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World Kidney Day 2022: What you should know

Did you that10% of the population worldwide is affected by chronic kidney disease, and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment?

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Did you that10% of the population worldwide is affected by chronic kidney disease, and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment? Here’s what you can do for healthy kidneys

With the rising prevalence of these diseases in India, the prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is expected to rise, and obviously, this is the key target population to address.

CKD is a major worldwide public health problem. The good is that medicine and the prevalence of the same have increased significantly in the last two decades.

The medicines of end-stage kidney disease (requiring dialysis/transplant) has been reported to be around 160 -232 per million population and prevalence about 785 – 870 per millions of populations.
Thus, we are staring at the huge burden of disease.

It becomes imperative that we take prevention and other pre-emptive measures. So apart from regular health check-up, improving compliance with the medication and exercise, we should look into what we eat. There is a link between inflammation, chronic disease and certain foods.

here is food that has antioxidants, these antioxidants neutralise radicals and protect the body. Most of these foods are neither good for the kidney nor for cardiovascular health.

Garlic: They lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. You can add it to the vegetables, lentils and spinach.

Onion: They contain Quercetin a powerful anti-oxidants, that can help to reduce heart disease and provide protection against certain cancers. Onions also contain chromium, which helps in carbohydrates, protein and fat metabolism. Onion is very commonly used in the Indian kitchen in the preparation of various food items.

Cauliflower: It contains Indoles, Glucosinolates and Thiocyanates, they help the liver neutralize toxins that can damage DNA. It is also packed with Vitamins C, folate and fibres. Cauliflower is commonly used and eaten as a vegetable, usually in salads. Mashed cauliflower can be used as a replacement for mashed potatoes.

Cabbage: It contains phytochemicals, which neutralizes free radicals and hence protects against cancer and foster cardiovascular health. They are a good source of Vitamin C, K, B6, folate and fibres. Cabbage is low in potassium, hence good for patients with kidney disease.

Red Bell Paper: They are rich in Vitamin A, C, B6, folate and fibers. They are low in potassium and rich in antioxidant – lycopene.

Apple: They are high in fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds. Potassium content is low in apple, which is good for patients having kidney disease.

Red Grapes: They contain flavonoids which are anti-oxidants and is cardio protective and reduces the formation of blood clots. Resveratrol, found in grapes improves blood flow by stimulating nitric oxide.

Fish: It contains high-quality protein and anti-inflammatory fat, omega-3. Omega-3 helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).

Olive Oil: Mono unsaturated fat and polyphenols in olive oil are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

The kidney is a bean-shaped organ, located below the rib cage and one on each side of the spine. The main function is to remove waste, extra fluid in our body, acids produced by cells. The kidney harmonises the balance of water, salt and minerals (sodium, calcium, phosphorus and potassium) in our body.

It also helps in:

• Controlling blood pressure
• Generate RBC (Red Blood Cells)
• Keeps bones strong and healthy

Being the most important part of the human body, we compromise it with our seven worst common habits

Painkiller addiction: To counter their body pains, people take NSAD (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which affects the kidney. Doctors advise reducing the doses and sticking to recommended dosage only.

Processed foods: One of the studies has warned that the consumption of junk and processed food causes damage to kidneys, causes heart disease in long run and also triggers diabetes, digestive problems, weakness, fatigue, and abnormal blood sugar level.

Less drinking water intake: Intake of adequate drinking water, cleanses the toxins from your body and keep you safe from kidney problems such as painful kidney stones

Alcohol intake: Excess alcohol intake doubles the risk of chronic kidney disease and if, heavy drinkers are a smoker too then the chance of kidney diseases increase 5 times than people who don’t drink or smoke.

Missing night sleep: Taking less sleep during night hours, increases the working hour of the Kidney and disturbs its overall kidney function.
 
Eating foods with high sugar levels:  It is advisable to avoid sugar concentrated food items, if your blood sugar level gets more than 180mg/dl, then the kidney starts flushing out sugar into the urine. It indicates sugar is causing damage to your kidney.

