Did you know about Tonsil Stones?


Whenever we speak about stones, we can only think about stones in gall bladder or in kidney. But have you ever heard of Tonsil Stones, or tonsilloliths?

Our tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this happens, the debris can become concentrated in white formations, the tonsil stones, that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones are most common in teens and those with large tonsils.  Those with poor dental hygiene may also experience tonsil stones.

How do I know if I have Tonsil Stones?

Typically, tonsil stones can be seen as white, yellow or grey nodes on the tonsils. Though, many tonsil stones aren’t visible because they are burrowed down inside of the tonsil.

Some people have no symptoms when afflicted with tonsil stones. Those who do have symptoms often report redness or irritation of the tonsils. There are several other symptoms that can be related to tonsil stones, with bad breath being one of the most obvious. According to the Mayo Clinic, bacteria grow on the stones, which produces a foul odor.

People with throat stones can also feel like they have something stuck in their throats.

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So, how bad can it be?

Tonsil infections that lead to chronic bad breath are most often due to tonsil stones. Although tonsil stones are fairly common, many dentists and physicians miss them completely when their patients complain of halitosis.

A study published in the journal Microbes and Infection concluded that tonsil stones cause halitosis because they are crawling with anaerobic bacteria.

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And what’s the remedy?

Well, it really boils down to two things :

  1. Proper dental hygiene – for starters, try to brush the stone out, keep your oral hygiene in order, gargle with salt water twice a day.
  2. Surgery – this one needs some serious consideration. Tonsil removal surgeries involve bleeding, use of anesthesia, and well, no talking for some time!

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Take care!

 

 

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Dangers of Bromine in Food


Bromine is a chemical compound frequently used in flame retardants, baking ingredients, cell phones, plastic, dye, soda, and prescription drugs. Bromine is found naturally in the earth’s crust and in seawater in various chemical forms. Bromine can also be found as an alternative to chlorine in swimming pools. Products containing bromine are also used in agriculture and sanitation.

Research has identified the following 10 dangers of bromine as the most damaging to human health. Edibles that carry bromine are the most dangerous, as they are directly consumed.

Source: Global Healing Center

  1. Affects Thyroid Functionality: Lack of iodine causes thyroid related health problems. Bromine on the other hand is anti-iodine. It restricts the absorption of iodine in body, which is essential for the health of thyroid hormones. Bromine exposure impairs the gland, and results in health issues like hypothyroidism, goiter, and hormonal imbalance.
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    What is thyroid? How is it caused?

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  2. Preterm Births and Birth Defects: Another role that iodine plays is keeping the process of conception and pregnancy healthy. And as stated above, Bromine restricts iodine absorption. Exposure to bromine to expectant mothers may increase risk for delivering preterm babies. Avoiding the bromine exposure can also be tricky. Even if you avoid baking ingredients and soda, bromine can also be present in drinking water. An Australian study even reported a link between bromide exposure and birth defects.Preterm birth caused due to bromine exposure
  3. Affects Cognitive Development and Failure: Mental dysfunction related to the overexposure to bromine is so common it even has a name — bromism. In one specific case of bromism, a patient consumed vast amounts of soda that contained brominated vegetable oil. The patient experienced problems including fatigue, headache, memory problems, and loss of muscle control.

    High bromine intake causes slow cognitive development.
    High bromine intake causes slow cognitive development.
  4. Skin puffs and burns: Bromine acnes are pus-filled eruptions and lesions were observed in individuals who took bromine for nerve conditions.
    Acne caused because of bromine exposure.
    Acne caused because of bromine exposure.

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  5. It is cancerous: The International Agency for the Research on Cancer has identified potassium bromate (the ingredient used in bread and baking) as a known carcinogen. Although tests have only been performed on animals, the Agency states it may also behave as a carcinogen in humans.
    However, a research shows that olive oil has compound that can fight cancer. Read more.
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It is important to test food products for bromine content. As per BIS norms water must not contain bromate. Get your product tested from FICCI Research and Analysis Centre. Call 011-45333500 / 529 or drop an email at : info@fraclabs.org

All you need to know about Cholesterol!


What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues. Cholesterol and its derivatives are important constituents of cell membranes and precursors of other steroid compounds.

Why do we need Cholesterol in our body?

  1. Balances hormones that can prevent heart diseases.
  2. Cholesterol is needed by the body to make all the sex hormones including andogen, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA.
  3. Liver bile is produced using cholesterol. Bile juices are important for digestion.
  4. Cholesterol is used by serotonin receptors .. serotonin is the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical.
  5. Helps repair damaged cells.
Narrowing of artery due to cholesterol deposits
Narrowing of artery due to cholesterol deposits

Then how come it is bad for us?

