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There starts the drizzle and here we start craving for the pakodas and waiting for the rain dance! Monsoon and rains have got such a positive and refreshing vibes that you can’t help but plan to sneak out from your daily (& monotonous) routine.

However, with those rain showers, comes humidity and an environment that may promote growth of microorganisms and put you at risk of developing various health ailments. From seasonal cough and cold to stomach infections, from mosquito-borne diseases to liver inflammation- are all the repercussions of not taking enough care of yourself during monsoon.

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Here, we have enlisted simple yet important health tips that keep you monsoon ready (and disease free). Take a look!

1. Increase your vitamin C intake

You must have noticed that rain is the time of the year when viral fever, cold, and allergic reactions are most prevalent. To help keep these infections at bay, one thing that you must have is a strong immunity.

There isn’t an exact definition of “how strong” your immune system should be to fend off germs but it is an established fact that people with a healthy immune system seldom fall sick as compared to people who have a weak immunity. That’s where vitamin C can be helpful- to keep your immune cells healthy. It is one of the most important immunity-boosting nutrients. Several studies have stated that vitamin C can prevent colds in some specific cohorts. Splurge on those oranges, lemons, fresh green vegetables and broccolis to have a Vitamin C rich diet.

2. Make sure you take enough fluids (even without feeling thirsty)

The weather being cool, you may not feel thirsty often. However, ensure to drink plenty of water during the monsoon. Most people sweat a lot due to the humid weather of the rainy season and miss replenishing fluids. Keeping well hydrated helps flush out toxins from your body too.

Nevertheless, stay vigilant of the type of water you drink. Many illnesses like hepatitis A, typhoid, cholera are waterborne and quite rampant during the monsoon season. If you aren’t sure of the water quality in your area, boil the drinking water to kill disease-causing germs and eliminate other impurities. Get your water filters serviced on time so that they do their job effectively and you get clean drinking water.

3. Had a rain dance? Get a shower at once

Do take a relaxing warm water bath to disinfect your body after getting drenched in rain or playing in the puddles. It decreases the risk of catching skin and fungal infections. Add a disinfectant to bathing water if possible.

4. Stay protected of mosquitoes

Continuous rains and improper drainage allow water to accumulate and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. These tiny insects are well capable of giving you serious health troubles including malaria, dengue, chikungunya, etc. Ensure that there is no open water storage in your home. Change and clean water of coolers. Wear full-sleeve clothes and use mosquito repellents. Using mosquito nets is also a good idea.

5. Don’t let monsoon lure you into street food

You aren’t sure what type of water your favourite street food vendor has used while preparing that aloo chaat. You cannot guarantee how well he would have washed the vegetables that go into the bhaji. Also, the food items can be exposed to the open air. Every time you fall for a street food item, you are more likely to contract a gut infection.

6. Clean your raw fruits and vegetables well

Scrub your fruits and vegetables under running water thoroughly. Germs may thrive on the skins of fruits and vegetables. Try consuming well-cooked or boiled vegetables. It is not necessary to use a vegetable wash but washing vegetables and fruits in warm saline water is a good practice to follow. 

7. Keep yourself physically active within home

Rain and COVID situations might not allow you to venture outdoors. But, remember exercising not only helps you maintain weight, but it is great for your immune system as well. It improves your blood circulation and triggers release of the happy hormone (serotonin). You can try side stretching, jumping rope, yoga asanas, and dance.

8. Hand hygiene is crucial not only for COVID but also for monsoon illnesses

Your hands are the main mode of transferring germs into your body. Wash or sanitize your hands before you eat something or even during travel. It is not only important for preventing spread of COVID-19 but also to keep other communicable germs at bay.

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A little care goes a long way in helping you stay healthy during monsoon. Make sure to prioritise your health and enjoy every season to the fullest.

