Tribal Healthcare – Links to Malnutrition

Despite factors such as nutritional deficiencies, seasonal migration, erratic meal timings and a myriad of other factors elucidated in my earlier blogs that result in the proliferation of malnutrition in the tribal villages and districts, the issue of malnutrition can relatively be easily controlled to a great extent with adequate delivery of healthcare services and provision of affordable and accessible healthcare in the tribal areas. I will touch upon the major aspects of tribal healthcare services, its links with the issue of malnutrition and inherent limitations of the same to counter the issue. In the process, I have also made an attempt to make some suggestions with respect to each of these factors that contribute in the spreading of malnutrition.

Tribal Hospitals – Links to nutrition

Most tribal hospitals can prove to be lifesavers with respect to the life threatening health problems faced by tribals in the villages in Maharashtra and elsewhere in India. The single biggest factor that leads to malnutrition is the lack of proper food and nutrition. Part of the problem is also the lack of awareness regarding the importance of balanced diet and other daily dietary and nutritional requirements. For this, perhaps, if the tribal hospitals in these regions can be equipped with a nutrition rehabilitation unit, then a very critical source of this life threatening issue can be curbed. The nutrition rehabilitation units could help address the nutritional imbalances in the daily food intake of the tribal population suffering from malnourishment. The purpose of these nutrition units could be to dole out special therapeutic foods that contain macronutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates and also very important micronutrients such as the essential vitamins and minerals. The therapeutic food can be made from local food sources and using local manpower itself. In addition to this, the primary health centre (PHC) too must be equipped with specialised child healthcare treatment centres that provide this essential therapeutic diet to the malnourished (target) population.

Paucity of Primary Health Centres

Primary health centre (PHC) or public health centre is the backbone of healthcare service delivery in India, especially urban slums and rural areas. PHCs are the basic structural and functional unit of public health services. The main objective behind a PHC is to provide accessible, affordable and available primary healthcare to the rural population. The numbers of PHCs in rural India and especially in tribal areas are themselves not adequate. At present, there is only one PHC serving approximately 35,000 tribals, on an average. The lack of adequate number of PHCs relative to the tribal population in these areas is quite alarming. In an ideal situation, one PHC can serve a population of around 10,000 people only and covering an area of 5-8 kilometres, at most. However, at present, a tribal has to travel up to 20-25 kilometres to reach the nearest PHC.

The State government must ensure adequate number of PHCs at an approximate 8-10 kilometre radius of the tribal village. CHCs (Community Health Centre) and PHCs need to be made more accessible for the villagers. In case a specialised CHC and PHC cannot be erected at all the required locations, then the Government must ensure at least one health sub-centre in all the tribal villages.

Non-availability of Doctors and Nutrition experts

Even with these PHCs in place, healthcare service delivery in tribal areas faces other major problems. That is, extreme shortage of medical personnel. Medical doctors, nurses, nutrition experts and other medical personnel are unwilling to relocate to tribal areas in order to practice medicine and serve the tribals. In the tribal belt of Maharashtra, the doctors are not ready to go and work in the hospitals in these areas. So, most of the hospitals in the tribal areas remain under-staffed most of the times. There is particular scarcity of maternal and child health (MCH) specialists and other medical specialists such as paediatrician, nutritionists, anaesthetics, among others, in the tribal hospitals. Further, due to severe lack of paediatricians in government hospitals and PHCs in such tribal areas, if the infant/child is suffering from chronic malnutrition, the risk of the child succumbing to death during the first 1,000 days (of birth) increases manifold. Thus, there is definitely a strong correlation between lack of trained medical specialists and malnutrition deaths.

We are well aware of one of the age-old superstitions related to pregnancy and food intake. That is, the tribal women follow the practice of low food intake during pregnancy for easy and comfortable delivery of the newborn (resulting in anaemia among mothers and malnourishment among the infants). The intake of nutritious diet is the least among women when they actually need the most!

Another critical hurdle that healthcare faces are that the local population usually don’t want to admit their children to hospitals due to superstition, cultural barriers and various other socio-economic factors. Since these tribals often don’t admit their malnourished children to hospital, children are dying at home.

