Health Awareness

Our health is a reflection of our choices – our lifestyle choices. Now everyone is more likely to talk about practices like smoking, consuming too much alcohol or red meat. But there are things that we do every day, that are slowly but steadily causing much damage to our health. These are not dangers that you will see coming from miles away, but ones that will crop up on you suddenly.

On International Women’s Day, let us look at the effects of some of these lifestyle practices that are a result of societal conventions of women always looking the best versions of themselves; we urge all women to put their health first by slowly habituating themselves out of these practices, to ensure that they lead longer and fuller lives.

High Heels 

  • Bone and nerve damage
  • Uneven pressure distribution leading to damage of delicate toe bones
  • Stiffness of Achilles tendons, causing your calves to bunch up
  • Extra stress to inner side of knees, leading to osteoarthritis
  • Puts stress on the back and knees because the weight of the body shifts forward for balance. Sore lower back due to unnatural posture and poor alignment.

Corsets/ Shapewear

  • Squishes lungs and ribs leading to rib damage.
  • Organs sometimes get dislocated under the pressure
  • Redness and chafing of skin
  • Indigestion, difficulty to breathe

Padded Undergarment

  • Increases the risk of cancer from bra under-wires.
  • The bra lifts the breast tissue which can lead to tumour formation.
  • Restriction of lymph fluid leads to lumps and cysts
  • Reduces melatonin in the body which directly affects sleep habits and immunity system
  • Reduced circulation

(Really) Skinny Jeans

  • Can result in nerve damage due to nerve compression.
  • Numbness, digestive issues


  • Infections
  • Swelling, rashes

Heavy Handbags

  • Unnatural pressure to one side of your body
  • Bone bruises
  • Back and neck problems
  • Poor posture

There are some illnesses that we still can’t just avoid, but we should definitely take more conscious steps towards keep some diseases at bay, ones that are just are result of our poor lifestyle choices.

If you have want to talk more on this issue, or have any queries regarding your health, you may visit, and talk to a doctor anytime you want.

Reduce Death Risk with EUOR tips

Eating spicy food more frequently as part of a daily diet is associated with a lower risk of death, suggests a new study. The association was also found in deaths from certain conditions such as cancer and ischemic heart and respiratory diseases.

This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, but the authors call for more research that may “lead to updated dietary recommendations and development of functional foods.”

Previous research has suggested that the beneficial effects of spices and their bioactive ingredient, capsaicin, include anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anticancer properties.

So an international team led by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences examined the association between consumption of spicy foods as part of a daily diet and the total risk and causes of death.

They undertook a prospective study of 487,375 participants, aged 30-79 years, from China Kadoorie Biobank. Participants were enrolled between 2004 – 2008 and followed up for morbidities and mortality.

All participants completed a questionnaire about their general health, physical measurements, consumption of spicy foods, red meat, vegetable and alcohol.

Participants with a history of cancer, heart disease and stroke were excluded from the study and factors such as age, marital status, level of education and physical activity were accounted for.

Compared with participants who ate spicy foods less than once a week, those who consumed spicy foods 1 or 2 days a week were at a 10% reduced risk of death (hazard ratios for death was 0.90). Those who ate spicy foods 3 to 5 and 6 or 7 days a week were at a 14% reduced risk of death (hazard ratios for death 0.86, and 0.86 respectively). The hazard ratio is the measure of how often a particular event happens in one group compared to how often it happens in another group, over time.

In other words, participants who ate spicy foods almost every day had a relative 14% lower risk of death compared to those who consumed spicy foods less than once a week.

The association was similar in both men and women and was stronger in those who did not consume alcohol.

Frequent consumption of spicy foods was also linked to a lower risk of death from cancer, ischaemic heart, respiratory system diseases and this was more evident in women than men.

Fresh and dried chilli peppers were the most commonly used spices in those who reported eating spicy foods weekly, and further analysis showed those who consumed fresh chilli tended to have a lower risk of death from cancer, ischaemic heart disease and diabetes.

