Why the Healthcare System Can’t Do Without Nurses

It’s difficult to imagine the healthcare system without Nurses during this outbreak of COVID-19. Don’t you think? These selfless caregivers have dedicated themselves to the victims of this life-threatening outbreak. They are an integral part of building a strong healthcare system. Nurses have been integral to the healthcare system since time immemorial. Florence Nightingale is credited with laying the foundation for a robust healthcare system. She was the first to notice that there was a direct link between recovery rates and hygiene. She even went on to write ‘Notes on Hospitals’ that to this day serves as a textbook on hospital reform. We celebrate her birthday as ‘Nurse’s day’. Their dedication to patients, their care, and their service.

Nurses are caregivers of individuals of all ages, families, and communities. They have been playing an outstanding role in building a strong healthcare system since forever. Nurses are integral to a strong healthcare system at all times. Here’s why:

Monitoring Patients 24/7: Nurses are the first and last ones to check up on you while you are admitted to the hospital. Their duty doesn’t stop there. They keep checking up on you from time-to-time throughout the course of the day. Giving you your medication, checking your vitals, checking if you need anything, and other important things.

They have a major part in your recovery. They are in tune with your symptoms, your condition, and pay keen attention to your well-being.

Nurses are the bridge between you and the doctor. They communicate with the doctor about your health from every now and then. Their keen sense your well being helps them identify the smallest changes in your health thereby raising alarm should something go wrong.

From the time you step into the hospital for your treatment until you finally recover, the nurse is there by your side whenever you need them.

Educating Patients: Nurses play the most important role in helping you stay abreast with your health. While doctors do their bit, nurses also double up to reassure you.  They help you understand the care that needs to be taken, during recovery, help you fix a schedule and manage your time.

Nurses Go Beyond their Job: So, nurses check the patient, give the medication they need and get going? No, they don’t work that way.

Nurses understand their duties very well. But they also understand that patients’ need more than just monitoring them. They are compassionate, caring, confident and competent. They understand the difficulty one faces when admitted to the hospital. The patient isn’t used to the hospital environment and with the ongoing treatment, things can take a toll on the patients mental health. Nurses talk to the patient about things other than their treatment. They understand the discomforts the patient is going through, they take more than equal part of the patients’ process of recovering and a lot more.

Who can be a better example than Florence Nightingale? The founder of modern nursing came to light during the Crimean War. During this time of the Crimean War she would make rounds of the wounded soldiers at night. And that’s how she earned the nickname ‘The Lady With The Lamp’.

Doing more than just treating the sick and wounded. She would make sure that the soldiers were comfortable and recovering.

Her contribution, compassion and commitment towards taking care of patients are beyond commendable.

Nurses have always been an integral part of the healthcare system and will continue to be. Not just in the times like COVID-19, but otherwise as well.

Cardiac Ablation

What is cardiac ablation?

Cardiac ablation is a procedure performed to treat heart arrhythmia — a problem associated with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. Sometimes your heart may beat too quickly, too slowly, or unevenly. These heart rhythm problems are called arrhythmias.

Arrhythmias is a common problem in old adults and people with heart problems. It is very important to treat it to manage its symptoms and prevent a stroke. The symptoms can vary between individuals. Some of the common symptoms include chest pain, palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Many people can live normal lives with regular medication to normalize the heart’s rhythm. Blood-thinning medications may also be prescribed. Others that don’t respond to medication would need to undergo cardiac ablation to restore a regular rhythm to prevent the heart conditions from worsening.

What is the procedure?

Cardiac ablation is a procedure that uses thin, flexible tubes called catheters to reach into the heart via the groin vessels. The catheters record the heart’s electrical activity to detect the area where the arrhythmia or abnormal heart activity is coming from. Radiofrequency energy or freezing is then used to destroy the abnormal tissue, resulting in a scar. The scar tissue is incapable of initiating the electrical signal causing irregular heartbeats, preventing the electrical signals from travelling to the rest of the heart and causing arrhythmias.

Are there any risks involved?

The immediate result of the procedure can be very good. However, like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved, such as bleeding, pain, and infection at the catheter insertion site. Less common complications may include a heart attack or stroke. Recurrence may also occur in as many as 30% of patients within one year and repeat therapies may be required. Overall, cardiac ablation is considered a safe procedure. However, as there many different forms of cardiac ablation, it is important to discuss your procedure and risks involved with your doctor.

