Friday, 28 September 2018

Natural Remedies for Viral Fever

One of my best friends Sujata who would always come up with something funny to say and crack me up, sounded very strange when she called me a couple of weeks ago. Her voice was weak, trembling and coarse. I instantly knew the cause of it. I asked her to come over as soon as possible. Her husband drove her to my clinic. When I saw her, she appeared weaker than what I imagined from her voice. She was suffering from viral fever, which is a pretty common in monsoon.

It's very easy to detect viral fever, just check for the following symptoms: sore throat, body pain, cough, and a runny nose. Sometimes, the fever can also lead to diarrhoea and vomiting.  I am sharing our discussion during which I recommended her some natural remedies which worked very well for her. I hope it helps you too.

Dr Nidhi : So Sujata, how are you feeling?

Sujata : First I had a sore throat and I knew I would be suffering from cold so I took few precautions but I soon got a temperature and lost all the strength in my body. What do you think it is?

Dr Nidhi: It's viral fever.

Sujata: Oh dear, is it contagious. I am worried about my kids.

Dr Nidhi: If proper precautions are not taken, it can pass on to your kids.
First of all make sure that the handkerchief that you use for coughing and clearing your nose is properly disinfected. Make sure that no one comes too close to you and your bed sheets and clothes are regularly changed. This will prevent the germs from affecting any of your family members. For the germs inside you here are some natural remedies.

tulsi leave tea

1. Tulsi Leaves

Their anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties make Tulsi leaves an effective solution for viral fever. Boil some tulsi leaves in clean water, add half a spoon of clove powder and let the solution boil till the water shrinks to half. Drinking this mix at regular intervals can help you to fight off the infection faster.

coriander tea

2. Coriander Tea

It definitely sounds soothing to drink tea when you’re down with cold and fever. If you can make tea with coriander seeds, you’ll be surprised at how effectively it can boost your immune system too. Coriander seeds contain vitamins, antibiotic compounds and potent volatile oils, which help in reducing the symptoms of your viral infection. You can add one tablespoon of coriander seeds to one glass of water, boil it and allow it to cool. Strain the water and add sugar for a healthy and curing tea.

fenugreek water

3. Fenugreek Water

Commonly available ingredients in the kitchen, Methi seeds are a reservoir of medicinal compounds that have the capabilities to treat viral fever and other infections. If you want to opt for holistic health care, fenugreek seeds are a great solution for a healthy body. Soak one tablespoon of seeds in half a cup of water overnight. In the morning, strain the solution and drink the water at regular intervals. You can also add some lemon or honey to the water for added benefits.

Ginger and honey

4. Ginger and Honey 

If you want some instant relief from the symptoms of viral fever, ginger is a magic ingredient due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Consume dry ginger along with some honey and you’ll feel much better in no time. You can also make tea with ginger and honey to feel better.

neem leaves

5. Neem

Neem has been used for holistic health care in traditional medicine and has countless benefits. Though all parts of the Neem tree are useful for holistic health treatments, the bark is considered most effective to treat viral fever.

Sujata: Thank you doctor. I was so worried about this disease. People say strange things about high power medicines and drowsy cough syrups but your remedies are so easy to make and administer.

Dr Nidhi: That's the beauty of integrated healthcare in Pune; it gives you relief without the risk of any side-effects. These natural remedies offer instant relief and keep your body feeling better and healthy for the long term. They also help in enhancing our immune system so that we are less prone to catch these infections in the future.
Sujata recovered rapidly during the next week. Thanks to her loving and caring family who followed all the instructions and kept her warm. This is how with simple home based remedies you can cure something as serious as viral fever.
I hope this information was useful to all of you.
Happy Healing

Monday, 17 September 2018

All You Wanted to Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

At the prime of his life when he was ready to take the challenges of life head on and make a difference, Abhimanya was being pulled back by his disease. He was suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS). It had already been 3 years since it was first diagnosed and the situation was getting worst by the day. The frequency of stools was 5-7 times a day, he had flatulence and heaviness of abdomen and was  losing weight every month. Sometimes he would even see blood present in his stools.

He came to know about the fascinating benefits of holistic health treatments and contacted my holistic health care center. I have shared our conversation in the lieu of throwing light on this syndrome and it’s remedies.

Dr Nidhi: I see in your reports that you have under gone a colonoscopy and endoscopy just a couple of month ago.

Abhimanyu: I was in excruciating pain, so the doctor suggested the test.

Dr Nidhi: But the results came normal, that’s bewildering.

