It is a universal fact that a wholesome diet is mandatory for a healthy body. Lack of nutrition can lead to various diseases. The whole dietary pattern can be defined as the quantity, frequency, variety and combination of different foods and drinks that need to be consumed. Deficiency of any nutrients may cause physical, mental, and behavioural effects, says an expert.
Aseem Sood, Managing Director, Proveda India, shares insights on the dietary pattern and its behavioural impact.
If you find your child being tired and often irritated, then it is important to know the cause of it. These kids are also disruptive, have a short attention span and lack interest in their surroundings. Such behavioural changes are cause due to a lack of iron in the body. Iron deficiency can cause Anaemia. It is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body's tissues. Iron deficiency is commonly seen in preschool children and if they are not given iron-rich foods then they are easily prone to this deficiency.
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Vitamin A Deficiency
We often hear parents complaining about their kids being very aggressive and have rule-breaking behaviour. These kids show anxiety disorders in adolescence. Forgetfulness and low energy level show the deficiency of Vitamin A which is a very crucial group of nutrients. It is also required for a healthy reproductive system in men and women. Green and orange vegetables are a great source of Vitamin A nutrients. For newborn babies, breast milk is considered the best source of vitamin A.
In many cases, we have seen that children with mental disabilities, impaired intellectual development or impaired growth are victims of low iodine. Almost a third of the world's population is shaken by Iodine deficiency. Thyroid hormones are a part of various physical growth like brain development, strong bones and regulating the metabolic rate in the body. The most widespread symptom of iodine deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland. This may also cause an increase in heart rate, breathing problem, and weight gain.
If a person, irrespective of age groups, experiences weakness throughout, lack of energy and an overall feeling of sluggishness. Fatigue due to calcium deficiency can also lead to light headedness and dizziness which is also characterized by a lack of focus, forgetfulness, and confusion. Moreover, calcium works as a communicating particle. Without this, your heart, muscles, and nerves would not be able to function. Dairy products and dark green vegetables are a good source of calcium.
A deficit of Magnesium can be seen through some symptoms like hyperactivity where the kid is fidgeting with hand or feet or is squirms in the seat. They become impulsive and don't have control over their anger or movements. Their lack of attention, careless mistakes, loss of interest in a certain task where mental effort is required are all signs of low magnesium. The deficiency of magnesium can also lead to several conditions like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease. In a long-term symptom, one may not notice insulin resistance and high blood pressure.
Improving diet intake is not easily achieved. Healthy eating patterns are all about regular consumption of a variety of foods from key food groups which includes cereal and cereal products, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products. Every so often, consuming foods contributing an equal quantity of nutrients to our health quotient is not possible and hence Immunity boosters are supplemented in our meal to fill in the required minerals. Considering the present scenario, Proveda India launched a segment of immunity boosters and drinks that are a unique combination of science and nature.
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Chennai, May 29 (IANS) Amending the productivity linked incentive scheme (PLI) to favour manufacturing of Covid-19 related items, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AIMED) has demanded stockpiling of 47 critical Covid related devices to meet the third wave of the pandemic."With 60 per cent higher cases predicted during the third wave of the Covid-19, it is important not only for tying up oxygen supplies but for all Covid critical medical supplies," Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AIMED, told IANS.The AIMED has also written to the central government listing out the 47 critical items that may be needed when the third wave hits the nation, and also on other issues.According to him, there is an urgent need to create a stockpile of 25-30 per cent of annual national demand and warehouse it in the four geographical zones.The stockpile should be used on yearly basis in National consumption needs by central and state public healthcare procurement and replenished annually, Nath who is also the Managing Director of Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices said.As regards the PLI scheme, Nath said it is needed for war time preparation to include 'Dal and Roti' or basic items and include the MSME sector and not for production of MRI or prestigious fancy medical technologies of large corporations."Wars are won by supply chain management," Nath added.Opposing the custom duty exemption sought by various other industry lobby bodies, AIMED has sought a policy of predictable tariff correction so that components can be made here rather than imported.AIMED is also opposed to exemption from Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying it would make the Made in India medical devices lose competitiveness as their prices will go up.On the other hand, the lobby body demands reduction in GST from 18 per cent to 12 per cent for 40 medical devices.--IANSvj/skp/
