Healthy habits every day keeps CORONA away

Hello everyone. It’s been a year to see you here. I hope all are fine and enjoying self-quarantine at home for the pandemic Covid 19 emergency. Since there are fear, anxiety, and stress all around, I wanted to talk to you through my blog.

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First of all, what is Covid 19? It is the Corona Virus Disease outbreak in 2019. As it is similar to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, 2003), it is also known as SARS Cov 2.

What are the symptoms? As you are already aware it will progress through these three steps.

  1. Cold
  2. Flu
  3. Pneumonia

Now let us discuss in detail. In any viral disease, it is your immune system that fights through and saves you. And remember antibacterial therapies are not the medicines for viral diseases. They are there to prevent secondary bacterial infections. That is all.

Remember? When you get flu, the Doctor does not prescribe you antibiotics; still, you get cured after a few days. All thanks to your own immune system. It keeps you healthy on a daily basis by fighting all kinds of deadly pathogens. So the first thing is to keep your immune system very very strong. Complete reading this article to know how to keep our immune system healthy.

Why there is so much panicking situation if our immune system is going to take care? Because of the fact that this is very new to us and to our immune system too and it is spreading very fast then we can study and develop vaccines against it. Let us know a bit in detail about this virus and then we will discuss a bit more why it is dangerous.

Coronaviruses are enveloped and single-stranded RNA having club-shaped spikes giving the shape of Solar Corona justifies the name “CORONA”. This is a non-segmented and positive-sense RNA virus which makes it less dangerous (segmented and negative sense viruses are more dangerous). Feeling happy??

It comes from the family Coronavidae having types α (alpha), β (beta), δ (delta), and γ (gamma). Most of the viruses affect animals. According to scientists SARS Cov 2 is a mutated form from snake and bat. So if you are not eating those live, you are mostly out of danger.

IT DOES NOT TRANSMIT FROM CHICKEN, MUTTON, FISH, EGG, AND MILK. So no need to panic and nonvegetarians can stay nonvegetarian. PETS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS ALSO DOES NOT TRANSMIT VIRUSES. PLEASE DON’T ABANDON THEM. The coronavirus that affects Dogs and Cats are from the type alpha. SARS Cov 2 is of Beta type. SARS Cov is also a beta type.

A little bit about the pathway of infection of the SARS Cov 2. It infects in the lungs through the ACE II (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme II) receptors. It causes damage to the lungs and the macrophages in the lungs which later progress to pneumonia. For this stage, you need the ventilator to give rest to the patient’s lungs for recovering. In Italy this was the challenge that the number of cases were so high, the number of Doctors and the number of ventilators were very low and rapidness of the disease; which caused this many deaths. People who are old, having diabetes, on immunosuppressant drugs and hypertension are more likely to be suffering more and because of the following reasons:

  1. Immunosuppressant drugs suppress the immune system therefore there body could not fight the infection.
  2. Generally, old people do not have a strong immune system.
  3. It is assumed that Antihypertensive drugs contain ACE I inhibitors, therefore, leading the increasing of the ACE II receptors in the body and therefore leading to an increase in the severity of the infection.

It is a relief that the mortality rate is very low. In other countries, it is 2% (varies countrywide). In other words, you no need to worry much but “Prevention is better than Cure”.

WHO GUIDELINES:

Wash your hands frequently

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

For boosting our immune system, we can practice some of the following good habits:

  1. Take citrus fruits because it contains Vit c
  2. Drink green tea and milk with turmeric in it.
  3. Take Spinach, Broccoli, Yoghurt, Ginger, and garlic. Research says it contains Vit C which helps in boosting your immune system.
  4. Do yoga and Pranayam and meditation (I strongly believe that meditation trains our mind to stay strong and it helps your body cells to fight against any pathogen.)
  5. If you are a nonvegetarian, you can take the chicken soup. It helps in boosting your immune system.
  6. Taking Ocimum (Tulsi) with Honey and Ginger also boosts our immune system.

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So no need to panic. But we have to be responsible citizens to follow the WHO guidelines to stay healthy and keep our surroundings healthy so that we can fight it together.

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Healthy habits every day keeps CORONA away

I hope you enjoyed this article and it was of some help. Spread knowledge by reading, sharing, discussing the article. If you have any doubts about this article, please comment in the comment section. Stay healthy and strong. I wish to see you all soon with a new topic. Till then stay healthy and enjoy. Thank you for reading.

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Nature’s Holocaust….

