Skin problems like itchiness, dryness and flakiness can occur anytime if you're not moisturising your body enough. It is commonly observed that while many people take their skincare routine seriously, a majority of them neglect to moisturise the body. It is important to keep in mind that timing matters a lot when it comes to applying moisturisers. Therefore, knowing the appropriate time to apply body lotion is essential. Take a look at the ideal times to moisturise your body.
Moisturising the body in the morning sets your skin up to face countless irritants and environmental factors during the day. The skin is constantly exposed to harsh chemicals and pollutants when you're outside which is why using a protective and soothing moisturiser while going out is necessary. Kimirica's Five Elements Body Lotion comes with natural Aloe Vera extracts that act as a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that helps protect your skin and provides a deep nourishing effect.
After Shower, Shaving and Washing Hands
After you take a shower, your skin has the maximum moisture and moisturisers work effectively on hydrated skin. That is why dermatologists always recommend applying moisturiser right after getting out of the shower. When applied early, moisturisers are able to trap some water that's still in the body and hydrate the body.
Shaving not only helps you to get rid of unwanted body hair but also removes the surface skin cells. To soothe any skin irritation and protect the exposed skin from dryness, apply any hydrating moisturiser that gives your skin a natural glow.
The increasing use of antibacterial soaps and hand wash takes a toll on your hand disrupting the natural skin barrier. To protect your hands from cracking and dryness, you can use the brand's Bouquet Hand Lotion that comes with a rich combination of sweet almond oil, Shea butter, grape seed extracts, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil.
During and After Your Flights
Travelling makes your skin dryer, the reason being the low humidity and the recycled air inside. As body lotions are available in small sizes, it is advisable that you should carry your body lotion and apply it during your flight and once you land as this will help in combating the skin drying issue.
Research has shown that the skin effectively repairs itself from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. That's why you should always make sure to moisturise your skin on or before this time. Also, it has been observed that the skin's transeepidermal water loss increases during sleep which takes away plenty of moisture from the skin. So, all these reasons make it quite clear as to why you should always moisturise your body before going to sleep.
Exfoliation is an important step in any skincare routine but applying body lotion post exfoliating is equally required. Exfoliating results in the removal of dead skin cells which makes space for a new layer of skin. Applying body lotion will help to soothe the top layer of skin and also strengthen the moisture barrier.
Workout sessions are often sweaty and tiring but preparing your skin before stepping out is very important as exercising outside often leads to dryness. Applying light-weight body lotion before your session is recommended.
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Many people believe that heart disease typically affects men. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of mortality not only among men, but also among women. But women are actually at greater risk if not detected early, and this exacerbates the issue.
Signs of poor heart health do not appear as visibly in women as it does in men. What this means is that if a man has a heart issue, there are specific symptoms like angina which can be spotted easily and the right course of action be recommended. The same issue in a woman may not result in a sign or symptom that can be easily spotted. So often, their symptoms go ignored or unrecognised and they do not receive timely intervention to correct the problem. The issue is so acute that today 1 in 3 deaths among women is due to coronary heart disease.
There is also a significant lack of self-awareness among women about risk factors and the prevention of CVDs. Women don't only attend to matters of the home, but they hold positions at leading companies, and continue to rise to the occasion and meet impossible demands on their time. Through all of this, they take care of the emotional needs of their family members and loved ones; and still culturally are predisposed to putting the needs of others before their own. The stress they experience, among other common risk factors, often goes unnoticed by those around them. And stress has a greater influence on CVD risk in women vs men. Along with stress, other factors like diet quantity and quality also have a greater influence on CVD risk in women vs men. Additionally, women are also impacted by female-specific risk factors for CVD like polycystic Ovarian syndrome PCOS, preeclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension and gestational diabetes.
In such a situation where symptoms of a heart problem do not manifest visibly, it is extremely important for women to be aware of their own risk factors and adopt proactive measures to take care of their heart health. For example, one risk factor, stress has been linked to a greater intake of energy and nutrient-dense foods, mainly sources of sugar and fat, and to poor diet quality. Women can take simple steps like reducing unhealthy fats and products with high content of sugar and salt to improve the quality of their diet. Choose ingredients that are good for the heart, like oatmeal, wholegrains, fiber rich vegetables, blended oils with the right balance of fatty acids, legumes, soy products, and the like. Regular and consistent exercise, adequate sleep, and other such lifestyle modifications can help maintain heart health in the long term.
Furthermore with signs of poor heart health not manifesting visibly in women, it is crucial that they get regular health check-ups done to assess their risk proactively. Self-awareness and early identification of cardiovascular risk factors can lead to better prevention of CVD in women.
