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Foods That Help Increase Blood Platelet Count

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Your blood has several different components. The ones responsible for keeping you from losing too much blood during an injury are platelets. They are called that way because they resemble small plates during their inactive stage. Once they enter the active stage, however, they develop tentacles that make them look like tiny spiders or octopuses.

It’s important for you to have blood platelet count within the normal range. Otherwise, you may suffer from what’s known as thrombocytopenia. You certainly don’t want to have this problem because it may lead to problems such as:

Slow blood clotting

 

Excessive or uncontrollable bleeding

Bleeding from the nose and gums

Bruising or development of petechiae (red or purple spots in the skin)

Longer or heavier periods in women

There are costly medical treatments for having low blood platelet count normalized. Luckily, there are also certain foods that can help in increasing the number of those very important blood components. Including them in your diet can keep you from having thrombocytopenia and experiencing the various signs and symptoms of the condition. Here they are:

Fresh Milk

There are a couple of reasons why fresh milk is good for your blood. First, everyone knows that this white liquid is loaded with calcium, a mineral necessary not only for stronger bones but platelet regeneration. Second, fresh milk contains vitamin K which is important for proper blood clotting.

Vitamin K-Rich Foods

Milk is not the only good source of vitamin K. Some other sources of the said nutrient are parsley, basil, kale, spinach, mustard greens, Swiss chards, watercress, celery, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and okra. It’s practically impossible to run out of food options that are loaded with vitamin K!

Carrots

You may already know that carrots are good for your eyes. But did you know that it’s also outstanding at maintaining your normal blood platelet count? Vitamin A is what makes carrots very good for your blood. Other top sources of vitamin A include sweet potatoes, kale and pumpkin.

Raisins

Packed with iron, it’s no wonder why raisins are good for your blood. Snacking on raisins is a great way to normalize your blood platelet count. It is a great idea to sprinkle some of them on your yogurt, cereal and oatmeal. You may also have them included in your homemade trail mix.

Pomegranates

The lovely red color of pomegranates is a clear sign that they are good for your blood. Consuming them on a regular basis, be it as they are or in juice form, can help normalize your platelet count. Pomegranates are also loaded with all sorts of vitamins and minerals that keep your health in an optimal state.

Lean Protein

Foods that are excellent sources of lean protein also supply your body with zinc and vitamin B12, both of which important for keeping your blood platelet count within the normal range. Fish, chicken and turkey are superb lean protein sources as they do not clog up your arteries.

Beans

Speaking of protein, beans are wonderful sources of protein that are ideal for vegans or those who wish to reduce their consumption of animal protein sources. The nicest thing about beans is they are loaded with vitamin B9 or folate, a nutrient needed by those with low platelet count. Other sources of vitamin B9 are spinach, asparagus and oranges.

Garlic

There’s one herb that can be found in so many home remedy listings: garlic. It doesn’t come as a surprise why garlic is also an entry in this list of foods that help increase your blood platelet count naturally. Aside from this, consuming foods with garlic is said to help lower cholesterol and heart disease risk.

Papaya Leaves

It’s no secret that papayas are rich in vitamins A and C. If you are suffering from low blood platelet count, it’s a good idea to boil papaya leaves and drink the resulting tea. Many swear by the effectiveness of this homemade remedy most especially if it’s consumed twice a day.


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Protein Requirement For The 40 Plus: What You Should Know

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As men and women age, there are changes that occur at a hormonal level. For men, after the age of 30, the levels of free testosterone in the blood start dipping. With a reduction in testosterone levels, muscle mass retention and general muscle tone also start reducing. The same occurs with perimenopausal women, who tend to experience loss of muscle. Hence, physical training and consuming sufficient protein becomes the way to go. Protein is a nutrient which is widely popular for its weight loss and muscle mass building properties. It helps in preventing any drop in metabolic rate and maintains bone health.

In this article, we talk about the need of sufficient protein at the age 40, in how much quantity should people of this age consume protein and how it helps them age in a healthy manner. Following are some common queries answered by Dr. Siddhant Bhargava

Protein requirement for the 40 plus: what you should know

 
  1. How much protein is needed on a daily basis for 40 plus people and why?

At least 1-1.2 g protein per kg of body weight is needed on a daily basis by people above 40. The Recommended Dietary Allowance is 0.9-1.1 g / kg body weight. We are aping it up a bit to compensate for the reasons stated above.

