Health Capsule
Love your Veggies

Besides giving you good health, can fruits and veggies also reverse existing cancer? Perhaps yes, if a study conducted on mice and lab-grown cells is any indication.



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Your food and physical activity choices each day affect your health


Blood Thinners

Despite their name, blood thinners don't actually "thin" your blood. They keep harmful clots from forming in your veins and stop them from getting bigger.

Coumadin (warfarin), one of the most common blood thinners, works by blocking the activity of vitamin K in your body. Vitamin K plays a role in the process of blood clotting.

Newer blood thinners block various points along the "clotting cascade" -- the series of events that happen to form a clot.

 

Spinach, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and other green leafy vegetables, has a lot of vitamin K, which can affect how Coumadin works.

 

If you take that drug, it's OK to eat those vegetables, but try to eat the same amount every day. A sudden increase in vitamin K can make Coumadin less effective.

If you're taking any of the newer blood thinners -- Eliquis (apixaban), Pradaxa (dabigatran), or Xarelto (rivaroxaban) -- you can eat as many green leafy vegetables as you'd like. Your diet won't affect those drugs.

 Call your doctor if you have any signs of serious bleeding. That includes a cut that does not stop, red or brown urine, or bowel movements that are red or look like tar. Also call your doctor if you have bruises without having an injury that you're aware of.

 

Go to the hospital or call your doctor if you have a bad fall or a hard bump, even if you don't see any blood.

You need a prescription for blood thinners. But if you have or are at risk for heart problems, a common over-the-counter drug could save your life.

 

Aspirin helps keep blood from clotting and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. But check with your doctor before using aspirin, and then follow his or her advice on how much to take.

Some blood thinners need to be taken around the same time every day. If you forget to take your blood thinner, take it when you remember. Don't skip it or take a double dose. Your next day's dose can be taken on your regular schedule.

Call your doctor if you miss a day.

A pill box with a slot for each day can help you keep track of your doses.

If you're taking a blood thinner, you don't want to do anything that could make you bleed. Be careful if you use sharp objects such as knives, scissors, and razors.

 

To keep your gums from bleeding, try a soft toothbrush and waxed dental floss. Don't use toothpicks.

 

Always wear shoes outdoors. Wear gloves while gardening and using tools.

You're more likely to get a nosebleed if you're on blood thinners, and you might have trouble making it stop.

Squeeze your nose closed for 10 to 15 minutes and apply a cold compress to the bridge of your nose.

 

Get emergency treatment if the bleeding lasts for 30 minutes. Talk to your doctor if you get a lot of nosebleeds.

It's best to avoid sports that could cause bruises or bleeding. Swimming and walking are generally safe.

If you want to do something more vigorous, check with your doctor. Also talk to your doctor about whether you should wear a medical alert bracelet that lists the drugs you take.



Vitamins

We need 13 vitamins to survive: A,C,D, E,K and eight B vitamins(thiamine or B1, Riboflavin or B2, Niacin or B3,  Pantothenic acid or B5, Biotin Pyroxidine or B6, Biotin or B7 (vitamin H), Folic acid or B9, various cobalamins or B12). These come from foods (and multivitamins). D and K are also manufactured in the body



Fitness programme

Four main components of any fitness programme are:

1. Cardio-vascular endurance

2. Muscular strength

3. Flexibility

4. Functional training

 

But men focus on 2, women on 1. All ignore 3 and 4



Review by American Cancer Society

A review by the American Cancer Society has found that women who sat for at least six hours a day had a 34 percent higher death rate than those who sat for three or fewer hours daily. Men who sat more than six hours had a 17 percent higher death rate than men who sat for three hours.



Beware of diabetes

The silent killer has wasted away billions of lives. Shun sugar not only to prevent it, but also cure it. 

At the same time, put oil and fat, especially trans fats, processed food and alcohol on the banned list. 

The food items that you have to increase are cinnamon, fenugreek, Jamun, Amla, ginger, aloe vera, oatmeal, fresh vegetables, water and flaxseeds. 

Reduce your weight. 

The best antidote for diabetes is regular exercise. Set aside at least one hour for that daily.



Calcium Deficiency

 

If your test reports show calcium deficiency, don't take it as a signal to pop calcium pills. That will be not only futile but also downright dangerous. A recent analysis of seven years of data from more than 36,000 postmenopausal women came up with shocking results: starting daily supplements (1000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of Vitamin D) increased the risk of heart problems by up to 22 per cent. In other words, if 1,000 persons start taking calcium supplements, the pills would prevent three fractures but cause as many as six heart attacks or strokes.
The right way to boost calcium is by increasing the intake of items like bhindi, spinach and beet in your diet. At the same time, do weight-bearing exercises to strengthen your bones.
If at all a pill is to be taken, don't go beyond 600 mg daily.



Calcium Deficiency
 
If your test reports show calcium deficiency, don't take it as a signal to pop calcium pills. That will be not only futile but also downright dangerous. A recent analysis of seven years of data from more than 36,000 postmenopausal women came up with shocking results: starting daily supplements (1000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of Vitamin D) increased the risk of heart problems by up to 22 per cent. In other words, if 1,000 persons start taking calcium supplements, the pills would prevent three fractures but cause as many as six heart attacks or strokes.
 
The right way to boost calcium is by increasing the intake of items like bhindi, spinach and beet in your diet. At the same time, do weight-bearing exercises to strengthen your bones.
 
If at all a pill is to be taken, don't go beyond 600 mg daily.
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