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Safe Laparoscopic surgery during COVID-19 times

Posted on 31 Dec 2020 07:42:19 GMT - health-fitness

Women’s health in general, their well being needs special care for Covid, as they have marginally high seropositive.

The problem
Issues come when women who need necessary care for delivery, abortion, excessive bleeding, fibroids, painful periods, emergencies or even cancer. However either patients or doctor who were scared to treat women patients for imaginary high risk of getting Covid made more women patients not attended adequately. Few Gynaecologists were giving t care as needed with due precaution & proper use of RTPCR, Antigen/ Antibody tests of their own staff plus all patients who needed admission in their hospital.

What Consultant should know in Covid times?
Whether to do open or Laparoscopic surgery? Without any documented evidence of aerosolization or risks of spread by the route of surgery was an issue. Dedicated well known Gynaecological Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr. Prakash Trivedi & Dr. Soumil Trivedi, Laparoscopic & Robotic surgeon took up the serious task of inventing, innovating & designing a method for safe Laparoscopic surgery needed for women’s problems in emergency & other surgery which need not wait.

In the Operation theatre
At Dr. Trivedi’s Total Health Care Centre developed a safe administration of anaesthesia for the said surgery with proper PPE kit worn by the anaesthetist. The anaesthesia medicines & gases were delivered to the patient through a specialized closed-circuit machine with the use of specialized Heat Moisture Exchanger – bacterial & viral (HME-BV) filters & disposable tubings filtering both the gases going into & that coming out or exhaled by the patient.

The surgical team with proper PPE kits enter the surgical theatre for surgery. Laparoscopic surgery requires use of medical gas carbon dioxide for the successful performance of the surgery which was also delivered to the patient via an insufflator machine through HME-BV filter & special tubing.

The required surgery be it for uterus removal- hysterectomy, fibroid removal- myomectomy, surgery for ovarian cyst, endometriosis, prolapse or looseness or sagging of uterus & vagina, for patients keen to conceive or surgery for early gynaecological cancers of uterus, cervix, Mesh for Incisional hernia etc was carried out as usual with due precautions. During the surgery use of certain energies can generate smoke which needs to come out. The gases that go in need to come out. The blood or bodily fluid needs to be sucked out from the patient’s body. This is where a huge breakthrough was made by Dr. Trivedi & his team designed and used a Double Closed Circuit Suction Assembly capable of removing the blood or other bodily fluids as well as the smoke generated & gas after completion of the surgery in a safe manner going straight into a powerful disinfecting solution into 2 specially designed bottles through specialized tubings & HME-BV filters inactivating any bacterial or viral particles.

Hence at no stage any gas, smoke, blood or body fluid can come in contact with air of operation theatre protecting Surgeon, Assistant, Sister, Anaesthetist, OT staff, machines and above all the patients, making it safe.

After the completion of the surgery, everything used were safely disposed of. All patients are followed for 14 days for any Covid symptoms.

From March 2020 till date at Dr. Trivedi’s Total Health Care Centre, Ghatkopar East, a large number of Laparoscopic surgery were done. Internationally reputed Speciality Journal has published this important work to spread this new technique.

Such innovation could be very useful during Pandemic times & later also for safety to all in Laparoscopic surgery not women but men also.

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Dr. Nikhil Tari: Nowadays the terms- 'FITNESS & HEALTH' are two different things

Posted on 31 Dec 2020 07:40:52 GMT - health-fitness

These days fitness industry and gym business are booming so much, like never before in the history of the FITNESS INDUSTRY. Along with that lot many supplements companies are making huge profit. And so is pharma-aids drugs (PERFORMANCE ENHANANCING DRUGS- PED) too. Every other person in our country, from any economic class. Every one is so aware (or should we say fascinated) for that fit looking body. Nice toned arms and legs, that sharp jaw line, those hot looking 6 pack abs and those big biceps popping out from the Tshirts. All credit goes to BOLLYWOOD and the SOCIAL MEDIA platforms. Every one going to gym has that specific goal of achieving that dream physique. But that too in short period of time. Every thing is quite fast now-adays just like fast food (sarcasm warning). So people fall in trap those click bait videos which claims to get 6 pack abs 1 month. So every one is in so haste they want it at any cost and in short span of time. In order to get awesome results I they end up to using those harmful Anabolic Steroids and those expensive, fake claimed Supplements. But the common sources to get hands on it are our gyms and gym trainers. Who are not aware about the damage they are creating in clients health. Now-a-days every young guy wants six pack abs and every girl wants that tone body. But there is nobody to guide you properly & blindly taking any health supplements to transform their physique is costing them to sacrifice their health. That's the reason why Dr. Nikhil Tari has coined the above statement that HEALTH & FITNESS are not same. But with proper guidance and keeping realistic goals in mind, descent fitness level with maintaining his / hers health upto the mark.