 

Natural Home Remedies for Cuts, Bruises and Burns

The use of natural remedies to treat small injuries at home is something we all have grown up with. Back in the days when Dr. Mom used to take something out of the kitchen pantry or garden to treat that minor cut or provide instant relief against a small burn. The remedies were effective in treating minor skin wounds and burns by preventing infection, speeding up the healing process, and reducing scarring.

There are several herbs and kitchen ingredients that help accelerate the healing process of minor wounds. Listed below are some safe home remedies and easy-to-remember tips for minor cuts, bruises and burns.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an effective anti-inflammatory that can provide instant relief against minor burns and small wounds. Many aloe vera products are available in the market. However, using fresh aloe can provide maximum benefits. To use, cut the leaf horizontally and scoop the gel out with a spoon or spatula. Apply a thin layer of this gel directly to your skin to soothe burns or calm irritated skin.

Turmeric 

Turmeric’s natural anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties make it an incredible home remedy for treating small cuts and wounds. If applied directly to a bleeding wound, it will clot immediately. Plus, oral consumption of turmeric can accelerate the healing process.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has antifungal and antibiotic properties that help in healing and preventing secondary infections in open wounds. Apply it directly to the area with a cotton ball or clean fingers, rubbing it into the wound gently. It is a great moisturizing agent for the skin and is known for noticeably reduce scarring.

Raw honey

Raw honey can work wonders for minor cuts. Just clean the wound and apply a thin layer of raw honey, then close securely. Before you will know, the natural sweetener will do the trick. Most importantly, it prevents any bacterial infection due to its fabulous antibacterial properties. Mixing it with onion promotes faster healing.

Teabags 

Treat bleeding wounds, cuts, and burns by placing a cool and moistened tea bag against the affected area. The caffeine in tea apparently shrinks the blood vessels, when applied with a little pressure on the bleeding wounds. For gaining maximum benefits, use chamomile. The incredible herb has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that are known to speed the rate of healing.

Disclaimer 

These natural healing solutions provide an immediate cure for minor injuries. See a doctor for more severe cuts and burns that could require sutures or dressing. Additionally, check the wound daily for any signs of infection, such as redness or swelling, pain, or itching. If any of these symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.

Screen Time for kids: How much is too much?

In a world full of gadgets and technology, adults and kids’ access to electronic devices like tablets, mobiles and laptops has dramatically increased. Screens are widely used for education, communication and entertainment. Thus, making it difficult for parents to determine the right amount of screen time for their children and themselves.

However, the kids’ screen time has become a bigger concern these days. This is a rising concern not only amongst parents, but also amongst the health practitioners and governments around the world that are advising parents to limit kids’ screen time. Various studies suggest that screens may have critical effects on a child’s development when they begin using electronic devices such as mobiles and tabs at an early age. According to WHO, screen time for children between the age group of  2-5 years should be no more than one hour per day and kids below two years of age should not be exposed to it at all.

There is a lot of advice and emerging research around screen time that suggests children who spend long periods in front of the screen are more likely to have poor physical, social and intellectual development. This is enough for any parent to be concerned. However, considering the fact that these days devices like mobiles and tabs are part of their kids’ lives, outright denying access may not be an option anymore.

Thankfully, there are sensible and evidence-based ways to limit screen time among kids. Here’s how to go about it:

Limit Screen Time

Set rules. There is no one better than a parent to decide what’s good and bad for your children. Limit the screen time for your kids to not more than 30 minutes. However, as you take this decision, make sure to involve your children in the conversation so that they understand why you’re setting screen limits for them.

Monitor Screen Time

There is no denying the fact that the internet can be one source of learning and increasing awareness for children. It helps develop their skills and interests. However, it is important to monitor what they are accessing, making sure that the screens are used optimally and not for watching inappropriate content.

Introduce Active Play 

Setting time limits and alarms for restricting screen time may not be enough. As parents, you must foster a culture where physical fitness and health take priority over everything else. Introduce growth-promoting activities at home, take kids to play outdoors, participate with them in creative crafts and activities, and inculcate the habit of reading books.

Encourage Family Time 

Start with having a ‘NO SCREEN’ policy during meal times. Try to engage in non-screen-based activities and entertainment whenever possible. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get involved in using screens together. A specified amount of screen time can be useful and enjoyable for families travelling, on sick days or on weekends.

