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Suppression Of Immune System - How It Affects The Chance Of Conceiving With IVF?

Dr.Sameer Pahlajani 88% (27ratings)
IVF Specialist, Raipur
Suppression Of Immune System - How It Affects The Chance Of Conceiving With IVF?

There is every possibility that even after going through more than three rounds of IVF, the treatment might not turn out to be successful, wherein it might not result in pregnancy. Naturally this kind of situation makes women frustrated and thus leads them to consider other alternative options.


One other option which is sometimes offered by IVF clinics present abroad after few unsuccessful attempts or miscarriages, which cannot be explained by the specialists, is using corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are steroid hormones that can either be made in the body or even in a lab.

Generally, corticosteroids are used to treat certain life threatening autoimmune diseases like lupus, severe kinds of allergies and for preventing the organ transplants from getting rejected. Certain serious side-effects are associated with corticosteroids, which include insomnia, infections, mood changes, heart problems, gain in weight and also headache.

At IVF Clinics, corticosteroids are given in order to meet the demands of people having fertility problems along with other doses to suppress immunity. All these are mainly driven by misunderstanding both on the part of a consumer as well as that of medical, on how the immune response actually works.

Immune system in case of pregnancy

  • Most of the doctors carry a view, which is completely outdated. They believe that immunity gets naturally reduced, when a woman is pregnant. As a result of this belief, they feel that it is completely acceptable to get the immune system suppressed by way of medication.
  • The argument which the doctors put forward in case of suppressing the immune system during pregnancy completely ignores clear proof of the fact that an immune response in a controlled manner is actually an essential part of normal embryo implantation. This is necessary for healthy growth of the fetal. Though the uterus might look to be unwilling to allow implantation of the embryo, if the immune system is suppressed through the use of drugs, then that will not solve the problem.
  • The immune system plays an important role as it acts as a defence for the body against all kinds of infections and cancer. During pregnancy, cells of immune system assist the uterus to tolerate and properly nurture the embryo even when it carries the foreign genes from the father.

Use of corticosteroids is not so safe or effective
The records put forward by the IVF clinics through those women, who have been pregnant by way of IVF, have created the false perception about the fact that corticosteroid drugs are safe and effective. The patient group had low chance of adverse effects from the use of this drug has ensured wide-scale use of corticosteroids, as they come up with no kind of immune disorder.

Still, there always remains a high chance of problems in pregnancy and a higher rate of foetal malformations for women, who take these drugs. Data suggests that among 311 women, who had used corticosteroid drugs for more than the first 3 months of IVF cycle, had gone on to show 64% increase in miscarriage.

In certain case of autoimmunity, some women might benefit from these drugs but in majority of women, these steroids cause more than any good.

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Immunotherapy - Know Efficiency Of Homeopathy In It!

Dr.G.R. Agrawal 97% (28633ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopathy Doctor, Patna
Immunotherapy - Know Efficiency Of Homeopathy In It!

Homeopathy, like any other medicine, holds the power to act as a constituent for immunotherapy. It takes care of the patient’s body’s ability to tolerate allergens that can be triggered or stimulated by doses that are made up of diluted and non-toxic substances. The main difference that lies between homeopathy and immunotherapy is that, homeopathy deals with extremely diluted does. The best thing about homeopathy is that it does not create any annoying side effects and the result is more efficient and faster than immunotherapy.

Besides that, homeopathy even helps in boosting up the body immunity power to fight against allergy attacks. Homeopathy helps to cure and relieve symptoms of allergies like a runny nose or watery, red, irritated eyes.

This is how the therapy is conducted:

A homeopath starts by noting down and assessing the patient’s symptoms and his/her overall health and lifestyle. Then, the homeopathy prescribes a preparation or medicine which can be in the form of tablets or liquid drops. The patient may see an increase in the symptoms firstly but then slowly it will decrease and subdue. If there is no improvement, then there can be other various homeopathy treatments  This method is used to treat a lot of allergy diseases such as hay fever. The remedy is quite promising, however, the whole therapy should be done by a professional only. 