This World Heart Day, let's choose self-care. Get a simple heart check-up done and encourage other women in yourselves too, to get the same done. Take proactive steps for heart health today.
(By Brajesh Kunwar)
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Mental illnesses in various forms have been a major health burden globally in recent years. Unhealthy lifestyles, poor eating habits and rise in work-related stress are factors that are contributing to the rising incidence of anxiety and depression. Psychotic drugs in treating anxiety and depression are effective but offer only symptomatic relief. Long-term intake of drugs often leads to dependence without preventing further illness or providing a comprehensive solution to improving mental health.
People suffering from poor mental health can reap rich and long-term benefits by adopting the ancient Indian practice of Yoga in their daily lives. Yoga helps in maintaining good mental and physical health. It harmonises our body and mind and restores our emotional balance. There is growing evidence that Yoga can have a positive impact on depression, anxiety and those who have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When adopted as a daily practice, yoga can help calm down the mind and prevent the development of mental illnesses.
Stress is the root cause of several lifestyle diseases. Yoga adopts a scientific approach of exercising and relaxing to ease the stress of modern day living. Yoga also contributes to improving memory, sleep and even quality of life in elderly persons with mild memory impairment.
Here are some poses that help improve mental health besides providing other health benefits:
Shashankasana or Child's Pose
This asana stimulates your nervous system thereby re-energizing your whole body. This asana is basically a resting pose somehow resembling a child in fetal position. It is performed by sitting down on the knees and then bending forward so that the chest touches the thighs, and the forehead touches the ground. Stretch the arms forward. If performed with precision regularly, the performer will notice a sense of mental, physical, and emotional comfort descending upon him/her. Like most yoga asanas, this one, too, should be performed on an empty stomach or at least six hours after a meal. However, people suffering from high blood pressure and back pain should avoid this asana.
This inverted pose is one of the best yoga asanas for improving blood circulation towards the head. It helps to calm anxiety, treat depression and insomnia besides regulating blood flow. This pose can be performed by lying down flat on your back. Keep the legs together. While inhaling raise the legs, buttocks and the trunk and support the hips on the palm. The trunk is held at 45 degrees angle to the ground. Breathe normally in this position. To return, lower the legs over the head and keep the hands down while exhaling. Bring the spine and the legs down.
This yoga pose is thought to be therapeutic for people suffering from high blood pressure, asthma, sinusitis, infertility and osteoporosis. It also helps to relieve mild depression and beat insomnia as it is highly beneficial as a relaxation tool. To perform this pose, stand straight. Raise your hands from the front to above your head as you inhale slowly. Bend backwards from the upper back and maintain the position with normal breathing.
This pose is typically performed at the end of yoga routines and helps boost mental health and relaxes the body. Lie flat on your back, keeping the body straight and hands at the sides with palms facing upwards. Close your eyes and hold the position for at least five minutes. Even pregnant women can practice this asana as it will help them prevent prenatal depression, a prevalent mental disorder in women during pregnancy.
It should be noted that the above-mentioned yogic practices are to be learned in a gradual manner under the supervision of a yoga expert. Yoga enables a practitioner to expand their mental faculties and achieve a greater acceptance of self and others, which ultimately leads to calmer approach to the life.
Yoga encourages practitioners to experience an open heart. Many yogic philosophers consider the entire practice to be about metaphorically connecting to our hearts. Within the chakra system, the heart lies in the middle of the seven chakras. Asanas such as arda chakrasana (back bend), kapotasana (pigeon pose), and ustrasana (camel pose) encourage the expansion of the centre of the chest which is the location of the anahata chakra, the yogic heart centre. Visualizations and pranyams in yoga also encourage open heartedness.
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Bhopal- A team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal have in a review identified the biomolecular relationships between Covid-19, ageing, and diabetes.
The review, published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, presented that existing drugs used to treat diabetes, obesity and ageing can potentially be used to treat Covid-19. Similar naturally existing biomolecules were also explored in combination for the Covid treatment.
"There are classes of compounds such as polyphenols found in plant-based food, curcumin (found in turmeric), and resveratrol (found in grapes), have been shown to not only slow down the ageing process, but also possess anti-viral properties," said Dr. Amjad Husain, Principal Scientist, and CEO of Innovation and Incubation Center for Entrepreneurship (IICE), IISER Bhopal, in a statement.
Some other polyphenols that the researchers have identified as being useful for both Covid-19 treatment and comorbidity conditions such as diabetes and ageing may include catechins (present in green tea, cocoa and berries), procyanidins (found in apples, cinnamon and grape skin), and theaflavin (found in black tea).