Abhimanyu: Yes, it is. My symptoms stayed the same. Everyone almost thought that it was a self induced problem. That it was all in my mind.

Dr Nidhi: Tell me about your eating habits, what do you like to eat and often end up eating?

Abhimanyu: Well I usually eat up eating what I like. So it’s mostly spicy non vegetarian food and sweets.

Dr Nidhi: Ok, and how’s your work environment?

Abhimanyu: The work is mostly hectic, it’s one of the main reasons behind my unhealthy food habits.

Dr Nidhi: So, I guess  we have successfully found out the cause of your problem the solution to which is also simple. Don’t worry I won’t be suggesting you to leave your job, abandoned your social ties and live a life of a hermit in a jungle.
But there are some small lifestyle changes that can help you immensely. Things like yoga, meditation also a healthy diet and a regular sleeping pattern.

Abhimanyu: I guess it’s about time I start doing it. I will start it as soon as possible.

Dr Nidhi: Soon is good Abhimanyu. But now is great. I will give you some home remedies that will get you started right now, you can pick up the ingredient on your way back home.

1. Have one banana with yogurt every morning. The low fructose content of banana and probiotic action of yogurt it relieves the symptom of IBS.

a banana and yogurt

2. Have pinch of grated ginger before meals. It has anti inflammatory properties so it helps in healing the gut .

grated ginger

3. Rice with ghee is another soothing agent for stomach so have it daily in lunch.

rice with ghee

4. Keep sipping on water  with coriander leaves and peppermint leaves as it works like coolant for stomach acids.

water with coriander leaves

5. Have one spoon fennel seeds with raw coconut post meals as fennel is one of the best digestive aids for ages.

 Fennel seeds and coconut

6. Have turmeric in plain water at bedtime as it helps in reducing the inflammation of gut.

turmeric in water

7. Eat frequent small meals and on specific time everyday.

small meals

8. You can also join laughter club, dance or Zumba classes to pepp up your spirits to reduce stress which is the main cause of IBS .

laughter club

Abhimanyu: Wow, I did not know there were so many things that I could do to improve my condition.  This is why integrated health care is so amazing. I thought I would have to go on an abject diet and give up everything that I like and become a gym freak but your remedies sounds more like a healthy vacation.

Dr Nidhi: (laughs) Well that’s a great way to look at it. We have always tried to make our patients more confident about change and you seem to have embraced it quite confidently.

Abhimanyu: Thank you doctor.

In the following months Abhimanyu followed the above remedies and shifted to a healthier lifestyle. His bowel syndrome ceased to exist and since then he had no irritation but a smile on his face. I thought of sharing his experience since this syndrome is quite common in our society due to the unhealthy lifestyle that we embrace. I hope this information was useful to you.

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalized! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Positive Parenting Tips to Help Your Kid's Aggression

Are you baffled by your child’s aggressive behavior? Though it might be one of the toughest phases to face as a parent, you should know that you’re not alone. Only yesterday I come across a family who was going through this same hassle. Fortunately, their belief in holistic health treatments brought them to me. As tough as it may seem, I think that with just a few simple tips you can try to control your child’s rage.

We all have heard that children can be aggressive at times. But when your angel suddenly starts to hit, push or growl at others, it is natural to be concerned. In this blog I shall reveal, through the conversation I had with the family at my clinic an integrated healthcare in Pune, some useful tips to keep your kids expression in control.

Mr Narayan: His fits of anger are growing with every passing day. Earlier he used to get angry in the cute childish way like all the children do. But he would also quickly succumb to our cajoling and be cheerful again. However recently, he is angry for a longer period and has also started to break things.

an angry kid

Dr Nidhi: I would ask you to Recognize the Reasons behind the Aggression, Research suggests that one of the primary emotions behind aggression is a feeling of helplessness. If your kid is directing his aggression towards you, maybe you are exercising too much control over your child. I don’t mean this in a negative way. Your control may come out of love and you always wish to assure his safety hence he keep regulating every aspect of his life.

Mrs Narayan: Yes doctor you’re right; because we tend to get a little paranoid about his safety we tend to impose a lot of restriction. So how should we remedy this?

Dr Nidhi: You can try giving your child more power by choice as your relationship can benefit immensely from this freedom. When children are aggressive towards other children, it is because they can’t express their feelings to get what they want. The key is to teach them to express their desires without resorting to means like hitting or yelling.

