Community Health and Nutrition

Community Health and Nutrition

These two terms cannot really be defined separately since problems of nutrition and health co-exist in the community, where one influences the other. Therefore, general awareness has been provided by an elaboration of the concept of community nutrition. Community health- Community health is concerned with the health problems of population groups lead inevitably to a broad range of interests, i.e., from the cause, prevention and control of diseases, nutritional or otherwise. Thus community health includes both identification of nutritional health and health problems and causes and prevention as well as…

Mind Your Food

Mind Your Food

It starts with a cup of ice cream, as we wallow in our feelings of self-pity and unhappiness, the meal ends with huge portions of dessert and coffee. Food and emotions have always had a thing going. We eat more and mostly wrong when we are low, while happiness makes us choose wisely and eat with control. But there has to be a way to check the bad patches, right?  Rationalizing and planning good food choices when low? Yes. Good, bad, and ugly- When you feel low, it results in…

Alternative Health Care

Alternative Health Care

Your journey continues as you turn from the medical community in search of a solution. You decide to seek out a more natural route, alternative health care, because traditional medicine has been no help (to the contrary, it probably made you feel worse). To your surprise, the alternative health-care provider identifies a problem right away. He may claim that you have “systemic yeast, leaky gut syndrome,” or “subclinical hypothyroidism” as the cause of your symptoms. Alternative practitioners typically do a hair or eye analysis, blood work, urine test, or muscle…

Why We Eat The Wrong Foods?

Why We Eat The Wrong Foods?

There are several reasons why we eat the wrong foods. Most people will claim right away that they do so when they are hungry. However, it is not so simple. The habit of eating the wrong kinds of foods develops over a period of time. One of the reasons could be the easy availability of packaged foods. Available in every shop, it is convenient and cheap. Instead of looking for healthy food to eat, which might take time to prepare, we seek quick meals. We may want to satisfy our…

Common Health Problems of the Newborn

Common Health Problems of the Newborn

Perinatal and neonatal problems are now the leading causes of death in children under five years. The baby may have been born at home or a health facility. For babies born at a health facility circumstances around delivery are handled by well trained health workers, while for the one born at home they may not. For all babies, the interval between onset of illness and death can be in a matter of minutes or hours. It is therefore very important for you to recognise and plan for the care of…

Cold Weather Ways To Burn Fat Fast!

Cold Weather Ways To Burn Fat Fast!

Winter can be the perfect time to walk off weight—even if you’re not a snow bunny. Sticking with your usual exercise routine is one of the best ways to boost your chances of starting the new year a size smaller. If you’ve gotten used to walking outdoors all summer, switching to a different activity for cold weather in the winter can make your weight loss even more of a struggle, says John Jakicic, PhD, assistant professor in the weight control and diabetes research center at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, RI. Finding a new activity may mean organizing…

How do I get the vitamin D, my body needs?

How do I get the vitamin D, my body needs?

The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food. The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it…

Xerophthalmia-A Major Eye Problem Found In India

Xerophthalmia-A Major Eye Problem Found In India

Xerophthalmia  refers to the eye manifestations (signs) arising due to vitamin A deficiency. Blindness, resulting as a result of xerophthalmia, is an important public health problem in india. It is estimated that about a quarter of the 15 million blind persons in the country are due to xerophthalmia. Although vitamin A deficiency may become apparent at all ages, the preschool child (in the 3rd or 4th year of life) is the most frequent victim of this debilitating disorder. CLINICAL FEATURES OF XEROPHTHALMIA- The clinical manifestations in xerophthalmia pertain to changes…