5 TIPS TO QUIT SMOKING

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Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in our country, killing almost 1lakh people every year.

Smoking is an addiction, which can destroy your life in ways you can’t even imagine. If you don’t want to be a slave to nicotine for life, and want to break free, follow these tips.

  1. Challenge yourself – Quitting smoking is a gradual process, it won’t happen overnight. Therefore, set goals which you can accomplish. Give yourself the challenge to not smoke for next 2 days, rather than giving yourself a challenge to not smoke for the rest of your life.
  2. Replace your cravings with healthier options – Whenever you feel like having that next cigarette, replace your craving with something healthy like your favourite fruit, your favourite chocolate or something which you really love. Also, don’t hang out in a smoking-zone and keep yourself away from your smoking circle for a while.
  3. Maintain a piggy bank – The money which you were spending every month on smoking, put all that money in a piggy bank. It will give you a positive motivation towards your goal of quitting smoking.
  4. Seek support – It’s definitely not easy to stop smoking, therefore, talk to your parents, friends about it. Tell them how you are feeling, and ask for their help in this. You can also talk to people who have successfully quit smoking or who are trying like you to quit it.
  5. Remember the reason why you started at the first place – When it gets tougher to quit, keep remembering why you started on this path of quitting. Also, you can make a list of things which can improve in your life if you quit smoking, like a healthier lifestyle, healthy lungs and a more meaningful life. Remember the benefits and don’t stop midway.

As soon as you quit, your body starts repairing the damage you did to yourself.  Quitting smoking can make a drastic improvement to your health! Give it a try for yourself!

 

Foods To Avoid This Summer

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June is approaching, and the temperature is set to soar further. In this summer heat, one must know what to eat and WHAT NOT TO EAT, to stay healthy and fit!

We bring you a list of few things which must be avoided in this summer heat.

  1. Spices and chillies – No matter how much a spice-lover you are, the more the consumption of species and chillies in this summer heat, the more the risk of summer problems. These things generate a lot of heat inside the body, increase the metabolism rate, and can also hamper the effect of anything cool that you eat.

So, try and avoid spice for a month or two!

  1. Caffeine –People depend on tea and coffee to function properly throughout the day, but do you know that these are bad, especially in this weather? Caffeine generates excess of heat in the body. Try going for other cool drinks like coconut water, lemonade to stay cool and active.
  2. Alcohol – Do your body a favour by staying away from alcohol during the peak of summer. It might feel great sipping a glass of drink after a tiring day, but it is harming your body in ways you can’t imagine. In fact, alcohol increases so much heat in your body that it can also lead to a heat stroke. So, summers and alcohol are a big no-no.
  3. Fried food – Who doesn’t love chai and pakoras? Everyone does! But one must resist these in summers, as they can be your bane. Fried food is also bad for your stomach in this heat, and can be a cause of many problems. Stop your urge for a while and be nice to your body!

With mercury levels shooting to new heights daily, it’s imperative to take utmost care of your health and body!

Blog-image_2 (6)People, these days, highly invest in house, car, education, etc. but a very few bother to invest in their health. It is ironic because if your health is good, you have everything, and if your health is not, you have nothing. Still, people care to invest in other things rather than their own health.

Let’s understand the importance of regular health checkups:

  1. They lower the risk of serious complications which can strike later in your life.
  2. The cost of treatments is rising to new heights in India, and the number of diseases is also on a new high, therefore if you get treated at an early stage rather than an advanced stage, your treatment cost gets lesser.
  3. Health checkups give you a detailed analysis of your health. Even when you are feeling you are absolutely okay, it can tell you about the disease you might be suffering. Remember, a healthy looking body doesn’t always mean that you are absolutely healthy.
  4. The lifestyle which we live these days totally demands health checks. People are always glued to their phones, and computer screens, and you may never know what harm it is doing to your body. A health check-up, in this case, can tell you a lot about what’s happening with your body.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 4 Indians are at risk of dying from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart diseases, lung & respiratory diseases, high blood pressure and Cancers. Investing in health checks is an absolute must in today’s scenario, to take better care of the health! Oncquest’s Fitness Health Package is a simple and hassle-free health package to keep you and your family’s health on track! From kidney function test to liver test to thyroid profile test and blood test & more, this is the most affordable package one can get in the market. Additional benefits are: you can view the reports online; which is a time-saving and stress-free process.