Mr Narayan: Indeed, we should give him more choices. But, what about his behavior doctor?

a mother talking to her kid

Dr Nidhi: Once you accept their feelings, the behaviors are automatically curbed. When our kids get angry, it is important to first acknowledge their feelings. One of the best ways of diffusing negative emotions is to recognize them. For instance, a simple sentence like, “You look really upset” can make a big impact.

If you can catch your kid’s emotion when they are getting upset, make sure to let them know that you understand how they feel. However, it is important to note that even though you empathize with their feelings, you don’t agree with their behaviour.

I would like you to ask a question, do you hit your kid?

Mr Narayan: Occasionally when he gets impossible, he leaves no other option. I know it’s not right, but it’s really hard to see him like that and not be able do something about.

a father hitting his kid

Dr Nidhi: I understand but you should always Use Your Words, Not Your Hands. It can be easy to slip into the trap of using your hands to regulate your child’s behaviour. However, the minute you do so, you’re teaching them exactly the opposite of what you want to.

Rather, use your words so they know that there are other tools like words available to portray anger and you don’t always have to hit or scream. For example, if your child has hit you, say ‘Ouch, no hitting. You seem really angry about something. Please tell me in words.’ This conveys that you care about their feelings but you won’t be a victim of physical violence.

Mrs Narayan: I do the ‘Ouch, no hitting’ part but not quite often.

a mother talking to her kid

Dr Nidhi: Well Consistency is the Key. It can be exhausting to be a positive parent to an aggressive child. However, remember that consistency is an important step for the holistic health care of your little one.

Children can be confused if you are okay when they push their friend one day and get really mad when they do it the next time. Make sure you have established certain ground rules and you stick with them at all times. Always be consistent when he misbehaves and try to set an example with our own positive behaviour.

Mr & Mrs Narayan: Thank you doctor this has been really great. We didn’t know there were so many things that we were doing wrong, no wonder our kid was getting angrier by the day. We shall do everything that you have suggested.

So, how do you think the conversation went? Did it help you identify the places where you were going wrong. Let me know what you think about it.

Lastly, you can also prevent future aggression by helping children balance their good hormones. Holistic health treatments encourage skipping, jumping, swimming, bouncing a ball, jumping, etc. Managing aggressive behavior is a tough and time-consuming job.

You will need the support of your friends and family and experts so that your child is calmer and happier. If you still can’t manage your child’s aggressive behavior, it may be time to consult his paediatrician or a holistic health care specialist for other solutions. Feel free to see me at Dr Nidhi’s PHCC – an integrated healthcare solution in Pune!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

8 Natural Remedies for PCOD

As soon as Lavanya entered my clinic with her mother, I could feel that something was an issue – she was an 18 year old girl weighing 80 Kgs and breathless from a walk from her car to my clinic. She even stopped to catch her breath in the middle of our discussion which alarmed me even more.
Lavanya was suffering from PCOD.

It is one of the most common occurrences in women. According to a research one in every 10 women is suffering from PCOD today. It stands for Polycystic Ovary Disorder; or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The term implies the formation of multiple cysts in the ovaries. Although it’s a hormonal disorder and the exact cause of this disease is hitherto unknown, it can be treated with holistic health care.
Over the years I have treated teenagers, newly married and middle aged women suffering from PCOD with my integrated healthcare in Pune.
It often takes time to understand the condition since the symptoms differ with the person. Some ladies show one set of symptoms while othersa different set. The condition is worsened by unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Lavanya was also afflicted with unhealthy eating habits and dullness.
She is not the one to be blamed. The technology, which allows us to sit at one place and go through all the entertainment in the world, is at fault. Parents and teachers should push their kids to indulge in more physical activity. It shouldn’t always be as strict as a badminton class where the kids are compelled to keep their schedule and derive little to no pleasure from it. Parents should be enthusiastic enough to take their kids on regular outings and make exercise a family time. Let’s go back to Lavanya.
After I took her history, I came to know that she had irregular periods since the time she first started menstruating(menarche). Also due to her over eating habits and eternal love for sweets, she had gained a considerable weight. She hadalso become more irritable,dull and restless in the last few years. Her face had acne and overgrowth of hair (hirsutism) which contributed to her lack of confidence.
Luckily, her mom believes in holistic health treatments and natural medicines and hence decided to bring her daughter to me.
I knew if she switches to a healthier diet and exercise, her condition would improve rapidly. I suggested a few home remedies and lifestyle changes and the results were great.Lavanya and her mother could not be happier.
We may not know what causes PCOD, but we know this for sure that it grows rapidly in an unhealthy body. Hence it needs holistic health treatments.There are so many Lavanyas out there who are struggling with this condition. If you know someone around you, who is suffering from PCOD, I would like to share the remedies that Isuggested to Lavanya

