Catch Up On Growth

As parents, we all want the same things for our kids. We want them to grow up well in every way, to follow their dreams, to find success in life. Right from the beginning, we try to give them the right start.

We are so concerned about their health and well being that we give them the right nutrition and follow the growth charts of our kids pretty seriously. We monitor their height and weight, month after month religiously.

But what if despite our best efforts, our child is not racing up the growth charts? I am sure, feeling anxious would be the most common feeling for most of us. We may wonder, “Is my child growing normally?”

Some children have weight and height or rate of weight and height gain which is significantly below than that of other children of similar age and gender. These children seem to look smaller, weaker or shorter than other children of same age.

There could be a lot of reasons for the children  to have delayed growth. As parents we need to ask ourselves a few questions.

  • Is the child eating enough? Some children are fussy eaters, so they may be not be eating adequately and getting the desired nutrition necessary for ideal growth.
  • Do the child’s meals have too little growth or energy foods? Different stages of the life cycle dictate differing nutrient needs. To develop to their optimal potential, it is vital that children are provided with nutritionally sound diets. Do their diets contain foods that help them grow as per their growth rate? Children who aren’t getting the nourishment they need will not gain optimum height and weight.
  • Is / Was the child sick?  Certain illnesses can also prevent weight gain. While after an illness, the child needs to eat more than usual to regain the weight lost and to replenish energy and nourishment. If the child is frequently ill, he or she may need more energy and nutrient intensive diet.
  • Is the child neglected or abused or has undergone mental trauma? Research has shown that children exposed to violence or abuse, if left unaddressed or ignored, are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioural problems. Possible emotional and behavioural effects of trauma include eating disorders and troubled sleeping which are not conducive for proper growth and development of a child.

If these issues are not addressed, the child may miss out on growing normally as per the standard growth charts. His physical, mental and social skills may be delayed too. 

Despite this setback in growth in early childhood due to whichever reason, specialised nutrition can help to get the growth in terms of height and weight back on track.

A child falling behind on growth requires higher than average levels of nutrition to catch up on their growth and development1,2 which is where Horlicks Growth+ can help. Horlicks Growth+ is a break through nutrition formula designed by international paediatric experts and contains high quality protein with added nutrients that have been identified and known to support catch up growth in children with lost growth.

Horlicks Growth+ has been designed and tested by experts, and is proven to increase height and weight in 6 months1. In fact, this balanced nutritional supplement has been developed to optimise growth without causing obesity in children.

Horlicks Growth+ offers advanced nutrition for growth and development of children aged 3-9 years.  It is clinically proven to help children catch up on weight and height in only 6 months1.     

Catch-up on lost growth with Horlicks Growth+ which is a unique health drink. Horlicks Growth+ naturally contains essential amino acids and immunity boosting nutrients like Vitamin A, C and D.  It contains high quality whey protein. Horlicks Growth+ is available in creamy Chocolate or smooth Vanilla flavour and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

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Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart

Many women feel pulled in multiple directions with the varied roles and commitments they have in their lives. The traditional role of wife/mother makes taking care of others in the family the priority.With demands of family and work pressures, health is not on top of priority list for most women. And I am no different.

While, I take pride in keeping commitments both at home and work place, being committed to my health is something that I take pretty lightly. I came across this Weight Heart test at Saffolalife which assesses the impact of one’s fitness levels on the heart health.

Thankfully, the result was just about right. Nothing to worry about at the moment, but can it stay that way as age catches up with me? I know, it will not!

As I was exploring Saffolalife, I came across a study which reveals that 61% of women in India are at risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, two out of four Indian women are at risk of heart problems due to increasing weight. While we may worry about cancer or hormonal problems or any other ailment, we don’t realize that the risk of heart disease is pretty high and it needs our attention too.

