30 Jan 2016

10 Anti-Cancer Rules (Cancer Prevention)

Hello Healthizens!

Did you know - 4th of February is marked by the WHO as the World Cancer Day!
"Cancer" - A disease which makes the patient's condition worse both physically and emotionally.
Let us go through 10 Rules which if followed can be of great help.

Let us go through 10 Anti-cancer rules -

1) Ditch the plastic - There is a wide variety of plastics that we use in day-to-day life. Strictly avoid these steps
a) Reheat foods in plastic container in microwave.
b) Using plastic/ melamine cutlery to serve hot foods.
c) Limit the use of zip lock plastic pouches to cold or semi-hot foods and restrict for hot foods.
d) Don't store fried foods in plastic containers.
e) Tea/Coffee in plastic cups.
f) Storing water in plastic bottles and keeping it in the car.
(Read my blog - Healthy and Eco-friendly Kitchen)

2) Include lot of turmeric - Turmeric contains "curcumin" which is a potent anti-cancer agent, and its regular use ensures the supply of anti-cancer agents in our body. Turmeric should be added to hot oil while tempering to get maximum benefits of its essential oils.

3) Keep changing the oils - Different oils have different fatty acid content, and play different roles in our body.  Different oils ensure different fatty acid composition and hence a better lipid profile - making your heart and brain stronger! Dont reuse fried oils

4)  Include Fruits of different colours - Daily - Various coloured fruits contain good amount of carotenoids, anthocyanins, betalains etc which are god anti-oxidants and helps the body fight the free radicals. Soluble fibre found in fruits is good for the good health of the intestinal lining and the villi.

5) Include sprouts - Sprouts contain better levels of water soluble vitamins, good amount of soluble fibre and enhanced levels of minerals with better absorptive capacity. (Minimum size of sprout - 1cm for better nutritional composition) . Semi-cooked or steamed versions contain lesser amount of enzyme inhibitors hence enhancing the absorptive capacity.

6) Avoid sauces & dressings - Oil in sauces and mayo dressings contain high levels of trans fat which can wreck havoc on your system, if consumed daily. They also contain high levels of sodium which can pre-dispose you to high blood pressure, making the health of your arteries bad.

7) Don't replaced cooked meals completely with raw foods - Raw foods might contain certain chemicals or micro-organisms (if grown in unhygienic surroundings, or if not cleaned properly). Too much of raw foods can pre-dispose the body to have infections internally and hence lower the immunity. (e.g.: Helicobacter pylori)

8) Tannins/Caffeine - Tea or coffee when taken in moderation has benefits. But uncontrolled amounts of tea and coffee in exchange for full meals/ snacks, leads to a lot of stress on your system. Constant levels of stress and constant state of hunger, lowers the body immunity and can also be the cause of cancerous growth.

 9) Smoking - Smoking damages our DNA, including key genes that protect us against cancer. The chemicals in cigarette like arsenic and zinc interfere with pathways for repairing damaged DNA. Each cigarette can damage the DNA in many lung cells, but for all of them to become cancerous it takes many years depending on the intensity and duration of smoking and associated factors like Stress, Bad Routine and Drinks.

10) Intake of medicines / supplements on own - According to the modern nature of drug therapy - they suppress cellular functions that appear to be over-reactive. Pain-killers usually inhibit the function of enzyme - cyclo-oxygenase(COX).
Functions of COX:
a) protecting the stomach from the corrosive effects of its own acid.

b) regulating circulation of blood to the kidneys.
c) modulating the activity of the immune system.
Side effects of prolonged un-prescribed medications

a) Stomach Ulcers
b) Intestinal bleeding
c) Kidney failure
d) High blood pressure
e) Psoriasis

f) Colitis
and damages the immunity completely - thus enhancing cancerous cells to grow and develop.


References: 
1) http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/top-10-anti-cancer-vegetables/ 
2) http://www.anticancerbook.com/rules.html
3) http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer/how-smoking-causes-cancer
4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10850526
5) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocyanin
6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intestinal_villus
7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzyme_inhibitor
8) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-medication-can-be-dan_b_643690.html?section=india
9) http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/390-the-dangers-of-misused-prescription-drugs

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Nidhi Pandey
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21 Jan 2016

What is Cholesterol ?

