October 11th, 2012

Boost Immunity with Herbs

You can surely preserve your health herb wise. To feel the difference this season, go herbal. But before you get indulge, read on the beneficial factors of these herbs. Amla, known as Indian gooseberry, is the richest and best source of vitamin C. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, albumin, cellulose, fibre, carbohydrate, sugar and water. It helps reduce all the three body humours—vatta, pitta and kapha, or the air, fire and phlegm; which, when aggravated above their normal limits, cause a disease. The special properties of rejuvenation and revitalising of the entire body systems makes amla highly beneficial for increasing the body’s resistance power. Turmeric is recommended

October 11th, 2012

Protect Yourself From Seasonal Maladies

Even after the prevention plan, if in any case you get infected with common maladies, here are the best kept remedies to treat and protect your health. Soothe a sore throat • To treat a sore throat, gargle. In 250ml glass of warm water mix in a teaspoon of salt and gargle. The salt will soothe the pain. You can also squeeze lemon juice in a glass of warm water and gargle to ward off cold as it creates an acidic environment hostile to bacteria and viruses. • Sip chicken soup to combat a cold. It offers more than comfort for colds and flu as it stops certain white blood cells – neutrophils – from congregating and causing inflammation, which in turn triggers the body to

October 11th, 2012

Plan Prevention In Change of Season

To avoid flu and seasonal ailments, you need to enhance your immunity. And to achieve it you must follow this plan of prevention: Eat simple and call for ‘C’ factor during change of seasons as it can be difficult for your immune health. Ayurveda explains eating home cooked food, which is freshly made and green vegetables like lauki, karela, tinda, parwal enhance your digestion, which is boosts your immune health. Also, take a supplement or have fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C, before the onset fresh season. Try starting your day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice to detox your body system. Watch the water you drink as water can get contaminated because of many reasons and

August 23rd, 2012

10 Tips to Prevent Flu in the Change of Season

This time of the year, when everyone around you is sneezing or coughing, it seems that it is just not possible to escape flu. Agreed, flu is terribly contagious, still you can prevent it. Believe me, like all things in life, you just need to plan right and stick to the plan. Keep reading to learn more, as My Health Guardian has come with a 10 tips prevention plan. Follow it religiously to enhance your immunity to stay healthy in this flu season. 1. Wash your hands. Bacteria and viruses make you ill by finding a way into your body through physical contact so never eat without washing your hands. Also never miss to wash it even after public transportation or coming in contact of any of

February 28th, 2011

What’s There in Your Anti-cold Medicine

Leave a cold and it will get well in seven days. Treat it and it’s going to take a week to get cured. Still, most of us do rely on over-the-counter cold medicines to get fast relief from cold and cold like symptoms.  Since, cold takes a week to get well on its own, over the counter medicines aim at providing symptomatic relief. These symptoms are: body ache, headache, running nose, sore throat and nasal congestion. Let’s find what’s there in your cold medicine? Paracetamol All of us have experienced body aches with cold. Hence, all cold relievers—over the counter or prescription will have a pain relieving ingredient in it, mostly in the form of paracetamol which is one of

February 23rd, 2011

Breeze through Change of Seasons

Now, the weather god has decided to show small mercies on us but the weather is not as gentle as it looks. In fact, it is deceivingly cold as evenings and mornings become colder and days are warm. No wonder, this time of the year so many people are forced to avail sick leaves. The top five illnesses that keep the doctors busy as the weather changes from cold to warm are sniffles, more sniffles (allergic rhinitis and asthma) gastro-intestinal disturbances, chicken pox, joint pain and the ever present viral fever. 1. Respiratory distress: Sudden sneezing jags; recurrent sniffles and watery eyes mean that you are suffering from allergic rhinitis. This condition impersonates symptoms of

January 14th, 2010

Cure Cold at Home

Recurrent cough and cold could be due to sudden whether changes and pollution, and are normal and bearable. But sometimes your body has a real tough time warding off the cold viruses which might even lead to acute respiratory illness. Before taking recourse to the medications try out these simple remedies to cure cold the natural way. This typical condition, in a mild or severe form, doesn’t leave anyone untouched. At times, it can be debilitating and if not treated on time could lead to bad cough, fever and acute respiratory infection. Best if you have simple remedies ready right at home. First of all, avoid catching cold  Be well clad Try to stay away from people with cold and

October 30th, 2009

Outsmart Swine Flu

    Just like humans get flu, pigs get it too, hence the name ‘swine flu’. In the past only humans who were in direct contact with pigs could get infected with this virus, but in the present outbreak the virus has mutated which allows it to pass from human to human with reduced virulence.   Symptoms are similar to influenza like condition— • Sore throat • Chills • Body ache • Severe headache • Coughing • Weakness Every year the change of weather is followed by increased episodes of flu and flu like conditions. This year there is a new bug doing the rounds of the town called H1N1 virus or swine flu. D r Sushila Kataria, senior Internal Consultant with Paras Hospitals,

October 20th, 2009

Fight Flu with Vitamin C

   Why flu flourishes in winter has baffled scientists for long? Finally, they have found the answer, which lies in the flu virus itself. It is more stable and stays in the air longer when air is cold and dry, the exact conditions for much of the flu season. WHO has also warned that the episodes of swine flu will surge in winter. Flu is a highly contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. The virus enters the body’s airway through mucous membranes in the nose, eyes or mouth. Symptoms of flu are much like the common cold—body aches, cough, fatigue, headache,, hot and cold sweats. How can I safeguard myself from flu? • Since flu viruses are often transmitted by way of

September 22nd, 2009

10 Foods for Robust Immunity

    Seasonal change and flu go hand in hand. With change of weather there will be increased incidences of sneezes, sniffles, cold and cough, more sick leaves and lost work days. However, you just don’t need to endure this year after year, because we’ve talked to holistic health experts on the best natural supplements to bolster your immunity. By now, if you’ve been reading this space, you must be aware of the terms like viruses and bacteria. The easiest way to outsmart these nasty bugs is to bolster your immunity. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts in this process. This involves eating right, sleeping well, and staying active along with managing stress. However, there are many

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