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Medical practitioners around the world have been trying to understand the complexity of our gut system for more than two decades now. In fact a lot of their successful studies have revealed links between gut health and our immune system, our moodiness, mental well being, skin conditions and endocrine conditions, among others. Our overall health is just a reflection of our gut health. With our modern day lifestyle, amidst the pandemic while many of us are suffering from high stress, getting little to no sleep, eating processed or cold food, having sugar cravings every now and then, or talking medications, our gut health is bound to get affected, in turn leading to weakened immune system along with our skin, weight, heart etc getting impacted adversely as well.

When did you get your last health check up? Do not delay any more. Book a comprehensive test package and get tested at home.

Below are 6 common signs that point towards an unhealthy gut:

  • Sugar cravings: The gut bacteria secrete proteins such as leptin and ghrelin, which act as hunger regulating hormones in your body, that are responsible for your food cravings and mood. So when you crave cakes, pastries, chocolates, cookies etc, you actually feed the unhelpful bacteria which in turn secret the proteins that make you want to crave sugary substances even more. In turn they reduce the good bacteria in your gut. You need to fix your gut in order for it to get rid of these bad bacteria that result in such sugar cravings.

  • Bloating, gas or diarrhoea: These are the most common and basic symptoms of gut dysfunction. When the balance of the good and bad bacteria is not appropriate, or you either have deficient stomach acid bowel irregularity and gas tends to occur, the food is not able to break down properly. This might be due to eating fast without chewing properly i.e. gulping down food in haste. In case of diarrhoea, food moves quickly down the gastrointestinal tract, and out of the body in liquid form, and can cause dehydration.

  • Food intolerances: The gut is a gatekeeper that checks in whatever goes inside the body and acts as a passageway for what goes out of the body. When you have a leaky gut, large protein molecules enter the bloodstream. Since these proteins aren’t outside the scope of our gut, our body tends to attack them resulting in food intolerances.

  • Mood swings: When your gut health is tampered with, it will adversely have an impact on your serotonin and dopamine hormones; your happy hormones, as majority of these reside in your gut. Naturally compromising on your gut health will lead to inefficient or null production of these hormones leading to changes in mood and sleep pattern. The inner complex workings of the digestive tract, is not just for food but also for leading your emotions.

  • Weak immunity: There is a well established connection between your leaky gut and immunity. Unhealthy gut leads to inflammation and acts as a hurdle in the proper functioning of the immune system. When your immune system is jeopardized, you tend to fall sick more often as your body fails to work on attacking the viruses or bacteria.

  • Chronic fatigue or sluggishness: One of the major underlying signs associated with an unhealthy gut could be feeling tired, lazy or sleepy all the time that doesn’t fade away in spite of enough rest or sleep. The severity and symptoms vary from person to person; some of the common ones can be difficulty in concentrating or focussing, constant headaches, sore throat, extreme exhaustion after exercising etc. Combination of fatigue and headache can be linked with a leaky gut, which allows partially undigested food, toxins and bugs to pass through the gaps in the gut lining causing inflammation. Lack of vitamin D can add on to this fatigue.                                      

How can you improve your gut health?

  • Eat your meals slowly
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Cut down on sugary food
  • Alter your diet to avoid food intolerances
  • Eat fibrous, fermented food items
  • Get enough rest and sleep
  • Reduce your tolerance to stress

Keep your gut health in check

Apart from the natural things we all do for better gut health, clinical testing is always the sure shot way of diagnosing and moving forward with the correct treatment. Here are some tests that can be done to ensure healthy gut and and a healthy body:

  • Functional stool test- for this, you need to send your stool sample to the lab for getting tested, when you want to have the full disclosure of what is happening with your gut. The test check for certain bacteria or fungal overgrowth, parasite infection, nutrient malabsorption that acts as an indicator of leaky gut etc.

  • Lactulose breath test: This test asks you to alter your diet for a day and drink sugar drinks and take breath samples over a period of time to check for any bacterial overgrowth in your small intestine that might cause bloating.

  • Visual inspection: Checking your stool secretion and colour from time to time is the least expensive yet the most effective way to know your gut health better.

