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Rainbow Meal Plate!

Dt. Asritha Vissapragda 92% (249 ratings)
Masters In Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad

Colour plays a unique role in daily life. There is color everywhere. Our day starts with bright yellow rays of the sun, trees welcome the day with vibrant green light. There is color everywhere from the dress we wear to the place we live in. Why not our meals be colourfull. A rainbow meal plate not only looks beautiful but also keeps you healthy. Every color carries a specific vibration with it and that will affect our systems (especially endocrine system). In this article, we will discuss in detail about VIBGYOR foods and their effect on our systems.

  • Red: It is one of the primary colors. Red color has its effect on adrenal glands. This color has its effect on survival, safety, and tribe. Red foods help to improve immunity as they are rich in vitamin c. Vitamin c also helps to support structures like teeth, bones, and skin. Lycopene is the phytonutrient present in red foods. The color red is obtained to a fruit or vegetable because of this phytonutrient. There are studies that show that lycopene has anti-cancer properties. Examples: watermelon, apples, pomegranates, strawberries, beetroot, red cabbage, red onion etc.
  • Orange: It is the color of creativity. Orange has its effect on the reproductive system. It codes for productivity, creativity, and emotions. Orange color foods are rich in beta-carotene. It is also one of the phytonutrients. Beta-carotene helps in cell replication and supports reproductive health. Examples: carrots, orange bell peppers, orange etc.
  • Yellow: Yellow connects with one of the five elements of earth that is the fire. Yellow colored foods affect digestive systems and this color codes for power, energy, and transformation. These foods help to control excessive acid production in stomach and aids in the better digestion of foods. Lemon squeezed in water is an excellent tonic for the liver. Examples: lemon, pineapple, banana, ginger etc.
  • Green: Green is the color of love. Green colored foods help in proper functioning of the heart. This color codes for love, compassion, and gratitude. Green colored foods are rich in vitamin k which helps in blood clotting, thereby preventing blood loss during any injury. Vitamin k also reduces homocysteine levels in the blood. Homocysteine is one of the contributors to heart diseases. Examples: leafy greens, wheatgrass, kiwi, honeydew melon, pear etc.
  • Blue: Blue is the color of truth. Blue foods have an effect on thyroid functioning. This color codes for voice, authenticity, and choice. There are very fewer foods with this color. Blue foods are rich in iodine. Examples: sea plants like noori, kelp, agar, spirulina
  • Indigo: It is the color of insight. Indigo colored foods help in brain functioning. This color codes for insight, reflection, and visualization. The phytonutrients present in these foods are called anthocyanins. These foods help in better cognition. There are studies that show that blueberries help in improving cognition. Examples: blueberries, black currants, black apple (kala jamun), blackberries etc.
  • Violet: This is a highly spiritual color. The foods rich in this color will affect pineal gland. This color codes for purpose, soul, and connection. White colored fruits and vegetables will have an effect on this system. These foods help in cleansing and maintaining circadian rhythm. Examples: garlic, onion cauliflower, cabbage.

Now we know the importance of color in our food. So, make your plate as colorful as possible to nourish your systems as well as to tap into your senses. Enjoy every color of life. Bring out the child in you to play with colorful food.
Take away points:
1. To begin with, focus on including more than 3 colors in your plate.
2. Track how many colors you are eating in a day and notice the changes happening in your system.
3. Make a note of the color codes and when you dress in particular color notice how you feel.

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What Is Anemia ?

Dr. Ramakrishna Chanduri 88% (24 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
What Is Anemia ?

WHAT IS ANEMIA :

Anemia is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body's tissues. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.
There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia because it can be a warning sign of serious illness.


TYPES OF ANEMIA :

Iron deficiency anemia
Thalassaemia
Aplastic anemia
Haemolytic anemia
Sickle cell anemia
Pernicious anemia
Fanconi anemia

Symptoms :

Anemia signs and symptoms vary depending on the cause of your anemia. They may include:
Fatigue
Weakness
Pale or yellowish skin
Irregular heartbeats
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Chest pain
Cold hands and feet
Headache
At first anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But symptoms worsen as anemia worsens.

