Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Karnataka decided to resume free distribution of milk powder - Ksheera Bhagya - temporarily to school children enrolled in all government schools across the state aimed at boosting their immunity levels.According to the circular issued by the government on Friday late night, this free distribution of milk scheme - Ksheera Bhagya - would be resumed temporarily. "Each school student from class 1 to 10 will receive a supply of free 500 gm milk powder for two months, June and July," the circular stated.The Karnataka government's decision to resume milk supply assumes significance in the backdrop of several child activists, NGOs, working with slums, health experts besides Leader of the Opposition, Siddaramaiah, who had launched this scheme in 2013, had been demanding to resume supply of milk to school children on multiple occasions and forums.Owing to logistical challenges and other issues, Karnataka had stopped supplying free milk to schools as schools had closed down physically due to outbreak of pandemic in March 2020.The circular stated that the scheme is targeted towards covering 56,64,873 children studying in Class 1 to Class 10 in around 51,000 government schools.The state government had already commenced its milk powder distribution to children aged below 6 years through its vast network of Anganwadis. Around 39 lakh children are enrolled in around 64,000 Anganwadis in the state.Just four days ago on July 15, Karnataka women and child welfare minister, Shashikala Jolle after reviewing the child nutrition programme had told reporters that there are around 4.47 lakh malnourished children in the state and among these 7,751 children are severely malnourished."Currently our focus is on streamlining and improving the tackling of malnourishment among these children as malnourishment programmes have been severely affected due to prolonged lockdowns and severe restrictions of transport movement. We are trying to address these issues case by case basis," she had said."Malnutrition is major issue for the children from the economically backward sections, hence, the government must take steps to resume free distribution of milk before third Covid wave hits the state," Siddaramaiah had said in a letter to the CM.--IANSnbh/skp/
Panaji, June 16 (IANS) The Goa government has tied up with the Art of Living foundation for conducting online training sessions to boost immunity and well-being and over-coming Covid-related challenges to "help perform duties with energy and valour".A circular issued by the state's General Administration Department said that the online classes will be conducted over three days."During these challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic where the overall physical, mental and social health of people is put to task, the Art of Living organisation is conducting online Covid Care programmes for 'well being and immunity' for government servants and staff in order to overcome these health challenges and help perform duties with energy and valor," the circular issued on Wednesday said."It is a specialised programme for immunity boost, improving lung capacity, mental health and reducing stress, anxiety through medication, breathing and yoga for non-Covid, Covid+ve Awith mild or moderate symptoms and post Covid persons," it said.--IANSmaya/vd
At the personal level, the fight against the Covid-19 virus begins with strong immunity. As the second wave turns out to be more alarming and devastating than the previous one, many are turning to strengthening their immune system using homegrown plants, 'kadhas', and a nutrient-rich and diverse diet.
The world is waking up again to the importance of a balanced diet, and according to Aseem Sood, Managing Director, Proveda India, it is necessary to follow a diet that includes foods rich in iron, protein and vitamins C, B12 and A.
While patients must strictly follow their doctor's advice, Sood believes that, "to combat this deadly disease is also to opt for the age-old ayurvedic immunity drinks and kitchen ingredients in Indian households that have the necessary nutrients to cure a lot of ailments like cold, flu and fever. Make sure that your immunity is in its prime and working at its full capacity to fight against allergens and pathogens attacking your body."
Here's what he suggests to help you boost your immunity and complete your diet, so your body builds up the strength to put up a fight against foreign pathogens.
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Giloy and tulsi: Studies have proved that Giloy possesses immune-o-simulator properties. It helps to flush out the toxins from the body. Giloy also contains Antipyretic (fever controlling) properties. Tulsi is known as the ''the queen of herbs''. Tulsi is said to prevent disease, promote general health, well-being and longevity and assist in dealing with the stresses of daily life. Combination of these two superb herbs gives you a healthy and long life. Giloy Tulsi Plus is a traditionally-known herb that boosts immunity level and balances all three 'doshas'.
Panch tulsi with ginger drops: It is one of the best examples of ayurveda's holistic lifestyle approach to health. Considered as a potent adaptogen, Panch tulsi and ginger have a unique combination of pharmacological actions that promote well-being and resilience. This combination increases anti-oxidant molecules such as glutathione and enhancing the activity of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase and catalase, which protect cellular organelles and membranes by mopping up damaging free radicals in the body.
Immune drops: Immune drops is a mixture of rama tulsi, kala tulsi, vishnu priya tulsi, sweet lemon tulsi, bisva tulsi, curcumin. It is an instant immunity booster, gives you good health, protects you from diseases and helps you to live a good healthy life.
Sood also suggests taking in dissolvable Vitamin C tablets in water as it is an antioxidant which strengthens body's immune response.
Finally, if one is advised, they can also take in multivitamin capsules. "Modern day food habits don't provide proper nutrition and that's why we need multivitamin supplements to re-vitalize the body and to keep you protected from the damage caused by harmful free radicals.''
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If you are someone prone to pigmentation, then you might know the struggle of getting rid of dark spots. Recurring and stubborn dark spots can take a toll on self-confidence, and get worse with time without proper treatment.
