FRAC Goes Unstoppable! Now Performs All Pesticides as per FSSAI!


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) is on a spree of developing new test methods to perform various new tests of parameters with more accurate results, shorter Turn Around Time and more cost effective!

Recently developments included :

  1. New Test Method for testing of Taurine
  2. Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

And within days since the last development on pesticides testing on fresh fruits and vegetables, FRAC’s highly competent Technical Team has developed testing facility for conducting analysis of the entire list of pesticides that have been prescribed by FSSAI.

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s location:

The Technical Team floated the great news to all:

Dear All,

It is to inform you, that optimization process for the quantitative determination of pesticides “as mentioned under FSSAI (i.e. list of 149 pesticides)”  has been completed by instrument lab using LC-MSMS. Hence from now onwards, all the pesticides as per FSSAI shall be analyzed In-House. The attachment has a list of total 231 pesticides along with other parameters, which now need not to be sent to other lab for analysis.

Point to remember: No subcontracting to be done for analysis of pesticides and other parameters listed in the attachment. (As per FSSAI and all other regulatory body)

The list of Pesticides can be downloaded from here: FRAC Pesticides

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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.

More about remedies for foul breath!

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!

 

 

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.
    What is thyroid? How is it caused?
    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.

    Here is how you can take care of acnes and other skin related problems, all natural way!

  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

Sleepy day at work? Wake the hell up!!

Here is how you can fight your sleep at work!


It was a Sunday and you decided to stay up late for the cricket match or a Nolan movie. Because why not? It’s still a holiday! What comes next though is a regretful, sleepy and tiring Monday! The eyes are heavy. It is a task in itself keeping the lids open and give a blank stare at the monitor. The fingers give up on typing and all you need is a nice warm cozy sleep.

Well, we can’t promise you that your boss will let you have a small nap. But here is what we got : list of stuff you could do to wake yourself the hell up!!

  1. An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away. But also saves you from an angry mail from the Human Resource about your slow day at work! Having an apple in the morning, puts away the sleepiness.
    An apple a day will keep anyone away, if thrown hard enough.
    An apple a day will keep anyone away, if thrown hard enough.

    Basically, fruit is an excellent food for giving you fast energy but without making you crash. Try eating a few pieces of fruit every 30 minutes or snacking on grapes constantly.
    Did you know fresh juices too have tons of benefits!

  2. Water helps too, and not just splashing it across your face, but drinking some too! Dehydration is actually a big cause of tiredness. So what is the opposite of dehydrated? Yeah, hydration! So have lots of water.
    Another benefit is, when the bladder fills up, you have to visit the loo too often which
    in turn makes you move around and physically up!

    Drinking water helps keep calm
    Staying hydrated helps staying up!
  3. Cold air is a solution too. Cold air keeps your body’s heating system cranking and you will shiver yourself awake. However, if it is an Indian summer time, don’t go for the cooling option! It will only make you cozier. Rather, let yourself sweat. (word of caution: don’t forget some deodorant!)
    Sweaty hands are a big put off. Here’s how you can fight it!
  4. Have some tea to fight the sleep. If you have to have one or the other it is better to go for a nice Chinese Green Tea as this has many health benefits. Green tea also helps fighting arthritis.
  5. Get some fresh air. Now this helps a lot! Sometimes sitting in a warm office with a comfortable chair, flickering computer screen and a gentle whisper of talking workmates is enough to send anyone to sleep. Go outside and breathe in some of the fresh air for a few minutes.
  6. If all fails, this might be the only solution. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.

 

Inputs from: The Daily Mind

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.
    Here is everything about Amino Acids!
  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.
    Avocado can fight depression too!
  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.
    Did you know, green tea can reduce your Arthritis? 

    ginger

  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.
      Did you know, apple cedar also helps in keeping the skin glowing!
  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

Sweaty Hands: How to cure it?

Prevent further episodes of sweaty hands successfully. These remedies are easily available at home and can also be carried along with you while you are on the move so that you hands remain dry and fresh all throughout the day.


Sweaty hands not only puts off the person with whom you are shaking hands with, but also embarrass ourselves. It affects our social life, and we often try to avoid situations where you might require to shake hands, like closing a deal or meeting your colleagues at work. Several reasons like stress, hormone problems etc.  can be attributed to sweaty hands. Instead of worrying about the problem, try these wonderful remedies that not only help treat the condition but also prevent further episodes of sweaty hands successfully. These remedies are easily available at home and can also be carried along with you while you are on the move so that you hands remain dry and fresh all throughout the day.

Remedies for Sweaty Hands

  1. Water: Sweaty hands are particularly worse on people whose body gets hot very fast. The best way to avoid this is to drink plenty of cool water all throughout the day. This will help the body to remain cool and prevent sweaty hands as well. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water to keep your body temperature under control.

    Drinking water helps keep calm
    Drinking water helps keep calm
  2. Green Tea: Green tea also helps in removing excess oils and moisture from the skin and prevents sweat from escaping into the skin surface. Did you know, Green Tea can also cure Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  3. Alcohol: By this, we do not mean alcohol consumption! Alcohol has a drying and dehydrating effect on the body and hence a wonderful natural remedy for treating sweaty palms. Rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based products on the hands will immediately give a drying effect to the palms. It is recommended to use alcohol wipes every now and then to control sweatiness of the palms.

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    Using alcohol wipes keeps your hands dry.
    Using alcohol wipes keeps your hands dry.
  4. Talcum Powder:  If you’re at home and don’t mind your hands looking a little white, sprinkle them with a powder to temporarily absorb the sweat. This can come in handy if your sweaty hands inhibit daily activities like lifting weights, jumping rope or completely chores that require a tight grip.
    Talcum Powder also helps keep the hands dry.
    Talcum Powder also helps keep the hands dry.

    Read Here: Natural Remedies for Glowing Skin

  5. Black Tea Bags: Application of black tea bags help in the shrinking of pores and also in reducing the chances of sweat from seeping though the pores. Take moist tea bags and hold them inside your palms for a few minutes every few hours.

    Black tea bags helps in shrinking of pores
    Black tea bags helps in shrinking of pores

There are plenty of other remedies you may try.

Sources: Find Home Remedy  ; WikiHow

 

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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

Find out if you are de-hydrated!

These symptoms mean your body is dehydrated. Consume more water to stay healthy!
Read more to find out the signs of dehydration…


“Jal hi jeevan hai” (water is life) 

Water is an essential requirement of our body. It keeps us hydrated, it its pure form. Every cell, tissue, and organ in the body needs water to function correctly. Our body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. People are at higher risk of dehydration if they exercise at a high intensity, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst. (source: Family Doctor)

How can one know if they are dehydrated?

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Dry skin
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  3. Frequent headaches
  4. Dry mouth and constant thirst
  5. Yellow coloured urine614
  6. Feeling hungry most of the times
  7. Dizziness
    Feeling tired and dizzy recently? A Heart Attack could be around the corner!
  8. Urinary Tract Infection
  9. Premature aging
  10. High blood pressure and cholesterol with a burning sensation in heart
  11. Confusion
  12. Anxiety
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dehydration
Source : Mercola

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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