Causes :

Anemia occurs when your blood doesn't have enough red blood cells. This can happen if:
Your body doesn't make enough red blood cells
Bleeding causes you to lose red blood cells more quickly than they can be replaced
Your body destroys red blood cells

Diagnosis :

To diagnose anemia, your doctor may ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and run the following tests:
Complete blood count (CBC). A CBC is used to count the number of blood cells in a sample of your blood. For anemia your doctor will be interested in the levels of the red blood cells contained in the blood (hematocrit) and the hemoglobin in your blood.
Normal adult hematocrit values vary from one medical practice to another but are generally between 40 and 52 percent for men and 35 and 47 percent for women. Normal adult hemoglobin values are generally 14 to 18 grams per deciliter for men and 12 to 16 grams per deciliter for women.
A test to determine the size and shape of your red blood cells. Some of your red blood cells may also be examined for unusual size, shape and color.
Additional diagnostic tests
If you receive a diagnosis of anemia, your doctor may order additional tests to determine the underlying cause. For example, iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic bleeding of ulcers, benign polyps in the colon, colon cancer, tumors or kidney problems.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to study a sample of your bone marrow to diagnose anemia.

Eating the right foods :

1. Increase Iron Rich Food:
It is seen that those who suffer from iron deficiency usually exhibit the symptoms of anemia. You could take up:
Food that is rich in iron content
Vitamin supplements 
These steps will ensure that you step up the iron content in the body which is the main element needed to produce hemoglobin

2. Fruits:
Apples are rich in micro nutrients including iron. Thus, if you are anemic you need to intake:
Fruits of different kinds
Consume more than one apple a day
Consume Citrus Fruits. It is necessary to have citrus fruits which increase the iron content in the body and the absorption of the micro nutrient.
Have at least more than one citrus fruit a day
Choose between limes, lemons and other fruits
Try Figs
Figs are seen to be excellent remedy for anemia
One should consume three to four figs daily in order to combat anemia
Try Bananas It is important to incorporate bananas in one’s diet.
It is known to be a good source of magnesium
Banana combined with honey will surely help one to step up the necessary salt content for increasing hemoglobin in the blood.

3. Honey:
Honey is known to be an excellent source of cure for anemia.
A concoction of honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar will prove to be ideal to combat the anemic conditions
Such a mixture is known to be a powerful antioxidant and will help to address general health issues as well. It is necessary to increase honey intake as it is beneficial for an anemic person. It is rich in iron, manganese and copper. These micro nutrients are known for their necessity to step up the hemoglobin content in the bloodstream

4. Beetroot Juice:
It is imperative that one know the vegetables that are rich in iron content.• Beetroot is one such vegetable which is beneficial for those who have low iron content and suffer from anemia• Beetroot can be had as a cooked vegetable or in the form of beetroot juice which is more effective

5. Currants In The Morning:
One could soak currant and consume them to feel the benefits. About ten currants should be soaked overnight. The seeds should be removed. They should be eaten first thing in the morning. 
This should be done for a period of three to four weeks

6. Increase Red Colored Fruits And Veggies In Your Diet:
The red colored fruits as well as vegetables contain the necessary vitamins which will enrich the blood of hemoglobin and reduce anemia.
Have apples
Use tomatoes in your diet
Consume beetroot as vegetable or in juice form

7. Consume Green And Leafy Vegetables:
One should consume green and leafy vegetables as that helps to step up the level of micro nutrients in the body. 
Increase iron content
Increase salt content

8. Vitamin B12:
It is seen that anemic patients are usually low on their vitamin B12 content. This can be increased by:
Consuming fruits and food items rich in such a micro nutrient
Taking up supplements rich in this complex micro nutrient

9. Avoid Caffeinated Drinks:
It is best to avoid coffee as the caffeine increases the heart rate and might not be ideal for anemic patients. Try and consume decaf version. Limit the number of cups of coffee consumed.
10. Stay Active:
The more active one stays the more the capability of the blood to circulate and keep one healthy. Regular exercises should be done. Strength training will increase muscle mass and help keep up strength and keep away fatigue.

What Is Anemia?

Dr. Sathish Erra 87% (10657 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
What Is Anemia?