Too much red meat: Intake of a high amount of red meat (pork) increases the protein level in our body that generated acids in the blood that is harmful to the kidney and cause acidosis.

Disclaimer: The article is for creating awareness and not to be followed without the supervision of a specialist doctor. Always consult a qualified doctor before following any diet plan.

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6 indoor plants and their upkeep

While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others. Here best indoor plants for home in India.

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While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others which can be cumbersome if you have a busy schedule. But that doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with greenery. Let’s look at some best indoor plants for a home in India.

Rubber tree plant

It is fairly easy to maintain but is fussy when it comes to the amount of water it needs. Here is what you need to know if you have this plant. Rubber plants are rainforest specimens. While they need consistent moistness, they don’t want it to be soggy. Ensure that the pot the plant is in has adequate draining holes.

Use a dish under the pot lined with pebbles to catch extra water. This will keep the roots from sitting in water but provide the humidity as the water evaporates.

Croton plant

Its beautifully patterned leaves can brighten any space. Now that the rains are here in full force, it is important to ensure that you take care of all your plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot. An important thing to keep in mind is that the pot is well-drained. There is moisture in the air, overwatering will harm the plant. Croton also needs at least six to seven hours of sunshine but excess heat will damage its leaves. Try and keep the plant either East or West facing to make sure that the leaves don’t lose their colour.

English Ivy

It looks pretty and while it may look like it is an easy plant to look after, it is not the case. Like any other plant, this plant too will rot and its leaves will turn brown if you overwater them. Before you water it, check the soil. If it is moist, don’t water it. Make sure that the soil is loose and is kept in a well-drained pot. The plant grows in bright light but it is away from direct sunlight. It is a beautiful plan that can be kept inside the home; potting it in a hanging basket is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of this plant.

Fern

The delicate curled leaves that unfurl into long, lacy fronds look pretty. Go into the forest and you will find ferns carpeting the floor. They also make a great houseplant. They can grow in any kind of pot — clay to hanging baskets to ceramic and don’t require full sun to thrive.

But Indian weather is different. A plant that may live happily in any other environment needs a lot of care here. They love moisture. During the rainy season make sure you don’t overwater the plant or the roots will rot. You can even spray water on the leaves to lock the moisture in. You can keep this plant in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Green Aralia

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives. It needs a feed once every other month during the spring. During the summer months, the plant needs liquid fertiliser. However, be careful if you buy this plant; it is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

They are best as landscape plants. While watering aralia which is indoors, deep water is only when the soil is nearly dry. One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives.

Pitcher plant

It is not always possible to ensure that the plant that you bring is going to live. Hence, it is important to take care of it properly. Let’s take the pitcher plant. So how does one take care of it if one wants to keep it indoors even if it is a carnivorous plant?

Depending on the species, some require full sunlight and those that originate in the floor of the rainforest may need filtered light. It requires moist soil, and keeps the potting soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly after watering and never let the pot stand in water or the roots will rot.

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Mother’s Day 2022: Significance, history, and importance

Being a mother is a full-time job and gets no appreciation-one day where their worth is truly appreciated. Here’swhy we celebrate mothers day.

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Most of us know that Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. But did you know why we celebrate mothers day? The whole idea behind Mother’s Day is to honour the mother of the family, to celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the important role that they play in shaping society.

Why we celebrate mothers day?

It is said that the need to celebrate this day arose in the 1900s. Back then a daughter – Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis – to honour the sacrifices made by the mothers made for their children started this holiday.

It is said that Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the US which serves as the International Mother’s Day Shrine today.

Did you also know that different countries celebrate this day in different months? Some countries celebrate this day in March. Mother’s Day in Egypt is celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In Georgia Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 3.

In some countries, the date is adopted to signify religion, like Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance. For example, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day is a fixed date, commemorating a battle in which women participated to defend their children. Or in Russia where it is celebrated as International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day.

