6 Useful Tips To Prevent Neck And Back Pain

 

Neck and back pain has become a common health problem these days. With sedentary lifestyle and regularly working on computers, there is a constant rise of neck and back problems among the youngsters. Neck and back pains are often ignored till they become severe and uncontrollable.

Spinal health and care is important for our well-being and should not be neglected. Back and neck pain may be due to various causes related to muscle or bone problems. Given below are few ways, neck and back pain can be prevented or controlled.

  1. Work related precautions: In the modern age of computers, it is difficult to abstain from this machine at work. Make sure to position your computer screen at your eye level to avoid neck pain. Your job may require you to sit sedentary in a single place for hours together. So it is important to choose a comfortable work chair and position to give your back the support and angle it requires.

Also, make it a point to get up and go for a short walk and stretch your muscle at regular intervals of time, as and when you find time.

  1. Cell phone related precautions:

    Regular usage of smart phones has taken a toll on our spinal health. Neck strain due to constantly looking down on our phones is the primary cause of neck pain. Avoid constant texting on your phone and try to use your phone at your eye level whenever possible. Stooping down your neck for longer periods strains the joints, ligaments, discs as well as muscles in your neck region which may even spread to your back area.

  2. Relevant exercise:

    It is not only important to do cardio but it is also equally essential to do relevant exercises that are meant for your back and neck. Regular sets of strengthening and stretching exercises for neck and back should be incorporated into your fitness regime. Many yoga postures also help keep your neck and back healthy.

  3. Hydration:

    Drinking plenty of water and keeping yourself hydrated is important to keep the inter-vertebral discs in your spinal column, strong and flexible. Water is important for our overall health including our neck and back.

  4. Load management:

    Everyone carries heavy bags on a daily basis. Laptop bags, hang bags, shopping bags, etc. should be carried by distributing their load evenly around our body. Try to carry shoulder bags which support on both your shoulders instead of one-shoulder side sling bags, which tend to put pressure on only one side of your body. Uneven load distribution on a regular basis may deteriorate your spinal health causing neck and back pain.

  5. Sleeping posture:

    A correct sleeping posture not only prevents unwanted sprains in your neck and back but it also heals all body pains during the time you rest your body and put it to sleep. Incorrect sleeping positions might increase your neck and back pains, if not causing them. Also, using the right pillow to support your neck is important to prevent neck pains. Choose a pillow which comforts you by aligning your spine in the desired way.

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10 Foods For Healthy Skin

Everyone prefers either face cream or surgical treatment for obtaining a glowing skin, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of micronutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. The correct balance of foods feed your skin with the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

Here are 10 foods which can help you get a healthy skin:

  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant called lycopene which improves the sun protection factor of your skin and act as a sunscreen. It reduces the wrinkles and fine lines on the skin, slows down the aging process giving you a flawless skin. Use with the skin to get the maximum benefit as the anti-oxidants are present in the skin of the tomato.

  • Fish

Do not try to cut all the fat from your diet. In fact, your skin may suffer a loss without some fat. Fish is the best source of omega-3-fatty acid which is a healthy fat with good anti-inflammatory properties. Include salmon, sardines and mackerels in your weekly diet to prevent the formation of acne and keep your skin clear.

  • Green tea

A cup of green tea taken for 12 weeks can increase the elasticity of your skin and improve its smoothness. It also reduces the risk of sunburn by 25% when exposed to UV rays. It fights redness and inflammation. The antioxidants increase the blood flow to deliver the important nutrients to the skin, to improve its complexion. Also, green tea is a good drink to stay hydrated and prevent your skin from drying.

  • Oranges

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and can do wonders for your skin. Consumption of oranges can delay the aging process by fighting the free radical effect on skin and by making your skin firm.

  • Olive oil

The monounsaturated fatty acids in the olive oil neutralize the free radicals which are damaging to the skin. It has antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties which can boost your skin and give a natural radiance and smoothness to your skin. Consuming an average of 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet is found to reduce the signs of aging by nearly 31% as compared to those who included less than 1 teaspoon of olive oil in their diet. Olive oil is found to be more effective over sunflower oil and peanut oil in this regard.

