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Chartered Accountant by Profession, I have a great interest in penning down my thoughts on various topics and issues and that is what sways me to come up with the best possible articles for helping the public at large.

What is Insomnia and its Symptoms | Treatment for Insomnia

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Amidst the hustle schedule of our lives we face variety of health issues. It may be Blood Pressure, Anxiety disorders, Anger management issues or Insomnia. Today we will discuss the definition, symptoms and remedies to uproot the problem of Insomnia. Statistics reveal that even students in modern India face sleeping disorders. There has been exponential rise in number of insomnia cases in every age group. About 30% of the general population complains about the sleep disruption and almost most of them have reported reduced functionality in daytime at work or school. What is this? What are the causes? How it can be detected and diagnosed? Let us get you through it.

Insomnia is defined as a state in which the concerned person is not able to sleep or stay asleep. This leads to different outcomes in terms of dissatisfaction, fatigue, low energy, low concentration, mood swings and decrease in efficiency. One can detect insomnia on the basis of these specific outcomes.

Types of Insomnia

It can be further classified in terms of the duration it is experienced as Acute and Chronic. Acute insomnia is short termed, based on anxiety or stress felt by a person, for example a night before exam, stress of a bad news etc. It resolves with time without any specific treatment. Whereas Chronic insomnia lasts for about three months and occurs at least three nights per week. The reasons can be changes in environment, depression, unhealthy sleeping habits, long term use of certain medications. It can also be a result of another medical issue, thus it is not always possible to detect the cause and direct relationship.

Further insomnia can also be differentiated with the state it is experienced in i.e. onset and maintenance insomnia. It is explained as difficulty in falling sleep and discontinuous sleep sessions in addition with waking up early in the morning respectively.

Treatment for Insomnia

Treatment for insomnia includes behavioral, psychological, other medical components either individually or their combination, depending upon the case history and symptoms. Physicians suggest to improve sleeping habits i.e. bedtime habits and actions you do before sleep. Try to go to sleep and wake up at a designated time for some days and avoid taking naps in afternoon.

Then some cases may need Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which includes addressing the thoughts and behaviors that hinders good sleep. This can further be divided into stress reduction, relaxation and sleep schedule management.

Doctor can also prescribe sleeping pills depending on patient’s case history and insomnia patterns. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and sedatives like alcohol at late hours of the day as they can keep you awake and interfere with sleep quality respectively. Also opt for exercise regularly in the morning to energize the body for better work efficiency and good sleeping results. Try to choose light snack before bed instead of heavy meal. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and cozy. If you can’t sleep and worrying about things then make a to-do list before going to bed so that you can unload your burden and sleep like a baby. These simple steps will help you to avoid sleeping disorders and lead a perfect healthy life with greater efficiency.

5 Most Successful Home Remedies for Hair Fall

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home remedies for hair fall

We all have been living in this fast paced world. Everyone is running behind something, no matter if it’s money, a bigger home, a bigger car etc. With respect to that, we all are ignoring our health in one manner or the other. We can observe depression, anemia, stress, thyroid and hair fall being the most common issue around us. What is to be blamed for it? Unhealthy diet, improper sleep, or lack of exercise there are a lot of reasons we can name here.  But the idea here is not to think about them and feel pity. The concept here is, how we can cope up with the modern world in order to reduce hair loss and keep our hair healthy and shiny forever. Let us get ahead and read five Home Remedies for Hair Fall to unlock the key to primary hair care.

