Have you ever had a tough time deciding between whether to take a cold shower and a hot shower? Well, you're not alone. A hot shower is just so relaxing and hard to resist after a long day. In the hot and humid climate of India, many may say that a cold shower relieves fatigue and gives a feeling of freshness. But nothing can beat those few minutes under a hot shower that relaxes your muscles, soothes your sensations, and triggers a sound and peaceful sleep.
Did you know that apart from relaxation, a hot shower has several other benefits too? And that's exactly what Vikram Raman, Marketing Head, of Ariston Group India Pvt. Ltd tells IANSlife about the benefits of a hot shower.
Improves Blood Circulation
Similar to working out, a hot shower increases blood flow to the cells and tissues by widening the blood vessels. It stimulates your body's thermoregulation, helping blood to circulate from the core to the hands and feet. As a result, the body radiates heat and becomes calm and relaxed. Your blood pressure lowers due to wider veins, and you feel better. Moreover, the heat from the water can help increase blood flow, which in turn can help soothe sore or tight muscles. For an even more relaxing experience, incorporate some aromatherapy into your shower routine with essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus to promote relaxation and alleviate stress.
Scientists believe that showering with hot water 90 minutes before bedtime cools the inner body and warms the skin. A hot shower de-stresses the body, improves blood circulation in the brain, and aids in natural thermoregulation. However, the ideal water temperature should be between 104 to 108? or 40 to 42? which an intelligent electric geyser can easily optimize.
Offers a Healthier Skin
Warm showers have several benefits for the skin, particularly if you struggle with dryness or irritation. The warmth of the water can soften and hydrate your skin, making it more receptive to lotions or moisturizers that you might apply afterward. Additionally, warm water can help to soothe any inflammation or redness, making it a great option for those suffering from conditions like eczema or rosacea. However, avoid making the water too hot, as this can strip the skin of natural oils and lead to dryness, itching, and premature aging. As with any aspect of your skincare routine, it is important to listen to your body and adjust your shower temperature accordingly.
Lowers Blood Sugar
Research suggests that regular heat exposure through a hot bath, sauna, or hot spa water immersion can reduce the likelihood of type 2 diabetes. Since hot water pumps up your blood circulation, more glucose pushes into your muscles and tissues, lowering your blood glucose levels. A 2019 study also revealed that chronic hot water immersion (HWI) reduces fasting blood glucose concentration.
Relieves Cold or Fever
As the seasons change, colds and flu are common. A hot shower has an instant therapeutic effect on a heavy head and congested nose. Hot water relaxes the constricted blood vessels near our brain, alleviating pressure and headache. The steam also loosens up the phlegm, clearing your nose and throat of congestion. Bathing in lukewarm water also radiates body heat and lowers fever, so you feel better
"So, a hot shower provides more health benefits than a cold bath when it comes to dealing with stress and fatigue. Choose an innovative water heater that can regulate your water temperature, maintain an optimum level, reduce energy consumption, and save the planet with renewability and efficiency," concludes Vikram Raman.
Read More►Women Above 30 Must Consider These Health Tests
We have all heard that "age doesn't matter if your heart is full of life," while it may be true in some sense, one needs to be attentive to their age and address the complexities it brings into life. As women move to their 30s, the body instantly starts experiencing the turbulence of hormonal changes. They become more susceptible to a multitude of diseases waiting at this stretch of the age group.
In order to stay healthy and avoid the varied form of diseases, women above 30 years of age must undergo the following tests:
Heart Screening Through Blood Tests: Your heart can skip a beat and you might not even get to know it. Many times women tend to experience racing heartbeats, chronic fatigue, and high levels of anxiety but ignore all the symptoms of cardiovascular problems very easily. Most of the time they assume that a heavy workload is causing this trouble. Little do they know that these can be the warning signs about their heart condition.
What to do then? Simple. Start with the basics. Book your blood tests either via online diagnostic platforms or simply from the one near you. These tests must include a hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) test along with blood pressure, cholesterol tests, blood glucose tests, and BMI measurements to check obesity. The hs-CRP tests indicate the risk of heart attack by measuring C-reactive protein which is a marker of inflammation or infection associated with heart issues.