Dr. Nikhil Tari

DR. NIKHIL TARI has started INDIA'S 1ST BODYBUILDING & FITNESS Clinic located in Kandivali (W), Mumbai. A clinic that is strictly dedicated to health and fitness, with proper high end equipments to get perfect measurements. He has vast clinical experience of more than15 years in this field as a doctor and 24 years as a bodybuilder himself. Dr. NIKHIL has helped lot many to transform their physique while maintaing their health too. His passion & love for the sports has made him a big name in this field of Bodybuilding & Fitness industry. Dr. Nikhil feels that ongoing fitness culture in INDIA, with trend of using supplements and drugs for the purpose of attaining good physique is increasing enormously all over the country and specially the young generation. Which is leading to severe irreversible health issues like infertility, heart issues, kidneys and liver problems. This is all because of wrong guidance in gyms and huge scam of ongoing counterfeit bodybuilding supplements.

So Dr. Nikhil Tari being a professionally doctor, a fitness athlete, bodybuilder & a coach himself has helped numerous fitness and bodybuilding athletes to achieve their dream physique with taking care of their health. Till date he has done more than 2000 successful TRANSFORMATIONS throughout the world in his 12 years of bodybuilding & fitness clinic practice. And has been awarded as India's #1 Bodybuilding & Fitness consultant many times. By the various renowned institutions of our country.

Dr. Nikhil Tari

Dr. Nikhil Tari believes in giving proper guidance & awareness in his bodybuilding & fitness clinic. But it was not possible for him to meet everyone personally and help them out. Neither its not possible for every fitness freak person to personally meet Dr. Nikhil, himself in his clinic. That's the reason behind starting up his 1st YouTube Bodybuilding &Fitness channel. Here he shares is deep knowledge regarding each and every subject of related to bodybuilding fitness and lot many people (mostly youngsters) of our country has been benefited by he is YouTube channel.

THE VISION- Dr. Nikhil has a dream of establishing a school dedicated to Professional Bodybuilding & Fitness in our Country. So that we can get prime information of this field and we create world class athletes who can represent our country in international BODYBUILDING & FITNESS competitions and winning them. Yes by maintaining health too. So that after few years we can say " FITNESS & HEALTH " are different words with same meanings.

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Actor Jatin Khurana honoured with Mid Day Most Fitness Freak Star Showbiz Icon Star Award 2020

Posted on 29 Dec 2020 05:33:51 GMT - health-fitness

Actor Jatin Khurana, who is appreciated on social media for his performance as well as his fitness goals, was awarded the Mid-Day Showbiz Most Fitness Freak Star Award. Bollywood celebrities including Jatin Khurana as well as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vivek Oberoi, Anushka Goenka, Sunny Leone, Shreyas Talpade, Dino Morea were honoured at the grand award ceremony held at 5-star Hotel in Mumbai. The chief guest of the occasion was Mrs Amrita Fadnavis.

Vivek Oberoi and Amrita Fadnavis honoured Jatin Khurana on stage with this award. Jatin Khurana started his acting career in Bollywood with the film Ye Stupid Pyaar. He has attracted viewers with his passion for fitness with his first screen debut. Jatin Khurana played the freedom fighter, Chandrashekhar Azad, in his second film Jai Jawan Jai Kisan who had sacrificed his everything for the nation. He also put on weight to adapt to the character of Chandrashekhar Azad. Jatin Khurana was awarded the Best Actor Award at the Prayag International Film Festival for the role of Chandrashekhar Azad. The film also featured actors like Om Puri, Prem Chopra and Rati Agnihotri in important roles.

Jatin Khurana has just finished shooting for his new film Tauba Tera Jalwa, in the film he will be seen with actresses Amisha Patel and Angela Krislinzki. Under the banner of Shree Ram Productions and Victorious Enterprises, the movie is produced by Naresh Bansal and Madanlal Khurana. Directed by Akashaditya Lama Tauba Tera Jalwa the film will also feature Rajesh Sharma and Neeraj Sood in important roles.