It’s important that each woman take steps to #protectherheart . And it does not take much to protect it…

  • Walk Everyday : 10000 steps per day is considered healthy. road-749528_1280Walking daily helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol level, thus facilitating a healthy heart. Getting off at the bus stop earlier than the regular one and then walking the distance, parking the car farther than usual from the office or shopping place, and taking the staircase instead of using the elevators and escalators are some ways to make walking as part of our daily activities.
  • Eat Healthy : Preventing cardiovascular diseases isn’t just about avoiding unhealthy food. It’s about eat healthy, eating foods that are rich in nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats.
  • Avoid Stress : Though, there is no direct link between stress and heart disease. However, stress, particularly constant (chronic) stress, can result in higher blood cholesterol, increased blood pressure or be more chances of developing atherosclerosis. Identifying the source of stress, being physically active, sharing feelings with family and friends, taking time for self, making time to laugh and relax, eating well are some of the ways to bust stress and boost heart health.

I am joining the Saffolalife #ProtectHerHeart initiative and pledging my support to better heart health in Association with BlogAdda. I urge you to protect your heart health too, as a Healthy Heart is a Happy Heart!

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Eat Healthy, Stay Fit

It’s that time of the year, when people get desperate. Desperate to get slim and thin. Yes, it’s the time to shed the layers of winters and don the swimwear and summery clothes. So, we see folks around us subjecting themselves to deprivation diets or fasts or crash diets. Many do not know that these crash diets and nutrition restrictions, inadvertently result in more harm than good.

Crash diets do not work because they work on the principle of fooling the body, but the body is very smart and doesn’t buy it. Research suggests rapid weight loss can actually  slow down the metabolism, leading to future weight gain, and deprive the body of essential nutrients. What’s more, crash diets can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress. Of course, a crash diet once won’t hurt the heart, but crash dieting repeatedly increases the risk of heart attacks.

The key to losing weight or getting in shape or just living a healthier life is a combination of balanced healthy diet and exercise.  Eating a balanced healthy diet provides a variety of benefits.

#Helps to Stay Energetic and Productive

Just like a car, the body needs quality fuel to run efficiently. What and when we eat can have a profound effect on our energy levels. Keeping our body fuelled with the right proportions of vitamins, minerals and nutrients can give the energy we need to make the most of our day. Research has found that eating unhealthy foods puts us at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure our body and brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work.

# Assists in Weight Loss

The drastic or deprivation diets do appear to be attractive as they may bring results faster. But the chances are that they won’t work for a long-term as it is almost impossible to maintain the lifestyle that comes with them. Once we have stopped the crash diet, we are likely to put the weight back on (and sometimes even more than before) if we return to our old eating habits. Instead, by changing to balanced healthy foods and exercise, we are more likely to stick to our new habits, thereby keeping the weight off long-term. It is this diet that often makes maintaining a healthy body weight a bit easier.

# Keeps the Immune System Strong

Immune system is considered to be the soldier of our body, as it protects you from all kinds of illness. A good healthy diet is fundamental to good health and a strong immune system.  In case of severe or crash diet , the vital nutrients will become scarce, and thus affect our immune system.

Deemed as a top health food across the globe, honey is a wonderful creation. The health properties of this thick golden liquid have been valued since ages.  A tea spoon of honey every day is a great source of energy, helps in weight management, is a healthier substitute to sugar, aids in digestion, helps in relieving cold and cough and is useful for the skin because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties.

Let me share a super quick healthy recipe with honey for a healthy you.

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Nashta with Guptaji’s Family

A.A. Milne in 1925-1928…

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” Breakfast
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

Cut to late 1970s-late 1990s…

“Mom!! What’s for breakfast?” asked one of the three sisters.
“Aloo da parantha”, said Mom.
“What will you make tomorrow?”, asked the second one
“Gobhi da parantha”, said Mom without missing a beat.

You get the drift! Stuffed paranthas. It was THE breakfast that was made and served everyday at our home! We Punjabis love our paranthas and our breakfast is incomplete without it! Crisp golden brown paranthas with a dollop of butter and curd is sheer divinity.

Cut to late 1990s to the present time…

KG on weekdays (on weekends, the kitchen is all his), “What are you making for breakfast?”
“It’s methi  (or paneer or mashed peas or radish or besan or egg….) ka parantha”, I would inform him.