Hello Healthizens!

"Cholesterol" - A term worthy enough to raise eyebrows, Right?




Let us know what is - Cholesterol.


Cholesterol is a steroid. It is a waxy, fat like substance found in all cells of the body.

80% of cholesterol is produced by your body and 20% comes from the food that you eat.

Which means you got to exert your body in the right way - enough to help your cells make less of cholesterol!

Liver is primary organ for formation of cholesterol, a small amount is made by the lining of small intestinal and rest by individual cells of the body.


It essential for:

1) Formation of hormones - testorone, progesterone, estradiol and cortisol.
2) Production of bile salts necessary for digestion.
3) Gets converted to vitamin D, when the body is exposed to sunlight.

 (Next blogpost - Know your hormones)

Liver combines cholesterol with a protein creating a lipoprotein -
a) High Density Lipoprotein - Good for your heart and the body as it lowers deposition of plaque.
b) Low Density Lipoprotein - Harmful for the heart and the body as it enhances the deposition of plaque.
c) Very Low Density Lipoprotein - Less important than the above two.

Too much of one type and less of the other cause problems related to heart referred to as Angina and brain referred to as Stroke.

This is the basic information about cholesterol.So before you think your grocery foods must be 'cholesterol free' give this basic information a second thought.
(Blogpost - Steps to control the high cholesterol levels)
Hope this helps!

References

1) http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbc
2) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/14/vitamin-d-cholesterol-levels.aspx
3) http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/body-cholesterol.shtml
4) http://www.healthline.com/health/cholesterol/effects-on-body




Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
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13 Jan 2016

Pre-conception Detox - Why & How?

Hello Healthizens,

Planning a family? 
We all know that - A child is the best gift of nature to the parents. 

Do you also know that if proper steps are taken before the conception - it leads the child to be healthy and fit in all aspects of life? Mental, Physical, Physiological and Social aspects.
Wouldn't it be great if a couple who wishes to plan for a child goes for a pre-conception detox - to lay a strong foundation for the coming child and let that be the best gift for the child?

(Image source - https://pixabay.com/en/pregnant-boy-baby-mother-mama-437605/)

There are a lot of Chemicals that surround us -
In Air - because of deoderants,room fresheners,mosquito repellants,vehicle smoke; 
In Water- Sewage water,industrial waste that gets mixed with natural water bodies etc;
& In Food - because of the methods of processing.

Why should you detox?
Research says that - infants are typically born with over 200 toxic industrial chemicals circulating in their bodies, which obviously they absorbed prior to being born.
For females - carrying a child is of risk -  but when it comes to toxins, pregnancy actually lowers your risk. WHY? Because while pregnancy and breastfeeding females tend to transfer much of their toxin and chemical load to their babies. I am sure that might not come as a pleasant news..

What can you do? 

Start doing this basic detox - ideally 6 months prior to planning your family. 

1) Stop consuming aerated drinks - Excess of CO2 is not needed by your body and causes discomfort to your internal organs like heat, kidney, lungs, tooth enamel and reproductive tissues. And they are also a source of empty calories!

2) Clean your fruits and vegetables with Potassium permagnate (KMNO4). or leech them using simple salt water. This reduces the chemical load.

3) Lessen the use of beauty products containing - toluene, pthylates, parabens and xylene - as they are potent carcinogens. Use less of nailpaints.

(Image source - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcinogen)

4) Prefer a less processed version of Milk - Processed milk is  laden with chemicals, which sometimes might lead to a problem of intolerance towards milk in general and may cause unnecessary problems in your GI tract!

5) Go vegetarian - The hormonal changes that happen to animals while being slaughtered or while being raised in the poultry or while being raised in a fish farm - do a lot of damage to your endocrine and exocrine system. Also high levels of arsenic, mercury & lead in them - don't get excreted from your body, but stays there for long!