What Is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body's tissues. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.
There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia because it can be a warning sign of serious illness.


Types Of Anemia :
 

Iron deficiency anemia
Thalassaemia
Aplastic anemia
Haemolytic anemia
Sickle cell anemia
Pernicious anemia
Fanconi anemia

Symptoms :

Anemia signs and symptoms vary depending on the cause of your anemia. They may include:
Fatigue
Weakness
Pale or yellowish skin
Irregular heartbeats
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Chest pain
Cold hands and feet
Headache
At first anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But symptoms worsen as anemia worsens.
Causes :
Anemia occurs when your blood doesn't have enough red blood cells. This can happen if:
Your body doesn't make enough red blood cells
Bleeding causes you to lose red blood cells more quickly than they can be replaced
Your body destroys red blood cells

Diagnosis :

To diagnose anemia, your doctor may ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and run the following tests:
Complete blood count (CBC). A CBC is used to count the number of blood cells in a sample of your blood. For anemia your doctor will be interested in the levels of the red blood cells contained in the blood (hematocrit) and the hemoglobin in your blood.
Normal adult hematocrit values vary from one medical practice to another but are generally between 40 and 52 percent for men and 35 and 47 percent for women. Normal adult hemoglobin values are generally 14 to 18 grams per deciliter for men and 12 to 16 grams per deciliter for women.
A test to determine the size and shape of your red blood cells. Some of your red blood cells may also be examined for unusual size, shape and color.
Additional diagnostic tests
If you receive a diagnosis of anemia, your doctor may order additional tests to determine the underlying cause. For example, iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic bleeding of ulcers, benign polyps in the colon, colon cancer, tumors or kidney problems.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to study a sample of your bone marrow to diagnose anemia.

Eating the right foods :

1. Increase Iron Rich Food:
It is seen that those who suffer from iron deficiency usually exhibit the symptoms of anemia. You could take up:
Food that is rich in iron content
Vitamin supplements 

These steps will ensure that you step up the iron content in the body which is the main element needed to produce hemoglobin

2. Fruits:
Apples are rich in micro nutrients including iron. Thus, if you are anemic you need to intake:
Fruits of different kinds
Consume more than one apple a day
Consume Citrus Fruits. It is necessary to have citrus fruits which increase the iron content in the body and the absorption of the micro nutrient.
Have at least more than one citrus fruit a day
Choose between limes, lemons and other fruits
Try Figs
Figs are seen to be excellent remedy for anemia
One should consume three to four figs daily in order to combat anemia
Try Bananas It is important to incorporate bananas in one’s diet.
It is known to be a good source of magnesium
Banana combined with honey will surely help one to step up the necessary salt content for increasing hemoglobin in the blood.

3. Honey:
Honey is known to be an excellent source of cure for anemia.A concoction of honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar will prove to be ideal to combat the anemic conditions.Such a mixture is known to be a powerful antioxidant and will help to address general health issues as well. It is necessary to increase honey intake as it is beneficial for an anemic person. It is rich in iron, manganese and copper. These micro nutrients are known for their necessity to step up the hemoglobin content in the bloodstream

4. Beetroot Juice:
It is imperative that one know the vegetables that are rich in iron content.• Beetroot is one such vegetable which is beneficial for those who have low iron content and suffer from anemia• Beetroot can be had as a cooked vegetable or in the form of beetroot juice which is more effective

5. Currants In The Morning:
One could soak currant and consume them to feel the benefits. About ten currants should be soaked overnight. The seeds should be removed. They should be eaten first thing in the morning. 
This should be done for a period of three to four weeks

6. Increase Red Colored Fruits And Veggies In Your Diet:
The red colored fruits as well as vegetables contain the necessary vitamins which will enrich the blood of hemoglobin and reduce anemia.
Have apples
Use tomatoes in your diet
Consume beetroot as vegetable or in juice form

7. Consume Green And Leafy Vegetables:
One should consume green and leafy vegetables as that helps to step up the level of micro nutrients in the body. 
Increase iron content
Increase salt content

8. Vitamin B12:
It is seen that anemic patients are usually low on their vitamin B12 content. This can be increased by:
Consuming fruits and food items rich in such a micro nutrient
Taking up supplements rich in this complex micro nutrient

9. Avoid Caffeinated Drinks:
It is best to avoid coffee as the caffeine increases the heart rate and might not be ideal for anemic patients. Try and consume decaf version. Limit the number of cups of coffee consumed.

