20 Mins Of Meditation is capable of Reducing PTSD Symptoms: These 5 Foods are helpful too

PTSD

According a recent study it has been suggested that just 20 minutes of meditation twice a day, can reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or what we call PTSD. The study was conducted on some war troupers in America. Researchers from Maharishi University of Management in Farfield, US, found a decrease in the symptoms of PTSD in the subjects who practiced Transcendental Meditation. After practicing for a month the meditation technique daily, the subjects experienced significant relief from the symptoms of PTSD. In fact, the study displayed that four out of five veterans were no longer suffering from severe PTSD.

Transcendental meditation might have similar effects on people who are suffering from other psychological disorders such as insomnia, depression and anxiety. These type of disorders are linked to PTSD and are often established as a result of PTSD. A person suffering from this type of disorder usually has trauma flashbacks, as a result of which signs of the other mental health problems are also developed. There are some foods which are also known for reducing the symptoms of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here I have got the list of five foods that may help relieve PTSD to some extent.

1. Blueberries

Researchers at Louisiana State University has found that blueberries are quite effective to lower PTSD symptoms in rats. Blueberries can control the mood of a person and help them to increase levels of serotonin in the brain, effectively bringing relief from PTSD.

2. Cheese and Milk

Dairy products such as cheese and milk are rich in amino acid known as tyrosine. Tyrosine is capable of triggering the production of dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, thus increasing the levels of energy and alertness in the body. In addition to that, milk is rich in whey protein, which is hyped as a stress antidote.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has been known for the properties of fighting stress. Chamomile have calming effect on people who frequently get to experience agitation, irritation, depression and mood swings.

4. Walnuts

As we all know that Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. People who are chronically lacking in fatty acids often report depressive symptoms, pessimism and impulsive behavior. These fats are not to be jumbled with the ones that come from oily foods such as burgers and fries, which on the other hand, gives you sluggish and fatigued feeling.

5. Green vegetables

Green vegetables namely, spinach and kale are rich in folic acid, the lack of which can cause depression, especially in men. Other food items rich in folic acid such as nuts, sprouts and oranges.

Patients of PTSD require special care and expert advice, counselling as well as guided mental health care. However, little changes in lifestyle and dietary can also go a long way in aiding treatment of the disorder.

Organ donors in Pune outnumbered by number of recipients on waiting list

Organ donation

Pune registered 56 organ donations in 2017, still the number of recipients in the waiting list continues to outnumber the number of organ donations in the city.

As per the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), Pune branch, in 2017 there were total 56 organ donations which includes 79 kidney donations, 53 liver donations, two donations of kidney and pancreas with 9 heart donations. Yet after this huge amount of recipients in the waiting list continues to increase with doctors emphasizing on the need for more people for coming forward and opt for organ donation.

According to the statistics available with the ZTCC, currently, there are almost 780 people in the waiting list for kidney transplant list, 280 in the liver transplant list, 13 for heart and 30 for kidney and pancreas. This report is enough to highlight the deficiency in the number of organs donated and the ever-increasing waiting list.

As per reports in 2017, Pune was second in the state with 56 organ donations, whereas in 2016, the city was at number one in the state with 58 organ donations. The total number of organ donations in 2015 was as low as 16 in Pune which grew ominously to 58 in 2016.

Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator of Pune’s ZTCC, said, “In the past two years, the body had worked extensively, both in public and private hospitals.” She said, “Earlier, when we visited hospitals to sensitise people about organ donations, we found that most people did not have any clue about it. Many transplant coordinators said that they had trouble when they talked to relatives of brain dead patients about organ donation. They said most had trouble accepting the idea.”

Gokhale added, “We started conducting regular medical education programmes for the hospital staff, especially the intensivists (a physician with advanced training and experience in treating critical illnesses). This may have resulted in the increased number of organ donations.”

With a opinion to continue to generating awareness regarding organ donations, many hospitals have been accompanying various programmes in the city that emphasizes on the importance of organ donation.

Recently, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital felicitated both living donors and deceased donor families, who saved lives of the needy with end stage kidney, liver and heart disease. The families of deceased donors were praised for their unselfishness for turning their moments of personal disaster into an occasion for saving lives.

