Women's Healthcare

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

Piercings

  • 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 http://euorhealth.com/, 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.

 

The first rain drops after the scorching summer heat brings a lot of refreshment in the air. While we celebrate the monsoon rain we must also keep in mind that monsoon is prone to many diseases like cough and cold, typhoid and other health problems. Even bacteria tend to grow in food in this season, so, it better to avoid street food, drinks and fruits. This increases the number of doctor visits especially for the kids and aged people as they are more prone to seasonal infections.

It is often noticed that kids and elderly people love having unhealthy food stuffs. So, it is very essential to keep an eye to control such food habits. There are some effective and useful tips that will help you to stay healthy and you can maintain a healthy family.

Stay hydrated

You should drink enough water in this season to keep your body hydrated and refreshed. The humidity level tolls to inflate and you tend to sweat that prevents your body from releasing heat. It is recommended to carry a bottle in your bag as it helps to maintain the fluid balance of your body. Drink only boiled and filtered water to avoid water born diseases.

Monsoon diet

Maintaining a proper diet in this season is very important for staying healthy. When you feel hungry have your food moderately. Avoid street foods, drinks and junk snacks, instead include lots of fruits, veggies and use turmeric to cook food as it is rich in antioxidants.

Fresh food

Whenever you get vegetables from the market in this season, wash all vegetables in filtered water before consuming. Steam all leafy vegetables to kill the germs and remove the dirt. Avoid having contaminated food that is prone to illness.

Do NOT hog on street food!

Though the street snacks are very tempting like chaat, fried items, kulfis and golas but these are very harmful for your health and best to avoid. These street foods are prone to bacteria and germs as they are unprotected which may lead to diarrhea and jaundice.

Maintain hygiene

While travelling in buses and trains we come in contact with germs and bacteria that carry many diseases like styes, conjunctivitis and allergies. So, it is very important to maintain hygiene, dry your clothes properly and keep yourself clean. Always carry a hand sanitizer while travelling. Have separate towels and handkerchief; make sure that your little kid is not using the same towel and best if your kid’s towels are washed daily. Change your bed sheets at least twice a week.

Now enjoy your monsoon to the fullest. Let each rain drop make you filled with happiness. Along with all enjoyment stay healthy this monsoon!

A slim shapely portfolio tops the list of most of the today’s women. While some are genetically blessed with an amazingly trimmed body, many are not so fortunate. A lot of women who take to crash diets with the aim of losing weight, only end up harming themselves in turn. You cannot lose weight by eating less- while over binging is a strict NO but you should not also deprive your body of proper & adequate nutrients. The problem is that most of the women do not know what to eat to lose weight. There are certain foods that fill up sans getting you the unnecessary calories. The post below highlights on top 5 weight loss foods.

1.       Oats

This is a fantastic weight loss food and would be really handy for modern women.

oat

Oats are enriched in fiber & hence one serving would help you in feeling full all throughout the day. Thus, the doctors generally advise for oats in your breakfast so that you don’t have hunger pangs for a long time. Oats help to up your metabolism by a great extent that in turn burns off the undesired fat.

2.       Whole chicken

Whole chicken is succulent low-fat & iron-rich.

Whole chicken

It squashes the hunger pangs in a really palatable way and also supports you with rich nutrients- sans getting you fat.

3.        Red grapes

This is another sweet way to lose weight.

Red grapes

The dark red grapes are famous for a compound that block the formation of fat cells in your body. The sweet taste is an added bonus. If you are worried about your sweet tooth that makes sweets & candies irresistible, turn to red grapes.

4.        Brown rice

Then, you have brown rice. It’s fiber-packed, heartier & way better alternative to the usual rice that you consume for lunch or dinner everyday.

Brown rice

1.7g of brown rice involves Resistant Starch which is a super healthy carb that enhances metabolism & helps to burn the unnecessary fat faster. Besides, as this particular rice is a good low-energy-density food, it implies that it’s both heavy & filling- moreover, it’s low in the calorie department. Thus, when you get brown rice for lunch, you are full for a large part of the day, which eliminates chances of over-eating.

5.       Pear

Last, but not the least, you have pear as a fantastic weight loss aid.

Pear

According to studies, women who took 3 pears per day consumed lesser calories & lost more fat in comparison to those who did not.

Bacterial vaginosis in an unpleasant condition in women which is mostly developed due to poor vaginal care. You must know that the vagina contains both good & bad bacteria. In healthy condition, the good bacteria is more in number than the bad counterpart. When there is a reverse in balance resulting in more bad bacteria compared to good ones it is called bacterial vaginosis. It is one among the most common infections among women at childbearing age.

