Friday, 20 January 2017

Is your vitamin K intake sufficient?

Every vitamin has its own function and a need in specific quantity to let the body function efficiently and healthy. As we all know, the major role of Vitamin K is to help in blood clotting, it still is not used as a dietary supplement. It comprises of vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 and some of the vitamin K rich foods are green leafy vegetables, meats, eggs, and cheese.
Importance of vitamin k

Importance and health benefits of vitamin K:

Why do we need vitamin K?
The need for vitamin K remains ignored as it does not affect our day to day life. However, in certain condition, a low level of this vitamin can cause severe uncontrolled bleeding. It gets difficult to operate a person with vitamin K deficiency due to the fear of blood loss. There are definitely ways to supplement the deficiency, but everyone needs to have proper quantity of vitamin K. Especially, the newborns need to have a shot of Vitamin K as they are mostly deficient. In adults or kids with vitamin K deficiency, it is possible that their blood does not clot after a cut or accident. The situation worsens if any medical attention is not sought immediately.   

Who is at Risk?
Generally, people don’t have severe vitamin K deficiency. However, if accompanied with any other medical condition, this deficiency can pose serious threats for some people. Following conditions may lead to vitamin K deficiency in the long run.
  1. A disease that interferes with absorption mechanism of the digestive tract like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease.
  2. Taking a drug that alters the normal phenomenon of vit K absorption
  3. Severe dietary deficiency or malnutrition
  4. Excessive alcohol intake
In such medical conditions, one should not delay in consulting a physician who may suggest some good vitamin K supplement.

How to get vitamin K?
It is always better to get vitamins and minerals naturally and so is the case with vitamin K. From a new born to an adult the requirement varies from 2 micrograms per day to 120 micrograms per day respectively. Though there is no major side effect of taking a supplement, the risks with an over dose cannot be ruled out. So, try to get more of leafy vegetables, broccoli, spinach, eggs, beans, and meat to meet your daily requirements of vitamin K.

Word of Caution:
If you find your or someone’s blood not clotting easily, it’s time to meet a medical practitioner. It may be a case of vitamin K deficiency. At the same time, do not take any supplement on your own. It should certainly be prescribed by a doctor.

Friday, 13 January 2017

How can you handle your teen’s mood swings

“Oh! My child is so cranky”, “I am fade up with the moody behaviour of my kid”, “I don’t know how to control the aggression of my child?” If you are a parent frequently coming across such expressions or thoughts in your mind, it’s time to think for your teenager child and design ways to control his mood swings.

Teens, apart from the usual physical changes, also face a lot many things that sometimes feel unbearable to them. The loads of homework, mess among friends, craze to learn and copy new things, attraction towards new relationships etc put them into a state of mental confusion, irritation, and what we usually call as mood swings. This is not a mental illness, but gradually can develop into teen depression if not handled carefully.

Tips to identify teenage mood swings

Identify when your kid needs help
As a parent, you should be conscious enough to draw a line between the near-to-normal and extreme behaviour of your child. Watch out for the depression symptoms, manic depression and other factors that are now surging in your child. It is possible that your child’s appetite has gone down, he is not sleeping properly, showing low energy levels, getting irritated quickly, and loves being alone. Mild changes are ok, but big swings need medical attention and going for a medical advice or counselling may help. 

What can you do?
Care is not needed only for small babies. Even grown up teens need a lot of care and concern. You should be watchful about their rest time, sleeping time, diet and nutrition. A set bedtime is needed and it is observed that kids sleeping late are more prone to depression. So make sure you child is getting enough sleep.

Take care of your child’s food and do not let them skip the meals and binge on junk food. A properly fed body nourishes a healthy mind and reduces the chances of many other illnesses.

Also, engaging in physical activities and maintaining a fit body will keep a number of mood disorders at bay. However, never let the problem to get adjusted itself. It may lead to some serious condition afterwards. So, meeting a therapist or medical practitioner is always advisable.

The next big thing you can do to handle the mood swings of your child is to give him/her time. Try to understand their logics, never impose your things on their though process, don’t let them sit alone for too long, and try to talk what all goes in their lives. A little medical intervention along with your emotional involvement will certainly bring some change.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Osteoarthritis In Elderly People

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease of ageing. It is the most common type of arthritis. Usually men and women of over 50 years of age suffer from OA.  OA mostly occurs in people who are obese, have joint injury, or hormonal imbalances. This is the leading cause of disability in aged people. OA may affect any joint in your body, especially weight bearing joints as they undergo more wear and tear like the osteoarthritis knee which bears the body weight to significant amount. It is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis mainly causes pain and inflammation in the affected joints.

Osteoarthritis symptoms and treatment

Symptoms & Signs
Pain -Your joint may hurt during or after movement
Tenderness -Your joint may feel tender when you apply light pressure to it.
Stiffness -Joint stiffness may be most noticeable when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
Loss of flexibility -You may not be able to move your joint through its full range of motion.
Grating sensation -You may hear or feel a grating sensation when you use the joint.
Bone spurs -These extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, may form around the affected joint.
Joint deformity – This affects person's manner of walking.

When to see a Doctor
When you feel any of the above symptoms which affects your daily activities, it’s time to see a doctor and get some osteoarthritis treatment.

What happens to the Joints and Cartilages as you Age? 
Cartilage is a connective tissue that covers the end of bones and absorbs pressure and shock created by movements like walking, running, climbing steps etc. As we keep on doing our day to day activities throughout the life, obviously, it undergoes wear and tear which in turn leads to the destruction of cartilaginous tissues. As the cartilage deteriorates, adjacent bone surface comes in direct contact which results in pain. Not only the destruction of cartilages, but also the reduction of synovial fluid, which gives lubrication, nourishment, and cushioning causes OA. As the disease go on progressing, the bone surface begins to thicken and forms osteophytes, which also aggravates the pain and inflammation.

If so what are the Triggering Factors
As we see, every elderly person may not get the disease. Why? Because the disease is triggered by certain other things which differ from person to person. Wait, I can abate your doubts. Those factors are excess weight, family history of OA, gender, occupation, life style, digestion, trauma etc. It’s always better to make hay while sun shines. So, keep a healthy weight as well as follow a healthy diet and exercise for prevention of different types of arthritis and rheumatism.

What if i am Suffering from OA?
OA does not get a complete cure. Instead, we can manage the pain and further progression of the disease to a greater extend. Initial step is to reduce pain and inflammation by medicine, incorporating simple movement exercises, some other external therapies, reducing the contributing causes, and proper rest before going for any surgical procedure.

Simple exercises are important as the saying goes like “rolling stone gathers no moss”. Switch down the exercise pattern like running to walking and swimming, yoga etc. Apply hot bag to the affected joints. Give adequate rest for the painful joints. Losing some amount of weight helps to decrease the symptoms. 

Arthritis treatment also includes bone removal procedures for reducing the size of spur. Bone fusion may be suggested for severely deteriorated joints. The last resort in allopathic medicine is total joint replacement.

In Ayurveda, we can correlate the disease as Sandhigatha Vaatha. The treatment modalities include dhanyamla dhara, podikkizhi, ilakizhi, abhyanga and swedana, lepana, thaila dhara, njavara kizhi, and janu vasthi. Ayurveda offers many herbal treatments as internal medication too. These plants have an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic property which reduces the vitiated Vaatha Dosha and gives proper nourishments to the joint and body. Ayurvedic healing includes the practice meditation along with medicine as it keeps the body in normality and reduces the physical changes like inflammation and pain.

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