Lt Gen Dr Akhil Nagpal, chief of clinical services at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital said, “There is still severe deficiency in the number of organs donated and the ever-expanding waiting list. The decision taken by people for donating their organs must be lauded and many more should join this social movement.”

21-year-old brain dead patient saves three lives

A 21-year-old brain dead patient aided save the lives of at least three people as he donated all his organs. The patient donated his two kidneys and one liver to save lives. The recovery of the organs was done at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) making it the first recovery of the year for the government-run medical establishment.

According to information from the officials of Sassoon General Hospital, the 21-year-old donor died of brain damage after suffering from an electric shock. A statement was released by the hospital which says, “The boy was admitted at Sassoon General Hospital since January 3 and was declared brain dead on January 6. The medical staff and doctors at the hospital convinced his family to donate his vital organs to save three more lives.”

“In the past one and half years, Sassoon General Hospital witnessed six organ retrievals, among which three were women and three were men. The major operation of retrieval as well as donation happened for free at Sassoon General Hospital giving respite to economically-challenged families.” The dean of BJ Medical College, Ajay Chandanwale, said.

On Saturday, the recovered kidney was donated to Sassoon General Hospital, while the other organ was given to Aditya Birla Hospital in Pune. The liver was also taken to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune.

Doctors at Sassoon General Hospital said, “The 40-year-old recipient at Sassoon General Hospital who received the kidney was in a critical stage as both his kidneys were not functional anymore.”

Burn Belly fat with these 5 Foods

Salmon, Broccoli, veggie

In our present scenario more than 70 percent of adults of age 20 and older are overweight and this excess weight is around the belly and belly fat is very much worse than the fat around the hips and thighs because it increases inflammation and in turn increases the risk for heart diseases, diabetes and cancer.

So exercising can help reduce belly fat, but one can also trim it down through diet by avoiding oily food and including few healthy food like below:

  • Salmon

Salmon

Salmon contains a lot of vitamin D and protein which can help minimize belly fat to a great extent due to the production of hormones that regulate appetite and signals belly fat cells to burn down.

  • Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt

Yogurt is rich in calcium and contains two times satiating protein as that of the traditional yogurt, and can keep one energized and help to control the appetite by increasing fat burn, reducing fat absorption. Greek yogurt also contains probiotics which is a beneficial bacteria that helps one digestive system.

  • Artichokes

Artichokes

Artichokes are prebiotics that is they feed the probiotics in the gut enabling them to do their jobs. The combination of prebiotics and probiotics creates a gut filled with good bacteria which reduces the inflammation.

  • Broccoli

broccoli

Broccoli is a deep-colored vegetable that contains calcium which increases the fat loss in the abdominal area. According to a study calcium from food seems to be more effective than calcium from supplements.

  • Onions

Onions

Onions contain a type of soluble fiber called inulin which helps to increase good gut health and act as a prebiotic like that of artichokes. According to preliminary studies onions may also help in facilitating weight loss in the abdominal area of a person.

So it is highly recommended to stay away from unhealthy diet and include the above foods and supplements in one diet as it maintains a person weight properly and helps to keep him/her fit.

Burn Belly fat with these 5 Foods, reduce Belly fat and look Younger

In our present scenario more than 70 percent of adults of age 20 and older are overweight and this excess weight is around the belly and belly fat is very much worse than the fat around the hips and thighs because it increases inflammation and in turn increases the risk for heart diseases, diabetes and cancer.

So exercising can help reduce belly fat, but one can also trim it down through diet by avoiding oily food and including few healthy food like below:

  1. Salmon

Salmon contains a lot of vitamin D and protein which can help minimize belly fat to a great extent due to the production of hormones that regulate appetite and signals belly fat cells to burn down.

  1. Greek yogurt

Yogurt is rich in calcium and contains two times satiating protein as that of the traditional yogurt, and can keep one energized and help to control the appetite by increasing fat burn, reducing fat absorption. Greek yogurt also contains probiotics which is a beneficial bacteria that helps one digestive system.

  1. Artichokes

Artichokes are prebiotics that is they feed the probiotics in the gut enabling them to do their jobs. The combination of prebiotics and probiotics creates a gut filled with good bacteria which reduces the inflammation.

  1. Broccoli

Broccoli is a deep-colored vegetable that contains calcium which increases the fat loss in the abdominal area. According to a study calcium from food seems to be more effective than calcium from supplements.