The state governments can perhaps start a home based ‘Child Healthcare Program’. For instance, I think the government of Delhi has done well by introducing Mohalla clinics. This is a very clear signal of why primary healthcare must be delivered as close to home as possible.

In such aforementioned programs, the respective malnutrition cases can be treated in the comforts of their home and village by a trained female health worker. This female health worker could focus on special healthcare needs of a pregnant woman; help provide ante-natal care (ANC), post-natal care (PNC), provide guidance and assistance to young mothers, newborn and infants. Perhaps, the Maharashtra Government can start such a program wherein all the underserved rural areas, especially the tribal areas, are provided essential maternal and child health care facilities. Here, government health officials and staff such as the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers, Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) scheme workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM), among others, can be roped in to provide such dedicated and specialised care to the focus groups.

Furthermore, health counsellors can be roped in to advocate and promote the provision of institutional deliveries. The counsellors can ensure 24 hour care and counselling services, especially in the most underserved tribal regions. The state governments can invest and develop such ‘Health Counselling Programs’ via the support of local Non-Governmental Organisations, etc. This will further ensure affordable, accessible and equitable health care delivery among the rural and tribal populace.

Government Failures – Under-reporting of malnutrition cases

Under reporting of malnutrition and child deaths is a very big issue. The average Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), that is, the number of child deaths per thousand live-births, is close to around 60 in all tribal areas. But this is reported as less than 40. Similar condition is for reporting of the severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases. The prevalence of SAM is approximately 20% of the total malnourished children, which is very high. But as per government figures, it is regularly reported as less than 10%! In essence, suppose there are 1000 children who are severely malnourished, but only half of them are reported as SAM cases. The remaining (estimated around 50 percent) children suffering from SAM thus get excluded from specialised care and treatment, if any. These are essentially the ‘missing SAM’ cases. These excluded/missing/neglected children are thus more prone to succumbing to death in the absence of the much needed care.

Thus, correct statistics, correct recording of the facts and figures and correct reporting can go a long way to at least move in the right direction and thereby to solve the severe malnutrition prevalent in these tribal areas. This will ensure proper planning, implementation and execution of targeted treatment and care for both the severely and moderately acute malnutrition cases in the tribal villages.

In conclusion, I would like to lay greater emphasis on the present health systems in place at the central, state, village, and district and block level to work in tandem rather than independently. There is a dire need to strengthen the linkages and synergies of all the major stakeholders of heath care in India, especially in the most underserved rural and tribal regions of our country. The State government needs to commit greater investments towards the tribal healthcare ecosystem. Tribal hospitals need to be equipped with state of the art facilities, focussing especially on the most vulnerable sections of the society such as the young mothers, pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and newborn and infants and children below the age of 5 years. Furthermore, there is an urgent and persistent need to devise formal behaviour change communication (BCC) and community mobilisation (CM) strategies by the CHC, PHC and health sub-centres to comprehensively address the cultural barriers prevalent among the tribal population.

Acupuncture for Hormone Therapy

As a woman, we know the state of our sexual health and changes in our periods can be a great indicator of overall health and health problems.

A work colleague had recently been to see her doctor, saying she’d been gaining weight, had irregular periods and was just feeling generally fatigued and listless.

It turns out she had an undiagnosed case of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which was playing havoc with her hormones, massively increasing the amount of testosterone in her body.

As anyone who has heard of this condition knows, it can have huge implications on how you live your life, including for fertility and reproductive health.

As well as generally messing with the body by destroying the delicate balance of hormones it needs to keep itself stable and healthy.

My friend said the doctor had prescribed her Metformin and hormone stabilising tablets. Apparently, they were working, but she wasn’t particularly happy with the idea of taking pills for the rest of her life, so she was looking into other options.

How does hormone imbalance affect me?

A woman’s body requires two main hormones to function. Estrogen and progesterone. It’s these hormones that control the reproductive cycle, menstrual cycle and fertility in women, as well as having major effects on mood and general health.