1. Have ajwain and methi water at bedtime to maintain the insulin level in your body.

 ajwain and methi water

2. Drink twelve glasses of water every day. It aids your digestion and helps move nutrients to the cell.

a woman drinking water

3. Avoid milk and milk products as it increases the inflammation. Fulfil the calcium requirements with broccoli,spinach, kale, sesame seeds etc.

milk products are asked to avoid at PHCC

4. Stay active all day long by indulging with workouts such as yoga, dance, pranayametc.

a woman exercising at PHCC pune

5. Have lukewarm water with ginger, honey and a pinch of cinnamon and turmeric every Morning to reduce the inflammation 

natural remedies suggested at phcc

6. Have one teaspoon coconut oil every day first thing in the morning

coconut oil

7. Have lukewarm water with apple cider vinegar and honey 

apple cider vinegar and water

8. Avoid bread and bakery products

bakery products not allowed

With the above remedies and exercise PCOD can not only be controlled but treated to its core. Also not to forget it’s important to stay cheerful and relaxed, situation like these get better when the patient is stress free. I hope this blog was helpful for all of you.

For more information and a one to one session visit me at my clinic at Viman Nagar.

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Causes of Obesity in Children and Natural ways to fight it

When a ten year old Kritika entered my clinic she was already limping due to her 70kg weight and by the moment she sat in front of me she was breathless already —hardly 50 steps and this condition!!! Is this what we call love for our children????
Unfortunately, childhood obesity has become an epidemic today. It has significantly impacted the physical and psychological health of our children. As per research, obese children have a higher chance of staying obese as they turn adults. They might also develop diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases at a younger age compared to non-obese children.
 According to WHO, there are nearly 43 million overweight kids under the age of 5. By 2020, nearly 60% of diseases around the globe will be because of obesity. Don’t get too worried as these are just research statistics. But yes, every day in my clinic I see minimum three children moving towards obesity and parents being helpless as the habits we inculcate since their birth are now showing its repercussions. Integrated health care can help parents like you deal with child obesity. Let me make you understand how we can do it holistically!

Causes of Obesity in Children- 

The most common causes of childhood obesity include genetic factors, inadequate physical activity, and unhealthy eating patterns. In rare cases, childhood obesity may be a result of medical conditions like hormone problems.

a kid eating a burger

A poor diet containing higher levels of fat and sugar and comparatively fewer nutrients may result in kids gaining weight quickly. Parents should pay close attention to the eating habits of their children and overall lifestyle to reduce obesity and ensure holistic health care for their little ones.

Natural Remedies and Holistic Health Treatments: Healthy Eating

When you go food shopping, choose fruits and vegetables over crackers, cookies and other prepared snacks which are often high in fats and calories.

 fruit salad

Try to prepare food with fun element e.g. make cartoon faces on a plate with the help of fruits or salads, it will attract the kids and shift them to healthy items. Limit sweetened beverages and fast food as they offer lower nutritional values and higher calories rather give them fresh lemon juice with gur or make zoodles out of vegetables along with herbs for it will activate their taste buds and boost their immune system.

a family eating in front of T.V

You should also consider sitting down together for family meals and avoid distractions like TV or mobile phones. Remember to serve appropriate portions – children don’t need as much food as adults. Restaurant food can be an option once a month rather than every weekend.

Kitchen Secrets

How about adding honey to milk instead of sugar??? It is sweet plus it will calm down the hyperactive brains of your super child and help them sleep peacefully. There are other benefits of honey too; adding honey to your child’s diet can help in burning fat and excess calories. So the next time whenever your child demands energy, give lukewarm water with honey and ginger.

a mother stirring a juice in a glass

Other measures that can be taken on a day to day basis are:

Encourage your children to drink warm water 30 minutes before and after their meals to lose weight. Tomatoes and cucumber with black pepper and lemon are good for liver and kidney so try it half an hour before meals.

chapattis stuffed with vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are high in fibre but none of the kids like it so give it to them either in form of soup or stuff it in chapattis. The chapattis will make them fell full for a longer period. This helps in reducing the need to indulge in fast food. Fennel seeds also help in treating childhood obesity by limiting food cravings. Make a powder of carom seeds and fennel seeds along with raw coconut and give it to them post meals to chew it well. It helps in fast digestion and also suppresses their cravings.