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Immunity Booster For Kids!

Dt.Neha Suryawanshi 94% (20456ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Immunity Booster For Kids!

Immunity Booster For Kids!

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Know The Recipe For Your Immunity!

Dt.Neha Suryawanshi 94% (20456ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Know The Recipe For Your Immunity!

Know The Recipe For Your Immunity!

Tips To Boost Immunity!

Dt.Ranjit Kaur 88% (407ratings)
Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, Fellowship In Obesity Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amritsar
Tips To Boost Immunity!

Tips To Boost Immunity:

1. Excellent source of selenium which is good for the bladder.
2. Rich source of vitamins b2 & b3.
3. Improve immune function.
4. Low in calories.
5. High in iron.
6. High in antioxidants.
7. High in vitamin d.

Beet Root - Know The Health Benefits!

Dr.Sumit Doraya 90% (569ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Jaipur
Beet Root - Know The Health Benefits!

Beetroots are packed with nutrients and can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked. Beetroots can even be juiced. It has been used in a number of sweet and savoury recipes. When it comes to beetroots, the root, as well as the leaf, can be eaten. Here are a few great reasons why you should eat beetroot.

  • It's good for the heart: Beetroots are rich in nitrates. This helps relax the arteries and reduces blood pressure. Being rich in fibre and antioxidants enables beetroots to prevent plaque formation in arteries. The antioxidants in beetroots also prevent bad cholesterol from being deposited on the artery walls. Thus it protects against heart attacks and strokes.
  • It helps fight diseases: Beetroots are said to boost immunity and fight a number of diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's and liver disorders. Beetroot is rich in betanin that expels cancer triggering agents and prevents the development of tumours on both the skin and liver. It is also said to protect a person from breast cancer. It also helps detoxify the body.
  • It helps build strong bones and teeth: Beetroots are rich in silica. This silica is a crucial component required for healthy bones and teeth. Along with silica, beetroots are also rich in magnesium, vitamin C and folate. Beetroots also help prevent osteoporosis.
  • It helps control blood sugarBeetroots are naturally sweet but can help control blood sugar and help fight diabetes. Beetroots are also rich in soluble fibres that can help regulate blood sugar levels. Drinking beetroot juice thrice a week is the best way to use beetroots to stabilize glucose levels in the body.
  • It aids in weight managementBeetroots have a very low calorific value and are rich in fibre. This makes it an effective tool for weight loss. It also helps rid the body of toxins and excess water.
  • It slows the ageing process: Beetroot adds a glow to your skin. It helps cleanse the blood of toxins and thus makes skin healthier. The antioxidants in beetroot reduce free radicals and thus slow down the ageing process. This pink vegetable also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the skin.
  • It makes hair healthier: Carotenoids in beetroot give hair a lustrous shine and help fight hair fall. Beetroots are also rich in protein, phosphorus and a number of other vitamin and minerals essential to healthy hair. It helps improve blood circulation in the scalp and helps remove dead skin and excessive oil from the scalp.
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More About Iron Deficiency In Kids!

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician, Faridabad
More About Iron Deficiency In Kids!

For the growth and development of children, they need an essential nutrient; Iron. It helps in the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues. Red blood cells contain iron in the hemoglobin. The hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood to the different parts of the body. Iron has an important role to play in the development of the brain and generating energy in a child's body. The lack of sufficient iron in the child's body can lead to anemia, which is a nutritional deficient illness and will require medical attention. When a child suffers from anemia, the lack of oxygen makes a child weak and sick.

