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.
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Tokyo: Mycobacteria, a group of pathogenic bacteria that cause diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis in humans, are associated with red blood cells at lung infection sites.
M. tuberculosis and other mycobacteria implicated in lung disease are now known to live in macrophages - white blood cells that engulf and kill pathogens. Mycobacteria turn up in blood and sputum coughed up by sick patients.
Red blood cells, although also found in the sputum of tuberculosis patients, have not yet been specifically studied in disease progression.
But, "our research will change the conventional common sense that mycobacteria grow intracellularly", said Yukiko Nishiuchi, Associate Professor at Hiroshima University in Japan.
The team obtained lung tissue samples from five mice infected with two species of Mycobacteria - M. avium and M. intracellulare - as well as from a human patient infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH).
Microscopic examination revealed red blood cells were co-located with mycobacteria in both the capillary vessels and granulomas (clumps of immune cells) of mice and human lung tissues.
To assess the relationship of the mycobacteria to human red blood cells, the team monitored their growth with and without the blood cells. They found that MAH grew more in the presence of red blood cells, multiplying at a rate dependent on blood cell concentration.
Their exponential growth was even faster than the growth of MAH inside macrophages - typically targeted as parasitic hosts by mycobacteria.
The findings, published in the journal Microbiology Spectrum, showed that pathogenic mycobacteria attach to human red blood cells, then capitalise on the relationship to multiply.
Mycobacteria had previously been found outside macrophages at infection sites; the new findings suggest that the presence of those extracellular mycobacteria may be a result of the relationship with red blood cells.
While red blood cells are best known for their role in transporting oxygen between lungs and tissues, they also play two roles in mycobacterial infections. They play a defensive role against infections by capturing pathogens and transferring them to macrophages in the liver and spleen to eliminate them.
Nishiuchi said the study shows that red blood cells may also get targeted as host cells for mycobacteria. However, how these roles play out might determine the outcome of an infection.
If the red blood cells' defense role is going well, the TB or other mycobacterial disease is controlled. But red blood cells overwhelmed by an attack of mycobacteria may help spread them throughout the body, Nishiuchi noted. (Agency)
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37 or 38 weeks pregnant, the finishing line seems so close yet so far. As one inch closer to their due date, often patience runs out and you may be ready to try everything possible to help induce labour naturally.
most women choose to speed things up naturally with food choices. Some look at these food groups as old wives' tales since there is limited evidence to prove these are hundred per cent successful in aiding labour.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf is known to help strengthen the uterus muscles and tone the pelvic floor- both of which can help prepare for the process of birth.
Studies have revealed that red raspberry leaves can help shorten labour and decrease the likelihood of a C-section or chances of an assisted birth using forceps/vacuum.
These leaves are commonly consumed in the form of tea by brewing the leaves in boiling water and then consuming the same. Since raspberry leaves can increase the frequency of Braxton hick's contractions, it is recommended to consume these past 34 weeks.
The orange and ripe papaya although thought to be prohibited in pregnancy can actually be consumed occasionally in moderation and is no longer considered harmful for pregnant women. However, it is the green unripe and raw papaya that contains latex, which is believed to have properties similar to that of the hormone oxytocin (released during labour for uterine contractions).
For this reason, unripe papaya is often a food choice amongst pregnant women who are naturally trying to induce labour during their last couple of days of gestation.
Pineapple is yet another fruit that is generally avoided by most pregnant women during pregnancy. Unfortunately, not many seem to know why this norm is popular.
Pineapple contains an enzyme known as bromelain which is believed to cause cervical ripening. Cervical ripening is the first step towards cervical dilation which could eventually lead to labour.
It is believed that the highest concentration of bromelain is present in the core of the pineapple. Pineapple is therefore consumed by pregnant women often in the last weeks of pregnancy in a bid to aid cervical ripening.
It is believed that dates can help with the process of cervical ripening while also improving the spontaneity of labour & reducing the chances of postpartum haemorrhage.
Studies have revealed that those who consume dates in their third trimester have a shorter first stage of labour and a quicker rate of cervical dilation.