You see, if there’s one thing that is difficult to change in a Punjabi is their breakfast of paranthas. And this does not change even if you are married to a Marwari. We believe in eating breakfast like a king, ie a meal that is rich in calories, is full, tasty and heavy. And we believe that this can be achieved only through paranthas.

But since the last few months, both KG and I have been thinking of cutting down on our early morning high calories intake and opting for a lighter, healthier fare. Also the ghee, butter and oil has started showing at unflattering places.

And then we saw, Guptaji’s family.

They sure know how to whip up the perfect breakfast for any occasion. We’d like to go to their house for nashta! While we are stuck to a pattern of paranthas as breakfast, they have such a huge variety of healthy and nutritious breakfast on their dining table. I was amazed to see the number of breakfast recipes Mrs Gupta makes for her family. I liked the breakfast recipes for Almond Strawberry Cornflakes, Apple Cornflakes Pancakes,

PancakesCornflake Walnut Chocolate Muffin, Banana Milkshake, Basil Curd Dip, Choco Cornflakes Peanut Chikki, Chapatti Cornflakes Chivda, Cabbage Corn Salad in Basil Curd Dressing, Cornflake Sesame Modaks/Dumplings,Cornflake Dahi Upma, Cornflakes Anjeer Porridge, Cornflakes Sheera,Grilled Cornflake Polenta Sticks,Oats Veggie Omlette, Narkeler Bonda to name a few! All these recipes are so simple, yet so healthy. These dishes are packed with the goodness of a well-balanced diet as they contain, grain (whole grain, whole wheat, brown rice, oats), fruit, vegetables, proteins and dairy!

Also, all these breakfast recipes are low in fat, which helps to manage weight and heart health. And these certainly should be on our agenda, after all we are not getting any younger!

The breakfast cereal used in all the recipes is high in fibre and is essential in promoting health, aids the digestive system and prevents diseases viz diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer, anxiety and depression. Also it is high in complex carbohydrates, which provide vital energy to the body. Cereals are usually fortified with vitamins and minerals, thereby helping to meet the daily requirements of these essential nutrients. And last but not least, they are mostly consumed with milk which helps contribute to your calcium and protein intake.

Needless to say that all this not only gives a lot of energy to start a new day, but is also linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved mental performance. It’s high time we make way for this powerful breakfast, in our daily schedule.

We are going to have Nashta with Guptaji’s family. Kya aap aayenge? #KelloggsWaleGuptaji

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Hygiene is Two-Thirds of Health

Hygiene is two-thirds of health.

2/3rd of our health?! Hard to believe??

It is a true fact.

Hygiene is a basic human need and we know that it is common sense to practice it in our day to day life. But the number of diseases that are spread by the very lack of this ‘common sense’ habit, is staggering!

Sanitation and Hygiene play a big role in our everyday lives. With the kind of health risks that pose a threat to us today, it is more important than ever, for us to maintain good hygienic habits. And it all starts at home!

Hygiene, which is basically practicing certain activities in our life that lead to maintenance of health and prevention of diseases, is divided into three categories:

Personal Hygiene : Studies show that, 80 percent of infections are transmitted by direct and indirect contact, thus, hand washing is the most important thing we can do to protect our self! And others!  Every hand we shake, every hand rail we touch, every door knob, every light switch, every counter top, every dog we pet…simply everything we touch can place dangerous germs on our hands.

The importance of hand washing can be assessed by looking at the spread of germs found on human hands. Given below are a few examples:

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Here’s a checklist of times when we need to wash our hands. I know, this may sound so petty and trivial and something that we all know. These are the basics… right! But mostly the basic rituals are the ones that are most often forgotten and ignored! Just check, how many check marks (✓) you get…

    • After using the washroom at home or at any public place. 6 Steps of Washing Hands
    • Before as well as after eating food.
    • After visiting a patient at the hospital.
    • Before and after one starts cooking food.
    • After changing a baby’s diaper.
    • After touching pets or cleaning their faeces.
    • Before touching young infants and children.
    • Before and after touching injured areas and changing the dressing of a wounded person.
    • After collecting and throwing out garbage.
    • After sneezing, coughing and blowing our nose.
    • After cleaning around the house.
    • After being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)
    • After handling dirty laundry.