The researchers also present evidence of some existing potential anti-ageing drugs such as Rapamycin that can be explored for the Covid-19 treatment because of the common biochemical pathways associated with these diseases. Another such example is a drug Metformin , which is usually used to control blood sugar.
The review showed that at the molecular level, there are intersecting pathways that are common to diabetes, ageing, and Covid-19. All three conditions are associated with oxidative stress and lowering of the immune response and complications arising from them lead to the onset of numerous other diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, eye diseases, neuropathy (nerve diseases), and nephropathy (kidney problems).
The researchers believe that an ideal therapeutic candidate for Covid-19 should be able to target the pathways that are common to diabetes, ageing and the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Further, computational studies showed that lipids present in cell membranes play an important role in coronavirus infectivity.
Natural compounds such as polyphenols may affect the binding of the virus to host receptors and the molecular interactions required for virus replication and release, thereby stopping the infection in its early stages, the team explained.
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कोविड ने गैर-संचारी रोगों के रोगियों के लिए जटिलताओं और स्वास्थ्य जोखिमों को कई गुना बढ़ा दिया है। लगभग 75-80 प्रतिशत कोविड रोगियों को अस्पताल में भर्ती होने की आवश्यकता नहीं होती है। वे घर पर टेलीकंसल्टेशन से ठीक हो सकते हैं, लेकिन कोविड-19 संक्रमण रोगी को दीर्घकालिक दुष्प्रभावों के साथ छोड़ सकता है। ऐसे कई उदाहरण हैं जहां कोविड-19 के लक्षण कई महीनों से बने हुए हैं। फेफड़ों को नुकसान पहुंचाने के अलावा, वायरस तीव्र मायोकार्डियल चोट और हृदय प्रणाली को पुरानी क्षति भी पहुंचा सकता है।
यूरोपियन हार्ट जर्नल में प्रकाशित शोध के अनुसार, कार्डिएक अरेस्ट से पीड़ित कोविड-19 रोगियों की मृत्यु की संभावना उन लोगों की तुलना में अधिक होती है, जो इससे संक्रमित नहीं होते हैं, और विशेष रूप से महिलाओं में इसी कारण से मृत्यु का खतरा अधिक होता है। वायरस सीधे मायोकार्डियम ऊतक के भीतर एसीइ2 रिसेप्टर कोशिकाओं को भंग कर सकता है और सीधे वायरल नुकसान का कारण बन सकता है। कोविड के परिणाम स्वरूप हृदय की मांसपेशियों में सूजन हो सकता है जिसे मायोकार्डिटिस के रूप में जाना जाता है । यदि समय पर ध्यान न दिया जाए तो यह हृदय की विफलता का कारण बन सकता है।
पहले से हृदय रोग से पीड़ित लोगों को अतिरिक्त सावधानी बरतने की जरूरत है। ठीक होने की अवधि के दौरान बड़ी संख्या में रोगियों को कार्डियक अरेस्ट हुआ है, जिसके परिणामस्वरूप अक्सर मृत्यु हो जाती है। विशेषज्ञ सुझाव देते हैं कि भले ही कोविड वायरस कम हो जाए, लेकिन प्रतिरक्षा प्रतिक्रिया अति-सक्रिय बनी रहती है। यह अक्सर अन्य अंगों पर हमला करती है। यह देखा गया है कि इनमें से लगभग 80 प्रतिशत रोगियों को कोरोना पॉजिटिव परीक्षण के 2-3 सप्ताह बाद दिल का दौरान पड़ा है।
हम कुछ चेतावनी के संकेतों को नजरअंदाज कर देते हैं और जागरूकता की कमी के कारण, कभी-कभी, हम कोविड के दौरान या कोविड से ठीक होने के बाद भी कुछ हृदय संबंधी समस्याओं को रोकने में विफल होते हैं। किसी को कोविड-19 हो जाने के बाद, यदि वह रोगी तेज दिल की धड़कन या धड़कन का अनुभव कर रहा है, तो उसे तुरंत डॉक्टर से संपर्क करने की सलाह दी जाती है क्योंकि हृदय गति में एक अस्थायी वृद्धि भी कई अलग-अलग चीजों का संकेत दे सकती है, जिसमें बहुत बीमार होने के बाद भी शामिल है।
यह सुनिश्चित करना आवश्यक है कि रोगी पर्याप्त तरल पदार्थ पी रहा है, खासकर यदि बुखार है। कभी-कभी, जो लोग कोविड से ठीक हो रहे हैं, उनमें पोट्स (पोस्टुरल ऑर्थोस्टैटिक टैचीकार्डिया सिंड्रोम) नामक स्थिति के लक्षण दिखाई दे सकते हैं। हालाँकि, ढडÝर और उडश्कऊ के विकास के बीच की कड़ी अभी तक स्थापित नहीं हुई है। हालाँकि, पोट्स एक तंत्रिका संबंधी समस्या है, और यह सीधे तौर पर हृदय संबंधी समस्या नहीं है। यह तंत्रिका तंत्र के हिस्से को प्रभावित करता है और हृदय गति और रक्त प्रवाह में बाधा उत्पन्न कर सकता है। खड़े होने पर सिंड्रोम भी तेजी से दिल की धड़कन पैदा कर सकता है।