Jatin Khurana

On being awarded the Most Fitness Freak Star Showbiz Icon Star Award by Mid-Day, Jatin Khurana said, "It is a matter of pride and honour for me to be rewarded for the hard work behind the scenes and for fitness craze today. Bollywood stars are fitness freaks and their fans are all over the world. I have always loved the image of a Fitstar. I want to thank my parents and fans. Today's youth are very much inspired by Bollywood. I want today's generation to be active in fashion as well as in health and fitness.

Talking about the character of his new film Tauba Tera Jalwa, Jatin Khurana said that in this film, I am playing the role of Romi Tyagi, a young business tycoon from Uttar Pradesh, the audience will get to see the romance, business leader and action in this character.

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How to deal with skin problems caused by wearing masks? Dermatologist answers

Posted on 27 Dec 2020 04:30:00 GMT - health-fitness

With more and more places opening up, wearing masks has become non-negotiable. While face masks are a life-saviour and play an important role in preventing the spread of coronavirus, they can also be hard on your skin.

Dr. Sejal Shah, consulting dermatologist at Kaya Youth, says, “The potential consequences of donning face masks for long periods of time are various skin issues like redness, irritation, skin rash, and build-up of excess sweat and oil that results in clogged pores and ‘Maskne’, which is essentially acne triggered by masks.”

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She adds, “Masks pressure the skin and depending on the mask wearer’s skin condition, this can exacerbate skin irritation. Also, friction due to masks leads to damage on the nose and cheeks, and micro abrasions to the skin which may cause skin infections.”

Can it cause permanent skin damage?

Wearing masks in a fast-paced, stressful, and sometimes humid environment can lead to discomfort and aggravate the existing skin issues. It can further cause Maskne, irritation and redness. Following the right skin-care routine and solution-oriented products, formulated specially to soothe and heal the skin, is very important. If home remedies do not reduce the symptoms, they must be further examined by a dermatologist.

Can the normal texture of the skin be re-attained?

Dr. Shah says, “It is advisable for people who wear masks for long periods to keep their skin well-hydrated and moisturized. The existing adversities do have a chance to get reversed to a normal state provided one takes good care of the skin by following a personalised day and night skin care regime. An expert intervention and recommended procedures may help reverse these skin conditions.”

What are the ways to prevent skin damage caused by prolonged wearing of masks?

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From inculcating a new and pertinent skincare regime for mild to moderate skin issues to procedures done by a practicing dermatologist for severe skin damage caused by wearing masks; there are various measures to deal with skin damage.

Here are some measures recommended by Dr. Shah that will help you prevent skin damage due to masks.

Do not touch!

If your skin has started to develop any condition related to mask-wearing it is advisable to avoid touching the face often as it can lead to acne breakouts and infections.

Cleanse the face

It is advisable that you use a personalised facial cleanser that is suitable for your skin type. Also, do not forget to purchase a product that is not harsh on your skin. It must help you maintain the pH balance of the skin and on the other hand it washes away 99.9% germs leaving the skin fresh, supple, and hydrated.

- Gel well

Kaya Youth's pre-face mask gel is an innovative way to keep your skin protected from conditions like Maskne. A gel acts as a protective layer between your skin and the mask reducing direct contact, friction, and irritation. However, do keep in mind that the gel should be lightweight and with quick-absorbing properties. It must also help in controlling sweat and oil build-up.

Focus on recovery

A skin recovery cream, such as the one by Kaya Youth, when used as a night regime helps in allowing skin restoration. It is aided by intensive moisturization which further soothes the skin and helps reduce symptoms such as irritation, redness, and inflammation. 

Minimize makeup

Makeup application should be avoided under the mask as much as one can. Wearing makeup will not only suffocate the skin but also clog the pores, which may lead to acne breakouts. In case you cannot avoid makeup, opt for non-comedogenic products that are formulated to prevent clogged pores.

Kaya Youth's new skin care range has the pre-face mask gel and the recovery cream which could prove to be a blessing for mask wearers. You can buy them here.

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Sergi Constance and Miihier Singh to launch premium fitness clothing brand BeLegend in Indian markets

Posted on 23 Dec 2020 10:12:44 GMT - health-fitness

Hitting the gym or working out these days can almost be considered a religion. On a basic level, everyone wants to look better and perform at the peak of their fitness. A good workout wardrobe does more than just make you look great. BeLegend, a premium retail clothing and accessories brand in the world of fitness is the ultimate guide to stylish workout clothing.

