaminants

The Health Department, Government of Australia has listed common causes of food poisoning and the symptoms.


 

Food poisoning

Everybody at one time or another has had the experience of eating food and some time later becoming sick. This is called food poisoning. The symptoms may include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pains
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling weak
  • fever or chills/sweating
  • headache

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Food poisoning can be caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, chemicals or poisonous metals such as lead or cadmium. Most food poisoning, however, is caused by bacteria and because of this, only bacteria will be discussed in this section.

Food which has become contaminated with harmful bacteria does not always taste bad. Most of the time it looks, smells and tastes like it normally does.

Read also: Food items that you may consume to improve life expectancy!

Some food poisoning diseases are more common than others. For example, disease caused by Staphylococcus aureus occurs a lot more often than disease caused by Clostridium botulinum.

Some foods cause food poisoning more than others and need to be cooked properly and/or kept in the refrigerator. These include chicken, meat, seafood, eggs, cooked rice, ham, salami, milk and all dairy foods. It is important chicken is cooked properly to the bone and then kept in the fridge for no more than 2 days. If reheating chicken, or left-overs, make sure it is steaming hot and only reheat it once.

Read also: Importance of microbiology in food

It is important to remember that the same food handling practices are used to prevent all food poisoning diseases. Washing your hands with soap and then drying them on a paper towel or with a clean cloth is the best way to stop the spread of bad bacteria.

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The common bacteria that cause food poisoning are –

1. Staphylococcus

These bacteria are found on the skin, in sores, infected eyes and in the nose, throat, saliva and bowel of humans. There may be many of these bacteria in the yellow mucus (slimy substance) which comes from the nose or is coughed up when a person has a cold or a lung infection.

2. Salmonella

There are hundreds of different types of salmonella bacteria but not all are harmful to humans. They are found mainly in the intestines, bowels and faeces of humans and other animals. It is the salmonella bacteria themselves which can cause salmonella food poisoning.

People can get salmonella food poisoning from:

  • poor food-handling practices in the home or in food outlets
  • seafood caught in polluted water or eggs with dirty shells
  • meat or poultry which has been contaminated by poor food handling before it gets to the food outlet, such as at the abattoir

3. Clostridium

These bacteria are found in the soil and in the intestines of animals, including cattle, poultry, fish and humans. Food poisoning caused by clostridium bacteria is important to know about because these bacteria are common in the environment.

People can get clostridium food poisoning from poor food handling practices in the home, in the factory or in a food outlet, especially relating to cooking and storage/refrigeration temperatures.

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Bacteria grows with time, under different environmental conditions.

4. Campylobacter

These bacteria are found in many animals including dogs, cats, cattle and poultry. The sources of infection from these bacteria are usually contaminated food and water.

People can get campylobacter from:

  • ingestion of contaminated food or water (especially undercooked chicken & creek or river water)
  • contact with infected animals (especially puppies or kittens with diarrhoea)
  • poor food handling (especially by using the same chopping boards, knives and plates for raw and cooked chicken)

Ways food can become contaminated through incorrect food handling

Food can become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria anywhere the food is handled or stored. These places include:

  • in a factory where it is processed ready for sale
  • in a truck in which it is taken from the factory to the shop
  • in a shop
  • in a food outlet such as a school canteen or takeaway shop
  • between the shop and home
  • in a home

The way you clean and sanitize the dishes also matters.

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Protecting food from contamination

Correct food handling practice and food storage helps prevent bacteria from contaminating and multiplying on foods. The following action needs to be taken to prevent bacterial contamination:

  • Protect food from contamination – handle food properly
  • Prevent bacteria from multiplying
  • Destroy germs on/in food

Watch this video to learn how to protect food and have it last long!

This article is hosted on the website of Department of Health, Government of Australia.

Research : Artificial Pancreas To Help Diabetic Patients

In a recent research, artificial pancreas has proven to be much more effective than insulin injections.


In recent stats, it has been found out that the number of people suffering from Diabetes is on a constant rise. To fight diabetes, there may be many paths for one to follow –

  1. Bring some lifestyle changes
  2. Try these food items that help control sugar levels.

But what’s ground-breaking is a research that has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation – Artificial Pancreas, that is performing well in humans in a pilot study.

Researchers are reporting a breakthrough toward developing the artificial pancreas as a treatment for diabetes and other conditions by combining mechanical artificial pancreas technology with transplantation of islet cells, which produce insulin.

The study monitored  14 patients with pancreatitis and had them undergo a standard surgery and auto-islet transplantation treatments, a closed-loop insulin pump, which relies on a continuous cycle of feedback information related to blood measurements, was better than multiple daily insulin injections for maintaining normal blood glucose levels.

Use of the mechanical artificial pancreas in patients after islet transplantation may help the transplanted cells to survive longer and produce more insulin for longer, said lead author Gregory Forlenza. “It is our hope that combining these technologies will aid a wide spectrum of patients, including patients with diabetes, in the future.”