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The GST Council will meet for the first time this year on May 28, through video conferencing.The meeting coming in the backdrop of fresh and a more deadly Covid wave sweeping the country, is expected to announce a few Covid relief measures particularly in relation to duty relief on essential Coronavirus supplies and other compliance matters.It may also announce few measures to correct the inverted duty while discuss the compensation cess dues arising in 2021-22 due to a possible shortfall in cess collections.Two other important items including lowering of GST rates for two wheelers and bringing natural gas into the indirect tax fold may also be included in the agenda for discussion.Sources said certain states like Punjab have sought GST duty cut on essential medical supplies meant for Covid treatment. The council may accordingly discuss some of the measures like reducing GST or exempting from duty Coronavirus related items like hand sanitisers, face masks, gloves, PPE Kits, temperature scanners, oximeters, certain Covid medicines and ventilators among others.Goods and Services Tax (GST) on gloves, mask and other key COVID-19 medical supplies generally falls under the 12% and the 18% GST slabs. However the lowest rate of 5% is applicable to GST on PPE. While ambulance services is exempt from GST, procurement of ambulance vehicle attracts 28 per cent GST.It is worth noting that the Centre has already exempted from customs duty and IGST, medical grade oxygen, PPE kits, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cannisters, filling systems, storage tanks, ventilators, compressors, along with other similar items. The duty exemption is expected to boost availability of these items as well as make them cheaper.Now the ball is in GST Council's court to decide if such medical items is being procured and supplied locally, whether the GST exemption or cuts should also be extended accordingly.The GST Council has not met since October last year when the panel of finance ministers discussed GST compensation and the borrowing formula offered by the Centre towards compensating states for GST shortfall.The 43rd meeting of the council is expected to again discuss the compensation issue for current year but sources said it may also take few steps to correct inverted duty structure without pursuing any increase in GST rates or move towards converging GST to three rate structure.Sources also said that the council may at the next meeting also take up two other important items including lowering of GST rates for two wheelers and bringing natural gas into the indirect tax fold.A top source in the finance ministry said that inverted duty correction, GST cut on two wheelers and inclusion of natural gas into GST fold are on the agenda and hopefully the council will offer some solution that is in the best interest of all stakeholders.Correction of inverted duty structure, especially in sectors such as fertilizer, steel utensils, solar modules, tractors, tyres, electrical transformers, pharma, textile, fabric, railway locomotives among other goods is required.Inverted duty refers to tax rates on inputs being higher than those levied on finished products. This results in higher input credit claims by goods besides several administrative and compliance issues.Currently, while duty on imported tyre is 10 per cent its inputs ie rubber attracts 20 per cent duty. Similarly, solar modules do not attract any duty while its components attract 5-10 per cent duty.Similarly, the council may also consider lowering of GST rate of 28 per cent on two wheelers to give a boost to its sales affected during the pandemic.The Council has in principle agreed to include five petroleum products under GST but has so far deferred its actual inclusion into the indirect as states fear big loss of revenue. But now, the government is considering bringing natural gas under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime to begin with as it would be difficult to bring the entire oil and gas sector immediately under it. --IANS sn/ash Get Outlook for iOS
Hyderabad, May 23 (IANS) Telangana police chief M. Mahender Reddy on Sunday assured that food delivery and e-commerce services will be allowed uninterrupted during the ongoing lockdown.His assurance came after police in Greater Hyderabad beat up several delivery boys and seized their vehicles on Saturday while strictly enforcing the lockdown.The Director General of Police (DGP) tweeted that he had a review meeting with commissioners of police of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda regarding the several requests flagged with disruption of essential services including food deliveries etc, e-commerce, while tightening of the lockdown.The police chief said he directed the commissioners to ensure a seamless supply while executing strict lockdown.Though food delivery and e-commerce are exempted from lockdown norms, the police on Saturday stopped the delivery boys and at several places their vehicles were seized and they were beaten up.Videos of police personnel raining lathis on delivery boys went viral on social