The Importance of Health Ethics

89987128The health concerns such as excessive drinking, smoking or obesity demand a responsible action on the part of the governments around the world, which may result in restrictions on human freedom to some extent. Therein comes our role of adhering to the ethical standards and following the rules laid down to nurture a healthy society. Initially, people thought that government initiatives such as pasteurization of milk was an ‘interference’ in the public choices of food. The contention slowly faded away. Now, in the 21st century, there is a need to act more responsibly on the individual level to overcome ‘lifestyle’ diseases. How far is a society willing to accept certain amount of responsibility for public health is an ethical issue.

Understanding Health Ethics
Public health is a broad term and includes the efforts of a society to prevent any form of illness and improve the health of the populace. It plays an important role in determining the effects of an initiative or a measure, in prevention of an illness. It focuses on inculcating healthful lifestyle in the society at large, than

Lifelong Bone Health

images-2In our first few years of life, our bones are growing at an exceptional rate. They develop to allow us to crawl, walk, jump, run and everything else along the way. This continues throughout childhood and adolescence. However, many people take for granted that once we become adults our bone health begins to deteriorate. This is even more true for women. Not taking steps to ensure strong healthy bones can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis. But there are a few things you can do to help maintain and even improve your bone health for the rest of your life.

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To promote bone health, you need to implement healthy nutrition and exercise habits. These can be the key to strong bones. You need to make the most of every opportunity to add strength.

By starting the right dietary and fitness strategies you can ensure you have all the right things going forward to not only improve your current bone health but prevent further deterioration and the risk of further health issues.

Calcium

Calcium is the foundation of

Mental Health Day

images-1October 10th is World Mental Health Day (WMHD). This day is specially set by the World Federation for Mental Health and aims to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing needs around the world. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with others and potentially make a difference in their day. This can be from a simple “How are you?” to a full blown awareness campaign, but the smallest of things can make a difference. Here are seven things you can do this coming World Mental Health Day that can make a difference.

 The Simple “How are you?”

When was the last time you spent the time asking “How are you?” and actually listening to the response? Especially in the UK, this simple three word question is actually used as a greeting rather than a pure question. WMHD is the perfect opportunity to ask this question of somebody and take the time to really listen to them. It is also the opportunity for you to respond with more when this question is asked of you. Sharing a problem with someone may help to ease the stress you may

Health Tips for Children

In today’s times, health problems like diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure are not restricted to adults, but have become a common phenomenon among children too. The main culprit for this can be attributed to their inclination towards fast food and lack of activity. Kids love to gorge on fast foods like burgers, pizzas, etc., and with the introduction of video games and a host of interesting programs on television, they are more than happy to watch television instead of playing outdoor games.

Due to this lack of activity and no control on the food they eat, many children suffer from the problem of obesity at a very young age, which further leads to other serious diseases or illnesses. Hence, it becomes the responsibility of the parents to teach children important ways to remain healthy.

Healthy Tips for Your Children

The three most important factors that are necessary for the kids to remain healthy include:

  • a healthy diet
  • regular exercise
  • proper rest

Habits we learn during our childhood stay with us throughout our life; it is thus necessary that parents teach these three factors to children as soon as possible. However, you do not need to force them to learn these habits;

Healthy Eating Tips to Follow

Today’s youngsters, especially teenagers are ignorant about long-term benefits of a healthy diet. Fast foods are very popular among teenagers and often a routine diet for them. But these ‘junk’ foods will affect overall health and aggravate nutrient deficiency. Making healthy food choices is the key to have a well-built physique and this habit of having a nutritious diet needs to be inculcated in teenagers for better health.
Diets for Teenagers
Following are the foods that cover the nutritional requirements of a teen body.
High Fiber Foods
Diet for teenagers must include foods high in fiber. These foods have a high nutrition value and are low in fats. Most importantly, high fiber diet promotes overall health as it is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Wondering which foods come under the list of foods high in fiber? Good diet includes foods such as vegetables (Brussels sprouts, carrot, boiled broccoli), fruits (raisins, bananas and apple) and whole wheat bread. Moreover vegetables like tomatoes are

Tips for Living a Long and Healthy Life

“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” How true is that! Life, in literal terms, revolves around breathing. Breathing commences at birth and ceases only at death. But what happens in between? In between, there is a life to live. A commitment you made to yourself the day you came into this world. Living longer also means, living a life to its fullest. Lifestyle plays a huge role in determining the life expectancy of an individual.