Five Effective Home Remedies for Hair Fall

  • Massage– It is one of the traditional and effective home remedies for hair fall and the best way to reduce stress. It enhances the blood circulation to hair follicles. This improves the strength of hair roots as well as promotes relaxation. Perform the massage once a week with few drops of rosemary oil in addition with any sort of base oil such as amla, coconut, olive or almond.
  • Be friends with AMLA– Also known as Indian gooseberry, amla is also very useful in resisting hair loss and keeping them natural and healthy. Filled with Vitamin C, it reduces the chances of its deficiency which is one of the major reasons for hair loss.
    • Take a tablespoon each of Indian gooseberry and lemon juice to form a mixture.
    • Apply the mix onto scalp and cover it with a shower cap.
    • Leave it for the night and wash the hair with shampoo in morning.
  • Amm methi, now seems to be yummy- Methi is the best companion of a person who is obsessed with his/her hair. It is a house of antecedent hormones which play a major role in rebuilding the hair follicles. In addition to this they have proteins and nicotinic acid which promotes hair growth.
    • Soak seeds of methi in water for the whole night.
    • Grind the soaked seeds to form a paste.
    • Apply the paste and rinse your hair after 40 minutes.
    • Follow the procedure for a month to reduce the rate of hair fall up to 90%.
  • Onion– Onion is more than the king of Indian kitchen. After all its presence in almost all dishes now its time for its other duties. Onion has high sulfur content which helps in regeneration of hair follicles and blood circulation to them. Moreover it’s anti-bacterial properties helps to kill germs and parasites that enhance hair loss.
    • Grate an onion and extract the juice.
    • Apply the same on scalp for 30 minutes then wash it with any shampoo.
    • You can also mix onion juice, aloe vera and olive oil in 3:2:1 ratios and follow the same above mentioned process.
  • Aloe vera– Another element to contribute towards the reduction in hair fall rates is ‘Aloe Vera’. It has several natural enzymes which enhance hair growth. The alkaline characteristic helps in balancing the pH level of scalp and hair, adding to the hair growth rate. It also aims to reduce scalp itching, redness and inflammation issues.
    • Apply aloe vera on the scalp.
    • Wash it with lukewarm water after 3-4 hours.
    • Repeat the process 4-5 times a week.

Panchakarma Treatment – The Best Ayurveda Treatment

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Every now and then we hear a lot about ayurveda like it is beneficial, natural, cheaper etc etc. But we only feel satisfied when we have spent thousands of bucks in a top notch salon although it’s beneficial or not. Isn’t it? Let’s put some light on the much deserving candidate we have always ignored- Panchakarma Treatment and Ayurvedic Spa.

Panchakarma is primarily a method of purification in centuries old Ayurveda. Panchakarma Treatment is used to remove all deep rooted illness causing elements from the body and balancing the scale of energies adhering to biological functions. Literally Panchkarma means five therapies, named as Vamana, Virechna, Nasya, Basti and Raktamoskshana. To ensure better results one need to follow special diet recommended and monitored by the doctor.

Panchakarma Treatment at a Glance

  • Vamana – This process removes Kapha toxins through emesis which is beneficial for respiratory tract.
  • Virechana – It removes Pitta toxins present in liver or gall bladder through purgation therapy and cleanses gastro-intestinal tract.
  • Basti – It is a form of rejuvenation treatment. It is focused on cleaning Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the process of enema in the colon using medicated oil or ghee.
  • Nasya – It is used to remove Kapha toxins in head to neck region through medicated oil.
  • Raktamokshana – It is used to purify blood under rare conditions only due to the risk of infecting the blood stream.

All these practices help in eliminating several health problems like Asthma, Nasal Congestion, Edema, Hyperacidity etc. This treatment successfully removes polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB’s) and pesticides from our body without compromising our health. Won’t we be interested in a single treatment which can diagnose every ailment human has ever known? Now you are thinking, Is it so promising? Is it better than other salon? The answer is beyond yes! A single entity offering you so much and adding years to your life, isn’t it worth trying? You will see the results in first time only.

Now switching to the master of massage world- The Ayurvedic Spa has been tried and tested for ages providing the natural way of relaxation and improving circulation, muscles, joints, nerves etc. They are also used for better sleep, skin health, energy and stamina issues. Some differences from regular massage are the training of the masseuse and long lasting effects. Special care is taken of the temperature of the room, organic oil, balancing the energy centers etc. The blissful feeling of the ayurvedic massage rejuvenates the sensation and energy due to increment in circulation and lymphatic drainage. This helps in reducing stress and aligning all the physiological and energetic pathways.