6) Increase water intake - Water dissolves impurities and throws it out. It also cures constipation, which cleans your entire digestive tract and helps in effective absorption of all the nutrients!

7) Use home made food - The satisfaction and hygiene is beyond comparison.Lesser methods of processing - put less stress on your hormonal cycle. This helps in better deposition of nutrients and also their functioning in the body. This goes a long way!

8) Moderate your tannin and caffeine intake - Excess of Tea and Coffee stresses your system, whether you realise it or not! Constant levels of stress disturb your hormonal cycle and also affects digestion and absorption of all nutrients.

9) Chew your food - Whatever you eat depends a lot on how and whether you chew it or not? Chewing ensures better mixing of the food with saliva and hence facilitates better digestion in the digestive tract. It also stops you from overeating and gives you satiety setting your hormonal cycle straight! Also helps prevent from tooth decay - a common problem which surfaces during pregnancy.

10) Get sound sleep - Switch off your phone, WIFI, TV,Laptop and bright lights 2 hours prior to your sleep. Staying in dark with some soft music to soothe your ears. Reading beside the table lamp also helps to relax your mind and soul and thereby the hormonal cycle, thereby better chances of conceiving.

This was all about Routine and Dietary detox.


So before you plan a complete dietary detox go and meet a  
1) Diet Consultant - To know what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat and what to avoid.
And
3) Fitness instructor - A good fitness lays a better foundation of nutrition and muscular development for the coming foetus! 

Inputs from
1) http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/29/detox-before-you-get-pregnant
2) http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/head-start-on-a-healthy-pregnancy?page=2
3) http://www.parents.com/getting-pregnant/trying-to-conceive/tips/health-changes-to-make-before-getting-pregnant/#page=1
4) http://www.medicaldaily.com/pulse/soft-drink-dangers-8-ways-soda-negatively-affects-your-health-319054 


Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
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M - 887144333

12 Jan 2016

Health Tip No 27



Alcohol on the skin 
will dry skin out,
It does the same 
on the inside of the body 
Dr. David Tucker.

So the health tip is - This 2016, try to stay away from too much of alcohol.


Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!

Nidhi Pandey
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M - 8871443331

8 Jan 2016

Diet chart from the INTERNET - Right or Wrong?

Hello Healthizens

Health has become a very big concern for everyone nowadays!


If you are eating right and also exercising - you are curious to know whether what you are doing is right or wrong?
If you are not eating right and not exercising - you become curious to know where can you improve and how damaging these habits can be for your health!
So what do you do next - 
you search your latest one stop solution 
- The Internet

There are a wide variety of diet charts available on the internet - for different ailments, for different physical and mental conditions, for different age group and for different levels of physical activities etc
What you should know about these charts is that these charts are for people -

1) With certain specific physical conditions.(Age, Height, Weight etc)
2) With a standard daytime and night time routine and physical activity. E.G.- Adult Man with 1 hour of intense physical activity, 3 hours of moderate physical activity and 8-10 hours of sedentary work and 6-8 hours of sleep etc.
3) With no history of Parents or Grandparents (which usually affects a lot on your health and related parameters)
4) Who might or might not have underlying vitamin mineral or micro-nutrient deficiencies that you might or might not have.
5) Who are very diligent in following the diet chart which normally happens very less often when it comes to practically following it.

Be Smart!
Invest in your health and well-being.
1) Go for regular medical checkups and blood tests.
2) Consult your medical practitioner for the same.
and whether your reports are normal or not normal
3) Consult a Diet Consultant / Dietician / Nutritionist / Lifestyle Coach - to know whether
a) What you are doing is right or not?
b) What are the steps that you should take to prevent certain things from happening.




Takecare!

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy, SHINE!
Regards,

Nidhi Pandey
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M - 8871443331
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1 Jan 2016

Happy New Year 2016




 "FEW DIE OF HUNGER, MANY DIE OF EATING"
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


Hello Healthizens!

This New Year may you get - 

1) Good health and healthy food!
2) Good sleep!
3) Time for exercise!

4) Time for Healthy relations!
and
5) SMILE and happiness all day long(365x24x7) !

Happy New Year!