A healthy gut is responsible for effective digestion, healthy brain, healthy heart, better mood, peaceful sleep, etc. Making certain changes in your lifestyle can have a positive effect on your gut health and ultimately your overall health as well.

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Dr Anita Suryanarayan, Vice President (South India & Sri Lanka), Metropolis Healthcare

The modern woman plays many roles, and her health is of paramount importance in helping her get through the day. Every woman’s health is dependent on and affected by a variety of factors. It is important that every woman after a certain age, goes for regular physical check-ups to be forewarned of any ailment. Diseases like diabetes, high/low blood sugar, calcium deficiency, thyroid malfunction and such can be detected with simple tests, undertaken periodically.

Here are 10 important health tests that every woman should make note of:

Body Mass Index Check

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on the individual’s height and weight. There are multiple apps and online BMI Calculators that can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height squared in metres, on entering your height, weight, gender and age. The BMI Calculator then analyses the intensity (high, medium or low) of the individual’s BMI and compares the data with others in the same height and age bracket.

Anaemia Check

A person is considered anemic if they have a low count of RBCs in the body. Low haemoglobin (HGB) level in the red blood cells leads to low absorption of oxygen in the blood, physical weakness or dizziness.

Vitamin Deficiency Check

It is common to find Indian women who have a deficiency in Vitamin D and B12. A deficiency in Vitamin B12 for women who are planning for a pregnancy or are pregnant could result in a problematic pregnancy. Vitamin D is extremely critical to maintain healthy bones and calcium absorption, as calcium depletion sets in with age.

Blood pressure screening

Check your blood pressure every two years starting at the age of 18. Ideal blood pressure for women is less than 120/80 mmHg (millimetres of mercury). In case of persistent high-blood pressure, do a stress test as well.

Blood glucose tests

Women should get a blood glucose test every three years starting at the age of 45 to test for diabetes or pre-diabetes. However, if you have a family history of diabetes, then begin early and start getting your blood sugar checked in your 30s itself.

Cholesterol check

Women should have their cholesterol checked, at least periodically post 25, to decrease the risk of heart diseases. If the results are normal, the AHA recommends testing once in three years.

Pap smears and pelvic exams

Recommended to begin at 21 or even earlier if women are sexually active, this is an important test to reduce risk of cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in women.

Mammograms and breast exams

A manual exam where a doctor tests for lumps and abnormalities is recommended from the age of 20 up until 40. It is recommended to do a mammogram every one or two years beginning at age of 40, as recommended by the American Cancer Society.

Bone density screening

Women should start getting screened for osteoporosis with a bone density test at age 65. However, those who have been detected with calcium deficiencies or have a personal or family history of fractures should get a DEXA scan earlier.

Colon cancer screening

It is ideal to begin a colon cancer screening at age 50 and is typically performed once in five or ten years depending on the technique used. An Abdominal Ultrasound would be apt. For this exam, a technician moves the transducer (A small microphone-like instrument that gives off sound waves and picks up the echoes as they bounce off organs) along the skin over your abdomen. This test can be used to look for tumors in your liver, gallbladder, pancreas, or elsewhere in your abdomen. A non-invasive virtual colonoscopy is another option. Those with a greater risk of colon cancer may need earlier or more frequent cancer screening tests.

To lead a healthy inside and happy outside life it is important to ensure you keep your body in check and go for regular tests. It’s time you made your health a priority!

Metropolis Healthcare brings to you the most advanced labs with scientific state-of-the-art facilities backed by the experience of over 2000+ technicians, 500+ pathologists and over 100+ MD pathologists to give you the accurate results of your blood test. We have a track record of doing 30mn+ tests every year with the most accurate results, because we re-check, re-check and re-check to give you the best.

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Everyday Healthy foods that have more sugar than you need!

Did you know that you could be consuming healthy foods but they could actually be wrecking your body?
Following are the everyday foods that have almost 2-3 times more sugar than what is recommended for you!

  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Low Fat Yoghurt
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Yoghurt
  • Sports Drinks
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Bread
  • Protein Bars
  • 100% Fruit Juice
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