There are certain symptoms of Iron deficiency in a child's body. These are:

  1. Infections and a weak immune system can make a child suffer from frequent infections.
  2. Lethargy and fatigue is another common symptom of an iron-deficient body. Due to deficiency of Iron, it is difficult for the body to transport oxygen to cells in the body and hence it unable to generate enough energy levels.
  3. Breathlessness and increased sweating can be a sign that your child may be suffering from iron deficiency.
  4. Pica Children suffering from iron deficiency may find a special taste for non-food substances like chalk, dirt and clay.
  5. Lack of iron in the body hampers the physical growth of a child.

The deficiency of iron in children can be diagnosed through blood tests. Your doctor may recommend supplementing iron content orally or through multivitamin medicines. But the deficiency of Iron in a child's body should be taken care of with absolute urgency.

Proper steps should be taken to prevent the deficiency of Iron in children. Those notable precautions are mentioned below:

  1. Balanced diet: A well-balanced diet is always recommended. For older children (within 9-12 years of age), red meat, chicken and fish would suffice as good sources of iron.
  2. Oral iron supplements: Oral iron supplements would be required for children with low weight at birth and who have a deficiency of iron in their daily diet.
  3. Vitamin C: Foods such as strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes help in providing sufficient iron content when included in daily diets, thus reducing the chances of anemia.
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Top 10 Best Green Tea Brands In India For Good Health

Dr.Sanjeev Kumar Singh 90% (193ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Best Green Tea Brands In India For Good Health

Green tea enthusiasts raise your hands! With a multitude of health benefits including weight loss, the green goodness has taken the world by storm. However, a key obstacle that most people have to contend with, is the array of brands available in the market.

Many best tea brands have come up with their versions of green tea and it nearly becomes impossible to differentiate between the worst & the best.If you are lost figuring out which one to pick, here are the best green tea brands:

1. Organic India Tulsi Green Tea

As a tea brand, Organic India has risen in popularity charts in recent years. Available in multiple flavors and infused with the goodness of Tulsi, Organic India Green tea guarantees to offer quality products.

Organic India delivers the best therapeutic blends with Tulsi Green Tea. Tulsi is appreciated as the Queen of Herbs and carries an abundance of phytonutrients & antioxidants.

This green tea primarily assists in reducing weight & stress. Organic India offers green tea in both bags and loose form. To put it simply, Organic India tulsi green tea is the simplest & best detox beverage anyone can ask for!

2. Saffola Fittify Moringa Green Tea

Saffola Fittify Green Tea is enriched with the nutrition of superfood Moringa and especially curated by Chef Kunal Kapoor. This green tea is the right choice for weight watchers & tea connoisseurs.

Unlike traditional green teas packed in double chamber paper teabags, Saffola Fittify Moringa Green Tea is filled in pyramid tea bags for a wholesome flavor and aroma. This Green tea brand offers six fascinating flavors including Classic, Moroccan Mint, Jasmine, Royal Kahwa, Lemongrass, and Honey Lemon.

Saffola Fittify Moringa Green Tea is certified by USDA organic and India organic, hence it is an absolutely natural product with no use of chemicals, pesticides or preservatives. This healthy drink helps regulate metabolism and strengthens immunity.

3. Lipton Green Tea

Fresh, clean, and packed with antioxidants, this is the oldest and most trusted brand of Green Tea. The green brew looks like an exotic beverage and has a refreshing aroma. Lipton Green Tea is made from some of the finest tea leaves and offers an array of health benefits.

The calorie-free drink comes in a variety of revitalizing flavors like Lemon Zest, Tulsi Natural, Honey Lemon, and Mint Burst. Lipton Green Tea has a lovely energizing flavor and a powerhouse of nutrients that makes for a delicious pick-me-up refresher drink.

With a bitter and nutty taste, this green tea supports weight loss, boosts immunity, improves heart health, and lowers cholesterol. Lipton is also famous for not adding any chemicals or preservatives to their green tea. So, enjoy that perfectly brewed cup of Lipton green tea!

4. Girnar Green Tea Desi Kahwa

Rich in traditional Indian spices, Girnar Green Tea Desi Kahwa can help you accomplish your wellness goals. This green tea has an amazing aroma of spices and perfectly balanced ingredients to create magic in a cup.