So it stands to reason that a hormone imbalance causes major issues with a woman’s reproductive cycle, including irregular periods, menstrual problems, mood swings, weight gain, increased chance of osteoporosis, heart disease, and even breast cancer.

Whilst there are multiple reasons that a woman could develop a hormone imbalance, such as stress, diet, or weight gain, the two biggest factors are generally birth control pills and the perimenopause stage of life.

Hormone based birth control pills rely on high doses of estrogen to prevent ovulation, as well as progestin, synthetic progesterone, to thin out the lining of the uterus. Because of the way they work, hormonal birth control pills contain doses of estrogen up to four times higher than would naturally be found in a woman’s body during her menstrual cycle.

Then menopause also causes major changes in a woman’s hormone cycle. As your ovaries age, they naturally release lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which cause major changes in your body and can have huge negative effects on health and quality of life for years to come.

Whilst there are many ways to treat this, including hormone replacement therapy and other hormone balancing medication, there are a wealth of other options, including one that many people might otherwise overlook.

Acupuncture!

What is acupuncture?

Used in the east as a traditional treatment for centuries, acupuncture is an alternative therapy that is becoming widely accepted, to the point that many reputed and high level medical sources have begun to offer acupuncture treatment alongside more conventional medical treatments.

The therapy itself involves inserting thin needles into key points around the body, generally along nerve lines or around specific organs.

According to the traditional understanding, the body is full of energy, generally called Chi, or Ki.

It’s this energy that keeps us alive, and it is believed that inhibiting the flow of it around the body, especially through key points, is what leads to illness and disease.

Under Eastern philosophy, the needles used in acupuncture unlock the flow of energy in these points when they are blocked, balancing your life energy so that the body can heal itself naturally.

In the west, where research on acupuncture is ongoing, the way it works is thought to be neurophysiological in nature, but it is still not completely understood.

It is known that the insertion of acupuncture needles has definite effects on the body, causing nerve stimulation that release muscles and even override brain signals.

There are also measurable changes in body chemicals in patients undergoing treatment.

Whilst it may not be completely understood, the benefits of acupuncture treatment are widely accepted…

To the point that it is regularly available as an alternative treatment from most medical practitioners, and more research studies are being completed every year in an effort to understand just how acupuncture delivers all of its healing properties.

Can acupuncture balance our hormones?

When it comes to hormone imbalance, the studies are clear.

Women who received daily acupuncture sessions showed massive improvements in multiple areas, comparable to the results shown by women tested at the same time with prescription metformin pills.

Both groups showed significant improvement in levels of male hormone in the blood, as well as massive changes in cholesterol levels, insulin markers and blood glucose.

Incredibly, the women who were prescribed acupuncture actually lost more weight and saw a far quicker response when it came to balancing their menstrual cycles.

On top of this, multiple other studies have shown that regular treatments of acupuncture can have healthful effects all over the body, including stabilising fat burning hormones productions by the kidneys and liver, as well as the production of the happy hormones dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

As for my friend, she started a course of acupuncture at the local health centre. Within two weeks, she was getting back to her old self, and had nothing but good things to say about the staff and the treatment. According to her, she wasn’t the only woman being treated for her condition there, and the amount of people and illnesses they saw was apparently staggering.

So if you have a hormonal issue and your doctor prescribes you a course of pills, always remember that as always you do have other options. Acupuncture is available all over the country, so just search for your closest practitioner and book yourself a short course.

The Benefits of Acupuncture to Relieve Pain

As an ex-medical student the basis of acupuncture are understandable as alternative medicines are beneficial when the right ones are administered. When a slipped disc saw me in pain and nothing was relieving it a visit to a chiropractor/naturopath whom was known to me proved to be the answer. It was my first experience with acupuncture and other such methods of healing but the end result was great.

The needles do not hurt. In fact, one hardly knows they are in. Lying on the table relaxing was also a part of the therapy and the gentle music was putting me into a state of drowsiness. After half an hour or so the needles are removed and a gentle massage applied. This treatment went on three days a week for around three weeks and then twice a week for another three or four.