Early detection and appropriate management of diseases can help us lead a healthy life! Go for health tests to lower your risk of diseases as your health is the most invaluable investment you can make!

Top 4 Summer Diseases You Should Look Out For

Blog-image_1 (2)Summer heat brings a plethora of diseases with it!

With mercury levels rising to new heights daily, it is very important to know about these summer diseases so that we can take better care of our health!

  1. Chicken Pox – One of the most common summer diseases, that develops usually in children below age 12. Some of the symptoms of chicken pox include high fever, sore throat, itchy pustules. As chicken pox is highly contagious, one must avoid meeting the infected person as virus can spread easily. If usually happens once in a life, but if it happens again in adults, the symptoms are even worse and take more time to recover.
  2. Diarrhoea – Though Diarrhoea can strike at any point, but in summers, the chances of diarrhoea are doubled. In scorching summers, diarrhoea can especially hit children and young people. One needs to be really cautious in summer to avoid this disease! Drinking unsafe water and eating contaminated food increase the chances of diarrhoea, so avoid eating foods from open stalls and go for fresh food. Also, boil the water before you drink it. All these precautions would help you prevent this problem.
  3. Measles – Measles is also a viral infection, which flares up in summer. Usually this also strikes in children, and if the child gets infected with it, keep him/her indoor and keep him properly hydrated. There are vaccines which help you prevent this disease.
  4. Food Poisoning – Food poisoning is a major summer problem. The risk of contamination from food increases in summer heat, therefore it is important to keep the leftover food in the fridge and then consume it. Milk should also be boiled properly; ensure that all the food which you intake is fresh and properly cooked.

This summer, don’t let diseases haunt you! Stay safe and healthy! Take care!

 

 

Top 6 Foods To Eat This Summer

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Summer is not just the time to change your wardrobe, but also your diet. Check out some foods that you should definitely eat this season!

  1. Curd/Yogurt

Curd is an excellent food for summer as it works as a delicious coolant in this weather. Make curd a part of your daily nutritional regime, and beat the terrible summer heat!

You can have buttermilk or lassi or you can even add fruits in your curd to make it taste better.

  1. Watermelon

Watermelon is another amazing summer food as it keeps you hydrated and energized. Loaded with vitamins & minerals, watermelon helps fight various diseases! Don’t miss out on this juicy and healthy fruit this season!

Remember not to buy the already chopped slices of watermelon by roadside vendors, as it can cause health problems like diarrhoea.

  1. Onions

Onions are magical in summer; they help us stay away from summer infections and diseases, if consumed daily. Eating raw onions also help prevent sun stroke!

Stay away from illness and keep your body cool by consuming lots of onions this season.

  1. Cucumber

From preventing constipation to reducing blood pressure and keeping us hydrated, cucumbers do it all! Additionally, it also helps people with diabetes and arthritis.

Have cucumber slices in your salad this summer and stay as cool as a cucumber!

  1. Green veggies

Green vegetables like Bitter gourd (karela), Bottle gourd (lauki), Ridged gourd (turai) etc. are very essential to have in summer because of their high water content, and also because of their power of fighting various diseases like digestive issues, hypertension, etc.

  1. Melons

Melons are considered to be the favourites of this season. With their high water content, they keep us fresh and refreshed in the scorching summer heat.

Don’t let summers drain you out, munch on these superfoods and stay fresh this season!