Regular Diabetes Screening: Diabetes is a major concern for populations worldwide. Since diabetes can cause major health complications among women such as kidney issues, cardiovascular problems, and other diseases, it is important that women above 30 keep a thorough and regular check on their blood glucose levels.
Diabetes can be screened through a variety of tests such as fasting plasma glucose test (FPG), HA1C test (determine average blood glucose), random plasma glucose test, and oral glucose tolerance test. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, then it can impact your present as well as the future relationship with diabetes. Women above 30 with a family history of diabetes must ensure diabetes screening at regular intervals of time.
Thyroid Function Test: Regular thyroid testing is very essential for women above 30 as with age, the risk of developing thyroid disorders increases. Doing the thyroid function test can help women take control of their health and ensure they receive the care they need to maintain optimal thyroid function. Many bodily functions including temperature regulation, metabolism, and energy production are regulated by hormones produced by the thyroid gland. And, when the thyroid gland stops functioning normally, a wide range of symptoms can start occurring in the body including sudden weight gain or loss, mood swings, fatigue, and many more.
To counteract this, women above the age of 30 must get their thyroid levels checked on a regular basis. A simple thyroid profile test through blood samples can measure the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood and determine whether the thyroid gland is functioning normally. If the levels are abnormal, further testing and treatment may be needed to help manage the thyroid disorder and improve overall health and well-being. It's also important to note that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should also have their thyroid levels checked, as thyroid disorders can affect both the mother and the developing fetus.
Check your Breasts via Mammography: As you reach your 30s don't shy away from knowing your breasts in and out. Having an in-depth evaluation of your breasts via mammography tests can ease your life. Doing so will not only minimize the chances of complexities ahead but also will uncover your 'might-have fear. Mammography is one of the most crucial aspects that women above 30 should highly consider. This test comprises screening of your breasts through an X-ray image to investigate symptoms or unusual findings like lumps in them.
It is an important tool to rule out whether a woman suffers from breast cancer or not. In India, clinical examination is suggested to women of age 30-40 years every 6 months by an oncologist as per the general guidelines followed in the country. For women of age between 41-55 years, clinicians advise annual mammography tests along with examinations by the oncologist. And women who have crossed the age of 55 are suggested to go for a mammogram once in 2 years. Present times are very vulnerable for women to develop breast cancer. However, critical issues can be avoided with attentive and preventive measures.
Cervical Cancer Evaluation via Pap Smear Test: As the incidence of cervical cancer in women is increasing rapidly, it has become all the more important for women above 30 to take significant measures about it. One of the vital tools that helps in evaluating cervical cancer in women is a Pap smear test, which detects abnormal cells in the cervix before they turn cancerous. The rule of thumb says that women above 30 should undergo a Pap smear test minimum of once every 3 years. However, it may vary from individual to individual basis their risk factors.