  • Broccoli

Broccoli and other leafy veggies are very good for your skin. Richer the color of the fruits and vegetables more is their nutrient content. Broccoli is rich in the vitamins A and C, both of which can effectively fight wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Avocados

Here’s another reason why you may include avocados in your diet. Avocados are rich sources of vitamins A and C which can fight aging and improve your complexion.

  • Blueberries

You must have by now understood the importance of anti-oxidants for a young looking skin. So, if you are looking for further sources of foods rich in antioxidants, blueberries can be one in the list. They also taste great as cereal toppings and can be tossed into salads.

  • Oat meal

A sudden spike in the blood sugar levels can stimulate the production of androgens, i.e. hormones which can lead to wrinkles on the skin. Elevated levels of androgens can also increase the secretion of sebum which in turn increases your risk for the formation of acne by clogging the pores of the skin. Oatmeal takes a longer time to break down in the body and maintains the sugar levels stable in the blood. Therefore, the release of the androgens is reduced delaying the wrinkle formation. Whole grain oatmeal can be considered as the best pick for breakfast.

  • Pomegranates

Pomegranate is on the top of the list of fruits rich in antioxidants which can fight dead skin. It also has moisturizing properties and smoothens the lines on your skin. One glass of pomegranate juice a day can do the trick.

More and more studies are revealing a strong link between certain nutrients and a reduction in the wrinkles, acne, and improved radiance, etc. Cure your skin complexions with these natural quarters of food and you won’t need the beauty products available in the market any longer.

7 Diet And Recovery Tips After A Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplant is a major surgical operation and you need to take good care of your new kidney post a successful transplant. Unlike in dialysis, post a kidney transplant your diet will definitely get more flexible but there are still certain precautions that you need to take. It is important to discuss your post-operation diet with the hospital dietician and to follow the given instructions carefully.

The medications that comprise your post-operative regime might elevate your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

  1. Low intake of salt: Make a conscious effort to eat less salt in your food, post your kidney transplant. This step is taken to control the fluid retention and blood pressure. Also, avoid preserved foods that are high in sodium content like canned foods, processed meat, high sodium snacks, pickles and packaged foods.
  2. Restrict fat intake to the minimum: There will be elevated levels of blood cholesterol levels after the kidney transplant due to the anti-rejection drugs. Try to control fatty fried foods, full-fat dairy items and anything that is loaded with excess fat. A low-fat diet is a must after a kidney transplant.
  3. Ensure lots of protein intake: Till around six weeks after your transplant, extra proteinaceous diet is recommended to speed up the post-surgical healing process. Since high doses of corticosteroids are prescribed after the transplant, high protein covers up for the muscle breakdown due to these drugs. A couple of months after the surgery (healing period), you can again get back to your normal protein intake.
  4. Step up on Phosphorus intake: Renal failure would have resulted in significant reduction in bone mass. After a kidney transplant, the bones re-build again. Hence, post your transplant it is important to eat foods with high phosphorus content since the blood phosphorous levels could drop.
  5. Keep your weight in check: If you want a quick recovery, make sure you keep your weight in control. Certain post-operative drugs might push you towards weight gain after a kidney transplant, which is not good for health. Consult your doctor about the recommended exercises to help keep your weight in check.
  6. Balance the potassium levels: Some drugs tend to cause a potassium imbalance in your body, post the kidney transplant. Monitoring your potassium levels is important to control or increase the potassium in your diet. In case your potassium levels have fallen, introduce foods rich in potassium in your diet regime like oranges, banana, potatoes, etc.

Get sufficient rest: Postoperative care in kidney transplant not only includes dietary modifications, but it also includes rest. After you are discharged from the hospital, relax at home for quick recovery. For the next 3 to 4 weeks do not drive or lift heavy objects that weigh anything more than 10 pounds. If you face no complications, you will be able to resume certain activities as early as six to eight weeks after the transplant.