Some of the bioactive ingredients are likely to drive this association, that is adding fresh chilli is richer in capsaicin, vitamin C and other nutrients. On the other side they caution against linking any of these with lowering the risk of death.

Should people eat spicy food to improve health? On this context, the University of Cambridge says that still more research needs to be done for confirming results that whether the actual cause is for intake of spicy foods or other dietary and lifestyle factors are also responsible.


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Muscle cramp is a minor condition involving the sudden contraction of a muscle which can occur all over the body. Most cramps do not require a doctor’s attention if you can take care of the affected area.



Sharp pain from a muscle, which can feel like a contraction – tension in the muscle – or a spasm. There may be a tender bump in the affected area of muscle tissue where the muscle cells have failed to loosen.


  1. Exercising for extended periods of time until muscles becomes fatigued and unfit for use.
  2. Dehydration during activity in heat.
  3. Nerve compression
  4. Temporary poor blood circulation
  5. Lack of minerals in diet.
  6. On rare occasions a cramp can also be indicative of an existing injury or condition, including anaemia,kidney disorders and diabetes (immediate doctors consultation is required)


The injury is usually minor and heals itself but you can assist the process through resting the affected muscle by ceasing stressful activity. You should gently stretch and rub the muscle to maintain sufficient motion and help it to relax. Holding the nearest joint in an extended position may also aid the muscles recovery. Ice the area and in the event of pain apply heat using a heat pad, warm towel or simply by taking a bath. See a doctor it you suffer from the repeated painful cramps that interfere with your daily routine or sleeping.


The precise cause of repeated muscle cramps is not always known but there are plenty of measures you can take to lower their frequency. Always stretch thoroughly before and after any potentially strenuous sport or physical activity, giving your muscles the maximum chance to work efficiently without serious strain. Drink plenty of fluids, especially around a period of activity. It is important to replace the fluids the fluids lost during training, as averting dehydration in this way will assist muscles in contracting properly and avoid muscle irritation. Do not train with fatigued muscles and if you wish to increase a training program, do so incrementally, training gradual steps in order to accustom your muscle to greater stress. Warm up correctly in all necessary parts of the body, particularly muscles vulnerable to cramps such as the hamstring, quadriceps and the calf muscle.


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Drink enough water

It is often noticed that working people tend to have less water while working that leads to lot of health issues. You should start your day with a tall glass of water in the morning. Water will help you to boost your metabolism.

Ditch the junk

Empty your candy bowl and get rid of chips, crackers and other unhealthy snacks stashed in your desk. The less you’re tempted by junk food, the healthier you’ll eat. You can have some home made snacks like fruit salad and vegetable salads.

Make time for meals

It’s easy to forget to eat when you’re slammed at the office. Block off 30 minutes each day to walk away from your desk and eat a healthy meal. You’ll come back refreshed and re-energized.

 Bring leftovers

Make an extra portion when you’re cooking dinner each night, and you’ll have a healthy lunch to take to the office the next day. You’ll also save money by doing this.

Plan your meals

If you know you’re going to eat two or three meals and two snacks at the office, plan ahead. Coming prepared will help you avoid getting too hungry and indulging on unhealthy junk food. You can have a meal plan for a perfect day of eating at the office.

Keep snacks at your desk

Forget vending snacks from outside. Instead, stock your desk drawer with dried fruit, packaged tuna, jerky, nuts, snack bars and apple sauce. If you have a mini fridge, stock up on fat-free yoghurt, fresh veggies and bottled water.

Bring in a water bottle

Start each day with a full bottle of water at your desk and make an effort to drink water often starting first thing in the morning. You’ll stay hydrated and energized.

Choose balanced snacks

When planning snacks for work, choose snacks with a combination of carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean proteins to boost your metabolism, increase energy and feel fuller longer, such as a peanut butter and banana sandwich or an apple with a handful of almonds.



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