Reasons leading to Bacterial Vaginosis

So what are reasons that lead to such harmful imbalance in vagina? Well, there are certain conditions which increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis in women. These are:

• Sex with multiple partners or unsafe sex with new partner
• Using IUD as a birth control measure
• Douching
• Not using condom.

It must be noted that the condition is most usual with women who’re highly sexually active & that too unmindfully with random partners.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis

• Abnormal discharge from vagina with unpleasant odour.
• Discharge could be gray or milky.
• Watery or foamy discharge.
• Pungent fish-like odor, particularly post intercourse.
• Burning sensation while urinating.
• Itchy feel surrounding the vagina.

Bacterial Vaginosis test

Do not hesitate to consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. In regards to Bacterial Vaginosis test, the doctor will get sample fluid from vagina for testing. The doctor would also go for through examination of vagina. Do not douche or have sex for 24 hours before the doctor take your test.

Cure & Prevention Tips For Bacterial Vaginosis

Cure

If your bacterial vaginosis test comes positive, your doctor will prescribe antibiotic medicines for you. If your sex partner is male, he won’t need treatment id you have caught bacterial vaginosis. But if your sexual partner is female, then she might need treatment as bacterial vaginosis can be contagious when it comes to female sex partners.

Prevention tips

Any woman can suffer from bacterial vaginosis. Thus, you must be careful about certain prevention tips.
• Ensure proper balance in vaginal region – use mild soap to wash the anus & vagina everyday. You must wipe up the area from vagina till anus daily. Keep the region comfortable by wearing cotton-lined or cotton underpants. Do not go for tight pants & avoid pantyhose in the summer months.

• Do not douche – You must know that douching might remove good bacteria from vagina which guards the area from infection and in turn abets bacterial vaginosis risks.

• Pelvic exams – You must take pelvic exams on time and your doctor will suggest you on the frequencies of pelvic check-up & STI tests.

• Safe sex – This is really important. Try to stick with one sexual partner & stay loyal to one another, especially when your partner is female. Always use condoms whilst you are having oral, anal or vaginal sex.

Be clean with doctors

If you are having concerns about bacterial vaginosis problem, you must be clear about your sexual partners and the precautions used (or not used) during different sexual activities.

Have both of you decided to start a family of late? It could be that both of you have settled down in your respective careers and now it’s the perfect time to welcome your bundle of joy in the house. That’s amazing, but the would-be-mom should be careful about certain things before she conceives to ensure a healthy & safe pregnancy. Here are the tips that you would follow when you are planning prepare for pregnancy.

1.     Visit you gynecologist

When you are planning to get pregnant, you must make sure to visit your gynecologist for a thorough check-up. The doctor will tell you that how much your body is ready to conceive and what are the changes required in your lifestyle. You will be informed on the medications & vaccinations as well as a proper diet to be followed for a strong, safe and fit body.

2.      Check oral health

You must know that unhealthy gum can lead to premature or malnourished baby. Thus, you should maintain healthy gums and start practicing oral hygiene religiously to assure healthy pregnancy. You must visit your dentist to fix any oral problem you might have, immediately.

3.      Stop drinking & smoking

While smoking & drinking are strictly not allowed when one has conceived but you should start giving up on them when you are trying for pregnancy as well. Alcohol and tobacco ruin the body making it less safe for the little one as you conceive. In fact, excessive drinking & smoking might raise the miscarriage risks. The good part is that if you try to quit smoking & drinking from now, you won’t be suffering from the cravings as you conceive.

4.      Cut down on caffeine

You must make sure to cut down on caffeine as well when you are planning to get pregnant. You must not consume more than two cups coffee a day. It’s because excessive coffee on a regular basis makes it difficult to conceive.

5.       Healthy diet

Healthy diet is a must when you are planning to conceive soon. Cut down on junk intake & focus more on lean protein, whole grains, leafy vegetables & fruits. Healthy diet as you are planning to conceive, eliminates risks of diabetes during pregnancy.

6.        Shed excess weight

Obesity during pregnancy leads to several health issues like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes hence you must check your weight from now- obviously it won’t be smart to lose weight once you conceive.

7.        Exercise

Akin to healthy eating exercise is a must, even if you are not obese. Exercise helps in proper blood circulation that further ensures proper channelization of vitamins & nutrients throu8ghout the body.

8.        Check mental health

You cannot expect a healthy fertility if you are not healthy mentally. Thus, if you are feeling depressed, stressed or unhappy lately, don’t hesitate to talk to a counselor.

9.        Ovulation calendar

Use online ovulation calendar to identify your fertile days.

10.      Adieu to birth-control pill

Bid goodbye to your contraception pill.

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