Girnar Green Tea Desi Kahwa is not only a treat for tastebuds but also ideal for an unhappy stomach and troubled throat. It also soothes congested nose and helps you fight off infections.

To relish this old-school green tea brand, all you need is hot water with a teabag. Girnar Green Tea Desi Kahwa will keep you fit & rejuvenated and will find a way to your heart before any other food can!

5. Typhoo Green Tea

Typhoo Green Tea gives a luxury experience of vibrant flavors and rich aroma for ample wellbeing. This high-quality green tea is free from sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives. The essence of this drink is its mild fragrance and refreshing taste.

This green tea is available in a variety of enticing flavors, all you have to do is dip the tea bag in hot water for a perfect cup of refreshing beverage. It is rich in antioxidants that boost the immune system. Typhoo brand green tea also helps in shedding those extra kilos and reducing stress.

Since this green tea is loaded with all-natural ingredients, you can rest assured that there will not be any type of side effects on the body. Typhoo green tea is the perfect option to choose if you are looking for having a healthy drink.

6. Eco Valley Organic Green Tea

Eco Valley Organic Green Tea has only natural ingredients and no artificial flavors. Staple free and non-bleached tea bags are used since quality is the key! Eco valley green tea is packed with catechins (antioxidants) that show potent effects on the body.

The green brew manages blood sugar, helps in burning fat, increases immunity, controls cholesterol, and also proven to effective for skin and hair care. It has plentiful of bioactive compounds to improve overall health.

A unique combination of mint and dandelion gives an unusual yet refreshing flavor to this tea. A single tea bag of eco valley organic green tea brand serves as an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients. Green tea lovers, this healthy drink is definitely worth coveting!

7. Tetley Green Tea

Tetley Green Tea helps you detoxify yourself from within while enjoying your daily cup of tea. It contains five times more antioxidants than an apple and an ability to destroy free radicals.

Made by nature’s finest tea leaves & buds, this green tea has a rich flavor and natural aroma. The green tea leaves are mildly pan-fried and then rolled to produce the delicate flavor and pale green hue.

Consume a healthy and refreshing cup of Tetley Brand green tea in the morning to kick start your day. It has all the health benefits you desire for, along with sweet taste and tang.

8. Twinings Green Tea

Twinings Green tea is made from the blend of top-notch quality leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is a delicious tea that brews to a light golden color. Twinings green tea has a unique taste and mild flavor.

A perfect blend of the delicate taste of green tea along with tangy lemon flavor makes this beverage a healthy alternative. Twinings Brand green tea is a smarter sipping choice since it comes with a host of health benefits.

9. Taj Mahal Green Tea

Every tea bag of Taj Mahal Green Tea is an envelope to freshness and flavor. The finest leaves blended with delicious and spicy flavors makes this green tea an aromatic experience for green tea lovers.

The green goodness comes in Spicy Ginger, Fragrant Cardamom, Rich Masala, and Fresh Lemon flavors so that you can savor the best. Taj Mahal Brand Green Tea is a perfect tea to relish the health, goodness, and great taste in one single cup.

10. Basilur Green Tea

Enjoy the pleasant blend of lemon and mint with Basilur Green Tea. The rich and tangy taste makes this green tea a complete delight. Basilur green tea has an outstanding uniqueness in its flavor and traditional premium quality aroma. This green tea brand will be enjoyed by all tea lovers out there because of its classic formulation.

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Immunity Shots - How Vital Is It For Your Baby?

Dr.Neha Jain 90% (56ratings)
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Immunity Shots - How Vital Is It For Your Baby?

Human beings can be shielded from many infectious diseases. One of the ways to do this is by getting the disease and then producing antibodies against it so that future attacks do not happen. The second way is to have the bacteria introduced into the system so that the antibodies are produced and the infection does not take place. The first method is called active immunisation and the second is known as passive immunisation, and both are effective against different organisms.