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MALARIA

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Malaria is a mosquito borne infectious disease, and the name of this disease is derived from the Italian word mal’aria, meaning “bad air”.

WHO reports that 1 in 7 Indians are at risk of developing Malaria.

Let’s know some lesser known things about this disease!           

  1. It’s only transmitted by female mosquitoes

Not all mosquitoes can cause Malaria.

Mosquitoes of Anopheles genus and only females of these species can transmit Malaria. A one-celled parasite called a Plasmodium causes Malaria. Female anopheles mosquitoes pick up the parasite from infected people by biting them in order to get blood to nurture their eggs.

  1. Malaria can be transmitted from one person to another

Although, nobody can catch Malaria like a common cold, but still it be passed through blood transfusions or organ transplants, or through the shared use of needles or syringes contaminated with blood.

  1. Symptoms of Malaria can range from none to very mild to severe

Depending on the type of parasite, it can take 9-30 days for the symptoms to appear.  However, early symptoms of Malaria are headache, muscle ache, sweating, cough, fever, nausea and chills. If the symptoms are not taken seriously and are not treated, this disease can worsen and even lead to death.

  1. Malaria can be cured

Malaria can be cured if the right drugs are taken at the right time. Malaria parasites can be killed off from the body with the usage of right drugs.

  1. Prevention is the best cure of Malaria

Stay inside when it’s dark, and use mosquito repellent or bed nets while you are at home. Chances of malaria are higher in children and pregnant women. So, they must avoid traveling to areas where there are more cases of Malaria.

Malaria is a serious disease; therefore, it is very important to take proper precautions! Protect yourself, your family and friends!

Stay away from Malaria!

5 Healthy Ways to Beat the Heat

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The mercury levels are shooting up to new heights, and it is very important to keep your cool in these scorching summers.

We bring you a few ways to beat this summer heat:

  1. Quench your thirst with water – It’s important to stay hydrated in summers as you can experience symptoms such as headache, fever, constipation, dizziness etc. if you’re not consuming enough water.

Alleviate summer burn by consuming at least 10 glasses of water per day.

  1. Drink green tea – Green Tea can be magical for you in these summers. The antioxidant properties of green tea fight wrinkles, age spots and other forms of sun damage. Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause skin redness; green tea is also a saviour in such a situation as it reduces all those redness.

Have two cups of green tea in a day for a healthier summer!

  1. Cut intake of fried foods – Don’t munch on fried foods like samosa, vada, bread pakora etc. especially in summers. As fried foods take longer time to digest, they should totally be avoided in summers.

Have fresh veggies and fruits instead of all these junk food, as they will keep you energetic all day in summers.

  1. Drink lemon juice, coconut water and buttermilk – Including healthy drinks like lemon juice, coconut water and buttermilk in summers will keep you hydrated and would also improve your digestive health.

Say bye-bye to summer blues with healthy drinks.

  1. Snack at work – If your work involves sitting in front of a computer for 9 hours, you must put your favourite healthy snacks like fruits, yogurt, dark chocolate on your desk.

Having these nutritious snacks at regular intervals will nourish your body and help you beat the summer heat!

With the sun shining bright upon us, adopt these healthy ways to bid adieu to the summer heat!

 

Tuberculosis – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

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Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is caused by the airborne bacterium called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. It can affect different areas of the body, but mostly, it affects the lungs.

According to WHO, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death globally.

Let’s know about different types of TB

  1. Latent – In latent TB infection, people don’t feel any symptoms, because the bacteria live in an inactive form inside the body. Latent TB can’t be transmitted.
  2. Active – When the immune system gets weakened, latent TB can convert into active TB. Active TB can affect lung, as well as joints, bones or central nervous system. This is highly contagious.

How does TB spread?

TB spreads from one person to another, through the air. When someone with active TB of throat or lung coughs, sings, speaks or sneezes, they send germs into the air. And when you breathe in the same air, you are most likely to catch those germs and become infected.