With its headquarter located in Spain and business running across the globe, BeLegend is now set to step into the Indian Markets and explore the opportunities in the fitness industry.

BeLegend is a brand that has garnered immense fame and popularity owing to its premium quality apparel over the years. Thanks to its creator and mentor, Sergi Constance, and his constant effort is supported by millions of followers on Social Networks. Sergi is the most iconic fitness models of all time whose social media speaks volumes about his unprecedented fitness journey.

Miihier Singh is the co-owner of the brand with partner humming bird healthcare abs hospitality owned by Darpan Shrivastava. Their vision is to introduce India to the most stylish and premium quality gym and fitness apparel and accessories. With the best comfort and latest designs in athletics and loungewear for both men and women.

Miihier is a well known fitness personality who is also an international athlete and director for Need Supplements India & Energia Lifestyles. Miihier has one of the greatest physiques in India a testimony of which is seen on his social media where the fitness freak has been setting major goals.

This dream team is now venturing into the Indian markets and is ready to take the fitness industry by storm with their products that not only meet the customer requirements but will also carve a niche for themselves.

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Corporate leaders join Oxfam India's fundraising walkathon for migrant workers hit most by the pandemic

Posted on 18 Dec 2020 10:30:16 GMT - health-fitness

The ongoing pandemic is, in a way, a litmus test for humanity. On one hand, it has unsparingly widened social and economic fault-lines and laid bare cruel inequalities and on the other, shown us that we are at our best when we stand up for and by each other. During the lockdown, while thousands of vulnerable and hapless Indian citizens, described as ‘migrants’ in their own country, walked thousands of miles to reach home, there were many others who watched in dismay and horror and resolved to do their bit.

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Stories of impromptu community kitchens, fundraising drives by citizens, and generosity of transport companies also emerged to remind us to look for the good that prevails when all seems lost. 

India's corporate sector watched too and many of its celebrated leaders decided to join Oxfam India's fundraising walkathon in support of migrant workers. Not only did they decide to participate in the 2020 virtual Trailwalker challenge but they also motivated their teams to join. What emerged was a mosaic of goodwill that grew beyond routine gestures of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We share a few heartwarming stories featuring some of India’s most respected corporate chiefs and their thoughts on being part of the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge.

1. Sunil Bhaskaran, CEO and MD, AirAsia India- Sunil Bhaskaran may have not addressed the media about the value of virtual networking, observing millennial start-ups, running a successful aviation company, and brainstorming ways to navigate the pandemic as a leader, but he was busy finding ways to make a difference to others. Struck by the devastation suffered by migrant workers during the lockdown, he decided to join the virtual edition of Oxfam India’s Trailwalker and says, "I feel immensely excited to be able to offer my support to Oxfam India as they dedicate this year’s fundraising walkathon to those who walked on foot for thousands of miles. AirAsia India, along with certain individuals, government, and non-government organizations launched the 'Umeed Ki Udaan' initiative a few months ago, to fly stranded migrant workers back home to be with their families during the lockdown. That the migrant workers who feed our economy with their toil, have been marginalised to this extent, was a collective wake-up call that cannot be ignored. I could not have just let this time go by without doing something to show my support for them and I am proud of the Allstar (AirAsia India employees) team for having joined me in this journey towards uplifting the lives of the lesser privileged."

2. Atul Shinghal, Founder and CEO of Scripbox- While helming a major digital financial service that envisions helping millions of families achieve financial freedom, Atul is aware of disconcerting grassroots realities and the impact being empathetically proactive has on human lives. As a fitness enthusiast and passionate change maker, Atul enjoys taking up the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge and is often accompanied by his family. This year, given the urgency of the cause, he also encouraged his colleagues to participate and do their bit for migrant workers. Thanks to him, more than 20 employees from Scripbox registered within two days to take on the challenge that had to go virtual this year due to the pandemic. As he says, “In an ideal world, we would not need to see so much inequality right before our eyes. Those of us who can must do something. I am glad Oxfam gave us the opportunity to show up as a team to help our migrant workers. We hope to do a lot more in the times to come."

