Indoor Pollution - Pollutants inside our House

Indoor Pollution

When we talk about pollution, most of us think that its gas emission from traffic and factories, poly-bags, chemical wastes from major manufacturers, nuclear wastes from nuclear plants and bla-bla-bla. Yes these things are a part of pollution. But most of our time is spent not near these things. We spend most of our time inside our house or work place, which we think are free from pollution. Its just a misconception. If you think that your house and workplace are free from pollution, then its the time to change your thinking.

Pollutants inside our House 

Here we will list some major pollutants found inside our house and office. Read the following article completely and you will be surprised as you reach its end.

  • Dust: If you don't lean your home on regular basis then you are putting yourself in danger yourself. Dust inside your house is not just some soil particles from outside, it also contains your dead skin cells, hair. If you don't clean them daily then you are creating a playground for micro-organisms. One of the best playgrounds for such micro organisms in under your bed which is the most commonly ignored place by all of us.
  • Printers : Printers don't just print reports they also spray lots of micro-particles of ink, toner, and ozone which is a lung irritant. Color ink produces more noxious debris than a simple black and white print.
  • Candles: If you light candles in your home then its time to know little about them. Most of the candles using Paraffin. These candles emit such chemicals which can damage liver and also causes neurological problems and leukemia.
  • Furniture: Pressed wood (used in fiberboard or particleboard) is used in a number of household wooden products. This pressed wood is made by sticking tiny pieces of wood with glue or resins. But this pressed wood can also emit formaldehyde, a preservative and suspected carcinogen.
  • Paint: Lead is a component of Paint. However now Lead based paints are banned in US but still some old houses have that lead based paint on their walls. Lead is known for negative impacts on human health. It can cause permanent brain damage in kids.
  • Carpets:  American Lung Association recommends not to use carpets. Carpets are home to dirt, dust mites, pet dander, dirt, fungus and other unhealthy particles which can also cause asthma. Apart from these things formaldehyde is also present in majority of carpets which is a carcinogen.
  • Cleaning Sprays: Majority of cleaning sprays are just chemicals. They clean the surface but also leave some compounds in air which are poisonous for our body. Simple vinegar or baking soda can do the same cleaning without any toxic effects.
  • Kitchen: You might be surprised, but YES. If your kitchen is not properly ventilated then its the most dangerous pollutant in your home. Cooking on a Gas stove can cause unsafe level of nitrogen dioxide unless you use a exhaust fan in your kitchen while cooking. It increses the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
  • Vegetables: According to an estimate 80% of human interaction with pesticides happen inside our house. Vegetables are the main source of that. Various pesticides are used while growing vegetables. When we eat those vegetables these pesticides enter our body. We can't stop eating vegetables but we can lower our interaction with pesticides by using some preventive measures. First is to wash the vegetables properly before cutting and second is to peel-off the vegetable before cutting and cooking. Majority of pesticides are inside the peel of vegetable. Last but not the least is to have a kitchen garden and grow vegetables in it with no or minimum amount of pesticides.
  • Smoking: If any body in your house is a smoker, then its an add-on to the indoor air pollution.
The above chart shows how serious is indoor pollution. Most of us are prone to getting some disease due to indoor air pollution. It better to keep track of that pollution and remain healthy.

We provided the above information after reading about indoor air pollution on internet. We don't guarantee all the facts written here to be true, but they are true as per our knowledge. Try searching and reading more about indoor air pollution before applying any changes in your lifestyle. 

Flu Symptoms (How it differs from Cold)

Flu is a common health problem in winter. A number of symptoms are related to flu. If you agree with most of them listed here, then you are suffering from flu. Intensity of suffering differs from person to person and the cause of flu.

Some common symptoms of flu are:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea(more common in children than adults)

Flu Symptoms vs Cold Symptoms

Some people often get confused between common cold and flu. However some symptoms of cold and flu are same but these two conditions can be differentiated.

We hope that the symptom difference between flu and common cold will be clear by now after understanding the charts given above.

Garcinia Cambogia Benefits and Side Effects

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit found in India and South East Asia. Its famous for its usage in weight loss. Garcinia Cambogia also come in the form of pill. Its one of the most googled weight loss pill. Several brands make Garcinia Cambogia pill under different names.

Garcinia Cambogia fruit looks like a small pumpkin and its colour ranges from green to yellow.

Some other common names of Garcinia Cambogia are

  • Garcinia gummi-gutta
  • brindleberry
  • Malabar tamarind
  • kudam puli (pot tamarind)

Weight Loss by Garcinia Cambogia

Those who believe in weight loss property of Garcinia Cambogia, find it beneficial to affect appetite and weight regulation in two ways:

  • Reduces Fat Production: It blocks the fat-producing enzyme Citrate lyase which makes it harder for the body to produce fat.
  • Reduced Appetite: It increases levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain which leads to reduced appetite.

Note: According to wikipedia the weight loss benefit of Garcinia Cambogia is overhyped and it does not show any extra ordinary benefits in weight reduction.

Other Health Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

  • One study results say that it can reduce LDL cholesterol, lower triglycerides and raise HDL (the good cholesterol).
  • One more study confirmed that it can lower the belly fat as well.

Side Effects of Garcinia Cambogia

Some side effects are also connected to usage of Garcinia Cambogia. These sides effects are reported in various research studies.

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea

Note: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use Garcinia Cambogia as its not considered safe in such cases.

Facts about Sex Unknown to most of Adults

Sex is the unholy word for most of the religions, but its the only thing surviving the human existence on our planet. Due to its unholy image in our mind we don't show our interest in getting in-depth knowledge about this natural phenomena. Here we have collected some facts about sex and reproduction system of human beings. You might feel surprised that you have spent several years of your adult life unknown of this knowledge.

Facts about Sex Unknown to most of Adults

  • A women releases a single egg cell in a month while a single ejaculation of man contain  30 to 750 Million of Sperms (However its lower than a swine which have 8 billion sperms in a single shot).
  • 70% of american teenagers have had sex before they enter 20's.
  • Women are fertile for 3 to 6 days every month.
  • Sperm cell can remain alive inside reproductive tract but it barely remain viable after two days.
  • For birth control couples often do sex in safe period (unsafe period are fertile days of a women), but 24% couples fail and the female partner get pregnant.
  • Ovulation is the time when mature egg comes out into Fallopian tube to get fertilized. Ovulation can be detected by body temperature. During ovulation body temperature rises by 0.5 degree Celsius. So if you want to know your fertile period then measure your temperature daily and you will know the correct time.
  • Usually we think that sex education for teenagers will encourage them to practice it, but some researches have shown that sex education helped teenagers in keeping their virginity.
  • A study published Sept. 24, 2012 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine states that women prefer sex with men with larger penises.
  • According to a study published in British Journal of Urology International in 2007, women worry less about penis size and men worry more about it. 85% of women are satisfied with the length of penis of their partner, but only 55% of men are satisfied with their own penis length.
  • Average vagina size is 2.44 inches but it varies from 1.5 inch to 4 inch.
  • According to google knowledge graph average penis size is 5.1 Inch.
  • The tendency to have an orgasm decreases with age in men, but increases with age in women. Older women have more orgasms during sex compared to women of lower age groups.
  • Just like sleep-walk and sleep-eat, sleep-sex is also a medical condition. Its known as sexsomnia.
  • Women are more prone to nightmares in their sleep while men are prone to dreaming of sex in their sleep.
  • According to a survey done in spain rich people have a more sexually satisfactory life then poor people.

Exercise to help you live longer

Its a well known fact that exercise can improve your health but now researchers have found that exercise can add years to your life as well. Here we will discuss some important exercises and workouts that can help you in increasing your lifespan.

Before discussing the exercises lets discuss some facts related to exercise and lifespan of human beings.

Based on a research done on 650,000 people its found that

  • Being Obese and physically inactive can cut 7.5 years from your life.
  • 300 minutes of some easy-to-do exercises in a week can add 4.2 years to your life.