By the end the pain was gone and my back has been strong and able to support me with no problems ever since. Then my vet started administering it to animals who, like humans, get problems with their backs and also arthritis. So what is the healing properties of the treatment and how effective is it?

It is basically some 2,000 years old having originated in China it is used widely to treat physical, emotional, and mental problems. While it is not recognised by the medical profession as effective there are people like me who would differ with that judgment.

The Chinese base their knowledge on the body having what are term yin and yang properties. While it is a theory that emerged from Toaism it is based on the theory that everything in the universe has to sides opposing one another. To bring the body into balance these two sides are stimulated and that is when pain is released.

Whether this simple explanation is of benefit to the reader or not my suggestion is to try acupuncture for yourself and do some research. For me it not only worked but has sustained the healing over a number of years.

Salt Therapy Helps Control Asthma Symptoms

Many asthma sufferers remain undiagnosed but they suffer from chronic coughing and wheezing, they are constantly short of breath and they sometimes experience tightness in the chest. Sometimes they even mistake the persistent coughing as a sign of more serious respiratory conditions such as lung disease. In most cases, the coughing associated with the ailment usually begins in childhood. In many cases the symptoms are mistook for the long-term cough, as whooping cough and postnasal drip.

According to Statistics Canada ,over 3 million Canadian men and women of all ages suffer from serious respiratory diseases – asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, influenza and pneumonia, bronchiolitis, tuberculosis (TB), cystic fibrosis, and respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). Respiratory diseases, including lung cancer account for nearly $12.18 billion dollars of expenditures per year (1993 dollars) including direct health care costs, such as hospitalization, physician visits and drugs (over 3.79 billion dollars) and indirect expenses associated with disability and mortality, which may be even more significant (8.39 billion dollars).

The difficult parts about managing symptoms of asthma are that they come and go and in some cases you may experience symptoms but you aren’t sure that you’re having an episode. This makes it difficult for the asthma sufferer to enjoy certain activities because they never know when they are going to have an attack. A medical doctor has been trained to diagnose asthma and similar conditions such as pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The Asthma Society of Canada has many important resources and links in order to provide you with the most updated information. It even has a Bill of Rights, http://www.asthma.ca/napa/bill_of_rights.php that provides patients with information regarding their rights. One of the rights mentioned was to “Take an active role in managing your asthma with the support of your health-care team. For the most part, control of your asthma rests with you. You are the one managing it on a day-to-day basis.”

As the one person that is most responsible for the management of the respiratory condition, you owe it to yourself to be aware of all of the potential treatments for this very serious disease. An alternative and complimentary treatment to traditional medicine in Europe since the early19th century, Halotherapy is a 100% natural, safe and drug-free and highly efficient alternative treatment that provides effective long-term relief of respiratory ailments, allergic conditions and skin conditions.

A salt cave is a room that contains salt, salt is everywhere, from the bricks on the walls, or the crystals that are sprinkled floor. Salt also gets dispersed through a “halogenerator” that distributes microscopic particles of sodium chloride through the air so visitors can inhale it.

What Is Olympics Cupping Therapy?

Through Olympics cupping, designed for athletes you cannot only enhance your blood flow but at the same time reduce muscle tension and promote the cell repair. It is even beneficial for connective tissues and aids in the formation of new blood vessels present within them. Athletes make use of cupping services by sports physiotherapy centre to heal a host of conditions and aliments.

Different Types of Cupping
In the ancient era, cupping was performed with the help of animal horns. Later different cups made up of ceramic and bamboo evolved. Effective suction through these cups was possible with the use of heat, the cups were first heated in fire and then applied. Once they were cooled, they drew the skin due to pressure difference.

Modern cupping utilize cups that are crafted from glass and are rounded like balls. The two main types of cupping include:

• Wet Cupping
• Dry Cupping

In wet cupping a combination of medicines and suction is used to treat the patient, while for dry cupping only the suction method is implemented. Your preferences, present condition and the problems that you are going through help you choose the appropriate one.