Lead by Example

This should take precedence over everything else. Kids learn from their parents. The biggest mistake parents can commit is to tell their kids that screens are harmful and then check their phone.Be a role model for your kids.  Use your devices only when necessary and do indulge in other activities that you enjoy. Hence, showing your kids that electronic devices like mobiles, tabs and laptops are not the only way for education and entertainment. There are various other activities that they should indulge in.

Overhydration – The Risks It Holds

Water is important for all living things to lead a healthy life. There are many health benefits of consuming water. Few being, it helps carry nutrients in our body, proper digestion, weight loss and prevents dehydration. But did you know drinking too much water could be harmful to your health? Too much water is a bigger threat than too little. Drinking too much water can lead to Overhydration/Water intoxication. Confusion, nausea, vomiting, headache, and disorientation are some of the symptoms of water intoxication. Severe cases of water intoxication can lead to coma and death.

Water intoxication can also lead to hyponatremia and impaired brain functions. Hyponatremia is characterized by electrolyte imbalance or low sodium concentration in blood. Sodium levels decrease below 135mEq/L blood serum. Sodium helps in cell signaling and various other functions in the body. Due to a drop in the levels of sodium one starts feeling nauseous, disoriented and in some cases, they experience a headache. And as mentioned earlier in severe cases water intoxication can lead to death. The swelling of the cells is also caused by water intoxication. When sodium levels are lower in the body, water enters the cells through the semipermeable membrane through osmosis. The swelling of the cells, including brain cells, causes serious damage to the muscle tissue, organs, and the brain.

When one is overhydrated will experience diarrhea and prolonged sweating. A decrease in potassium ions called hypokalemia can also be detected in patients having water intoxication. When one drinks too much water, the balance between intracellular and extracellular potassium ions is hampered. Low sodium in the blood can cause the brain to swell up.  It also overburdens the heart. Water intoxication can lead to heart failure in patients undergoing dialysis. Too much water increases the volume of blood inside the body. This exerts unnecessary pressure on the blood vessels and the heart. It might also lead to seizures sometimes.

Overhydration can also cause Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). It also lowers plasma levels of arginine vasopressin that helps in preventing the kidney to function. Maintaining homeostasis would become very difficult if the fluid level is too high. Liver problems, frequent urination, chlorine overdose, potential risk of coma are some of the other complications that might arise from water intoxication.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the daily fluid intake varies and depends on the person’s age, sex, medical conditions and daily activity. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recommends women to drink 2.7 litres and men to drink 3.7 litres of water on a daily basis.

In order to treat water intoxication or overhydration, one should immediately stop drinking too much water, seek medical attention and stop any medication that is causing water retention in the body. The patient might be given diuretics and administer sodium to bring back the balance in the body fluids.

Water is good for our well-being as long as we do not drink too much. Too much and too little water is bad for our health. So, it is right to consume just enough water required. If you feel nauseous after drinking water, seek medical attention immediately.

What is Thalassemia?

It is important to understand the medical condition first before you go further into understanding its causes, symptoms, and treatment. So, let’s understand what Thalassemia is. Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder in which the body produces an abnormal form of hemoglobin. What is Haemoglobin? Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. This blood disorder of producing an inadequate amount of hemoglobin results in the destruction of red blood cells in a large number, which eventually leads to anemia.

Thalassemia is caused due to the mutation of one’s genes that are involved in the production of hemoglobin. This disorder is passed on to you by your parents. If one of the parents is the carrier, then you are likely to get thalassemia minor, but if both the parents are carriers, then you will inherit a serious form of the blood disorder. The symptoms are usually seen within the first two years of the child’s birth, but there are cases where the symptoms are seen soon after the baby is born.

Most of the common symptoms are:

1. Fatigue

2. Weakness

3. Pale or yellow skin tone

4. Delayed growth

5. Bone deformities

6. Dark urine

The diagnosis of Thalassemia can be confirmed with a blood test. The lab technician checks for the number of red blood cells and abnormalities in the size, shape, or color. Blood tests can also help in DNA analysis to look for mutated genes. Prenatal testing is another way to diagnose thalassemia and severity. Tests used to diagnose Thalassemia in fetuses include Chorionic Villus Sampling and Amniocentesis. Chorionic Villus Sampling is done usually in the 11th week of pregnancy. This test involves removing a tiny piece of the placenta for evaluation. And Amniocentesis is usually done in the 16th week of pregnancy. This includes examining a sample of the fluid that surrounds the fetus.

