Health Tips – HTV https://htv.com.pk Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:17:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 20 Amazing Benefits of Poppy Seeds (KhashKhash) https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/20-amazing-benefits-poppy-seeds-khashkhash Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:20:51 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24699 Poppy Seeds

Khashkhash (poppy seeds) are often used as a spice in many dishes. It is sprinkled on pie crusts and added to cheese omelets, breads and cookies.

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Poppy Seeds

Khashkhash (poppy seeds) are often used as a spice in many dishes. It is sprinkled on pie crusts and added to cheese omelets, breads and cookies. It gives a nutty flavor when fried and can also be used to give tarhka to many dishes. It has a lot more benefits that one certainly needs to know, so scroll down to learn about the amazing benefits of khashkhash.

  1. Poppy seeds are known for their cooling effect, so they work well for quenching thirst.
  2. Medicines that are used for cooling down the body’s temperature contain extract of poppy seeds. Poppy seeds can also be crushed and taken along with water to cool down body’s temperature.
  3. The seeds are rich in magnesium, manganese, iodine and zinc, hence are a good source of minerals.
  4. Khashkhash oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids which may be used in the treatment of carcinomas.
  5. You will find many moisturizers that claim to have poppy seeds in them. It is better to make one at home grounding poppy seeds and making a paste with milk.
  6. It adds on to the flavor and texture of homemade baked goodies like bread and cookies.
  7. If you have a family history of heart diseases then here is your escape. Consume poppy seeds. It has linoleic acid which helps prevent cardiovascular diseases.
  8. Omega 3 fatty acids are very good for health and maybe used to lose weight. Khashkhash has a good amount of these fatty acids, so don’t hesitate to eat a few every day.
  9. Poppy seeds are known to be pain relievers, because they work as narcotics. If you are not the kind of person who takes painkillers every now and then, then this is a good option for you.
  10. Khashkhash is a good treatment for respiratory disorders. If you or your family members have trouble breathing then mix ground poppy seeds in a glass of milk and drink it. This will also prevent further infections.
  11. Poppy seeds are known for having anti-inflammation properties. They can be taken in order to lower down the fever.
  12. It is okay to over eat once in a blue moon and eat whatever you like, but it can lead to abdominal problems. Poppy seeds can treat constipation, cramps and diarrhea.
  13. Khashkhash contains low amount of alkaloids. These seeds can be used in order to treat disorders related to nervous system of our body.
  14. Since poppy seeds have a narcotic effect and are also anti-inflammatory, they can be used to treat sleeping disorders such as insomnia and night sweats.
  15. Poppy seeds are used in many beauty cosmetics, so they really work on your skin to make it look flawless. Add aloe vera to ground poppy seeds and mix it with milk to apply all over your body.
  16. Linoleic acid in poppy seeds is beneficial in treating eczema. Make a smooth paste by grinding poppy seeds and lime to it. Apply it to your skin along with milk in order to soothe down itching and cure eczema.
  17. If you have dry skin then make a paste by adding ground poppy seeds and honey to milk. Apply this on your skin after shower and get a well moisturized skin.
  18. You can make a face and body scrub at home by mixing ground poppy seeds in little bit of curd. Massage your skin with this and you can get a nice glowing skin.
  19. Dandruff can lead to hair loss which is pretty depressing. To treat dandruff, mix ground poppy seeds with curd and white pepper. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo after an hour. Do this thrice a week to get rid of all the dandruff.
  20. Khashkhash can also be used to stimulate hair growth. Soak poppy seeds in curd and onion juice. Add a little bit of coconut oil to the mixture. Apply this mixture onto your scalp at least twice a week to see a difference in your hair growth.

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20 Foods to Recover Iodine Deficiency https://htv.com.pk/health/20-foods-recover-iodine-deficiency Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:41:22 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24892 20 Foods To Recover Iodine Deficiency

Iodine handles the metabolism and growth department of our body which is thyroid.

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20 Foods To Recover Iodine Deficiency

Iodine handles the metabolism and growth department of our body which is thyroid. The deficiency of this mineral can lead to issues regarding metabolism and growth. If you feel lethargic and depressed all the time, get your tests done for thyroid, because these are two of the symptoms of iodine deficiency. Scroll down to find out twenty foods that can help you recover from iodine deficiency.

1. Milk

Milk to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Milk not only gives you sufficient amount of calcium, but also iodine. One cup of milk contains 56 micrograms of iodine which is good enough for daily intake.