कोविड रिकवरी के बाद दिल का दौरा पड़ने के कई उदाहरणों ने हृदय स्वास्थ्य की लगातार निगरानी के महत्व पर जोर दिया है। विशेषज्ञों के अनुसार, मधुमेह और उच्च रक्तचाप जैसी पहले से मौजूद स्थितियों वाले उच्च जोखिम वाले व्यक्तियों में ईसीजी, एक्स-रे चेस्ट और लिपिड प्रोफाइल जैसे हृदय परीक्षण हर छह महीने में दोहराए जाने चाहिए ताकि यह पता लगाया जा सके कि हृदय को कोई नुकसान हुआ है या नहीं। नियमित निगरानी के अलावा, कोविड के बाद के रोगियों को सभी आवश्यक पोषक तत्वों से युक्त स्वस्थ आहार का पालन करना चाहिए और मसालेदार, तैलीय, डिब्बाबंद, कृत्रिम मिठास और प्रसंस्कृत स्वाद, या जंक फूड से सख्ती से बचना चाहिए। शारीरिक व्यायाम के लिए समय निकालना, शराब और धूम्रपान को कम करना आवश्यक है। यहां तक कि छोटे से छोटे लक्षणों को भी ध्यान में रखा जाना चाहिए और तुरंत एक विशेषज्ञ चिकित्सक को दिखाना चाहिए।
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A very common tip to improve heart health is to exercise regularly. But what form of exercise is best for the heart and how much exercise is too much? There have been several myths about the impact of exercise on the heart, while some sound reasonable, there are many that are inaccurate. One such myth is that one should avoid exercising after a heart attack.
Avoiding exercise for the first few weeks after a heart attack may be advised. However, studies show that supervised exercise helps in improving the outcome for all patients. It is important to note that after a heart attack, one should begin a regular activity program to reduce the chance of additional heart problems. Most patients are provided with a prescription for cardiac rehabilitation which entails an exercise program, diet instruction, educational classes on lifestyle changes and emotional support through a peer support group.
While everyone recovers at a different pace, here are a few guidelines that one may follow to get started:
Consult your doctor before starting exercise. Based on your heart disease, condition, heart function (ejection fraction), rhythm etc. Your doctor will give you an exercise prescription.
It is best to start slow. Once, you get used to walking regularly, you can increase your pace gradually over time. If shortness of breath is felt, it is best to slow down the walking pace.
Exercise should always be done in 3 phases warm-up, peak exercise and cool down, please.
What helps is walking at a moderate pace for the first 10 minutes the first time and each day tries to a few minutes more. At the end of the month aim to walk for 30 minutes on most days of the week.
It is important to keep in mind that one should cool down after finishing the exercise by gradually walking at a slower pace for the last 3 minutes.
If the patient walks outside the house, as a precaution they should walk with someone or in short distances close to home so they do not get too far away.
One should drink a glass of water to prevent dehydration before you start walking.
Choose an exercise or an activity that you enjoy doing. For example, walking, cycling, aerobics, etc.
Doctors' advice should be taken before lifting heavyweights.
Exercise should be done regularly to ensure benefits. 6 days a week of exercise is advisable.
Exercising at the same time daily is important to establish a habit. It also minimizes any variable that may impact the exercise.
If any symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest discomfort, palpitation occur and does not go away, one should stop the exercise and notify the doctor.
There are several changes that take place after a heart attack like energy levels and medications. This affects exercise tolerance. Therefore it is important to keep the exercise expectation day to day as one goes through the healing process.
If a patient does not go through cardiac rehabilitation, they should begin with gentle exercise after a heart attack. The amount of exercise that is advised to each patient will depend on how active the patient was before the cardiac event and how severe the event was. Overall, one must keep in mind that they should start exercising as soon as they can after a heart attack to get the energy and strength back.
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