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Kidney Stones: 5 Best Ayurvedic Cures

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Kidneys are one of the most vital organs of the human body. Located at the back of the abdominal cavity, they perform two essential functions: flushing out the harmful toxics from the human body and maintaining water, chemical and mineral levels in the body. They filter, reabsorb, secrete and excrete the blood supplied to them, final product being urine. For a healthy life, one must have functioning kidneys. Humans consume a variety of food items everyday which are then converted into energy; this process also manufactures by-products in the form of toxins which can be dangerous for the body. Accumulation of such poisonous substances can be detrimental for health. Lack of water in the body can lead to the formation of kidney stones. These stones can either be pea-sized or as huge as a golf ball. They are usually made of calcium oxalate along with some other compounds and are crystalline in structure. The formation of kidney stones can give you a hard time trying to urinate, weight loss, fever, nausea, hematuria and acute pain in lower abdominal region of the body. Kidney stones are mostly removed by surgery; however some people can get rid of these stones with the help of Ayurvedic remedies.
1. Lemon juice with olive oil
The concoction of lemon juice and edible oil might sound a little weird but it is a very effective Ayurvedic remedy for kidney stones. People who wish to remove the stones from their kidneys naturally should drink this liquid daily till the stones are removed. Lemon juice helps in breaking the stones while olive oil acts as a lubricant for them to pass through the system without less difficulty.
2. Okra/ lady finger
Okra is a green vegetable which full of nutrients. It has a high magnesium content. It also has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which keep kidneys in the pink of health. It also helps in the removal of kidney stones effectively. Including lady finger in your diet can be immensely helpful since it is an excellent Ayurvedic remedy for kidney stones.
3. Drink water infused with basil juice
It helps us to stay hydrated and it is extremely significant to maintain the water levels in the body for a healthy and disease-free life. It helps the kidneys dissolve minerals and nutrients, and foster the process of digestion and absorption. Generally, a healthy human being is advised to drink 7-8 glasses of water a day. Water is best for detoxification and helps to flush out unnecessary toxins from our body which might cause further harm to the kidneys as well as to other organs. People suffering from kidney stones should drink lots of water to flush out these stones through urine. For best effects, drink water infused with basil juice since basil is said to maintain fluid, mineral and uric acid balance in the body.
4. Coconut water
Coconut is full of nutrients and is great for health. Coconut water which is present inside a raw- green coconut is extremely good for health and should be consumed if one is suffering from kidney stones. It helps dissolve the stones and eventually flushes them out through urine.
5. Horse gram
Horse gram contains plenty of calcium, iron, protein and phosphorus. It is one of the most valued foods in Ayurveda. It is said to be a miracle pulse and has innumerable health benefits. It is highly recommended for kidney stones and even for gallbladder stones. It breaks the stones and allows you to eliminate them through urine.


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Balanced protein intake better for health

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Researchers suggest that excessive consumption of protein for building muscle mass could have a negative impact on the body. However, wide-range of protein is best to maintain balance. Amino acids have long been touted by the fitness and bodybuilding communities for their muscle building benefits. From ultra-bulk protein powders to lean mass-promoting snack bars, there’s no shortage of products available for those seeking a muscle boost.

However, protein’s popularity has also meant that less attention has been paid to researching its potentially negative side-effects.

According to the study published in the Journal of Nature Metabolism, excessive consumption of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may reduce lifespan, negatively impact mood and lead to weight gain.

 

BCAAs stands for branched-chain amino acids. It’s a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine, and are most commonly found in red meat and dairy.

BCAAs great for adding muscle mass, but science says you could pay for it later.

Researchers have investigated the complex role nutrition plays in mediating various aspects of metabolic health, reproduction, appetite and ageing.

“While diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates were shown to be beneficial for reproductive function, they had detrimental effects for health in mid-late life, and also led to a shortened lifespan,” one of the researchers, Dr Samantha Solon explained.

“What this new research has shown is that amino acid balance is important. It’s best to vary sources of protein to ensure you’re getting the best amino acid balance.”

The current research examined the impacts that dietary BCAAs and other essential amino acids such as tryptophan had on the health and body composition of mice.

