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In this page you can...

*       Build up a good health with giving 15 minutes attention in your day life for something you left unnoticed... HOW?

*       Possess a good heart.  Know your heart and know the simple methods to avoid all heart diseases... HOW?

*      Avoid heart attack by drinking hot water, really??... HOW?

*    Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index).  People talk about (BMI).  You know... HOW?

*       Reduce 20 pounds from your weight! There are 20 more reasons... HOW and WHY?

*      Simply quit smoking!  I know smoking is dangerous than we think.  Read how simply some people quit smoking... HOW?

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Body is yours, Keep it healthy!


Experts offer tips on keeping that get-fit resolution.  Experts at the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) offer advice to help older Americans stay with the program in 2007.

To begin, schedule 15 minutes a day for the next four days to plan how you're going to get started. You can boost your motivation by getting a friend involved or by starting a club at your community center or place of worship.

Here are 10 tips for active, healthy aging:

Buy a good pair of shoes. Comfortable, well-fitting shoes are essential. Foot pain is not a normal part of aging, says the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Play games to keep your brain sharp. There are many different kinds of games -- such as trivia, memory and math -- and skill levels to suit all kinds of people. Games can also be a fun way to spend time with others.

Go for walks, which will help improve lower body strength, maintain mobility and help prevent cognitive decline. Start easy and gradually increase your speed and distance. If you rely on a cane, walker or wheelchair, you can ask a friend to join you for outings.

Do balance exercises to help you with everyday activities, such as reaching into cupboards. Good balance also helps prevent falls. Many exercise classes for older adults include balance training.

Get your eyes checked. A study published this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly all vision impairment in a large group of people older than 60 years could be improved with corrective lenses.

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Increase your physical activity. This can include yard and house work, walking to the store, or playing ball with the neighbor children. Make a weekly walking date with a friend, join a wellness center, community center, or a health club with programs geared to your interests and needs.

Nurture relationships with family, friends and neighbors. These kinds of social connections are good for your emotional well-being.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Laugh a lot. Laughing increases circulation, immune system defenses and mental function.

Get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, make a few changes such as: skipping daytime naps; adopting a nighttime routine; starting a regular exercise program. Changing habits does more to improve sleep than taking medications.

You don't have to do all these things at once, the ICAA said. Start trying them over the next few months.

 

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Here is a chat, arranged by WIPRO for its employees, with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore. The transcript of the chat is given below with a hop that it will be useful for everyone.


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Qn: What are the five thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

Ans:   1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil.

2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime.

3. Quit smoking

4. Control weight

5. Control blood pressure and sugar

 

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No.


Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.


Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes.


Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.


Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints.


Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.


Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare.


Qn: Does cholestrol accumulate right from an early age (20's) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

 

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

 

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.


Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans: Best food is fruits worst are oil.


Qn: Which oil is better - gingili, groundnut, sunflower, saffola, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad; the so-called best oil company has the largest marketing budget.

 

Qn: What is the routine checkup should go through? Is there specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

 

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position, put an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

 

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

 

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems?

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

 

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.


Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans: Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child.

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Q n: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans: When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

 

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans: Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

 

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans: No.

 

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans: No.

 

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans: Fried food like Kentucky, McDonalds, Samosas, and even Masala Dosas.

 

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

 

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans: No.


Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans: Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans: No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

 

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans: Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

 

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.


Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans: Diet, exercise, drugs on time. Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

 

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans: No.

 

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans: There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.


Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans: No.

 

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

Ans: Nature protects women till the age of 45.

 

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans: Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke, and go for a health checkup if you are past the age of 30 for at least once in two years.

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HEART ATTACKS AND DRINKING WARM WATER

(Read this...It could save your life!)

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about heart attacks. This makes sense.. the Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals...not cold water...maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!

 
Nothing to lose, everything to gain...

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.


A serious note about heart attacks: You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.  60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive...


A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this information passes to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life!
 

And from now; I, M. Sadique request you to take care of your health, Work Joyfully and enjoy your Life.... Make your life Beeaautiful!!

 

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Have you heard about the two little kids in a hospital who were lying next to each other? The first kid leans over and asked, "What are you in here for?"
The second kid said," I'm in here to get my tonsils out and I'm a little nervous."
The first kid said," You've got nothing to worry about, I had that done to me once. They put you to sleep and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream. It's a piece of cake!"
The second kid then asked, "What are you in here for?"
The first kid responded, "Well, I'm here for a circumcision."
The second kid said, "Whoa! I had that done when I was born. I couldn't walk for a year!"
 

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A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch.  "I couldn't help noticing how happy you look," she said. "What's your secret for a long happy life?"
"I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day," he said. "I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise."
"That's amazing," the woman said. "How old are you?"
"Twenty-six," he said.

 

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BMI

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is a calculation based on a person's height and weight. The result indicates whether a person is underweight, normal, overweight or obese.

