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BY PUJA GUPTA
Time to reflect on the most immediate need for one and all, to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Today there is no bigger issue than health, as the world fights against the Covid-19 pandemic.
IANSlife spoke to health experts in different fields, who list down precautionary measures for people to follow:
For Heart Patients
Dr. Bipeenchandra Bhamre, Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre says:
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A majority of heart patients above 65 are at a higher risk of getting sick due to coronavirus. Even, hypertension and diabetic patients are at risk for heart disease and are also associated with morbidity and mortality with COVID 19. Those patients who have recently undergone an open-heart surgery will also be prone to acquiring this infection as their immunity to fight the new infection will be less in comparison to the general population. Having a heart and circulatory condition probably doesn’t make you any more likely to catch coronavirus than anyone else. But if you have a heart condition, it may mean that you could get more ill if you catch it, and that’s why it’s really important to protect yourself.
He suggests few guidelines for the patients who have had an open-heart surgery or bypass surgery:
- Don’t venture out of the house: If your loved one or you are recovering from an open-heart surgery or bypass surgery, in the last 3 months then you must protect your loved ones or yourself from contracting Covid-19 by staying at home for an extended time of 8 to 12 weeks.
- Maintain a 6 feet distance: Initially, we use to ask family members or friends to maintain a 3 feet distance from the people who have undergone heart surgery. But, owing to the new Covid-19, we ask our patients to keep 6 feet distance while recovering from cardiac surgery.
- Complete isolation from people is recommended when one is recovering, as he/she is vulnerable to suffer from infection more than the normal population.
- Stick to a healthy and a well-balanced diet: include fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet to enhance your immunity. Bid adieu to junk, oily, packaged, spicy foods, ice, cold water or aerated drinks. Eat only home-cooked meals. Say ‘no’ to alcohol and quit smoking. Limit your salt intake and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.
For pregnant women
Dr Vaishali Joshi, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Kokilaben Hospital says:
“The physical and social restriction imposed by lockdown measures have created insecurities, anxiety and panic in pregnant women which is the most emotionally vulnerable period in a woman’s life due to the interplay of pregnancy hormones.”
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- It is important to do antenatal exercises at home.
- Always speak with your doctor prior to scheduling an appointment to check the necessity of stepping outside home.
- Pregnancy has not proved to cause severe complications even if one catches corona infection. Any healthy pregnant woman can get completely treated from infection without affecting her unborn child, as until now it has not been shown to have trans placental transfer.
- It’s safe to breastfeed your baby even if one has been detected to be Covid-19 positive.
- The importance of social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene is crucial to ensure the safety of the mother and her baby.
- This is the time to work on your holistic health with help of family, your obstetrician by staying at home and being safe.
For Diabetic Patients
Dr Siddhesh Kolwankar, AVP – Clinical and Product, Wellthy Therapeutics, says:
The best thing for a person with a chronic condition is to continue managing that condition. This means taking medicines on time, monitoring blood sugar or blood pressure levels, following the diet as prescribed and exercising regularly. In addition, patients with diabetes, hypertension or a history of heart disease must be more alert for Covid-19 symptoms.
He underlines the following precautions:
- For a person with diabetes, viral infections increase inflammation or internal swelling.
- This is also caused by above-target blood sugars, and both could contribute to more severe complications.
- Stay hydrated and keep a constant check on your blood sugar levels
- Ensure that you are equipped with sufficient medications, along with glucose monitoring devices and diabetes supplies for the near future.
- Be prepared for high sugar and low sugar episodes:
- If your blood sugar level is low (below 70 mg/dl or your target range): Supplies such as hard candy, jelly, honey and fruits grapes, banana, and fast-acting carbohydrates to be consumed in 15g doses (roughly 3 teaspoons full)
- If your blood sugar level is high (greater than 240mg/dl) more than 2 times in a row, contact your doctor to get further assistance
- In addition to basic hygiene, make sure injection / infusion devices and finger-stick sites are sanitized with soap and water or alcohol sterilizers.
For patients with skin problems
Dr. Pallavi Sule, Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician says:
Skin is the largest organ of the body. Healthy skin is achieved by a holistic approach and a well-balanced skincare plan. In view of the Covid-19 crisis, it is very important to take all preventive measures — the most important and proven one being handwashing.”
- Don’t let your hands dry by overuse of soaps and sanitizers. Moisturise your hands with a good, fragrance free and colour free moisturiser often and keep them healthy and hydrated.
- Also, in this quarantine time stick to your skin care and hair care routine that you know suits you, experiment less.
- Have a large portion of fresh fruit and vegetables loaded with antioxidants. This will keep skin healthy and also protect against damage.
For Dietary Needs
Nutritionist and Lifestyle Educator Karishma Chawla says:
“I believe we must celebrate heath everyday since it is the essence of life! Eating clean is not a diet but a way of life! Eating clean along with a balance in other parameters of well being such as stress, exercise, relationships, career and spirituality results in holistic healing like prevention or fighting disease, strengthening immunity and reaching the optimal state of health. I would also emphasize that social connection, positive emotions, being in the flow, humor and nature bathing are precursors to good health.”