7 Delicious Recipes For A Healthier Heart

Most of us are living with a misconception that anything which is healthy is not tasty. But this is not true. If you are good at cooking, you can make different varieties of tasty and heart-healthy dishes. Eating heart healthy recipes is not just good for your body, but it is equally delicious. Wouldn’t you want to give it a try if you want to keep yourself healthy? Once you start eating these foods, you will crave for these recipes.

If you are looking to kick-start a heart-healthy lifestyle, go with different recipes made of heart-healthy ingredients, using minimal fat and whole grains. Your entire day can be heart-healthy from breakfast to dinner. Have a look at few recipes made with your favorite ingredients.

1. Chicken curry

Try this protein rich food with brown-rice seasoned with ginger. The recipe is very easy to cook and takes not more than 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a large bowl and add paste of garlic cayenne, turmeric, and cumin. Then add onions and stir for about 5 minutes over medium flame. Add tomatoes and let cook for another 2 minutes and then add chicken. Stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes and add 1 cup of water and salt and bring it to boil. Add extra taste to the recipe with sugar and vinegar.

2. Chickpea curry

Chickpea is popularly called as “Chana dal” which is a famous north Indian food. It just takes 20 minutes to cook.

Heat oil in a pan and sought onions for about 5 minutes. Add cayenne, coriander, garlic, and turmeric and stir to 3-4 minutes and then add tomatoes and cook until soft for about 5 minutes. In the end, add dillweed chickpeas, water, and salt and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Shredded carrot raita

If you are a sweet lover, try this sweet and crunchy salad. It takes just 5 minutes and can find a way in your busy schedule.

Soak raisins in water for at least 30 minutes. Add salt, sugar, cayenne and mint to yogurt and beat it to mix well. Now strain the raisins and add them to the yogurt mix. Add grated carrots and halved walnuts. Stir well and serve!

4. Crunchy cucumber salad

Here’s another side-dish which is low in fat (mono-unsaturated) and calories with the refreshing crunch of cucumber and chopped peanuts. It takes around 6 minutes to cook.

Roast chopped peanuts and add this to diced cucumber. To taste better, add salt, sugar, lemon juice and mix them all. Done! It is now ready to eat. Simple right!

5. Barley and corn salad

Barley is fiber rich food, and sweet corn adds a crispy texture to the salad. This recipe is good for your breakfast.

Boil barley and sweet corn in a pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles. Take a bowl and add chopped red and yellow capsicum, chopped coriander, spring onions, a little sugar, roasted cumin seeds and lemon juice to the cooked barley and corn and toss well. Refrigerate it for one hour and serve chill.

6. Bean and tomato soup

Black (kidney beans/rajma) beans are rich in proteins while tomatoes are rich in the antioxidants vitamin A and C, altogether they work towards maintaining the health of the heart.

Soak beans overnight and drain out all the water from the beans and add 2 cups of water salt and bay leaves and pressure cook till they are soft. Heat oil and add garlic, onions, capsicum, tomatoes in the same order and sauté on a medium flame for few minutes. Add rajma and mix well and let boil for another few minutes. Salt and pepper are the added flavors to the recipe.

You can take any type of beans for this recipe.

7. Honey-Soy broiled salmon

Salmon is omega-3 fatty acids rich food that effectively reduces blood pressure and keeps clotting at bay. If you take this food twice a week, it reduces the risk of dying of heart attack.

Take soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a bowl and add honey to it. Add sauce to salmon, seal it in a plastic bag and refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Shallow fry salmon in a pan for 6 to 10 minutes and then drizzle with reserved sauce and garnish with sesame seeds at the end.

Try out the above recipes that turn to be a treat for your taste buds and heart as well. You will surely be amazed by the excellent results of healthy eating; after all, food is the most powerful and safest form of medicine. Remember, not to panic your heart with an unhealthy diet, always greet and treat your precious ‘HEART’.