Also hands should be always washed with a soap. If that is not done then we are actually  smearing the germs all over our hands and giving them a wider surface area to operate and/or if we are not washing well or long enough then we have got live germs on our hands ready to transfer to our foods, friends’ hands we shake or even people we hug…

Home Hygiene : We love keeping our homes clean. But are they really clean? However clean a home looks, the deadly little germs can still be lurking around. The door knobs, the handrails, the upholstery and bedding, the TV remote, computer keyboard, toilet brush, soap dispensers, kitchen napkins, vacuum cleaner are all hotbeds of bacterial and viral activity. Take a moment to check this cleaning time-table. If you are managing your home as per this schedule, you are doing great!

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Wash dishes and cooking utensils after each meal

Sweep the floors

Wash the floors

Clean cupboards, windows and walls

Clean kitchen slab before and after food preparation

Empty the kitchen rubbish bin

Wash the bed linen

Clean refrigerator, gas stove

Clean toilets

Dust the surfaces

Get rid of cobwebs

Food Hygiene : In a survey, 15 per cent of squeaky clean-looking fridges were heavily contaminated with bugs. Hard to believe. Right? But then it’s true. How many of us wash the milk packets and then keep them in the fridge. And what about the vegetables and fruits? Mostly, a refrigerator is used as a cold cabinet. So the vegetables and fruits are kept either without washing or in the carry bags we got from the market. Imagine the dirt and the germs that we are allowing to stay and thrive in our refrigerators.

How about washing the pack of bread or the eggs or a juice tetra pack or a cold drink can or the pack of chips… just about any eatable pack? And is it hygienic to pack food in newspapers or letting the newspaper soak the oil as we fry hot yummies?

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Sanitation and hygiene begins at Home! Implementing good hygiene practices, personally and at home has both health and social benefits. What is your take on this?

Swachh IndiaThis post is written for Indiblogger and Banega Swachh India #SwachhIndia

Toilet for Babli

Imagine this. Women and young girls, waking up before dawn, every day, leaving their homes while it is still dark and walking for a mile or so to find a remote or a secluded place. And all the while, hoping to stay away from any prying eyes as they finish their daily ablutions in the open.

With this act, they are not only adding to the estimated 100,000 tons of human excrement that Indians leave each day in farming fields, on river banks that are used for drinking and bathing and along roads jammed with scooters, trucks and pedestrians but also experience shame and embarrassment along with exposing themselves to a lot of diseases.

More than 200 million tons of human sewage goes uncollected and untreated, fouling the environment. Each gram of feces can contain 10 million virus particles, 1 million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs. The germs in the excreta contaminates the drinking water, food and soil and increases the number of flies and insects carrying excreta and spreading disease.

Open defecation and lack of sanitation are the leading causes for water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, intestinal worms, trachoma, hepatitis A and typhoid and stunted growth in children. While over 300,000 children aged below five years in India die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases, 44% of children younger than 5 are underweight! Malnourished children have poor immunity and are more susceptible to diarrheal disease, and with more diarrheal disease they become more malnourished!

20% of deaths among children under-14 are due to diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene. In young girls, open defecation during menstruation causes a lot of health and hygiene issues viz reproductive tract infections and sexually transmitted infections. Almost 28 million school children across India do not have access to school toilet facilities. And this results in dropping out from schools by girls on reaching puberty, depriving them of opportunity to learn and grow in life and a hope for a bright future.

By stopping open defecation and improving sanitation, there will be lower mortality among children, better nutrition, reduced stunting and increased height among children, due to the reduction in diarrhoea and other life-threatening diseases. There will also be better learning and retention among school children due to reduction in worms and other sanitation related diseases.

By building toilets and ending open defecation, it can have a  BIG effect on the health, safety, education, prosperity and dignity of a lot of children and women in India.

Domex has taken an initiative, which is called #ToiletForBabli to make villages in Maharashtra and Orissa open defecation free zones.

You can be a part of this noble initiative too!