10. Stay Active:
The more active one stays the more the capability of the blood to circulate and keep one healthy. Regular exercises should be done. Strength training will increase muscle mass and help keep up strength and keep away fatigue.

10 Foods That Make Your Skin Glow!

Dermatologist, Chennai
10 Foods That Make Your Skin Glow!

You may have preferences when it comes to which skin care products you want to use on your skin, but the actual nourishment is received from within. Hence it is very important to eat healthy food in order to keep your skin healthy. Although it is not possible to maintain the 'healthy' food notion every day, here are some food items which you must eat regularly to maintain healthy skin:

1. Olive oil:
Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils you can use in your everyday meals. This is because almost 75% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids. It also contains antioxidant polyphenols which help to keep the skin healthy. Olive oil also plays a major role in controlling signs of aging. If you consume olive oil regularly for at least a few weeks, you will suffer from 31% less signs of aging.

2. Tomatoes:
When consumed with olive oils for a few weeks, tomatoes provide almost 33% more protection against suffering from sunburns. This is because tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene which helps in improving the natural SPF of the skin.

3. Dark Chocolate:
In spite of the common belief that it is a weight gaining food, dark chocolate is actually very beneficial to the skin. It contains a compound called "cocoa flavanols" which hydrate skin and also improve blood circulation in the body.

4. Green Tea:
Green tea has an antioxidant called EGCG which improves blood circulation and oxygen flow in the body, while delivering vital nutrients to the skin which is required for its health. Green tea makes the skin more elastic and smooth, softer and supple. It also reduces sun damage by a quarter.

5. Water:
Water is very important for the skin to remain hydrated. Drinking enough water everyday makes the skin appear plumper and less wrinkled.

6. Coffee:
Regular consumption of coffee reduces the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer by 11%. If you drink 6 cups of coffee every day, it reduces the risk by 30%, but it causes other health problems; hence is not advised.

7. Carrots:
Carrots contain "carotenoid" which gives a natural glow to the skin. Carotenoid provides more yellow tones to skin giving it a healthier look.

8. Pomegranate:
Pomegranate has the most antioxidant content amongst fruits. It has an inflammation fighting antioxidant which helps in fighting aging signs.

9. Sunflower seeds:
Sunflower seeds are full of Vitamin E which makes the skin supple and helps to protect the skin from the Sun.

10. Beetroot:
This red root is loaded with Vitamin A, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin E. It has skin clearing properties, and is essential for healthy skin and epidermal healing. It acts as an all-round body cleanser. It also helps eliminate toxins and lowers cholesterol level. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Foods That Can Help Increase Haemoglobin!

Dr. Ashu Arora 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Foods That Can Help Increase Haemoglobin!

Haemoglobin is a protein rich in iron and is found in red blood cells. The main function of haemoglobin is to carry oxygen throughout the body. In other words, it carries oxygen from the lungs to the other parts of the body so that the cells can carry on with their basic functions. It also carries carbon dioxide back to the lungs from those cells so that this gas can be exhaled.

Haemoglobin is important for maintaining a healthy life. The normal levels of haemoglobin in human body include:
• 14-18g/dl for adult men
• 12-16g/dl for adult women