Here are some exercises that you can do easily out of your busy schedule.

  • Running or Walking : Running is considered best for a healthy person, but you are not fit to run then walking is best. Walking is best for everybody. Even if a healthy person is walking with some elder ones while chit-chatting with them, then its beneficial for both of them. Most elder people prefer a evening walk.
  • Swimming: Swimming is a complete exercise. Those who do it will agree with my view. It increases you physical stamina as well.
  • Cycling: Its one of the most preferred exercise by people of all age groups. If you are unable to do it as an outdoor activity then you can also use it as an exercising equipment inside your home.
  • Aerobics: Best thing about aerobics is that you don't need any equipment for that. You can do it in middle of your walking schedule in a park. Light exercises of aerobics gives movement to all of your joints and muscles. Its good for people of all age groups. 
  • Workout in a Gym: If you are a healthy person and them you will prefer this one. Workout in gym gives us a feeling of a fit sportsman. Thats why people in their 20's and 30's prefer workout in a gym. There is no harm in that, instead its good for health. But sometimes people go for heavyweight exercises without any coach, which can create trouble sometime. So whatever you do,do it properly and always ask your trainer if you want to go for heavyweight exercises.
  • Yoga: Its another popular thing that can be done by people of all age groups. There are various types of yoga, so a good yoga teacher can only tell you which yoga postures are best for you. Yoga exercises are not only good for your body but they are good for your mind as well. Yoga increases your concentration power.

Some tips before you begin

  • Don't forget your age: Sometimes some aged people try to compete with younger generation, which can land them into trouble. Its better to stick to your exercise schedule which is meant for you. Overexercising can be very harmful sometimes.
  • Don't forget your medical condition: If you have some medical condition then it its better to take advice from your doctor and make a exercise schedule accordingly. Especially heart patients and blood pressure patients should listen to doctors advice and take it seriously. 

If we add some years to our life using some easy to do exercises then these extra years will be full of life, not just spending the time with your medicines and bed. Its your choice what you want in the end, a healthy and cheerful end or just visiting doctors in the end.

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga

The word "hot yoga" creates an image of some sensual yoga poses to create excitement in our mind. A number of people misunderstand this term as referring to something sexual. But its totally different. Hot Yoga is a practice of yoga done at certain high temperature in slightly moist environment. In reality its a way to replicate the high temperature and humid conditions of India, where yoga is originated. Some people say that high temperature helps in increasing flexibility of body and humid condition helps in more sweating to remove toxins from body.

Another common name of Hot Yoga is "Bikram Yoga", devised by Bikram Choudhary, who made hot yoga famous in western countries.

There is 4 forms of Hot Yoga done in various parts of world under different name. These are

  • Bikram Yoga: Its done in US since 1970s. There are 26 different poses in Bikram yoga performed at 105 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Forrest Yoga: This yoga in Indian Yoga combined with Native American spirituality. Its also done in a heated room. 
  • Power Yoga: Its aform of "Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga" done in replicated environmental conditions of Mysore, India.
  • TriBalance Yoga: This kind of hot yoga takes slightly higher temperature than Bikram Yoga but humidity is kept slighly less.

According to some people the word "Hot Yoga" is derived from "Hat Yoga" (in Hindi हठ योग ). Hat Yoga consists of those yogasans which need flexibility and physical fitness to its extreme levels. Before doing hat yoga a person should have done simple yoga for quiet some time.

Plastic - The Unknown killer of Human Beings

Plastic - The Unknown killer of Human Beings

In the modern world plastic has become an important part of our life. Following are few usages of plastic in our daily life which we are making us sick unintentionally.

  • We drink water from plastic bottles
  • Newly born kids drink milk from plastic bottles
  • Toys of kids are made of plastic (Some kids even try to chew them)
  • People use crockery made of plastic
  • We use plastic utensils in microwave oven
  • Plastic jars are used to store food items in kitchen
  • Plastic ice trays are used in freezers to make ice cubes.
  • A number of food items in market are available in plastic packings.
  • Plastic lunch boxes are used by kids and adults.

You might be wondering that how these items are making us sick. Here we will tell you some facts which should be known to every human being who is aware and want to live a healthy life.

Exact chemical composition of plastic of different brands is different. Its composition is proprietary thus not known. But according to an estimate more than 100 different chemicals can be used to make a plastic product. These chemicals can interact with the food item stored in it (even at room temperature). When we freeze these containers or use them in microwave that chemical interaction is increased.

If you think that plastic of top brands, BPA free Plastic and microwaveable plastic containers are OK to use. Then its just a misconception. Bisphenol-A (in short BPA) creates estrogenic activity (EA). Even BPA-free plastic creates estrogenic activity.

Estrogenic activity can cause following complications in human health

  • Early puberty in females
  • Reduced sperm counts
  • Altered function of the reproductive organs
  • Obesity
  • Increased rates of certain cancers
  • Problems with infant and childhood development.

Estrogenic activity (EA) even in very amount can change the structure and function of human cells. It not only changes cell but also the behavior of organs affected by it.

According to some researches plastic of almost every brand creates EA when put under stress like microwave or freezer. 90% of plastic samples create EA even at room temperature. So you can easily estimate the bad effect of plastic on human health.

How you can save yourself from plastic

  • There is only one simple solution. Try to avoid using plastic in any shape. 
  • Use stainless steel utensils and glass jars in your kitchen. 
  • Avoid eating fastfood packed in plastic containers.

Carcinogen - Substances that can cause Cancer


Carcinogen are those substance which are directly involved in causing cancer. Its includes not only those components which which are directly linked to causing cancer but also those which are suspected to help a cancer causing element to evolve.

Carcinogen are available in plenty of things in our nearby object but we hardly recognize them. Here we list some most common carcinogens are making us prone to cancer in our own house and outside our house.

Carcinogens inside our house

  • Formaldehyde, a chemical common in building materials. Formaldehyde is a class A carcinogen. Here Class A means worst of its types. Formaldehyde have 50 different synonyms, which are used by manufacturers to hide its presence in their product. Methyl Aldehyde is one such common synonym.
  • Styrene, which is used to make plastics and rubber.
  • Bisphenol, used in the manufacture of food containers and drink bottles
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls found in coolants, flame-retardants and plastics. It affects nervous system and also linked to liver and brain cancers.
  • Perfluorinated found in fast food packaging, non-stick utensils, stain resistant carpets and furniture polishes. It makes people prone to bladder cancer.
  • Organochlorides found in plant pesticides toand mosquito repellents. It can create male genital problems and its disrupts the hormone secretion.
  • Phthalates found in plastics (water bottles and toys of children and many perfume bottles). Its also a hormone disrupter.
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers found in flame-retardants in cars, furniture and TVs, and in clothing treatments. It causes severe hormone disruption and blood disorders.

Carcinogens outside our house

  • IARC has classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen in 2013. Previously diesel engine exhaust, solvents, metals, and dust were categorized as carcinogens but not complete outdoor air pollution is mentioned as a cancinogen. It is a good step to make people aware of the bad effect of air pollution.
  • Particulate Matter is another carcinogen. However its a part of air pollution. It is combination of extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found in air.

Miscellaneous Facts

  • You are inviting cancer to infect you or you family member if you are living near main roads.
  • Children are at most risk if you are living near petrol stations.
  • If you think farmers living in a natural environment are at lower risk of getting cancer, then you are wrong. Pesticides and herbicides used in farms are one of the major causes to develop several types of cancer.
  • Living near power cables or electricity sub-stations is also found dangerous for your health.
  • Some studies have found that living near chemical factories, steel makers, wood cutters/timber merchants or cement factories increases the risk of getting blood cancer or kidney cancer.

Lung Cancer and Air Pollution

During past few years passive smoking and air pollution in metro cities is becoming the major cause of lung diseases. Lung cancer is the worst form such diseases which can take a person to verge of death if not diagnosed at right time.

