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Oldies should opt for one-hour nap following lunch: study

AIMAN INAM

NEW YORK: For years, scientists considered sleep following lunch as bad for health. However, a novel study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia here has contradicted that.  

Taking a nap for an hour after lunch could assist oldies to protect their memoirs, advances their capability to think visibly and to take decisions, the study claimed.

It has been scientifically proven that sleep plays a pivotal role in facilitating grown-ups to uphold their psychological function. Besides, it is believed to be necessary for aging people.

For carrying out the research, which was conducted under the guidance of author Junxin Li, the panel of academics here has analyzed approx 3,000 Chinese adults with an average age of 65 and above.

They have examined the impact of afternoon nap on their mental health. 

Their findings demonstrated that those who took an hour-long nap after consuming lunch had been reported with better health state as compare to those who did not take any nap.

As a matter of fact, people, who take no naps at all (including those who take shorter or longer naps), are four to six times more prone to have mental disability. 

On the contrary, health and wellness experts here have urged people taking seven hours sleep on a daily basis so as to keep themselves fit as a fiddle!

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Garbage in this Megapolis snowballs Chinkungunya!

TEXT & PHOTOS BY AIMAN INAM

KARACHI: Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have reported that the number of Chikungunya cases is on the rise here in this port city.

According to the details, around 67 individuals came out with this chaos within this month (September). Whereas, some 3,462 cases have been reported in the ongoing year so far.

Health and wellness experts stress that people should stay away from mosquitoes bites, which sweep this disorder rapidly. They must don full sleeves clothes. Also apply mosquito repellents on the open parts of the body when roaming around.

Its symptoms are just like dengue and malaria such as you can have temperature, headache, acute joint pain, tiredness, nausea and body rashes.

What causes this disease spread swiftly in Karachi?

On inquiring about the matter, Newspakistan.tv has been informed by a number of sources that pollution and increasing garbage are the main culprits behind diffusing such ailments in Karachi.

Concerned authorities have been informed regarding the bad situation of this Megapolis but the government and officials are busy doing politics. Hence, people can see garbage in every hook and nook of this city.

Home remedies to cure Chikungunya

  • Basil (tulsi) leaves are considered effectual in chikungunya fever. Add 5 to 6 leaves in boiling water and drink it after food. This would push down the fever while boosting the immunity.

  • Patients should drink coconut water as it helps them recover speedily via detoxifying the liver.

  • Consume raw carrots as it reduces the intensity of joint pain while augmenting the immune resistance of patients.

  • You can also apply garlic paste or clove oil with pepper on your joints as to sooth the excruciating conditions.

  • In take lots of water and ingest soft diet such as soups, pulses (dal), food rich in selenium, chromium, zinc and leafy veggies loaded with vitamins A, C and E.

  • Swallow fresh oranges, sweet lime, capsicum, broccoli, pineapple, cabbage, papaya, and guavas as these are great source of vitamin C that help in obliterating persistent viruses and bacteria.

  • Try to take more omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which you can find in fish. This helps in maintaining healthy bones and muscles.

 

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Increase your red blood count via adopting healthful lifestyle!

AIMAN INAM

KARACHI:  Due to poor diet and way of life, innumerable people go through low red blood cells* or anemia, resulting into exhaustion and weakness.

Its symptoms may vary from person to person. But the most common ones include tiredness, light-headedness, breathing chaos and abnormal heart palpitations etc.

This dilemma can potentially trigger concerns if left unnoticed. However, it can be cured via adopting some simple lifestyle changes while consuming healthful diet.

Some possible causes?

It usually triggers because of poor ingestion of necessary nutrients. However, bleeding and hemorrhaging, kidney trouble, bone marrow failure, pregnancy, over-hydration, vascular chaos, smoking and dehydration can also wreak low red blood cells.

People, instead of popping out supplements of vitamins and minerals, should intake foods harboring:

Iron

You can find iron in foods like spinach, fortified cereals, tuna, red meat, tofu, chicken liver, white beans, lentils etc.

Vitamins

They are considered significant for generating new blood cells while improving brain function. Try to incorporate food harboring vitamins B-12 (fish, beef, milk, soya, nut milks and cheese), B-9 (lentils, spinach), C (kiwi fruit, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit) and A (beef liver, sweet potato, carrot) as to meet the requirements of daily intake of these essential vitamins.

Copper

It is believed to be an important mineral that facilitates the body use iron in the bloodstream. Cashews, sunflower seeds and lentils are major source of copper.

What is meant by lifestyle changes?

As far as the lifestyle changes are concerned, connoisseurs reiterated that individuals should avoid drinking hard beverages and take up some light to moderate workouts such as running, jogging, cycling and swimming etc. Such exercises rouse the body to generate more red blood cells.

It is to be noted that normal red blood cell counts vary from around 4.7 to 6.1 million cells per micro liter (µL) for males, 4.2 to 5.4 million cells per µL for females and 4.0 to 5.5 million cells per µL for kids.

Nevertheless, it is better to check with your doctor while adopting healthful lifestyle.

*Red blood cells – the most abundant cells in human blood – consist of hemoglobin (a protein that carries oxygen throughout the body).

 

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Study says 83% branded moisturizers harbor corrosive chemicals!

AIMAN INAM

KARACHI: As the winters are approaching, weather of this port city is subtly changing.

The monsoon spell is over, resulting into rough, dry and humid conditions. So as to deal with this, Karachiites turn to different branded skin moisturizers.

However, such products that claim to be fragrance-free or hypoallergenic, in point of fact, keep gullible customers in a fool’s paradise.

A recent research has ascertained that such stuffed with chemicals produits are causing skin chaos particularly psoriasis and eczema.

Academics from the Northwestern University evaluated top 100 best-selling, whole-body moisturizers that are being sold at Amazon, Target and Walmart.

As per the figures, around 83 percent products have been found harboring harmful allergenic chemical.

Whereas, 45 percent products marketed as fragrance-free consisted of a botanical ingredient that could wreak a skin rash or skin allergy.

Harboring on the subject, study senior investigator from the Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Steve Xu noted that people use moisturizers to sooth their skin by keeping it nourished.

Also, patients suffering from skin disorders apply those as to preserve moisture in the skin, push down inflammation and avoid infection.

As a matter of fact, such expensive products merely play with the belief and feelings of consumers.

Connoisseurs further connote that people, instead of relying on fake claims of the sellers, should themselves keenly analyze about their picks.

Mind you! If the product harbors chemicals such as fragrance mix, parabens or tocopherol, you would better off from buying it.

The best remedy to keep your skin nourished is to pick out natural moisturizers such as petroleum jelly and coconut oil.

Journal JAMA Dermatology has run the ramifications.

P.S. It is pertinent to mention here that people can come across innumerable harmful skin products online. Also, there are many people who sell those brands in almost every market. The concerned officials must close the net on those selling products loaded with harmful ingredients as to stop them in its tracks.

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