2. Cod

Cod is fish which is considered very healthy. It has very less calories and a lot of nutrients. 3 ounce of cod contains 66 percent of iodine requirement of your body per day. It is also a good source of calcium and protein.

3. Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Baked potato are better than mashed or fried potatoes. An average sized potato contains 40 percent of the iodine necessary for your body. You can eat baked potatoes for dinner or breakfast.

4. Iodized Salt

Iodized salt can be used in food instead of just normal salt to ensure that sufficient amount of iodine is being taken. Many companies sell salt fortified with iodine to improve the quality of life.

5. Boiled  Eggs

Boiled Eggs to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Boiled eggs have lots of vitamins like vitamin A,B and D. It also contains calcium, zins and iodine. Hard boiled eggs can provide you with 10 percent of the daily requirement of iodine.

6. Shrimps

Seafood is an amazing source of iodine. If you love shrimps then you are probably never going to suffer from iodine deficiency. Shrimps are also a good source of calcium and protein.

7. Spinach

Spinach to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Spinach is known more for its iron content; however, it has lots of iodine as well. You can add spinach to your omelet, sandwich, pasta and pizza.

8. Himalayan Salt

If you cannot have normal salt due to blood pressure disorders then go for Himalayan salt. It contains sufficient amount of iodine to keep you going through the day.

9. Pineapple

Pineapple to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Pineapple contains lots of vitamins and minerals. It is also a very good source of iodine.

10. Baked Turkey

Baked turkey is a good source of iodine and contains 23 percent of the required dose of iodine per day. Turkey is also a rich source of phosphorus and vitamin-B.

11. Dried Prunes

Dried Prunes

Dried prunes are an amazing source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Having a handful will give you enough nutrients and vitamins to fulfill daily requirement. It doesn’t give sufficient iodine for a day but 5 prunes can give you up to 9 percent of the daily requirement.

12. Navy Beans

Navy beans can provide you with iodine up to 21 percent requirement per day. It also contains copper, potassium, calcium and folate thus it’s healthier than many other options. If you are trying to avoid iodine deficiency then, navy beans is all that you need.

13. Beef Liver

Beef Liver to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Beef liver is often cook in homes but not everyone has the taste for it. However, it is a very good source of iodine and can provide you with 18 micrograms of iodine.

14. Fish Sticks

Fish sticks are a very good source of iodine. However, do not eat more than two due to high calorie content. It can provide you with 23 percent of the total amount of required iodine per day.

15. Corn

Corn to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Canned corn contains iodine and can provide you with 14 micrograms of iodine. So, don’t hesitate to add corn to all the salads.

16. Tuna

If you have developed taste for tuna then you are good to go. Tuna that is canned in oil has a good amount of iodine. It can provide you with up to 11 percent of daily requirement of iodine. It is also a good source of protein and iron.

17. Bananas

Bananas to Recover Iodine Deficiency

Bananas give you an energy boost. It is rich in potassium. It also has iodine and can give you up to 2 percent of your daily requirement of iodine.

18. Dried Seaweed

Seaweed kind of sounds disturbing. But you can always make it taste good along with other stuff. It is an amazing source of iodine. It has more iodine than what our body can manage to absorb. So, make sure that you do not make it a part of your daily diet.

19. Sardines

Sardines like tuna, cod and shrimps, also has good amount of iodine. You can grill or bake it and have it for dinner.

20. White Bread

White bread has lots of carbs, so it isn’t the best option for you if you are overweight. However, it can provide you with 30 percent of the total amount of iodine required by your body in a day.

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What Your Nails Are Saying About Your Health https://htv.com.pk/health/what-your-nails-are-saying-about-your-health Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:17:08 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4358

Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied.

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Health experts have come to believe that the state of our nails is an indicator of  the health of our bodies. While there is no guaranteed link between nail health and body health, there is a strong association between the two that cannot be denied. Health experts have stated that nail color and type of growth can serve as a window into the functioning of the body.

If you do feel that your nails match any of the descriptions provided below, consult your doctor and find out what the cause may be. Some of the medical conditions mentioned are quite severe. However, do not get stressed out if you feel that your health matches the description provided below. Your nail health may simply be a result of minor nutrient deficiencies. This is exactly why we recommend an appointment with your doctor for further clarification on what your nails are trying to indicate.

Pale Nails

If your nails are visibly pale in color, experts say that it could be because of the following health conditions:

  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia
  • Liver disease
  • Congestive heart failure

White Nails

If your nails are white in color and have dark rims, experts say that this could be an indication of liver trouble. White nails are often a side effect of hepatitis.