In a report in 1981, out of all cancer deaths

  • 2% are caused due to pollution
  • 4% are result of occupational exposure
  • 30% are due to smoking
  • 35% due to incorrect diet

Either the environment of that time was much safer or there were some mistakes in that report.

2010 report by the US President's Cancer Panel claims

  • 19% of all cancer deaths worldwide are due to environmental pollution and occupational exposure.

In year 2010 more than 220,000 lung cancer deaths were caused due to air pollution. Majority of these deaths were in China and East Asian Countries due to particulate matter in environment.

In year 2010 around 157,300 deaths in US were caused due to lung cancer. More than 17000 of them were non smokers. Researches contribute exposure to asbestos, passive smoking and air pollution is main reason for these 17000 lung cancer deaths.

According to a data from the Global Burden of Disease Project there were 3.2 million deaths around the world resulted from air pollution in year 2010, including 223,000 from lung cancer.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo monitored the health of more than 16000 men in the age group of 40 to 49 years between 1971 to 1998. During the study 418 men got lung cancer. Researchers lead to the following conclusion from that study.

  • Nitrogen oxide, mainly produced by traffic and Sulphur Dioxide increased the risk of Cancer.
  • Urban Air Pollution increases the risk of cancer in men.

Recently a six year old Chinese girl is diagnosed with lung cancer. She is the the youngest patient of lung cancer ever. The main reason for her condition is found to be air pollutants in her locality.

Air pollution exposes majority of population to risk of lung cancer. No matter how rich you are, you are similarly exposed to this threat same as a lower class person. Pollution due to industries and vehicles can't be stopped in a single day. So even if some regulations were imposed, still it will take years for the condition to be better.

No only the air outside your home is polluted, some carcinogens inside our house also pollute the air inside our house. Most of us don't even know the several carcinogen are present in the building material used to construct our house. Know more about Carcinogens.

13% Deaths in World are caused due to Cancer

Cancer is often taken as synonym for "Death" by common people. However medical science is much advance now and a number of cancer patients are treated successfully, but still "Cancer" is number one killer in this world. The following information is not for those who are already a cancer patient. Its for those who are healthy people and it will encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent themselves from this disease.

There are a number of types of cancer depending on the organ affected by it. The facts given below considers all types of cancer as just "Cancer".

  • Around 7.4 Million people die due to cancer every year, which is 13% of deaths around the world in a year.
  • 70% cancer deaths occur in lower class or middle class communities. This percentage is low in developed countries.
  • One-third population in developed countries develop cancer at least once in their lifetime.
  • Two in nine people develop cancer twice in their lifetime. It means that cancer can develop in any organ irrespective of the first cancer.
  • One in nine people can develop a cancer twice, if the survived the first.

Deaths by Cancer

Here are few major types of cancer with the number of lives taken by them every year.

  • Lung Cancer: 1.3 Million
  • Stomach Cancer: 803 Thousand
  • Colorectal Cancer: 639 Thousand
  • Liver Cancer: 610 Thousand
  • Breast Cancer: 519 Thousand

Deaths by Cancer in Men

The most common organs of men which are usually affected by cancer are oesophagus, lung, stomach, liver and prostate. Mortality rate of different types of cancer in men is as follows:

  • Lung Cancer: 31 % Mortality
  • Prostate Cancer: 10% Mortality
  • Colorectal Cancer: 8% Mortality
  • Pancreatic Cancer: 6% Mortality
  • Liver Cancer: 4% Mortality

Deaths by cancer in Women

The most common organs of women which are usually affected by cancer are lung, breast, stomach, colorectal and cervical.

  • Lung Cancer: 26 % Mortality
  • Breast Cancer: 15% Mortality
  • Colorectal Cancer: 9% Mortality
  • Pancreatic Cancer: 6% Mortality
  • Ovarian Cancer: 6% Mortality

How you can save yourself from Death by Cancer ?

  • More than 30% of cancer cases can be prevented by not smoking tobacco and having a healthy diet.
  • Remaining physically active and having a healthy diet also prevents you from getting cancer.
  • Never take any health problem lightly and get it checked and diagnosed with the help of a doctor. If cancer is detected in early stage than it can be treated adequately.
  • 70% cancer deaths occur because they are not diagnosed at an earlier stage where it can be prevented from growing further. So get yourselves checked properly for any medical condition.

Obesity in America Facts and Statistics

Around 35% or 78.6 million of US Population is Obese. It means more than one-third of the American population score above 30 on BMI. Those who score more than 30 on BMI scale are considered as Obese, and those who score between 25 to 30 are taken as overweight. Now if we add all overweight and obese people of America then they will make around 74% of US Population. It means 39% of US Population is overweight and 35% is Obese. Most people say that its a side-effect of being one of the most advanced countries in the world. Lets dig this fact little further.

Facts about Obesity in America

Is Obesity connected to our earning level ?

Some surveys conducted on American citizens concluded that our earning level have effect on our obesity level. But the results are different for both genders. Those men who are earning more prone to obesity while women have totally opposite relation between earning level and obesity. The more a woman earn, more are chances for her to be slim.

Is Obesity connected to our educational status ?

Yes, a survey conducted on US Citizens concludes that educational status is connected to obesity only in women. The more educated a women is, lesser are the chances of being obese. But there is no effect on men. It simply means that women utilize their knowledge to have a better health but men only chase wealth.

Age Group Wise Obesity Percentage in US

Age Group 02 - 05 Years: More than 8% are Obese
Age Group 06 - 11 Years: More than 17% are Obese
Age Group 12 - 19 Years: More than 20% are Obese
Age Group 20 - 39 Years: More than 30% are Obese
Age Group 40 - 59 Years: More than 39% are Obese
Age Group Over 60 Years: More than 35% are Obese

Note : In age group of 2 - 19 Years, Obesity is defined as BMI level of above 95th percentile.

As you can see from the above data that obesity percentage increases with age-group till the age of 60. After that it decreases slightly due to old age diseases and diet changes.

Obesity leads to other diseases

Its a matter to think about as obesity is the path to a number of diseases which are considered as best killer diseases in US. Some of these diseases are

  • Heart diseases
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of Cancer (Like breast cancer and colon cancer)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apmea
  • Gall Bladder Disease

Obesity affects the Economy

These diseases not only affect the health of American citizens but also affect the economy of state and all families. During year 2008 Annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion which is almost twice the US budget allocated for healthcare annually. According to an estimate the medical costs for obese people is $1,429 higher than those of normal people.

Major Causes of Obesity in USA

Family Lifestyle
Unbalanced Diet
Lack of Sleep
Medical Problems

Some Unknown facts about Obesity in America

1 out of 3 is Obese
1 out of 20 is extremely obese
2 out of 3 Americans are overweight
Today an average American is 23 pounds heavier than 40 years ago.
Obese people in America spend around $1500 more compared to normal american on his/her healthcare.
In current trend continues then by 2030 almost half of the population of America will be obese.

FML Eye Drops Dosage Side Effects and Cost

FML Eye Drops

FML eye drops is a widely used eye drop with  fluorometholone as the main ingredient, which is a type of corticosteroid (or steroid). Corticosteroids are usually used for reducing inflammation. Its mostly prescribed for a short-term use after eye surgery. FML eye drops reduces the itching, irritation, pain and redness in eyes. Never take this eye drop if your doctor have not prescribed it to you. As its a corticosteroid, so prolonged usage of this medicine can cause some side effects. One more ingredient of FML eye drops is polyvinyl alcohol, which acts as lubricant for dry and inflamed eye.

FML Eye Drops Dosage

Its important to follow the dosage instruction given by your doctor. As FMl eye drops are usually prescribed after an eye surgery so its more important to follow the advice and dosage told by the doctor.