What To Expect From Olympics Cupping Treatment
During the treatment, a specialised cup is placed on the skin and the vacuum sucks the muscle upwards. This creates a pressure onto the vessels, allowing the muscle to relax and relieves tension. The cups are usually allowed to settle for a period of 5 – 10 minutes after which they are removed and placed at another part of the skin. The process continues until a particular segment of the body has been rejuvenated by the cupping session.

To help athletes make the most of it, practitioners combine the power of cupping along with acupuncture to treat skin issues, digestions and other associated problems.

Cupping is able to cure a wide range of conditions that athletes often suffer at some point or the other and these include
• Facial Paralysis
• Lumbar disc herniation
• Herpes Zoster
• Cervical spondylosis

The best part about this therapy is that it has zero side-effects or risks, allowing you to attain a perfect body without any complications.

But, before you begin with your cupping session do make sure that you consult with qualified practitioners about your conditions, past medical records and your expectations from the treatment. Because this ancient integrative medicine requires the support of both practitioners and patients in order to achieve successful results.

Symptoms of a nervous stomach

Many people know and have experienced the symptoms of a nervous stomach. It will usually start with feelings of stress or anxiety and it can also include constipation, stomach pain, at times along with acute bowel movements.

Often there is a feeling of a stomach ache, fullness, heartburn and perhaps bloating and belching. With some people they can experience a poor appetite, vomiting, and nausea. The symptoms can vary from person to person, but most times, the nervous stomach is associated to stress, so it is important to treat the nervous system concurrently is as important as treating the digestive system.

Besides stress and anxiety a poor diet including sweets, spicy foods, smoking and drinking can all trigger off a nervous stomach. It is important to avoid everything that will irritate the membranes of the stomach such as, fatty foods, coffee, alcohol, smoking and of course reducing stress.

Diet along with aromatherapy, relaxation techniques and herbal teas all can help relieve the discomfort of a nervous stomach. Herbal teas that are wonderful for stress are- chamomile flowers, peppermint leaves, passionflower, skullcap, and lemon balm.

For soothing the stomach, drink- peppermint or ginger tea, they both settle and sooth the stomach within minutes.

Relaxation techniques will help reduce stress and slow down a hectic pace. Try taking regular breaks to stretch, relax and breathe deeply to help calm your nerves and you will feel calmer within a few minutes. Yoga, meditation, music or any other activity that you find calming will bring relief.

Diet- don’t rush your meals always eat in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy every bite. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid sweets, fried foods, meat products as well as nicotine and alcohol.

If the anxiety and stress continue it would be wise to seek medical help.

5 Morning Rituals Happy, Healthy People Do Every Day

How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So if you want to be productive, feel energized and happy, incorporate these five practices into your daily life.

1. Oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth.

All you have to do is, first thing in the morning, put a tablespoon of cold-pressed sesame or coconut oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spit it out and brush your teeth as per normal.

Studies show that it makes your teeth and gums healthier. On top of that, it whitens your teeth which will hopefully encourage you to smile more!

2. Warm lemon water

Drinking warm water with lemon helps alkalize your body, aids digestion and contains enzymes that stimulate the liver, the most important detoxifying organ. It also contains pectin fiber which helps move the bowels and promote a healthy elimination system. Additionally, it fills your body with vitamin C which is an important antioxidant that helps in a detox process by neutralizing free radicals and boosting the immune system.

This morning ritual, when done regularly, also does wonders to your skin — makes it youthful and glowing due to the amount of antioxidants and vitamins it contains.

3. Jump

The lymphatic system is a part of circulatory system, containing a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph, which is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system plays an important role in removing the toxins from the body. However, it’s not pumped by an organ, unlike a heart pumps blood. So we need to move in order for our lymphatic system to be moved, so we can benefit from an efficient detoxification process.

Simply do 50 jumping jacks as soon as you get out of bed! It will wake you up and will start pumping your lymphatic system. Jogging, aerobics or dancing is also a great way to achieve this.