Physical Activity

In today’s tech world every child is hyperactive isn’t it??? That activity is only on the mental level as far as the physical level is considered there’s hardly any activity. When we say holistic health care is a solution to reduce childhood obesity we don’t mean only diet rather we aim to channelize the child’s energy towards physical activity.

children playing with their mother

For being active helps in reducing weight, strengthening bones and muscles, and burning calories. It also supports better sleep and promotes alertness during the day. Try to limit TV and screen time to 1 hour for toddlers and not more than 2 hours for older kids. Encourage free-play activity like hide-and-seek, jump rope, slides and swings, etc. You can also take part in activities with your child and as a family make it a fun activity so that they look forward to it.

Remember that integrated healthcare in Pune is all about a healthy lifestyle for your little ones. Holistic health treatments are always better than medications and thus, as parents, you should try your best to offer a healthy and nutritious diet for your children. Together, we can fight childhood obesity and look forward to a healthy future for our nation.

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.

Monday, 23 July 2018

The Role of Homeopathy in Treating Illnesses like Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.

We all have our reservations about homeopathy, whether it’s effective enough? Whether it’s fast enough? Whether it cures completely?
My friend was no different; he had a little doubt himself. Which I tried to resolved during our conversation. I am sharing with you all, the highlights of our conversation. Hope it clear your doubts too.

Pravin: I can understand about cough and cold but can we trust homeopathy with the serious diseases?

Dr Nidhi: Homeopathy is an alternative medicinal practice that has shown positive results for millions of patients. It is a holistic health care solution that offers treatments for a number of diseases, right from allergies and skin disorders to thyroid, anxiety and serious illnesses like cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

person being treated with homeopathic means

Key Facts About Homeopathy:
  •  Homeopathic physicians assess a patient, recognize the symptoms and then match them with the right medicine. Doctors grade symptoms as per their intensity and frequency and then assign specific remedies.
  • Homeopathic medicine works on the ‘like cures like’ principle
  • Since homeopathy offers holistic health treatments, doctors study the patient’s complete lifestyle, background and behaviors. There is also prominence to emotional symptoms that might contribute towards an ailment. For instance, emotional stress can lead to tension headaches or lack of sleep can cause digestive issues.      
  • Homeopathic medicines are prepared by diluting the mother tincture over and over for several times to make a potent mixture. A diluted mixture may be thought of less effective but it is believed that with every dilution the mixture gets stronger.
  • In homeopathy all medicines work on individual basis, hence there is no generalization of medicines.

Pravin:  What about cancer how can homeopathy play its role in fighting cancer?

a person being treated at a hospital

Dr Nidhi: Homeopathy is one of the most common complementary therapies used by cancer patients around the world. It is a completely different medicine compared to the conventional cancer treatments. It is recommended to use this treatment alongside the conventional medicine to get maximum benefits. Homeopathy is promoted as a natural way to help patients relax, cope with the anxiety, stress and depression of the disease and control the symptoms and side effects like pain, tiredness and sickness. It can also help to boost the immune system so that patients can fight the disease better.

Pravin:  Okay, so unlike popular believe homeopathy is not a substitute to cancer medicines but rather a complementary therapy.

Dr Nidhi: Yes absolutely. But homeopathy doesn’t always complement the conventional medicines. There are diseases where homeopathy was alone able to fight it off. One good example is Diabetes. 

Pravin: Really? My uncle suffers from diabetes; please tell me how I can help him?

a person drinking green juice

Dr Nidhi: Diabetes is a growing concern in the world. According to WHO, India will have 80 million diabetic patients by 2030. Homeopathy uses the process known as individualization for holistic health care of diabetic patients. It treats the patient and not the disease by understanding his/her emotions, family history, sleep habits, mental reactions, and individual preferences. It offers Jambol seeds, Insulinum, and Uranium Nitricum for dealing with high blood sugar levels.

Pravin: That’s great! I can easily get access to these natural remedies and slowly start changing his unhealthy life style. Along with diabetes he also suffers from hypertension which has increased since his medical report.

Dr Nidhi: High blood pressure, also known as hypertension can put your heart and circulatory system at risk. It is often called the silent killer. Homeopathy has been used in conjunction with conventional medicine since the last 2000 years and helps patients with the necessary lifestyle changes and integrated healthcare in Pune to reduce the effects of diabetes.