In most cases its prescribed to put 1 to 2 drops of FML eye drop in the affected eye every hour for 1 or 2 days. After that the frequency of dose is decreased gradually to just 2 to 4 times in a day. This eye drop is never prescribed for more than a week due to the side effects associated with it.

FML Eye Drops Side Effects

The side effects listed are not seen in every patient using this eye drop. Only a few users of FML Eye drop complain one or two side effects listed here. If you feel any one of them then consult your doctor.

  • Blurred vision after putting in the drops
  • Sensation of something in the eye
  • Eye pain, itching or irritation
  • Watery eyes
  • Dilated pupil
  • Increased pressure inside the eyeball
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Unusual taste
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Skin Thinning (Visible veins near eye)
  • Prolonged usage can damage optic nerve

Precautions while using FML Eye Drops

  • FML Eye Drops can damage your contact lens, so its better to remove contact lens before using this eye drop and then wear it after 15 minutes.
  • Never touch the tip of dropper, else can cause infection in your eye passing the germs through the drops.
  • Don't drive or operate any machine just after using FML Eye drops as it can blur your vision for some time.
  • You should not use this eye drop if you are suffering from fungal, bacterial or viral infections of the eye
  • This eye drop is never prescribed for children under 2 years.
  • Always keep this medicine out of reach of children.

FML Eye Drops Cost

FML Eye Drop (5ml) witha concentration of 1mg/ml costs $8 to $10 . Prices may differ with country, currency and brand.

Prednisone 20 mg Tablet Side effects and Overdose symptoms


Prednisone is a corticosteroid which suppress the immune system and helps in reduction of release of those compounds in body which causes inflammation. Prednisone is anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant medicine. Usually its available in the form of a 1, 2, 5 and 20mg tablet.

Usually 5 mg daily dose is the physiologic dose for adults. But in some cases Prednisone 20mg can also be recommended. Never decide you dose on your own. Stick to the dosage told by doctor.

Prednisone is used to treat following medical conditions:

  • allergic disorders
  • skin conditions
  • ulcerative colitis
  • arthritis
  • lupus
  • psoriasis
  • breathing disorders

Prednisone 20 mg Side Effects

Prednisone is an Asteroid and its the basic side effect of steroids that them weaken our immune system and make our body prone to catching infection. Some common side effects of Prednisone are

  • shortness of breath
  • vision problems
  • severe pain in your upper stomach
  • severe depression
  • bloody or tarry stools
  • eye pain
  • changes in personality or behavior
  • slow wound healing
  • sleep problems (insomnia)

Long Term Usage Side Effects of Prednisone

  • It can cause bone-loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke while taking Prednisone. Its necessary to take have diet rich in Vitamin D and Calcium to protect yourself from this side effect.
  • It can cause thinning of skin and easy bruising.
  • Sometimes it causes changes in the shape or location of body fat in your face, neck, back, and waist. It can also increase acne or facial hair
  • Prednisone long-term usage can also cause menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

Precautions to be used  while taking Prednisone

  • Never stop taking Prednisone suddenly. Its dose should be reduced gradually as per the advice of a doctor.
  • Never use Prednisone if you are suffering from any type of fungal infection.
  • Prednisone can worsen the condition if you are already suffering from any infection or recovered from an infection in past few weeks. So if your doctor is prescribing Prednisone then he/she might ask you about your medical condition in past few weeks.
  • Usually Prednisone is not prescribed from pregnant women, as it can affect the growth of unborn baby.
  • Prednisone can cause some medical test results to be unusual.
  • Try to keep yourself away from sick people as you are more prone to diseases (Prednisone is an immuno-suppresant).
  • Prednisone should be taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.

Prednisone Overdose

Prednisone overdose does not cause any life-threatening condition. However these are some side-effects of long term usage which are discussed above. If you forget to take a dose then take it as soon as you remember, but if its almost time for your next dose then leave it. Never double your dose to makeup for a missed dose.

Bed Bug Bite Treatment

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are little pests often found in bed, chairs, carpets and other furniture. The main reason of their production is uncleanliness and unhygienic conditions in a home. People often come to know of their existence once they get a beg bug bite. Usually these bites are never a single bite but a bunch of bites.

Beg bugs mostly feed on human blood. Due to this reason they try to hide in furniture, especially in bed and most feed between 3AM to 6 AM. Here we will provide you some easy Bed Bug Bite Treatment.

Bed Bug Bite

Bed Bug bites are usually red and itchy. Mostly bed bug bites are found in a row unlike the mosquito bites. They usually bite on arm, shoulders and neck.
Beg Bug bite is not taken as a serious thing as they disappear after a few week except in some cases where they cause some allergic reactions.

Bed Bug Bite Treatment

  • Usually bed bug bite don't need any special treatment. But you can use antihistamine pill or cream such asdiphenhydramine (Benadryl). Never scratch the bite mark as it can cause bacterial infection.
  • Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply it on bed bug bites and leave it there for at least 2 hours and then wash it off with warm water.
  • In some rare cases bed bug bite can cause allergic reactions, so if you think that you are feeling it much more itchy then contact a doctor.
  • If a secondary bacterial infection occurs in the bed bug bitten skin then doctors might prescribe some anti-bacterial ointment or some oral antibiotic. 
  • Corticosteroid creams (hydrocortisone) can also help some people.

Some Unknown facts about Bed Bugs 

  • These nasty bugs can survive upto an year without eating or feed anything.
  • Bed Bugs can reproduce three generations in an year.
  • Bed Bugs can suck human blood upto seven times of their own weight.
  • Beg Bugs try to avoid sucking the blood of smokers and drinkers (they know whats better).
  • Beg bugs move so fast that they can go from one end of a bed to another within five seconds.
  • Bed Bugs usually feed between 3AM to 6AM.
  • A room or bed infected with Bed Bugs usually smell like a mixture of raspberries and almonds.

Best Hiding places of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs show some intelligent behavior and try to hide near the sleeping places of humans. They usually hide at following places in your home.

  • Under the mattress
  • In cracks of furniture
  • Under the carpet
  • On edges of curtains
  • Behind the wallpapers

Apart from these places there are some more places outside your home where bed bugs exist. These places are
  • movie theaters
  • office buildings
  • laundries
  • shelters
  • transportation vehicles

Ayurvedic Treatment for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is one of the worst diseases which happen in women. Almost 99% cases of breast cancer occur in women. Several therapies are used by women worldwide to get cure from this disease. Some people take Ayurvedic treatment for Breast Cancer as an alternative medicine. In some cases its cured as well. But there are no accurate studies to take it as a guaranteed treatment for Breast Cancer.

Here we will discuss Ayurvedic treatment for Breast Cancer ans if you should take it or not. Before we go further lets look few known causes of breast cancer.

Factors and Causes of Breast Cancer

  • Gender: Usually Breast cancer occur in women. More than 99% of all breast cancer cases occur in women.
  • Menstrual history: Those women who started menstruating before age 12 and those who went through menopause after 55 years of age have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Age:Risk increases with age. More than 50% cases of Breast Cancer occur after the age 60. More than one-third cases occurs after age 75 years. 
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding: If you have never been pregnant or if your first pregnancy occurred after 30 years of age then you have an increased risk of getting breast cancer.
  • Alcohol:Alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women.
  • Smoking: increases the risk for breast cancer.
  • More Weight: Obese women have slightly higher risk of getting this disease after menopause.
  • Socioeconomic Status: Those women who belong to high society are more prone to breast cancer because they are more exposed to alcohol, smoking or stress.
  • Diet and lifestyle: High Amount of fat and oil in diet and low physical activity contribute to developing breast cancer.
  • Wearing tight bra and sleeping with bra makes you more prone to breast cancer. 
  • Breast is one of the biggest lymph gland and it should get some exercise to grain.