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Shanthi Padmanabhan is the Country Head, Customer Success at Salesforce India

3. Shanthi Padmanabhan, Country Head, Customer Success at Salesforce India-This Chennai-based corporate leader clocked 100 kms in 10 days in solidarity with migrant workers and completed the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge in style. Committed to the walkathon despite her busy schedule, Shanthi rose early every morning and walked for about 4 kms. She also took all her work calls while walking and the last lap for the day was completed in the evening on her terrace while listening to podcasts and music. 60% of the employees in her team are now dedicated Trailwalkers thanks to her. As she says, "For me, finding a larger purpose in what we do is very important. In 2020, I had set a target of completing at least 56 hours of voluntary service for every member of my team, in line with Salesforce Values. Then came the COVID-19 onslaught, and the tragic mass migration of workers. When Oxfam India floated the first edition of the virtual Trailwalker to help these workers, I decided to sign up and so did several members of my team. Doing 100kms in 10 days seemed insurmountable when I began. But motivating each other as a team - albeit virtually and drawing inspiration from the images of the migrant workers, helped us pull it off!"

4. Paul Dupuis, MD and CEO, Randstad India- That Bangalore-based, global citizen Paul Dupuis heads a Human Resources (HR) company, is not surprising. For him, all human-beings have equal value and unfathomable potential. A thinker and a corporate philosopher, Paul is somebody who wants to not just excel in corporate boardrooms but in life as well. And one way of doing this, he feels is by "giving back" to the most vulnerable sections of society. His company strives to enable people to realise their true potential and helping those in need is also a part of the same big picture. He says, "We at Randstad are passionate about helping people realize their true potential. We take our role very seriously, as we support people to move forward through gainful employment and organizations grow in the process. Our global CSR initiative — Randstad with Heart — enables all 38,000 employees to choose a cause they feel passionate about or propose one. They let their heart speak."

"Oxfam Trailwalker is touted as India's Biggest Walkathon for a Cause – to change lives. This is closely aligned to my mission to not just do well, but also do good. To be successful at what you do is admirable, but it’s equally important to give back to the society that enabled you to do well, to help others around you move forward. Oxfam gave us this incredible opportunity and a chance to reaffirm one of my core mantras which is; "keep the legs moving and good things happen". With more than 100 colleagues from Randstad India and Global participating in the Oct-Nov 2020 challenge along with the entire senior leadership team, we are aiming at creating a greater and meaningful impact in the upcoming challenges. Needless to say, we are indeed very proud of our continued association with Oxfam."

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Vikram Utamsingh, India Country Head, Alvarez and Marsal(A&M)

5. Vikram Utamsingh, India Country Head, Alvarez and Marsal (A&M)-V ikram Utamsingh’s credo is that charity begins at home and hence the global firm he heads, sees itself as a global family in constant search of opportunities to make a difference. He says, “We must also look for ways to help those in need and this year, we encouraged our employees to find motivation in a fitness challenge that took care of more than just their own well-being. Over 122 of our employees divided themselves into 20 teams and took up the Oxfam Trailwalker Challenge."

He, of course, led from the front to show how corporates can walk their CSR talk and adds, "This is not a time to stay in our bubble. We all have to show up for each other and reach out to those who need a helping hand to survive this pandemic with dignity."

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Emotional Eating 101: Understanding the Way We Eat and Why We Cannot Follow Diets

Posted on 5 Nov 2020 10:51:03 GMT - health-fitness

Are you having difficulty following diets? Our lives are way more complex than one which allows us to stick to a monotonous restrictive diet. Food-Psychologist and Mind-Body Eating Coach, Ridhi Golechha said, “If all of us could follow diets, we’d all have reached our goals. Real-life stresses such as lockdown-anxiety, relationship conflicts, workload, financial stresses, exasperating parenting, teenage drama, and so much more directly impact how we feel and by virtue, what we eat. If on paper diets were so easy to follow, then we’d all be part of that tiny ten percent of people in the world (athletes, models, or actresses) – who are permanently fit.”

What is Emotional Eating?

We all know of those rough days when all we want is to drown our faces in a tub of ice cream or reach out for that melting chocolate cake. “Emotional eating is nothing but eating our emotions. We’re all human- with emotions and hunger. By that definition, all of us are emotional eaters. We turn to food when we’re overwhelmed with anger, sadness, frustration, or any other significant emotion,” explained Ridhi.  

Why do we indulge in Emotional Eating?