The bottom line is that women shouldn't neglect the warning signs and adopt more preventive care in their lifestyle. With continuous monitoring and evaluation by specialized doctors, many critical illnesses can be detected early, treated, and even prevented. Nowadays, it is very simple to book any type of diagnostic test. All you need is a mobile phone and all the quality healthcare services are available right at your fingertips. One credible diagnostic service-providing App on your phone is enough to keep your health in check. Remember women, age can actually be just a number if you are taking up routine essential tests. (Dr. Jasmin Rath, Obstetrician, and Gynaecologist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad & Apollo 24/7)
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संसद में हंगामे से दुखी उपराष्ट्रपति एवं राज्य सभा सभापति जगदीप धनखड़ ने शनिवार को आयुर्वेदाचार्यो से एक ऐसी औषधि बनाने की अपील कर डाली जिससे संसद की गरिमा ठीक रहे।
उत्तर प्रदेश के मेरठ में आयोजित प्रादेशिक आयुर्वेदिक सम्मेलन में बोलते हुए धनखड़ ने कहा कि, हमारी संविधान सभा ने 3 वर्षों तक अनेक जटिल और विभाजनकारी मुद्दों पर बहस की, उन्हें सुलझाया। लेकिन 3 वर्ष के लंबे समय में, कोई व्यवधान नहीं हुआ, कोई वेल में नहीं आया, कोई प्लेकार्ड नहीं दिखाये गए। हमारा आचरण आज उसके विपरीत है। हम लोकतंत्र के मंदिरों का इस तरह अनादर होते हुए नहीं देख सकते।
उन्होंने कहा कि हम न केवल सबसे बड़े प्रजातंत्र हैं बल्कि हम लोकतंत्र की जननी भी हैं। संसद की गरिमा को बनाए रखने की वकालत करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि, आज आचार्य बालकृष्ण यहां उपस्थित हैं, प्रसिद्ध आयुवेर्दाचार्य मौजूद हैं। राज्य सभा का सभापति होने के नाते मैं कुछ कहना चाहता हूं - कि आप कोई ऐसी औषधि बनाएं ताकि संसद की गरिमा ठीक रहे।
यह भी पढ़े►आयुष मंत्रालय और ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय के बीच समझौता
आयुष मंत्रालय और ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय ने गुरुवार को ग्रामीण युवाओं को आर्थिक रूप से स्वतंत्र और विश्व स्तर पर प्रासंगिक कार्यबल में बदलने के लिए एक समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्ताक्षर किए। परिवहन भवन में आयुष मंत्रालय के सलाहकार मनोज नेसारी और ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय के संयुक्त सचिव कर्मा जिम्पा भूटिया ने केंद्रीय आयुष मंत्री सर्बानंद सोनोवाल और केंद्रीय पंचायत मंत्री गिरिराज सिंह की उपस्थिति में समझौता ज्ञापन पर हस्ताक्षर किए।
आयुष राज्यमंत्री, मुंजापारा महेंद्रभाई कालूभाई, सचिव आयुष, राजेश कोटेचा, प्रमोद कुमार पाठक, आयुष मंत्रालय के विशेष सचिव और शैलेश कुमार सिंह, ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय के सचिव, प्रोफेसर (डॉ.) तनुजा मनोज नेसारी, आयुष उप के अध्यक्ष इस अवसर पर सेक्टर स्किल काउंसिल और निदेशक, अखिल भारतीय आयुर्वेद संस्थान भी उपस्थित थे।
सर्बानंद सोनोवाल ने ग्रामीण विकास मंत्री गिरिराज सिंह का स्वागत किया और कहा कि दोनों मंत्रालय स्वरोजगार की भावना को बढ़ावा देने में सहयोग करेंगे।
सिंह ने अपने भाषण में आयुष क्षेत्र में देखी गई वृद्धि के लिए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी और आयुष मंत्रालय की प्रशंसा की, जो 2014 में 3 अरब डॉलर से बढ़कर वर्ष 2022 में 19 अरब डॉलर हो गया।
मंत्री ने स्केलिंग और अवसर देने के लिए पीएम मोदी को भी धन्यवाद दिया।
डीडीयू-जीकेवाई (दीन दयाल उपाध्याय-ग्रामीण कौशल योजना) के बारे में बात करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि वह महिलाओं के स्वयं सहायता समूहों को सशक्त बनाएंगे और आयुष मंत्रालय के सहयोग से स्वरोजगार और कौशल विकास में वृद्धि हासिल करने में मदद मिलेगी।
इस अवसर पर बोलते हुए अखिल भारतीय आयुर्वेद संस्थान की निदेशक प्रो. (डॉ.) तनुजा मनोज नेसारी ने कहा कि दोनों मंत्रालयों के बीच सहयोग आयुर्वेद से संबंधित कौशल और सेवा क्षेत्र को बढ़ाने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाएगा।
ग्रामीण गरीब युवाओं को प्रायोगिक आधार पर निम्नलिखित पाठ्यक्रमों में आयुष मंत्रालय के सहयोग से प्रशिक्षण प्रदान किया जाएगा :
पंचकर्म तकनीशियन, पंचकर्म सहायक, आयुर्वेदिक मालिशिया, क्षार कर्म तकनीशियन, कपिंग थेरेपी सहायक और कौशल विकास के इतिहास में मील का पत्थर बनना।
इस सहयोग का उद्देश्य आयुष हेल्थकेयर सिस्टम और आयुष प्रबंधन क्षेत्रों के लिए कुशल कर्मियों को विकसित करने में मदद करना है, प्रशिक्षण को वैश्विक मानकों के अनुरूप बनाया जाएगा, ऐसे क्षेत्रों में राष्ट्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर कुशल मानव संसाधनों के विकास की मांगों को पूरा करने में सक्षम बनाने के लिए।