Ayurveda and Breast Cancer

Some Ayurvedic Herbs which are known for having anti-cancer properties are
  • Tumeric
  • Amla
  • Holy Basil
  • Ashwagandha
  • Boswellia
  • Nigella sativa
  • Rhubarb root
  • Triphla

There are some therapies in Ayurveda which are found helpful in treating Breast Cancer

  • Touch Therapies 
  • Aromatherapy 
  • Some Herbs or Plant treatments (Some herbal medicines are safe, but not all. Some heavy metals present in herbs might cause negative impact on your regular treatment) 
  • Yoga, Relaxation Techniques 
  • Massage 

Before starting any of the above therapies its better to consult an Ayurvedic Doctor. As mentioned above some herbal medicines contain heavy metals, so its better to ask your regular doctor before you start using them. Sometimes these herbal medicines may cause complications in your regular medication.

Yoga (Relaxation Techniques) is known to reduce stress in people suffering with breast cancer.

Ayurveda and Health

According to Ayurveda all health problem occur when our mind, body and spirit are out of balance. Main motive of Ayurvedic practices is to bring back that balance, and it will prevent and cure the diseases.

There are three types of elements (doshas) in our body:

  • Vata, which means Air and Space
  • Pitta, which means Fire and Water
  • Kapha, which means Water and Earth

These three types of elements work in harmony. One of these elements is always strong in our body but our health is maintained only when we make correct balance between these three. Due to this reason we should follow some ayurvedic practices to maintain that balance.

Here are a few Ayurvedic medicines which are found helpful in treating cancer, especially Breast Cancer:

  • Withaferin A: The compound Withaferin A taken from Withania somnifera, an ayurvedic plant, stopped the growth of breast cancer in mice. In an american research, its found that it stopped the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Sanjeevani: Sanjeevani (selaginella bryopteris) one of the most famous Ayurvedic Herb is found helpful in stopping cancer cell growth in some laboratory experiments. It even reduced the size of skin tumours in mice.
  • Pomegranate: Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is used to treat prostate, bowel and liver cancer. However there are no studies done on humans to verify this fact.
  • Indian frankincense: salai guggal or Indian frankincense is used to treat inflammatory conditions in ayurvedic treatment. In a US research study in 2011 acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) taken from the gum resin of Indian frankincense is found to slow down the growth of bowel cancer in mice.
  • Mangosteen: This fruit is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicinal system. A compound named alpha-mangostin found in outer layer of this fruit has shown the characteristic to kill various cancer cells in some lab experiments. When its tested on mice, it slowed growth of breast cancer.
  • MAK-4 and MAK-5: These two ayurvedic medicines is used in some laboratory studies and found good in controlling tumours in rats and cancer cells.

Holy Basil Medicinal Benefits

Holy Basil medicinal benefits
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum) is known as the "Queen of Herbs" in Ayurveda. This plant is even worshiped by Hindu families of India. One of the reason behind this respect given to this plant is its medicinal properties. According to Ayurveda no other plant have so many medicinal properties. In India, Holy Basil is known as "Tulsi".

Here we will provide a list of medicinal benefits of Holy Basil with some research studies to prove these facts.

  • Fights Bacterial Infection: Even a small wound can become a problematic thing due to bacterial infection. Holy basil can easily control such bacterial infections just like a powerful antibiotic. Research Findings.
  • It can improve the capability of your brain: Extract of roots of holy basil is known to have de-stressing and mentally stimulating capabilities. Researches are being done to know more this fact.
  • Reduces Harmful Cholesterol: Some researches done on animals have shown that this herb can lower the harmful cholesterol level in blood. (Research Findings).It also protects the heart from chronic stress.
  • Healing Power: Don't think that it will make you Wolverine, but extract of leaves of holy basil can boost wound healing.
  • Type2 Diabetes Cure: Holy basil can lower the sugar level . Some preliminary research findings have supported this belief. Research Findings.
  • Good for Stomach: Anti Ulcer properties of Holy Basil reduces the stomach acid, acid reflux and ulcers. Consumption of Holy basil increases the protective mucus production in stomach.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Holy basil is known to reduce inflammation. This quality of holy basil is good for joint pains.
  • Helps in fighting against Common Cold: People in India use holy basil in tea to get relief from common cold.
  • Helps in treating Bronchitis and Asthama. Tulsi leaves are one of the major constituents of Ayurvedic cough syrups.
  •  Some studies have shown than it can be used in Cancer Treatment just like the radiation therapy.
  • Removes kidney stones: Holy basil is also know to make our kidneys stronger and remove stone through urinary tract. 
  • Useful in Pyorrhea and teeth disorder: Powdered form of dry leaves of holy basil can be used as a tooth powder. Or that powder can be mixed with mustard oil to use it as a tooth paste. It not only cleanses the teeth and remove bad breath but also helps in treating pyorrhea.
  • Removes headache and stress
  • Cures from fever

Before applying any of these usages in your daily life, its better to consult your an ayurvedic doctor.

Holy Basil is not only used in Ayurveda but also in Greek, Roman and Siddha medicine system.  It has following medicinal properties
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory

Dengue Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurveda is considered as one of the most reliable therapy by a millions of people around the globe. People often search for ayurvedic treatment for Dengue Fever. Here we will try to provide in-depth information about Dengue ayurvedic treatment.

Ayurvedic Name of Dengue Fever: Dandak Jwara (दंडक ज्वर )
Other Names : Dandy Fever, Breakbone Fever

Dengue Ayurvedic Treatment

Some of the commonly used ayurvedic treatment for Dengue fever are given below.

  • Mix 360 mg of Shunthi Churna with 125 mg of Hinguleshwar and now take this mixture at least 4 times daily with hot water or milk. Shunthi is ayurvedic name of Ginger which is known for various medicinal properties. Hinguleshwar Ras contain heavy metal ingredients and it is usually used to treat body-ache and headache. This medicine should be taken strictly on prescription of an Ayurvedic Doctor.
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves are also used in Dengue Fever. Tulsi leaves provide soothing effect on nervous system and strengthen the stomach.
  • Fruits rich in Vitamin C should be given to patient. Vitamin C helps in better absorption of iron from the food consumed.
  • Coriander leaves (हरा धनिया ) is also used to get relief from dengue fever.
  • Papaya leaves are also considered as a good medicine by some Siddha physicians of South India. There is no studies to support this belief but people say that platelets count increase after taking papaya leaves.
  • Goat milk is also considered as a good alternative to increase platelet count which usually decreases in  Dengue fever.  
You must consult an ayurvedic doctor before applying any of the above given treatments for Dengue Fever.

Dengue Fever Symptoms and Treatment

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a severe type of viral fever. It is transmitted by mosquitoes who carry this virus from one person to another. Mostly dengue fever affect those who have a compromised immune system. Children under 10 years of age and weak people are more prone to this disease. Usually dengue fever lasts up to two weeks. Other common names of Dengue Fever are "breakbone" and "dandy fever".

What causes Dengue Fever ?

  • Transmission of fever from one person to another through mosquito bite.
  • Lack of cleanliness and providing good atmosphere for mosquito breeding.
  • Blocked drains and water logs near schools, hospitals and residential areas.
  • Aedes Mosquito which is known by other common names such as tiger mosquito or forest mosquito act as the main carrier of this disease.

Dengue Fever Symptoms

  • Sudden High Fever
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Pain behind the Eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Skin Rash (usually appear after 2 to 5 days of infection)
  • Bleeding (Nose bleeding or bleeding gums)

Dengue Fever Treatment

Dengue fever is treated on the basis of treatment of symptoms. There is no accurate medicine or vaccination for this disease. Its necessary to keep this disease from spreading to others.

Dengue Ayurvedic Treatment

How to protect yourselves from Dengue outbreak ?

To protect yourselves from a dengue outbreak your have to follow a few safety measures.

  • Prevent Mosquito Breeding in your locality. Try to clean all blocked drains and water logged on road sides.
  • Protect your kids. Kids are most prone to Dengue as their immune system is weaker than grown up people. In case of a dengue outbreak, don't let them go outside in evening as during that time mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear full sleeves clothes to prevent mosquito bite.
  • Use some mosquito repellents to prevent the spread of dengue.