Foods that improve haemoglobin

  1. Consume iron-rich food products: According to National Anaemia Action Council, lack of iron is the most common cause behind low haemoglobin levels. To improve iron content in your blood, you can take asparagus, tofu, almonds, oysters, fortified breakfast cereals, liver, red meat, shrimp, spinach, dates and lentils. However, consult your doctor for the right intake, as too much consumption of iron may be harmful for your health.
  2. Improve your vitamin C intake: Absorption of iron is improved if vitamin C is taken in adequate quantities. Lemon, tomatoes, papaya, oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, etc. are some of the fruits that are rich in vitamin C. In fact, if there is a deficiency of vitamin C in our blood, haemoglobin levels go down. You may also take vitamin supplements to improve haemoglobin in your body, but consult a doctor first.
  3. Focus on food items rich in folic acid: This acid is basically vitamin B complex, which is required to make red blood cells. Food products that are rich in folic acid include rice, liver, breakfast cereals, sprouts, dried beans, wheat germ, peanuts etc. A diet comprising 200-400 milligrams of foliates is enough to supplement your Vitamin B needs.
  4. Include beetroot as a part of your diet: Rich in iron, folic acid, fibres and potassium, beetroot helps in augmenting haemoglobin levels. Drinking beetroot juice daily increases the iron content in your red blood cells.
  5. Have apples: They are rich in iron and if you have an apple daily, then your haemoglobin level will improve significantly. If possible, take a green apple with its skin. Apple juice mixed with beetroot juice has a marked effect on haemoglobin levels. You can also add some ginger or lemon juice to this mixture and have the concoction twice a day.
  6. Eat blackstrap molasses: This food is rich in iron, vitamin, folic acid etc. and improves the haemoglobin level in your blood. Take 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses and apple cider vinegar each, mix them in a cup of water and drink this concoction once a day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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What Is Anemia?

Dr. Sathish Erra 87% (10657 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
What Is Anemia?

WHAT IS  ANEMIA :

Anemia is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body's tissues. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia because it can be a warning sign of serious illness.

 TYPES OF ANEMIA :

Symptoms :

Anemia signs and symptoms vary depending on the cause of your anemia. They may include:

At first anemia can be so mild that it goes unnoticed. But symptoms worsen as anemia worsens.

Causes :

Anemia occurs when your blood doesn't have enough red blood cells. This can happen if:

  • Your body doesn't make enough red blood cells

  • Bleeding causes you to lose red blood cells more quickly than they can be replaced

  • Your body destroys red blood cells

Diagnosis :

To diagnose anemia, your doctor may ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and run the following tests:

  • Complete blood count (CBC). A CBC is used to count the number of blood cells in a sample of your blood. For anemia your doctor will be interested in the levels of the red blood cells contained in the blood (hematocrit) and the hemoglobin in your blood.

  • Normal adult hematocrit values vary from one medical practice to another but are generally between 40 and 52 percent for men and 35 and 47 percent for women. Normal adult hemoglobin values are generally 14 to 18 grams per deciliter for men and 12 to 16 grams per deciliter for women.

  • A test to determine the size and shape of your red blood cells. Some of your red blood cells may also be examined for unusual size, shape and color.

Additional diagnostic tests

If you receive a diagnosis of anemia, your doctor may order additional tests to determine the underlying cause. For example, iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic bleeding of ulcers, benign polyps in the colon, colon cancer, tumors or kidney problems.Occasionally, it may be necessary to study a sample of your bone marrow to diagnose anemia.

Eating the right foods :

1. Increase Iron Rich Food:

It is seen that those who suffer from iron deficiency usually exhibit the symptoms of anemia. You could take up:

  • Food that is rich in iron content

  • Vitamin supplements

These steps will ensure that you step up the iron content in the body which is the main element needed to produce hemoglobin

2. Fruits:

Apples are rich in micro nutrients including iron. Thus, if you are anemic you need to intake:

  • Fruits of different kinds

  • Consume more than one apple a day

Consume Citrus Fruits. It is necessary to have citrus fruits which increase the iron content in the body and the absorption of the micro nutrient.

  • Have at least more than one citrus fruit a day

  • Choose between limes, lemons and other fruits

Try Figs

  • Figs are seen to be excellent remedy for anemia

  • One should consume three to four figs daily in order to combat anemia

Try Bananas It is important to incorporate bananas in one’s diet.

  • It is known to be a good source of magnesium

  • Banana combined with honey will surely help one to step up the necessary salt content for increasing hemoglobin in the blood.

3. Honey:

Honey is known to be an excellent source of cure for anemia.