“Supplementation of BCAAs resulted in high levels of BCAAs in the blood which competed with tryptophan for transport into the brain,” explained one of the researchers, Professor Stephen Simpson.

“Tryptophan is the sole precursor for the hormone serotonin, which is often called the ‘happiness chemical’ for its mood-enhancing effects and its role in promoting sleep. But serotonin does more than this, and therein lay the problem,” he added.

Dietitian and public health nutritionist Dr Rosilene Ribeiro recommend eating a wide range of proteins.

It’s important to vary protein sources in order to get a variety of essential amino acids, through a healthy and balanced diet rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals.

BCAAs are essential amino acids present in protein-containing foods, with red meat and dairy being the richest sources. Chicken, fish and eggs are also nutritious sources of BCAAs.

Vegetarians can find BCAAs in beans, lentils, nuts and soy proteins.

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Know the severity of falling sick in the morning

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While sickness comes irrespective of the time, the severity of afflictions ranging from allergies to heart attacks differs in the morning from that in the night highlighted a new study. The study was published in the Journal Trends in Immunology which compiled studies, predominantly in mice, that looked at the connection between circadian rhythms and immune responses.

The body reacts to cues such as light and hormones to anticipate recurring rhythms of sleep, metabolism, and other physiological processes. The numbers of white blood cells, in both humans and mice also oscillate in a circadian manner.

Taking into account the above-mentioned facts, researchers in the study found that:

 

Heart attacks in humans are known to strike most commonly in the morning, and research suggests that morning heart attacks tend to be more severe than at night.

In mice, the numbers of monocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights off bacteria, viruses, and fungi –are elevated in the blood during the day. At night, monocytes are elevated in infarcted heart tissue, resulting in decreased cardiac protection at that time of day relative to morning.

Parasite infections are time-of-day dependent. Mice infected with the gastrointestinal parasite Trichuris muris in the morning have been able to kill worms significantly faster than those infected in the evening.

Allergic symptoms follow a time-of-day dependent rhythmicity, generally worse between midnight and early morning. Hence, the molecular clock can physiologically drive innate immune cell recruitment and the outcomes of asthma in humans, or airway inflammation in mice, the review notes.

“Investigating circadian rhythms in innate and adaptive immunity is a great tool to generally understand the physiological interplay and time-dependent succession of events in generating immune responses,” said senior author Christoph Scheiermann, University of Geneva.

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ICMR develops affordable quick test kits for diagnosing genetic bleeding disorders

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has developed a cost-effective and rapid point-of-care test kit for diagnosing genetic bleeding disorders such as haemophilia A and Von Willebrand disease (VWD).

Diagnostics which are currently available require special equipment and are expensive.

“Both Haemophilia A and VWD are under diagnosed disorders in our country. There are only handful of comprehensive diagnostic centres for bleeding disorders,” an official at ICMR said.

 

“Lack of awareness and diagnostic facilities, high cost of tests are some of the factors for under-diagnosis of bleeding disorders in our country,” he said.

According to the ICMR, the kit is the world’s first point-of-care test for specific diagnosis of any common bleeding disorder and costs less than Rs 50 in comparison to existing conventional test that cost around Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000.

The newly developed kit would help in diagnosis within 30 minutes of blood sample collection. Also, this will be available at any level of health care system including primary health care centres (PHCs) since it does not require any special expertise or infrastructure.

Worldwide, incidence of Haemophilia A is 1 per 10,000 male births and that of VWD is around 1 per cent of the general population.

“In India, there is no epidemiological data. We may have roughly 80,000-1,00,000 severe Haemophilia cases in our country, but the total number registered with Haemophilia Federation India (HFI) is only around 19,000,” the official said.

Patients with severe Haemophilia A or VWD can have life threatening spontaneous or post-traumatic bleeding like brain haemorrhage and gastrointestinal bleeding. In emergency medical setting, it is important to have a quick diagnosis of bleeding disorders for treatment.

This rapid test kit can be used for the diagnosis of menorrhagia cases/ post-partum haemorrhage (PPH), gynecological complications among others.

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