Cholesterol affects the flow of blood in our body. It hardens up and forms a layer in the arteries. This clogs up the vessels in heart and is the prime cause of heart strokes.

This is how Cholesterol affects the blood flow.

This is how Cholesterol affects the blood flow. Source: The Healthy Home Economist

Lifestyle changes to improve Cholesterol

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Excercise daily
  3. Improve diet, reduce deep fried food, increase intake of fibres
  4. Shed the extra pounds
  5. Consume alcohol responsibilyDid you know you could predict your own heart-attack??

Eat More Of These To Have Less of Cholesterol

  1. Soy: It includes tofu, soya milk, soy nuts and soy flour. FDA recommends getting at least 25 grams of soy protein each day. Consuming 25 grams of soy protein daily lowers high cholesterol.
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  2. Beans: It is a high fiber solution. Beans are especially high in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Eating a cup of any type of beans a day—particularly kidney, navy, pinto, black, chickpea, or butter beans—can lower cholesterol by as much as 10% in 6 weeks.
  3. Salmon: The heart friendly fat is an excellent source of protein because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA that are good for your heart while low in cholesterol and saturated fat.  American Heart Association now recommends eating at least two servings of fish every week, preferably fatty fish, by far the richest sources of fish-oil omega-3s.
  4. Avocado: These delectable green orbs pack more of the cholesterol-smashing beta-sitosterol (a beneficial plant-based fat) than any other fruit. Beta-sitosterol reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food. So the combination of beta-sitosterol and monounsaturated fat makes the avocado an excellent cholesterol buster.
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  5. Tea: In our recent posts, a lot of health benefits of tea have come up. Tea can fight ArthritisFlavonoids, the major antioxidants in tea, have been shown to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that leads to plaque formation on artery walls. These powerful antioxidants may even reduce cholesterol and even lower blood pressure.
  6. Go Nuts: A moderate-fat diet that’s rich in the healthy monounsaturated fats found in nuts may actually be twice as good for your heart as a low-fat diet. Nuts also have vitamin E, magnesium, copper, and phytochemicals that have been linked to heart health. And walnuts are also rich in omega-3s. People who eat nuts regularly have less heart disease and other illnesses than people who don’t. The heart-healthy monounsaturated fats they contain are also better for your joints than the polyunsaturated fats found in corn and safflower oils. However, they are rich in calories! So moderation is the key!

Other foods include chocolates, margarine, spinach!

Get your food products tested for Cholesterol levels from FRAC Labs!

 

Instant Relief From Headaches

A day long headache can really affect your productivity! Here are some remedies to cure the headache.


Ever had a day when the only thing ruling your day is a terrible headache! It could be because of any reason – stress, tension, indigestion, restlessness, sinus problems, migraines, lack of sleep and dehydration.

Many people reach for over-the-counter medicines to get rid of their headaches. However, you can get instant pain relief using some easy and natural home remedies. Here are some remedies for curing the headache that has kept you from focussing on work:

  1. Consume lots of water: If the cause of your headache is dehydration, you can easily get relief from the pain by rehydrating your body.
    • Simply drink a glass of water at the first sign of a headache and continue taking small sips throughout the day.
    • Along with water, you can have sports drinks. The electrolytes present in sports drinks can treat headaches caused by tension and dehydration.

    When suffering from a headache, stay away from drinks like alcohol that can dehydrate your body

    Drinking water helps keep calm

  2. Put some Ice Pack: Placing a cold compress like an ice pack on your forehead will numb the pain, help shrink the blood vessels and improve circulation to the area. This particular remedy works well for headaches due to stress or sinus problems.
    • Wrap some ice cubes or crushed ice in a thin towel. Hold it against your forehead for a few minutes. A bag of frozen vegetables can also serve as an icepack. Never apply ice directly on your skin as it can damage the skin.
    • Alternatively, apply a cold cloth on your head and temples for 10 minutes and repeat the process for some time until you get relief.
  3. Elixir of Ginger:  Ginger is a home remedy for instant relief. It helps reduce inflammation of the blood vessels in the head, hence easing the pain. And since it stimulates digestion, it also helps quell the nausea which occurs during migraines.
    Wondering how to use this miracle ingredient? Steep ginger root for tea, or mix equal parts of ginger juice and lemon juice and drink up. You can consume this once or twice a day. You can also apply a paste of ginger powder and 2 tablespoons water on your forehead for a few minutes to provide quicker relief.
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  4. An Apple a Day Keeps Headaches Away as well: Both apples and apple cider vinegar can be used to fight off a headache. They help restore the acid-alkaline balance in the body. Furthermore, simply the smell of green apples can help reduce migraine headaches.
    • When you wake up in the morning with a headache, eat a piece of apple sprinkled with some salt. Then drink some warm water.
    • Alternatively, fill a large bowl with steaming hot water and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it. Hold a towel over your head and take in the steam for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Another option is to add 2 teaspoons of some apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. You can also add a little honey and lemon juice. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day.
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  5. Cinnamon does the charm: Cinnamon is a miracle spice that can effectively treat headaches. Wondering how to use it? Here’s help: Grind some cinnamon sticks into a powder, and add some water to make a thick paste. Apply it on your forehead and temples and lie down for 30 minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water.Cinnamon helps sooth headaches!