4. Classical music

Listening to classical music reduces stress which is very important for your overall health and wellbeing. Studies show that listening to classical music also improves cognitive / mental capacity, which sets you up for a productive and creative day. Known as the “Mozart effect”, a set of research contends that listening to Mozart’s music can make you momentarily smarter, raising your IQ by a few points while you’re listening.

Set your alarm clock 15-30 minutes earlier than usual and listen to Mozart, Bach or Beethoven, etc. while you’re still in bed and trying to wake up. Maybe even do your oil pulling during this time!

5. Move

There’s no doubt that exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental health, mood, productivity and longevity. If you don’t exercise on a regular basis already, then what are you waiting for? If you don’t do it because you dread exercise, then it’s important to find some activity that you really enjoy. Do you love yoga, dancing, hiking, tennis, swimming, spin classes, Pilates, cycling or lifting weight? When you’re having fun, it doesn’t feel like work. So instead of calling it “working out” you can rename it to “funning out”!

One amazing benefit of exercising regularly is sweating. Every day you sweat about 10% of water that your body loses. While its main purpose is cooling the body and regulating its temperature, it is also important for cleansing. Sweating helps you release the toxic build-up from your pores, which helps get rid of toxins and also prevents your skin from breaking out. By sweating out those toxins your skin stays clear and radiant.

Isagenix – A review

A little while back we took a look at ISAGENIX . We’ve tried it our selves, with some mixed success. But we’ve referred someone to it, and they decided to write a review for us. Keep in mind that any change to your diet should be discussed with your GP. If you are wanting to be feel fit and healthy, NUTRITION is 80% of the battle. So here’s the review

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All my life I’ve struggled with my weight. It got to me so much just before Christmas last year that I was despairing of ever being able to control my weight. I was having a conversation with my health conscious son about my battle and he suggested I should give the IsAgenix 30 day weight loss program a try to give me kick start to losing weight.

He suggested it would perhaps give me the incentive to then continue on by myself and take control of my diet. So I bit the bullet and made the commitment to try it. I received four large containers of the shake mix, 2 containers of Cleanse for life mix, some IsAgenix snacks, I bottle of Ionix berry flavoured liquid plus two bottles of dietary supplement tablets.

I started my journey with a bit of cynicism I have to say as I have been down the diet path so many times without success. However I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to keep on track. I used the meal replacement shakes for breakfast and lunch, with the appropriate snacks in between as per the advice from the program. I had my main meal of the day at dinner time as it was more convenient for my partner and I to do it that way.

I have to say at no time was I ever craving food of any sort. The shakes satisfied me during the day and were no hardship to drink. They come in two flavours, chocolate and French vanilla. I chose the French vanilla flavour. At first I thought the taste was a little bland, however the more I used them the more I enjoyed them. One of the snacks that are suggested was raw almonds, and while I was never a great fan of them, I now find that I quite enjoy eating a few for a snack. I found they suited me best to have them around 4pm as that is when I’ve always had difficulty previously when trying to lose weight. It just seems to be such a long time from lunch to dinner.

The hardest thing about the IsAgenix weight loss program was the “cleanse for life” powder. This powder is used on a fasting day. It is taken several times a day as a replacement for food. A few small snacks were allowed on the day. But no protein of any sort is taken. Combined with the appropriate dietary capsules, this process is used at least once a week. I made the mistake of using the Cleanse for life powder two day in a row, while still continuing my usual routine of going to the gym each morning. I discovered that drinking this powder for the two consecutive days made me very light headed and feeling quite weak, and I wasn’t able to do my usual routine at the gym effectively, so learnt that it suited me best to just use it once a week.

So for the 30 days I followed this program and I was pleased at the end of that time that I had lost over 10 kilos. It did tend to make me a little bit constipated if I wasn’t careful but on the whole I really had no issues with it for those 30 days. However when I finished the dietary supplements I found it difficult to continue with a normal diet. Some foods just didn’t taste the same or didn’t agree with me. It was quite an expensive program to purchase initially, but on balance with a week’s worth of groceries, it is really on a par price wise, providing you stick to that program. I would suggest anyone wanting to get a kick start with their weight loss should consider giving it a try.