  1. What are the foods that 40 plus people must include in their diet?

Non-vegetarians can keep it simple and just include at least 2 servings (2 meals a day) of non-veg food in their day. Meats, fish and eggs are the best source of protein for 40 plus people who are non-vegetarians.

For an eggetarian, a combination of whole eggs and egg whites should be used for adding protein. Vegetarians can include soya products like tofu, tempeh, dairy products and lentils in their diet to increase intake of proteins. Seeds also act as great protein sources coupled with a large fat component.

  1. What should 40 plus people do weight loss?

The universal truth is calories in vs calories out. If you are burning more calories than you are consuming, you will start losing weight. But you should do this in the right manner. In order to lose fat and not muscle, you need to follow a particular protocol.

If you want to lose weight at 40 plus, you need to consume sufficient amount of protein, which is 1-1.2 g / kg body weight. Do resistance training including exercises like Pilates, weight training and functional training. Consume moderate amount of fat and carbohydrates, and maintaining a calorie deficit at all times is the best way of losing body weight or more rightly, body fat.

Some lifestyle tips for 40 plus

  1. Consume enough protein to prevent loss of muscle.
  2. Consume enough fat and especially fat sources rich in omega. This will help you follow portion control and improve satiety. Including good fats in your diet also helps in keeping your skin soft and moisturised. Omega 3 fatty acids are a must for 40 plus people. It is a potent anti-inflammatory fat that can help prevent degenerative conditions like diabetes, Parkinson’s and most importantly ageing.
  3. Consume enough anti-oxidants. Astaxanthin, CO Q10, curcumin, Vitamin A, C and E are important for the 40 plus. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage in the body and ultimately prevent ageing.

(Dr. Siddhant Bhargava is Co-Founder, Fitness and Nutritional Scientist – Food Darzee)

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Home Remedies to Try for Sciatica Pain

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Sciatica pain occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed. Usually, the treatment revolves around stretching, but if it doesn’t go away, other treatments may be recommended such as physical therapy, injecting steroids, and even surgery to help alleviate the problem. Normally, doctors will advise that you wait at least two weeks to see if the pain will go away, which usually does, but if it doesn’t, having it checked is the best course to take.

With that being said, it is possible for you to manage your sciatica pain using natural remedies. Here are a few that you should try out if you are experiencing pain in your sciatic nerve.

Warm compress

 

One of the easiest remedies that you can use to reduce the pain in your sciatic nerve is to apply warm or cold compress on the affected area. The cold or warm temperature helps relax the muscles and the nerves to relieve you from the pain.

Massage

Another natural remedy to help ease the pain on your sciatic nerve is to give it a massage. Use some St. John’s Wort essential oil on the affected area then massage it gently. This will help alleviate the problem because the essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen sciatic nerve pain.

Stretching exercises

There are certain stretches that are designed to open up your hips and legs, especially your hamstrings, which are the muscles located at the back of the thighs to strengthen the muscles there. You can discuss this with your therapist on how best to stretch the muscles to reduce the pain that you are feeling.

Turmeric

Another possible treatment that can help you deal with sciatic nerve pain is turmeric. All that you have to do is to add a teaspoon of turmeric to a cup of milk and even add a stick of cinnamon to it too. Boil the ingredients. Add some honey to the drink to sweeten it then drink it at least once in a day. Turmeric is known for its ability to reduce inflammation which can help reduce the pain that you are feeling because of your compressed sciatic nerve.

Sciatica pain can be debilitating at times, making it difficult for you to move around. These natural remedies may help you regain control over your muscles so that you will be able to function normally once more.

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Second-hand smoking dangerous: study

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A recent study has discovered a link between second-hand smoking and development of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found out that exposure to second-hand smoking increases the risk of various diseases and the researchers investigated the link between exposure to second-hand smoking and CKD.

The study included 131,196 never-smokers who participated in the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study from 2001 to 2014. Participants were classified into 3 groups based on the frequency of second-hand smoke exposure as assessed with survey questionnaires: no-exposure, less than 3 days per week of exposure, and 3 or more days per week of exposure. Advertise With Us Participants with less than three days per week and those with three or more days per week of exposure had 1.48-times and 1.44-times higher odds of having CKD when compared with participants with no second-hand cigarette exposure

 

“Second-hand smoke exposure at home or in the workplace is still prevalent despite legislative actions prohibiting public smoking. This exposure was found to be clearly related with CKD, even with less-frequent amounts of second-hand smoke exposure,” said Jung Tak Park, the lead researcher.

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