Read Also: How can I benefit from fresh fruit and vegetable juices?

Source: DNA

Most Common Food Allergens

Most people are not aware of the food items they are allergic to. Here is a list of most common food allergens.


It is surprising to know that majority of people do not realize that they are allergic to certain food items, in India, while those living in the west are well-aware of what not to eat to avoid any health problems.

Food allergies occur when a sensitive person eats, inhales, or comes into contact with even tiny amounts of certain foods. These reactions occur with exposure to proteins called allergens and can be very mild or may be life-threatening.

Food allergies are becoming more and more common. There has been an increase in severe food allergy cases in the last 10 years, mostly driven by peanut and tree nut allergies.

Watch : How to keep your dishes clean and safe?

In children, the most common food allergies are:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Hen’s eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat

In adults, the most common food allergies are:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans (such as shrimp, crabs, and lobster)
  • Mollusks (such as clams, oysters, and mussels)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

Symptoms tend to occur just after eating, inhaling, or coming into contact with the offending food. Symptoms may include reddening of the skin, hives, itchy skin, swollen lips or eyelids, tightness of the throat, wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Here is how you can keep your skin young and glowing!

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“Unfortunately, the only treatment we have is avoidance,” Oppenheimer says. “But I have several suggestions that help. One is to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. And for restaurants, I am a big fan of giving the server a card that shows what you are allergic to, and having the chef sign the card to make sure you aren’t given anything you’re allergic to.”

Did you know? Packaging of food products also matters, when it comes to food safety?

Outgrowing Food Allergies

The new guidelines stress repeated testing to see whether a food allergy fades over time.

Many children with food allergies become tolerant to those foods over time. This is most likely to happen with allergies to cow’s milk, hen’s eggs, wheat, and soybeans. It’s least likely to happen with peanut, tree-nut, and seafood allergies.

Source: Web MD

How do restaurants clean the dishes? Difference between cleaning and sanitizing?

Watch this video to learn how eateries clean and sanitise your dishes before you eat on them


What is the difference between cleaning and sanitising of dishes?
Major one being this –

  1. Cleaning means usage of soap
  2. Sanitising involves usage of a chemical and heat.

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Learn how dishes are cleaned at eateries, and how safety and hygiene is maintained there from this video:

Watch Here: How to protect your food from contamination?

Crucial points in this segment include: The difference between cleaning and sanitizing, and why it’s important, and washing dishes by hand and using a commercial dishwasher.

Did you know microbiology science has immense effect in our food?

25 Fruits To Combat Diabetes


If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood sugar levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

Additionally, you may try these simple changes to your lifestyle to fight type II diabetes!

For those who have not yet committed completely to a diet plan, this is a small step in the direction of doing so:

  1. Apples – lowers bad cholesterol ; contains high amount of fiber.
  2. Asparagus
  3. Avocados
  4. Beans
  5. Blueberries
  6. Broccoli
  7. Carrots
  8. Cranberries
  9. Fish
  10. Flaxseed
  11. Garlic
  12. Kale

    There are a couple of Vodka hacks for your skin! Watch here..

  13. Melon
  14. Nuts
  15. Oatmeal
  16. Quinoa
  17. Raspberry
  18. Red Grapefruits
  19. Red onions
  20. Red Pepper
  21. Soy
  22. Spinach
  23. Green Tea
  24. Tomatoes
  25. Yogurt

 

Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

Fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables are also known to control many diseases. Learn more…

To know more, visit the description at Diabetic Living Online

How to kill cancer in under 60 mins?

In a new research it has been found that olive oil compounds can kill cancer in under 60 minutes.


Yes! You read that right! In what seems like a ground-breaking news, a team of researchers at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers are impressed and blown away by the results, which has serious implications when it comes to how the public may soon view simple nutrition as a weapon against cancer –

a simple compound in olive oil is capable of killing cancer cells ‘within 30 minutes to an hour’ — and it doesn’t harm healthy cells.

The compound utilized, known as oleocanthal, has previously been identified as an ‘anti-cancer’ agent, but the true extent of its ability to fight carcinogenic cells was virtually unknown. Several studies exist on the compound’s other benefits as well, which include its potential effects on:

  • Tumor suppression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Age-related disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Guava too has been known for many benefits, one of them being its anti-cancer property.

This new study, which has found that this compound can truly kill cancer cells in under an hour, may be the most amazing. Specifically, the study found that cancer cells exposed to oleocanthal were dying in a matter of 30-60 minutes — all thanks to the way in which the olive oil compound uses the enzymes of the cancer cells. Puncturing the insides of the cancer cells where the cell ‘waste’ is held, the compound wreaks absolute havoc on the infected cells.