Compared to allopathic medicines that offer instant results that aren’t long-lasting, homeopathy medicine shows results slowly over time but ensures long-term results. Homeopathy doesn’t work in a superficial manner. Instead, it helps the body and mind to get back to its natural efficient self. Belladonna, Natrum Mur, Glonoine, Rauwolfia, and Nux Vomica are some of the most effective homeopathic medicines for high BP.

Pravin: This has been a real revelation Nidhi. I can confidently say that this talk has helped me get rid of most of doubts. I know its role and its incredible contribution in the field of health care.

I hope this blog has helped you understand the important role that homeopathy plays in the health sector. It has proved vital in fighting in some disease whereas proved an effective complementary therapy in a life threatening diseases.

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

7 Tips to Live Long and Live Healthy

Yesterday as I was enjoying my tea at my favourite restaurant, I met an old friend of mine. We talked about college, married life and like any other conversation we found ourselves talking about health issues. She complaint about the pollution, adulteration in food, the reduced nutrient value and on and on.
I listened to her patiently and finally coined her the following questions

Dr Nidhi: Ever wondered how healthy are you? Do you spend ample of time exercising daily? Do you follow a healthy lifestyle and a nutritious diet? Are you getting ample of sleep? And drinking 8 glasses of water?

As expected she didn’t have a clear answer on it. This does not mean that she was at fault. It’s just that we are surrounded by so many things that claim to build our health but seldom play their part. What we need is not the plethora of things flooding the internet but few basic things.

Shreya: So how do I ensure which things to follow?

Dr Nidhi: Our body is a temple and all of us need to focus on taking good care of it. You don’t want to spend most of your life bogged down by health issues, right? The key is to take good care of your body and not take it for granted. You should opt for holistic health care, with a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle. 
Here are some vital tips to live a healthier and longer life:

    1.   Drink More Water

A girl thinking of food and drinking water

Did you know that 60% of our body is made up of water? We need water for our body to function. It helps in removing waste, carrying nutrients and oxygen around your body and maintains essential bodily functions. Drinking water can also help you in losing weight. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Why not sip one glass before you continue reading this article!

Shreya: I agree, I have a hard time keeping track of my water intake. Unlike a trek where I constantly feel thirsty because of all the exertion, at home sitting in my A.C room I rarely drink water. But I guess I should start.

Dr Nidhi: Yes, we should stay hydrated regardless of the conditions around us. Also the second important thing is.

     2.    Get Enough Sleep – 

a boy sleeping

If you aren’t getting enough rest, you’ll either compensate by eating more or resort to unhealthy medications rather than holistic health treatments. Lack of sleep can also cause premature ageing and none of us wants that! Catch up on your beauty sleep every day!

Shreya:  Yup, I think we should plan our routine better to ensure we get enough sleep.

Dr Nidhi:  Now few important things that you must do in your waking hours.

3. Exercise – 

A girl running

Don’t forget that movement is life. Research shows that daily exercises can increase our lifespan, lower the risk of diabetes, improve bone density and help in weight loss. Exercise is the key to integrated health care in Pune. Pick exercises that you enjoy and add variations to keep them interesting.

4. Eat Fruits – 

A person pealing a pomegranate

Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals. Oranges offer a lot more health benefits than Vitamin C pills. So skip your medicine cabinet and choose holistic health treatments instead that focus on healthy eating. Watermelons, strawberries, apples, guava, papaya are all highly nutritious fruits.

5. Choose Healthy Herbs

a girl drinking milk

There are various herbs and spices in our kitchens that are great for our health and well-being. They also boost immunity and keep illnesses at bay. Consider turmeric, cloves, garlic, ginger and cinnamon in your regular diets to enjoy the benefits of natural herbs.

6. Cut Down On Processed Food

A person cooking

Busy lifestyles tend to lure us towards ready foods or processed meals that may be super unhealthy for our body. The nutritional value is lost in these foods and the added preservatives can be bad for our body. A number of processed foods also contain a lot of salt, which can lead to higher blood pressures and also increase the risk of a heart disease.

7. Eat Small Meals – 

A person having four different meals

Rather than eating just two large meals, try to eat smaller meals throughout the day. You can opt for healthier snacks at work like juices or yoghurt and nuts rather than cookies or candy bars.

Shreya: This is Great! I can’t remember the last time I had such a fruitful conversation. The points that you mentioned today were all around us but you cemented it for me today. I shall take this list with me and post it on my refrigerator.

