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Public restrooms are a hub of bacteria and viruses. You cannot control the hygiene aspect, but ensure taking precautionary measures to avoid infections, say experts.
K. Nath, Physician, said: “Though men and women both are vulnerable to such infections/diseases; women are more prone to such infections as they have direct contact with the toilet seats while urinating. Washing your hands and carrying sanitisers can make use of public convenience a little less dreadful.”
KE Ranganathan, Managing Director, Roca Bathrooms Products Pvt Ltd, suggests some tips which will help make your public restroom experience more hygienic:
Dealing with doors and knobs: Always try opening the door by holding any other surface apart the knob. Door knobs carry germs from multiple sources and may cause infections. Try using a tissue paper for holding the knob and it is mandatory to wash hands post the same.
Look into multiple stalls: Post entering the restroom, check all the stalls and make the smartest choice by choosing the cleanest among the lot. Prefer using an Indian style instead of western toilet seat to avoid any direct contact with the toilet surface. In case of using a western style toilet, use toilet paper or disinfectant on the seat before sitting/squatting.
Flush safely: One might not be aware but there are more chances of spreading bacteria while flushing. Before you flush, make sure you are dressed and ready to leave and then flush with toilet lid closed as the air around it carries germs. Use a tissue to press the flush button, ensuring another level of hygiene check.
Be patient: Always wait a couple of minute before using public toilet when someone else has used it before you. They would have just flushed and the air may carry spray from their toilet flush and will have bacteria that can lead to infection.
Washing and drying of hands: Make sure you wash your hands post using the toilets with soap for at least 20 seconds. Also, try using paper tissue to close the tap, if it is not automatic. Always use tissues or napkins to dry your hands in case you are not carrying a handkerchief and avoid the use of air dryer that can spread germs present in the air around.
Safety of personal belongings: When using a public toilet or restroom, secure any personal belongings. Germs touching your hands can be easily washed out but once they transmit to your belongings such as phone, handbags, etc they might infect you. Avoid placing your handbags on the floors and hang it on the hook behind the doors.
Leave the restroom safely: Ready to leave the restroom? Make sure to pull some extra paper tissues and use that to open the toilet door handles/knobs.
Carry alternate hand sanitisation products: Always keep a hand sanitizer handy with you. You may not find water everywhere to disinfect your hands. Any decent hand sanitiser can do the trick. Use it once you are out of the public restroom to ensure germ-free hands.


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Natural Cure for Stomachache

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When parties or the holidays strike, it can be hard to keep yourself from stepping close to the buffet table. Besides, get-togethers where all sorts of delectable appetizers, main courses, sauces, desserts and beverages are being served do not happen all the time. It’s not unlikely for a party pooper to show up during or right after your eating spree: a stomachache.

In case a drugstore-bought stomachache remedy is not within your easy reach, fret not. That cranky gut can be appeased with a few homemade remedies. Because they are all-natural, you don’t have to worry about some potential side effects. Continue reading to know some stomachache quick fixes that many count on from centuries ago until at the present.

Consuming Cayenne Powder

 

The consumption of cayenne powder when your tummy is troubled may not sound right. But the fact is taking 0.5 to 1.0 g of this super spicy red powder a few minutes before meals is known to ward off nausea and abdominal pain due to a bout with stomachache. Sprinkling some cayenne powder on dishes it goes well with can work just as effectively too.

Drinking Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has a pleasant smell and taste. Drinking this infusion of dried chamomile flowers is also beneficial each time you are being bugged by an upset stomach. Chamomile tea is known to soothe a disturbed upper digestive tract. What’s more, it also has anti-inflammatory and mild sedating properties that help alleviate a painful abdominal area.

Sucking on a Piece of Ginger Root

Ginger root is loaded with an antioxidant known as gingerol. It’s something that helps provide quick relief from abdominal discomfort and nausea. Sucking on a piece of ginger root is a great way to put an end to a stomachache. Ginger candy makes for a great alternative if you don’t like the taste of the real deal. You may also slowly sip a cup of ginger ale or tea.

Taking Peppermint Candy or Tea

Peppermint is an herb that possesses a soothing effect. Whether you prefer to suck on a peppermint candy or drink a hot cup of peppermint tea, you can bid that stomachache goodbye in no time. This herb is capable of relaxing the digestive tract while at the same time promoting the secretion of juices necessary for the processing of fat in the foods you eat.

Chewing on Some Dried Fennel Seeds

Dried fennel seeds are revered for their medicinal properties as well as nutritive content. Taken from a flowering plant with the same name, chewing on some fennel seeds during an upset stomach can prove to be very beneficial. It has a carminative effect that soothes intestinal wall spasms and provides relief from gas that makes the abdominal area hurt.

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Dispel sleeping myths for a healthier life

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People holding sleep myths- like five hours of sleep is sufficient for them, snoring has no harm or drinking helps you to fall asleep- are at a significant health threat, reveals a new study. The findings were published in the Journal ‘Sleep Health’.

“Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being. Dispelling myths about sleep promotes healthier sleep habits which, in turn, promote overall better health,” says study lead investigator, Rebecca Robbins.

Researchers reviewed more than 8000 websites to identify 20 most common assumptions about sleep.They ranked them based on whether each could be dispelled as a myth or supported by scientific evidence, and on the harm that the myth could cause.

 

Among the top myth researchers were able to dispel was the claim by people that five hours of sleep is enough for them.This misconception poses risks to health from long-term sleep deficits. Another common myth relates to snoring.

Robbins says snoring can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing starts and stops over the course of the night. The authors encourage seeing a doctor since this sleep behaviour may lead to heart stoppages or other illnesses.

Another notable finding was that drinking alcoholic beverages before sleep was unhealthy for sleep.

Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to get a deep sleep. “Sleep is important to health, and there needs to be greater effort to inform the public regarding this important public health issue,” says study senior investigator Girardin Jean Louis. She further said, “By discussing sleep habits with their patients, doctors can help prevent sleep myths from increasing risks for heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.”

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Kokum, the fat burner right in your backyard

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Popularly known as Kokum in India, Garcinia Indica has been used for centuries in Asian countries for culinary purposes as a condiment and flavouring agent in place of tamarind or lemon. It’s used for juices, pickles and to add sourness to curries.

The Kokum tree is an evergreen tree predominantly grown in the tropical humid rainforests of Western Ghats. The fruits are green when raw and red to dark purple when ripe. Kokum is widely used as a beverage and has also been used as medicine in Ayurveda.

A myriad of health effects have been attributed to Garcinia, which range from anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory to anti-cancer and digestive benefits. Anti-obesity effects of Garcinia Indica come specifically from its Hydroxycitric Acid content and have been elucidated in several studies. However, there are controversial results regarding its efficacy and safety as an anti-obesity dietary supplement. Despite this, the market is flooded with over-the-counter slimming aids containing Garcinia & HCA.

 

A typical reduction of food appetite has been reported and increased availability of mood enhancing neuro-transmitter Serotonin observed in animal and human studies with Garcinia. Besides this, it helps to enhance fat oxidation and reduces the tendency to store fat. In other words, it suppresses fatty acid synthesis, formation of fat cells, food intake and induces weight loss.

Another useful component of Kokum is Garcinol, which has been found to be neuro-protective, contributing to brain health and preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

While it is clear that Kokum has a role to play in weight loss, it must be emphasised that there is no miracle about it. A carefully planned diet and exercise are key to obesity management. Fat burners can only be supportive. The wisdom would be to take any of these in a natural form as food. They must be taken as supplements only under supervision. A glass of Kokum juice is a cooling digestive beverage and certainly needs no prescription.

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