Miscellaneous facts about Dengue Fever

There are five different types of Dengue virus. If you have recovered from a dengue fever then you become immune to that particular type of virus. But still can get dengue fever again through remaining four types of dengue virus. Symptoms and severity of symptoms differ from one virus to another.

Pulmonary Hypertension

What is Pulmonary Hypertension ?

Pulmonary Hypertension is life threatening disease. It affects the arteries in lungs and right ventricle of heart. Pulmonary Hypertension begins from narrowing of pulmonary arteries in lungs, which makes blood flow harder. It makes our heart (especially right ventricle) to pump blood with more pressure, which eventually weakens the heart muscles and may lead to heart fail.

Is Pulmonary Hypertension Curable ?

No, Pulmonary Hypertension is not curable, But symptoms of this disease can be reduced with proper treatment. So its better to take treatment if you are diagnosed for this disease. Proper treatment will increase your quality of life.

Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms

Pulmonary Hypertension don't show any major symptoms in earlier stages. People often treat its symptoms as symptoms of some other diseases. As time passes by the symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension become worse.

Some common symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension are:

  • Short Breath, initially during some physical activity and eventually at rest.
  • Feeling tired in less physical activity.
  • Chest Pressure or Pain
  • Swelling in ankles, legs and abdomen.
  • Occasional Fainting
  • Bluish lips and skin.
  • Fast pulse rate

What are the causes of Pulmonary Hypertension?

Narrowing of the pulmonary arteries in lungs are the main cause of Pulmonary Hypertension. The main reason behind narrowing of these arteries is mostly connected to other diseases such as

  • Clots in Lungs
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Inborn heart defects
  • AIDS
  • Emphysema
  • Scleroderma or Lupus
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Living or climbing at altitudes higher than 8000 feet.

Sometimes Pulmonary Hypertension is caused due to unknown reasons. In such cases doctors take it as a genetic disorder and name it Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension (IPH).

Is there some treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension?

Yes, there are a variety of treatments depending upon the severity and underlying secondary disease which may be causing Pulmonary Hypertension. If its due to some other disease then treatment og that disease will make positive impact on Pulmonary Hypertension. But if you are suffering from IPH, then there are different type of medications to reverse the effect. There are some medicines to treat the arteries and reverse the narrowing. In some cases some pills to dilute the blood can also be used. Some drugs come in the form of IV and inhalers to treat Pulmonary Hypertension.
In some rare cases open heart surgery and transplantation is the last option to save the life.

Can some lifestyle changes help you live a better life with Pulmonary Hypertension ?

Yes, lifestyle changes can help a lot in living with Pulmonary Hypertension. This disease can't be permanently cured but lifestyle changes can reduce the symptoms.

  • Don't Smoke and avoid passive smoking
  • Get Plenty of Rest
  • If you are a lady, then don't become pregnant.
  • Stay Active but consult your doctor about your activity/exercise schedule.
  • Avoid travelling to high altitudes.
  • Reduce Stress by doing Yoga
  • Get a diet full of nutrients and maintain a healthy weight.

Organ and Body Donation for Humanity

Organ Donation is not just a way to save a needy patient by providing a few organs after your death. It something much more than that.

Organ Donation to save Humanity

Those who live after an organ transplant have a different thinking towards life. These people can do something more inspiring for the society due to the feeling of gratitude they have for the society.
You might save a Einstein by donating a kidney or liver. Who knows the hidden potential of a dying patient. Even if he/she might not be brilliant brain, but still he/she will never hurt anyone in his life because he/she know the meaning of life. Thus by donating some organs you will not just save a few lives, but you will save humanity.

You will Discourage Organ Trafficking

Organ Trafficking is the latest trend in the crime industry. Potential donors are kidnapped and used as donors. Such human trafficking usually occur from developing or undeveloped countries. Needy people are contacted by the agents who sell organs at a high price. People purchase such organs to save their loved ones. But if these needy people get organs from some deceased donors then they will not need to purchase organs from anybody. It will indirectly discourage Organ Trafficking. So by donating organs you will not just save the patient in need, but also numerous lives who are killed for Organ Trafficking.

It will give you a satisfaction

Some people donate organs while living just to save save life of someone very close. Your donation will not only save that patient but also make it easier for those close relatives or friends who are ready to donate their organs.

Some people put their organs on sale just to earn some easy money. It not only put them to danger of health risks but also hurts those who are dependent on them. Your donation will discourage such people and they have so find some other ways to earn.

Organ donation will not just make you a hero, but it will give you a feeling of satisfaction. Saving someones life is the act of god. Humans usually kill each other but by saving a life by donating organs you will the act of god and thus you will be a part of that eternity.

Body Donation

Some people even donate their bodies for research purposes. You might not have heard about that. But dead bodies are needed in research and medical education. While studying medical science students need dead bodies to experiment upon. Some people provided bodies to these organisations through unlawful methods. They dug out buried bodies from graveyards and sell them to research organisations. Your body donation will discourage such unlawful work.

Whats does Religion say about Organ and Body Donation

Some people think that proper funeral is necessary to let the soul of the dead person rest in eternity. Religious views differ. Lets think about it in depth. Answer the following questions yourself to get the answer.

  • Can't a blind person have a funeral?
  • Can a heartless person have a funeral?
  • Those who lose some of their body parts in an accident, don't the have a proper funeral?
  • Those who go through postmortem after death, don't they have a proper funeral?

Answer is that funeral has nothing to do with a few body organs. Religion is there to save humanity and if you help by donating organs after your death then it will save both religion and humanity. So come forward and donate.

Organ Donation : Know the Unknown

You must have heard about Organ Donation. But did you ever think what are its pros and cons. There are merits and demerits of every thing. Read this article if you want to take your knowledge to one step further. You will definitely find something interesting and inspiring on this page.

Which organs can be donated after death

Almost every part of body can be donated. Heart, heart valves, liver, kidney, bones, skin, tissues, eyes, pancreas, intestines and several other organs can be donated. It also depends n your condition at the time of death that which organs are usable or not. Sometimes some organs can't be donated due to some infectious disease at the time of death. So if you want to be a real donor then try to stay healthy till the end.

Living people can donate too

When we talk about organ donation, we think that organs can be donated only after death. But the fact is that some organs can be donated while still living. For example kidney and liver. It take a lot of courage to do so. One can do it only if he/she cares too much for the patient.

Is there any age limit for organ donation after death

No, there is no age limit for organ donation after death. Organs are examined after death, and if they are found healthy only then they are transplanted to some potential recipient.

Do you know:

  • More than 122 thousand patients are waiting for organ transplant in USA. 
  • 1 patient is added to the waiting queue in every 12 minutes.
  • 18 people in USA die everyday due to lack of donors.

What does Religion say about Organ Transplant

As per my knowledge Religion don't have any authority to say anything about Organ Transplant. Most of the Religion are quite old and when their scriptures were written there was no such thing like "Organ Transplant". People of that time don't even know that anything like that would happen in future.
A good religion will always tell you to save someone even by sacrificing your selves.
However if you bring some preachers of different religions to talk about that then they will must say something in favor or against it. So just accept what you feel right. After all its your body. But also think one more thing - Will this body be yours after death ?

After death you body will decompose into nature either in one way or another, so better give it a chance to stay longer and help humanity and then get decomposed after few more decades.

Donating Organs is True Humanity

Human Breed is known as the one who takes the lives of another to fulfill their greed. God is the one who gives us lives. By donating our organs we can be a helping hand to the god by saving lives. DO you know that organs from a dead person can save lives of 8 patients. It will not only save the needy patients but it will also give a new life to their closed ones.

