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This Fruit Can Boost Your Metabolism And Has Many Other Health Benefits

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This fruit’s origin dates all the way back to the 1600s. Dried and sweetened apricots were a key trade commodity for Egyptians on Persian trade routes. England used its oil as a herbal treatment for tumours, ulcers and swelling. While, Spanish missionaries carried its seedlings all the way to the US. In the modern day, Turkey dominates production of this fruit and derivative products from the same. Its truly an exotic variety, and the cultures of the world just can’t get enough of it. Middle-Eastern, North-African and Chinese cultures in particular have important roles for this fruit.

So, here are some reasons why you should consider getting your hands Apricots and know it’s many Health Benefits:

  1. Help digestion: Apricots are incredibly rich in dietary fibre and makes for a good contributor to better digestion. Fibre stimulates the juices in the stomach helping breakdown of your food, and promote a healthier bowel movement. These fruits are highly recommended for those suffering from constipation.
  2. Strengthens the bones: The two nutrients vital for your bone development and maintenance are calcium and potassium. The bones are made of calcium, and potassium helps in the appropriate allocation of the same. Apricots are rich in both of these minerals and help keep your bones strong and sturdy.
  3. Promotes heart health: High doses of vitamin C as well as potassium, fibre contribute to fantastic heart health. Vitamin C acts like a shield for the heart against radicals in your system, potassium lowers blood pressure and fibre regulates your cholesterol levels. This seems like a superb combination to boost your heart health.
  4. Asthma reliever: Apricot oil has the capability of relieving you of certain symptoms of asthma, and provides ease if you are suffering from the same. This happens because apricots relieve some amount of pressure and stress on your lungs and the adjoining respiratory tract, helping in the prevention of asthma attacks.
  5. Boosts metabolism: Metabolism depends on potassium and sodium. Potassium maintains your fluid balance to ensure that energy is equitably distributed around the body’s organs and muscles. Keeping electrolytes like sodium rich salt high, can help you have more energy, reduce muscle cramps and keep your blood pumping. Word of caution, regulate your sodium intake as excess sodium may lead to high blood pressure
  6. Treatment for anaemia: Iron and copper rich apricots help in haemoglobin production in and around the body. Iron deficiency or anaemia can lead to fatigue, lightheadedness, constipation, and metabolic dysfunction. The oxygenation properties of red blood cells is governed by the presence of iron and copper in the blood.
  7. Reduces inflammation and fevers: Apricots have an anti-inflammatory nature that reduce your body’s temperature, and reduces inflammation in various parts of the body. It is particularly effective for patients of arthritis and gout.

 

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Hepatitis A Causes and Symptoms

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Generally speaking, hepatitis A is more common in parts of the planet that are developing. It’s for the fact that sanitation and food handling practices are by and large poor. However, medical experts say that living in developed countries can also put you at risk of having hepatitis A, but it’s really a rare occurrence.

Just like what’s mentioned earlier, hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus or HAV. It can be spread around by someone who has hepatitis A because he or she is a carrier of the virus behind it. It is said that a person with hepatitis A is most infectious about 2 weeks before he or she begins to experience signs and symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that hepatitis A is spread around:

 

Consumption of food that is prepared by a person who has hepatitis A. This is most especially true if he or she has not properly washed his or her hands.

Drinking of water that is contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.

Intake of raw or undercooked seafood obtained from contaminated water.

Close contact with someone who has hepatitis A. This includes having sexual intercourse with an infected person, especially when the rectal or anal area has been touched with the fingers, mouth or tongue.

Using illegal drugs, especially when paraphernalia contaminated with the hepatitis A virus are used.

Symptoms

Medical experts say that it may take a while before the various signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A show up. They say that someone may experience them about 4 weeks after getting infected. It’s even possible for someone with hepatitis A to not experience any sign and symptom at all.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include:

Tiredness and malaise
Achy muscles and joints
Pain in the upper right section of the abdomen
Loss of appetite
Mild fever
Headaches
Sore throat
Diarrhea or constipation
Hives or raised rash that’s itchy

These initial signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis A can last anywhere from a few days only to a couple of weeks. Afterwards, as the infection of the liver progresses, the following may be experienced by the individual:

Jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin as well as the whites of the eyes (sclera)

Pale colored stools
Dark colored urine
Skin itching

Tenderness and swelling of the upper right section of the abdomen

Although it rarely happens, hepatitis A can cause liver failure. When such develops, the person who is infected may experience severe vomiting, frequent bruising, bleeding of the nose and gums, drowsiness and confusion.

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Busting myths around blood donation

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As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

Contrary to the myth about blood donations making a person weak or anaemic, the body replenishes the lost blood in a matter of a few days, say experts.

“A healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets, so there is no question of becoming weak, much less anaemic. It is a myth and should not deter people from donating blood,” says Dr RK Singal, chairman, internal medicine department, BLK super-speciality Hospital.

 

The donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components, as there is sophisticated equipment available these days that extract relevant components from blood and the rest of the blood can be transfused back to the donor.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms, ideally, one per cent of the total population should regularly donate blood to meet the requirements, which is anywhere between 1% and 3% of country’s population that would require blood in a year.

About 65% of India’s population is young and if this section donates blood regularly, chances of the country facing blood shortage will be remote. Hence, there is all the more reason for people, especially youngsters, to come forward and be regular blood donors.

How to prepare

Have enough fruit juice and water in the night and morning before you donate

Have a full meal 3 hours before donation; never on an empty stomach

Have some rest for about 10-15 minutes after donation

Have some snacks or a juice with high sugar content after donation

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Erectile dysfunction’s connection with lifestyle

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healthy-lifestyle-can-reverse-effects-of-hypertensionAll over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED).

All over the world, but perhaps more so in India, men are embarrassed to admit that they may have a problem getting or keeping an erection — a condition known as erectile dysfunction (ED). From my research, I have found a strong link between ED and stress. Other major causes include smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My advice to these patients is — do not get even more stressed over this situation. Instead, focus on taking the right medication and making some changes to your lifestyle, so you can once again enjoy a satisfactory sexual life.

 

DIAGNOSIS OF ED

We normally diagnose ED and its underlying causes by asking the patient a few questions about his medical and sexual history. This is sometimes done by sharing a questionnaire with the patient. The questions that we ask are designed to help us understand the cause of ED in the particular patient.

We also do a physical exam, ask for certain blood tests to rule out other medical conditions responsible for erectile dysfunction, and recommend imaging tests (if required) to determine whether the person is physically able to have an erection or not.

SHORT-TERM SOLUTION, LONG-TERM CURE

Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels) can cause ED. In these cases, ED can be reversed once the patient starts treatment.

In my experience, many men suffer from ED because of work stress, family pressure and anxiety. So, changes in lifestyle with regular exercise, yoga, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and proper counselling help in treating ED. Along with this, medicines for ED are usually prescribed for about 3 to 6 months by which time lifestyle changes start to take effect and the patient is physically and mentally healthier, which helps resolve the problem.

An estimated 16% to 25% of men experience ED at some point in their lives. I would urge them not to be embarrassed about it. Seek medical help from a urologist or andrologist; get the necessary advice/medication; and go on to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sexual life.

The author of this article is Dr Anjani Kumar Agrawal, head, andrology, department of urology sciences, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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