Just visit http://www.domex.in/ and click on Contribute Now. For every Click- contribution received on this website, Domex will contribute Rs.5 for making villages open defecation free.

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This post is written for Indiblogger.in and Domex #ToiletForBabli Initiative

Staying Healthy Can Be Fun

Over the years, I have realized that if I am passionate about doing or learning something, I would obsess over it for just a few days or may be a few weeks. And soon enough, I would move on without ever looking back. Yes, I get bored really easily!

And this is especially true when it comes to sticking to a fitness or a workout program. Usually, work, travel, home, family and life in general can derail my fitness plans but even without these ‘hindrances’, I am pretty quick to throw cold water on it. Why do I resist my exercise time? Is it because, I have made my exercise regimen hard. I mean, what’s the point of having a leisurely stroll on a treadmill, it has to be power walking, isn’t it? And that power walking can be very lonely and boring for an easily distracted person like me!

So does that mean, I am doomed to forever starting and giving up on my workout plans?

No, this love-hate relationship that I share with staying fit, can change. After all, there is always a way! And like they say, ‘you are stronger than anything standing in your way!’

The way was shown in the new Sunfeast Farmlite advertisements. These advertisements share a very important and pertinent message that staying healthy can also be fun.

Instead of resorting to conventional methods of exercising/walking in a park, staying fit can become an enjoyable outdoor activity when it is done with family and/or friends. Biking, Hiking or Walking Holidays or Trekking can be a fun and delightful adventure time with a group of people bound together by a common goal of staying healthy.

This fun and enjoyment can be translated indoors with friends as well. Aerobics, Zumba, Yoga are wonderful alternatives to traditional fitness programs. And of course 9 days of Navratri are a great way to stay fit. They say, about 956 calories are burnt while doing Dandiya for 2 hours. What could be better than this… fun, festivity and fitness, all rolled into one social activity.

Taking up any sport quite literally makes a game out of working out. A brisk game of Badminton or Table Tennis or Squash not only will get the heart rate up but will also burn a lot of calories, and not to mention the feel good factor of playing a good exciting game.

I liked the Goodbye Bai video which shows that when the maid does a disappearing act, which is pretty often! *Sigh*, doing the household chores yourself (and involving the whole family) is a good idea to stay fit. It kills two birds with one stone. Not only does one gets a spotlessly clean home but a lot of calories are burnt too. And as shown in the video, loading the playlist to some peppy music and dancing while doing the chores is a lot of fun. This ‘mundane chores’ workout can be made more exciting, by doing squats or sit-ups, push-ups, or crunches whenever a new song starts playing! Cool, isn’t it?!

Of course, complementing the daily workouts with healthier cooking and eating habits has an overall positive impact on life. So, we should opt for healthy food choices when planning and preparing meals.

The advertising campaign from Sunfeast Farmlite advocates the concept of health in a fun way through everyday regular tasks. Sunfeast Farmlite, is a healthy and tasty cookie available in two deliciously healthy variants – Oats & Almonds and Oats & Raisins.

It is said, if we enjoy what we do, we do it better. So if we can enjoy our fitness plan, we are more likely to stick to our commitment to stay healthy! Truly, staying healthy can be fun!

I am planning to include some fun activities in my quest to stay healthy. What about you?

This post is written for Indiblogger.in and Sunfeast Farmlite

A Healthy Child makes a Happy Home

Raising healthy children is topmost priority for all parents. And by healthy children we mean, focusing not only on their physical growth and health but mental and social well being too. We all know that the way we nurture our children in their early formative years, affects their growth and health later in life.

As young and brand new parents, twelve years ago, KG and I decided to give a healthy start to our lil baby. We decided that in order to raise a healthy child, we will make it a family affair ie both of us would be equal partners in nurturing our child (ok, I had a larger role to play for obvious reasons!) and secondly, we will keep it simple.

Eat Right : The first thing that was on our agenda was to give the right and balanced nutrition to our child. We all know that healthy eating habits helps to maintain healthy weight and growth. So, we followed a few rules religiously on our dining table.