Still, I get goosebumps when I remember about the concentration camps during 1945. How the most educated persons of the world became chemical butchers (still I don’t understand did they lack Oxytocin, Dopamine, and Serotonin??? I mean how could they did not spare children?). It was not good for Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well. That was a mass holocaust in my words and to date, they are suffering. Anyways History repeated itself many times. This time it is “NATURE”.

Let us not go too far in history. Recently Amazon forest fire claimed so many lives of the animals. Australian bush fire claimed lives. Tsunami, floods, earthquakes have claimed lives. Now scientists claim that this SARS Cov, MERS and Covid 19 are also a result of melting ice which is the consequence of “man-made climate change”.  Till now they did not find any evidence but I believe one day the dots will connect maybe then it will be too late.

The extent we have hurt and are hurting Mother Nature, the consequences will be grave. Tsunami, Hurricanes, flood, Earthquakes and now pandemics are her anger or you can say “Nature’s holocaust” on us.

“If gravity were slightly more powerful, the universe would collapse into a ball. If gravity were slightly less powerful, the universe would fly apart and there would be no stars or planets. It’s just that gravity is precisely as strong as it needs to be. And if the ratio of the electromagnetic force to the strong force wasn’t one percent, life wouldn’t exist.” Remember these lines? You are correct. These are the lines from “Young Sheldon”. Believe Prof Einstein, he was true.

My point was we are busy in unbalancing the balance. We are causing this earth to die prematurely. We slowly poisoned the earth in the names of wars, nuclear weapons, deforestations, radio waves, etc. My question is until when? Did you notice the level of pollution? Our lifespan on average reduced to age 60. We all agree that technologies have reduced distances and in many ways, it has made us proud. But at what cost?

Air pollution, water pollution, they are not racist. Nature does not discriminate that you are of which country? When it takes revenge, it will not see what degrees do you have or how good/ bad you are.

At last, it narrows down to us. As we did the harm, we have to correct it. Otherwise, the speed by which we are doing harm, I believe nature has its own way to surprise us with a complete holocaust. So let us think of the solutions. Many countries are actually taking this climate change seriously. On the individual levels, they are transforming into a person who does more good to the earth than to harm it.

Let us think. Shall I refuse plastic on my own or I should wait until the day Prime minister has to tell us all through the TV when a critical situation arrives? Shall I recycle the waste or I have to wait until a crisis arises? Shall I plant trees or I have to wait until all carry a plant on their back to get oxygen? Until how much time shall I pollute the water or waste water in the names of rituals? Until how much time shall I use nonrenewable energy?

We have to rethink our ego, our selfish behavior and we have to change our thinking “what will change if I do the right thing”. Doing the right thing is also contagious. It inspires others in your family. A humble and right gesture to a person who is ignorant of this “change in climate” situation can actually change a person to a better one.  Let us rethink everything. How many resources do I actually need for my living? How can I make this world a better place?

“Nature’s nature is evolution. It will evolve. It has its own homeostatic process. The question is with or without us? So you matter and the changes you make also matters. Let us nurture nature to save the Nature”

 

Have you ever been in “Love”? If ‘yes’, then this how you obeyed your hormones…

Did you ever been in Love? I was once. If you have crossed same path as me then this how you responded to your hormones. I remember doing stupidest things in my life which I would not do if I would be in my right mind. In fact the things which any one can say wrong seemed right to me at that time. You can say as if I was in “Love is blind” state.

Okay. So till now I think you already have remembered which stupid things you did when you were in “Love is blind” state. Don’t worry. Today’s topic will tell you why and how you did what you did. How your hormones were playing football with your brain while you were suffering with heartbreak or enjoying in love.

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Once upon a time people believed that all the emotions like pain, love, heart break etc all came from heart. People even now; signify that this person is good because he possesses a good heart. But believe me; the meaning of good heart is that the heart is functioning well. Except for this meaning that line does not signifies goodness of the person. You are good person or bad person depends on the chemicals secreted in your brain. Heart has nothing to do with it. Today we will concentrate on Dopamine and its effect in brain.

Let’s understand now how it works. There are four areas in your brain that form the circuit of love. They are ventral tegmental area (VTA), the nucleus accumbens, and the ventral pallidum and raphe nucleus. Dopamine is the main neurotransmitter here.

The hot spot is the tear shaped VTA. In a test, when people newly in love were put in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine and shown pictures of their beloved, the VTA lit up.

The VTA is part of a key reward system in the brain. Let’s understand this more clearly. Remember the first time you got any award. You feel happy and want to win the award every year. That is your Dopamine boost, meaning when you are rewarded, your dopamine is being secreted and your reward pathway is being activated. You feel very happy. And to do get the same Dopamine boost, you repeat the same thing over and over again.