5 Points to Remember when Using Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss

Losing weight is probably the most difficult thing in the world. You will have to put in too much of efforts to get rid of the few extra kilos. One good way to get started with this is making use of Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss. You will not only be able to curb hunger but will also experience a boost in your metabolism rate.

However, if you think that these are magic pills, you are highly mistaken. These supplements can assist you to reduce weight but there are other things you have to do to ensure that you can get the best results. Here are 5 points that you have to remember:

Be active:

Some diet pills work well even without any exercise. This means that you need not go to the gym to do hours of workouts. However, it is important that you keep yourself active. You have to do some exercises like walking, running swimming etc to keep your body active and break down the consumed food.

Proper diet:

Though Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss will help reduce weight you see that you still follow a proper diet. You can not follow a junk food diet and then opt for pills to reduce weight. Know that these can only help you to reduce weight loss fast in an effective way. These can accelerate the actual process but following the basics is important.

Proper Sleep:

Your sleep is an important part of your weight loss regime. Your body burns through calories when you sleep as well. Ensure that you get at least 6 hours of sleep so that your mind and body is active for the rest of the day. If you do not sleep well during the day you can face loss of energy when performing other physical activities.

Allergies:

Before you start consuming any kind of dietary supplements for weight loss make sure that you are not allergic to the contents. While most of the natural weight loss pills have all organic ingredients, it is possible that you are allergic to them. To ensure that you do not face a problem on consumption, it is always better to consult your doctor.

With the above five points about weight loss you will be able to make the most of your weight loss program and get fairly good results.

Arthritis and Nutrition

Arthritis affects almost one in every five people in the United States. Arthritis is the broad term for hundreds of disorders that involve the joints. The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. They each damage the joints in different ways. The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis could be pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and decreases range of motion depending on the type you have. Most people are not aware that choosing healthy foods can tremendously improve the way they feel.

Many people enjoy food so much that they may not realize that what they are putting into their systems can cause inflammation in their bodies. Arthritis is a disease of inflammation so those with arthritis should focus on finding the anti-inflammatory foods they like. Daily exercise and loosing weight (if overweight) will help alleviate the stress on the joints. It will also help in lowering the level of inflammation in the body. Nutrition is key! It is always a good idea to discuss a new diet with a professional.

You can fight arthritis with foods that help reduce some aspect of inflammation; Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, flaxseed and walnuts), Extra-virgin olive oil (use when cooking), Antioxidants (sweet peppers, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, lemons, broccoli, cantaloupe, mangos, tuna, crab, tilapia, whole-wheat pasta, lean beef, cod, shrimp, turkey, sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, apricots, spinach, onions, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, elderberries and apples), and Spices (ginger and turmeric) are among some that are known to help.

Inflammation irritates arthritic joints, causing the tissues to swell and become inflamed. Eating anti-inflammatory foods may reduce swelling, but it’s also important to know about the foods that can trigger painful inflammation. Stay away from; fried foods, sodas, refined carbs, lard, processed meats, refined oils, salts, sugars, dairy products, simple carbs, processed foods, saturated fat, trans fat, alcohol, tobacco, white rice, white flour, white bread, pasta, pastries etc.

Maintaining a healthy diet can be done by eliminating or reducing inflammatory foods. Start by reading the ingredient labels and look for indicated levels of saturated and trans fats. Compare different product brands to see which ones have lower levels of unhealthy fats and sugars. Switch to natural cooking oils like olive or avocado oil. Avoid deep fried foods or ones that have been cooked at high temperatures. Choose more low fat and trans fat-free options when buying packaged foods. Add more omega-3 fatty acids and reduce omega-6 fatty acids. Finally eat as close to natural as possible by consuming less prepackaged and processed foods.

If you have arthritis, it is important to find the foods that make you feel better. These food suggestions are guideline and not a one size fits all. Foods that cause joint pain for one person may not cause the same joint pain for the next person. Paying attention to what you are consuming can change the way you feel drastically. Stay away from the foods that cause inflammation for you and find the anti-inflammatory foods that you like! And don’t forget to exercise!