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There is no doubt that mega pharmaceutical companies will certainly swoop in to patent pharmaceutical technologies that attempt to mimic the behaviors of  oleocanthal (with a list of side effects and reduced effectiveness), but the key here is that for virtually nothing you can start to experience the benefits of this key olive oil compound yourself: just pick up some high quality organic olive oil at your local grocery store.

One may also benefit from fresh juice from raw and organic fruits and vegetables.

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Source: Inspire Amaze

15 Benefits of Guava

There are plenty of benefits of guava including improved immunity, weight management, stress busting,


Before we go into the details of it, the summary is: Heart Healthy, Weight Loss Friendly and More.

Done with that. Let’s get into the details of the benefits this fruit, that sometimes hurts the gums and teeth because of its seeds, has:

  1. Immunity booster as it contains high quantity of Vitamin C
  2. Lowers the risk of cancer
  3. Diabetic people can consume this sweet fruit
  4. Improves levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and keeps heart healthy. Fresh juice of raw guava and other fruits & vegetables prove to be highly beneficial.
  5. Keeps away from constipation because of high fiber
  6. Vitamin A rich, thus, improves eyesight
  7. Contains folic acid (vitamin B-9) ; recommended for pregnant women since it can help in developing the baby’s nervous system and protect the newborn from neurological disorders
  8. Guava leaves have a potent anti-inflammatory action and a powerful antibacterial ability which fights infection and kills germs. Thus, consuming guava leaves works as a fantastic home remedy for toothache, swollen gums and oral ulcers
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  9. It’s a stress buster as it helps to relax the muscles and nerves of the body
    These other food items help fight sulkiness and depression!
  10. Contains vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which helps in improving blood circulation to the brain, stimulating cognitive function
  11. Helps you lose weight by regulating your metabolism. Interestingly, there is bacteria in your gut that is trying to help you maintain perfect weight!
  12. Juice of raw and immature guavas or a decoction of guava leaves is very helpful in relieving cough and cold since it helps get rid of mucus and disinfects the respiratory tract, throat and lungs.
  13. Has anti ageing properties
    What more can you do to keep your skin young and glowing?
  14. Mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. Guavas are also a great source of Vitamin K, which helps get rid of skin discoloration, dark circles, redness and acne irritation.
  15. Guavas rank high in astringent properties, guava leaves and unripe guavas even higher. Guava helps tone up and tighten the facial muscles, so apply a decoction of the leaves and fruit on your skin and voila!

To get more details, follow this link (source): Food.NDTV

What not to do to keep your skin glowing?


One might be aware about what to do to keep skin healthy and glowing. But then there are things that shouldn’t be done, to keep your skin fine too!

  1. AlcoholAvoiding alcohol is especially recommended when the skin disease is on the face or head, where heat will naturally rise more rapidly and affect one’s appearance. Rosacea, acne, seborrheic or atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are the most likely to affect the face.
  2. Spices: This one might be a known fact for our India based readers! Hot pepper, black pepper, ginger and garlic are also contraindicated, as are all the “gingerbread house” spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. This means avoiding chai teas, ginger teas, hummus, Thai food and the like. Of all of these, garlic seems to give the worst flare-ups of redness, burning and itch.
  3. Smoking: Smoking is something that should be avoided for much more serious reasons – it kills. It affects skin too. Cigarette smoking is strongly associated with psoriasis, especially pustular psoriasis of the palms and soles. Quitting will often improve the condition. Teenage acne, as well, is adversely affected by smoking. Teens already have a great deal of naturally occurring ‘heat’ in their lungs and stomach, as evidenced by their loud voices and voracious appetites – this is a sign of health and vitality during a time of great growth. However, smoking and drinking will push this lung and stomach heat over the upper limit of ‘normal,’ turning it into the red fire of acne.
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    Before & after the smoking. It shows how smoking affects our skin!

    Just quitting smoking will not help your lungs. You need to de-toxify it too!

  4. Oil, Shellfish and Tropical FruitsGreasy fried foods and bad oils are even worse, and should be avoided. Shellfish and fatty fish like salmon should be avoided for the same reason as oils, not only by weepy skin sufferers, but by anyone whose skin is red or itchy at all. Tropical fruit may also irritate. Mango, papaya, pineapple are the worst, while banana seems to be fine!

    Although, fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables have got plenty of benefits!

  5. Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Products: Gluten, sugar and dairy are only a problem for a very small proportion of people with skin disease, and that they do not need to be avoided by the vast majority of sufferers. It may be that avoiding these foods will improve digestion, but rarely will this translate into an improvement of the skin disease.

 

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Quick cheat sheet to know what to avoid, if you’re on a Gluten Free Diet!