  • We believe that the family that eats together stays together. So, we made meal time a family time, especially dinners. While, lunch is an affair between Aaryan and me.
  • Eat whatever is cooked at home. Finish whatever is in the plate… is the mantra that we have inculcated in our son and we follow it too.
  • Since KG is a chef by passion, a variety of healthy foods and snacks are a given in our home, making the dining table one happy place to be at. Ok, sometimes there were a few frowns but our meal times were never a battle zone.
  • Given the unhealthy temptations we are exposed to now-a-days, and we do have to give in to a burger today or an aerated drink there and not to mention the chips and chocolates. But we have opted for healthier options viz cooking with olive oil, milk and fresh juices over canned options, more fruits and vegetables etc.

Power of Play : Science has proven that a lot of brain development happen when a child is involved in a physical activity. Playing outdoors is not just a fun activity but helps the child to learn the rules of the game in the outside world, dealing with peers, wins and losses, and get the necessary mental, physical and social skills to succeed in his adult life.

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  • An hour of physical activity out with friends in the evening was something we encouraged for Aaryan. So, he would play hide and seek or cycle or play cricket or football or learn karate and come home happy with lots of stories to share and release of energy making him tired and hungry and ready to attack his food with gusto.
  • Jenga blocks, snakes and ladder, jig saw puzzles, reading story books, re-entered our lives as we played these games with our child, indoors. This not only helped us to bond as a family but also gave Aaryan that push to be more creative, expressive and imaginative too.
  • Family trips to parks, museums, zoos or just a drive around the city with the child helped to broaden his learning horizon.

Needless to say that maintaining these healthy habits ensured that our visits to the doctors were restricted usually to get the age-specific immunization shots. We amalgamated healthy nutritious food along with physical activity in our life and all this not only kept our child fit and healthy but helped us to be more disciplined and conscious of our health. Our involvement as parents in his early years gave him that sense of security and helped us become a close-knit family. Today, we have so many fond memories of growing up and growing close as a family —thanks to our child and our determination to give him the best.

It is true that a healthy child makes for a healthy and a happy home, indeed.

This post is written for Indiblogger.in and Dabur Chyawanprash

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A Strong and Healthy Immune System From A to Z

Immune system is our body’s defence system that keeps us safe from infection and diseases. It helps us keep fit and healthy. Our immune system plays a crucial role in maintaining proper health. Any foreign disease causing bacteria or germ that enters our body is prevented from causing any damage to the body by the immune system.

A strong immune system can help fights against the germs and keeps us protected. People, who have a weak immune system, may catch these diseases more easily. Since the immune system in children is still developing, they are more vulnerable to infections and diseases. It is very important for our children to have a strong immune system so that they stay healthy right from the very beginning.

Here’s the list of things that they need to have from A to Z to have a stronger and a healthier immune system.