I hope this blog was useful to all of you. Remember that holistic health care begins with you and your mind. Once you set out to achieve a healthy lifestyle, no one can stop you from being fit and fabulous! Choose integrated health care in Pune over medications and you will witness a drastic change in your health – mental, emotional and physical.

Good luck!

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

How to Boost Your Kid’s Immunity Naturally?

Cold, cough and flu seem like a fact of life for kids. The rainy season isn’t too friendly for little ones as they tend to fall sick more often. However, there are smart things you can do as parents to reduce the number of sick days. The healthy habits that you adopt today can go a long way in boosting your kid’s immunity. By opting for holistic health treatments, you won’t need to visit your paediatrician every time to get some antibiotics for your little ones.

Only last week I met with a very caring and vibrant mother, Mridula, who was worried sick about her kids' health. I am sharing the highlights of our conversation that helped Mridula immensely and I am sure will help all the mothers who are worried about their kids' health especially in this rainy season

Mridula: My son Sidharth’s health had been quite well until this rainy season where he keeps falling sick. I have tried everything. I don’t let him leave the house before literally laminating him from head to toe and I also make sure he eats well and gets enough sleep; but to no effect.

Dr Nidhi: I can understand your concern Mridula and what I got from your description is that your son has a weak immune system. If the immune system is week the health issue will always persist no matter the season.

Mridula: How do I build his immune system. He eats well and I also give him vitamin and calcium tablets to keep his body nutrients in check. What can we do beyond this?

Dr Nidhi: It’s good that your kid eats will but along with regular meals we also have to insure if the kid is getting all the nutrients necessary to build a good immune system. Here are 5 things that every mom must insure to boost their kids’ immunity.

1. Focus on Good Nutrition

a mother feeding her kid

We’ve all heard that you are what you eat. Inculcating healthy eating habits early on is extremely important to set the stage for good nutrition in the future. Try to serve ample of fruits and vegetables to your children. When kids are constantly bombarded with additives, preservatives or sugar, their immunity can take a hit. Sugar can also suppress immunity so try to minimize its use in your children’s meals. Holistic health care is all about healthy and nutritious meals, and it begins right from the time your child is a baby.

2. Boost Sleep Time

a  kid sleeping

Most children aren’t getting enough sleep because they are so involved in activities all through the day. Based on their age, children need nearly 10 to 14 hours of sleep on a daily basis. It’s not just the quantity, but the quality of sleep is important too. Children should sleep in the dark, unplugged, without any electronics. If your child is not taking any naps during the day, make sure to put them to bed early.

Since Sidharth is getting enough sleep I don’t think we have to worry on that front.

3. Exercise as a Family

a family on a trek

Integrated healthcare in Pune is all about eating right, exercising and being healthy as a family. Rather than urging kids to go outside and play, try to be a good role model and plan your family’s exercises together. You can go for bike rides, go for a mountain walk on a weekend, try some basketball or tennis or even plan a swimming class together. Your child needs at least 1-2 hours of physical activity every day to stay healthy.
So rather than sending Sidharth out all the time, I would suggest some good family outings where everyone can get some exercise and also family time.

4. Try Home-Remedies

homemade food served in a platter

If you want to opt for holistic health care and avoid medications as much as possible, there are various healthy food items you can include in your meals every day to help fight infections. Give your children ginger juice and honey twice a day. Consider adding some extra garlic to your cooking. Tulsi leaves are also great to enhance our body’s infection-fighting ability. You can crush them and give its juice with a teaspoon of honey to your children. Don’t forget to include fruits with Vitamin C like oranges, lemons and amla. Curd and fermented food contain probiotics which can protect your children’s gut and keep infections away.

5. Keep Things Clean

a boy playing in the swimming pool

Remember that germs and infections spread really fast. Teach your kids cleanliness from the time they are little. Simple things like washing hands, using soap, staying clean can go a long way in keeping infections away.

If you ensure these five things, you can be confident about your kid’s immunity and hence a good health.

Mridula: Thank you Dr Nidhi. The things that you have mentioned are easy to do and I can now figure out a diet plan for him and even put in some outings. However, could you tell me more about holistic health treatments?

Dr Nidhi: Holistic health treatments are all about natural ways to boost immunity and reduce the dependency on medicines. This will build your child’s capabilities to fight infections and make them healthier and happier. Integrated healthcare in Pune urges you to focus more on prevention rather than cure.

Mridula: That’s wonderful Dr Nidhi.

I hope this small conversation helped you figure out how you can work on the prevention part. For more information visit us at PHCC Integrated Healthcare.