So when you are in love, you are being rewarded by the greatest gift in life i.e. your life partner. So your reward system gets activated. And you feel happy. That is why when you fight with your partner, you cannot stay long without calling him/her. Because your body gets addicted to that Dopamine level secreted by your brain while engaging with any kind of activity with your partner.

The main thing here is why you do kind of stupidity while you are with your partner because you want to please him/her so that they do not get annoyed and your dopamine is being maintained.

Lucy and Fisher did an experiment on people in love and found out results that said: “Romantic love is an addiction; a wonderful addiction when it is going well, a horrible one when it is going poorly,” Fisher said. “People kill for love. They die for love.”

“The brokenhearted show more evidence of what I’ll call craving,” said Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist also at Einstein medical college. “Similar to craving the drug cocaine.” The team’s most recent brain scans were aimed at people married about 20 years who say they are still holding hands, lovey-dovey as newlyweds, a group that is a minority of married people. In these men and women, two more areas of the brain lit up, along with the VTA: the ventral pallidum and raphe nucleus.

The ventral pallidum is associated with attachment and hormones (serotonin, endogenous opioids etc.) that decrease stress; the raphe nucleus pumps out serotonin, which “gives you a sense of calm,” Fisher said.

Those areas produce “a feeling of nothing wrong. It’s a lower-level happiness and it’s certainly rewarding,” Brown said.

If you are in love, you now understood the main mechanism of why it is called “Love is blind” and why do you do kind of stupid stuffs while in love.

This is how Dopamine works and therefore is called as “reward hormone”. There are various chemicals in brain which makes you feel happy and are responsible for the emotional behavior. If you want to know about any kind of neuroscience topics and got any doubts on any kind of your behavior, please feel free to inbox me.

In my coming articles, I am going to share how to increase your Dopamine boosts in natural ways, about serotonin etc. Follow my blog to stay updated with coming articles.

By reading this article, if you have got any doubts, suggestions and comments please free to post in the comment box below.

Thank you for reading…

What if your organs can speak??? “How to stop forming stones in me”- Your’s Kidney

Hi friends… We all have got 24 hours. But how much time do we spend to take care of ourselves? Very very less. But think for once. If our organs can speak to us, they can remind us how to take care of them. Unfortunately they do not speak to us, rather they communicate through manifestation of diseases. Today let’s talk to kidney about the kidney stones.

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Kidney stones are mainly calcium oxalates, uric acid etc. that are made up of dissolved minerals on the inner lining of the kidneys. The stones can grow up to the size of a gulf ball. Some times the stones may be small and pass unnoticed through the urinary tract, but they can also cause extreme pain as they leave the body.

A kidney stone does not usually produce symptoms unless it passes to the ureter. Mainly the symptoms include:

  • severe pain in the groin and/or side
  • blood in urine
  • vomiting and nausea
  • white blood cells or pus in the urine
  • reduced amount of urine excreted
  • burning sensation during urination
  • persistent urge to urinate
  • fever and chills if there is an infection

The main cause is lack of water in the body. Those people who does not drink the minimum quantity of water i.e. 8-10 glasses of water everyday, usually gets the stones. When there is not enough water to dilute the uric acid, a component of urine, the urine becomes more acidic. An excessively acidic environment in urine can lead to the formation of kidney stones. Other causes like obesity, a diet with high levels of protein, salt, or glucose, hyperparathyroid condition, gastric bypass surgery, inflammatory bowel diseases that increase calcium absorption, taking medications such as diuretics, antiseizure drugs, and calcium-based antacids can also form stones.

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So do not worry if you are diagnosed with stones in your kidney. You can know the size of the stones too by ultrasound and CT Scan. If your stone size is more than 10 mm then the Doc will go for surgery. But if you have a stone of size less than 10 mm then well and good. No surgery. Just medications can remove your stones. Some people may have stone in the ureterovesical junction. Obstruction in this junction can lead to back flow of urine and cause nephrosis.

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New technologies have also emerged such as lithotrypsy, where you can break the large stones in to small ones with help of ultra sound shock waves and then those small fragments can be removed by medications.

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Treatment for the kidney stones are mainly symptomatic. A huge amount of water intake is recommended. Doc may also prescribe you with anti-emetics, painkillers, urilizor etc. Let’s talk about some of the herbal remedies. First of all avoid the food (shown in the figure) that serves as the pre-disposing factors.

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In the figure (below) you can find the food that you should take.

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So… I hope you got a brief knowledge about the kidney stones and the treatments. Better to avoid the formation of stones by drinking adequate amount of water and keeping your kidney healthy.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Spread knowledge by reading, sharing, discussing the article. For more information or doubt or suggestions, please write in the comment box below. Stay healthy. Stay out of Kidney stone disease. Thank you for reading.