Mostly, it is spread if you spend a lot of time with the infected person. You can get if a family member has it or if you are spending too much time with a friend who has active TB.

Common symptoms of TB

Cough, which lasts at least 3 weeks is one of the most widely known symptoms of TB. Other symptoms include:

  1. Pain in the chest
  2. Mild fever
  3. Fatigue
  4. Chills & sweating at night

Diagnosis and Treatment

TB can be diagnosed with a simple skin test, and can be cured with antibiotics.

How can you protect your family and friends if you have active TB?

  • Don’t go out and mingle with people. Stay home till you don’t recover completely.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue while sneezing & coughing, and put the tissue in some plastic, and throw away.
  • During the initial weeks of your treatment, wear a surgical mask while interacting with other people.

Studies reveal that approx. 5,00,000 Indians die every year of TB.

Let’s practice good hygiene like washing hands regularly and using a tissue while sneezing, etc. to change this statistics!

 

Increasing Prevalence of Diseases in India

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Unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and alcohol consumption have led to a sharp rise in the number of diseases in India.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 4 Indians are at risk of dying from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart diseases, lung & respiratory diseases, high blood pressure and Cancers, before they turn 70!

Communicable diseases like cholera, malaria and polio have been replaced by lifestyle diseases.

Do you know that heart diseases have become the number one cause of death in India?  It is shocking, but true! Not only heart diseases, but thyroid and kidney related diseases are also increasing day by day.  According to the reports by Indian Thyroid Society, 1 in every 10 adults suffer from hypothyroidism in India, and 1 in 10 adults also suffer from chronic kidney disease, according to Sanjay K. Agarwal, Head of Nephrology, AIIMS.

Younger lot is experiencing more and more diseases because of the lifestyle they are living, and also because younger people hardly go for preventive check-ups in India.

The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the easier the treatment becomes! So, to avoid such diseases, people must go for preventive check-ups and take proper cautions.

Fitness Health Package by Oncquest is an easy and convenient package to protect you and your loved ones’ health. This package is at half the MRP Price, and includes all tests from kidney function test, thyroid profile test, blood test to lipid profile test and more.  With this package, you can get tested at the comfort of your home as they have the option of home collection service, and also you don’t have to travel long distances to take your reports as they are available online!

A delayed diagnosis is harmful for your health. Make regular check-ups a part of your life, because there’s nothing more important and precious than your health!

5 Healthy Ways To Celebrate This Women’s Day

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Women’s Day is a gentle reminder for all the beautiful women to celebrate themselves!

Women are the caretakers of families. But they often neglect themselves and their health, because either they are too busy taking care of their families or they are burdened with the pressure in jobs.

We have listed some healthy ways to celebrate and enjoy this Women’s Day:

  1. Go out for a walk – Start your day with a walk. Breathe fresh air in the morning and enjoy your own company; sometimes it’s important to cherish solitude and introspect about life. Additionally, early morning walk is said to reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  2. Make time for your hobbies – Be it dancing or yoga, do it if you like it. Daily activities of our lives can cause boredom or depression in our lives, these hobbies would make us happy and healthy. There are numerous classes happening in the city, you can join any class based on your interest.
  3. Healthy lunch with friends – Plan with your gang of girls and book a table at your favourite restaurant! Eat a healthy diet; you can have chicken, fish or if you’re a vegetarian, you can go for green leafy veggies, pulses, sprouts as they are high in iron.
  4. Take less stress – Forget about all the worries on this day, and live a healthy, happy day! Wake up with a smile and sleep with a smile. You deserve that!
  5. Take pledge towards a healthier lifestyle – Don’t just adopt healthy choices on this day, but try to incorporate these in your day-to-day life. A healthy lifestyle will keep you happy, not just for a day, but for your entire lifetime.

Balance between your personal and professional life this Women’s Day, and make time for yourself & your health.  A very happy Women’s Day to all!