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

'There are Amazing Natural Painkillers in Your Kitchen' Dr Nidhi

This conversation with Dr Nidhi changed my perspective of looking at things in my kitchen. Who would have thought that in a sudden break of pain we could run into the kitchen and apply herbs that are available in abundance rather than fiddling through our first aid box to find the only medicine which is not there.

Going through this conversation will open your eyes to the most awesome natural painkillers that are available in our kitchen. Well most of the time they are!

Rajat : I remember that whenever I suffered from a toothache, backache or any other general pain, my first impulse would be to take a pill. It’s easy and works most of the time.

Dr Nidhi : Though many people rely on medications to relieve pain, pills come with their share of side effects. Instead, consider holistic healthcare wherein you can get the relief you need from natural painkillers.

By opting for integrated healthcare, you can look forward to a long and fit lifestyle without the harmful consequences of medicines.

Rajat: What kinds of healthcare are we talking about? When people say holistic health care I see a mortar and pestle that I need to grab and diligently prepare a potent mixture in a matter of hours.

Dr Nidhi: No, a mortar and pestle won’t be required at all time there are certain things that you can do with no hassle at all. Here are some natural home remedies that can be applied in seconds and will relieve your pain in minutes.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric powder a natural pain killer spread on a white background

The spice that gives Indian curries its bright yellow colour and distinct flavour contains curcumin. It’s an antioxidant that protects our body from free radical tissues which can damage our cells and tissue. Turmeric can be used to treat indigestion, ulcers, stomach upset, and inflammation. For inflammation the turmeric powder can be directly applied and for ulcers it can be taken with milk.

2. Cloves

Cloves and clove powder

Cloves are often used to spice up meat and other delicacies. As a medicine, clove is found in powdered form, as a capsule and even as clove oil. Clove is helpful to ease nausea and common colds. Cloves can reduce the pain related to headaches, arthritic inflammation, and toothaches and are also used as typical pain relievers.

3. Fish Oil

fish and fish oil in a bottle

Fish oil has a strong reputation for improving heart health. It is also now recognised for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help in naturally relieving pain. If you’re suffering from neck and back pain or arthritis pains, consider opting for fish oil rather than taking pharmaceutical pain relievers.

Rajat : But, don’t you think that pills help the pain as it numbs the part and gives instant relief ?

Dr Nidhi: That’s true but over the course of years pills have shown some serious side effects which gives all the more reason to go for a natural painkiller options. Like ginger, Epsom salt and other essential oils.

4. Ginger

ginger powder in a bowl

One of the spices that’s been around for hundreds of years to treat pain is Ginger. If you’re suffering from general pain, have a sore throat, painful muscles or feeling fatigued, resort to ginger and you’ll feel much better. The compounds in ginger work as a group to offer antioxidant benefits to prevent the radical production connected to pain and inflammation.

5. Epsom Salt

epsom salt, a natural pain killer, in a bowl

Most of us know that Epsom salt is a natural painkiller for joint pain and muscle soreness. It is also a go-to remedy to treat heel-spur pain and can come in handy if you’re troubled with a painful sprinter. Many moms also find it useful to treat post childbirth soreness.

6. Essential Oils 

essential oil in a bottle

Holistic health treatments involve using essential oils in various ways. You can consider aromatherapy (inhaling them) or include a few drops in your massage oil as part of a therapeutic massage. Oils like peppermint, rosemary, and lavender have an analgesic effect that helps to treat headaches and reduce post-workout muscle pain.

Rajat: Well that just clears a lot of things, not one remedy that you mentioned will be hard to find in my kitchen. Thanks for the information Dr Nidhi. Any parting advice that your wish to give us.

Dr Nidhi: Healing is not just about the pain, but also about your mind, body, and soul. When you opt for holistic health treatments, you can be assured of a lasting effect for a better self. Some other holistic healthcare solutions you can try are acupuncture, yoga, and meditation to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.

As you can see there are number of reasons to choose natural pain killers rather than harping on strong medicine. We hope in this blog we were able to explain how Integrated healthcare in Pune focuses on developing a healthy mind and body that doesn’t rely on medications to treat pain, but more on comprehensive care for the future. And there’s no better place than nature to find solutions to your pain and build strength in your body!

If this blog helped you, then must visit the only integrated healthcare centre in Pune, Dr Nidhi’s PHCC to get benefit and lead the conversation further.

Word of Caution - Usage of home remedies is not generalised! Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for consuming any of the above.