Constipation Home Remedies, Cure and Precautions for Kids and Adults

Constipation is a condition of Hardened stool and problem in passing it through. This problem can occur in both Kids and Adults. Here we will provide some simple cures and treatment for constipation to help you out.

Constipation in Adults

Constipation is not something that we like to discuss with our family and friends. We often try to get relief from it either by drinking a lot of water or trying some other home remedies. It better to solve this problem by using home remedies before the condition become worst.

Here are few home remedies for constipation in Adults:

  • Olive Oil: Olive Oil is lot more that just a coking oil. If if take 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil in the morning before eating anything else then it can lubricate your digestive track and help you in getting a motion. If you don't like the taste the add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in it. 
  • Lemon Juice: Squeze 1 lemon in 1 cup of warm water and drink it. Lemon acts as a stimulant for our digestive track and clears all toxins and walls of colon.
  • Coffee: 1 cup of coffee can get you moving but don't overdo it. Caffeine is a stimulant for digestive system but excess of coffee can create opposite effect as well. Excess Coffee is diuretic and it can make you urinate more frequently and causing dehydration. So don't go for more than one cup.
  • Flaxseed Oil: Flaxseed oil acts as a good lubricant. It coats the walls of intestine and stool passes through easily. You can also have it with orange juice (with pulp). 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil in a glass of orange juice with pulp. Pulp contain fiber so it helps in digestive system, This process may take up to 5 hours for working.
  • Blackstrap Molasses: You can take 1 table spoon of Blackstrap Molasses to ease constipation. If you don't like its taste then you can have it with warm water of tea. Some people might not like its taste.
  • Aloe Vera: In morning mix 2 tablespoons of pure Aloe Vara gel (taken from aloe vera plant) in fruit juice and drink it. If you don't have aloe vera plant then drink 1 cup of Aloe Vera juice. It will create the same effect and help you get relief from constipation.
  • Epsom Salt: Epsom Salt is a good home remedy for Constipation. It draws water from its surroundings and soften the stool, thus allowing a better bowel movement. Take 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt with 1 cup water and it will help you with motion.
  • Prune: Prune or Prune Juice can help you in Constipation. Prune is a natural laxative and contain fibre. Prune also contain sorbitol which softens the stool.

Constipation in Infants and Kids

Infants and Kids can't describe the problem to their elders. So parents need to notice their potty habits in the starting phase of life. Kids only on milk diet have to poop a number of times in a day. As they start to eat some solid food the count may decrease to just two times. But if the count is less than that or just once in two days then it means something is wrong. It means that either the kid is not eating sufficient food or suffering from constipation. Here are a few remedies for constipation in Infants and Kids.

  • Usually Breastfeeding babies don't face the problem of constipation. But if the face it then you can experiment with some water or fruit juices to treat it. in the beginning try to give the baby few feeding of water. If it doesn't work then give them pure apple, prune or pear juice (60 to 120 ml).
  • If your kids has started eating then you can try some pureed pea or prune.
  • Change the wheat or rice flour with barley. Such changes can stimulate the digestive system and clear constipation.
  • If its been a few days then place infant glycerin suppository into baby's anus. It should be only used if dietary changes are not making any progress.
  • Enemas or Stimulant laxatives should not be used for babies.
  • Must consult your doctor if the changes in diet are not making any progress. Babies body is not meant for much experiments.
  • If babies show symptoms like vomiting or rectal bleeding the consult your doctor immediately.

Precautions for Constipation

As we know that precaution is better than cure. So it better to not get constipation by following some simple advice given here.

  • Move you body: Sometimes laziness is the reason behind constipation. Only a active and moving body can have a good digestion. So change you lifestyle and get moving to get a better motion in the morning.
  • Eat Fiber: Fiber is better for our digestive system. Fibrous food creates a better bowel movement and keeps th food flowing in intestines. So eat more fiber and never have constipation.
  • Potty Schedule: Make a habit to go for loo at a fixed time in the morning on a daily basis. Potty scheduling is a good habit for kids. Its a good habit which help you for a lifetime. Potty scheduling makes some changes in your biological clock and automatically creates pressure at a fixed time.
  • Answer the call: Whenever you feel pressure for a motion, don't ignore or delay it. The longer you hold it, the stool will dry as intestine will soak water from it and it will be harder to pass it out. The pressure you feel is for a reason. So never delay in answering a natural call.
  • Eat Yogurt: Eating yogurt at least once in a day as it contain the good bacteria that helps in digestion

Omega 6 vs Omega 3

Both Omega 6 and Omega 3 belong to the group of PUFA (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids). These fatty acids are necessary for good health of a human being. But Omega 6 and Omega 3 have some different properties. We will discuss these facts here help you understand some basic differences between these two fatty acids.

According to some researches the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in the diet of our non-vegetarian predecessors was 1:1. It means similar quantity of both Omega 6 and 3. But as we move from non-veg to veg diet and soon started to use vegetable oils, this ratio changed dramatically. Now a days 4:1 ratio of Omega6 : Omega 3 is considered best. But its far away from actual measurements.

Ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in American diet changed dramatically during past century. In 1930s this ratio was 8.4:1, while in 1985 it was reported to be 10.3:1 . Today this ratio ranges from 10:1 to 20:1 , which is very dangerous for human body.

Here we are not demonstrating in depth chemical reactions done by Omega 6 and Omega 3 in our body. The basic thing is that Excess of Omega 6 increases inflammation. Omega 3 is neutral. If you eat omega 3 then lesser amount of Omega 6 will be available to tissues. Diet with more Omega 3 and less omega 6 will reduce inflammation. So if you want to reduce any type of inflammation in your body then just reduce Omega 6 and increase Omega 3 in your diet.

Know more about Omega 3: Read More

If you want to know which inflammatory diseases you can get due to higher amount of Omega 6, then these diseases are Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Auto Immune Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer, Asthma, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Psychiatric Disorders.

Most of the US population is at high risk of Heart Diseases due to high Omega 6: Omega 3 ratio. According to a research if this ratio is reduced to 4:1 then mortality can be reduced by 70%. Its clear by these researches that Omega 6 has played a major role in evolution of modern world killing diseases like diabetes and heart diseases.

Amount of Omega 6 and Omega 3 found in various vegetable oils is shown in the table below.

Role of Omega 6 in Increasing Heart Diseases

A few studies have shown that in last 150 years heart diseases have increased at a high rate. Similarly ratio of Omega 6 compared to Omega 3 has also increased. Studies have found a direct relation between Omega 6 and heart diseases. That’s why Omega 3 is suggested to heart patients to reduce the effect of Omega 6 on their body.

Omega 3 Main Function, Sources and Benefits (ALA, EPA, DHA)

Omega 3

Omega 3 belongs to the group of Polyunsaturated fats. So Omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). All PUFAs contain double bonds which make them more flexible, interactive, delicate and susceptible to damage. Position of double bond in Omega 3s is unique and not found in other fats.

There are 3 types of Omega 3

  • ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid)
  • EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
  • DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)

ALA is the simplest type of Omega 3 with minimum number of double bonds. EPA contain 5 double bonds and DHA contain 6 double bonds. Our body can not generate ALA from scratch. But our body can generate EPA and DHA from ALA. Various researches have shown that EPA and DHA can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.

Effect of Omega 6 on Omega 3

If we eat more Omega 6 then it reduces the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA. So a healthy ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 i.e. 4:1 should be maintained. Now a days this ratio in US diet has gone to a dangerous level of 10:1 to 20:1 thus increase the chances of heart diseases.

Omega 6 vs Omega 3: Read More

How to make ALA to EPA/DHA conversion better ?

Our body needs certain nutrients to convert ALA to EPA and DHA. These nutrients are vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and minerals Zinc and Magnesium . If these nutrient s not taken in enough amount then we can’t get the optimal ALA to EPA/DHA conversion.