Mild forms of Thalassemia do not need treatment. However, for moderate to severe Thalassemia, treatments include:

Blood Transfusions: Severe forms of Thalassemia require frequent blood transfusions, possibly every few weeks. Blood transfusions cause a build-up of iron in the blood over the course of time, which can cause damage in the heart, liver, and other organs. To avoid this from happening, Chelation Therapy is required.

Chelation Therapy: This treatment is used to remove excess iron from the blood to keep your health in check. Frequent blood transfusions can result in building up the iron in the blood which is dangerous for your health. Having said that, there are chances that you would have excess iron in the blood even without blood transfusion. Thus, it is important to keep a check on your health from time to time.

Stem Cell Transplant: It is also known as bone marrow transplant. It might prove to be beneficial in some cases. For Children with severe Thalassemia, it can eliminate the need for lifelong blood transfusions and drugs to control iron overload.

Some lifestyle changes and home remedies might also work with Thalassemia patients. Avoiding excess iron, eating healthy diets, and avoiding getting infections can also help the patients.
You can’t skip from inheriting thalassemia from your parents, but it surely can be treated. If you carry a Thalassemia gene or have Thalassemia, consider talking to a genetic counselor for guidance when you are planning to have children.

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Impact of Cigarettes on Health

Every time before a movie is screened, a short clip is screened intending to raise awareness about the ill effects of tobacco. The advertisement, that lasts for about 30 seconds or so, however, fails to portray how gruesome the effects are. Tobacco is the general name of a plant. The leaves of these plants are dried and fermented and then used in the products that are ultimately consumed by people. The primary and most important constituent of tobacco is nicotine, which is also the reason behind its popularity. The popular products that use tobacco are cigarette, bidi, cigar, hookah, tobacco powder (consumed by chewing), etc.

Products Packed With Cancer

According to WHO, nicotine is a highly addictive substance. It is known to cause serious respiratory and cardiovascular problems and almost 20 types of cancers. Some of the most regular cancers are head, neck, throat, esophagus, gums, tongue, etc. The tobacco products that people consume are literally death packed in a pretty package.

It is like a poison that causes slow dilapidation of the body. The worst part is that a person doesn’t need to consume it to be affected by its ill effects. Merely being in the vicinity of a person consuming such products, especially those that release smoke, can cause the ill effects aforementioned.

The rate of deaths and diseases on the WHO website is alarming and hint towards an entirely different type of epidemic. The only difference is that this epidemic can be controlled.

How To Control

The most effective way is no doubt to stop the sale of the products. But in most cases, this is not practical. The second most effective way is to deter people from buying tobacco products. Deterring can be done in various ways like increasing taxes, spreading awareness of its ill effects, banning advertisements of such products, punishing people for consuming tobacco in public places, etc.

Some of the measures that second-hand smokers can take are to strictly prohibit the use of tobacco in public places like public transport, airports, offices, theatres, malls, etc. There should be heavy fines or some other form of punishment for people violating the rules. Youngsters should avoid being in the company of peers consuming tobacco products.

Awareness is key. More and more people should actively participate in awareness programs. A simple clip in the theatre is not sufficient. People need to know the gruesome reality through data and examples of people who have suffered due to tobacco. The fight against tobacco needs to be fought in unison.

 

The Importance of Decompressing After a Long Workday.

Stress is one of the major health concerns that are plaguing all the generations, especially the working population. Stress has been connected to everything from seizures and high blood pressure to the common cold and depression. Therefore relaxing is important. It is required for a long and healthy life.

It is difficult to find relaxation while working therefore it is important that you unwind in a productive way after you are home. Relaxation can take place at home and during the weekends. Creating a space in your home to unwind after a tough day can be one of the ways of decompressing. Your home should be viewed as a retreat from all the stress of work, however, this is not always true. There are kids at home, chores to be done and various other responsibilities at home. Therefore you would have to have a designated place where you can unwind and relax. All of it depends upon the balance of home and work. The three most important things that one has to keep in mind while designating an unwinding space at home are versatility, comfort and style. The space should not only be a place to take a nap, if you like listening to music, place music players and speakers, if you like reading, put a shelf with books on it.