Healthy Diet
A change in your diet helps to go a long way. Statistics show that 75% cardiovascular diseases, 60% of women’s cancers and 40% of men’s cancers are related to nutritional issues. Eat the right kind of food to live a vibrant and happy life. Having a balanced diet is very essential to increase the longevity of life. Having the right amount of vitamin E, is known to keep your heart healthy. It is also an antioxidant which releases the toxins from your body. Omega-3 fats , monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and all the other organic food items are age-defying nutrients. Thus, always buy what is healthy for your body and not what looks

Tips to Keep Your Child Healthy

It’s a common misconception that growing kids can eat anything and everything they want, and will still stay healthy because they’re naturally active. Genetic factors are a consideration, but many children are imitating bad habits they see in their parents. This includes a poor diet, with a reliance on fast foods or processed foods, and not exercising. Until a few years back, parents found it hard to believe that children need a diet and fitness plan. They thought it was something only the grown-ups needed―grown-ups that weren’t in shape. After all the awareness child obesity statistics created, parents have now understood the importance of a healthy lifestyle for their kids.

The average child today spends around 24 hours a week watching television. The increased popularity of computer and video games means kids may spend even less time engaging in physical activities. Just like overweight adults, overweight children are at a greater risk of illness and disease.

What You Can Do

☛ Don’t criticize or blame your child of being overweight. Talk with him about your concerns regarding his weight and health. Teach him to accept and feel good about himself.

☛ Do a reality check and see if your

Breastfeeding Tips and Tricks

Breastfeeding refers to feeding a baby with breast milk by opting skin-to-skin contact position. The health benefits are incomparable to the other options of feeding the baby. Breast milk contains the right proportion of nutrients that are essential for the healthy growth and development of the baby. It is the healthiest form of milk for a baby. Furthermore, there is no other substitute or baby food that can replace breast milk, in terms of its nutritional value.

Apart from the baby, breastfeeding also provides certain benefits for the mother. As per the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), a mother should continue exclusive feeding of breast milk for the first six months after childbirth. Nevertheless, certain problems may occur during the period of nursing the baby. However, following certain tips and tricks, would make it easier and comfortable for both the mother and the baby.

Tips and Tricks

This is a comfortable activity, but there are several aspects that a new mother needs to know about it. As a new mother, one might be unaware of the convenient holding position of the baby while feeding, which in turn could irritate the newborn as well. The mother should be relaxed, and

Helpful Tips on Raising Quails Effectively

Quails are small-sized terrestrial birds that originated from thePhasianidae family. These medium-sized birds comprise numerous species of which some of them are bred and raised on a large-scale. Depending on the quail species, they differ in their appearance, which gives the breeder a variety to choose from. These little plump birds have become popular in cookery as their eggs have good amount of nutrition value. In early times these birds were mostly used for hunting purposes and now they are mainly used for food. Raising and hatching quail eggs is not an easy task and must be done with complete dedication. Well raised quails can prove profitable. However, improper care can lead to many problems. Before considering the idea of bringing up quails, it is important to think of the space, cost and materials that are required to bring up these plump birds. In case you are planning to breed quails then you must make yourself aware about the bird’s health issues, growth rate and the size of the flock. So, read through the tips on how to raise these birds, to start your own mini quail farming.

Bringing Up Quails

Selecting the Right Flock
Quails must be

Yoga Mudras for Good Health

When one talks about yoga, one is talking about three aspects, namely; physical, mental and spiritual. In yoga, there are asanas and mudras, which when, loosely translated mean exercises and hand gestures, respectively. As there are different asanas for maintaining health and vitality, there are certain mudras, which help in this endeavor as well.

When one is practicing mudras, for a substantial amount of time, the benefits that the mudras offer are visible. The mudras help in generating, redirecting and recharging the energies of the force, which governs the body. It is with the mudras, that one is able to establish a link between the physical, pranic and mental body. They help in awakening the different pranas, chakras and kundalini located in the body.

Mudras in Yoga and their Benefits
Although mudras are a part of yoga, they can be practiced independently without the asanas. The beauty of this science is that they can be done when one is sitting, standing or sleeping in bed; however, they are performed either in vajrasana, padmasana or sukhasana. There is no specific time that needs to be followed for most of the mudras; however, the results are best, when they

How to Gain Weight the Healthy Way

Weight loss is on everyone’s mind these days. But, there are a few lucky people out there who fail to put on weight, even after having a high-calorie diet. Now, it is essential to note that difference between being skinny and being undernourished. There are several causes for being naturally skinny, like having a faster metabolism, being physically active, etc. On the other hand, sometimes a person loses weight due to some illness or on undergoing any surgical procedure. Whatever the reason, if you are trying to gain weight, it is essential to do it in a healthy way.