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Do you or your friends”Faint” often? Might be due to Low BP. Points you should know…

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Do not ignore “Fainting”. It can be due to various reasons like,

  • fear or other emotional trauma.
  • severe pain.
  • a sudden drop in blood pressure.
  • low blood sugar due to diabetes.
  • hyperventilation.
  • dehydration.
  • standing in one position for too long.
  • standing up too quickly.
  • physical exertion in hot temperatures
  • Coughing too hard
  • straining during a bowel movement
  • consuming drugs or alcohol
  • seizures

But today we will discuss about low blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. Understanding this can be as simple as plumbing. Imagine the pipes and pumps of the plumbing system as your blood vessels and heart respectively.

In a plumbing system, we need the water to come at just the right pressure. Too low means we are going to have a terrible shower. Too high pressure may lead the shower head to pop off. Your blood pressure is the water pressure of your cardiovascular system. Just like in the shower, we need to get the pressure just right for the best result.

Too low and your body won’t have access to the nutrients it needs – you might faint. Too high and your blood vessels might crumble under the pressure.

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We all know what happens when we get a hairball down the shower drain. The pipe starts to block up and the water can’t get through as easily. You can get a blockage in your blood vessels, too. We call it atherosclerosis and it’s made up of fatty substances that get stuck to the walls of your blood vessels. Over time, it builds up and can narrow or completely block the blood vessel. To make up for it, your blood pressure increases to push through the narrower opening and get your blood where it needs to be. That’s hypertension.

This article is on Hypotension. The primary symptoms of hypotension are light headedness or dizziness. If the blood pressure is sufficiently low, fainting may occur.

Low blood pressure is sometimes associated with certain symptoms, many of which are related to causes rather than effects of hypotension:

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • irregular heartbeat
  • fever higher than 38.3 °C (101 °F)
  • headache
  • stiff neck
  • severe upper back pain
  • cough with sputum
  • Prolonged diarrhea or vomiting
  • dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • dysuria (painful urination)
  • acute, life-threatening allergic reaction

The treatment for hypotension depends on its cause. Chronic hypotension rarely exists as more than a symptom. Asymptomatic hypotension in healthy people usually does not require treatment. Adding electrolytes to a diet can relieve symptoms of mild hypotension. A morning dose of caffeine can also be effective.

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In mild cases, where the patient is still responsive, laying the person in dorsal decubitus (lying on the back) position and lifting the legs increases venous return, thus making more blood available to critical organs in the chest and head.

Exercise and drinking of electrolytes can help too..

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Here is a diet chart for hypotensive people.

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For more information visit the link below or drop a message.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypotension

Why do you need anti-oxidants? what if your body gets oxidized?

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There is a hue and cry for “Anti-oxidants”. Have you wondered if your full body gets oxidized…

Oxidation is something that most of us see in life — when we leave some iron out and it rusts – that is oxidation. There is a theory that the stress of oxidation leads to many diseases including heart disease, cancer, and even aging. As a result, there has been a rush of studies examining the role of anti-oxidants and to see if diets rich in anti-oxidants will show a decrease in those disease.

Oxidation is also not that much bad as you think. You want your body to oxidize some things (my hair, now the true platinum color) – you want to kill invading bacteria, cells that go wild. Oxidation is good for your bodies protection

Antioxidants, produced by the body and obtained through foods, are a critical part of the body’s powerful defense system. To understand them, it’s important to know something about oxidation. In cells, oxygen is constantly involved in chemical reactions in which electrons (charged atomic particles) are shifted around. To generate energy, our cells remove electrons from sugars, fatty acids and amino acids and add them to other molecules, especially oxygen. This creates highly reactive, unstable particles known as free radicals, which combine quickly with other elements.

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Free radicals are generated during normal cellular processes, but also when we are exposed to ultraviolet rays, air pollution, intense physical exertion and tobacco smoke, for example. Antioxidants help “spare” our cells by becoming oxidized themselves. For the most part, our antioxidant reserves can keep errant oxidation under control. But over time, cellular damage can result if we are exposed to more oxidative stress than the body can handle.

According to current thinking, oxidative stress may play a role in aging and chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cataracts. For instance, oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) makes these cholesterol packages more damaging to blood vessel walls, while oxidation of DNA may contribute to cancer.

Antioxidants help your body repair cells damaged by free radicals. The most common antioxidants are beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants can also be found in fruits, vegetables and teas. Most experts believe that getting antioxidants from food is the most healthful way to obtain them but they may also be taken as supplements.Antioxidants

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