  1. Onions

Onions contain a type of soluble fiber called inulin which helps to increase good gut health and act as a prebiotic like that of artichokes. According to preliminary studies onions may also help in facilitating weight loss in the abdominal area of a person.

So it is highly recommended to stay away from unhealthy diet and include the above foods and supplements in one diet as it maintains a person weight properly and helps to keep him/her fit.

How to take care of Yourself this Winter?

Environment plays an important role in our daily health as there is a crucial link between them. As per the current status of Delhi the citizens of the capital need to be concern about their health.

Due to winter the capital is under low density and that does not allow pollutants to settle down which is giving raise to winter allergies. As per a report published by ‘Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases Report 2017’, every third child in Delhi has impaired lungs.

This shows the present scenario of health of our increasingly populated country. It should be kept in mind that while cold is a seasonal affair, but allergies tend to continue for a longer period, and the only way to prevent them is to identify the triggering factor and avoiding them. Winter Allergies can cause running or a blocked nose, itchy and red eyes, sore throat, sniffling, sneezing and wheezing, among other symptoms leaving them sick.

Another root cause of winter allergies is the presence of mites. The dust allergens that enters your lungs can be a reason of congestion. Winter Season is also the time when greater incidence of lung ailments and cardiovascular problems are found. Because of less ventilation, the dust allergens don’t get space to travel around and tend to hover above us inside our homes.        

Prof (Dr) Brig Ashok K Rajput (Retd), Senior Consultant – Pulmonology, Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka said, “The reactions of these allergens can be controlled only if you understand what stimulates these triggers. One should consult a doctor if the symptoms last for more than a week. It is common for an infant to develop cold 6-8 times approximately in a year. That is how they develop immunity. But protecting them with extra layer of clothing becomes important because they are very sensitive to environment fluctuations.”

During the winter season, our resistance and immunity levels goes low, whereas in newborn babies, it is still developing. This makes them prone to the prevailing germs and infections present in the atmosphere. Teenager’s lungs are also more disposed to the effects of air pollution as well as dust allergies. This is the reason a lot of children are suffering from breathing issues or lung allergies in highly polluted cities.

He added, “Common triggers of allergies are mould, house dust mites, animal dander and perfumes. Besides, pet dander, smoke, gas fumes, dust mites, winter cold can make your nose watery and eyes itchy. Therefore, be attentive towards your newborn to note if their cold and sneezing is triggered by any of these factors. It should also be noted that while seasonal cough and cold are temporary, allergies are lifelong and can be hereditary as well.”

It is important for us to be safe in this season, but keeping our kids safe is the most important task to do for us. Keep check on your diet and hygiene so that you will be able to avoid health issues in winter.

Intake of Almonds on daily basis will increase your cholesterol and that's good for you

According to the old customers it is believed that having almonds daily is good for health, But according to the recent researches it has been found that daily munching of almonds at about a handful one may help you in boosting the level of good cholesterol in the body as well as improve its functionality.

The almonds not very soon enlarged the levels of good cholesterol as per the answer showed that— high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol), but also helps remove the bad cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) — from the body.

Almonds works by gathering cholesterol from tissues, like the arteries, and helping to transport it out of the body, professor at the Pennsylvania State University, Penny Kris-Etherton said “HDL is very small when it gets released into circulation. It’s like a garbage bag that slowly gets bigger and more spherical as it gathers cholesterol from cells and tissues before depositing them in the liver to be broken down.”

Into five “sub-populations,” HDL cholesterol is categorize, Depending on how much cholesterol it has collected, which range from the very small pre-beta-1 to the larger, more mature a-1.

As per the Nutrition journals, the team, in two six-week experiment analysed a group of people who ate 43 grams — about a handful — of almonds every day, and the same group when they ate a banana muffin.

The results showed that eating almonds resulted in increased a-1 HDL by 19 per cent as well as improved HDL function by 6.4 per cent — indicating a decrease in the overall risk of cardiovascular disease.

While the risk of heart diseases will not totally eliminate by almonds, they may be a smart choice for a healthy snack, as they also provide a dose of good fats, vitamin E and fibre, the research said. “Almonds not a cure-all, but when eaten in moderation — and especially when eaten instead of a food of lower nutritional value — they’re a great addition to an already healthy diet,” Kris-Etherton said.