When a baby is born, passive immunisation is chosen to provide protection against a number of diseases. In fact, the doctor will give you a list of shots that the child should be given and when. Immunisation is necessary for the following reasons:

  1. To save a child's life: Dreadful diseases that were once life-threatening are now completely under control through immunisation. Give your child these shots and save his/her life. Polio, for instance, is one such example, with incidences of paralysis and death coming down to almost nil now. Measles and whooping cough are other examples.
  2. Travel increases exposure: While some diseases may not be prevalent in some countries, increased travel to affected regions puts the child at risk of developing that disease. For instance, contracting measles in the Philippines is easily avoidable with the help of vaccines.
  3. Early protection: The recommended schedule of immunisation should be completed so that children are offered early protection when they are most vulnerable. Their immune system is yet to mature, and this puts them at a higher risk of infections. In addition to checking with the doctor, there are multiple online tools available to check which shot should be given and at what age. Ensure that your child’s immunisations are up to date. This will ensure that they don’t miss school on account of ill health and you don’t have to miss work to take care of them.
  4. Safe and effective: The approved lists of shots are tested extensively and are proven safe and efficacious for children. The only few side effects include minor discomfort while taking the injection and sometimes mild fever which is short-lived, but this is nothing compared to the deadly effects of the disease for which the shots are being given.
  5. Social responsibility: When you vaccinate your child, you extend that immunity to your family, friends, and rest of the community. This helps in controlling the spread of certain diseases, and if everybody does it religiously, a healthy community is formed.

So, go ahead and protect your child against various diseases so that he/she can lead a healthy, happy, disease-free life.

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Immunity System - How To Make It Stronger?

Dr.Pranjal Pankaj 86% (35ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Kanpur
Immunity System - How To Make It Stronger?

Ever wondered why some people fall ill more often than others? Part of the reason is a poor immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism against all types of infections. There are a number of ways to strengthen one’s immune system. Here are 10 tips that could help.

  1. Eat Probiotics: Contrary to popular belief, not all bacteria are bad. 80% of the immune system is in the gut. Keeping gut bacteria healthy can help boost the immune system. An easy way to do this is to have probiotics regularly. This could be in the form of probiotic supplements or probiotic food like curd.
  2. Eat enough: Many people cut back on the food being eaten in an effort to lose weight. While a low calorific intake can help you lose weight, this is not good weight loss. Not eating enough can reduce your energy levels and keep antibodies from reaching all the parts of the body.
  3. Sleep well: 8-10 hours of sleep every night is essential for a good immune system. This helps the body rejuvenate itself and improves the immune system’s ability to fight against infections.
  4. Drink some soup: Stock or broth made from animal bones can act as great sources of glutamine. This amino acid powers the immune system. Glutamine is also available in the form of supplemental tablets and powders.
  5. Get some sun: Exposing the body to sunlight is the easiest way to replenish vitamin D levels. Another way to get your daily amount of vitamin D is through cod liver oil capsules.
  6. Drink plenty of water: Water not only helps hydrate the body, it also flushes toxins from the body. Ideally, one should drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.
  7. Quit sugarSugar increases the calorific intake but provides no nourishment. For this reason, these calories are also known as empty calories. Quitting sugar can help improve your overall health and boost the immune system.
  8. Quit alcohol: Like sugar, alcohol does not provide any nourishment to the body. Instead, it impairs the immune system’s ability to function and increases the risk of infections. Hence, it is best to quit alcohol.
  9. Use herbs and spicesHerbs and spices in your kitchen not only add flavour to your food but can also help strengthen the immune system. the most important herbs for the immune system include garlic, ginger, pepper and onions.
  10. Exercise: Lastly, exercise regularly. Exercise has many benefits including weight management, improved blood circulation and better immunity. If you do not have the time for an extensive workout, try incorporating exercise into your daily routine. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
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