media, triggering public outrage.Karam Komireddy, a lawyer, lodged a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission against the police for beating up, fining and seizing vehicles of delivery boys of Zomato, UberEATS, Swiggy and Dunzo. When Government Order (GO) permits delivery boys to operate business why is Telangana police resorting to use of unwarranted force, he asked.Police did not even spare Thalassemia patients and donors. In one case, a Thalassemia patient's father was fined Rs 1,250 for bringing his ailing daughter and donor for treatment.Several patients going for blood transfusion and donors were stopped by police and their vehicles were seized, though they showed Thalassemia Society certificates.Industry and information technology minister K.T. Rama Rao said he received several complaints on the police stopping the food delivery services and others in distress. He promised to discuss with the DGP and resolve the issue.Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi thanked Rama Rao for his assurance and urged him to direct the police to implement GO 102.Owaisi demanded that Thalassemia patients and donors must not be stopped by police.The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader hoped that the lockdown would not be extended beyond May 30.Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had on Friday directed the police to strictly enforce the lockdown.--IANSms/skp/
Chandigarh, May 3 (IANS) With a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration on Monday decided to shut all shops selling non-essential items for a week from 5 p.m. on Tuesday till May 11 early morning.The night curfew will continue daily from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. with a total weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday.There will be no restriction on interstate movement, but random testing will be done of those who enter the city without negative Covid report or the vaccine certificate.Also, movement of vehicles will be allowed during daytime.At a war room meeting chaired by UT Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore here, it was decided that Chandigarh being the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, the total sealing of its borders will not be possible.It was also felt that a total lockdown for long period will adversely affect the economy and may also lead to migration of labourers from the city, thereby causing massive disruption. Hence, a considered decision was taken to have limited restrictive measures, an official statement said.It was decided that all government offices and banks will work with 50 per cent capacity. As far as possible, all private offices will ensure that their staff work from home. So was the public transport that will run with 50 per cent capacity.The ban on cinema halls, gyms, spas, bars, swimming pools and coaching centres will continue. The sports complexes will remain closed, but special permission can be given by the Secretary, Sports, to athletes preparing for the Olympics, etc.Restaurants, including hotels, cafe, coffee shops and eating places will operate only for take-away food. Home delivery can be done up to 9 p.m.The ban on all social, cultural, sports and political gatherings will continue.Visitors to government offices may be required to produce vaccination certificates or negative Covid reports.Crowded places like the famed Sukhna Lake, museums, libraries and the Rock Garden will be closed for the public. While school and colleges are closed, the teaching staff will be required to come as per instructions of the Education Department.--IANSvg/vd
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) To ease the availability of key medical equipment and medicines, domestic airlines have increased their cargo hauling operations to ferry essential items.SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of SpiceJet, airlifted 1,100 oxygen concentrators from Singapore to Bengaluru in multiple consignments.The medical device is used to provide oxygen to ease difficulty in breathing as it extracts concentrated quantities of oxygen from ambient air.SpiceXpress had on April 24 airlifted 800 oxygen concentrators followed by another consignment of 1,000 oxygen concentrators on April 28 from Hong Kong to Delhi.These oxygen concentrators had been ordered by SpiceHealth for emergency use and distribution across India.SpiceXpress had used its A340 wide-body cargo plane to airlift the 600 oxygen concentrators from the US while its B737 freighter aircraft is airlifting the concentrators from Singapore.Besides, IndiGo's cargo team on Friday flew in oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong to Delhi via Kolkata, to help ease the current situation in the city.On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that first consignment of oxygen concentrators have arrived from Germany on an Air India flight."Every stakeholder of India's civil aviation sector is making a meaningful contribution in our unrelenting fight against COVID," he tweeted.India is reporting new record daily increases in coronavirus infections, prompting new lockdowns and restrictive measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.The exponential rise has lifted the demand for these medical equipments which are used to provide oxygen to Covid-19 patients especially as the country faces a supply crunch in the availability of medical oxygen.--IANSrv/vd