 Leaving work at the office is also one of the most important ways in which you can make sure to come back home and relax. Bringing work with you at home will only add to the stress and will have detrimental effects on your health. Physically leaving work at the office is what should be done. Turn off your computer, do not check your mails and stop work related communication until the next morning. However, leaving work mentally once one is headed home is more difficult. This involves forgetting about the impending deadlines and work.

Meditation can also help you to unwind after the busy schedule. There are numerous benefits of meditation. Psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman says that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress. The aim is to put you in a relaxed state of mind.

Avoiding procrastination can also help reduce stress. Getting the chores done in time will help you to relax more. By getting things done earlier in the day, one can relax for the rest of the evening without constantly thinking about it.

Spending time to observe your surroundings can also help you to relax. However, this needs a little practice. It yields astounding results. Turn off all your unnecessary stimuli and try harnessing your thoughts for a few moments. Try focusing on the various items in your surroundings, it can be the lamp, the indoor plants etc. As you’re looking at various elements, notice all of the details, ridges, textures and colors. Once you lose focus of one item, move to the next. This forces you to drown out other thoughts and rein in your mind. After doing this for a few minutes, you’ll find it easier to relax for a longer period of time. Deep-breathing, self-massage, taking a walk, exercising, going outdoors, taking a day off etc can also help you decompress after a long and tiring day at work.

The art of relaxation can be learnt if practiced efficiently. It will help you to be more productive and also keep you healthy and away from various lifestyle diseases. Right ways of decompressing after a long work day can actually save your life.

 

Habits to incorporate in our lives after COVID19 lockdown

COVID19 has brought the world to a standstill. Countries are in lockdown, travel has stopped. People are not on the roads. Indian went into lockdown on 25th March and the changes this brought about in how we live and operate were dramatic. People were standing far away from each other. Wearing masks and washing their hands often.

On April 14th, the lockdown was extended for another 19 days up to May 3rd. It was taken as a preventive measure to stop the spread of the virus. With strict measures in place, India may have avoided a huge health calamity. However, the end of lockdown doesn’t mean you can go back to your old lifestyle. Some habits have to be changed and some have to be incorporated to avoid further virus spread. Here are a few habits that can be incorporated into our lives for a healthy future. Until there is a cure for COVID-19, a vaccination, there are certain habits one has to ensure to take care of.

1. Personal hygiene

This one is for life. It is very important to continue washing your hands on a regular basis. It is also advisable not to stop the use of hand sanitizer for protecting yourself from the virus. Apart from these, make sure you take a bath after coming back from outside, before touching anything. Spitting outside, touching surfaces in public areas and blowing nose without cover, etc. should be completely avoided. You should also stop touching your face unnecessarily.   While vaccination and treatments are happening, good personal hygiene will help ward off any risk of infection, not just Coronavirus.

2. Masks 

Masks are the heroes of this period. Wearing a mask not only protects you from catching the disease but it also helps in stopping the spread, if you are a potential carrier. Mask also acts as a barrier between your hand and your face. Very simple cloth masks are essential. A mask is essential, think of it as your phone, wallet, or keys.

3. Learn to shop local

Lockdown might have taught us many things. The importance of food might be one of those lessons. Grow a small kitchen farm and start eating healthy if you have space. It is recommended to continue local shopping, at least for a while. Shopping local not only reduces your exposure to the virus but it also helps the local vendors to get back on their track financially.

4. Social distancing

The end of lockdown doesn’t mean that it is the end of social distancing too. Hugs and handshakes can wait. Let us stick on to namaste for a little more time because social distancing is crucial to avoid the spread of the infection.

5. Eat Healthy and calm your body and soul with exercise and meditation

Never go back to a lazy lifestyle after the lockdown ends. The world is healing and you have to continue your meditation to cope up with things happening around you. Similarly, adults are expected to have 2.5 hours of moderate exercise every week. Exercising and eating healthy foods not only help you in staying fit but it also helps in increasing your immunity

6. Quarantine yourself

Respiratory problems, cough, high fever, etc. are the usual symptoms of Covid19. Seek immediate medical assistance in case of these symptoms. It is also important to quarantine yourself to avoid the spread within the family too. Consult a doctor and follow their advice without fail.   Even in the future don’t write off a cough as an allergy; monitor your health and get tested.

Break the chain with your new habits. We have been united in this fight on Covid-19, but it is far from over. Staying ahead of the disease is the way to combat it.

The right diet: What should we be eating everyday?