There's a reason why the butterfly comes back to suck sweet nectar from the flowers, in turn pollinating the rest of the garden. Humans much like animals, birds, and insects are hardwired for pleasure. But here's the catch- we humans are afraid of receiving pleasure. Many fear that If they allow themselves to eat a slice of cheesy pizza (and also enjoy it), they’ll be overwhelmed with pleasure, lose control, and end up finishing the whole pizza. We fear this would result in a failed diet, weight gain, and massive guilt, so we avoid it altogether. But, it doesn’t work.

“Biology suggests otherwise. Like every other species, homo-sapiens were also built for survival. Non-extinction and strength (body fuel) are essential for our survival. Hence, evolutionary biology has put so much pleasure in sex and food, the two things we need to carry forward the species. If sex and food weren’t pleasurable, nobody would eat or reproduce and the human race wouldn't survive. It is pleasure that drives humans to repeat the feel-good behaviour endlessly,” explained Ridhi.

When does Emotional Eating become worrisome?

“Largely, there’s nothing wrong with that. We do eat to manage and cope with our feelings, especially those that don't feel so good, because eating itself is so biologically rewarding.  It's completely okay if we’re doing it once in a while, because as I said- we’re all evolutionarily wired to emotional eating. However, if we’re constantly depending on food to swallow our difficult emotions and discomforts- leaving us with a feeling of guilt constantly at the end of it- then definitely, we need to work on it”, said Ridhi. Being stuck in a loop of eat, diet-cheat, repent, and repeat is surely a cause of worry.

What are some of the Warning Signs?

Ridhi has shared a quick guide to check yourself and to recognise warning signs:

1. I’m hopeful that someday I’ll find a new diet that will ACTUALLY work for me.

2. I often turn to food when I feel sad/ anxious/ bored/ lonely/ stressed out.

3. I’m afraid to be around my favourite foods because I know I can’t control myself.

4. I feel pressure to control my weight and body.

5. It’s hard to resist eating something good, even if I’m not hungry.

What can we do to reduce Emotional Eating?

According to Ridhi, the reason we fail our diets is that we try to fight biology and suppress our emotions, which only works temporarily. To make long-lasting changes, we must address the root causes of emotional eating. Although the best way to address it would be to understand your patterns and emotional eating journey through mind-body eating coaching, here are a few easy tips to get you started:

1. Don’t skip meals. Starving often confuses your biological hunger drives and makes you more vulnerable to eat your emotions. 

2. Understand the difference between actual physical hunger versus emotional hunger.

 
 
 
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3. Make a list of the top three emotions you feel weekly- and start finding different ways to cope with them.

4. Talk to an expert.  It’s better not to ignore your emotional eating since it can later cause health issues like bloating, gas, acidity, constipation, etc.

5. Go for a walk or do something completely different that will take away your urge by distracting you momentarily.

Emotional eating is a message that reveals a deeper problem. Understanding yourself and the way you eat via Mind-Body Nutrition can address the root causes and enable you to live a life that is beyond food obsessions and the fear of failing your diets.

 

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Influencer Aarohi Singh inspires millennials with fitness drill

Posted on 5 Nov 2020 09:17:41 GMT - health-fitness

The social media influencer Aarohi Singh is making a strong mark on the outlooks of the millennials. She is inspiring millennials with her daily fitness routine at a time when the people around the world are striving for healthier fitness routines to keep themselves fit and healthy. Aarohi with her inspiring fitness videos is helping thousands of people to keep them fit.

The COVID-19 pandemic has largely made people homebound. People all over the world are switching to online social media platforms to address their social needs. Thanks to the social media influencers and stars who are relentlessly working to keep their fans entertained and motivated people are coping with the Covid-19 disruptions.

Honing her skills from the popular veteran actor Mr Anupam Kher's acting academy, 'Actor's Prepared', Aarohi has successfully gained a massive fan following over various social media platforms. With utmost dedication and determination, Aarohi has partnered with more than 50 brands covering different brand stories.

Describing her journey as a social media influencer and a renowned model, she says: "I choose the brands I am promoting very selectively as I understand my responsibility towards my viewers. Earlier Social media was just for fun but now it has given me a very potential career."

As a talented dancer and singer, her social media account is always filled with exciting videos on dancing and singing which are appreciated by her viewers and fans all over the world. Aarohi Singh now is among the fastest rising social media stars in the country. With a fanbase surpassing a million and stretching all corners of the nation, including expatriates across the globe, it is easy to see why everyone falls instantly in love with her infectious energy and charm.