Related: Best Ways To Strengthen Your Liver

Yellow Nails

If your nails are turning increasingly yellow in color, it may be because of several reasons:

  • Fungal Infection
  • Diabetes

Read: The Dos and Don’ts of Diabetes

  • Psoriasis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Lung disease

Bluish Nails

If your nails seem to sport a bluish tinge, it may be because your body is not getting as much oxygen as it needs. This could be due to a more serious heart or lung condition due to which adequate oxygenated blood is not being transported around the body.

Cracked Nails

Experts say that cracked or split nails may be because of a fungal infection or thyroid disease.

Swollen Skin Around the Nails

If the skin around the nails is red and swollen, it may be because of an infection or due to a connective tissue disorder.

Bitten Nails

Nail biting does not lead to any serious medical condition. However, experts say that if nail biting continues unabated for a considerable duration of time, it may be because of acute anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Takeaway

This information may be quite worrisome but please remember that every case of swollen skin or white nails will not be due to a serious medical condition. However, it is always safe to consult a dermatologist if you are concerned about your health.

 

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10 Things Your GP Will Tell You This Season https://htv.com.pk/health/health-tips-by-doctor Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:04:10 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42642

The thought of winter usually brings memories of hot coffee and cozy blankets, but what most of us forget, or prefer to forget, is that winters have the highest rate of illnesses, ranging from sore throats to full-blown pneumonia, which is why we need to take special precautions during this chilly season. 1. Get a […]

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The thought of winter usually brings memories of hot coffee and cozy blankets, but what most of us forget, or prefer to forget, is that winters have the highest rate of illnesses, ranging from sore throats to full-blown pneumonia, which is why we need to take special precautions during this chilly season.

1. Get a Flu Shot Before Winter

The Influenza vaccine has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of getting the flu or at least reducing the severity of the condition. Flu Shots are available at every pharmacy and can be easily administered intra-muscularly by a trained health care worker.

RELATED: Ease Your Flu Miseries With These 7 Health Hacks

2. Stay Warm

People living in places like Lahore and Islamabad are usually well prepared for winter with their shawls, sweaters and indoor heating, whereas people in Karachi have an unpredictable winter and are less prepared. They are the ones who wear silk and lace to winter weddings and are down with a fever the next day. Winter wardrobes should be separate for both casual and evening wear; and warm innerwear is a must at all times.

3. Avoid Crowds

With lots of coughing and sneezing going around, it’s best to stay away from the sick as much as possible. Avoid sharing towels or pillowcases with someone who’s sick. It has even been suggested that surfaces, such as office tables or telephones, which are in public use, should be disinfected daily to prevent transmission of organisms.

4. Wash Your Hands

No matter how much you try, you may not be able to avoid contamination of your hands. Therefore, it is important you disinfect your hands as much as possible. Keep hand sanitizers with you and use it after you touch any public surface, be it an elevator button or a door handle.

5. Stay Active

Due to the cold weather, we tend to spend most of our time indoors, which puts us at a higher risk of infections. If it’s too cold for outdoor activities, visit the gym or an indoor swimming pool to mobilize those muscles and boost your immunity.

RELATED: 10 Motivational Quotes To Make Gym Time Worth Your While

6. Humidify The Air

Warm air from heaters, dries and disrupts the protective layer in your nose, which makes you more susceptible to infectious diseases. Humidifiers can be installed to add moisture to the room air or you can keep your nasal mucosa moist through nasal sprays or a saline rinse.

7. Warm Your Insides

Not only do warm drinks taste extra-delicious in the winter, but they also serve the purpose of soothing the throat and preventing sore throats.

8. Monitor Your Diet

Healthy eating and hydration is recommended throughout the year, but during the winter it is essential to increase our intake of fruits and vegetables as they strengthen our immune responses and help us fight off infections. Keep in mind that Pakistan gets some amazing Vitamin C packed fruits in the winter months, like Oranges and Strawberries.

9. Stay Safe

Apart from the coughs and colds, winter also brings with it an increased incidence of sprains and fractures. Elderly people or those who are at a high risk of falls, should be careful while walking and wear proper shoes to avoid any sort of outdoor accident.

10. Keep Busy

Cold weather is a known risk factor for depression. The days are short and people tend to stay in their cozy beds for as long as they can. You should make an active effort to socialize with others or keep busy at home, so that the idle mind does not fall prey to depressive thoughts.

