Journal #3

“Take the leap. Push yourself and do whatever you need to do. Getting over your fear is the key to moving forward and being successful.” – Simon Huck

Today is the third day! In short, now it is slowly becoming a habit. SO how was your day?
My day started with a jog again, followed by a 30 minute freelectics session! This was certainly better than yesterday (with only jog).
Then went to study, have got a marketing assignment to plan/sell a tour package of my city to a fictional individual/family. Let’s see how it goes.
Office was okay, it is very hard to establish a relationship with a customer, and very easy to break it. So think twice before you say or write anything!

Coming home watch an episode of ‘The umbrella academy’ on netflix. Seriously, I need to be a little productive and read a book.

Also my parents 25th anniversary is in a week, but I am not able to make my mind on any particular gift. Choosing gift is such a difficult task. Any ideas?

Quick Tip: Always drink a couple of glasses of warm water when you wake up. It helps keep the stomach clean if you continue this habit.

Water – Health

#water #health #nutrition #body #warmwater #skin #hair #food #drink #facts

Whoever you are, you probably drink water? Even if it is just a few glasses. Well, Every human is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday to be healthy and maintain proper circulation in the body.

Drinking warm water can be more beneficial to the health, skin and the hair! Why?

  • If you drink warm water, even better if it is with lemon and honey, after waking up, it will help to detoxify the body. Warm water increases the temperature of your body, that helps you sweat and thus releasing any toxins/impurities in your body.
  • Warm water even helps you in digestion to a great extent, as unlike cold water it does not harden the oil present in consumer food.
  • Warm water, especially with lemon and honey, also promotes metabolism and reduces weight loss!
  • Intake of warm water benefits blood circulation.
  • It also prevents premature aging and turns the skin healthier!

Additional benefit for woman:

Warm water can aid in menstrual cramps. The heat of the water calms the abdominal muscles, thus curing spasms.

See this article to learn more

Medicines failing quality tests

#drugs #medicine #India #Health #CDSCO #DrugsStandard #Combiflam #Cetrizine

According to the Government drug regulators, around 60 drugs in specific batches of popular painkillers, antibiotics and anti-allergy drugs have failed quality tests. The drugs are declared as ‘not of standard quality, spurious, adulterated, or misbranded.’

Some of the drugs included are Combiflam, which combines paracetamol and ibuprofen and is prescribed for relief of pain and fever; D-Cold, a medicine for relief from colds; Cetrizine, an anti-allergy medicine and antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, etc.

Combiflam and D-Cold failed due to ‘disintegration‘, while ofloxacin failed in ‘assay’ or quantitative tests for their ingredients.

The 60 drugs have been labeled substandard, due to poor manufacturing processes, poor transportation or storage and handling along the distribution chain.

Read the full article here (You can also find the full list of drugs on this link)

Please be aware of this when you intake these medicines. And try to avoid them if possible.

This is an important article on Depression

#Depression #health #wellness #people #global #medicine

Studies have shown that Depression cases have been up by 20 percent globally, and by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Depression is a mental disorder where the person suffers from prolonged period of sadness, which disrupts not just their mood but daily activities as well. Patients find it even difficult to wake up and get out of bed in the morning. You can also notice visible changes in the person’s behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.

Also, do note that try to think of depression as an actual disorder, and not somethingthat can automatically go away with time‘. Don’t look down on people with depression, because it is another disorder and not something to be ashamed of or feel humiliated about. Help others, and yes, medicines do help.

Read the full article here.

Eating prebiotics

#food #diet #sleep #prebiotics #foodfibers #health

Intake of dietary fibers found naturally in foods like chicory, artichokes, raw garlic, leeks and onions may help improve sleep and act as a buffer against the psychological impacts of stress.

Monika Fleshner from University of Colorado added, “Given that sufficient NREM (Non-rapid Eye movement) sleep and proper nutrition can impact brain development and function and that sleep problems are common in early life, it is possible that a diet rich in prebiotics started in early life could help improve sleep, support the gut microbiota and promote optimal brain/psychological health.

The study involved feeding three-week old male rats on a diet with either standard chow or chow with prebiotics. They then monitored the rats’ body temperature, gut bacteria and sleep-wake cycles using EEG or brain activity testing.

Read the full article here.

Female doctors better than male counterparts?

In a recent study, a team of Harvard University researchers have found that elderly patients treated by female physicians are less likely to die within 30 days of admission, or to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge, than those cared for by male physicians. The team analyzed data from more than a million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older.

The study was published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, which indicated potential differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians may have important clinical implications. The gender of the physician appears to be particularly significant for the sickest patients.

It is believed that if the male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as their female colleagues, there would be 32,000 fewer deaths each year! Read the full article here.

Ageing, reversible?

Scientists are trying to get the biological time to run backward. Although this isn’t possible yet, the first step has been taken in the process. The method can slow down the process of ageing rather than reverse ageing.

In the first attempt to reverse ageing by reprogramming the genome, scientists have rejuvenated the organs of mice and lengthened their life spans by 30 percent. This technique that requires genetic engineering, cannot be applied directly to people. Although this achievement in mice proves that reverse ageing might also be possible in humans by some other method.

The ageing process is clock-like in the sense that steady accumulation of changes eventually degrades the efficiency of the body’s cells. However, the biological hand clock is set back to Zero at conception. Ten years ago, the Japanese biologist Shinya Yamanaka amazed researchers by identifying four critical genes that reset the clock of the fertilized egg. Scientists are taking these genes into account to alter the genes. Read the full article here.

Fall of the Fitness trackers and Smartwatches?!

A study consisting of a survey of 9,600 online consumers in U.S.A., U.K. and Australia revealed that about 30% of the fitness trackers people buy or receive as gifts are abandoned. The same is true for 29% of the smartwatches. The main reasons told by people are that they do not find the device useful, they get bored of it or it breaks.

Fitness trackers are in their early stages, with only around 19% of the consumers having it, for smartwatches it is 10% and with VR displays it drops to 8%. The study found that people find the prices for such devices too high when comparing with its usefulness. But the study also found that many of the consumers who bought smartwatches and started using it, preferred to use it everyday. Around 58% of the people who use a smart watch, use it everyday, while there are at least 33% who go on without using it several days in a week.

One of the main reasons is that, smartwatches and fitness trackers do not appeal to the consumers in terms of design, which is one of the more important things to consider when you wear anything. It will be interesting to watch where the trend for wearables go from here on, and what changes will the manufacturers make to accommodate better and efficient features for the consumers.

Read the full article here!