 

Watch how McDonald’s french fries are made!
Green tea, mint tea, salad, fruit, and clean, light meals, freshly prepared, are best. White pearled barley and beans are excellent at draining away excess mucus and dampness if the skin is oozy. Mung beans and aduki beans are wonderful at this, and all three of these substances double as “herbs” which are found in many skin prescriptions. When the eyes and face are red and itchy, jasmine, chamomile, mint and chrysanthemum teas are very soothing.

Find out about 5 great benefits of Amla!

Changing one’s diet is not easy, and changing it forever is harder still. For some, a dietary change may bring new problems: tension, stress, guilt, binge eating, excessive self-control, and of course, hunger! These may have a more detrimental impact on our health than the eliminated foods. Listening to your own body is essential. For skin disease sufferers, adjusting the diet a little to avoid heat is a good idea. In combination with a cooling herbal treatment, a change of diet might be just the thing to cure a persistent skin disease.

 

(Source: Vitality Magazine)

 

How can you benefit from Juices?

There are plenty of benefits of raw fruits and vegetables.


Before we even begin telling you what we have in store for you about juices, let us first make the definition of juice clear.
Juice is a liquid that is naturally contained in fruit and vegetables, as per USFDA. So here we do not mean the processed and packaged factory manufactured juices that have plenty of added sugar and preservatives added to them. We are talking strictly about the old-school method of juice extraction from fruits and vegetables.

Talking of school, Indian schools have been directed to sell NO JUNK FOOD by FSSAI. Read More about what why how’s!

And a WARNING!! The list of juices might not include juices best fit for sweet toothed people!

  1. Apple Juice: Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber. It aids in appetite control and improves digestion. Pectin reduces cholesterol and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
    Apples are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They have a very high mineral content, which is beneficial for the health of your skin, hair and fingernails. Apple skin is a source of quercetin, an antioxidant that keeps the heart and lungs healthy. Apples also contain a huge number of protective compounds – flavonoids, which are absorbed by the body and help make lung tissue healthier and more resistant to disease. So the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ still holds true to this day. It helps reduce the risk of lung cancer while helping to boost resistance to respiratory illnesses.
  2. Beet Juice: Beet greens contain an abundance of chlorophyll, vitamin A and C. It also has a high mineral content, being especially rich in calcium and potassium. Beets contain fiber, vitamins C and K. Also rich in folate, which we all know as folic acid, a natural substance which aids in preventing certain birth defects and heart disease.
    The betaine in beet juice stimulates the function of the liver cells and protects the liver and bile ducts. Beets are an excellent way to detoxify and renew the blood with minerals and natural sugars. It helps reconstitute the blood, bringing important sustenance to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. For all the women out there, did you know that beet juice helps alleviate menstrual disturbances and menopausal symptoms? There is more. It’s a powerful kidney and blood cleanser. So stop worrying about its sugar content, it’s natural sugars.
  3. Broccoli: Broccoli is a potent anti-oxidant which has been proven to protect against cancer. It is loaded with Vitamin C, more so than oranges, that we should all be consuming as much as possible – especially to prevent cancer. A chemical called Sulforaphane is in broccoli, it has been shown to kill peptic ulcers and gastritis.
    A scientific fact for you to ponder on as you drink one of our broccoli raw juice combinations: Broccoli resonates energetically at 300MHz!! Compare this to our bodies that start to become diseased if its cells are resonating below 50MHz and a cancer cell resonates between 0 and 30MHz.

    Fact for you! There are good bacterias fighting bad bacterias in your gut so that you can lose weight! Help Them Win!!

  4. Cabbage: Red or Green, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable along with cauliflower, kale, cress, bok choy, broccoli and a few other green leaf vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have long been praised for being healthy and important additions to one’s diet. Sources recommend a minimum of 3-4 servings of cruciferous vegetables a week. WebMD names these veggies: “The Super-Veggies” because of all of the nutrient goodness locked inside:
    “…they all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to your health (although some have more than others)…One of the big reasons to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables is that they may help to lower your risk of getting cancer.” (WebMD)
    Red Cabbage known as purple cabbage, is darker in color than it’s green counterpart, because it has a higher “concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage.” Anthocyanin Polyphenols are pigment compounds found in many plants that lend them their characteristic colors and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and potentially protective properties.

    Did you know Amla / Indian Gooseberry is translated as Nectar of Life in Sanskrit

  5. Carrots: The three most important elements of carrots are beta-corotene, vitamin A and phytochemicals. There is powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. With that said they also improve muscle, soft tissue and skin health. While reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, while boosting immunity and protecting the skin against sun damage.
    Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. because of falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties. The high levels beta-carotene also act as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It helps slow down the aging of cells. Beta Carotene is also converted into vitamin A in the liver, which helps our retina. Carrots are good for the eyes. Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. This vitamin helps prevent premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone. Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fiber in carrot juice helps clean out the colon and waste movement. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots binding with bile acids.

For the more comprehensive list go to: Raw Juice Guru