  • A concoction of honey, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar will prove to be ideal to combat the anemic conditions

  • Such a mixture is known to be a powerful antioxidant and will help to address general health issues as well. It is necessary to increase honey intake as it is beneficial for an anemic person. It is rich in iron, manganese and copper. These micro nutrients are known for their necessity to step up the hemoglobin content in the bloodstream

4. Beetroot Juice:

It is imperative that one know the vegetables that are rich in iron content.• Beetroot is one such vegetable which is beneficial for those who have low iron content and suffer from anemia• Beetroot can be had as a cooked vegetable or in the form of beetroot juice which is more effective

5. Currants In The Morning:

One could soak currant and consume them to feel the benefits. About ten currants should be soaked overnight. The seeds should be removed. They should be eaten first thing in the morning. This should be done for a period of three to four weeks.

6. Increase Red Colored Fruits And Veggies In Your Diet:

The red colored fruits as well as vegetables contain the necessary vitamins which will enrich the blood of hemoglobin and reduce anemia.

  • Have apples

  • Use tomatoes in your diet

  • Consume beetroot as vegetable or in juice form

7. Consume Green And Leafy Vegetables:

One should consume green and leafy vegetables as that helps to step up the level of micro nutrients in the body.

  • Increase iron content

  • Increase salt content

8. Vitamin B12:

It is seen that anemic patients are usually low on their vitamin B12 content. This can be increased by:

  • Consuming fruits and food items rich in such a micro nutrient

  • Taking up supplements rich in this complex micro nutrient

9. Avoid Caffeinated Drinks:

It is best to avoid coffee as the caffeine increases the heart rate and might not be ideal for anemic patients. Try and consume decaf version. Limit the number of cups of coffee consumed.

10. Stay Active:

The more active one stays the more the capability of the blood to circulate and keep one healthy. Regular exercises should be done. Strength training will increase muscle mass and help keep up strength and keep away fatigue.



 

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10 Interesting Facts About Vitamin A!

Dt. Rajat Jain 86% (19 ratings)
Diploma In Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Jaipur
10 Interesting Facts About Vitamin A!

Vitamin A is essential for various body functions and the most important are vision, immunity, skin & hair health and correct genetic transcription. Signs of Vitamin A toxicity include bone pain, brittle nails, hair loss, fatigue, dry and fissured skin and abnormal liver function. Deficiency of Vitamin A leads to night blindness.

Some interesting facts about Vitamin A: 

  1. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble Vitamin, thus requires fat for effective absorption.
  2. Normal level of Vitamin A required for proper body functioning is about 3000 mg per day. A person could also end up eating more of Vitamin A on a regular basis, which could lead to Vitamin A toxicity. If it is consumed from natural sources, it is not harmful; however, if synthetic Vitamin A is consumed, it may end up as a toxin in the body. 
  3. Every 100 g of sweet potato contains about 19200 IU of Vitamin A. Sweet potato can be consumed in cooked, baked, cubed, raw or frozen form. It can be used in multiple ways and is one of the most Vitamin A rich foods.
  4. Carrots are the most popular and rich source of Vitamin A. Every child knows that carrots are good for vision and eye health. Carrots can also be consumed in baked, cooked, raw or frozen form. Every 100 g of carrot contains about 17000 IU of carrot, which takes care of daily requirements.
  5. Green leafy vegetables are another rich source of Vitamin A. This could be spinach, lettuce, beet greens, turnip greens, collards, kale, or other greens. Each of them contains sufficient amounts of Vitamin A, and including about 100 g provides about 14000 IU of Vitamin A. These can be used as salad dressings or cooked with lentils to make a variety of dishes.
  6. The liver from any animal is the most effective nonvegetarian source of Vitamin A. Consuming liver 2 to 3 times per day gives sufficient amounts Vitamin A for men, women and children. Cod liver oil, which is available widely in the market is also a good source, if meat is not available.
  7. Dry fruits, such as apricots, which are sundried and used when there is no season for apricots, are another rich source of Vitamin A. Dried peaches and prunes are also good sources for this Vitamin.
  8. Consuming about 2 egg yolks per day provides all the required Vitamin A for your body. It does contain cholesterol, but the body does need small amount of cholesterol too for various functions.
  9. Dairy products, such as butter and cream from cow's milk which are especially fed on grass are again great sources of Vitamin A.
  10. Small amounts of Vitamin A are also present in cantaloupe melons, pumpkins, squash fruits, beetroot, bell peppers and most importantly in seasonal fruits.
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Anaemia During Pregnancy - 5 Associated Risk Factors

Dr. Tripti Raheja 87% (10 ratings)
M.R.C.O.G. (LONDON) Gold Medalist, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology , MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Anaemia During Pregnancy - 5 Associated Risk Factors

Your body goes through drastic changes when you are pregnant. Your body makes more blood during pregnancy; for instance, prior to pregnancy, your body made approximately 5 litres of blood, but now it produces 7 to 8 litres of it.