Tips to Gain Weight Healthily

Most of us think eating large amounts of food, specially, fatty junk food is the only way to increase your weight. This is untrue! Some people do not gain weight even after having regular and adequate meals. However, if you are among those few people and are thinking of gaining weight, then there are some tips that you need to consider.

Firstly, in order to gain weight, you need to consume foods that have higher calories. But, the sources of these calories should be healthy.

You should not rely on fatty and greasy foods as they

Mental Health

Mental illness sucks. That’s the only way to truly describe it and capture my honest feelings on it at the same time. It affects everything you do, think, and feel. It encroaches on your life and before you know it, you’re unable to function like the rest of the society.

This is what millions of Americans are dealing with daily. They suffer in silence as the rest of the country continues on in ignorance.

In this series, I hope to help eliminate a small bit of stigma by informing the public audience about mental illnesses from both a personal and an informational standpoint. As someone diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and borderline personality disorder, I have plenty of personal experience to go on. Mental illness affects both one’s mental and physical health. In the first chapter of this series, I’d like to give a few tips for keeping yourself mentally healthy. You’ll notice many of these tips go hand-in-hand with proper physical health as well. This is an important correlation to realize: that one’s physical and mental health are intrinsically connected.

Eating Right

Proper diet is an essential part of being both physically and emotionally healthy. You may notice

How to Stay Healthy

So, rather than aiming at a balanced diet or a balanced workout or techniques to balance your mind; one needs to find a balance between all these three factors for healthy living. Here are some tips on staying healthy physically and mentally, which I have personally tried and tested.

How to Stay Fit Physically?

Diet: Try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables as you can. Fruits and vegetables provide enzymes to the body, which help to absorb the nutrients from your meal which is your main course. Drink as much water as possible throughout the day. The requirement of water is 1 liter per 45 pounds of weight. Try to eat as many types of cereals you can. Keep enhancing your diet plan by learning about different healthy foods.

Exercising: There are very few people who will go for exercising to maintain their health. Mostly people will initiate in some exercise due to weight loss or some other health problem. No matter which type of exercise you take up, whether it is just walking or jogging try to follow it regularly. The best exercise in my opinion is swimming which is almost injury-free, boosts metabolism, helps to

Fasting Tips and Tricks

Fasting is the act of abstaining from water, food, or both for a certain period of time. It helps reduce medical and other problems that people may experience. It is used as a tool by many to reduce weight, detoxify, and improve the overall health. However, one should fast in a disciplined manner, and follow the basic tips in order to obtain good and quick results.

Tips
One should begin fasting with a moderate approach. The idea behind it is to prepare or condition the body slowly before moving towards a higher level.

One should get rid of alcohol and other addictive items such as nicotine and caffeine before commencing to fast. Abstinence from eating sugar, poultry products, and red meat is also important. It is necessary to avoid chewing gums, hard candies, and mints since these items are responsible for releasing digestive enzymes and increasing the appetite. Inclusion of fruits in the diet while simultaneously limiting the intake of nutrient supplements helps adjust the body to the fasting schedule easily.

In order to avoid irritation, headache, and other such symptoms which may occur in the initial days, one should have a single meal in a day at 3 pm and

Why is Health Important

When we are talking of health, it is not just about a healthy body but also about sound mental health. Good health can be described as the condition where both our body as well as our mind are functioning properly. The main causes behind poor health conditions are diseases, improper diet, injury, mental stress, lack of hygiene, unhealthy lifestyle, etc. Over the past few years, our lifestyle has changed and we often tend to ignore the importance of healthy living in one way or the other.

Why is Health Important to Us?

There are several benefits of a healthy life. Your body becomes free from various forms of disorders and thus, you get a longer life. You can live a life without suffering from any aches, pain, or discomfort. In every sphere of your life, you will be able to perform to the best of your ability. Doing excellent work helps you to be a valuable member of a healthy society. Besides, when you are physically fit, it gets reflected on your face. So, you look attractive and start feeling good about yourself! If you have a fit body, then you can lead a physically active life even

Dimensions of Health

The five dimensional model of health includes physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. These health parameters were set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The quality of life of an individual or the overall well-being of an individual is determined by the interactions between these five dimensions. It’s important to understand these dimensions, and find ways to ensure a balance of mind, spirit, and body.