The different types of ayurvedic spa are Odyssey Ayurvedic Massage Treatment, Pizichilli (pitzi-chilli), Shirodhara (shiro-dar-a), Gandharva Therapy (gaan-darva), Abhyanga (abee-yan-ga) which varies with different attributes such as chakra balance, oil bath, meditation, sound therapy, friction stroke massage etc.

Now some hours of calmness and body massage can reborn the soul inside you and make you feel alive. This is what we seek inner peace, calmness, best health, happiness and all this comes by worshiping the temple we own- our body; these are the best method to regain the elements we endure for the whole life.

Blood Bank Online | Check Blood Availability with E Blood Bank

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Digital India is a sheer blessing for all of us, and there is no doubt about that. The digitalization has a huge contribution in making our lives smoother. Here is the shout out to the innovation of e Blood Bank under Digital India campaign. Our government understands the emergency needs and requirements of we people, and that is why it has come up with this portal for us to check the availability of blood units of respective blood groups online with the various blood banks.

Check Blood Units in Blood Bank

This is one of the initiatives under the Digital India campaign run by the Government of India to make our lives better. You simply need to follow the following procedure in order to get the blood bank status online:

  1. Visit the e Blood Bank Portal http://ors.gov.in/ebloodbankportal/?ln=E
  2. From the drop down, you can select the state where you live in or the state where there is the requirement of blood.
  3. Once the state has been selected, the names of various blood banks of the particular state, with the district will appear along with the option to view the contact details and the status of availability of blood units.
  4. You can choose the blood bank that best suits your needs and requirements closest to you, from the various options available.
  5. In order to check the availability of the blood units in a particular blood bank, one needs to click the BLOOD STATUS option right next to the “CONTACT” option of the particular blood bank. The availability at the particular time and date with the quantity of the respective blood groups will be shown in the box.
  6. To get the further details, click the “CONTACT” option the blood bank. The complete information as a hover box will appear, containing the details such as name of the blood bank, its address, person to be contacted (MOIC), phone numbers – mobile and telephone, and an email id for you to easily get in touch with the appropriate person.
  7. Based on the requirement, one can call the authorities and do the needful.

At present this service is available in Chandigarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Tripura.

Spread the information with the people who are in need and otherwise, to help save their lives.

“Helping a person will not necessarily change the world, but it will change the world for that person.”

Government of India has also come up with ORS i.e. Online Registration System. It is a framework which aims to link all the hospitals on pan India level for the purpose of registration and appointment of the patients based on their Adhaar Number. Also, the Online Registration System has digitalized the counter based OPD registration and appointment through HIMS i.e. Hospital Management Information System.

“Mera desh badal raha hai, aAge badh raha hai.”

Jai Hind!

How to Deal with Anxiety Disorder ? | What to Do, What Not To ??

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Anxiety disorder is nothing but a mental disorder which is characterized as a mix of anxiety and fear in the individual. It is a series of the events, where anxiety is depicted by the worry that an individual carries, about various events that will be happening or not happening in the future and the consequent response to the same. In this article, we will get to know how to deal with anxiety disorder.

It is okay to get nervous and give a thought to something that bothers you! But excessive thinking about a particular matter, on a daily basis and which becomes a routine can be dangerous and can lead to stress!

Give a consideration if you encounter such a situation as it is alarming!

The chronic disorder is generally depicted by the fast paced heartbeats which can be one of the outcomes of the medical condition of the individual. If the same is seen to happen on a day to day basis, it becomes a great concern as the consequences will become intense, which may need proper treatment.