Producing excess red blood cells requires haemoglobin, which in turn requires plenty of folate, iron and vitamin B12. If there is a deficiency in any of these requirements, you might develop anaemia.

Types of Anemia During Pregnancy

Several types of anemia can develop during pregnancy. These include:

  1. Iron-deficiency anemia
  2. Folate-deficiency anemia
  3. Vitamin B12 deficiency

Risk Factors

Anaemia is a condition, which is characterized by a lack of red blood cells in the body. The risks of becoming anaemic during pregnancy include:

  1. Being extremely fatigued
  2. Miscarriages, premature birth, or low birth weight
  3. The baby can inherit anaemia from the mother
  4. The child can have certain developmental delays
  5. Postpartum depression (post-childbirth depression)

Symptoms of Anemia During Pregnancy

The most common symptoms of anemia during pregnancy are:

  1. Pale skin, lips, and nails
  2. Feeling tired or weak
  3. Dizziness
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Rapid heartbeat
  6. Trouble concentrating

In the early stages of anemia, you may not have obvious symptoms. And many of the symptoms are ones that you might have while pregnant even if you're not anemic. So be sure to get routine blood tests to check for anemia at your prenatal appointments.

How can it be prevented?

To prevent such risks, it is important to implement the proper diet. Here are some dietary tips to prevent anaemia during pregnancy:

1. Consume iron-rich foods: Foods that provide you with the best source of iron are 

  • Poultry and eggs
  • Dark green and leafy vegetables (for example: spinach, broccoli and kale)
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Beans and lentils
  • Tofu
  • Beetroot
  • Ripe bananas

2. Don't forget the supplements: Foods are great sources of the nutrients you require, but they may be lacking at times. Ask your doctor for supplements like vitamin, folic acid and iron supplements mostly. Consuming supplements before pregnancy can go a long way in preventing anaemia.

3. Folic acid is important: Folic acid is very important for pregnant women. You must consume 400 milligrams of it to prevent anaemia and birth defects in babies. Foods that are rich in folic acid include:

4. Vitamins are crucial: Vitamin C helps in iron absorption which boosts haemoglobin production. Some foods rich in vitamin C include

  • Citrus fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwis
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers

5. Be vigilant while cooking: Sometimes while cooking foods, the wrong method can strip them of their iron content. So be careful not to fry, boil or stew such foods too much. Certain foods are best consumed raw; read the labels properly if in doubt.

6. Abstain from certain habits: Alcohol, tea, cigarette and coffee hinder iron absorption. So stop consuming them if you are trying to conceive or have conceived. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Gall Bladder Stone Pain - How Can It Be Managed?

Dr. Pravesh Kumar Taneja 88% (24 ratings)
DA, Dnb anaest, Fipm pain
Pain Management Specialist, Bikaner
Gall Bladder Stone Pain - How Can It Be Managed?

Gall bladder stones can be painful. Until and unless it is surgically removed and cured from within, the pain continues to hinder daily life. The good news is that there are ways by which pain from gall bladder stones could be managed.

Here is a list of quick, easy-to-follow remedies to counter the pain.

