Sunday December 8, 2019

Breast Milk May Prevent Heart Disease In Prematurely Born Infants: Study

Breastfeeding preterm babies may prevent heart disease

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Breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants. Pixabay

Researchers have found that early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants.

One of the long-term health complications that young adults born prematurely may have is unique heart characteristics.

These can include smaller heart chambers, relatively higher blood pressure, and a disproportionate increase in muscle mass in the heart.

“The current evidence comes from observational studies and highlights the strong link between early breast milk administrations and improvement in long-term heart health, but it lacks concrete mechanistic explanations,” said study researcher Afif EL-Khuffash, Professor at The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin Ireland.

One study cited in the article looked at 30 preterm-born adults who were assigned to receive exclusive human milk and 16 preterm-born adults who were assigned to receive an exclusive formula-based diet during their hospital stay at birth.

They then underwent detailed cardiovascular assessment between 23 and 28 years of age, including an MRI of their hearts.

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There is a strong link between early breast milk administrations and improvement in long-term heart health. Pixabay

As expected, all of the hearts of those born prematurely had smaller chambers than the hearts in people who were not born prematurely.

However, the study showed that the smaller heart chambers were less profound for the exclusively human milk-fed group in comparison to those who were exclusively formula fed, suggesting a potentially protective effect of human milk for heart structure.

The researchers then identified potential reasons for why breast milk results in a lower risk of heart disease.

Breast milk could help prevent heart disease by better regulating hormones and growth factors, strengthening the infant’s immune system, reducing inflammation and by possibly improving the metabolism of the child.

Identifying the key components within breast milk that result in improved heart health could pave the way for a more targeted approach to improve long-term cardiovascular wellbeing for those born prematurely.

The researchers said that more studies on the composition of breast milk could make clear exactly what causes these health benefits, which could in turn lead to better treatment options.

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The collaborative research group is continuing to study the effects of human milk exposure on heart function in very premature infants by using novel scans to measure heart function.

They hope to demonstrate that early human milk exposure in premature infants can lead to significant improvements in heart function over the first two years of age, said the study published in the journal Pediatric Research. (IANS)

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Morning Rituals to Keep your Skin Healthy

Morning routines for healthy skin

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Here are tips to follow in the morning for a healthy and glowing skin. Lifetime Stock

After sleep has refreshed and healed your body, the morning hours can do wonders for your skin, if planned well.

Rajni Ohri, Founder, Ohria Ayurveda and Mohit Narang, Skincare expert, AVON gives tips on healthy morning rituals to keep your skin healthy.

Drink water

Start your day by drinking one glass of water. Nothing can work better than hydrating your skin right in the morning.

Breakfast

Never skip breakfast. In fact, your breakfast should be rich in nutrients and should include fruits, oats, multi-grain breads and dry fruits for a healthy body and skin.

Drink green tea or detox water to flush the body toxins away before taking a bath.

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Drinking water in the morning can make your skin healthier. Lifetime Stock

Yoga

Yoga is beneficial for the skin and the body. A 5-minute face yoga session will improve circulation, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and relieve tension in the facial muscles.

Sarvangasana, chakrasana, dhanurasana, shirshasana are effective in increasing blood flow to the skin and removing toxins. Pranayam stimulates endocrine gland, oxygenate cells reducing stress, and improving blood flow for skin glow. Practice kapalbhati, bhastrika, and anulom-vilom.

Skincare rituals

Your morning skincare routine should include cleansing, moisturizing and protection. Use a cleanser that is rich in aloe vera and other skin-nourishing ingredients. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen when you step out.

Splash fresh rose water on face and eyes stored in a silver vessel.

In the morning, remove toxins accumulated in the body during sleep, oil pulling will detoxify, keep the facial skin healthy and is a good exercise for the mouth, jawline, and maintains perfect dental health.

Tongue cleaning to remove accumulated phlegm, according to ancient texts, helps you receive nutrients smoothly.

Remove your makeup before taking a bath. This will prevent the harsh rubbing of skin that can irritate the area around the eyes. This also ensures deeper cleansing of the skin.

Home Remedies

Apply a ‘mukh lepam’ before bathing for 10 minutes while you are doing your daily chores. Black lentil powdered and blended with warm milk or clarified butter is an idle morning team. On weekends highly recommended is a body scrub. Keep a body scrub powder made of orange peels, green gram, rice powder in a jar and mix it with milk and coconut oil, let it dry and scrub in the opposite direction and finally wash off.

On weekdays, preserve the skin’s moisture by dabbing shower oil on wet cleansed skin, natural cold-pressed oils in shower oil are very nourishing, softening and seal the natural moisture.

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Yoga should be a part of your morning routine to improve your health. Lifetime Stock

Use face masks for glowing skin. You can use a turmeric, besan or gram flour face pack for brighter and clearer skin. You can also use a tomato or potato peel to get rid of red and tanned skin.

Facial exercises

Thirty minutes before a shower, d’ facial exercises. ‘Kiss the ceiling’ is the best wa� to tone’almost all facial muscles, ‘pinching’ the jawline and neck is another very beneficial exercise to remove stiffness, improve blood flow to the skin.

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Self-massage before bath also moisturizes the skin and gives a beautiful sheen.

Wellness

Bring a warm natural glow to the skin by removing negative emotions, toxins from your mind. (IANS)