Source: NDTV Food

Jaundice Scare at Shimla

In the last 60 hours, 10 people have been reported with jaundice, with three deaths.


In December, last year, the first case of jaundice was reported in Shimla. At that time, no one could have imagined the extent to which the situation that has arrived now. In the last 60 hours, 10 people have been reported with jaundice, with three deaths. 

On Saturday morning, Shimla woke up to the news of the death of Jagdish Vats, a leading High Court lawyer who was referred to PGI Chandigarh three days back after being diagnosed with jaundice. Although he was put on ventilator at PGI Chandigarh, he died today morning. 25-year old Surpiya, wife of Raman Jamalta, a young lawyer, and another lawyer Rakesh Chandel have also fallen victims to the disease causing serious anger among the lawyers community, which now proposes to take up the issue with the State High Court through a PIL.

Water samples collected by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have confirmed the presence of a dangerous virus in the water which was being supplied to the citizens from Ashwani Khad source. Experts have written to the state government saying the virus has origins in untreated sewage.

Jaundice symptoms
Jaundice symptoms

Source: Indian Express

Suffering From Rheumatoid Arthritis? Have some tea!

In a recent discovery, detailed in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, researchers confirmed that a compound in green tea may offer a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.


What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis, a chronic progressive disease, causes in the joints and resulting in painful deformity and immobility, especially in the fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks normal joint tissues, causing inflammation of the joint lining

How to cure RA?

In a recent discovery, detailed in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, researchers confirmed that a compound in green tea may offer a potential new approach to combating the joint pain, inflammation and tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

The researchers confirmed their findings in a pre-clinical animal model of human rheumatoid arthritis, where they observed that ankle swelling in animals given the compound in a 10-day treatment plan was markedly reduced.

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“Existing drugs for rheumatoid arthritis are expensive, immunosuppressive and sometimes unsuitable for long-term use,” said lead researcher Salah-uddin Ahmed from Washington State University in Spokane, US.

Source: LifeHacker

 

Normal palm vs Rheumatoid Arthritis

Predict Your Heart Attack and Prevent it!

Predict your own heart attack!
Constant fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath. If you are facing most of these, visit the nearest physician at the earliest.


India has a death rate of 138, when it comes to deaths caused by Heart diseases. The stressful way of life and the junk food we keep eating is a great contributor for this illness becoming so common and so dangerous over the last years.

Leading a healthy lifestyle and trying to decrease the levels of stress in your life can help protect you from heart failure, but another thing that can be very useful, even lifesaving, is knowing the symptoms of heart failure a month before it happens.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptons, makr it as a red flag, and consult your physician at the earliest:

  1. Fatigue: Narrowed up arteries cause lesser blood to flow in the body. This results in heart to function much harder to be able to give same amount of blood to all organs, which in turn makes the person drained out and tired.feeling_fatigued_and_drained_ayurvedic_tips_to_re-energize_yourself
  2. Shortness of Breath: When the heart is not able to get enough blood, the lungs are not able to receive sufficient oxygen. The two systems depend on one another so without one you can’t have the other. If you have been having trouble breathing it is best to consult a doctor as soon as possible, this could mean it is getting close to time for your attack.shortness_of_breath
  3. Weakness : Since the muscle are not able to receive sufficient amount of blood and oxygen, the muscles tend to remaind tired and make you weak. If you have been feeling weak for too long, do consider meeting your physician!
  4. Dizziness and Cold Sweats:  The poor circulations is also causing the blood flow to your brain to be restricted. This is very life threatening. This will at first cause dizziness and clamminess. You should not ignore this.Business woman stress and headache
  5. Discomfort in Heart: If you are having onset symptoms of a heart attack chances are you have been experiencing discomfort in your chest, whether it’s minor pain or built-up pressure. This will constantly increase until the attack itself happens.chest-pain-350x350
  6. Flu: Flu symptoms out of nowhere could be because the attack itself is about to happen within the near future. Many people reported that they had developed a cold just days before their attacks.

There could be other symptoms as well. Take care of your heart. Immediately visit a doctor if you feel most of these symptoms are experienced by you recently!

 

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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

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  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

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!

 

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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.

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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)