Are you sprinkling Salt or Plastic ?

Hello Readers,  Coming back after so long with this post ,  An eye opener post.  Always love to share healthy information and here again with that.

Presently every food contains some unwanted unhealthy nutrients. either to keep them fresh for long or during their production/manufacturing or for taste betterment. Today’s information is on Salt, the basic needed ingredient in almost every meal.

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain micro-plastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim, Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia.

The study, which has been published in Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, analyzed 39 various salt brands globally, showing that plastic contamination in sea salt was highest, followed by lake salt, then rock salt – an indicator of the levels of plastic pollution in the areas where the salt was sourced.Only three of the salt brands studied did not contain any microplastic particles in the replicated samples.

Recent studies have found plastics in sea food, wildlife, tap water, and now in salt. It’s clear that there is no escape from these plastics crisis, especially as it continues to leak into our waterways and oceans,” said Mikyoung Kim, Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. “We need to stop plastic pollution at its source. For the health of people and our environment, it is incredibly important that corporations reduce their reliance on throwaway plastics immediately.”

The study highlights Asia as a HotSpot for global plastic pollution meaning that the ecosystem and human health in Asian marginal seas could potentially be at greater risk because of severe maritime micro-plastics pollution.

Assuming intake of 10 grams per day of salt, the average adult consumer could ingest approximately 2000 micro-plastics each year through salt alone, as the study suggest.

“The findings suggest that human ingestion of micro-plastics via marine products is strongly related to plastic emissions in a given region,” said Professor Kim, Seung-Kyu, corresponding author of the study. “In order to limit our exposure to micro-plastics,preventative measures are required, such as controlling the environmental discharge of mismanaged plastics and more importantly, reducing plastic waste” he added.

So that’s it guys , Reduce your plastic use for your upcoming generation’s health and of-course for your health. See what you are eating at present and what people will eat in future – Plastic Plastic and Plastic ?

Reference : Greenpeace International

 

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Q & A about your Heart

I came across this useful information about Heart-Health through one of my professor’s Facebook page , thus I thought I should share it with you all guys. Just go through it, it is very beneficial.

A chat with Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Famous Heart Specialist) Bangalore, was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Q: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
A:
1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week;
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control BP – Blood pressure and Sugar

Q: Can we convert fat into muscles?

A: It is a dangerous myth. Fat and muscles are made of two different tissues, fat is fat … Ugly and harmful… Muscle is muscle. Fat can never be converted into a muscle.

Q: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

A: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Q: Are heart diseases hereditary?

A: Yes.

Q: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

A: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Q: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

A: Walking is better than jogging, since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.

Q: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

A: Mother Teressa, who was my patient.

Q: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

A: Extremely rare.

Q: Does cholesterol accumulate right from an early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

A: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Q: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

A: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Q: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

A: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Q: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

A: Fruits and vegetables are the best and oil is the worst.

Q: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?

A: Oils do no good for humans.

Q: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

A: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Q: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

A: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit, since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Q: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

A: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

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1ST BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY

Hello, lovely and (hope so) healthy readers….. So happy to share some information about healthy products for your life today. By the way my this Blog turns 1 today and thank you so much for all the support you all have given me in 1 year. Hope you all will continue showering your love and support to my blog. Cause at the end you are becoming healthy and quiet knowledgeable about your health or health of your family and friends.

I am using an olive oil spray since a year now. It is a bit famous in US , Canada , most of the countries than India. In India every one loves the tasty food no matter it’s healthy or not…. Though many regular gym persons , celebs , models and healthy people nowadays know and use the olive oil in their daily life. I know olive oil is not affordable in India for middle class families. But here I come for you all, giving an affordable product information.

Cooking sprays are not famous for daily usage in home I think, I haven’t seen or listen about using cooking sprays surrounding me. Spray gives less amount of oil than the spoon. Cooking sprays are best to cook parathas , omelet , salad, tikkas, cutlet and  also curries. I am using olive oil spray for everything I mentioned above but most commonly in making of an Omelet & roasting the breads. This prevents use of so much amount of unhealthy oil and butter.

If you all want to start a healthy life now than here is link for the products …Spraylite have a variety of cooking sprays like natural, olive oil, butter flavor, coconut oil, rice bran oil. For every individual they have choice. Start using these and control your oil intake which is the best decision for your Health.

Links are here to buy your favorite cooking spray :

Do participate in the GIVEAWAY for getting 1 free : Follow me on Instagram and tell your  favorite recipe with the use of olive oil . (in Instagram Comments).