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When Covid-19 or any other such health threat comes our way, the best way to deal with this is – being well prepared in every aspect of heath mentioned above along with keeping faith! It’s time we take our health more seriously, adhere to healthy habits and sustain it rather than looking for quick fixes to healthy living!
For Mental Health
Dr Anju Sharma, psychiatrist says:
“The outbreak of the pandemic Covid ï¿½ 19 has created a stressful environment for all leading to worldwide psychological chaos. The fear and anxiety about the disease causes strong emotions in adults and children. One needs to cope up with the stress to make yourself and the people you care about stronger. Each individual reacts differently to a stressful situation. Besides this virus fear, there are various other factors that can lead to stress.
- Each individual has come out of their comfort zone during this ‘pandemic. During this time, a person tends to get a little frustrated and loses their temper. It is important to understand that each one is dealing with the changes and it is in our hand to accept the change and spend some quality time at home.
- It is the time people have to realize what their hobbies are and invest time in those activities. Those working from home will get some time off. One tends to get bored watching Netflix all the time or playing with play station, so at that time when you are bored analyze your interest and utilise the time in some creative pursuit.
- As we all are home, we are spending more time with our near and dear ones. But it is important to give them some personal space as well. Spending time 24*7 will create aggression and lead to a mental breakdown, therefore, allow them some private space to revive their emotional factors.
- For a relaxed environment, play soothing music or chant mantras to exhibit positive energy into the environment.
For Lifestyle needs
Nipa Asharam, Certified Health Coach and Life Coach says:
“If there is one thing we need to remember this World Health Day is that self-care and lifestyle needs to be our religion. When we look at it through this lens then all the choices we make – food, thoughts, habits and consciousness, we impact not only our individual self but also our family and our community. Health isn’t outside of us, it is in us and vibrating through us. Radiate with self-love and self-care.” (IANS)
By Prerana Agarwal Saxena
In all the wedding excitement, it's easy to overlook the impact a wedding has on the environment. While everyone is making their big fat Indian wedding dreams come true, they are also adding their carbon footprint and undue energy consumption. Modern couples are now looking for ways to have a wedding with a sustainably conscious mindset. It's become about incorporating less waste, locally sourced and seasonal food, natural materials over the use of plastic. Mindful wedding planning and decor includes the use of recycled paper and goods along with eco-friendly venue needs. Check out this quick guide to achieve a sustainably conscious wedding without compromising on luxury:
Choose locally sourced material to uplift artisans
Sustainable can be luxurious too, incorporate some native flavour into the decor and theme. With the use of locally sourced materials and local artisans coming into play, the wedding instantly becomes sustainable. Include the work of local vendors ensure minimal packaging requirements, thus saving on unnecessary plastic and lamination. It also decreases the need for transporting elements from other cities and hence lowers the carbon footprint. For instance, at one of our weddings, we made use of sand art for a setup in Jodhpur. This helped promote local work while also being environmentally friendly with zero wastage of other materials. In another instance from Rajasthan, the traditional glass-blown technique was used to build decor items while giving a cultural touch to the destination wedding.
Sustainable can be luxurious too, incorporate some native flavour into the decor and theme. | Photo by Jason Coudriet on Unsplash
Say yes to recycling
One should be mindful and avoid the use of plastic and other non-recyclable materials in decor wherever possible. It can be a small step such as making a conscious switch from plastic water bottles to copper jugs or glass bottles. Also use artificial floral decor thus minimising the wastage produced from real flowers. This recyclable decor is then donated to various NGOs, further ensuring sustainable use of resources. Such steps, however small they might be, keep the environment free from the release of any additional carbon footprint.
One should be mindful and avoid the use of plastic and other non-recyclable materials in decor wherever possible. | Photo by Ravin Rau on Unsplash
Go for zero-waste wedding decor
Make use of fabric as it enhances the elegance of the wedding while being sustainable. Include vibrant colours apt to the theme of the wedding and bring in bright sprightliness with breathable fabrics. Ensure to include LED lights for lighting. They can be incorporated as string lights or be used on passageways with innovative decor items. They also help conserve energy and bring in soulful energy for nighttime decor. Choose virtual invitations, keeping up with the digital times. Make a conscious choice of plated dinner menus rather than a buffet as they allow less wastage of food and ensure enough food for guests in attendance.
LEDs can be incorporated as string lights or be used on passageways with innovative decor items. | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Include Sustainable Gifting
Gift sustainable wedding favours -- gifts that grow. Offering a plant or a succulent, is a great idea. One can also gift recycled organic fabrics and cutlery or zero-waste kitchen and bathroom essentials to use in their homes as some distinct gifting options.
Gift sustainable wedding favours -- gifts that grow. | Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash
Acting in the best interest of the environment and the society, Theme Weavers Designs has started a social cause, Weaving Hope, where a part of their earnings along with food and decor are donated to social communities. Royal Rendezvous, is an event started by us to put India on the Global Map, inviting international wedding planners to India to experience the rich culture and heritage, also employing and displaying the work of local artisans to this international audience.