Worrying too much about a particular matter, not able to sleep properly, chronic indigestion,  self consciousness are some of the alarming situations. For the children of the age of 8 approximately, continuous headaches, restlessness, and abdominal pains are the symptoms of the anxiety disorder which must be given due care at the earliest.

DOs – How to deal with Anxiety Disorder

  • Take care of your health and body. The utmost remedy to any of the problems, including the anxiety disorders is taking utmost care of your body and health. Practicing yoga can prove to be of a great help.
  • When you feel you are trapped in any of the symptoms, take deep breaths then and there. It will help in calming you down and relaxing your body.
  • In case any anti depressant medications are on, give due consideration to the intake of the medicines at timely intervals, as the anxiety disorders often cause a person to forgetting things which may have serious repercussions.
  • Participate in social events and gatherings.
  • In case of severe symptoms, consult a professional.

DON’Ts – How to Deal with Anxiety Disorder

  • Do not become a solitary reaper, despite such disorder will motivate you to be one. Fight against it.
  • Don’t let your mind visualize what you are thinking.
  • Don’t surround yourself with people who tell you things like “You are over reacting, you are acting like a psycho, etc.
  • Do not pressurize yourself, no matter what the situation calls for.
  • You may act weird in case of attack. Accept the fact that it is okay and things take time to be corrected.
  • Do not rush. Act is the most subtle manner.
  • Accompany the ones who are supportive in nature
  • Do not over think in your day to day life.
  • Do not opt for a sedentary lifestyle.

If these are taken care of, you can definitely get back in the pink of your health.

Stay healthy, stay wise!

Thyroid Diet Recommended by Dietitians

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best thyroid diet

As we all are pacing up and achieving our goals we are ignoring our health. Unlike earlier days one can observe number of diseases surrounding us such as Thyroid, Blood Pressure, Heart Problems etc. All these are provoked with our negligence towards keeping ourselves fit with the variance in eating habits and lack of exercise. Thyroid needs to be handled carefully, so is to thyroid diet. Let us look at the preference of dietitians.

Thyroid Diet Recommended by Dietitians

  • Diet must contain appropriate amount of iodine which varies with different types of thyroid. For apt iodine content (Hypothyridism) consume sea food like seaweed (nori, wakame, and dulse), shrimp, dried prunes, lobster, cranberries etc. Moreover these provide other nutrients such as fiber, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.
  • Overactive thyroid patients should prefer steamed or cooked green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprout because they have abilities to slow down thyroid and these promote Goiter when consumed in much large amount. Where as Hypothyroid patients must limit these items as they can block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine.
  • Avoid Soy items because these block the body ability to absorb thyroid hormone.
  • Eliminate possibilities of gluten triggered autoimmune thyroid Alter your diet respectively and check reports for the changes to plan your diet.
  • Make your diet full of nutrients such as Selenium, Vitamin B, and zinc. Selenium helps in decreasing inflammation and helps proper functioning of thyroid. Consume fish, 1-2 Brazil nuts, a small handful of macadamia and hazel nuts (daily) can fulfill your nutrient requirements.
  • The omega-3 fatty acids in wild salmon, trout, tuna, or sardines etc. helps in avoiding inflammation, heart diseases and increase immunity; faced by patients suffering unmanaged Hypothyroidism due to increased levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). One can also consume blueberries, cherries, sweet potatoes, and green peppers which are rich in antioxidants.
  • Hypothyroid patients are advised to take whole-grain foods like cereal, bread, pasta, and rice due to high nutrient and fiber content which helps in reducing constipation. But thyroid medication must be taken several hours before or after consuming such food items.
  • Always keep in mind too much iodine can degrade your health condition due to under or over activity (Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid respectively) and very little iodine can swell your thyroid gland (Goitre).
  • Deficiency of Vitamin D is associated with Hashimoto’s disease (type of Hypothyroidism). To avoid such state consume fortified milk as it consists of vitamin D, calcium, protein, and iodine. Avoid gluten and consume yogurt because it can regulate gut issues like heartburn due to the bacteria present in it.
  • Hyperthyroidism drains out your energy, so consume beans as it consists of protein, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and loads of vitamins, minerals, high fiber content (which helps in resolving constipation issues of Hypothyroidism).
  • It is advised to have chlorophyll shot upon waking up as it works as an energy booster and assists in removing heavy metals that can inhibit thyroid functionality.
  • Maca can be highly beneficial as it balances hypothalamus and pituitary gland, because they release TRH (thyroid-releasing hormone) and TSH respectively which regulate thyroxine levels. It also includes zinc, B vitamins and iron- prerequisites for production of thyroid.
  • Choose a diet with contents like low fat, low calorie spread and avoid high salt intake and cut down on more consumption of fats & sugars in form of cakes, biscuits, chocolate.
  • Food items rich in calcium and supplement medication must be consumed with a gap of at least four hours as it can interfere in absorption of levothyroxine.
  • Avoid high consumption of iodine as it will be of no use, if one is taking thyroid hormone such as levothyroxine for Hypothyroidism or for Goitre.
  • Hypothyroid patients are expected to avoid high iodine content as it will worsen the condition and sometimes can invoke Hyperthyroidism in some people.

