How To Have A Healthy Heart?

In the modern day world heart problems have become increasingly common. The main factors for heart disease includes high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and overweight, physical inactivity and gender. The contributing factors include stress, sex hormones, birth control pills and alcohol.

Having seen the causes let’s see the ways to have a healthy heart. It will be good if you exercise at least 30 minutes for about five days in a week. You should eat a heart healthy diet by including whole grains, low fat dairy, fish, vegetables and fruits. Avoid foods such as red meat, deep fried foods, bakery products, packaged snack foods, margarines and crackers.

At all costs avoid foods that contain saturated fats and Trans fats. Your heart will jump for joy if you stop smoking or using tobacco. Get screened regularly for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. For your general wellbeing reduce salt intake in your diet.

For those of you who are praying for a miracle there is hope. Scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have zeroed in on a process, whereby the damaged heart muscle can be re-grown with the help of the patient’s own heart cells.

In this process patient’s own heart tissue is used to grow specialized heart stem cells. They are then injected back into the patient’s heart to help repair and re-grow the heart muscle which has been damaged by heart attack. 

Take care,
Swarnam

Why Should You Eat Fish?

Do you eat fish? If not then you better start to include it in your diet. Fish has a host of health benefits. It is rich in proteins, low in fats and also contains omega 3 fatty acids. Fish are excellent sources of vitamin B and D.
 The omega 3 fatty acids present in fish helps in proper functioning of the immune system. The DHA present in omega 3 fatty acids increase good cholesterol and prevents heart attacks. The DHA is essential for the brain development of the fetus and increases cognitive development of kids.
Fish reduces PMS, memory loss, colon cancer and stroke. It helps to reduce wrinkles and protects the skin from the damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Fish is good for people suffering from psoriasis. It reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease.
Folks, there are more advantages of eating fish. It is good for the eyes the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish protects retinal cells against various degenerative diseases. Some fish may contain mercury contamination it will be wise if you know which fish to eat. Please click on the following link to find more about it. http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/oehas/fish/fishchart.htm
Take care,
Swarnam

How About Black Chocolate For This Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and people all over the planet is busy making preparations for the great day. Chocolates and Valentine’s Day always go hand in hand. Chocolates have become a part and parcel of Valentine’s Day.

Being a health blogger I find it my topmost duty to advise the world what is good for its health.  If you are planning something special for your sweetheart let your first choice be dark chocolate. It contains calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper. Dark chocolate also contains vitamins A, B1, C, D and E.

Copper is essential for iron absorption and critical for heart health. The magnesium present in dark chocolate reduces type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Dark chocolate can be said as the powerhouse of antioxidants. 

Black chocolate also known as dark chocolate reduces blood clots and guards the DNA from damage that leads to cancer because of the flavonoids present in it. Black chocolate contains oleic butter which increases good cholesterol levels in the blood.

Black chocolate reduces stress and boosts the happiness hormone in our brain. It reduces artery hardening in smokers and is good for stroke victims and cirrhotic patients. It increases cognitive skills. Black chocolate helps to control immune system.

Do you know why chocolate is so important on Valentine’s Day? It releases phenyl ethyl amine a feel good chemical called endorphins in brain. It is usually released in the brain when people fall in love. To celebrate a healthy Valentine’s Day buy a box of black chocolate and enjoy it with your loved ones. 

Take care,
Swarnam

Why Is Water So Precious?

Water covers a vast part of the earth’s surface and it is essential for all known forms of life. There are many health benefits of drinking water. The amount of water required by a person may vary depending on the level of activity, temperature, humidity and other factors.

Water makes up to 60% of the body’s weight. It flushes toxins out of the vital organs and carries nutrients to the cells. Men roughly need about 13 glasses of water every day and women nine glasses of water every day.

Water helps to moisturize your skin keeping it young and healthy. It aids in digestion, prevents dehydration and maintains the Ph balance of the body. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep the kidney and heart in good condition. Along with a high fiber diet water prevents constipation.

But drinking clear unpolluted water is a distant dream for many people in the developing countries. Water is a nature’s gift to humanity it is sad people around the world does not have access to clean drinking water. Do your part to save water on this precious planet.

Take care,
Swarnam

What Does Your Facebook Updates Say About You?

Your facebook updates can sum up how you value yourself. In a recent study which is yet to be published in Psychological Science, researchers found people with low self esteem updated negative tidbits about their life and this made them less likable among their peers.

People with high self esteem were more positive and were liked mostly by all. In a direct conversation you get the instant feed back of the listener when you talk negatively. But in a social platform such as facebook everyone tends to keep their feelings about the negative updates to themselves, the study found.

So what is self esteem? A person’s overall estimation of his or her own self worth and so how would you raise your self worth?

Take proper care of yourself, identify the triggers to low self esteem and curb them down, think positive about yourself, be assertive and cultivate hobbies. You should sleep properly, exercise, eat good diet, practice meditation, stop comparing yourself with others, accept compliments and surround yourself with positive people. 

Take care,
Swarnam

How To Deal With Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression or depression after the delivery is a clinical condition that affects many women and even some men. The person may experience sad, anxious and empty feelings which hinder day to day activities.

The symptoms of postpartum depression includes feeling restless, sad, a tendency to cry a lot, no motivation, increased or reduced eating habits. The person either sleeps a lot or sleeps very little and loses interest in the things they once enjoyed.

New mothers suffering from postpartum depression may feel like hurting the baby, hurting themselves and does not have any interest in the newborn. The condition may be due to hormonal changes, childcare stress and marital problems it is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason.

So how would you cope with postpartum depression?
It is wise to share your feelings with friends, partner and family. Tell your doctor how you feel it is nothing wrong about the way you feel. People will be more than ready to help you out if you seek help.

Rest properly, the first advise I would give is that sleep while the baby is asleep and do the entire house work later. Switch off the ringer and even the calling bell because some kind and curious soul will want to visit you and your baby when every nerve of yours yells for rest. Remember I am talking from experience being a mother of two kids.

Do not be too hard on yourself, slow down, spend time with your partner, venture out and join a support group. The good news is that it is a passing phase depression can be treated through talk therapy and medication. If you are breast feeding, talk to your doctor about it.

Remember everything will be fine and soon you will enjoy the lovely days with your bundle of joy. 

Take care,
Swarnam

Scaffold Of Heart Tissue From Tasar Silk Worm

Scientists are nearing the process of replacing the damaged heart muscle tissue with that of a material made from tasar silk worm. The experiment is successful in mice but a little more research is needed in the human arena.

It is not possible to regenerate the human heart muscle and a scar tissue takes the place of damaged muscle cells. Scientists have found a replacement tissue which can be grown in the laboratory setting. The best thing is that the replacement tissue is produced from silk made by tasar worms.

Researchers from the Max Plank Institute of Heart and Lung research have produced coin sized discs from the cocoon of the tasar silk worm. They have loaded the cardiac muscle cells on to the three dimensional scaffold which was created from silk. To be clearer a scaffold is a network of proteins that hold together and supports a variety of living tissues.

 The fiber produced by these worms has proteins on its surface which easily ease the sticking of heart muscle cells. The silk fibers are coarser and the muscle cells thrive and forms a three dimensional tissue structure.

To test it on humans the researchers have to use human stem cells to avoid any immune reaction. But the conversion of stem cells to heart muscle cells need more research.

Take care,
Swarnam