In India, the concept of celebrating Mother’s Day is new. This could be because we have traditionally been respectful of our mothers and have been revering them for generations.

We didn’t need to set a single day aside for them. But then, we (Indians) tend to ape the West and what the West does needs to be done back home.

Irrespective of how and when Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, children go out of their way to make this a special day for their mother. Lunches, treats and gifts are part and parcel of this day’s celebration.

What can you do? Here are some mothers day 2022 gift ideas

For the foodie mom

If your mother is a foodie a last-minute gift can be a meal subscription box that speaks to your mom’s interests. The subscription boxes are becoming popular across India as they select the finest and latest products every month and ship them across to their clients.

As a gift, you can opt for ingredients, or complete meals, including gourmet food and global cuisine. Innovative subscription boxes share recipes and exquisitely packaged boxes that can be used as a collector’s item.

If your mother is all about fitness

If your mom has been looking to shed some weight, a gym membership is a great gift! There are several gyms in each city that offer membership. This would help your mother work.

If your mother is all about looking good

A woman’s body goes through many changes, and protein is quintessential to cope with it. One can gift herbal products to the mother for that perfect skin that will keep her young at heart forever!

 

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5 health benefits of dancing, you might not want to miss

You see it on TV or in films. But did you know that the art form has several benefits of dance movement therapy as well? Read on

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Dance is the purest expression of emotion. World over, dancing has a different meaning for different people and cultures. But there is one thing that is common across the board — it is an expression of one’s emotions through movement. These movements are not always graceful or beautiful and most people don’t even understand them, it’s tough to see a perspective on one’s dance.

What Dance Symbolise:

But dancing is extremely therapeutic. Dance therapy can use various hand movements and creative expressions to promote socio-emotional, cognitive, and somatic integration.

This is based on the idea that the body and mind are inextricably linked. It aids in self-expression, resulting in a shift in an individual’s overall functioning.

One has to remember that dance movement therapy isn’t just for dancers, and it’s certainly not a dance class. A dance lesson emphasises style and form, whereas dance movement therapy does not. In the latter, people aren’t judged on how well they execute the steps or how they appear while dancing.

 

In dance movement therapy, people are encouraged to communicate their feelings and thoughts while moving during dance movement therapy sessions.

Dance treatments are used in a variety of settings, including health, education, and social services, in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

It may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of ongoing treatment, rehabilitation or education. The therapy can be short- or long-term. Engaging an individual does not require any dance skills or training just the willingness to move. The focus is on the therapeutic process.

Here’s how it can help

Help differently-abled

Dance therapy can help individuals, with different abilities, capacities and life conditions since it works with their bodies at that particular phase of life.

Benefit kids with autism, ADHD

People with developmental, medical, social, physical, and psychological problems benefit from dance movement therapy.

It has been used to assist persons with learning impairments, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and ADHD, among others.

Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mobility disorders, sensory processing disorders, trauma, and even violence prevention are just some of the conditions that can be treated.

Dance movement therapy can help those who are battling communication challenges, body image issues, chronic pain, and adjustment issues.

Communication tool

As language is not a barrier to movement, it can be used in individual, couple, family, and group therapy forms with people of different ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

Leads to self-awareness

Self-awareness, self-perception, confidence, producing a sense of peace, relational talents, and mindfulness are all benefits of dance therapy. It has been shown to reduce pressure, anxiety, and nerves, as well as feelings of disengagement and body strain.

Faster recovery

Dance movement aids in the learning of how to transform nonverbal movements into insights that can be applied to one’s recovery process.

Each one of us can move, each one of us has a movement language — we call it body language. All of us can dance! The idea of this therapy is getting aware of your body, feeling, accepting, and working on yourself.

People in dance movement therapy are not required to start dancing as soon as the music starts, unlike in a dance class. It’s all about the journey, not the destination!

Disclaimer: The idea of this article is to create awareness and is not meant to be followed without a doctor’s proper advice.

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