Physical

Physical health refers to the state of the body, and its ability to perform bodily functions. It refers to the aspects that are essential for keeping the body in the best condition. Following are a few ways to ensure good physical health:

➻ Eat nutritious food to keep the body and mind energized.
➻ Never skip meals or overeat.
➻ Water is essential for cleansing the body.
➻ Fitness through exercise will increase immunity and endurance levels of the body.
➻ Regular medical checkups can help in arresting illnesses in their early stages.
➻ Sleep at least for 7 uninterrupted hours daily.
➻ Avoid addictive substances.

Intellectual

This is a cognitive ability to develop skills and knowledge to enhance one’s life. Our intellectual capacity helps to stimulate our creativity and

Health Benefits of Moringa

Moringa, also known as the Miracle Tree, is a multipurpose plant, as the leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots, and even the bark of the tree can be utilized. It is also called the Drumstick Tree by Britishers, while in Philippines it is known as malunggay. The scientific name of this tree isMoringa oleifera. It is a powerhouse of minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Therefore, it is widely promoted in poverty-stricken areas, to counter malnutrition. While conventional treatment methods take months to counter this problem, consumption of the parts of this tree may take just a few days to treat it. Its uses range from being a water purifier to protecting the skin and also, to make perfumes and sprays. The gum of this tree is a diuretic and astringent and can be helpful in treating asthma.

Health Benefits

Seeds

  • The powdered form of moringa seeds is very well-known to treat scurvy, a common skin disease caused by bacterial infections.
  • Crushed seeds are beneficial for purifying and clarifying water to make it available for domestic purposes. The seeds also minimize bacterial concentration of the water, thereby, making it drinkable.
  • They can be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
  • The

What is a Balanced Health Triangle

Good health is often compared to a tripod stand. It has 3 legs―nutritious food, adequate sleep, and appropriate exercise. Without any one of these, it is impossible to strike a healthy balance in life.
The term ‘health triangle’ was conceptualized in 1997 by 120 eighth-graders of the Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska. The students were given a task of writing essays on health problems that plagued them and other eight graders in their district. The research was part of the district’s health curriculum that took approximately 10 days to finish. Everyday 1 hour of school time was dedicated to analyzing and pondering over various health issues. Finally, the study boiled down to researching on key aspects of health―physical, mental, and social―that affected overall well-being. The health triaSectionCardngle correlates all 3 aspects of health, meaning if any one aspect is not healthy, it can have a negative impact on the other two. It is elaborated below:

Consider a party person who may show good social skills, but the habit of partying late at night can disturb his sleeping pattern, in turn, affecting his physical and mental

How Does Traffic Affect Our Health

Everyone encounters traffic, either vehicular or denizen traffic. The feeling of being stuck in a place full of vehicles or people gets overwhelming for many individuals, and is the main cause of stress-related disorders cropping up in today’s time.

At the 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, the American Heart Association stated, “People who have had a heart attack are likely to report having been in traffic shortly before their symptoms began.” This statement was from a German study, that determined that exposure to traffic was a key contributor to heart attacks.

When talking about traffic woes, we also need to take into consideration the pollution that we are exposed to. Breathing in toxic emissions from bikes, cars, trucks, and buses harm our lungs making us targets to various respiratory-related diseases. Given below is an in-depth exposition on how traffic affects our health and what we can do to retard some of these effects to live a longer and healthier life.

Health Effects of Traffic

Aches and Pains

Imagine yourself being tied down in one place, with your arms holding a wheel in front of you, but no scope for movement, with horns blaring

Top Health Insurance Companies

Buying a good and affordable health insurance plan in today’s world seems like a tough task. The cost of health insurance is increasing day by day due to the rise in the cost of health care in the US. A simple visit to the doctor’s clinic can cost around $200 to $300 and if the matter is serious, the patient can expect a large medical bill if he/she doesn’t have health insurance. The best way to be safe is to get an affordable health insurance plan that suits the investor’s profile, but for that the investor has to select a good health insurance company first.

Top Health Insurance Companies in USA

There are many health insurance companies in the US, but not all of them can be called the best choice for people. Today, people don’t need expensive plans, they need plans which can fit in their budget and protect them from uncertain situations. The following names stand out because they understand the thinking of an average American and make sure that he/she gets a plan that they can fit in their portfolio. Here are some great options.

Aetna International
I think most readers wouldn’t be surprised to find Aetna’s name