Cancer Care

The cancer treatment depends on the diagnosis and symptoms of the cancer with which the patient is suffering. When a patient goes to a cancer hospital for cancer screening, the cancer specialists perform some tests on the patient. This is to identify the type of cancer. Only after identify the cancer and the severity level, the cancer specialists can recommend treatment options. Few of the cancer treatment options that are used to treat most of the cancer types are:

Surgery

Surgeries are often performed on the cancer patients to remove the tumour. Few surgical procedures that are used to treat cancer, on the basis of cancer types, are:

  • The surgical procedures to treat breast cancer are mastectomy and breast-conserving surgery.

  • The surgical procedures to treat colorectal cancer are laparoscopic surgery, colostomy and radiofrequency ablation.

  • The surgical procedure to treat prostate cancer are radical retro-public prostatectomy and radical perineal prostatectomy.

Hormone therapy

In most of the cancer types, hormones play an important role in promoting the cancer cells. Such as, in breast canceroestrogen is the hormone that promotes the breast cancer cells. Hormone therapy is used to lower the hormone levels or stop the hormone from acting on cancer cells. It is often used to reduce the risk of recurrence of the cancer after surgery or treat the cancer that has come back after the surgery. Few cancer types that are treated with hormone therapy are breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is used to destroy cancer cells with high-energy rays or particles. It is often give after the surgical procedure to help reduce the risk of recurrence of the cancer.Few cancer types that are treated with hormone therapy are breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Targeted therapy

Researchers have found that gene changes in cells cause cancer. Targeted therapy includes developing drugs that can specifically target these changes and destroy the cancer cells.Few cancer types that are treated with hormone therapy are breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Bone-directed therapy

Bone-directed therapy includes certain medications that can help reduce the risk of cancer spreads to bones.Few cancer types that are treated with hormone therapy are breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy includes cancer-killing drugs, given intravenously or by mouth, that travel through bloodstream to the cancer cells in order to kill it.Few cancer types that are treated with hormone therapy are breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapyis used to treat the first stage of prostate cancer by freezing the tumour.Few cancer types that are treated with hormone therapy are prostate cancer and lung cancer.

Brushing Habits To Keep Your Mouth Healthy!

Brushing your teeth seems to be a very simple task and all of you might be of the opinion that you are brushing in a correct fashion, right? But in reality, there are a few common mistakes we do while brushing teeth that can damage the healthy smile. The purpose of proper brushing is to get rid of the harmful bacteria which can cause cavities. Recognize the bad brushing habits in you and curb them to have better teeth. Here are few key points to be noted:

Pick a right brush and toothpaste

Choose a brush of right size, not to strain yourself while opening your mouth to brush your teeth. A brush with rough bristles can erode your gum line, so pick a brush with soft bristles arranged in different directions. Replace the old brush with a fresh one every 3 months, as the brush turns a shelter for germs by this time. An electronic brush concentrates on all areas more effectively compared to a manual brush.

Plain fluoride toothpaste can strengthen enamel and gums. Toothpaste containing whitening particles in excess can damage the tooth structure. Switching between whitening toothpaste and regular ones is occasionally ok.

Timings of brushing

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice every day. Brushing immediately after eating can wash away the saliva and other good stuff from your mouth, so give a gap of around half an hour after eating. Check your watch to see if you are brushing for at least 2 to 3 minutes every time. However, do not overdo as it can wear down the enamel coat and damage the gums.

Follow the right brushing technique

If you have complaints of dental problems despite regular brushing, then you are probably not following a right brushing technique!

Reach every nook and corner

Concentrate while you brush, to reach all the surfaces of the teeth. Focus on a few teeth at one time and then move to the next set of teeth. Continue from top to bottom, one side to the other, and from front to back. Clean the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth. It is a good idea to look into a mirror so that you don’t fail to brush any surface. Brush in vertical, horizontal motions and in small circles by placing your brush at 45-degrees to the teeth.

Brush the gums and clean your tongue as well for fresh breath. You may use floss to clean in between the teeth, where the chance for the formation of cavities is too high.

Are you brushing too hard?

It doesn’t need a lot of effort to remove the plaques away. Brushing too hard can break the enamel coating on your teeth over a period. Sideways hard brushing can cause abfraction lesions or notches near the gum line. Brushing aggressively is more traumatic for sensitive teeth as it can cause irritation.