Omega 3 Main Sources

Food Rich in ALA Omega 3

  • Dairy products such as Cheese, Milk, Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Flaxseeds , walnuts
  • fruits (strawberries and, raspberries)
  • Fish (scallops, shrimp, and cod)
  • Sardines and salmon
  • Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard seeds, collard and turnip greens, spinach, kale, green beans, romaine lettuce, summer squash and winter squash
  • Legumes and foods made from legumes (soybeans, tofu, and miso)

Food Rich in EPA/DHA Omega 3

EPA/DHA Omega 3 can be obtained from Eggs, Cheese, Milk and Yogurt especially when obtained from grass-fed animals. Meat of grass-fed animals, Fish and sea plants are also rich EPA/DHA. Some land plants when fermented with certain fungi also become rich in EPA/DPA Omega 3.

Omega 3 Benefits for Human Body

Importance of ALA Omega 3 in our Body

85% of total ALA consumed by our body is used as energy. ALA not only provide energy to cells but also get converted in EPA and DHA for various other functions which are atated below.

Importance of EPA Omega 3 in our Body

Prostaglandings (also known as messaging molecules) are directly made from EPA. These massaging molecules make anti-inflammatory effect for proper functioning of our inflammatory system. Thus EPA saves us from cardiovascular diseases and work for proper functioning of our heart.

Importance of DHA Omega 3 in our Body

Our body need DHA for proper functioning of our Brain. Our brain is 60% fat and 15 to 20% of that fat comes from DHA. Thus 9 to 12% of our brain is DHA. Some research have shown slower neurological development in children with lower level of DHA.
Some diseases connected to lower level of DHA are:
  • Parkinson's disease (Neurodegenerative disease)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Reduced reasoning ability in children

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercises for Hands Knee Feet and Shoulders

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a rare disease in which our immune system start to attack its own tissues, and most affected part of our body due to this disease are joints. Joints of Hands, Knee, Feet and Shoulders are most affected by RA, a common name of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Swelling in the joints are also normal in this disease. If precautionary measures are not taken then this disease can grow with time. So timely medical intervention is necessary to cure Rheumatoid Arthritis. Apart from medication its better to change your life style and make changes in your diet and add some exercises to your daily routine after consulting your doctor. Usually Cardio or Aerobic exercise are mostly suggested by doctors. These exercise not only provide workout to the joints but also make your muscles and bones stronger.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercises

Here we will mention some exercises for Hands, Knee, Feet and Shoulders to make your condition better and decrease the effect of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Its better to warm up before starting the main exercises. So of the easy and light warm up exercises are

  • March at one point
  • Pump your Arms and Legs

Walking is considered one of the best exercises for all age groups and for all disease. It provides mild exercise to every part of body including joints. In the beginning start slow and then increase your pace to the limit which your can bear. Its important to stay hydrated, so keep a water bottle handy. You can do this exercise almost anywhere but make sure that your shoes are comfortable.

Stretching Exercises are considered best for RA. It reduces stiffness in body and maintain range of motion. Some of the stretching exercises are;

  • Try to touch the sky standing on your toes.
  • Try to touch your toes either in standing or sitting position.

Cycling is good for your joints in your legs, such as feet and knee. If you are not comfortable in cycling on a road then use a stationary bike. Its good for both joints and heart. Don't try to reach your limits while cycling and consult you doctor especially if you are a blood pressure patient.

In some cases strengthening the muscles around the weak joints can help you. You can do strength training in the guidance of a physical therapist to make your situation better.

Small Joint Exercise are the main thing that we usually forget. A patient of Rheumatoid Arthritis should never forget his/her fingers and wrists. Curl your fingers and move your wrist in circular movements in the beginning of your exercise session or in the middle of the day, whenever you have some free time. Such exercises can be repeated anywhere both in office and home.

Yoga and Tai Chi provides some of the best exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are some breathing and flowing movement exercises in Yoga and Tai Chi which not only help joints but also gives you balance of mind and relives you from stress. You can search for these exercise videos on youtube if you want to practice them.

Exercise in Water : Those who are fond of swimming will agree with the fact the swimming in itself is the best exercise. But even if you don't know swimming, you can do some workout in water. If you lift some weight inside water then it will feel lighter and the arm movement will be like a flow, which provides mild exercise to joints. If you feel it appealing then give it a try. A number of people go for Hydrotherapy, exercising in warm water, to ease themselves from Rheumatoid Arthritis joint pain.

Rebounding is also used by some experts. Its like a mini trampoline and its safe to be used by people of all ages. It absorbs the impact of exercise but still gets your heart pumping and joints moving.

Whatever exercise you do, don't try to test your self by reaching your maximum limits. Its better to three ten-minute exercise sessions instead of a single 30 minute session. Its better to give a few minutes break between each exercise session. Try to enjoy your exercise session with proper clothing and equipment. Exercise done with enjoyment doubles the benefits. That's why some people listen music during workout.

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Not Recommended Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Jogging and Running
  • Heavy Weight Lifting

A number of RA patients suffer from depression. Exercises change you mood without taking any antidepressant. So its better to keep moving and make your body healthy.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet Menu and Recommendations

Rheumatoid Arthritis

In medical field Rheumatoid Arthritis is commonly known as RA. Its a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually affects small joints of hands and feet. Around 200,000 to 3 Million cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis are reported in US every year. Its a medically manageable disorder of human body and treatment can help in recovering from this condition. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a immune system disorder in which our immune system starts to damage tissues of our own body including joints and internal organs.

When Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the joint linings, it causes painful swelling on the skin. If its not treated timely then it can cause bone erosion and joint deformity. Apart from medications and therapies our diet and some exercises can also help in treating this condition.

There are a number of nutrients present in our food items which can help in curing any disease. Usually we ignore this factor. But taking care of our diet can help you in using less medication. It not only saves your expenses on medicines but also gives you a natural way to cure Rheumatoid Arthritis. Most of the experts agree with the fact that most of the supplements should be used in natural form in the form of your diet, rather than taking them in the form of medication.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet

There is no accurate cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis but some foods can help you in treating some symptoms. We would suggest you to consult your doctor before practicing the food habits given here.

According to US Food and Drug Administration, the major part of diet (around two third) should be fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Remaining part of diet should include low-fat or fat-free dairy products and some protein products. Fiber in fruits and vegetables can reduce inflammation. Fiber diet reduce the CRP (C-Reative Protein) in our blood. Higher level of CRP in blood means inflammation. Strawberries are considered best for this effect. Antioxidants present in fresh colourful fruits and vegetables help in getting relief from inflammation.

According to Ruth Frechman of American Dietetic Association, Omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil is one of the best anti inflammatory food. Following fish varieties are considered best for omega-3:
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
If you don't want to eat fish and just want to use fish oil then consult your doctor about its dosage as fish oil may interfere with some other drugs.

Extra-virgin Olive Oil contains Oleocanthal which blocks the enzymes that causes inflammation. So you should use extra virgin olive oil as an alternative to cooking oil and butter. It takes 3 to 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to equal the effect of 200mg Ibuprofen tablet as an anti inflammatory medicine.

Low level of Selenium (a mineral) is found in people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Increasing the level of Selenium can control inflammation. This Mineral is found in whole-grain wheat products and some shellfishs like oysters and crab. But selenium can put you to the risk of diabetes, so consult your doctor before adding selenium to your diet.

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Inflammation causing Foods to be avoided

Just like some foods decrease inflammation, some foods can increase it too. So make it sure that you don't eat such foods. Some of such foods which can cause inflammation are:

  • Hamburgers
  • Grilled or Fried Meat
  • Omega-6 fatty Acid : Its found in oil of Corn, Sunflower, soyabean and cottonseed.

You can plan a diet to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis taking into consideration all the facts listed here. Before planning your Menu consult your doctor so that your diet don't interfere with any other medical condition.

Some websites provide complete Diet Menu for a week , but can't suit everybody as everyone have his own taste and own medical conditions. So one diet plan might not be suitable for others. So its its better to make your diet menu yourself with the help of your doctor.