दोनों मंत्रालयों के बीच सहयोग ग्रामीण गरीब युवाओं को डीडीयू-जीकेवाई योजना के तहत राष्ट्रीय योग्यता रजिस्टर पर उपलब्ध राष्ट्रीय कौशल योग्यता रूपरेखा संरेखित पाठ्यक्रमों में प्रशिक्षण प्रदान करने में मदद करेगा।
दीन दयाल उपाध्याय-ग्रामीण कौशल्य योजना (डीडीयू-जीकेवाई) के माध्यम से ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय का मिशन ग्रामीण युवाओं को कौशल प्रदान करने के लिए आयुष मंत्रालय के साथ गठबंधन करेगा और ग्रामीण युवाओं को सशक्त बनाने के लिए अवसरों के क्षितिज में नए द्वार खोलेगा।
यह भी पढ़े►आयुर्वेद की परिभाषा, महत्व और इतिहास : Definition, Importance and History of Ayurveda
By making changes in lifestyle, kidney diseases cannot only be prevented but also controlled in their early stages, said experts.
Himanshu Verma, Head of the Department of Nephrology at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, said in his presentation that the process from kidney disease to kidney failure happens in five stages.
"But it is possible to completely overcome the disease in the first and second stages. For this, first of all, it is necessary to have awareness among the patients so that the disease can be identified in the initial stage itself."
According to him, keeping the body mass index (BMI) between 20-25, walking 30 minutes a day and at least five days a week, changing lifestyle, and reducing the consumption of pain-relieving medicines, among other precautions, are effective in controlling the disease in the initial stage.
Patients with diabetes and high blood pressure would be at the highest risk of kidney disease. "This risk can be much higher for people over 60 years of age with any of these diseases."
The experts also talked about alternative treatment methods of ayurveda like Neeri KFT, a traditional ayurvedic polyherbal formulation that has been found to be effective in regulating functions of at least six genes variants causing kidney dysfunction.
In concluding remarks, Sanchit Sharma, Executive Director, of AIMIL Pharma, said the nine-day-long program experts discussed extensively how to avoid kidney diseases and how to manage them.
"This discussion shows that no standards can be fixed to prevent the disease but a dynamic approach needs to be adopted," he said.
Studies have warned that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in India is on the rise among those dealing with chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
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Uttar Pradesh will soon set up an All-India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) that would be a center of excellence for Ayurveda tertiary health care and promote education, research, and patient care.
Dr. PC Saxena, director, of Ayurveda, said, "A proposal for AIIA has been sent to the state government. Once approved, the process will start with the identification of land to establish the AIIA. This will be the first AIIA in Uttar Pradesh."
AIIA is similar to AIIMS or the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
An AIIA provides postgraduate/doctoral and post-doctoral teaching, research facilities, and quality patient care under the Ayurveda system of medicine.
Intramural and extramural research is also a significant area in an AIIA, apart from medicinal knowledge and linkages to the current healthcare system.
"We need around 15 acres of land to establish the AIIA. Once the state government approves the project and land is identified, the process of planning the infrastructure and facilities will begin," said Dr. Saxena.
The project is likely to come up in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Varanasi is a probable district. A final decision will be taken by the state government.
Dr. Abhishek Shukla, secretary general, of the Association of International Doctors, said, "One crucial area in AIIA is a national and international collaboration. As AIIA is an apex institute in Ayurveda and it can collaborate with other branches of medicine for research and patient care."
Uttar Pradesh presently has over 100 Ayurveda colleges, including 65 in the private sector and an AYUSH University in Gorakhpur. (IANS)
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