Besides Aarohi often feels grateful to the people who have joined her, helping her grow and explore her path. To her, these individuals are no longer friends but are part of the extended family. She knows that with the support of her new family and massive fanbase, there is no nothing that she cannot achieve.

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Nanoparticle vaccine candidate for COVID-19 produces antibodies: Study

Posted on 3 Nov 2020 08:23:54 GMT - health-fitness

An innovative nanoparticle vaccine candidate for the Covid-19 virus produces virus-neutralizing antibodies in mice at levels 10X greater than is seen in people who have recovered from the infections, say researchers.

Designed by scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, the vaccine candidate has been transferred to two companies for clinical development.

Compared to vaccination with the soluble SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, which is what many leading Covid-19 vaccine candidates are based on, the new nanoparticle vaccine produced ten times more neutralizing antibodies in mice, even at a six-fold lower vaccine dose.

"We hope that our nanoparticle platform may help fight this pandemic that is causing so much damage to our world. The potency, stability, and manufacturability of this vaccine candidate differentiate it from many others under investigation," said study authors from the University of Washington.

The data, published in the journal Cell, also show a strong B-cell response after immunization, which can be critical for immune memory and a durable vaccine effect.

When administered to a single nonhuman primate, the nanoparticle vaccine produced neutralizing antibodies targeting multiple different sites on the Spike protein.

Researchers say this may ensure protection against mutated strains of the virus, should they arise. The Spike protein is part of the coronavirus infectivity machinery.

The vaccine candidate was developed using structure-based vaccine design techniques invented at UW Medicine.

It is a self-assembling protein nanoparticle that displays 60 copies of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein's receptor-binding domain in a highly immunogenic array.

The molecular structure of the vaccine roughly mimics that of a virus, which may account for its enhanced ability to provoke an immune response.

"Hundreds of candidate vaccines for Covid-19 are in development around the world. Many require large doses, complex manufacturing, and cold-chain shipping and storage," the researchers wrote.

"An ultrapotent vaccine that is safe, effective at low doses, simple to produce and stable outside of a freezer could enable vaccination against Covid-19 on a global scale," they noted.

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Panic during a pandemic; that some of us were not prepared for

Posted on 30 Oct 2020 05:16:33 GMT - health-fitness

Trigger Warning: Murder, Rape, Violence

October has been a very unsettling month for the country. Numerous people are reflecting on how the eleventh month of 2020 is almost here and how most of the year has been indoors. This month gave people the opportunity to engage in mental health based events globally since it was World Mental Health Month. Interestingly, right after World Mental Health Day on October 10, it was National Coming Out Day on 11th, International Pronouns Day on 20th, Intersex Awareness Day on 26th and Asexual Awareness Week till October 31, 2020. Each of these days were observed extensively all over social media with the intent of educating people on multiple identities.

Oppression and October, both start with the letter 'O' and it has particularly been a month of collective rage and grief with the occurrence of two disturbing events, one after the other. The first incident which shook the nation was when four upper caste men raped and murdered a young 19-year-old Dalit woman at Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. This traumatic event was all over the news and social media leaving Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi communities (DBA) and survivors of abuse feeling emotionally triggered. At least three of my clients mentioned experiencing nightmares about sexual abuse after taking in all the information about what happened. An article by - She The People, also mentioned how Hathras has noticed an increase in the number of crimes against women and young girls. The second incident was the brutal murder of Coimbatore's prominent Transgender activist, Sangeetha Ma. Along with being the head of the Coimbatore Transgender Welfare Trust, she was an entrepreneur who started a restaurant 'Covai Trans Kitchen' and gave employment opportunities to fellow trans individuals to work with her. The news of her murder triggered many trans and non-binary individuals who are now fearing for their own safety. Clients have mentioned feeling anxious, facing difficulty in sleeping and experiencing drastic changes in mood. A lot of people who experience post-traumatic stress might find it difficult to distinguish between threatening and non-threatening situations as the incidents have long lasting effects on the brain and the nervous system.

If caste-based violence is affecting you and your loved ones, reach out to - The Blue Dawn, that holds mental health support groups for Bahujan communities through a social justice lens. In case you are looking for a queer affirmative space, One Future Collective facilitates Queer Justice Healing Circles twice a month.