Penny Kris-Etherton, professor at the Pennsylvania State University  said “HDL is very small when it gets released into circulation. It’s like a garbage bag that slowly gets bigger and more spherical as it gathers cholesterol from cells and tissues before depositing them in the liver to be broken down.”

Depending on how much cholesterol it has collected, HDL cholesterol is categorised into five “subpopulations”, which range from the very small pre-beta-1 to the larger, more mature a-1.

The Journal paper of Nutrition in their study has published, the team, in two six-week experiment analyzed a group of people who ate 43 grams — about a handful — of almonds every day, and the same group when they ate a banana muffin.

After the research the results show that consumption of almonds resulted in increased a-1 HDL by 19 per cent as well as enhanced HDL function by 6.4 per cent — indicating a reduce in the overall risk of cardiovascular disease.

The heart disease risk is totally not eliminate by the almonds alone, it is always considered as a smart choice for a healthy snack, as they also provide a dose of good fats, vitamin E and fibre, the research said.

“Almonds when eaten in self-control not a cure-all, but when particularly when eaten instead of a food of lower dietary value — they’re a great adding together to an already healthy diet,” Kris-Etherton said.

By 2020: 76,000 Indian Lives can become cost of lack in early diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer may kill 76,000 Indian women in a year by 2020, A study says, one of whose researchers is of Indian origin because of Lack of early diagnosis.

The most commonly single of diagnosed type of cancer among women in India, breast cancer claimed 70,218 lives in 2012, the revision published in the Journal of Business Research showed, it also discovered that the average age of death from the disease has shifted from 50 years to 30 years.

Vijay Pereira, said the scale of the difficulty is huge and has major policy implications for the Indian government, Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

He further added that there were multifaceted challenges at national, state and community levels.

Pereira said “What is clear is that healthcare at state-level must transform to deliver quality care and awareness,” Women do not access wellbeing services and are unenthusiastic to discuss with male doctors, neglecting their healthiness due to family obligations. They are over-dependent on other family members. All of these cause delay in diagnosis, the researchers said.

Therefore humanizing Indian men about the meaning of early diagnosis for breast cancer, could be key to halt the disease which is turning into an epidemic as per the researchers suggested.

Judith Fletcher-Brown from the University of Portsmouth in England said “India is still a patriarchal society. Even though women are now-a-days are in accountable jobs and earning for their families, it’s the men who are the head of the household.”

Yet cultured qualified women do not discuss private matters about their bodies with their husbands, fathers or brothers. So it’s essential to direct health messages towards men, Fletcher-Brown said.

  • As per the searchers, Larger urbanisation and fast economic development are also responsible for the rise in breast cancer rates
  • The women who have children at a later age and breast feeding are less, which increases their chances of developing the disease.
  • Operational women in urban India often have a more western diet leading to obesity. That also increases the risk.
  • The study said community health nurses had the greatest impact in raising awareness of early breast cancer symptoms.

In addition, good channels by which awareness could be raised in young women mainly through schools and media.

Now-a-days the developing economy of the country has given the opportunities to the women to independence as well as to be career oriented; yet, these educational women are put to risk due to the need of responsiveness in breast cancer.

On the other hand, in finding the conclusion of the study shows that these campaigns are not winning in reaching the target audience. After recognizing these issues, the Government of India, , has invested money in marketing campaigns through non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The manifestation of this crisis in India is mostly evident in the flourishing cities like

  •        Delhi
  •        Mumbai
  •        Bhopal
  •        Kolkata
  •        Bengaluru
  •        Chennai
  •        Ahmedabad

Where job opportunities for women are rising, according to a new report states that providing employment to more women in the country might add $2.9 trillion to India’s annual GDP by 2025.

A healthy female workforce is vital for the nation benefit; it can help to sustain its thriving economy. The Government of India has to implicate major policies to tackle the problem as the extent of the issue is huge and with better targeted campaigns, said Professor Vijay Pereira, second author on the paper.

He further added: “What is clear is that the state healthcare sector must transform itself to deliver quality breast cancer healthcare and awareness underpinned by effective use of social marketing campaigns. Health marketers working in India’s emerging economy as this research presents several proposals that would assist.”