While many over-the-counter creams claim to fade away dark spots within a matter of days, there is no such magical potion to clear your skin instantly unless you eliminate the cause behind it. Pigmentation occurs due to an excess amount of melanin production in the skin cells, triggered by sun exposure, hormonal changes, poor diet, medical conditions, use of certain products, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or environmental conditions.
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Here are seven tips to easily treat dark spots on your body for a bright and clear complexion.
Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen
UV radiation coming from the sun induces the production of melanin, which results in tanning. However, sun exposure can also exaggerate post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, resulting in the darkening of the brown spots. Therefore, make sure to add sunscreen to your skincare routine 365 days a year to prevent intensifying pigmented marks. Also, physical protection is more effective than using sunscreen, so make sure to wear a hat, scarf, or even use an umbrella when you are outdoors. Try to limit spending hours in the sun for long hours to prevent exacerbating the skin issue.
Include Antioxidants in The Diet
Consume antioxidant-rich foods such as colored fruit, vegetables, berries, dark chocolate, etc. to even out your skin complexion. Antioxidants promote collagen production, repair acne marks faster, increase cell turnover, and lead to a brighter complexion.
Drink an Adequate Amount of Water
Dark spots are sometimes caused by a lack of hydration, so consuming an adequate amount of water can do wonders for your skin. Drinking water can provide a natural barrier for skin from pollutants and heal the skin faster, resulting in a flawless complexion.
Make sure to gently exfoliate your skin at least twice a week to diminish the appearance of dark spots. Choose alpha-hydroxy acids-based exfoliators that work to improve skin by removing top layers of the skin and remove dead cells to reveal healthy and glowing skin.
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Use Turmeric on Your Dark Spots
Packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits, turmeric has been shown to inhibit the skin's melanin production. Topical application of turmeric on dark spots can help to lighten hyperpigmentation and prevent the occurrence of acne.
Apply Night Cream
The skin repairs and rejuvenates while you take your beauty sleep. So, make sure to apply a night cream with a high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamin E, Kojic acid, Azelaic acid, Glycolic When your body has the right vitamins in the right quantities, the health of the skin cells improves rapidly and it radiates from within. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin E are some of the best vitamins for lightening dark spots. Generally, vitamin skin treatment starts showing results but to know the right vitamins as per your skin type, take advice from a certified dermatologist.
Develop Healthy Skincare Habits
Make sure to cleanse your skin twice a day to remove dirt and dead skin layer. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep so that your skin has ample time to heal. Quit bad habits like excessive drinking and smoking for glowing skin.
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Turmeric is known as the wonder spice because of its magical properties which benefit us in different ways. It is used as a medicinal herb from old times. Dry turmeric is rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), vitamin C also contains a good amount of calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, and potassium.
Recently science has started doing research with clinically proven studies, saying it contains compounds known as "curcuminoids" used as a medicinal spice to treat different associated diseases and illness.
Anil Khandelwal, Health and Wellness Expert, YOGIC SECRETS shares science-backed benefits of turmeric:
Turmeric has curcumin in it which is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps to fight against inflammation caused by any disease or illness.
Turmeric boosts the antioxidant capacity of the body as it neutralizes free radicals on its own but also stimulates your body's own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin in turmeric may improve cognitive function & also helps to protect brain functions by boosting the level of BDNF in the brain.
Turmeric is a wonderful magical spice for joint health as it helps to treat symptoms of joint related problems and reduce inflammation.
• To check gastric problems: helps to relieve gas formation in stomach and indigestion discomforts.
• Very powerful to treat Bronchitis: Take 1 tsp of turmeric powder with warm water 3 times a day it will make phlegm melt. To give protection against Cancer: Add 2 tsp of turmeric powder in a cup of water stir & take it regularly twice a day. It has active compounds (curcumol and curdione), which have strong cytotoxic effects against certain forms of cancer.
• To relieve pain and itching of skin: Mix turmeric powder with the lime juice and little water to make a smooth paste. Put it directly on to herpes lesions, eczema, psoriasis, pimples, and even leprosy sores.
• To relieve sprains and internal injuries: With just 1 spoonful turmeric powder in 2 cups of milk simmer it & it cool drink it daily in morning and evening for best results.
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New York, June 1 (IANS) People with Covid-19 infection are likely to have strong immunity against coronavirus for at least a year after they were initially infected, according to a study.The study, led by scientists at the Rockefeller University, also showed that vaccination boosts the immunity these individuals naturally develop after the infection, so much that they are likely to be protected even from the emerging variants.The study is available on bioRxiv ahead of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.The team analysed antibodies present in the blood of Covid patients and tracked the evolution of these mutable molecules.The 63 people in the study had Covid in the spring of last year. Data from their follow-ups show that, over time, antibodies produced by the immune system's memory B cells got better and better at neutralising SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that these people were developing an improved, long lasting defense against the virus.These antibodies were further enhanced among 26 people in the group who had received at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.This subset of people developed antibodies that are exceptionally resistant to the most concerning SARS-CoV-2 variants, such as those first isolated in the UK, South Africa, and New York City.These potent antibodies are produced by groups of highly evolved memory B cells, which expand dramatically after a nudge by the vaccines, the team found.The findings suggest that well-timed boosters with the current vaccines may provide additional protection in people who have never had the disease.--IANSrvt/arm