A question that most people have on their mind is -Is there a perfect diet? Is there a quick list that one can follow of the foods one must eat? Well, there is no quick list. Diets are based on a variety of factors like current health, current weight, family history or susceptibility to various health conditions.

When one talks about food, it is better to approach it as a wholesome activity rather than meeting a ‘calorie count’ at the end of the day. The first and most important thing is to understand that diets are not synonymous with ‘fasting’ or worse starving. While there are many diets like Keto or Atkins or GM diet, intermittent fasting it is very important to do some research before you jump on the diet bandwagon.

But more than a diet plan, what you need to focus on is the basic ingredients of your plate. Carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. While most people think that Indian food is oily and greasy, the fact is that it is entirely in your control how spicy or oily you want to make it. If you can bake a dish instead of fry it, then opt for baking. Varieties of papads can be dry roasted instead of deep-fried. Be very conscious of the choices you are making. Make room for some cheat meals as well, but the fact is, if you relish food, get inventive and engage in the process of making food, every day will be a special meal. But even for your cheat meals, don’t go overboard with chips and junk food.

Most people have rice, dal, vegetables, salads, Rotis and yogurt on their plates on a daily basis which is essentially indicative of what your meal should look like.

1. Pulses: Grams, pulses of any kind are very high in protein and contain vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, iron, and zinc. You could whip up some classic Indian recipes like Chole, Rajma, Masoor, peas, dals. Use oil and butter with discretion and you can have tasty food that’s also healthy.  Pulses possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic qualities meaning they help build immunity against cancer. Their low glycemic index makes it perfect for those with diabetes.

2. Whole Grains: Whole grains like jowar, rice, and wheat are very good for your health. They are good sources of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Brown rice, oats, millets are versatile and you can whip up a range of Indian dishes including pulaos, dosas, and bread, bajra rotis, jowar rotis. They offer you  Vitamins B1, B2 and B3, iron, dietary fiber and essential minerals.

3. Dry fruits and Nuts: Go nuts over nuts! Peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, dates. Nuts are loaded with healthy fats, minerals, and protein. Dates are rich in iron, calcium, and potassium. From anemia to constipation, nuts will help you overcome it all.  If not during lunch or dinner, make dates your evening snacks. Those hunger pangs are about to become healthy!

4. Greens: Even as kids green leafy vegetables were the dreaded substance on the plate. But greens like spinach, broccoli, methi, french beans, Bhindi, bitter gourd are among the top green vegetables that one must eat regularly. Loaded with Vitamins A, B, C, and K, Omega 3. Green leafy vegetables are essential to maintain your health.  Apart from muscle building, green vegetables keep your gut happy. The roughage helps regulate bowel movements and thus keep you healthy!

5. Vegetables: Apart from green leafy vegetables, there is a world of colorful vegetables that are waiting for you. Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, beetroot, brinjals, pumpkin, onions, garlic. Rich in minerals, carbs, antioxidants, and of course fiber. An innumerable combination of vegetables is possible if you try!

6. Fruits and Berries: Fresh fruits and berries are very important to stay healthy. Nature’s sweet treats! Bananas, apples, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, papayas, pomegranates, oranges to name a few. Apart from the sweet and delicious taste. Fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, vitamin C, manganese, iron, and potassium, antioxidants. Of course, as with anything else is subject to your health.

7. Probiotics: Chass, lassi, dahi, and of late many probiotic drinks in the market have become hugely popular. Probiotics like yogurt promote the growth of good bacteria that are absolutely essential to good health.

8. Meats: If you are a nonvegetarian or pescatarian, meats like chicken, pork, fish are rich in protein. Finding the right meat and cooking it the right way are critical to how it helps your body. But meat has to be cooked with a side helping of vegetables and pieces of bread like rotis. Avoid processed meats and control the portion of the meat you eat.

9. Eggs: If you eat eggs, eggs are an excellent source of protein. They also contain selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12, and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper. Boil them, make an omelet, or add them to a gravy.

Diets should not be decided by the latest trends but by what your body wants. Losing weight or gaining weight should not be a primary concern when going on a diet. You must think of a diet as an ongoing choice and not something that you do for 3 months or 10 days. Drastically losing weight or gaining it is also not advisable. But before going on a diet, consult your doctor and work on what feels good for you. List down food that you enjoy, see which elements you can include in your diet. A healthy diet is very important.