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Liposuction: 5 Popular Myths Busted

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Liposuction is a treatment to which people resort to for quick weight loss. It is a type of cosmetic surgery that breaks and sucks fat from the body. The treatment is used to reduce fat from areas like thighs, buttocks, abdomen, neck, chin, upper arm and back of the calm, calves and back. Liposuction is done using a hollow instrument which is known as cannula. The device is inserted under the skin and then powerful, high-pressure vacuum is applied to it.

As is the case with numerous cosmetic surgeries, there are numerous myths which revolve around liposuction as well. While it is true that liposuction isn’t suitable for everyone, it is important for you to know common myths about liposuction in order to make an informed decision about it.

Here are some common myths about liposuction

 
  1. Liposuction is designed for weight loss

Yes, it is shocking but liposuction is a surgery which is best suited for people who are within 30% of their desired weight, as per American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The surgery can be effectively thought of as a contouring procedure which helps in removing the extra fat which cannot be easily shed with diet or exercise. Liposuction helps a person achieve the desired shape s/he wants. Thus, eating clean and healthy and exercising regularly is the best option for people who are looking forward to lose weight.

  1. Liposuction results are magical and permanent

Ideally, results from liposuction should be long lasting. But this would require efforts from your end as well. Every trace of fat cannot be removed from your body through the surgery. You must ensure that you are eating a well-balanced and healthy diet along with regular exercising. If you stop to do so, you are likely to gain weight and the results from the surgery will be nullified.

You can discuss your diet and fitness regime with your doctor after the surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight will help in keeping the results after the surgery for longer.

  1. Men don’t get liposuction

In the recent years, liposuction has been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. And both men and women have encouragingly opted for the surgery. However, the areas for liposuction treatment are different for men than women. While women get their fat removed from thighs and hips, men usually focus on the stomach area, love handles and area under the chin.

  1. Liposuction is not a surgery

Many people are under the misconception that liposuction is not a surgical procedure. But liposuction is certainly a surgical procedure, before which, the patient is either given heavy sedatives or general anesthesia. Results after liposuction begin appear after a year, as the swelling resolves slowly with time. After the surgery, it takes around a week for the person to get back to normal activities. After a month so, you can get back to doing more tedious and strenuous activities such as exercising. In order to ensure that your recovery is going well, you must visit your surgeon regularly after the surgery.

  1. Liposuction treats cellulite

Cellulite is a fat which is located right below the skin’s surface. Cellulite appears uneven and bumpy because it is pushed by the fat through connective tissue. However, no matter how unattractive cellulite is, it doesn’t raise any alarming health concerns. And liposuction cannot remove cellulite, it can only make cellulite a little less visible.

(Courtesy NDTV)


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Fruit and Vegetable Juices That Enhance the Immune System

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Everyone knows that fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients that offer a wide range of benefits for the mind and body. Certain fresh produce help enhance your immune system, making it possible for you to easily avoid various infections and diseases. Juicing the following allows you to boost your immunity in a truly refreshing and delectable way:

Carrots

The sweetness of carrot juice makes it loved by kids and adults alike. Carrots get their characteristic bright orange color from its rich supply of beta carotene, a nutrient converted into vitamin A for sharper vision and better eye health. More importantly, vitamin A is an essential nutrient for a stronger immunity.

 

Lemon

Vitamin C in lemons makes these citrus fruits excellent boosters of your immune system. Vitamin C is a well-known powerful antioxidant that protects the body from colds, cough, flu and others. Lemon juice may be acidic, but it has an alkalizing property once ingested, helping to restore optimal pH balance in the body.

Apples

Other than vitamins and minerals, apples also contain plenty of insoluble fiber. This type of carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the body works as a broom that sweeps out toxins along the intestinal tract. With all of those accumulated poisonous substances out of your body, your immunity is in top-form.

Kiwi

When it comes to fruits, some of the best sources of vitamin C are kiwis. Other than this super antioxidant, kiwis also contain vitamins A and E, both of which are necessary for a stronger immune system. Insoluble fiber and potassium in these fruits are also highly favorable for your cardiovascular system.

Cranberries

Cranberry juice is admired for its ability to bolster the urinary tract system. However, it also contains plenty of vitamin C that helps safeguard you from illnesses brought about by invading microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.

Broccoli

A vegetable that makes for an excellent immune-boosting juice is broccoli, thanks to its rich supply of beta carotene and vitamin C. Every glass of broccoli juice also provides your body with sulphur, a mineral with powerful antimicrobial properties. Sulphur promotes healing as well because it detoxifies the body at a cellular level.

Beets

What makes beet juice capable of supporting the immune system is its long list of vitamins and minerals. Some of them include vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium and manganese. When juicing, it’s a good idea to mix beets with other fruits and vegetables of your choice due to its strong, earthy flavor.

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Reduce asthma symptoms with Omega-3

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A new study has found that consuming a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is linked to fewer childhood asthma symptoms which are triggered by indoor air pollution.

The study published in ‘American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine’, lays out that families and health care providers may be able to protect children from harmful effects of indoor air pollution by serving a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids while reducing foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids such as soyabean oil and corn oil.

“Our group is working on ways to reduce the levels of indoor air pollution in Baltimore City homes,” said lead author of the study, Emily Brigham. “Results are promising, but we don’t want to stop there,” Brigham added.
The study found that for each additional gram of omega-6 intake, children had 29 per cent higher odds of being in a more severe asthma category.

 

Conversely, with each 0.1-gram increase in levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, researchers saw 3 to 4 per cent lower odds of daytime asthma symptoms.

Indoor air pollution, from sources including cooking, cleaning activities and cigarette smoke, is a known trigger for asthma symptoms.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found abundantly in fish and certain nuts and seeds, are considered healthy as they are known to reduce inflammation.

Omega-6 fatty acids, primarily found in vegetable oils (including corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower), as came out in other studies, have mixed effects on health, but have the potential to promote inflammation.

The researchers, however, noted that it doesn’t prove the relationship between fatty acids and asthma severity.

“Among populations known to be disproportionately affected by asthma, we may find that improving diet and air pollution together has the greatest impact on health,” said Brigham.

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New cell that can heal hearts discovered

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Researchers have discovered a previously unidentified cell population which could lead to new treatments for patients with injured hearts.

The cell, described in the journal Immunity, was discovered in the pericardial fluid found in the sac around the heart of a mouse with heart injury. The researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada found that a specific cell, a Gata6+ pericardial cavity macrophage, helps heal an injured heart in mice.

The same cells were also found within the human pericardium of people with injured hearts, confirming that the repair cells offer the promise of a new therapy for patients with heart disease. “Our discovery of a new cell that can help heal injured heart muscle will open the door to new therapies and hope for the millions of people who suffer from heart disease,” said Paul Fedak, a professor at the University of Calgary.

 

“The possibilities for further discovery and innovative new therapies are exciting and important,” said Fedak. Heart doctors had never before explored the possibility that cells just outside the heart could participate in healing and repair of hearts after injury, researchers said.

Unlike other organs, the heart has a very limited capacity to repair itself which is why heart disease is the number one cause of death in North America, they said. “We always knew that the heart sits inside a sac filled with a strange fluid,” said Fedak. “Now we know that this pericardial fluid is rich with healing cells. These cells may hold the secret to repair and regeneration of new heart muscle,” he said.

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