The increase in hate crimes and acts of violence fueled by oppression have been huge factors that affect people's emotional, physical and mental health, especially those in the margins (unimportant or powerless position within a society or group). Marginalization can have damaging effects on a person's health as it silences the voices of diverse communities by 'othering' them. Hence the narrative, 'Personal is Political' is crucial at this point, whether it has to do with someone's sexuality, gender identity or caste.

Written by Richa Vashista (she/her), an independent mental health professional, queer affirmative and trauma informed, working at the intersections of Gender and Sexuality since 2014.

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Tap your feet with tappin' around for a healthy lifestyle! - Sneha Tharwani

Posted on 29 Oct 2020 03:52:45 GMT - health-fitness

Are you one of those who want to achieve a healthy body and lifestyle without indulging in boring gym routines, but with a hint of fun? Well, SnehaTharwani'sTappin' Around is the place for you. Tappin' Around aims to strike a fine balance between teaching people the nuances of the dance form they have enrolled themselves to learn and achieving physical fitness. Based in Mumbai, they have clients, of different age groups, coming in from different parts of the city to dance and get fit in a fun way.

Talking about Tappin' AroundSneha says, "The enthusiasm of the people who come here and their willingness to learn is what motivates me. Now, with things slowly opening up again, we are conducting regular classes with all the necessary precautions. When we started out, our Zumba classes were very popular. Now, the EDM vs BDM sessions, which I introduced sometime back, are getting a lot of love too. We take regular feedback from all our students and keep modifying and introducing new programmes from time to time".

Sneha has been in this profession for a decade now and has seen a lot of change in people's perspective regarding dance. Speaking about the same she says, "The dance reality show boom definitely made a difference. The films we make are all about music and dance. We Indians have a good sense of rhythm and the love for dance was already there. Now, there is a desire to learn it properly and keep getting better at it. We have trained choreographers and trainers who make sure everybody gets equal attention and benefit from this course".

SnehaTharwani's passion and dedication has helped Tappin' Around to achieve great success in the past years and with more enthusiastic people joining the league will definitely lead it to achieve greater heights and success in the coming days.

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With winter and COVID-19, be prepared for 'Twindemic': Experts

Posted on 26 Oct 2020 04:15:15 GMT - health-fitness

In view of the winter season, health experts on Sunday said that they are worried about "twindemic", as it is highly possible that people may contract both influenza and the Covid-19 infection, resulting in devastating consequences.

With the medical care system already overwhelmed, experts are worried about the fast-approaching season of sniffles and coughs as the threat of 'Twindemic'.

It is now more important to be prepared for the coming winters by boosting immunity, they said.

"Winter season being a season of flu poses a peculiar challenge during Covid-19 pandemic," Harshal R. Salve, Associate Professor at Centre for Community Medicine, told IANS.

"Precautions such as the use of mask, frequent hand washing and physical distancing not only help to prevent the spread of Covid- 19 but also prevent a person from getting seasonal flu," Salve said.

"Adequate Intake of citrus fruits and green leafy vegetable supplies much-needed antioxidants to the body to fight viral infections," he advised.

According to Parmeet Kaur, the Senior Dietician at Narayana Hospital in Gurugram, this winter season is approaching just around the corner like another second wave of the pandemic.

"Our body has the power to heal as most of 70-80 per cent immunity comes from the gut. Vitamin C and antioxidants help to build up immunity and prevent from various illnesses," Kaur said.

Also, maintain a healthy lifestyle by meeting the 80 per cent nutritional requirements and 20 per cent physical activity, she added.

S.P. Byotra, Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi also told IANS: "During the time of changing weather and covid19 situation, antioxidants can help reduce the risk of Covid-19.

Along with taking different natural products recommended by Ministry of AYUSH for building immunity, demand for natural antioxidants has also increased.

"To keep your body immune and healthy, using natural anti-oxidants like Gamma Oryzanol has many health benefits including boosting immunity as it neutralizes free radicals in the body," Byotra told IANS.

Gamma oryzanol is a substance that is taken out of rice bran oil. It is also found in wheat bran and some fruits and vegetables. People use it as medicine

"Gamma-oryzanol is also used for controlling elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, supporting cardiovascular health along with controlling anxiety and menopausal symptoms," Byotra explained.

It is known to be of multiple uses for different people and has the power to address and promote overall health as one of the key main aspects.

As per studies, Gamma Oryzanol is up to four times more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin E.

So, experts recommend taking healthy diet, doing exercise and taking all necessary precautions which would be key to fight this adverse situation ahead.

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