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Heart-Health with Yogurt

Yogurt is the best food for all. We can consume it at any time. Definition – Yogurt is a food produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. 

Latest studies found , Yogurt is good for patients of hypertension. High blood pressure is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. High BP affects about one billion people worldwide but may also be a major cause of cardiovascular health problem. Higher dairy consumption has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type-2 diabetes and insulin resistance.

A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension suggest that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease among hypertensive men and women. Higher yogurt intake in combination with an overall heart-healthy diet was associated with greater reduction in cardiovascular risk among hypertensive men and women.

Yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber rich fruits, vegetables  and whole grains.

Thank you for being here. Hope you are on the way to be healthy.

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Scientist found why Sauna bathing is Good for your health

Over the past couple of years, scientists at University of Eastern Finland have shown that Sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits. Through this latest research they investigated physiological mechanism through which the heat exposure of sauna may influence a person’s health.

sauna

Heat Therapy has been suggested to improve cardiovascular function & so the latest studies suggest beneficial effects of sauna bathing on the cardiovascular system.

A study was conducted on 102 participants who has at least 1 cardiovascular risk factor. They were exposed to a single sauna session of 30 mins ,temperature at 73 degree C, humidity-10-20%. Cardiovascular as well as blood based parameters were collected before, immediately after, and after 30 min recovery. [Source – Journal of Human Hypertension]

This study has shown beneficial effects on Arterial stiffness, Blood pressure and some blood based biomarkers. That it helps to reduce blood pressure.

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DASH Diet..

This is something to live with and manage your High Blood pressure.

DASH Diet

Small changes can have great impact on your health. Here are few tips on how to incorporate the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet into your daily life.

The diet is simple:

  • Eat more fruits,  vegetables and low fat dairy foods
  • Eat more whole-grain foods, fish, poultry, nuts.
  • Limit sodium (salt), sweets, sugary drinks and red meats
  • Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fat,  cholesterol and trans fat.

In research studies,  people who were on the DASH diet lowered their blood pressure within 2 weeks.

Another diet – DASH-Sodium : cutting back sodium to 1500 milligrams a day (about 2/3 teaspoon). Studies of people on the DASH-Sodium plan lowered their blood pressure as well.

DASH DIET TIPS

  1. Add a serving of vegetables at lunch and at dinner.
  2. Add serving of fruit to your meals or as snack. Canned and dried fruits are easy to use, but make sure they don’t have added sugar.
  3. Instead of snacking on chips or sweets, eat unsalted nuts,raisins, low fat & fat free yogurt,frozen yogurt, unsalted plain popcorn with no butter and raw vegetables.

MAINTAIN DIET : 

Grains: 7-8 daily servings

Vegetables: 4-5 daily servings

Fruits: 4-5 daily servings

Low fat / fat free dairy products: 2-3 daily servings

Meat, poultry and fish: 2 or less daily servings

Nuts, seeds and dry beans: 4-5 servings per week

Fats and oil: 2-3 daily servings

Sweets: try to limit to less then 5 servings per week.

[ Servings – veges & fruits – 1 cup, oil -1 teaspoon , bread – 1 slice , cooked meat – 3 ounces , rice/pasta – 1/2 cup.]

Let’s get some knowledge of Hypertension…

#hypertension #highbloodpressure #health

Hi Friends.. Happy monsoon to my Indian Followers… I am so happy with monsoon season… It brings so much natural beauty of land & pure fresh atmosphere.

Today I have a topic to share with you is of course related to health because it’s a health blog…. 👷

The Most common condition in nowadays ; High blood pressure. Most of the elderly person are having this condition. Plus children & teens are also prone to get hypertension.

Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls.

Normal Blood pressure – 120 over 80

Prehypertension – 120 to 139 over 80 to 89

Stage 1 High blood pressure – 140 to 159 over 90 to 99

Stage 2 High blood pressure – 160 and above over 100 and above.

High blood pressure in people over age 60 – 150 and above over 90 and above.

Hypertension increases  the risk of heart diseases & stroke.

How this condition develops?

Exact causes are unknown but some factors which leads to this condition are :

Smoking

Obesity

Lack of physical activity 

Too much salt in diet

Too much alcohol consumption

Stress

Genetics

Older age

Family history

Chronic kidney diseases

Treatment

Treatment includes drugs and change in lifestyle & diet.

Drugs such as calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, Angiotension II Receptor Blockers (ARBs), Diuretics, Betablockers… are helpful to lower the blood pressure.

Diet changes is better to come out of any condition or disease. So Diet for Hypertension is coming up on next post

Thank you for Reading & becoming healthy 😀

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