By applying the values of sustainability, you can reduce the energy consumed and the resources used as much as possible. Go ahead and have a luxurious zero-waste wedding and navigate into the world of green living! (IANS/ MBI)
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The Tamil Nadu health department has administered 16,43,879 lakh doses of vaccine in the second mega vaccination camp organised by it. The state public health department in a statement on Sunday said that this has taken the total vaccination to one crore since the beginning of September till date. The vaccination was administered from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. and the compiled data was made available late at night.
The health department officials also said that as the state has almost exhausted its quota of vaccines, there would not be any vaccines on Monday. Regular vaccination will resume after the vaccine supplies arrive from New Delhi, officials said. The state health department had expected to vaccinate 15 lakh people on Sunday in 18,824 centres spread across primary health centres, anganwadis, noon meal centres, government hospitals, schools and some auditoriums.
The health department officials also said that as the state has almost exhausted its quota of vaccines, there would not be any vaccines on Monday. | Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash
Of the 16,43,879 people who were inoculated, a total of 10,85,097 received their first dose and 5,58,782 their second dose of vaccine, the statement said, A total of 9,66,568 people in the age group of 18-44 were vaccinated on Sunday and vaccines were administered on 5,02,578 people aged between 45- 59 in the mega vaccine camps.
State health minister Ma Subramanian, who inaugurated the vaccination at Pollachi, also visited the centres in six districts -- Coimbatore, Erode, Namakkal, Tiruppur, Dharmapuri and Salem. The state government, according to the health minister, is to receive the next allotment of vaccines on September 21. Minister while speaking to IANS said, "We will be receiving the next allotment of vaccines on September 21 itself and we will resume vaccinations immediately. The state has already touched one crore vaccine-mark in the month of September till date." (IANS/MBI)
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Festivals are just around the corner and while you brainstorm about OOTDs (outfit of the day), don't forget the right makeup. Hanisha Kapoor, COO, ArchiesBeauty.com shares makeup trends experimented by these Bollywood divas throughout 2021 for inspiration. While some stuck to the classics, others mixed it up... take a look:
The Classic Red Lip
We don't see a future where classic red lips go out of fashion. The right way to achieve this celebrity look is to focus on accentuating your lips and keeping the rest of the face minimal. Give your lips a good scrub to plump them, moisturize and follow it up with a red lip liner to define the shape of your lips. Now go on with the perfect shade of red and finish your look with a slick of eyeliner, minimal concealer, and foundation.
We don't see a future where classic red lips go out of fashion. | Photo by Ina Garbé on Unsplash
No Makeup Look
Deepika Padukon is the perfect example of a no-makeup look. This natural beauty does a wonderful job of achieving the minimal soft look by softly cover any dark spots or blemishes and highlighting features she's most proud of. To achieve this start with concealer and use small dots to brighten your darker areas like under eye, corner of the nose or upper lip, and any visible spots, and set it up with loose powder. Apply a soft pink lipstick, light blush, and mascara.
Deepika Padukon is the perfect example of a no-makeup look | Wikimedia Commons
This look shouts pink. When it comes to rosy looks, Janhavi Kapoor does a phenomenal job. Everyone should try a rosy look once in a while. As we are focusing on only one shade, this look is pretty easy to achieve. Bring out your favourite pink lipstick, favourite pink blush, and a matching shade of eye shadow. Start with the base - concealer, and foundation and set it up with loose powder. Follow it up with eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush. Remember to draw a line by not using any pink mascara, eyeliner, or a bold shade of lipstick, as this is meant to be soft on the eyes.
When it comes to rosy looks, Janhavi Kapoor does a phenomenal job. | Wikimedia Commons
Glass Skin Makeup
The glass skin makeup is inspired by Korean skincare. This look is slightly complex with an equal focus on skin before makeup, so slather on those moisturizing serums and creams to prep your skin first. Start with a highlighting primer, keep your foundation and concealer minimal to avoid looking cakey. Follow it up with soft blush & nude lips and lots and lots of highlighter. Use the highlighter on the main points of your face, like upper cheekbones, the centre of the forehead, the tip of the nose, cupid bone, and chin. If you are feeling a bit extra, don't hesitate to put some on your shoulders and collar bones. This celebrity makeup look makes your skin glow without the need for a spotlight.
The glass skin makeup is inspired by Korean skincare. | Photo by 邱 严 on Unsplash
Pop It Up
Put a zing to your party look with the pop of funky colour. This look is meant to get you in the mood of partying all night. This works with your eye makeup while keeping the rest of the face minimal. Start with the base - concealer, apply a bit extra on your eyelids to make the colour pop. Don't mind going the extra mile and colour blocking your eyes with complementary colours on eyelids and under the eye. Apply nude lipstick and a soft blush to balance your look.
This look is meant to get you in the mood of partying all night. | Pixabay
(Article originally published by N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
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