Antioxidants Eating fruits such as prunes, raisins, plums, oranges, red grapes, cherries which are rich in antioxidants, boosts immune system. Free radicals interfere with our immune system’s response to things such as the cold or flu, a diet rich in antioxidants will fight off the damage by keeping your immune system strong.
Blueberriesb_alphabet Stilbenoids from blueberries stimulate the CAMP gene to boost immune response. Wild blueberries in particular are potent immune boosters.
Coconut Coconut is rich in lauric acid, which converts in our body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity.
DietD Over 70% of our immune system is in our gut and what we eat forms the foundation of our health. Nutritional deficiencies can damage immune system, increasing the risk of infections. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best sources of vitamins and minerals around, which is why it’s so important to eat a good variety every day.
Exerciseimages Exercise contributes to good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. Exercise promotes good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and function efficiently.
Food SupplementsF Even the healthiest meal plan needs supplemental nutrition. Some of Supplements rich in vitamins C, E, and A, beta-carotene, and selenium, have immune-boosting properties.
GermsG While we must maintain hygiene, we must not live in a ridiculously clean environment. Exposure to germs creates antibodies which are needed for a stronger immune system.
HerbsH Herbs fortify our body. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, herbs strengthen our immune system and detoxify our body. Herbs like garlic, ginseng, clove, oregano, ginger, turmeric, mushrooms should be an integral part of our diet.
ImmunizationI Routine vaccinations have a huge impact on reducing and in many cases nearly eradicating, a number of infectious diseases. Immunizations occurring during childhood is very vital for a strong immune system.
Junk away Sugar J Eating or drinking too much refined sugar, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs.
KaleK Kale, a hearty green vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse. The nutrients in kale strengthen the immune system and fight viruses and bacteria. It’s a great source of iron, which is an especially important mineral for vegans and vegetarians.
LaughL Laughing is good for us. It curbs the levels of stress hormones in our body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Just anticipating a funny event can have a positive effect on our immune system.
MusicM Listening to music can boost the immune system and may even help fight off disease. Music leads to special physiological changes which eventually lead to stress reduction or direct immune enhancement.
Network of FriendsN We all know friends are important, but strong social ties can also have a big effect on our health. A recent study found that people with strong relationships were 50% more likely to survive than those with poor social ties.
Omega 3O Omega 3 fatty acids help to boost the immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells. Seafood, flaxseed, hempseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, eggs, pumpkin seeds are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids!
ProbioticsP Though the exact molecular interactions between probiotic bacteria and intestinal cells are not yet well understood, experiments have shown that probiotics can enhance immunity. Eating probiotic foods such as yogurt and fermented pickles, kimchi is good.
QuinoaQ Quinoa, a grain-like crop contains all nine amino acids, making it an amazing source of protein. It also contains other B vitamins and high levels of iron and zinc, minerals necessary for a healthy immune system.
RelaxR Stress can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process. The ability to relax and rejuvenate promotes wellness, vitality and longevity.
SleepS Without enough sleep, our immune system may not have the resources it needs to fight off illness. We can help ourselves to a more restful sleep by keeping a regular schedule, getting exercise, avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, relaxing before bedtime, and keeping your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
TeaT1 Regularly drinking tea throughout the day can help strengthen our immune system and our body’s ability to fight off germs and infections. Green and black teas, and Tulsi tea contain a beneficial amino acid called L-theanine, which can increase the infection fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells.
Unpasteurized Grass-Fed Organic MilkU Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains beneficial bacteria that prime our immune system and can reduce allergies. Raw milk also contains beneficial fats that help our immune system.
VegetablesV Vegetables such as spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, red bell peppers, onions, corn, eggplant pack the most powerful antioxidant punch.
WaterW Drinking a lot of water can help flush toxins out of our body and strengthen the immune system
Xpose YourselfX Vitamin D plays a number of roles in promoting normal immune function.
YogaY Countless studies show that yoga improves immune functioning. The practice of yoga is an organic immune system “boost-up” that provides us with natural ways to reduce the effects of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pollution.
Zest for LifeZ Positive thoughts can give our immune system a healthy boost. One study of law students found that when they were feeling more optimistic, their immune system was stronger. So we must take time to increase the optimism, take time to savor the things we enjoy, look for the silver lining in difficult situations, and try not to dwell on negative thoughts.

This post is written for Indiblogger’s An Immune India contest in association with “Dabur Chwayanprash”.

Hospitals Should Not be the Cause of Infection

Few days ago, I got this info in my mail box and I would like to share the same here as I believe that there should be an increased awareness about HAIs.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers. HAI’s are infections developed in a hospital that patients’ did not have prior to treatment.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987. Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher.

About “Not on My Watch” Prevention Campaign

To protect patients by reducing the risk of HAI, healthcare professionals must continually update their knowledge of infection management.

As part of an ongoing commitment to quality care and infection prevention, nationwide doctors and hospitals are partnering with Kimberly-Clark to deliver continuing education programs on Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) prevention to busy staff and management within their hospitals.

The HAI Education Program is part of a national infection awareness campaign for healthcare professionals called “Not on My Watch” and will provide the facility with a toolkit that contains informational flyers, patient safety tips and posters.

For details about the “Not On My Watch” campaign, and the HAI Education Bus please visit www.HAIwatch.com.

Join the community of healthcare professionals concerned with preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), which at any given moment seriously affect 1.4 million hospitalized patients worldwide.

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