It must also be kept in mind that although dates are high in fibre, they do contain high levels of sugar and are therefore to be avoided in cases of gestational diabetes or for those who have a yeast infection in pregnancy (yeast feeds of sugar).(Dr. Vanshika Gupta Adukia, Pregnancy/Childbirth & Lactation Specialist)
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Nairobi, Aug 18 (IANS) Kenya Red Cross Society said Tuesday that 2.1 million Kenyans are currently facing high acute food insecurity, up from 1.4 million in February due to a worsening drought situation.Asha Mohammed, secretary-general of Kenya Red Cross Society, said that the affected people are in 12 semi-arid and arid counties of the country, the Xinhua news agency reported."The worsening food and nutrition situation is mainly attributed to the poor performance of the October-November-December 2020 and March-April-May rains," Mohammed said, adding that unless urgent multi-sectoral interventions are implemented, the food insecurity situation will get out of hand and affect a total of 20 counties.According to the organisation, the drought-affected counties have had no significant harvest, as most water points such as boreholes, wells and water pans have dried up, increasing distances that people travel looking for water for domestic and livestock use.Mohammed observed that the general lack of water and grazing pasture is fuelling migration and resource-based conflicts while rates of malnutrition in the northeastern part of the country are on the increase.Projections based on weather forecasts indicate that the ongoing drought will persist until early 2022 since climate forecasts for the upcoming short rains beginning in October indicate below-average rains in the water-stressed areas.--IANSint/arm
But due to the Corona epidemic, the Red Fort remained closed for a long time, due to which it has had a great impact on the shopkeepers of the Chatta Bazaar present in the fort premises.Actually, Shah Jahan started getting the Red Fort constructed in 1638 and after a tireless effort of 10 years, it got completed in 1648.The Mughal queens and princesses did not go outside the Red Fort, so "Chhatta Bazaar" was built on the lines of Peshawar (now in Pakistan), which was called "Bazar-e-Mishkaf".This market is found as soon as you reach inside the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort. There are more than 40 shops in this market.Handicraft goods are sold at these shops. Now a days, international flights are banned due to Corona epidemic restrictions. Due to which foreigners are not able to visit all these monuments. This is the reason that it has become a problem for the shopkeepers now.Although this market now also has an association whose name is "Redfort Bazaar Shopkeepers Association". Asim Hussain's shop is from the year 1893, his 'great grandfather was given this shop by the British Army.Asim Hussain told IANS, "Our shop is here from 1893, our 'Par Dada' did a photography course from London at that time, then he was given this shop in honour by the British Army. Our firm was registered in 1904.""The corona epidemic has affected the most on tourism. The shopkeepers who are dependent on the tourists are in very bad condition. Most of them are currently debt-ridden and running their lives on loan money.""The Red Fort has been closed for a long time since last year, now even if it is open, there are no foreign tourists. Tourists from Delhi or nearby only come to visit, they do not buy anything."According to Asim, some shopkeepers are also thinking to shift to any other mean for their livelihood as there no surety that till when the situation will improve.In fact, the shopkeepers paid the electricity bills and rent of these shops even during the epidemic. However, the rent is very less but they have to have pay.According to the information, the rent of these shops ranges from Rs 34 to about Rs 1,300 only. Apart from this, the people working in these shops sitting idle for a very long time.According to the shopkeepers, they have experience in handicraft work, we cannot remove them, while someone new will have to be taught.Actually, Chhatta Bazaar means covered market. The idea of "Chhatnuma Bazaar" came to Shah Jahan's mind after visiting the city of Peshawar (now in Pakistan) in the year 1646.Asim further told that "After Shahjahan, the Britishers again converted the shops into military shops. After that, this market came under the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi). By doing this, it is now with the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India)."The Vice President of the association, Manish, also has an ancestral shop in this market. Due to the effect of the epidemic, he is also thinking of doing a job somewhere.Manish told IANS that, "The Red Fort is closed for the last one and a half years, we can only sell handicraft products in the Red Fort, which is entirely depended on the foreign tourists.""The shopkeepers of Chhatta Bazaar are making their living on their savings. There is no incentive from the government or the ASI. At present, only around 250 tourists visit this place but they have no importance for us.""If the Red Fort is open then we have to open shops but there is no work and apart from this, we have no other work. We have to bear the expenses of our families but there is no earning at the moment.""My ancestral shop is here, my father is handling the shop. Now I and my brother are thinking to do jobs somewhere else as there is no use of sitting idle here."Although about 10 to 12 shopkeepers have shops outside the Red Fort in other markets as well, but most of them are depended on these shops only.Apart from this, all these shopkeepers cannot sell the shop to any third person, if this shop can be given to anyone, then it is to their family members, which also has a process.(Mohammad Suaib can be contacted at [email protected])--IANS<br>msk/rs
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced its interim data of 503 patients from its Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS) study on Favipiravir in India.The PMS study, commenced in July 2020, aimed to evaluate safety and efficacy of Favipiravir in mild to moderate Covid-19 patients. This PMS is the first and large post marketing study being conducted in India on Favipiravir in mild to moderate Covid-19 patients and as on date, a total of 1,083 patients have been enrolled in the prospective, open label, multicentre, single arm study. A total of 13 sites - both government and private institutions - across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nashik, Nagpur, and Thiruvanthapuram took part. Interim data presented by Glenmark to the regulator reveals no new safety signals or concerns with the use of Favipiravir and already-known side effects such as weakness, gastritis, diarrhoea, vomiting etc., which were found to be mild in nature. The time to fever resolution was seen on day 3, while two-third of the patients achieved clinical cure on day 7. The study was conducted in patients with mild to moderate Covid-19, in line with the approved indication of the drug. The mean age of patients was 40 years, with the most common age group being 30-45 years. Women comprised 40 per cent, while men 60 per cent of the study population. Hypertension and diabetes were the two most common comorbidities noted in these patients. Fever was present in all patients at baseline followed by cough (84.6 per cent), fatigue (55 per cent), and new loss of taste (38.1 per cent). Commenting on these findings, Alok Malik, Group Vice President & Head, India Formulations, said: "It is encouraging to note that our interim data supports the safety and effectiveness of FabiFlu in real-world settings. Since its launch last year, FabiFlu has provided immense relief to millions of patients in India and the world, while also reducing the overall burden on healthcare infrastructure. We will soon submit the final study findings to the regulator and continue to deliver FabiFlu's multiple benefits to patients all over." On June 19 2020, Glenmark became the first company in India to receive restricted emergency use approval from India's drug regulator for FabiFlu, making it the first oral Favipiravir-approved medication in India for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19. The approval was granted as part of accelerated approval process, considering the emergency situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in India. --IANSsan/d
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