Countries with hot climates, like Pakistan, rejoice when winter arrives and enjoy the short spell of cold weather. No one wants to spend winter with tablets and syrups, so take care of your health and turn this cold, blistery winter into a cozy, comfortable season for you and your family.

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Health Tips for Men Over 30 https://htv.com.pk/mens-health/health-tips-men https://htv.com.pk/mens-health/health-tips-men#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:47:38 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=35411 Health Tips For Men Over 30

As a man turns 30, everything becomes more real. Sleepless nights, messing around with friends, and that feeling of rebellious invincibility that youth offered is long gone. Responsibilities start settling in and you come to grips with reality. You begin settling down. Taking your career more seriously. Dealing with a toddler or maybe planning to […]

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Health Tips For Men Over 30

As a man turns 30, everything becomes more real. Sleepless nights, messing around with friends, and that feeling of rebellious invincibility that youth offered is long gone. Responsibilities start settling in and you come to grips with reality. You begin settling down. Taking your career more seriously. Dealing with a toddler or maybe planning to start a family of your own.

However, at this point your body may be at the peak of its strength. Physically you might feel better than before. Your muscle mass will be at its best and this can sometimes cause men to become ignorant. It is imperative to be more concerned about your health at this stage. After all, you have a family to look after. All these expectations and the growing stress can cause your health to deteriorate.

So if you wish to take all your robustness from your 30s and maintain it in your 40s, make sure to follow these health tips for men!

1.      Practice Yoga

Back in your teens, your body was used to a lot of strain. It was used to sports, endurance, and stretching. However after 30s, most men spend majority of their time sitting behind a desk at the office. Furthermore, their muscles and connective tissues also grow shorter in their 30’s. Your body isn’t exactly flexible anymore. This is where yoga comes in. It’ll help you get your daily stretch, maintain blood pressure, heart rate, and stress.

2.      Keep Your Prostate in Check

While only 1 in 10,000 men suffer from prostate cancer below 40, it is however necessary to remain conscious of this issue. The sooner it is caught the better the prognosis. Look out for these symptoms and approach your doctor at once if you face either one of them:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Blood or pain in urination or ejaculation
  • Increase in the frequency of urination (especially at night)
  • Finding it difficult to start the urine to flow or holding it back

 3.    Test Your Testosterone Levels

According to Mayo Clinic [1], each year after 30s your testosterone level declines by 1%. You may suffer from low testosterone and encounter symptoms like:

  • Lack of motivation and self confidence
  • Insomnia and depression
  • Dullness and reduction in strength
  • Loss of sex drive

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, make sure to get a blood test and seek help from your doctor.

4.      Eat Less

Health Tips for Men Over 303

It’s much easier to gain fat in your 30s. The body uses 12 fewer calories a day for each year past 30. And if you’re used to supersizing all your meals, then we regret to inform you, you’ll have to make some difficult lifestyle changes. Don’t worry though. You can still eat at your favorite burger joint but just try to limit the frequency and portion size. Maintaining a steady figure isn’t easy but you’ll be thankful later on!

5.      Maintain Regular Doctor Visits

You need to stop running away from the doctor’s appointments. It is recommended that a man in his 30s should get a complete physical once every 3 years. With problems like cholesterol and blood pressure on the rise, it would be wise to keep a track of your body changes and progress.

Moreover another issue you should be cautious of is testicular cancer. Visit your doctor right away if you encounter any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the scrotum or either of the testicles
  • Abdomen or groin pain
  • Fatigue
  • Heaviness in the scrotum

6.      Maintain an Exercise Routine

You need to focus more on strengthening your body core rather than the size of your muscles at this point. Your exercise routines should be regular and lean more towards stability and strength training rather than high intensity endurance training.

7.      Be Conscious about your Bone Health

At this age, most men begin to lose bone mass. You should take a DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan in order to measure and record your bone mass progress. Your bones become more susceptible to fractures especially if you lack physical activity, smoke or have a family history of osteoporosis. You should also add 1,000 milligrams of calcium [2] combined with 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D to your daily diet in order to encourage bone mass growth.

8.      Enjoy the Small Things in Life

Health Tips for Men Over 306

Depression at this age is often labelled as a “mid-life crisis”. Many men go through lack of motivation, dullness and even extreme depression in some cases. This is often due to stress from office or a feeling of not being able to move ahead in life. It is necessary to remember that almost everyone struggles at this age. What’s important is that you focus on the good things in life. Spend and enjoy time with your loved ones, take time off to travel, and maybe even seek counselling if need be.

Resources:

[1] www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/art-20045728

[2] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2621390/

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