Click here to find out what is your BMI?

 

Two psychologists meet at their twentieth college reunion. One of them looks like he just graduated, while the other psychologist looks old, worried and withered.

The older looking one asks the other, "What's your secret? Listening to other people's problems every day, all day long, for years on end, has made an old man of me."

The younger looking one replies, "Who listens?!"

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20 Reasons to Drop 20 Pounds (For Men)


Number 10. You'll literally get closer to women. See 19 more!
 
  

1. Because you whine that you need to. Have you ever been wrong about anything?

2. Twenty pounds of warm human fat can refill every bottle in an empty case of beer, with enough left over to fill your blender.

3. The statement "There's more of me to love" has an actual bedroom translation of "There's more of me to endure."

4. It's not scaling Everest or writing the great American novel. You can do it in your spare time.

5. You'll speak of toaster pastries the way you talk about that dirty blonde from the blues bar in Berkeley, another whiskey-soaked lament over a love too great to last.

6. It's the difference between being thought of as jolly or witty.

7. You'll lose weight everywhere, including the suprapubic fat pad at the base of your penis. So as your belly shrinks, something else appears to grow.

8. Decreased: your chances of developing heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, sleep apnea, depression, back pain, impotence, gallstones, joint problems, high blood pressure, low sperm counts, and an impressive collection of prescription-drug bottles.

9. Increased: your chances of putting four fingers on a basketball rim.

10. You'll literally get closer to women.

11. Holy sh— . . . abs!

12. Men who lose weight never have less sex. They may not have more, mind you, but they never have less.

13. You'll shock the world at your local pool by being the only "big splash" champ to win the "little splash" crown.

14. Research shows that since you'll have less weight propelling you into the windshield, you'll also have less risk of dying when your car hits a semi.

15. Every time you pick up a 20-pound dumbbell, you'll remember.

16. You'll be able to reach even more places to scratch.

17. The clothing cliche: It's liberating the first time your pants fall down by themselves.

18. More pullups, because there's less to pull up.

19. Wait till you ride a WaveRunner, quad, or snowmobile when you're 20 pounds lighter. Vroom, baby.

20. In our society, people respect weight loss. Even if you do nothing cool or interesting or memorable for the rest of your life, you'll have done that.

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Special Guides: Stop Smoking

Snuff Your Smoking Habit!

In August, the Massachusetts Department of Health reported that the level of nicotine in cigarettes had increased 10 percent, making it easier for people to get hooked and harder for them to quit. We asked MSN Health & Fitness readers what they thought of this new finding, and we received many tips for how to successfully quit the habit. Here is a sampling of their responses. (Some posts may have been edited.)

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Workout! I quit last year and started to workout. As a result I lost 50 pounds and it has been over a year since my last cigarette. Seriously, though, while it may be hard to quit and start working out, it is highly recommended. It gives your body a natural high as opposed to what a cigarette gives you. Plus it gives you motivation for why you shouldn't smoke. When you are winded during a workout think of that the next time you want to light up.

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A few years ago while I was a senior at university I took a yoga class and inadvertently quit smoking. It wasn't hard, it may just be my psyche but I really just stopped one day and didn't buy another pack, that was six years ago.

I smoked for over 15 years and after many attempts I was able to finally do it a year ago. I began to exercise and eat better. After getting past the physical withdraws (72 hours) it becomes a mental challenge. Positive reinforcement from yourself and those who support your decision will help.

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The easiest way is to quit is to quit cold turkey. When you have a desire to smoke go jog somewhere, take a walk, chew sunflower seeds or suck a lollipop. … For the first week at least change your surroundings by staying away from people in your group who smoke. Make your husband or wife smoke in the other room or outside. No parties or heavy drinking for your resolves will crumble after a few Margaritas. … The main thing about quitting smoking and the most important thing is you have got to have the desire to quit. And I mean a desire greater than the want for one of those cancer sticks.

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I recently quit smoking. It wasn't easy. I smoked for five years. Keeping a list handy of reasons to quit was helpful for me. I made copies and kept one in my purse, one on my computer monitor at work, one on the fridge, and one on the back door (the smoking grounds).

I practiced Lamaze style breathing until the craving passed. I even timed how closely the cravings were spaced, paying close attention to where a craving started until the time it passed, and where the next craving started. Each time I did this and was successful in not reacting to the craving it would pass. I started to feel like I could win the battle and it actually became a game. I haven't smoked once in over five years now.

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The best way I found to quit was cut back a couple each day. I did it till one morning I had my first cig, and it made me dizzy. And then I knew I had enough nicotine out of my system to go for it. It worked. I am one-year free from them. Sorry I ever had the first one. I smoked for 50 years. If I can do it anyone can.

I recently quit smoking after 35 years of doing so. Even though I knew the health factors, the economic of it was what did the trick for me. I figured it to be about $1,500 per year.

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