Few other things to be observed

Dry your brush properly to prevent bacterial growth. Do not allow touching of two or more brushes. Keep your brush in a tidy place, away from toilet or sink.

Your overall health is one way related to your healthy teeth. Unless you have healthy teeth, you cannot eat healthy food. Taking proper care and brushing teeth properly can reduce your visits to a dentist and ensure them in a perfect condition for your lifetime. So try to gradually change your brushing habits before you have any dental problems or before they get worse!

Comprehensive Health Check for Women

 

Manipal Hospitals has a special significance in the overall healthcare industry of India and particularly in South India. A social seed sown more than five decades ago is today the country’s third largest healthcare group with a network of 15 hospitals and three primary clinics providing comprehensive care that is both curative and preventive in nature for a wide variety of patients not just from India but also from across the globe.

 

The focus at Manipal Hospitals is to develop an affordable tertiary care multispecialty healthcare framework through its entire delivery spectrum and further extend it to homecare.

 

One of the most preferred and recognized healthcare facilities by pharmaceutical companies for drug trials, the group’s flagship hospital in Bangalore is NABH accredited and ranked amongst the Top 10 multispecialty hospitals in India.

 

The ethos of Manipal Hospitals is its belief in the credo of its triad of core values namely “Clinical Excellence, Patient Centricity and Ethical Practices” which have led to it becoming one of the best and most trusted healthcare providers in the country today.

 

Our Clinical Excellence is rooted in our excellent team of doctors/medical specialists who are well versed with the latest advancements in their respective field of medical expertise This is further complemented by our teams of highly trained nurses and paramedical people.

 

Patient Centricity is a key tenet that we follow and which has won the goodwill and trust of our patients over the years. A total ‘patient first’ approach at all times in the outpatients department—working at late hours of the day and even on holidays—are but a few examples amongst many other such patient friendly practices that has resulted in us being one of the most preferred hospitals wherever we are present across India and also to the development of a strong bond based on faith and trust with our patients.

 

Besides this, our unwavering and unflinching belief in Ethical Practices along with our social initiatives through the Manipal Foundation and other associated NGOs has enabled us to extend the quality and  affordable healthcare to the lesser privileged sections of our society.

 

At Manipal Hospitals, we are at the leading edge of technological advancements in the medical world. This, along with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, the finest minds in the country and a genuine desire for providing the best healthcare drives us to deliver path-breaking care for our patients on a day-to-day basis. From the smallest to the most complex medical problems, we pride ourselves in the way we deliver healthcare.

 

With its flagship quaternary care facility located in the heart of Bangalore city, five tertiary care, nine secondary care and three primary care clinics across five states, today Manipal Hospitals successfully operates and manages 4,900 beds and caters to around 2 million customers from Indian and overseas every year.

 

Manipal Hospitals Preventive Healthcare:

When it comes to health, the age old saying always holds true – “Prevention is better than cure”. The costs and emotional stress involved in recuperating a sick person is infinitely more tiresome than taking adequate measures to take precautionary measures to ensure good health. It can be as simple as keeping your environment clean, to having a precautionary checkup once a year. Nowadays, hospitals are offering all kinds of preventive (precautionary) services to people.

 

Manipal Hospitals’ continual endeavor to deliver exceptional services to people has enabled them to create an e-Commerce platform called Gift Health. Here people can not only book a preventive checkup but also gift it to their loved ones. In your busy schedules, amidst the worries of the world, you might not have the enough time to take effective care of our self. However, Manipal Hospitals values your time and enables you to pre-book preventive health checkups as per your convenience. Be it a full body checkup or something specific, the Manipal Gift health package website has covered every aspect of your health requirement. Therefore, seize the opportunity to fight sickness ahead of time.

 

Manipal Hospitals has introduced tailor-made packages to address the different health needs of individuals. This, along with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, the finest minds in the country and a genuine desire for providing the best healthcare drives us to deliver path-breaking care for our patients on a day-to-day basis. From the smallest to the most complex medical problems, we pride ourselves in the way we deliver healthcare.