Flabless 40s | How to Reduce Belly Fat in your 40s

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How to Reduce Belly Fat

When we reach our 40s we tend to crave for different food items in the market available 24×7. We love to go to supermarkets and fill our carts, but have we ever looked at table describing the carb, protein and fat contents. Ah! Never, who cares. It ok, if you were in your 20s. But you are not and whenever you look at the needle of the scale it disappoints you, then you choose a desert of your choice to feel better unintentionally increasing your weight.

You make resolutions to control your diet, lose your weight but end up with increased waist size every single time. Although you put efforts by saying “No” to your favorite sundae and opting for Zumba class after a hectic day at office. Does it pay off? You might say “No its all in vain”. But it is not entirely wasted because it depends on your metabolism rate, which reduces at the rate of 5% in every 10 years after 40. Yeah you can blame it!

Step by step guide – How to Reduce Belly Fat

  • Observe your metabolism and choose smartly what food support your system and what don’t to maintain count of calories avoiding weight gain.
  • Eliminate the possibility of underlying metabolic conditions such as hyperthyroidism. Opt for TSH test and results over 2.5 are possible indicator as recommended by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).
  • Eat little after every 3-4 hours, increasing your number of meals to 5-6 which helps in controlling blood sugar and overeating habits.
  • Eating food after 8 p.m. add up to hips and stomach where as in morning its all expended due to difference in metabolism activities.
  • Choose food items of your diet carefully which fight fat instead of triggering it. Spice up your food as its natural chemicals can shift your metabolism in higher gear and benefit in long run. Calories are burnt while digesting proteins so consume more of them.
  • Be ally with your muscles, because muscles consume calories. Use basic strength training with hand weights, bar and stretch bands. Do exercises like planks, curls and pilates to strengthen your core muscles.
  • Keep a good night sleep on your side as it controls two hormones- leptin and ghrelin, maintaining hunger and satiety. Less you sleep, ghrelin hikes up and leptin drops down resulting in more craving. Sound Sleep makes metabolism more active and keeps up sugar processing engines too.
  • Treat your sweet tooth with half the dish and save it for later. You may not want it then. Avoid artificially flavored sweets as it fails to satisfy natural craving.
  • Focus on fuel to energy ratio. Body adapts to new changes and tries to stick to it. So balance the equation and maintain your weight. Drink more water to stay hydrated and keep up with your metabolism. Avoid stress and divert your mind with other activities to unwind feeling hunger.
  • Adapt changes in your lifestyle slowly to tune up the metabolic engine and for that you have to monitorize number of calories you consume or burn. Avoid energy drinks as it leads to problems like anxiety, high BP and sleeplessness.