 

 

  1. Heat Pack: Applying a heat pack or hot water bottle on to the stomach making sure that the heat is directly passed on to the gall bladder can give instant relief from the pain. The heat should be applied at an interval of half an hour and a layer of cloth should be placed in between the skin and the heat pack.
  2. Over the counter medicine: In most cases, over the counter pain relief meds can make the pain go away. NSAIDs should be avoided until and unless suggested by the doctor. A pain relief medicine with anti-inflammatory properties will perfectly suit the gall bladder condition.
  3. Try vegetable juice: While gulping vegetable juice might sound a little indifferent, it has instant benefits with no side effect. All it needs is to mix beetroot, cucumber, and carrot in equal proportions and extract the juice from it. The juice extracted from this mixture should be consumed twice in a week to flush out the toxins from the system and ease the gall bladder pain.
  4. Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits such as lemon, orange etc. contains pectin that is believed to be a remover of stones and blockages. This is also believed to be a great agent for countering pain originating from the gall bladder. Consumption of 10-12 tablespoon of lemon juice extracted from fresh lemons followed by a glass of water will wither the pain away in few weeks.
  5. A mixture of honey and turmericHoney’s antiseptic nature prevents infection and the curcumin found in turmeric makes the bile more soluble in the gall bladder. These two herbs in tandem can ease the gall bladder pain and get relief from the stones too. A tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of turmeric should be consumed daily to get the benefits.
  6. Take the herbal route: There are several herbals that are believed to be extremely effective in treating pain origination from the gall bladder. Some of them include goldenseal, quebrapedra, catnip, fennel seed, yellow dock, rosemary, nettle, peppermint herbal tea etc.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and consumption of a quarter of a glass followed by a quarter of a glass of apple juice can show instant results. It should be consumed daily after breakfast. There are instances where the pain eases out within a matter of 15 minutes. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Homeopathic Approach in Kidney Stone Removal!

Dr. Subrata Gorai 87% (730 ratings)
BHMS, OCRT KOLKATA
Homeopath, Asansol
Homeopathic Approach in Kidney Stone Removal!

Kidney stones often referred to as Nephrolithiasis or Renal Lithiasis is a medical condition that can affect all and sundry, irrespective of their age and sex. Painful and uncomfortable, kidney stones form when the concentration of some minerals and salts such as oxalate, calcium or uric acid, to name a few, shoots up abnormally in the urine. Over time, the minerals that built up hardens and solidifies to form stones (can be of varying size) affecting the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract.

There can be a plethora of triggers that can give rise to kidney stones, the most common of which include, obesity, Frequent infection of the urinary tract, Unhealthy dietary habits (increased intake of foods rich in oxalate, proteins or calcium), Cystinuria, Reduced fluid intake (especially water), Ileal disease, Urinary Stasis, Hyperparathyroidism. People with a family history of kidney stones are at higher risk of suffering from the condition.

Homeopathy to deal with kidney stones and the associated symptoms and discomfort-
Over the years, Homeopathy has been phenomenal, providing effective treatment to a host of medical conditions and ailments. When it comes to kidney stones, the approach should be to eliminate the underlying factor triggering the complication rather than just providing a superficial and temporary solution. Homeopathy adopts a similar approach to treat kidney stones. In addition to the removal of the kidney stones, the homeopathic treatment also makes sure that the condition (formation of kidney stones) does not recur in the future.

Using natural products with no side-effects is another USP of the Homeopathic treatment. A host of Homeopathic medicines, which when used along healthy changes in the diet and lifestyle work wonders to provide permanent relief from kidney stones.

Some of the Homeopathic medicines used include:

  1. Hydrangea Arborescens is a Homeopathic medicine that goes a long way to break, dissolve, and soften the kidney stones (also referred to as a Stone Breaker).
  2. Cantharis is another homeopathic medicine used in treating kidney stones. Patients who experience a burning sensation during urination (triggered by the kidney stones) benefit immensely from Cantharis.
  3. Lycopodium comes as a saviour in case of kidney stones in the right side of the kidney. Lycopodium provides relief to patients who experience a backache just before urination.

The following dietary and lifestyle modifications enhance the effectiveness of the Homeopathic medicines by many folds.

  1. Keeping the body well hydrated is vital for people with kidney stones. It helps in better elimination of the harmful toxins and the kidney stones.
  2. Fruits and vegetable rich in fibre are highly beneficial in case of kidney stones. Most Homeopaths recommend avoiding foods such as aerated and alcoholic drinks that contain high amounts of soda, processed and fast foods.
  3. Spinach, beetroots, sweet potatoes, chocolates, sesame seeds are rich in oxalate and are best left avoided.
  4. Consume animal proteins such as red meat, eggs, poultry, in limited amounts.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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